I am excited to participate in today's #GiveToWendy Blog Money Bomb which is hoping to raise campaign funds for Wendy Davis in the Texas Governor's race.
I wanted to share a little bit about why I support Wendy Davis, and why I have personally pledged a monthly gift to her campaign.
As I'm sure you all know, this past summer was a very tough one for feminists and anyone who believes in access to reproductive services in Texas. I, along with Texans from all over the state, rallied to try to fight back against the extremist views which have taken over our local politics, and threatened access to abortion. As the process during the special session wore on, so many Democratic legislators who were stepping up and vocally denouncing the anti-abortion omnibus bill. And as is well known, Davis became the leader and face of the movement because she stood, for 13 hours with no breaks, food, or water, sharing the dangers of the legislation and the very personal, touching stories of the state's citizens. Because of her filibuster the legislation was stopped, temporarily. It was an amazing moment with an amazing leader.
Wendy's candidacy is so important and one that I endorse, for many more reasons. She is an extraordinary leader and has gone to bat for other the underrepresented on other issues, including education. And as she shared on the senate floor with so much emotion in her voice, she knows, first hand, what it's like to pray that you have enough money just to put gas in your car and make it to and from work for the week.
While we're talking about money, I'd like to reiterate, how important funding is in a campaign. I recently had the pleasure of listening to State Representative Donna Howard and my state Senator, Kirk Watson, talk about their experiences this past session. They shared that Davis' candidacy is incredibly important for two reasons 1) the Republican reign of total power in the state of Texas is unacceptable and we need change and 2) Davis' has the name recognition to stand a chance during this governor's race. That's huge.
But without contributions from people like you and I, that dream of a Democrat governor in this fine state will die on the vine. If you are financially able, please make a donation to Davis' campaign and consider making it each month during her candidacy. I know that money is tight for many people, so it is also important that we spread the word and educate others about Davis and ensure that everyone you know is both registered to vote and shows up to the polls.
In the meantime, I want reiterate, it is critical that those of us who believe in her, #GiveToWendy. In a state with a population of 26 million people, the politics of Texas has a huge impact on a lot of people. We need that impact to be more positive, supporting, and empowering. A Davis administration would be a definitive step in the right direction.
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