Wendy Davis Was One Of Many

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I love Wendy Davis! I want her to be my governor. I am proud of what she did this summer.

But this?

This is not okay.

Thousands – THOUSANDS – of Texans worked together this summer to create the moment when Davis was even able to filibuster. And then when the Texas GOP shut her filibuster down, thousands of Texans literally used their voices to stop SB5 from passing.

I wrote a piece at Feministing the week of the “citizens’ filibuster” to highlight all of the Texans I stood along side in the weeks previous to that night and on that night (and, as it turned out, for weeks after that).

When Ted Cruz held his not-a-filibuster filibuster a few weeks ago, there was a lot of right-wing complaining about why the media wasn’t covering Cruz’s not-filibuster in the same way that the media covered Davis’. Forget that Davis was actually filibustering, forget that Davis was doing something amazingly progressive in a deeply red state and with an incredibly hostile party controlling the terms of the filibuster, forget that the media didn’t actually pay any attention to her the night of the filibuster and only cared the next day after they learned of the her heroics and the way the night ended, and forget that Davis was addressing an issue (the conservative fight to end access to abortion across the US) that, had Davis ultimately succeeded, would have made people’s lives better and not worse. Forget all of that.

The HUGE difference between Davis and Cruz that I want to draw attention to in this post: the support in person of citizens at the capitol in which they stood and talked. Davis had THOUSANDS of constituents who showed up to support her. Cruz barely had any support inside the chamber, forget outside of it.

If you are going to tell the story of any one person involved in this summer’s protests at the Texas state capitol – even if that person is Wendy Davis – you need to talk about how it was NOT an army of one (and, for the record, Davis is VERY clear about this whenever she talks about this summer). That erases so many people, erases so much hard work, erases so much collaboration, erases so much truth, and destroys the reality of those seven weeks that launched Davis into the political stratosphere. The beauty, the wonder, and the joy of this summer was being part of something huge, of being part of something that involved so many other people.

Please, don’t erase that.

(also, if you live in Texas, please go vote for Wendy Davis for governor in November 2014. and everyone, even if you live outside of Texas, consider donating to her campaign.)

5 Responses

  1. Paula Trietsch Chaney says:

    Hi, Jessica,

    I have taken to calling Cruz’s craziness the SillyBuster. It seems to fit.

    You are so right about it being a heavy lift all summer. It’s going to be a heavy lift to get Wendy elected, but we are ready to make it happen. So many different voices all harmonizing around the same tune. It’s ‘Texas, Our Texas’, and it will be again soon.

  2. Lee says:

    When the politicos do the math and say Wendy Davis cannot be elected, they are neglecting one very important factor. We who were at the Capitol and witnessed our Texas government in action are now girded for battle.

    Now it’s personal.

    A friend and I waited in line 13 hours to testify against HB2. We are not young starry eyed liberals. We are middle aged women, from the most staunchly republican bastion in the entire state (the Park Cities, in Dallas) We fought this fight for women’s rights when we were young, and we are pretty peeved that we have to gear up and fight it again.

    We are putting our money where our mouth is, we are going to be organizing and volunteering, and we are not going to be going gentle into that good night. We will be willing to jeopardize longstanding friendships by actually talking about politics with our neighbors. We will be putting yard signs up in the reddest of neighborhoods. And buying them by the dozen because we know we will be putting a new one up each morning as they get stolen.

    There are a hell of a lot of women who are not going to sit down and be polite Southern ladies anymore. So put that into your equation and smoke it, politicos.

  3. Ellen Sweets says:

    I wore my “Stand with Texas Women” t-shirt on my return to the U.S. from the Virgin Islands. I was pleased that so many people smiled at the shirt or actually volunteered that they had already sent a donation. last night at dinner ( I was too tired to go home and cook) a table of 4 women sitting next to me interrupted a birthday celebration to announce they were ardent Davis supporters. One had already committed to an ongoing campaign gift. As a unified front, we can make this work!

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