CALLING ALL SOCIAL JUSTICES WARRIORS:
Our democracy needs us. Our Texas lawmakers need us.
This week, the Speaker of the Texas House, Dade Phelan, signed 52 arrest warrants for the brave souls who are refusing to be complicit in taking away our sacred right to vote.
In the next 24 hours, WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION:
• Urge the 52 Democrats to Remain United and continue to stand for justice. Push Democracy Forward will compile these notes of encouragement to share with lawmakers. SEND AN EMAIL TO LAWMAKERS HERE.
• Help Fund Our Freedom Fighters with financial resources to support the Texas lawmakers who went to Washington, DC, to do what is right for us. MAKE A CONTRIBUTION HERE.
• Email Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan about your objections to his actions to suppress the right to vote: Dade.Phelan@house.texas.gov
• Our actions will define this moment for Texas and our nation. We deserve equitable opportunities for every opportunity to participate in the development of America’s democracy!
#HoldTheLineTX #KeepJusticeInMind #TxLege #OurVoteIsSacred #ClergyUnitedforJustice #EndVoterSupression #PushDemocracyForwardTX #TogetherWeWin #LetOurPeopleVote #BlackVotersMatter
The Movement Continues. We Won’t Go Back.
Brothers and Sisters,
Thank you for joining us in Washington, D.C. last week to promote a sacred movement for justice. This historic event to defend voting rights called nearly one hundred clergy from across the country to rally at the nation’s capital have taken place. We are grateful for your presence based on
Although the fight for justice is not finished, we continue to defend our sacred right to vote through peaceful demonstrations, marches, and rallies.
On July 12, Texas House Democrats packed their bags and headed for the nation’s capital in a high-profile effort to block the passage of GOP-backed voting restrictions. Democrats hoped their exodus would break what’s called a quorum — the minimum number of lawmakers needed to conduct business — so Republicans couldn’t pass legislation that could ban drive-thru and 24-hour voting, among other sweeping restrictions. The move quickly garnered condemnation from Republican officials, who vowed to do what they could to compel Democrats back to Austin. Democrats, meanwhile, hoped to leverage the national attention and advocate for a pair of federal voting bills.
Push Democracy forward ignited a flame in the hearts of Austinites to support our Texas House Democrats in Washington, D.C., as they sacrificed their own needs to fight for ours. To call attention to what is necessary to reshape democracy, we felt there was no other way but to carry our fight to Washington as well.
Leading up to the events themselves, Push Democracy Forward and collaborating organizations gathered morning, noon, and night to put together the strategic events to address key issues that our government has continued to ignore.
On August 2, Push Democracy Forward joined Dr. William Barber and the Poor People’s Campaign and the National Moral Monday Action to demand the end to the filibuster, passing all provisions of the For the People Act, raising the federal minimum wage to $15/hr, and permanent protections, dignity, and respect for all 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Following the National Moral Monday Action March, a black owned restaurant, The Park on 14th, hosted a reception with key leaders in this movement such as Rev. Jesse Jackson, Ms. Luci Baines-Johnson, Dr. Frederick Haynes lll, Chairman Chris Turner, Rep. Sheryl Cole, Rep. Nicole Collier, and Shuronda Robinson.
At the conclusion of the reception, guests were invited to Allen Chapel AME Church for a Worship Service. Souls were touched by Dr. Frederick Haynes, lll, and myself. Our voices were heard by God, and we pray that God carries our voices to the ears of our congressmen and women.
On our last day in the Capitol of the United States, we began our historic march at the Supreme Court which meant that we were calling attention to the forgotten saying “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth” (U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863).
We gathered under the steps of the Supreme Court of the United States to hold our government accountable for what they have promised, the exact phrase on the SCOTUS building, Equal Justice Under Law.
Congressman Al Green
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee
Rep. Chris Turner, Chair, Texas House Democratic Caucus
Rep. Nicole Collier, Chair, Texas Legislative Black Caucus
Rep. Ron Reynolds, Vice-Chair of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus
Rep. Jasmine Crockett, Texas House Member
Hon. John Love Dominique Alexander
Rev. Danielle Ayers
Pastor Michael Bell
Aimee & Marc Blase
Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III
Rev. Debra Manigult
Byron Marshall Phillip
Martin Tommy and Lynn Meredith
Sharee Thomas, Serenity Travels
And the entire Push Democracy Forward Team, with a special thanks to Black Voters Matter for the grant which allowed clergy members to travel to D.C.
In humility and gratitude,
Bishop James Dixon, II
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