I remember the disappointment I felt in 2008 when Prop. 8 passed. It was in direct conflict with the victory I felt when Obama was elected, but it was also a deeper feeling. A betrayal, really.
I’m a proud Californian. A proud Californian. I believe in what we do and who we are. I believe our diversity strengthens us. Sure, I roll my eyes at Hollywood shenanigans and Orange County conservatives, but I bask in the glory of San Francisco politics and Silicon Valley innovations.
I love living in a progressive state, so when Prop. 8 passed, I felt like I was punched in the gut. I felt for the first time that fear was driving my state - not educated and open-minded reasoning.
So today is a day for redemption. A day when I stop looking at other states making progress while mine stays stagnant. A day when the 5-year fight has paid off. A day when I can again, be proud of my state.
A day when my state is on the right side of history in this battle.
It’s a great day to be a Californian.
It was a really dark blemish on my beloved blue state.
If you’re “not all like that”, please call out the people in your particular group or movement who are just like that, rather than snapping at the people who do it for you.
If you have the energy to spend chewing out people who have been victimized by your group directly or indirectly, you should spend it on fixing that shit, or acknowledge that you yourself are probably just like that.
Can we please take a moment to acknowledge that Wendy Davis and Leticia Van De Putte on this day attended a special texas senate meeting to address an anti-abortion bill.
Wendy Davis filibustered for a goal of 13 hours, and was stopped just short of that in debate over whether sonograms are germane to abortion. PLEASE TAKE NOTE DURING A FILIBUSTER IN TEXAS, SHE HAS NO ACCESS TO WATER, RESTROOMS, OR FOOD. IF SHE IS CAUGHT LEANING ON ANYTHING, SHE GETS A STRIKE ESSENTIALLY. She remained standing the whole time regardless.
Leticia Van De Putte attended this special senate meeting ON THE DAY OF HER FATHER’S FUNERAL. She addressed the president of the senate being out of order numerous times; the biggest topic being whether or not sonogram laws were germane to abortion laws, in which she thoroughly explained why they are (Seriously? Do we have to have that explained anyways?). She then proceeded to be spoken over, and was not given a chance to speak, in which she calmly responded:
“At what point must a female senator raise her hand to be heard over male senator voices?”
Cheers erupted out of the house for 20 straight minutes.
THESE WOMEN ARE FIGHTING FOR YOUR RIGHTS. YOUR REPRODUCTION RIGHTS. YOUR PERSONAL RIGHTS AS A HUMAN BEING. IF IT WEREN’T FOR THEM, NEARLY ALL OF TEXAS ABORTION CENTERS WOULD HAVE TO SHUT DOWN. TEXAS IS A STATE THAT HAS FEW POLITICIANS LIKE THEM. SUPPORT THEM.
Whether you reblog, post on facebook, tweet on twitter. Spread the word, or donate to their campaigns to keep them where they are… PROTECTING THE RIGHT OF WOMEN IN TEXAS.
Because this isn’t affecting clincis that solely perform abortions. It affects any clinic that does abortions, Even if most of what they do is provide contraception or std testing or hormones or pap smears or any VARIETY of services that these type of place provide