Latinos For Texas Blog

2006-Sep-19

Ann Richards (1933-2006)

Filed under: — LaGirlFriday @ 11:19 pm

In April of 2004, my Mom and I traveled to DC to take part in the March for Women’s Lives. Many of us had waited for this day for months. We had volunteered, planned, and raised money. We were ready to show the world that we were marching for social justice for all women, AIDS funding, family planning, and reproductive freedom.

That Sunday morning the Texas Delegation packed into some room in some building with Regan’s name on it. We mingled, we took pictures, and we erupted into a standing ovation when Ann Richards entered the room – clad in white and surrounded by her daughters and granddaughters. Molly Ivins spoke, Sarah Weddington followed, and then Richards ignited the crowd and challenged us to take the fight home before she led us to the National Mall under a giant Texas flag.

The good news is that they cannot silence American women.
We are here today to say, once again, that no judge, no bureaucrat, no government official has the right to tell us whether or when we will have children.
We are not fighting for mere convenience or selfish ambition.
We are fighting for our sons and daughters who deserve medically sound advice about their sexual health.
We are fighting for the confidentiality of the doctor patient relationship.
We are fighting for the confidentiality of hospital and clinic records.
And we are fighting for the right of every child to be a loved and wanted child.
This is a crucial year.
And the march today is a beginning.
We must register our sisters…and we must vote.
Because when women vote, we win.
Tomorrow, we will go home and get to work.
Because we are fighting for our lives.
And we will not be stopped.

Liz Smith, in her remembrances of Richards, described her best friend as a warrior on a lifelong mission for equality and justice. And fittingly, she closed by saying, “Ann Richards was the most alive person I have ever known in my life. Let’s keep her that way.”

Here’s hoping the warrior lives in all of us.

Better Late Than Never: Juan Garcia for HD32

Filed under: — LaGirlFriday @ 10:35 pm

Earlier this year Juan Garcia unexpectedly attended a LFT meeting. He lit the room up with laughter and left an impression on all of us. The impromptu meeting played a part in our decision to back Garcia. How couldn’t we? He’s nearly perfect.

Ten of us headed to Corpus on a hot, humid day in August to do a little voter registration and meet Garcia. Gracious and welcoming, Garcia spoke to us individually, taking the time to hear each of our stories. His presence puts you immediately at ease and once you break the ice you can talk about anything. It’s easy to believe he gets what you’re talking about and to believe he might be a true servant-leader.

HD 32 is pretty big. We worked in two towns in opposite directions from Corpus. Although the cities were a good 30 minutes from the Corpus Bay, they were pretty densely populated. The overall population was mixed, but the town we were in was obviously divided by the tracks – real nice neighborhood on one side and nice neighborhood on the other. And let’s not forget it was hot. Like you’re standing on the sun hot. And steamy. And when you stopped walking there were gnats – thousands and thousands of gnats. But that didn’t make it any less fun. There’s nothing better than driving across Texas – headed to the beach with your friends – trying to be a part of change. This trip brings our county total up to six – Bexar, Hays, Nueces, San Patricio, Travis, and Williamson.

We ended the trip with dinner, a stroll on the beach, an encounter with a possible jellyfish (we still aren’t sure) and some fishing at Bob Hall Pier. We caught two fish. They were the size of minnows.

We might be in Rockport next. Stay tuned… with the cooler weather the beach is going to be awesome.

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