El Paso, TX (KTSM) — Organizers are encouraging El Paso women to get out and vote in the next election cycle in El Paso and throughout Texas, and they're bringing their message to the Borderland this Friday, November 8 with an organized rally at Memorial Park.
Vote with Texas Women rally will be held on Friday at Memorial Park from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will feature statewide elected officials, including El Paso Senator Jose Rodriguez (D), Senator Leticia Van De Putte (D - San Antonio), Senator Sylvia Garcia (D- Houston) along with local El Paso leaders, County Judge Veronica Escobar and County Attorney Joanne Bernal.
"Women face significant economic and health disparities every day in Texas. In addition to the most recent attacks on women’s reproductive rights, Texas women have some of the highest rates in the nation for poverty, wage inequality, being uninsured, lack of access to health care providers, and lack of quality education for themselves and their children. We must work to address these inequalities." organizer Lyda Ness said.
The event in El Paso is intended to empower women and their families to advocate for change and make their voices heard in the November 2014 election.
Senator Van De Putte is best known in Texas for driving to the Texas Captiol directly from her father's funeral in San Antonio the day of Wendy Davis' now infamous filibuster and asking "At what point must a female senator raise her hand for her voice to be recognized over the male colleagues in the room?"
The question sparked what was called the "People's Filibuster," the 15-minute long ear-splitting crowd reaction that caused the floor of the Texas Senate to go into a frenzy, ultimately delaying the vote on Texas' strict abortion laws until a second session was called by Governor Perry.
Planned Parenthood of Texas and a national chapter of Catholics for Choice are also among those organizers expected to be at the rally. Stand with El Paso Women, a local political action committee, whose goal is to get women to vote throughout Texas says that rally-goers can expect to have food served to them at the rally so they can stop by on their lunch break from work.
WHAT: Vote with Texas Women Rally
WHERE: Memorial Park Pavilion
WHEN: Friday, November 8, 2013; 11am-1pm