race + gender + politics

Real G’s Do Real Things #Gladiator

June 26, 2013
Yes, that's right, I move in silence like lasagna.

Yes, that’s right, I move in silence like lasagna.

I spent most of my Tuesday doing work and reading snippets about the SCOTUS ruling on the Voting Rights Act. Le sigh. I may revisit the VRA in another post. I don’t have the energy now… Anyway, it wasn’t until I got home from dinner with a college friend that I learned of Wendy f*cking Davis. The realest G.

Wendy Davis is a Democratic senator for the Texas Senate who held down a one-woman filibuster to block a GOP-led effort to impose stringent new abortion restrictions throughout Texas. This should come as no surprise to anyone because Texas is a [redacted] [redacted] piece of [redacted] state that should no longer be allowed in the union – we don’t need them, Arizona, or Florida really. I won’t even get into the dirty politics Texan GOP senators played trying to suspend the filibuster (fail), or how they tried to vote after midnight! (-_-) This post ain’t about [redacted] Texas! IT’S ABOUT WENDY!!

Wendy stood her ground (no Florida) for the filibuster for over ELEVEN HOURS!!! Why?? Because she had to. Texas Senate rules for a filibuster dictates that a senator must stand continually, without assistance (by person or object), while remaining on topic (you get two warnings to stay on topic – before a vote can take place to kill the filibuster). So in an attempt to run down the clock on the abortion bill, Wendy stood on the floor in her pink sneakers for over 12hrs – no sitting, no leaning, no food, no water, no bathroom. This woman just stood and talked – in a room full of men trying to control vaginas – stood and talked.. for 11 frikkin hours! Sorry Olivia Pope but Wendy is the true White Coat GLADIATOR. #StandWithWendy

And guess what NATIONAL media was covering during this time?? Not Wendy.1 *facepalm* Oy bleeping vey. SMDH.

Nonetheless, thank you Wendy Davis for quite literally standing up for women’s reproductive rights!!!! Your courage and commitment are truly inspiring. And your bad ass G ways give me hope. I just pray that people see what’s going on in local and state governments and take voting outside of the presidential elections more seriously. Pleeeease Lord. Be the change, America.

Had you heard about Wendy Davis? What do you think about her 11hr filibuster? Would you be a G and for real for real stand up for something you believed in?

Stay woke, folks!
~Gem, Gladiator-in-Training

1 Even my beloved MSNBC was focused on that damn John Snowden. Meanwhile, was said to be covering… blueberries?? Hmmmm… #priorites

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  • Reply Wu Young, Agent of M.E. June 26, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I didn’t watch the news yesterday but i did see that Wendy was hard bodying the Texas state legislature. Good for her. I’m impressed. If I found the right cause I would go balls to the wall but at the moment I don’t know what that cause is. (Or maybe I do but haven’t cleaned out my brain enough to realize what the deal is.)

    *side note* I found it funny that Snowden is hiding out protesting for freedom in two nations that aren’t fond of freedom and sh*t. Also if I’m Big Vlad Putin “Opulence, I has it!” I would snatch Snowden and milk him for every bit of information I could get. That’s just me though.

    • Reply gemmieboo June 27, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      lolol i was thinking the same thing re: Snowden. that whole story is a sh*t-show and im quite frankly tired of talking about him.

  • Reply Brandi June 26, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I heard about Sen. Davis yesterday too. I think Wendy Davis is awesome. I can’t imagine talking about anything for 12 hours….. Hell my tiny bladder would have exploded by hour 2. I’m thankful for her efforts.

    • Reply gemmieboo June 27, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      girl! i run my mouth all the time but 12hrs? and having to stay on topic? i cant stay on topic for 30min. i be all over the place. smdh.

  • Reply Tunde June 26, 2013 at 11:16 am

    i caught the news around 8pm EST or so because of twitter. i tell you who did cover this story. rachel maddow. one of the reasons why i love her. i want to buy her a beer. i’m proud of wendy davis. she did what a lot of people wouldn’t/couldn’t.

    • Reply gemmieboo June 27, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      yeah, Rachel Maddow is the best.

  • Reply miss t-lee June 26, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Of course, I’d heard about Wendy…lol This SB5 had been the talk of Austin for the last month, I was glad to see it finally hit the national news. When I heard they were going to filibuster, I was hype! If I hadn’t have been off on vacay for my bday the last few days, I would have actually went over to the Capitol building, and been part of the “unruly mob” as our Lt. Gov called them.
    This isn’t the first time the Dems of the Texas Lege have had to pull out all the stops to ensure
    the GOP doesn’t get their way.

    Case in point: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Eleven

    I’ll let you have your shots about Texas. However the GOP are the ones who continue to bring up these redic azz laws throughout the country (Voter ID et.al) , and as we discussed last night–folks better pay attention to what is going on with their local government first, before getting up in arms about national topics. Local government is definitely what’s going to make the most difference in your day to day lives.

    • Reply gemmieboo June 27, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      lol yeah i know you know! this whole thing is crazy. and you’re right, its not ALL of Texas (hell, yall got damn Wendy Davis lol), but unfortunately Texas is controlled by these nut bags who are contradictory and dont give a damn about anybody but their own interests (those of white, paid men). and its so sickening what they are doing.

      i do hope enough people in the state WAKE UP and start making some changes that help all people and not just the select few.

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