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