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11 am CT, Monday, July 19th, Texas State Capitol
ATTENTION NEWS EDITORS: We are happy to connect you with rally participants from your community or region (see list below) before, during, or after the Let My People Vote Rally. We will have video and photos of rally participants boarding buses to Austin and participating in the event. We can also supply quotes from participants about why they feel called to get involved.
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“LET MY PEOPLE VOTE” Rally to Urge Texas Lawmakers to Rethink Restrictive New Voting Laws, Seek Common-Sense Reforms to Improve Voter Access, Forge Compromise
AUSTIN, TEXAS--Texas Impact, the nearly 50-year-old statewide advocacy organization representing Texans of faith working for justice, the League of Women Voters of Texas, the NAACP of Texas, and LULAC of Texas, will host a “Let My People Vote” Rally for Voting Rights at the Texas Capitol on Monday.
Texas Impact anticipates at least 400 rally attendees will convene at the Texas Capitol on Monday and call on state lawmakers to hit a reset button on voting reforms. The group rejects restrictive measures and wants state leaders to forge a compromise, focus on common-sense modernization of Texas’ election laws that will improve voter access and increase transparency in all Texas elections.
The rally is part of a more extensive advocacy program at the Texas State Capitol to bring the faith community together to support voting rights. After the rally, participants will visit their lawmakers’ offices to discuss the need to find common ground with common-sense reforms to Texas election laws.
WHAT: “Let My People Vote” Rally for Voting Rights
WHY: The issue of election reform is being cast in the national media as a completely partisan issue. But in Texas' 254 counties, voters of ALL parties participate in elections side by side, and Texans believe we can have election integrity that prevents fraud while protecting voting rights for all.
WHEN: 11 am CT, Monday, July 19, 2021
WHERE: South Steps, Texas State Capitol
WHO: Texans representing approximately 100 Texas House districts and 25 Senate districts.
Let My People Vote Rally speakers and featured participants include:
● Andrea Gibbud (Beeville, Texas), Member of United Methodist Women, former Bee County Tax Accessor, and former Republican Party Precinct Chair
● Rev. Bob Huie (Beeville, Texas), a retired United Methodist minister
● Linda Vaughn (Amarillo, Texas), a retired schoolteacher, church volunteer, member of Texas Association of Black Democrats and League of Women Voters
● Janis Richardson (Halletsville, Texas) League of Women Voters leaders
● Bishop Michael McKee (Dallas, Texas), North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church
● Bishop Sue Briner (Seguin, Texas), Southwestern Texas Conference of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
● Virginia Kase Solomón, CEO League of Women Voters U.S.
● Rodolfo Rosales Jr., (San Antonio, Texas) State Director, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) of Texas
● Sindy M. Benavides, CEO, (Washington D.C.) League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
● Gary Bledsoe (Austin, Texas), President, NAACP of Texas
● Rabbi Neil Blumofe (Austin, Texas), Texas Impact Board of Directors
● Min. Christian Watkins (Washington, D.C.), Advocacy Director, National Council of Churches
● Reverend Franz Schemmel (Weatherford, Texas), Pastor, Messiah Lutheran Church
● Reverend T. Randall Smith (Katy, Texas), a retired United Methodist minister
● Mary Brown (Jacksonville, Texas), a local civic leader and United Methodist Woman
● Cynthia Rives (Denton, Texas), a retired elementary school teacher and national leader in United Methodist Women
● Darlene Alfred (Salado, Texas), a real estate professional, small business owner, and national leader in United Methodist Women
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