Texans March to Demand the Right to Vote

AUSTIN, Texas —  Former congressman Beto O’Rourke, the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber III, and thousands of voting rights activists participated in a four-day Moral March for Democracy that started from Georgetown and ended Saturday with a live concert by Willie Nelson at the State Capitol in Austin. The leaders and attendees embarked last week on a Selma-style march to stand together in support of protecting voter freedom in Texas and across the country as the GOP continues its massive assault on voting rights.

The imagery of the civil rights era isn’t just coincidental. Republican-led state governments across the country are implementing strict anti-voter laws to limit participation in elections after witnessing record-breaking voter turnout among the coalition of Democratic voters — including Black and Brown people, young people, and people with disabilities in the last election.

Texans from all parts of the state showed solidarity at a pivotal moment in this fight.  Their actions, along with the bold steps taken by the Texas Democratic legislators who broke quorum, demonstrate how urgent the call is to block these harsh Republican-backed anti-voter laws not seen since the Jim Crow era.

Beto O’Rourke speaks to thousands of attendees in support of protecting Texans’ voting rights at the Moral March for Democracy on July 31 at the state Capitol. (Photo/Beto O’Rourke)

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

“Governor Greg Abbott and Republican lawmakers in Texas are trying to take back the rights we won decades ago through great sacrifice. Voting is a fundamental right of all Americans and we cannot let the GOP take us back to the Jim Crow era, a time when only a select few had a say in how we shaped our nation.

“We will not go back. The only path is forward and that is why Texas Democrats are taking a stance by leading the national movement in Texas and in D.C. through marching, speaking out, and advocating in the halls of power.  We will not stop fighting until every Texan is guaranteed the rights afforded them through the sweat and tears of past generations.”