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Wed Jul 28, 2021, 08:00 PM

Voting rights advocates set out on 1960s-style march to Austin: 'We need federal protection'

Several dozen religious leaders and community activists began marching Wednesday toward the Texas Capitol, invoking the civil rights movement of the 1960s as they work to build momentum for national voting protections and other progressive causes.

The marchers set out just after sunrise from Christ Lutheran Church in Georgetown, about 30 miles north of Austin, snaking three by three along a frontage road in the sticky summer heat. Highway traffic droned in the distance as they chanted protest songs and voiced their demands: an end to the Senate filibuster, a $15 minimum wage, immigration reform and congressional action to combat a slate of new voting restrictions passed by Republican states.

Aint gonna let nobody turn me around, they sang. Im gonna keep on a-walking, keep on a-talking, marching down to freedom land.

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https://www.houstonchronicle.com/politics/texas/article/We-need-federal-protection-Voting-rights-16346222.php


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Find out how to join the marches and rally on Saturday:
https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/
https://poweredxpeople.org/

Hope to see yall there!

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Mersky Jul 2021 OP
Mersky Jul 2021 #1
LetMyPeopleVote Jul 2021 #2
Mersky Jul 2021 #5
TexasTowelie Jul 2021 #3
TexasTowelie Jul 2021 #4
Mersky Jul 2021 #6

Response to Mersky (Original post)

Wed Jul 28, 2021, 08:08 PM

1. It's my understanding that hundreds turned out over the day

Was spaced out in rotations to accommodate social distancing in the summer heat.

Really smart and am lending my support as I can this week.

Im certain they want as many people as possible to turn out over the week leading up to the rally.

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Response to Mersky (Original post)

Thu Jul 29, 2021, 02:11 AM

2. It's marching time!

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Response to LetMyPeopleVote (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 29, 2021, 05:45 AM

5. Yes, it is marching time.

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Response to Mersky (Original post)

Thu Jul 29, 2021, 02:51 AM

3. I used to live in Georgetown during my college years and spent nearly two decades close to the city.

I'm thrilled that they were able to get such a large turnout for the march. I look forward to the messages that Rev. Barber and Beto will present on Saturday.

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Response to Mersky (Original post)

Thu Jul 29, 2021, 02:57 AM

4. Adding AP news coverage and video.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #4)

Thu Jul 29, 2021, 05:48 AM

6. Thanks for adding that

Feel free to add more! Appreciate all of your chronicling on DU, and yeah, is something to behold along that stretch!

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