Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. -Martin Luther King, Jr.
This morning I had breakfast—my first face-to-face meeting with a respected and valued Precinct Chair (PC) and Super Precinct Chair (SPC). I’ve been a PC since last June. However, I just became an SPC about a month ago. A native of Austin and a natural for politics, she reached out to help me in my new role. She wore the pin in the image. She gave me one, and I wore it. It said, ask me about voting.
We had a wonderful and productive time sharing our experiences mixed in with politics and strategy on how I could recruit leaders within my Super Precinct. We talked about voter registration. People must register their new address when they move or be ineligible to vote. In addition, kids turning eighteen are potential new voters to register. I was thrilled when she volunteered to do a voter registration table with me.
During the midst, a woman with an infant around two months raised her voice and referenced us as voters in a derogatory sense. With an infant in her arms, fussing, she menacingly circled our table, spewing Fox rhetoric, calling us socialist and demeaning terms.
We thought about leaving, then realized intimidation is a common practice to silence people. If voters succumbed to intimidation, this country would not be America, the land of opportunity. Trump and his mob would rule the country, and there would be chaos and violence against Black people, LGBTQ people, people living in poverty, and anyone who spoke the truth or disagreed with lies.
That woman with an infant, unhappy with how she held him, felt emboldened to provoke us for no reason. She could have triggered someone in that restaurant and jeopardized her infant’s life and everyone else.
Her behavior was on the heels of a mass shooting in Texas where the women threw themselves over two surviving children to protect them. Five people were killed, including an eight-year-old child. The suspect, 38-year-old Francisco Oropeza, was their neighbor and is still at large. If Republicans are pro-life, why aren’t they concerned about the lives of living children and adults? Instead, they ignore the now commonplace mass shootings and continue to stir anger, hate, and violence through Fox and right-wing media.
That woman tried to make us uncomfortable with our Democratic values of wanting a better world. She failed and eventually left.
Get informed and understand what’s going on around you. Voting makes a difference and is the only way many can make a difference.
Once more, Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. -Martin Luther King, Jr.
Travis County has an upcoming May 6 election. Early voting started and continues through May 2. Vote YES on Prop A and NO May on Prop B.
Court settlements related to police misconduct cost city taxpayers almost $20 million last year. Prop A will reduce those costs by ensuring police oversight with a strong deterrence for misconduct. Prop B will negate Prop A and allow police to continue investigating themselves without citizen oversight. For more information, visit votetravis.com