It has reached a point of pure insanity at the Texas Legislature when they are forcing women who are there for the hearings on HB2 (link to live blog on the topic) to surrender the tampons they have in their purses. Texas women are angry over this bill, and they are afraid that they will be used as projectiles to throw at the legislature.
No matter where you stand on this bill, no one should have to surrender basic feminine hygiene products. Ludicrous!
The only “down side” to my surgery and my road trip is that I’ve missed the opportunity to be there for this critical time in Texas government. If I had not been in the hospital, or if I wasn’t on the road now, I would be there in Austin. It is hard reading the news from so far away.
If you ever for a moment thought that your vote doesn’t matter — look at this situation. I can’t help but wonder how many of the women (and men!) there in Austin right now fighting to be heard on this topic didn’t vote in the last round of elections because of things like “It doesn’t matter” or “Texas always goes Republican” or “My candidate won’t win” logic. Go. VOTE. It is your right. It is your duty as a citizen. If you want your government to change, YOU have to make it change.
Photograph by David Weaver.