While we were inside the House gallery, all four floor levels of the rotunda were filling up with protesters clamoring for justice, awaiting our exit from the House so that we could join them in what ultimately became a rally outside on the South steps of the capitol upon getting forced out of the rotunda by state police.
We chanted for hours. The chant I loved the most is "This is what democracy looks like!" Why? Because this, along with the First Amendment, seems to be an inconvenient truth for folks like Rinaldi.
Check out this news bit from today's Dallas Morning News that lists Rinaldi as one of the worst legislators this legislative session. It would line up for someone like him this way and speaks to the need for our community in Irving to show up in great numbers at the ballot box. In fact, among other things, this is what the protestors were announcing. That they would remember who voted how on SB4 and that legislators will be held to task.
The "Dreamer Movement," in case you don't know, began in Texas and goes back to the 2001 legislature with the passage of House Bill 1403. We now, of course, have many states throughout the country that have similar bills that allow undocumented students to go to college without having to pay the tuition costs of out-of-state, foreign residents. And now we have the federal DREAM Act. By virtually any measure we might fashion, this is an impressive achievement.
As Mexico’s greatest, most beloved president Benito Juarez once expressed,
“Entre los individuos, como entre las naciones, el respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz.” (“Among individuals, as among nations, respect for the rights of others is peace.”)
Let's join together as communities and work in partnership to engage global issues of individual, group, and societal concern locally, not the least of which is eliminating not just the letter—but perhaps most especially, the spirit—of the law that undergirds this hateful legislation. Same for myriad other social issues, as well.
Please say no to SB4! Now, on to the courts where the constitutionality of SB4 will get challenged—and, I anticipate, successfully.