Civil rights groups rally on Texas Capitol against controversial new laws

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Activists will hold a rally at the Texas Capitol on Saturday in response to controversial new laws passed during the special legislative session.

During the session, a number of Republican-backed bills were passed, including Senate Bill 8, which bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, and the Bill Senate Law 1 – which Republicans say focuses on election integrity, but Democrats argue it restricts access to the vote.

Various civil rights and social justice organizations have urged their supporters to join them at the rally, which will begin at the State Capitol at 3 p.m.

They said he would focus on several campaigns, such as Texans’ abortion rights, voting rights protection, comprehensive bail reform, raising the minimum wage and protecting the homeless. .

Civil rights organizations rallied for human rights on 9/11/2021 on the southern steps of the capital. (KXAN Photo / Tim Holcomb)

In announcing the rally, the organizations accused lawmakers of “waging war on the civil liberties of Texans” and described the special session as “the most repressive legislative session in 30 years.”

“History has its eyes on Texas as they continue to pass legislation that violates the most basic human rights of all Texans, especially women, the poor and people of color,” said Chas Moore, executive director of the Austin Justice Coalition.

“Dan Patrick, Black Texans are not the ones spreading COVID-19,” said Dr. Candance Matthews of the Texas Black Democrats. “Texans are dying of COVID because of Republicans’ incompetence and indifferent behavior.”

Voter registration efforts will also take place during the rally.

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