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I went to the rally at the Texas Capitol today. Wow. It was just amazing. People came from all over the state. We filled the whole south lawn -- all the way down to the street, and it's a big lawn. And it was noon on a Monday in Texas. Come with me to see the pictures.

We were apparently so scary that mounted officers had to be imported from Houston:

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now, granted, there were a whole lot of us:

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Natalie Maines sang the national anthem & of course, that song about not making nice -- the whole crowd sang along:

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this airplane circled us the whole time (I cropped this picture down, in photobucket, it shows the plane with the banner saying "Stand with Wendy, I don't know why it doesn't here):

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did I mention that there were a whole freaking lot of us

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there were speakers -- 2 amazing rabbis, whose names I don't remember, sorry - but they were both great -  and my friend the fantastic Jim Rigby

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and the fantastic Senator Van de Putte, she of the "how loud does a woman have to speak?" question (and this picture is oriented right in photobucket, I don't know why it isn't here, but I'll try to fix it)

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and my state senator, Kirk Watson - who I am so proud to call my friend - he was the one playing the Senate rule book like Clapton on guitar

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then there were 2 actresses - Lisa Edelstein and Stephanie March (& if anyone recorded Ms March's speech & loaded it on youtube, I would be so grateful -- she was freaking amazing)

then there was Cecile Richards, who is so very much her mother's daughter:

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and of course, the star of the show, Wendy Davis, here she is with all the other elected officials who spoke:

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and here she is speaking:

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I think this is the best one -- you can see my state Rep, Elliott Naishtat, behind her & to the left (he is the best, kindest person you could ever hope to meet)

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an exhausting, amazing day -- as I go through my pictures, I'll edit this diary & add to it

Originally posted to anotherdemocrat on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 03:38 PM PDT.

Also republished by TexKos-Messing with Texas with Nothing but Love for Texans, Houston Area Kossacks, and Barriers and Bridges.

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