photo by Jana Birchum

Best Sitting Down to Stand Up for Immigrants' Rights

SB 4 Sit-in

Until May, many of us had only read about sit-ins in our history books in the chapter on the Civil Rights movement. But this summer local advocates – including District 4 Council Member Greg Casar, Rev. Jim Rigby, NARAL’s Heather Busby, and ACC Trustee Julie Ann Nitsch, among many others – plopped down defiantly in the lobby of Gov. Greg Abbott’s offices to demonstrate against the anti-immigrant Senate Bill 4. Singing protest songs, they peacefully refused to budge until Abbott vetoed the hateful law. Since the guv failed to pick up that veto pen, the Texas Department of Public Safety cuffed 18 protesters. (The law is now in legal limbo, with some parts in effect.) It was a stirring moment of solidarity that deserves its own spot in the history books.

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