Stand With Texas Women Not A Grassroots Movement

RECEIVED Thu., Sept. 12, 2013

Dear Editor,
    It is totally inappropriate to choose Stand With Texas Women as a grassroots movement [“Best Grassroots Movement: Stand With Texas Women,” Sept. 13]. It was not. It was the Democratic Party, if you paid attention. They orchestrated a lot of what happened at the Capitol, but they only organized to get Democratic support to come out.
    Rise Up Texas is a grassroots movement that garnered national attention about reproductive rights in Texas. In fact, Wendy Davis let us know she appreciated our efforts, but we were not a part of the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party tried to co-opt us from the very beginning. And whenever we planned actions they disapproved of, they tried to squelch us. They wanted all the attention on them, but they weren't able to draw as much attention nationwide as we did.
    Perhaps you need to revise your definition of grassroots. Rise Up Texas is still in existence and not going away. What is Stand With Texas Women doing these days besides supporting the Democratic Party and a Wendy Davis candidacy?
    I really resent the Democratic Party being considered a grassroots movement when it's not.
Marty McDougal
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