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Wendy Davis shares political plans and personal stories during on-campus rally

Wendy Davis shares political plans and personal stories during on-campus rally

Wendy Davis shares political plans and personal stories during on-campus rally
September 05
16:55 2014

Rhiannon Saegert / Senior Staff Writer

Senator Wendy Davis spoke about her personal experiences, the role of education, and her plans for education in Texas at a rally in the library mall September 5.

More than 500 people attended the rally. The crowd cheered and applauded even as they fanned themselves with their campaign signs.

Shirts, stickers and signs saying “African-Americans for Wendy,” “Women for Wendy,” “Latinos for Wendy,” “LGBT for Wendy” and other, similar messages were on sale.  A sign on the podium read “A Governor Who Fights For ALL Texans.”

The Rev. Colleen Darraugh from the Metropolitan Community Church of Greater Dallas led a prayer before Davis spoke. After the convocation, the pledge and the national anthem, Davis took the stage.

The inclusive message was echoed in Davis’ speech when she compared the current struggles of Texans to the Civil Rights Movement.

“Throughout the history of our nation, people who were my age then and your age now hadn’t just put destiny back on course, they had worked to actually change that course when it needed to be done,” Davis said. “Like when lunch counters and buses and ballots were actually luxuries you had to march for and sit in for. Those giants of the civil rights movement who risked everything and feared nothing to change our nation’s course. ”

She recounted her life as a young single mother, her enrollment in Tarrant County College, then Texas Christian University and her graduation from Harvard Law School.

“I tell you that story not because it’s unique, but precisely because it’s not,” Davis said.  “My whole life I’ve seen Texans work hard to change their lives and make a better life, but it’s much harder for someone to be able to tell the story that I can stand and tell today, because we aren’t supporting our college system and the financial aid is in dramatic decline and I’m going to work very hard to make sure that we turn all of that around for generations to come.”

She criticized her Republican opponent Greg Abbott for promising to veto the Texas Equal Pay Act, an act which would close the wage gap between women and men in Texas, saying his refusal would not only be unfair, but would hurt Texas families.

“This is a fairness issue. It’s a family issue,” Davis said. “Women are equal partners and breadwinners in their households and denying them the pay that they have earned is holding Texas families back and it’s holding Texas back.”

She also criticized the Republican platform’s plan for education.

“True to that platform, and for the last four years, Greg Abbott has been in court, fighting over 600 Texas school districts, defending cuts that have left our classrooms overcrowded, caused so many teachers to lose their jobs and closure of schools all over this state,” she said.

Davis said her platform includes full-day pre-k and increased funding for schools.

Former teacher Frances Wilson from Carrollton said she was there to show her support for Davis and hear her plans for health care and education reform.

“I understand that Greg Abbott was proposing a test for four-year-olds,” she said. “Children come from socio-economic backgrounds that are so diverse. It’s the ones who don’t get the exposure who need that pre-k and reading and stimulation, so I can’t go for that.”

Psychology senior Sallana Short said this was her first political rally.

“She’s one of the few people in the political sphere that I feel like might actually be a decent human being,” Short said.

Featured photos:Wendy Davis, senator and Democratic gubernatorial candidate, spoke about her own education and state education policies at a campaign rally on the Library Mall Friday. Photo by Joshua Knopp – News Editor

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