Recently, my boss and friend Eileen offered to put on an event. The date and place were to be determined, but the purpose had been set: celebrating you, your family, and your say in what the world around us should be like for our children. Today, I’m inviting you to a different event: date and place known, purpose still in flux. It could—I hope, will—be a celebration. But it could turn out more like a vigil or a protest . . . possibly even a memorial. The reason I don’t know is because it’s the We Support Affordable Health Care Rally, which will be held Thursday evening, a few hours after the Supreme Court delivers its ruling on the nation’s health care law.
You’ve heard it before. This is a really big deal for kids, women, all of us. The decision is huge, not because of some people running for office (which is where the media seem to focus), but for hard-working neighbors, friends, and acquaintances. People all around us are waiting on this decision to find out some pretty life-changing stuff: whether their sick child can see a specialist, whether they’ll be able to afford that needed prescription or surgery in the months ahead, whether care that could save a loved one or treat their pain is within reach. Maybe you are one of those people.
No matter what the court decides, the rally is a chance to get out and say, “Texans need health care to work better for us.” If you believe that, I hope you’ll come, no matter Thursday’s vibe. It will be from 5:30-6 p.m., June 28th, outside the south gates of the Capitol (11th and Congress). Kids are welcome, but be aware: this event is on a sidewalk, close to the street. If you bring your children, please help rally leaders keep them safe by making sure your little ones stay close by you.
Austin mamas-to-be Cheasty Anderson and Mimi Garciaare two of the organizers of Thursday’s rally
Written by: Christine Sinatra