Bloomberg Quicktake: Now published this video item, entitled “Beto O’Rourke, Activists Begin 30 Mile Voting Rights March in Texas” – below is their description.
Church leaders and former Democratic congressman Beto O’Rourke are leading a nearly 30-mile voting rights march in Texas.
The walk began Wednesday with nearly 100 participants in suburban Austin and will is scheduled to end this weekend at the state Capitol.
The march is the latest effort by Democrats to keep up the pressure over voting rights at a time when the prospects of action from Congress is fading.
Texas Democratic lawmakers left the state earlier this month to again block passage new GOP-backed elections laws.
But Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has said he will immediately call another special session once Democrats return.
O’Rourke began the march at the back of the line as the Rev. William Barber, the national co-chairman of the Poor People’s Campaign, led the group out of Christ Lutheran Church carrying signs that included “Pass All Provisions of the For the People Act” — the stalled federal legislation that would touch on virtually every aspect of how elections are conducted.
Police blocked the interstate frontage road as the slow-moving crowd set off toward Austin. About a mile after starting, Barber held up the crowd to remind them over a bullhorn to stay socially distanced.
O’Rourke, the former Democratic congressman and presidential candidate has not ruled out a run for Texas governor in 2022,
The march that shut down the frontage road of Interstate 35 during morning traffic, funneled between restaurants and cut a path from red statehouse districts to blue ones is heavier in symbolism and political purpose.Bloomberg Quicktake: Now YouTube Channel
Got a comment? Leave your thoughts in the comments section, below. Please note comments are moderated before publication.