Hot sunny weather, hard pavements, and achy feet did nothing to stop 600 Texans from marching in Austin to tell Rick Perry, ?We?re not going under!? and despite the grim business of having to be around Governor Perry, the mood of the rally Texans was strong, jubilant, and exciting. Over 4 full buses, and 3 vans from the Houston and Pasadena area joined hundreds of other Texans from Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin for the “Under the Bus” Rally.
In a peaceful demonstration of democracy these Texans, young, old, able bodied and disabled, entered the Texas Capitol in Austin where signs declaring ?Keep your hand off my Medicaid!? and ?Perry: 2 Million People Get Insured! How can you say No?!?, and filled the high, marble walls with their voices in song and chants.
Even capital tourists, who were unaware of Perry?s actions, joined in in support and signed a petition, filed along with the over 4,000 people after hearing what we had to say. After demanding to have an audience with Rick Perry, to present their case, the protesters were informed that Rick Perry had left early and was at the AT&T Conference Building to give a speech to the The Texas Tribune convention.
A mile long march took place to meet up with Perry, stopping briefly to listen soulful, passionate music and to get to know fellow Texans from other cities. Passers-by, clapped, yelled, and honked in support as the march proceeded. At the arrival to the Texas Tribune convention, protesters began to sing parodying nursery rhymes and even, ?Deep in the Heart of Texas?.
Despite the hundreds that marched to his door and then again to the convention, Rick Perry refused to meet anyone who would be affected by the decision that day.
The events leading up to the rally in the Texas Capitol began when Perry declared last July that he was willing to leave over 2 million Texans without health insurance. A decision stunning to the already 6 million Texans who are without any insurance at all and to the dismay of the medical community, as this decision would cost virtually nothing to the state and not accepting it does nothing to alleviate Texas from being in last place in health care coverage with an average of 1 in 4 Texans struggling with a decision to buy medicine, bills, or food, the majority being the working class.