I am going to absolutely need to write everything out - probably tomorrow, but on the short side of this is, I’m incredibly disappointed in OFA and Battleground Texas.
Battleground Texas leapfrogged onto Tuesday’s activities - walked in like they owned the place and had a hand in organizing everything.
And, OFA sent out an email today that their state coordinator, Lauren Coffee (I know that’s got to be a real name, but it doesn’t sound like one) has been involved in the planning of everything going on.
The only trouble is, of all the names I’ve come across of the people I’ve met and seen at these events, and of all the organizations that have been instrumental to its success, none of them were either Battleground Texas or OFA.
I heard about Thursday’s scheduled committee testimonies from the ROADWomen (River Oaks Area Democratic Women) and, I’d have to go back and look, but likely the Lilith Fund and NARAL. (I’m a monthly contributor to NARAL.)
The only organization that I really have to go back and start getting emails from is Planned Parenthood and Brittany (don’t even remember her last name) was amazing and deserves so much credit for getting people together, keeping the peace, keeping people calm and organizing inside the capital.
I mean… The thing is… I’m an organizer. I do it for a living. Mostly political, but at times union-based and mostly, if you want to get technical, I’m a political organizer for unions. Unions, plural. Meaning I do it for multiple unions at the same time, and I know how difficult it is to get people on the same page, and with how hot tempers were on Tuesday, to keep them calm and getting all the information they needed. NARAL and Planned Parenthood did an exceptional job, and I can be a harsh critic on things like this. They did an exceptional job.
So, when I see people taking credit for it… especially when it seems to be two distinct organizations that kind of share in the same organizational structure, and it was a group that I once thought highly of, I am completely disappointed.
NARAL and Planned Parenthood began this fight during the regular session, they continued it on in the special session and they were instrumental to what this has turned into. Their respective state organizations deserve a ton of credit and I’m hoping that more people understand that than seem to, right now.