A few pics from the Texas Democratic Convention I attended, which took place on 6/27/14. When we first arrived, U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro was speaking. No pics because we were too busy watching his speech and the next few who followed him, while looking for our seats. He was followed by Senator Kirk Watson and Representative Trey Martinez Fisher. The latter gave an absolutely rousing speech (about a quarter of it in Spanish, the rest in English and he said different things in each language. Since I am fairly fluent in Spanish, I translated in my daughter's ear). Same thing with some of what Senator Van de Putte said, although she stuck mainly to English.  Truly magnificent!  One of the funniest parts of the night is when they showed a video of Senator Van de Putte with her large extended family, in the kitchen while she was talking about how Texas Republicans have chopped everything that helps hard working Texans and their children. As she was saying this in the video, she was chopping up a whole roasted turkey with a huge butcher knife, and by the end she was tearing it apart with her hands, LOL!  Talk about a great visual!  The crowd was howling with laughter, in a good way.

Leticia Van de Putte was introduced by a woman who served in the military. 

Wendy Davis was introduced by her two daughters. 

Yours truly, with a Wendy Davis sign

Senator Leticia Van de Putte, me, and my daughter, at the TX Democratic Convention, 6/27/14. She is currently running for Lt. Governor.
At what point must a female Senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over her male colleagues in the room?” asked State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte on the night of Wendy Davis' infamous filibuster, one year ago this month.  I was in the gallery in the Austin Capitol when she spoke those words.

Senator Wendy Davis (running for TX Governor), standing in front of the man in the suit, at the convention.  I took a pic with her, but it came out all blurry. :-(
However, we did have a lengthy conversation!

Crowd shot.

Crowd on their feet.

Wide shot, crowd, TX Dem Convention, 6/27/14. These pics don't do the crowd justice, 3/4's of the crowd were behind me from this vantage point. The hall was packed.

One other thing I must mention.  I was conversing with a woman in a wheel chair when I happened to look down and noticed her footwear. Guess what she was wearing? Yep, Wendy Davis' pink running shoes.  Even though this gracious, quick witted lady could not physically stand, she was Standing With Wendy in every way that mattered. (Just wanted to give her a shout-out.)