Organizers behind the annual SXSW conference in Austin, Texas, are speaking out against the restrictions adopted by the state leadership this month.
Just before this Saturday’s National Women’s March in support of reproductive rights, the conference promises to stay in her hometown and fight Austin’s dedicated blue pocket.
“The SXSW stands against discriminatory laws and unequivocally upholds the civil rights of all persons everywhere,” the SXSW said in a statement on Thursday. “As residents of Texas, we are shocked by the passage of both SB4 and SB8, the country’s most limited state abortion bill, including SB1, which deliberately deprives voters.”
Bills that angered Hollywood a few weeks ago have opened the door to civil justice to help any party to an abortion in Texas. Landmark Row V.
“These bills not only negatively affect Texas’ reproductive freedom and voter rights, but also set a dangerous precedent across the United States. We have been hearing calls to leave the state we have been calling home for more than 0 years. These two bills do not reflect the diversity or evolutionary demographic and electoral tendencies of Texan voters, and they certainly do not reflect the progressive views of many in Austin.
Organizers detailed the economic catastrophe that led to the annual event, which called on thinkers in film, music, politics and technology.
“Austin is part of SXSW’s DNA, and we are committed to staying and fighting those who created us. We will continue to advance human rights at home and around the world using our platform. “
In addition to supporting women’s marches, SXSW will provide grants for Planned Parenthood, Lilith Fund and Fair Fight.
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