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Tuesday, March 11 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Can Stories Turn Texas Blue? Digital Media & HB2

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Citizen activism is at an all time high, using digital tools such as Twitter, Storify, and Vine to immediately telegraph and signal boost stories from the ground to the cloud. In 2013, the Texas Legislature held two special sessions on one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the US. Initial hearings were held and citizens were cut off from being able to speak. Because of this, thousands of pro-choice Texas citizens travelled to the Capitol to testify. While the stories were told in person, and by Wendy Davis during a filibuster in the first session, digital media elevated the testimonies to a national and global level. The use of storytelling technology, old and new alike, allowed cititzens to change the very nature of the debate and call attention in a bold new way to how politics can work at the state level, all while invigorating a brand new generation of activists.

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Julie Gillis

Co-ProducerBedPost ConfessionsJulie Gillis is a writer, producer, and speaker focused on social justice, civil rights, and human sexuality. She is a professional with over 15 years experience in theater production, event coordination, and organizational facilitation.
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Jessica Luther

WriterJessica Luther is a writer, journalist, and reproductive justice activist.

Tuesday March 11, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Austin Convention Center, Room 5ABC 500 E Cesar Chavez St

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