August 24, 2021
We at March On have been very fortunate to work with you over the last several weeks crafting events in Dallas and Houston that bring Texans together to demand voting rights legislation. Unfortunately, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the March On for Voting Rights events in Houston and Dallas this Saturday.
Throughout this planning process, we have been committed to holding safe gatherings and complying with local COVID-19 mandates here in Texas as we march for our rights. Interest was strong even as we incorporated COVID mitigation protocols to keep all our attendees safe, including masking and requiring proof of vaccinations in Houston. The truth is, more Texans are in Houston regional hospitals for COVID right now than at any time during this pandemic. Even when there are beds in Houston hospitals, there is not enough staff. Just today, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced she was asking for $30 million in county funding to pay for relief nurses. Last week 89 Texas hospitals reported that their ICUs were full, jeopardizing all healthcare statewide. For every case of the Delta variant, 8 additional people are infected. Given the state of public health in Texas at this moment, we feel that cancellation is the appropriate decision.
We are grateful for your support, time and commitment, and we are as committed to Registration Nation and civic engagement efforts in Texas as ever. We look forward to marching on with you in the fight for federal voting right protections in the coming months.
In the meantime, we hope you will join us in encouraging others to do their part in helping to address this public health crisis. Visit https:www.vaccines.gov/ to find a vaccine location near you or call 844-908-3927 for a mobile vaccinator. Together, we can end this pandemic.
The March On Texas Team