Concert at Texas Capitol celebrates the block of controversial legislation

Crowds gathered for Jolt Texas’s event Unity Concert and March Against Hate and White Supremacy on Sept. 2. Speakers and performers delivered personal testimonies and calls to action between musical performances.

Jolt Texas is a movement of Latinos fighting for major issues: education, economic justice, immigrant and racial justice, and democracy and voting rights prevalent in the Latino community.

Organizers greeted attendees as they approached the south steps of the capitol. Their booth provided an opportunity to receive more information about future events and how to be a part of the organization.

The event was organized in protest to Senate Bill 4, the controversial immigration bill that would penalize local law entities that did not comply with immigration laws and detention requests. The day of the rally, the mood was celebratory especially after the news that a federal judge blocked SB4 recently on August 30.

Rumors of President Donald Trump ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, an executive order enacted by the Obama administration that granted temporary protection from deportation to over 800,000 people, was a subject that was touched on by various speakers.

“Our DREAMers are not pawns in a game to hurt other immigrants. The only true sanctuary in SB4 is a sanctuary for prejudice,” U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett.

Midway through the event, the Grammy award winning band, La Santa Cecilia performed. In between songs one member spoke of their personal experience of living in the U.S. undocumented and how he persevered beyond his documentation statues to accomplish his dreams.

Individuals waved signs that read, “NO HUMAN IS ILLEGAL,”  as they joined others dancing and singing.

A group of young women performed in vibrant colored quinceañera dresses as symbolism of unity because it is tradition for a quinceañera’s family to gather together.

Jolt Youth Organizer and DACA recipient Virdiana Sanchez gave testament to why she was there.

“I am undocumented. I want him [Trump] to know that we are right behind DACA, and we will not back down,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez is one of 800,000 DACA recipients in the U.S. Of these, Texas has the second largest amount of DACA recipients, roughly 124,000. It can be expected with the recent rescinding of DACA that more events like these will be popping up in resistance

“I am here to fight for my people and stand up for my community. Right now we are going through a lot. A lot of people are scared and terrified for the future. I am here to stand up for them and be there for them. We are here together and we are going to stay no matter what,” said Alex Casteneda, DACA supporter and Austinite.