Say It Loud

Last June 25, Texas state senator Wendy Davis made history when she filibustered for ten hours in an attempt to prevent a law from passing that would severely restrict abortion in Texas. Although the bill did become law, Davis prevented the vote from taking place that night, and her efforts struck a chord with Oren Silverman of Counterpath Press, who has published the filibuster in book form: Let Her Speak, which was released in September.

“There’s this convention that when a book comes out, there’s a book launch and the author reads a selection from the book, which is hard to replicate with a filibuster,” he notes. “There were so many letters written in and so much dialogue in the chambers that to end up just reading a selection of it would almost undermine the filibuster itself…. This filibuster is locked in time as a historical moment, and there’s a lot in it that resonates.”

Instead, Counterpath is hosting a reading starting at noon today; various participants will help read the filibuster in its entirety. “It’s totally open if anyone wants to take part,” Silverman notes. “People can come in and hang out for ten or fifteen minutes, for five or six hours, or for the whole thing.” In addition, readers will get discounts on the text, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Planned Parenthood.

Head to Counterpath, 613 22nd Street; parallel readings will also be held in Boulder, North Carolina, California, New York City and Austin, Texas. Visit for details.
Sun., Nov. 3, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., 2013

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