About 100 local progressives, including Democratic stalwarts and pro-migrant activists, protested the grand opening of the King Street Patriots’ new voter suppression warehouse located off of Hempstead Highway and Loop 610.
Calling out their king Rick Perry, progressives held up signs voicing their opposition to Perry’s “emergency” measures, including intrusive sonograms for women and Mexican hunting measures (HB12). The biggest issue on the minds of protesters was Perry’s lack of leadership regarding the Texas budget. Calls for greater use of the Rainy Day Fund and support for teachers and students were among the protesters’ chants.
Some say King Street is a Republican party operation posing as a nonprofit organization. During the 2010 elections, KSP participated in a voter suppression operation which included challenging voter registration applications of mostly poor and minority voters, as well as polling location intimidation of minority voters.