College students rally for Beto O’Rourke at ACC, Huston-Tillotson

College students rally for Beto O’Rourke at ACC, Huston-Tillotson

Posted For: MugsMalone

Melanie Torre

College students in Austin rallied for Beto O’Rourke Wednesday. Students at Austin Community College’s Highland campus and students at Huston-Tillotson University turned out in large numbers for the gubernatorial candidate to hear him speak about the issues that have them fired up for next month’s election.

ACC Highland student Vinicio Garcia-Osorio introduced O’Rourke to a crowd of supporters.

“For him to show up at our small community college it’s definitely surprising and a very intense experience,” said Garcia-Osorio, who shared the stage with O’Rourke. Garcia-Osorio said as the son of an undocumented immigrant, immigration reform was a major issue he wants to see addressed. LGBTQIA+ inclusion is another concern fueling his support.

I’m a straight man, but I recognize I do have a privilege over my fellow LGBTQ Hispanic males as well. Even if they may look like me on the surface, they won’t be treated the same because of that small detail. That really shouldn’t matter at the end of the day, so I definitely feel like Beto’s the candidate to get that undone,” Garcia-Osorio said of the disadvantages and discrimination LGBTQ Texans face.

Marisol Fierro supports O’Rourke because he’s pushing for gun reform that she feels will make her state and her daughter safer.

“I have a 7-year-old who is in 2nd grade. Every time I drop her off at school a little piece of me stays with her and I feel a little bit scared,” she said about the threat of mass shootings in Texas schools. Fierro said she wants to make sure those who have access to firearms are physically and mentally capable of handling them safely and responsibly.

O’Rourke said a woman’s right to choose, support for public educators, expanding Medicaid and legalizing marijuana are other top issues he plans to tackle for Texans.

“Big things that Texans want to come together and be able to do, and it’s going to happen through young people like those here today who signed up to do the work,” O’Rourke said.

He told the crowd the campaign wasn’t about him, but was instead about them and what they’re capable of if they work together.

“People are coming out, not really for the candidate or for the party, but they’re coming out because their ability to make their own decisions about their own body are under attack. They’re coming out because they don’t want their younger brothers or sisters to be gunned down in their classrooms this year. They’re coming out because they want change and something better,” O’Rourke said. “I’m convinced we’re going to see historic voter turnout in the State of Texas that will be led by young people like those we saw today,” he added.

Election Day is November 8.

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