A Texas-Sized Moment Built On Beto O’Rourke’s Massive Rallies

Texas stands at a monumental moment in statewide political history.  Beto has run an all-around impressive campaign that seems the Size of Everything – from its fundraising performance, to the success of its voter contact operation, to its budding romance with our nation, and most importantly – in the thousands of Texans magnetized to his events for the future of Texas.

As a reminder, we launched Poli Pix Co. to offer substantial media support to progressive movers and shakers across the Southwest, and have devoted significant attention toward documenting Beto’s meteoric rise this cycle.  To celebrate our collective standing at the foot of history-in-the-making, we’re taking a look at our final chapter in Beto’s visual storyline to Election Day.

This photo essay begins on the sunset of September, when supporters descended onto Austin’s Auditorium Shores for ‘Turn Out For Texas’ – a historic Beto rally headlined by Texas musical artists Willie Nelson and his Family Band, Leon Bridges, Joe Ely, Tameca Jones, and Carrie Rodriguez.  The following day reports on the attendees varied between 55,000 and 63,000 (campaign organizer estimates), making this rally the largest since a presidential campaign event for Barack Obama that drew 73,000 in 2008.

We hopped back on the trail as Beto pursued a tour of Texas colleges and universities just days ahead of Texas’ voter registration deadline. Defying conventional campaign logic, he engaged first-time voters in a manner that spoke to the issues that really matter to them – action on climate change, protecting women’s rights to their own body autonomy, ensuring equitable access to affordable healthcare, and standing up protections for LGBTQ communities everywhere. The newest leaders in Texas responded in-kind.  As of the close of Early Voting in Texas last Friday, participation from registered voters aged 18-29 had blossomed by over 500% when compared to the Early Voting period of 2014’s midterm elections. Looking back on our event galleries from across the state, it’s easy to see this would come to pass.

Other events are sprinkled in, as well. Enjoy!


Civil Rights History Made Again At Good Street Baptist Church

Looking back a few weeks from this event, it’s our observation it was in the Southside of Dallas where the sands truly began shifting toward Beto O’Rourke’s effort to oust Ted Cruz from the U.S. Senate.

It was here where the confluence of important discussions about racial injustice and a historic setting clicked together to catapult Beto into the portion of his campaign forever defined as massive rallies happening throughout Texas.  Sure, up until this point, Beto had filled plenty of rooms with above-capacity crowds.  But it was on September 14th at the Good Street Baptist Church in the Dallas suburb of Oak Cliff, where Poli Pix Co. observed Beto drawing crowds consistently numbering over 1,000 people in attendance.

Days before this rally, Beto’s comments on black athletes’ rights as Americans to peacefully protest racial injustices on the field went viral and both drew the focus of national news media and began cultivating national acclaim by Americans close to the issue.  Take that environment and overlay it with an already-tense community affected by the unjust killing of Dallas resident Botham Jean in his own apartment in the weeks prior.  And finally, consider the historical significance of this rally’s venue – the historic Good Street Baptist Church – as being the only church in Texas to welcome a sermon from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. back in 1956.

What you are left with as the product of this calculus is nothing less than a defining moment in this Senate race. Poli Pix was truly humbled to join the community of Good Street for this historic occasion; the exact time and place where the important work of addressing criminal justice reform took center stage for the people of Texas.

Here are a few of our images from the event:



March For Our Lives’ #RoadtoChange Tour in Dallas, TX

Poli Pix Co. has been BUSY! We were fortunate enough to be invited to contribute to March For Our Lives’ #RoadToChange Tour throughout the organization’s planned stops across Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado.

All along the ‘Road to Change’ the survivors-turned-activists from Parkland, Florida are joining other gun safety advocates for events to register and engage new voters in the political process. This event at Paul Quinn College in Dallas, TX drew and estimated 500-600 people.

Here’s a sample of the full gallery we provided to the organization (21/81 total photos):