Trump visited the southern border city of McAllen, TX while pursuing $5B in funding for a border wall which, of course, resulted in the longest shutdown of the federal government.
Trump’s supporters and counter-protesters lined either side of the demonstration area, later co-mingling in confusion when Trump’s motorcade emerged from a driveway at the local airport.
One of the tensest protest situations we’ve attended. At least 2 arrests, and caught on our camera. Murmurs of possible domestic terror threat interdicted by law enforcement; what’s the narrative of politically-motivated aggression by Trump supporters?
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.
As part of our commitment to support strong women who can shake up the political landscape in the age of Trump, we’re highlighting content of two remarkable Democratic candidates running in Texas.
Pictured below from a 9/16 Erath County Candidate Forum held at the courthouse in Stephenville, TX are: retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Kim Olson, who is running for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture; and Julie Oliver, an Austin attorney running on a powerful personal story to serve the TX-25th Congressional District as its Representative.
This evening caps yet another stellar day of early voting across the State of Texas, so we’re highlighting some impressive figures and corresponding images coming out Collin County, TX. We’re not surprised. Back in mid-September, we observed a remarkable indicator of appeal for Beto at a 9/15 campaign rally hosted at Legacy Hall in Plano. The crowd numbering around 2,000 shocked our assumption about the kind of Democratic turnout possible for North Texas.
We’re frantically working to deliver all of our still outstanding 2 dozen event galleries before Early Voting opens and closes, which starts today and ends on November 2. So here’s one from a sweltering afternoon in Denton, TX on September 15, 2018! This rally for Beto drew at least 1,500 people at the Backyard on Bell – a supremely cool local spot.
Poli Pix Co. recently ran a contest on its social media channels (@PoliPixCo) to volunteer some event photography to a candidate or party office, continuing our project to enhance Democratic narratives around the Southwest.
Thanks to some tremendous volunteers and supporters, Julie Oliver received the most submissions! Oliver is a tremendous candidate with a compelling personal story and comes equipped with over 20 years of experience in healthcare finance and as an attorney. Poli Pix was thrilled to volunteer a little bit of our time at this event – Democracy After Dark at Austin’s Kerbey Lane Cafe – and at another a few days later.
Other candidates in attendance pictured are Democratic congressional candidate for TX-21 Joseph Kosper and candidate for Austin City Council, District 9, Danielle Skidmore.
At the end of August, Beto O’Rourke concluded a 34-day tour of town halls across Texas with a high-energy event at Downtown El Paso’s 501 Bar & Bistro. Welcoming back their U.S. Representative, El Pasoans joined together for a jovial occasion only fitting of a homecoming! Here are a couple of our images from the event:
Beto O’Rourke, nearing 34 straight days speaking with Texans at town halls across the state, stopped again in Midland at the Grand Texan Hotel and Convention Center for a town hall event. O’Rourke shared his policy positions with several hundred people crowded in for what became yet another standing room only event.
Beto O’Rourke took his town hall tour through Comanche, TX, a town of 4,000, where he was met by a healthy mix of independents, Democrats, and Republicans interested in hearing what O’Rourke had to say regarding his plans to shift Texas’ representation in the U.S. Senate.
Moving forward, Poli Pix will only publish smaller handfuls of our gallery images here on this website. We simply have too much work on our plates to distribute our content in a timely manner before Election Day. Also included in this gallery are two pieces created with photos from this event through our collaboration project with El Paso-based graphics design group RG Graphics.
Poli Pix is thrilled to share these photos from Hamilton, TX. Set in its colorful community center, the event welcomed Beto O’Rourke, Kim Olson, Julie Oliver, and other candidates for office to speak to the gathered audience of 300+ engaged voters.
We spoke with the town hall’s local organizers, who told us they were excited to see such a high number in attendance, given registered Democrats in their community only make up approximately 100.
Back on August 25, we were brought on by the Deb Haaland to provide photography for a busy day of campaign events in Albuquerque, NM. This included: The Bernalillo County Federation of Democratic Women’s Annual Fashion Show, the Bernalillo County Democratic Ward Chairs Picnic, the local Carpenter’s Union Back-to-School Supply Drive, and a campaign meet-and-greet hosted in Corrales, NM.
Here are a few of the shots we provided to her campaign team.
BernCo Federation of Democratic Women Fashion Show at Wyndam Hotel and Conference Center:
Poli Pix joined Beto O’Rourke along a tour of 4 Central and South Texas cities as his promising campaign to unseat Ted Cruz is gaining ground in the polls and has already overshadowed Ted Cruz’s fundraising performance for 5 straight reporting periods.
Between August 17-18, Beto swung through local events hosted in San Antonio, Laredo, McAllen, and Brownsville, Texas, firing up local activists as part of what his campaign is calling the Border Surge – a concerted effort to boost turnout in South Texas’ border communities.
Poli Pix joined women’s choice advocates in Austin as part of NARAL & Planned Parenthood’s 10 city-tour to focus attention on stopping the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.
Among the participants were: Wendy Davis, former State Senator and Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate; Brittany Packnett, a firebrand civil rights activist; and Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer at Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund; and others.