Marcia Ball Is Seeing Red

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Photo by Jen Reel
Marcia Ball (left).

Hundreds of people gathered on Tuesday, March 6, to oppose defunding of women’s health services in Texas at a protest organized by musician Marcia Ball. The protest, dubbed “Seeing Red,” was held at the south end of the Capitol. Ball said she’ll be there every Tuesday at noon through March 20.

“I just realized how harmful the policies of defunding women’s healthcare are, and this last round was the tipping point for me. When [Rick] Perry instructed Tom Suehs to create the ruling that will lose us the 9- to-1 ratio of federal money to state money that we need, when I realized that the cuts they did last year defunded the People’s Community Clinic and El Buen Samaritano and the clinics at Parkland Hospital and the safety nets that people have, I guess I just woke up. I’m like everybody else out here. I have a job, I have a family, I have other responsibilities. I go through my days wishing that something would happen, wishing that I could do something. We’re just making our voices heard. “

Jen Reel was an Observer intern before joining the staff in July 2010, first as Web Editor, and most recently as Multimedia Editor. She received a Masters in Journalism with a concentration in Photojournalism from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was co-chair for the student chapter of the National Press Photographers Association. She has worked in the non-profit sector for the Peruvian-American Medical Society and has been published in Utne Reader magazine, the Village Voice and Pitchfork Music.