Last night’s event out of New York, Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can Choose, was hilarious, well-planned, and was viewed by over 40,000 people at one time on the Ustream channel. The event was hosted by Lizz Winstead and Sarah Silverman and featured many star-studded guests including Heather Busby, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, and Jessica Luther, a blogger based out of Austin that helped spur the movement that happened at the Capitol this summer and beyond. As of today, we’ve raised over $54,000!
Here are some of our favorite things that happened from the night, including #vagnapkin and #orangeisthenewvag:
When Sarah Silverman shoved a napkin down her pants and then auctioned it off:
Or when the cast of Orange is the New Black auctioned off their call sheet from an episode they filmed earlier that day:
Last night, #TexasWomenForever was one of the top trends on Twitter.
And a woman who was chronicled in New York Magazine for her story on abortion gave a moving speech:
Throughout the night, a person in a giant vulva costume would come up on stage and give an update on how much money was raised as well as a quote from an anti-choice person trying to take over the #TexasWomenForever hashtag on Twitter:
Even Wendy Davis had something to say about the event:
Mario Batali promised to match up to $5,000 in support of the event:
At the end of the night, Lizz and Sarah announced V to Shining V, a campaign to expose the anti-choice movement’s efforts to subvert women’s access to abortion care throughout the nation.
We are completely grateful for all of the work that’s been done from these fine folks and we can’t even begin to express how important they are in our fight to reclaim Texas. It’s events like these that keep us going (both mentally and financially). The women of Texas, especially, thank you the most.