May 13, 2021

Young Women Use The Power Of Fashion To Protest For Immigrants’ Rights

A group of young women have used fashion to bring attention to their protest for equal rights.

Taking to the steps of the state capitol, in Austin, Texas, the young women wore brightly coloured quinceañera gowns and tiaras to protest a Bill that will give American police officers the right to ask for proof of legal residency any time they want to.

Quinceañera dresses are traditionally worn in Mexican culture when a girl turns 15 and communities come together to celebrate.

The Senate Bill 4, which is due to go into effect on 1 September 2017, will also mean that sheriffs can be arrested if they allow their police officers to forego the immigration enforcement.

Some people took to Instagram to share powerful photos from the colourful protest:

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The girls also wore sashes emblazoned with the messages ‘No Hate’ and ‘No SB4′.

The young women then entered the building to discuss the Bill with legislators.

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And people have taken to Twitter to congratulate the girls on their achievement:

signing off for the night, leaving you with this because teenage girls will save the world

— Sarah Jaffe (@sarahljaffe) July 19, 2017

I was at the @jolt_texas #15contraSB4 protest at the Texas Capitol today and let me tell you, it was immensely inspiring

— chia berry (@chiaberry) July 19, 2017

These young women are beautiful!

— Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) July 20, 2017

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