NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Affordable Care Act rally, planned for this Saturday in Nacogdoches, will be among many held nationwide.
Its purpose is to protest the possible repeal of the ACA, which is often referred to as Obamacare. East Texas News sat down with a group of rally participants to discuss the message they want to send.
Sharpies and poster board are brought out to send a message on Saturday that there are East Texans among the 20 million Americans relying on Affordable Care Act health insurance.
"We may not be affected by some of this stuff personally, but there's going to be huge, huge groups of people that are going to be affected by this and we need to be out there taking care of them and protesting and rallying for these people," said Denise Garrigan, who will be participating in the rally.
The rally is organized by Indivisible Nacogdoches, a group with primarily a Democratic and Independent following, but participants say regardless of party persuasion, most Americans want to improve the ACA, not destroy it.
"We are not against improvement at all," said Sue Wenner, who will be participating in the rally. "I think that's a wonderful thing. Let's make it better. Let's make it a lot better."
Taking a cue from the successful Tea Party rallies, groups on the opposite end of the political spectrum are creating their own grass roots movement.
"It worked for them," Wenner said.
Many of the moms, working women, retirees and others stepped out of their comfort zone in protest for the first time at the Women's March in January. The Nacogdoches rally led to a surprising discovery for Norma Butler, president of the Democratic Women.
"I never thought of myself as assertive," Butler said.
Doris Perkins, another person planning to participate in the rally, is hoping for that invigorating feeling of doing something good.
"I was excited because I was so mad and that helped release some of my stress," Perkins said.
Now there's a bit of stress over how many others will join them to speak out on issues once reserved for private thoughts.
"I mean, I would be real happy with a hundred people," Wenner said.
"My fear is there's going to be 15," Garrigan said with a laugh.
The rally is this Saturday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Nacogdoches County Courthouse front lawn.
Speakers will provide personal accounts on their experience with ACA.
It will be followed with protest songs and a gathering of signs on the corner of Main and Business 59.