Quinceañeras are about to take on a whole new meaning. Fifteen teenagers, ages 15 and 16, are coming together to protest the Senate Bill 4 (SB4), which is being considered a “ban on Sanctuary cities.” And this isn’t your regular protest as the young women participating will be dressed in bright, puffy quinceañera dresses.
The event, hosted by the Latino non-profit Jolt, will take place on July 19 at the Capitol Steps in Austin, Texas. The protestors will be taking turns to recite their stance against SB4 and they will also perform a choreographed dance together, which is a tradition at the coming-of-age celebration. The organization has also revealed that some of the Latinas participating are undocumented.
“The idea for Quinceañeras at the Capitol came from one of our volunteers,” Tania Mejia, Jolt’s communications director, told Remezcla. “She had been going to the Capitol for rallies and events against SB4 and saw young women taking quinceañera photos at the Capitol. We thought that this event would be a great way to show people that this is our home, celebrate our culture, and send the message that young Latinas are standing up to the ongoing attacks on our community by our elected officials who work at the Capitol.”
According to the event page, the program for “Quinceañeras At the Capitol” is as follows:
10:00 AM – 10:05 AM Procession
10:05 AM – 10:10 AM Welcome & remarks
10:10 AM – 10:25 AM Dance performance
10:25 AM – 10:30 AM Call to action & procession
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Quinceañeras deliver gifts to authors of SB4
SB4 was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott in May and is set to take effect on September 1. The participants hope that this event will inspire Latinos to fight against anti-immigration legislation like SB4.