Heads up, Houston: you’re on the verge of joining other major Texas cities in passing an equal rights ordinance. If it passes, Houstonians will finally be protected from discrimination in employment, housing and public services.
But we’ve got some work to do, and that’s where you come in.
This Wednesday, April 30, the Houston City Council’s Quality of Life committee will take public comments. It’s important for supporters of Mayor Annise Parker’s Equal Rights Ordinance to speak out at the hearing. Can you help?
The process for speaking at the committee meeting is simple:
- Clear your calendar for 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30.
- Prepare and practice a one- to two-minute statement in support of the Equal Rights Ordinance. Make sure to thank the Mayor and the City Council for their leadership on this issue.
- On Wednesday, get to City Hall Chambers at 901 Bagby St., 2nd floor (Google Map here), and find the Quality of Life committee meeting.
- Add your name to the sign-up sheet at front of the room.
- Wait for your name to be called, share your statement, and be proud to support equal rights in Houston.
It’s particularly important that the committee hear stories from Houstonians who have personally experienced discrimination in employment or housing.
Like Mayor Parker said in her announcement Monday, “We don’t care where you come from, the color of your skin, your age, gender, what physical limitations you may have or who you choose to love. It’s time the laws on our books reflect this.”
Let’s make it happen, Houston.