When we use the prism of history, it gives us an opportunity to understand clearly the present events as a continuum rather than an isolated incident. The history of voting rights in America, and specifically Houston is clear. Murder, poll taxes, literacy tests, Grandma clauses, worker intimidation, gerrymandering, voting day poll changes, and now confiscation of records, equipment and data is the history.
In 2011, Nicole Prevot, Sha'Qoya Jasper and Michelle Barnes, a noted influencer in Houston’s art world, made history by becoming three of the first graduates of the Empower Houston Leaders Class! Prevot, Jasper and Barnes had the chance to meet more recent EHL grads at our 2014 Summer Bash, an event honoring local leaders, that took place on Saturday, August 23rd.
The Harris County 152nd District Court has announced that the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance will not be on the ballot this November and has removed the Temporary Restraining Order filed by opponents of HERO. Earlier this month, a petition to repeal HERO fell short of having enough valid signatures to be placed on the ballot and the matter will finally be addressed in district court. A court date of Jan 19, 2015 has been set for trial.
This Friday, August 15th, the 152nd Harris County District Court will conduct a temporary injunction hearing on whether there will be a referendum on the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO). HERO opponents are contesting the the City of Houston's rejection of their petitions for irregularities and are asking the Court to order an election. Whichever side loses, it will likely result in an immediate appeal. In a few weeks or less, we should know whether there will be an election on HERO this November. So, stay tuned. We we may need you in a hurry to volunteer to help pass HERO.
On Friday, August 1, 2014, the San Jacinto River Coalition, Texans Together and members of the communities that surround the San Jacinto River Waste Pits welcomed renvironmental activist Lois Gibbs to Highlands, Texas, for a special press conference in regard to removing toxins from our local waters.
As an artist and activist, Demarcus Rashad uses his music to spread messages that inspire others to think.
"I think every project that I do has its own message, but my latest is about man's relationship with himself and the universe."
The Houston native first got involved with Texans Together via an impressive performance at our 2014 Summer Bash last month, and has since volunteered his time and efforts toward our Get Out the Vote Campaign.
"Helping inform people of what's going on in the city and having an opportunity to get out there and get people to vote drew me to Texans Together," Rashad said. "This allows me to do something I've always wanted to do, which is be active in the community."