Working in San Antonio to Pass a Nondiscrimination Ordinance
January 10, 2013 by Shelena Williams, Regional Field Organizer
On Tuesday, Southern Regional Field Director Karin Quimby and I had the pleasure of visiting the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center in San Antonio, Texas. We were there to attend a meeting with the Community Alliance for a United San Antonio (CAUSA). CAUSA is the coalition working to amend San Antonio’s city code to include protections for LGBT people. San Antonio is the seventh largest city in the nation, and the only major city in Texas that does not provide any protection for LGBT persons within the city code.
But this is about to change.
As part of the coalition, HRC will be helping mount a campaign to convince the city council to extend protections to LGBT people in the city. In 2011, the city council voted to grant domestic partnership benefits to city employees, so they have already taken an important step. We know we have the strong support of Mayor Castro and others in the city council, but we need to ensure that when the vote is taken, we win.
At the conclusion of the meeting we all gathered to take a photo. I asked a young woman to translate the phrase on the sign for me. She smiled and said, “We all have hope.” I couldn’t think of a better ending to a discussion about ending discrimination.
The fight for equality in San Antonio is just heating up. Stay tuned to find out how you can get involved!