Post submitted by Ryan Wilson, Senior Regional Field Organizer

Recently, the Houston Chronicle featured a new full-page ad highlighting 44 business leaders in Houston who support Proposition 1, the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO). This ad builds on a previous ad by the Greater Houston Partnership, which featured 36 business voices in Houston supporting this critical ordinance which will be on the ballot November 3. 

Joining the list growing of business leaders who support Houston Proposition 1 are Stephanie Haynes, President of the Houston Hotel & Lodging Association and Jeff Hall, President of the Houston Apartment Association. Together with Bob Harvey, President & CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership, Nancy Furst, Chair of the Houston Association of Realtors, and Mike Waterman, President of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, these leaders represent all of the major industries covered under HERO, which protects 15 classes of people [from discrimination in public and private employment, public accommodations, and housing. 

 

Also joining the list are Vernita Harris, Chairperson of the Greater Houston Black Chamber and Dr. Laura Murillo, President & CEO of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, as well as Dr. James Douglas, President, NAACP Houston Branch and Judson Robinson III, President & CEO of Houston Area Urban League who have both spoken out in support of HERO already. Their participation highlights the fact that 56% of discrimination claims filed while HERO was in effect were based on race, according to city records.

The continued growing support for Prop 1 from Houston's business community comes at a critical time as Houstonians will begin to early vote on Monday, October 19. For a full list of businesses and business leaders standing up publicly to support HERO, visit Houston Unites.

HRC is proud to join the ACLU of Texas, Equality Texas and Texas Freedom Network as founding partners of the Houston Unites coalition and to work with leaders in the community to protect HERO with a “YES” vote on Houston Proposition 1 on November 3.

As part of HRC's contribution to the Houston Unites campaign, HRC staff member Ryan Wilson has been on the ground in Houston for the past two months serving as the campaign's Director of Business Engagement. Ryan is working each day with business leaders and associations, major employers, and small business owners across Houston to secure public support for HERO. Companies and business leaders that are interested in joining theHouston Unites Business Coalition can .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or sign-up online here.

HRC is on the ground in Houston as part of the Houston Unites coalition working to protect HERO with a “YES” vote on Houston Proposition 1.  To learn more and join the fight, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)sign up to volunteer in Houston and other select Texas cities, or make a contribution to help ensure we have the resources to win.  

 

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