- October 18, 2015
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.
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