A Focus Of '23 Houston Politics Must Be Protecting Houstonians from State Of Texas & The Political Right
People who believe in multiracial democracy or who have no reasonable prospect of full personhood or full rights outside of multiracial democracy, have a right to free elections at the ballot box & personal safety from the right.
These are issues that must be discussed in Houston city politics in 2023.
A big part of the Houston Democracy Project is changing the culture of Houston city elections. Changing how rank and file Houston voters approach the issues and approach candidates.
The model of many candidates for Houston city office of bipartisanship no matter how extreme the Republican Party gets, often not identifying as Democrats and not helping countywide Democrats at election time & refusing to question police union support of officials trying to overturn our elections, is not a model that will keep us safe. There is no public safety without democracy.
It may be that there is no accommodation with the right in current circumstances. Definitions of public safety should be expanded to include protection from the State of Texas and the political right. The interests of the political class are often remote from average voters. A bipartisanship with extremists may help the well-connected few at the expense of the many. A purpose of 2023 Houston politics might well be to organize Houstonians to protect themselves.
The State of Texas has taken away our Houston school board in what just 60 years ago a Jim Crow city, has taken away the rights of cities to pass their own laws and pushes mothers and babies into razor wire and into the Rio Grande River.
The Houston Democracy Project will be considering different ways of thinking about Houston city elections in 2023. Please feel free to leave a comment or e-mail the project at firstname.lastname@example.org. And please share word of the Houston Democracy Project and support the effort with your donation.
I'm Neil Aquino