Above is a picture I took of the November 9 Houston Independent School Board Meeting. I watched the meeting from home.
The two people in the photo above are a tale of two decisions.
The woman on the right is Maria Benzon. She was speaking with her one allotted minute to the Greg Abbott-appointed democracy killing Board of Managers on Zoom from home.
On the left is Jeanette Garza Lindner who is a member of the Board of Managers. She was at home and took part in the meeting on Zoom.
Ms. Benzon ran for the HISD Board in 2021 and lost. She still participates in HISD issues as a concerned citizen.
Ms. Garza Lindner ran for the HISD Board in 2021 and also lost. Ms. Garza Lindner applied for the Board of Managers and was selected as the person who won the election was banished.
People make choices. Ms. Benzon respected the voters decision and continues in her role as an involved member of the public.
Ms. Garza Lindner did not accept the outcome at the ballot box and allowed authoritarian Greg Abbott to place her on the Board of Managers at the expense of democracy.
People will have to decide how they respond to the relentless attacks on our freedoms. Ms. Benzon chooses the side of democracy. Ms Garza Lindner proceeds differently.
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I'm Neil Aquino