Houston At-Large #3 candidate Donnell Cooper has added protection of democracy to his campaign website.
The Houston Democracy Project met with Mr. Cooper & his campaign manager recently and asked if the campaign would consider addressing the protection and expansion of democracy in Houston. Thanks to the Cooper team for seeing the urgency of the concern. Though it was not a tough sell. Mr. Cooper and team are well-aware of the attacks on democracy both locally and across the nation.
(Above is Mr. Cooper.)
Here is what Mr. Cooper says:
"In today's society the Right is doing everything they can to participate in the erosion of democracy. They are using their power to terrorize, spread hate and divide societies by scapegoating particular groups. They dictate to women and people able to have children whether, when, if, and how many children they can have or whether they can access contraception. They declare LGBTQ+ families unworthy, deny climate change, they are distorting the education of our children by banning books and rewriting history like slavery.
But just as the Right follows a strict pattern in how they strong-arm their way into people’s homes and private lives, so too is there a pattern for breaking their influence. This is Donnell’s fight for democracy. It starts in the home, and at the community level. It starts with electing people that will fight for the rights of every human being, no matter what sex, creed or color. Issues like voting rights, women rights, LGBTQ+ rights, climate change, and a strong public education system must be foundation of this fight to stand up for democratic values.
Donnell’s campaign is about a strong democracy for Houston, the state of Texas and for the country."
At-Large 2 candidate Obes Nwabara has also added democracy to his campaign website after talking to the Houston Democracy Project.
Mr. Cooper has been discussing the fact he is a Democrat on the campaign trail. Republicans don't see these races as non-partisan. Neither should Democrats.
Houston has lost its elected school board in what just 60 years ago was a Jim Crow city. Harris County Republicans are in court trying to undo 2022 Democratic wins in Harris County. The likely Republican Presidential nominee is Donald Trump.
Democracy and our most basic freedoms are on the ballot in every election.
The Houston Democracy Project is working everyday to put protection and expansion of democracy on the 2023 campaign agenda in Houston. Please share word of the project and please support the effort with your donation.
I'm Neil Aquino