September 15th is my birthday, and I’m taking the occasion to ask for your contribution to the Houston Democracy Project.
The Houston Democracy Project has succeeded in getting four ’23 Houston City Council candidates, so far, to add protection of democracy to their campaign websites and has influenced moderators’ questions at local candidate forums. The Project is speaking clearly across racial, class and educational divisions in Houston about the threat we face from the anti-democratic right and planting seeds for the needed responses in the uncertain days ahead.
I’ve aggressively promoted the Project, and the fight for democracy in Houston and Harris County, at Democratic Party and human rights-oriented meetings, in numerous one-on-one conversations with elected officials, candidates, opinion leaders and voters, and on social media. I was the featured speaker at the August Baytown Area Democrats meeting. The Project maintains a daily blog with a consistently increasing audience.
Since its launch, the Houston Democracy Project has been written up by a leading Texas political Substack, endorsed by a popular former member of Houston City Council, been the subject of a widely-viewed Facebook Live interview series and was a source for accurate reports for the weekly pre-trial hearings for the Harris County Republican election-denial lawsuits. The Houston Democracy Project is featured weekly on Egberto Willies’ Politics Done Right broadcast on Houston station KPFT.
I’m asking for your support because people doing the work need resources. As we confront authoritarianism locally and across the nation, there must be independent voices willing to sound the alarm, call on elected officials and candidates to speak up and act, and to inspire, organize and strengthen pro-democracy coalitions.
I’m that independent voice in Houston and Harris County. I must be able to maintain my autonomy and be able the commit the time and effort required to be an effective advocate. After the 2023 Houston elections are done, I’ll use the Houston Democracy Project to focus on the 2024 Harris County and Texas primaries and on the general election.
Your contribution is a strong assertion that we can change the culture of municipal politics in Houston to include discussion of democracy. It’s a vote of confidence that rank & file Democrats and all people who count on a future rooted in freedom for themselves and their families can have meaningful influence in our politics.
Your contribution makes it possible for me to continue. The Houston Democracy Project website is NeilAquino.com. I can be reached at email@example.com for questions or suggestions.
Thank you for your support.
I'm Neil Aquino