I attended the 2nd sham meeting of the Greg Abbott-appointed HISD Board of Managers last night.
Here is the Houston Democracy Project account of the first meeting last week.
Last week's meeting had a pre-planned agenda approved by the board without public debate.
This week's meeting had new practices and rules that further marginalized the public.
In the main board meeting hall that has a capacity of 310, there were only 25 chairs for the public.
Registered speakers were diverted into an overflow room and told to speak on video from the overflow room. The picture below is of the overflow room.
In the past, registered speakers were brought into the main room even if in the overflow room.
There were a lot of HISD police at the meeting. The overflow room had 3 HISD police inside for whatever purpose.
The Houston Landing reports police arrested a man.
The Houston Chronicle last week criticized the new board for a lack of openness.
The non-elected board did even worse this week. They make no pretense of trying to do better.
It's important each of us bear witness to this attack on democracy. We've lost our elected school board in what was just 60 years ago a Jim Crow city.
The next board meeting is Thursday, 6/22, at 5:30 PM.
Please consider watching, attending or signing up to speak. It's going to be rank & file Houstonians to protect and expand democracy. We can't wait on or depend upon elected officials.
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I'm Neil Aquino