The Houston Democracy Project tries to keep it local. But anti-democratic actions and trends across the nation and statewide in Texas are relevant to the well-being and future of democracy in Houston and Harris County.
The State of Alabama is defying the Supreme Court's order to draw a new Black-opportunity Congressional district. It's right out of the Massive Resistance playbook of the Jim Crow Era.
The new school curriculum in Florida endeavors to teach kids the benefits of slavery.
Governor Abbott is refusing to comply with the Justice Department's order to remove the razor wire and buoys that is maiming and killing migrants crossing the Rio Grande River.
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. Houston floods often, but it is not quite yet an island.
In Houston we've lost our elected school board in what just 60 years ago a Jim Crow city. And in Harris County, 21 Republican election-overturn lawsuits regarding the 2022 elections are moving to the far-right Texas Supreme Court.
Despite these attacks on local democracy, it has been difficult to get candidates for Houston city office to make democracy as an important issue in 2023.
Ask candidates for Houston city office to speak up and to be prepared to act to defend our most basic freedoms.
The Houston Democracy Project is working every day to protect and expand democracy in Houston. Please support the work.
I'm Neil Aquino