Below are themes and ideas the Houston Democracy Project has written about on the Houston Democracy Project Blog. Ideas matter. They translate into action even in our lousy politics. Rank & file voters in Houston and Harris County with a commitment to a future rooted in democracy, have the ability to make a difference in local politics.
The Houston Democracy Project is working everyday to make democracy an important issue in 2023 Houston city elections & to help inspire, organize and strengthen pro-democracy coalitions in Houston and Harris County. After this year's city elections are over, the Project will focus on 2024 elections in Harris County and Texas.
(Above is picture I took of Houston.)
Please read the posts linked to here (A few of them at least!) & please support the Houston Democracy Project. I'm making a push for donations in advance of my birthday on September 15th. Keeping up the fight for democracy is a good birthday present for you and for me. (No matter what day your birthday is.)
Rank & file Houstonians have leverage with municipal candidates and elected officials. They want your vote. Make use of that leverage.
Houston city elections are not in reality non-partisan. Party identification of candidates matters and should be discussed. This is so important because the Republican Party is anti-democratic and a threat to our freedom and safety.
Houston municipal candidates put us at risk when they ignore threats to democracy. It is like ignoring a hurricane warning in the hope the storm will dissipate.
Houston municipal candidates saying we should reach out to Republicans must make the case it is safe and pragmatic to do so. Shouldn't we at the least ask that people we are talking to will respect election results?
Sometimes there is no common ground between opposing viewpoints and we must prepare for those type situations.
We can't allow the threat of violence and acts of violence from the right force us to stop our political activity.
The people of Houston deserve protection from the right. There is no public safety without democracy.
Law Enforcement unions calling for the removal of elected judges is an attack on democracy. It is one thing to call for defeat at the polls or for the judge to resign. It is another thing to appeal to a far right state government for removal.
Our elected Democrats must be more energetic and brave in protecting democracy.
We must be willing to name names. For example--The Houston Democracy Project believes that U.S. Rep. Sylvia Garcia and Texas Sate Senator Carol Alvarado are damaging the electoral prospects of down-ballot Democrats by supporting John Whitmire for Mayor. Though Sen. Whitmire is a Democrat, his prospects depend on strong Republican turnout.
Here are reasons to contribute to the Houston Democracy Project. In just four short months the Project has a strong record of action and achievement.
Your support allows the work to continue, assists the cause of freedom for all in Houston and Harris County & is a self-intrested investment in assuring that democracy remains on the agenda here in the most diverse community in the United States.
I'm Neil Aquino