Up To Rank & File Democrats To Insist Houston Councilmembers & Candidates Oppose Anti-Democratic HISD Takeover
Greg Abbott-appointed HISD Superintendent F. Mike Miles has been holding so-called Community Meetings.
Here is a schedule of the meetings.
In addition to the Abbott-appointed Superintendent, there is also an Abbott-appointed Board of Managers. Sometimes some of them attend the meetings. Other times they don't attend. None of them are elected. They come and go as they please with no accountability to voters.
The Managers come and go as they please other that they can be removed from the Board at any point by the far-right Republicans who have seized HISD. They have no autonomy.
Well...they have the autonomy it seems to limit public access to HISD meetings when that is what they want.
Houston voters have lost an elected school board in what just 60 years ago was a Jim Crow City.
These meetings offer a great chance for elected Houston officials and candidates for office in Houston to ask the Superintendent and any Managers who show up, questions about when democracy will return to Houston.
All they need to do is show up and ask questions and speak for our right to an elected school board.
The culture of Houston City elections is in very good part about low turnout, special-interest funding and chasing law enforcement union endorsements.
It is not about public involvement unless we insist that it be so.
It is not a politics that keeps us safe. There is no public safety without democracy.
Demand that our candidates and officials show up for democracy.
Here is the schedule of the upcoming HISD meetings for our local candidates and officials to attend. Forward it to the candidate of your choice!
And please support the Houston Democracy Project as an important part of putting democracy on the agenda in 2023 Houston city politics.
I'm Neil Aquino