Above is a picture from a text I got from the John Whitmire for Mayor of Houston campaign.
Congresswoman Garcia & Senator Whitmire have a constricted view of public safety. Half the Houston city budget goes to the police and fire, yet Houstonians who care about democracy are not safe from the anti-democratic extreme right. Senator Whitmire has accepted the endorsement of many police unions without asking them to step back from support of election-deniers. Law enforcement must stand with democracy.
Confronted with clear authoritarian threats in our state and nation, 2023 Houston city politics & elections have gone on as usual, with candidates and the consultants who guide them fully comfortable with racially-divided low-turnout elections.
Public safety is an important part of any municipal election campaign. People must be safe from crime. At the same time, there is no public safety without democracy. How would residents of the most diverse city in America be safe in a second Trump term? How would people who want a future rooted in democracy for themselves and their families be able to live freely and prosper in the America Republicans are planing?
Our elected officials must have the imagination and courage to confront the authoritarian threat in Texas and in the nation. We must demand that they do so.
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I'm Neil Aquino