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Houston City Council Votes 10-6 to Join SB4 Lawsuit

Well, unsurprisingly, Houston City Council split on a resolution in support of joining the SB4 lawsuit. The vote was 10 to 6 in favor, with the six against being:  Kubosh, Martin, Travis, Knox, Stardig, and Le.

In breaking news, some of us are now looking for “welcoming” opponents and/or replacements for: Kubosh, Martin, Travis, Knox, Stardig, and Le.

The mayor chose to go the “democratic” route in allowing for discussion on a resolution. The resolution isn’t a permission slip, as much as it is a show of support from Council. Perhaps even a temperature-taking of the City Council for any other litigation against the state that may come up in the near future. I’m of the opinion that we went the democratic route in 2015 and made Mayor Turner the executive to make executive decisions.

OK, so it got done Mayor Turner’s way. I understand the political games politicians feel they must play. Meanwhile, MALDEF and other organizations have already been hard at work defending against Greg Abbott’s overreach and his Republican Party’s hateful nature.

With the coming Texas legislative special session, we can expect more overreach on bathrooms. Will Council need to vote on whether Abbott, Patrick and company need to be sued on this if it passes? As always, I’ll be on the side of human rights. When it’s the right thing to do, you just do it.

I do have a whole bunch of appreciation for CM Gallegos for leading on this, and I appreciate the support given by the others on Council. Kudos to Cesar Espinosa and FIEL and the other groups who were fighting from Day 1.

A hearing is scheduled for June 26 in which a federal judge in San Antonio will hear a preliminary injunction filed by the tiny city of El Cenizo, TX to stop SB4 from taking effect on September 1.

 

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Event: Meyerland Dems to Feature VRA Discussion, MALDEF

My great neighbors at the Meyerland Area Democrats have announced that they will hold yet another informative meeting. The war on the Voting Rights Act is definitely in progress and MALDEF is among the groups defending against those who would deny American citizens the basic right of voting.

Here are the details of the event. I hope to see you there! Click on the link to RSVP.

Meyerland Area Dems:

Our August 19th meeting will feature Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund Counsel Celina Moreno. Special guest State Sen. Sylvia Garcia will also appear to give a brief overlay of the war on voting rights in Texas (should special session matters dictate she may not make it).

Moreno will discuss the most critical issue facing minorities and all of us in Texas: the right to vote. She will explain the current landmark court case MALDEF is part of in federal court in San Antonio. This lawsuit seeks to remedy the maps from redistricting which currently deprive minority voting strength. She will explain the new landscape for the Voting Rights Act, as the Roberts court has struck down the heart of this essential law, and what MALDEF is doing to protect voters. Most importantly Moreno will inform us of new tools we will be able to use to stop disenfranchisement.

Attorney Celina Moreno analyzes legislation and advocates for the protection and promotion of Latino civil rights in the areas of political access, education, immigration, employment and access to justice for that Region. Ms. Moreno has testified in numerous state legislative hearings on issues ranging from public school finance reform to immigrant rights. Prior to joining MALDEF, Ms. Moreno served as an attorney and Equal Justice Works Fellow at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA), where she directed the organization’s School-to-Prison Pipeline Project, seeking to obstruct the forces channeling students from schools into the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems.

Celina Moreno received a Bachelor’s of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, a law degree from the University of Houston, and a Master’s of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts PROMPTLY at 7 p.m. There is no charge to attend, but attendees pay for their own food and drinks. We meet at Fadi’s Grill, 4738 Beechnut Houston Tx 77096!

See all you of you there,
Art Pronin
Pres, Meyerland Area Dems