Support for Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) has been gaining ground in recent weeks, with endorsements from a host of community leaders with particular interest in battling racial and ethnic discrimination across the city.
Last week, prominent representatives of the Asian American community extended their support of HERO. State Representative Gene Wu offered his personal endorsement and hosted a Town Hall Meeting to discuss the importance of the ordinance in protecting Houstonians from racial and ethnic discrimination—specifically against people who speak English as a second language—and to encourage a YES vote on Proposition 1.
In a statement on behalf of town-hall supporters, including 3 elected officials and two major Asian American organizations amongst other notable community members, Representative Wu said:
The Asian community and other immigrant communities are often discriminated against because of their race or ethnic background. We want to live in a city that respects us. HERO gives our communities a way to deal with discrimination without having to hire lawyers and file a long and expensive federal lawsuit. This is good for our community, and good for business.
Earlier this month the NAACP Houston Branch pledged their support of a YES vote on Proposition 1 to uphold HERO after a study found that a 56% majority of discrimination reports over a 16 months period were race-based.
Our city’s equal rights ordinance has also received public endorsements from the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (HHCC)—one of its earliest supporters—and the Caribbean Chamber of Commerce (CCC), which signed on last week.
Early voting started yesterday marking the first ballots cast on Proposition 1. Voter turnout was higher than average but will need to trend strong for a majority YES vote in support of HERO for the long-term health of the campaign.