Latino Business Leaders Urge ‘YES’ Vote on Proposition 1

Today at the Wortham Theater Center, prominent Houston-area Latino business leaders joined the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to voice support for Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance and urge a “YES” vote on Proposition 1 this November 3.


Dr. Laura Murillo, President and CEO of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, said today:

“The Houston Hispanic chamber of Commerce supports HERO and encourages others to vote in support of Proposition 1 so that the City of Houston continues to be a world-class city with zero tolerance for discrimination. In order to maintain its competiveness globally, we must ensure that Houston continues to be a welcoming, diverse and inclusive city.”


Gilbert Herrera, former Chairman of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Founder of Herrera Partners, also spoke at the event. “Our ability to attract talent for our businesses, educational institutions, cultural arts organizations, medical institutions and across our diverse community is greatly influenced by our open, welcoming and inviting society,” Herrera said.


“Support of the Equal Rights Proposition is critical to Houston’s continued growth and development as we compete to attract new businesses,” said Roland Garcia, Board member of the Greater Houston Partnership and Shareholder of Greenberg Traurig LLP.  “A vote for Proposition 1 is an opportunity for Houston voters to make a clear statement that we embrace equality.”

Other participants in the event included:

  • Benny Agosto, Jr., Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend
  • Gilbert Garcia, Chairman of METRO & Managing Partner, Garcia Hamilton & Associates
  • Oscar De La Rosa, De La Rosa Law Firm
  • Reymundo Ocañas, Corporate Responsibility & Reputation – EVP, Director, BBVA Compass
  • Massey Villarreal, CEO and President, Precision Task Group, Inc.


Following the press conference, the Hispanic Chamber hosted an Elected Officials Reception, where over 400 business, community leaders and elected officials gathered.

Thank you to all of the business leaders who came out tonight to urge their fellow Houstonians to vote YES on Proposition 1! A YES vote would preserve Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance, which protects Houstonians from discrimination across 15 different classes, including race, gender, family and military status, sexual orientation and gender identity. It ensures that hardworking Houstonians have a locally accessible way of dealing with unfair treatment in the workplace, housing and public spaces. Without HERO, discrimination claims—the majority of which have been on the basis of race, gender, or family status—would have to be settled in federal courts.

You can support the work to protect Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance by donating before Saturday, October 23 to Houston Unites! City Council member Ellen Cohen is matching every donation up to $10,000 – so give here!