As Houstonians head to the polls to cast their early votes on Proposition 1, the NAACP and Houston Urban League—the city’s most prominent African-American organizations—are urging a YES vote to protect Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance.
Today, the two organizations are launching a 60-second radio ad, featuring James Douglas, president of the NAACP Houston Branch; Judson Robinson, chairman and CEO of Houston Area Urban League; and Brandon Ball, one of the three African-American patrons charged a cover charge at the Gaslamp nightclub while white patrons got in for free. Listen to the ad here:
In the ad, Brandon Ball, an attorney who along with two friends was charged a cover at a local Houston bar while white patrons were granted entry at no charge, joins with Robinson and Douglas to make the case that discrimination is a real issue in Houston—and that Houstonians need a local solution to a local problem:
BALL: I’m Brandon Ball, an attorney here in Houston. On September 11, 2015, me and two friends were charged to get into a local Houston establishment, while white patrons were allowed entry at no charge. It’s discrimination, and that’s unacceptable.
ROBINSON: That’s right. This is Judson Robinson, chairman and CEO of the Houston Area Urban League. The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance will help ensure that business keeps booming in Houston. Houston is known for its jobs, and jobs mean opportunities for equality for all Houstonians. The Houston Area Urban League is committed to creating opportunities in our community, and that work starts with ending discrimination throughout our city. It’s time for Houston to earn its world-class reputation. Vote “yes” on Proposition 1.
DOUGLAS: This is James Douglas, president of the Houston Branch of the NAACP. The NAACP supports the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, because it’s about making sure that no one in our city is discriminated against. Join the NAACP in support of Proposition 1.
In addition to the radio ads, the organizations have purchased ads in print publications across the city, including images harkening back tot he 1960’s Civil Rights Movement with the tagline, “We were about equality then. We are about equality NOW.” See the ad below:
There’s no denying that discrimination is a real issue in Houston. In the last year, more than 60% of discrimination claims filed under Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance were on the basis of race. Without an equal rights ordinance, Houstonians would be forced to literally make a federal case out of it—and bear the burden of a costly, drawn-out legal battle.
We’re proud to stand alongside allies like the NAACP and Houston Urban League in supporting an ordinance that ensures all Houstonians are treated fairly and equally under the law.
CLICK HERE to find your early voting location—and then go vote Yes on Proposition 1 to protect HERO!