With just over 48 hours until polls close on Election Day, prominent business and civil rights leaders came together for a final big show of support for Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO).
At a Sunday press conference, speakers from the NAACP Houston Branch, the Greater Houston Partnership, and the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce highlighted Proposition 1 as critical for the advancement of civil rights and Houston’s future economic prosperity.
Since the equal rights ordinance first passed in May 2014, a majority 56% of discrimination claims have been race-based. For NAACP Houston Branch President, Dr. James Douglas, a YES vote on Proposition 1 is necessary to keep Houston discrimination-free:
The Equal Rights Ordinance gives all of us a voice. It puts Houston on record as wanting to protect all of its people from discrimination. The truth is, when we look back, we’ll see that the opponents of this ordinance will have been on the wrong side of history.
Business leaders have cited Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance as a prerequisite for the city’s continued economic growth and innovation. Says President and CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership—a coalition of over 2,100 business an engine for economic growth in the region:
As we work to attract businesses and talented professionals to our region, they have made clear that they are seeking a community that is welcoming, diverse and inclusive. Repealing an ordinance like this could be devastating for Houston’s economy.
President & CEO of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Laura Murillo, echoed Harvey’s sentiment saying: “Make no mistake: rejecting HERO would have economic consequences.” She’s also gone on TV in support of the ordinance and calling for a YES vote on Proposition 1.
Tuesday is Election Day and the final day to cast your vote on Proposition 1. Local political scientists have said that, while HERO has a slight lead in early voting numbers, it is not significant enough to predict a win on Tuesday. In fact, early voting showed that the number of “unexpected voters” is up this year—and many of them come from conservative districts where a NO on Proposition 1 is likely.
The future of Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance comes down to how many pro-HERO supporters turnout to the polls. To help Get Out the Vote, sign up for volunteer canvassing shifts.