Last week, it was announced that Houston Texans owner Bob McNair donated $10,000 to the campaign to the No on Proposition 1 campaign. The sizable donation will fuel efforts to overturn Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance, which ensures all Houstonians are treated fairly and equally under the law by prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, age, gender, veteran status and more.
So today, VoteVets.org—a national veterans group representing more than 400,000 veterans, military families, and civilian supporters—expressed grave disappointment in McNair’s donation, saying that McNair’s funding of anti-HERO efforts is, in part, an effort to strip basic protections from our nation’s veterans.
Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of VoteVets.org said in a statement released today:
“It’s beyond the pale that conservative donor Bob McNair is funding efforts in Houston to take away protections for veterans. We would remind Mr. McNair that it is veterans in Houston and around the country who have made the ultimate sacrifice and should not be discriminated against in employment when they come home. Many people are shocked to learn that discrimination against veterans still happens in Houston and that there are no local protections in city law to prevent this discrimination—but it’s true. Some employers refuse to hire veterans because they oppose military force or because they assume that veterans might have PTSD and are not ready to enter the civilian workplace. That’s wrong. Given that federal discrimination cases are expensive and the state of Texas has no veterans protections, Houston needs a local tool for people to get legal help when they’ve been harmed by discrimination. That’s why we support the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. Supporting our veterans means more than just bringing them out on the field before a football game. Bob McNair should think about that.”
Without an equal rights ordinance on the books, Houstonians who face discrimination on the basis of race have no local recourse and are forced to file a federal case and bear the burden of costly, drawn-out legal battle.
And there’s no denying that this discrimination does, in fact, happen in Houston. Just last week, we released our latest TV ad featuring US Air Force Veteran Noel Freeman, who was denied a job once the potential employer discovered that he was a veteran. Watch the ad HERE.
We thank VoteVets.org for standing alongside a diverse coalition of Houston residents, civil rights organizations and businesses who know that we need to protect our city’s equal rights ordinance to send a clear message that Houston is open for business for everyone.
Today, as early voting begins, Houstonians are casting the first Yes votes on Proposition 1! CLICK HERE to find your polling location and then go vote Yes on Proposition 1 to ensure everyone who calls our city home is protected from discrimination.