Saturday, October 17, 2015
The Fight To Keep HERO- October 17
Early voting in our mayoral election starts on Monday, and with it has come increased political activity centered on HERO and mayoral and council elections.
In addition to the increased mayoral campaign ads, the pro-HERO and anti-HERO sides are deploying their TV and radio commercials. While the pro-HERO side has dominated TV so far, the anti-HERO side has been predominately using radio to push their one trick pony message of hate.
Former Astro Lance Berkman recorded an ad for the HERO haters, and on October 7 Mayor Annise Parker called him out on Twitter about his hypocrisy for lying about the HERO when he failed to do the same vocal criticism in other cities in which he has played such as St Louis, New York and Dallas that have similar human rights laws like HERO.
On Wednesday this full page ad was printed in the Houston Chronicle by corporations that support Proposition 1 to emphasize the fact that many of our large corporations want to see Prop 1 passed. These corporations featured in the ad are on record as saying that Prop 1 is good for Houston, and good for the business community.
An October 12 Houston Chronicle editorial from Dow Chemical VP of Gulf Coast Operations Earl Shipp reflects the pro-HERO mindset of many corporations in Houston.
Houston based political cartoonist Nick Anderson has also commented on the HERO campaign, with this recent cartoon slamming the fear and smear come out swinging oo
Media Matters has also come out swinging against the bathroom predator myth, this time asking law enforcement and governmental officials in Dallas, Austin, El Paso, the CEO of the Dallas Rape Crisis Center, and the executive director of El Paso's Center Against Sexual and Family Violence about the opposition's loud and wrong lie, it was repeatedly debunked.
And once again, here's last year's HERO testimony from Cassandra Thomas of the Houston Area Women's Center, who not only support the ordinance, but debunked the bathroom predator lie.
Early voting starts Monday. Vote YES on Prop 1!