The combined city council meeting today starts in mere moments with the HERO on the agenda. There will be a public comment session followed by a Houston City Council vote.
It takes nine votes to pass anything on our 16 member city council, and Mayor Parker also gets a vote in our strong-mayor system. Since there are over 100 plus speakers signed up (and the TransGriot is one of them) it’s going to be a long time before we get to the actual vote.
We’ve outgunned them 247-78 in terms of pro-HERO speakers vs the anti-HERO speakers, out pastored them by a 2-1 margin and we are determined to maintain those advantages in addition to packing our art-deco era council chambers with red clad supporters.
I’m not usually a morning person, but in order to accomplish our Houston human rights goals for today I’ll do whatever is necessary to make HERO passage happen. If it means I get my behind up at 4 AM CDT like I did this morning, so be it.
It’ll be a story I can tell my soon to be three year old niece when she asks me what I did to protect and expand her human rights. We’ll also need your prayers, wam thoughts and best wishes because the hate will be flowing from the anti-HERO side. We will have counselors standing by to deal with that issue and doughnuts (Shipley’s of course) lunch and dinner for the marathon session to come. .
But if you peeps inside and outside Beltway 8, around the Internet and the world want to check in and see what’s transpiring, you can watch the proceedings at this link We will also be Tweeting updates at #HERO and #HOUequality. I’ll also be bringing my laptop today.
Whip counts are leaning our way, so we should have good news to report later this afternoon or evening.
We’re looking forward to saying this afternoon or evening, Discrimination, I’m sorry, but your time has expired.