Houston voters went to the polls today and â€“Â if early results don’t dramatically change â€“Â decided equality should not win.
Despite expanding and ensuring protections for many groups of people, it looks like voters have decided to not let HERO, Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance, pass. The measure is currently failing, and by a wide 2-1 margin.
Stay withÂ The New Civil Rights Movement for the final results on HERO
Opposed to the ordinance have been groups of Christian pastors and preachers, anti-gay hate groups, so-called “pro-family” organizations, Republicans, and Christian conservatives, all of whom engaged in campaigns of lies and deceit.
Ads on radio and television, and memes on social media warned Houstonians that men would be legally allowed to enter women’s restrooms and locker rooms whenever they felt like it, which is false. The ads suggestively showed men entered women’s restrooms, following young girls, suggesting transgender people are pedophiles.
It was clear as soon as exit polls began to come in that HERO likely will not pass:
â€” Jordan Rudner (@jrud) November 4, 2015
â€” Edward Perkins (@ezperkins) November 4, 2015
â€” Chris Johnson (@chrisjohnson82) November 4, 2015
HERO would offer protections for veterans, pregnant women, the disabled, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, and outlawed discrimination based on religion, age, sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
Despite that wide swath of protections, the anti-LGBT religious right campaigned against the ordinance as a “bathroom bill,” and nothing more. The level of deceitÂ has been historic.
Coming out to support HERO have been dozens of celebrities and LGBT icons, including Sally Field, Michael Sam, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley,Â George Takei, Adam Bouska, Chris Kluwe, Jason Collins, Dustin Lance Black, Cecile Richards, Matt Boomer, Jim Parsons, and many more.
Houston, should HERO fail, will remain the fourth largest city in America, and the largest city in America that does not have a nondiscrimination ordinance.
Already LGBT activists are calling for a boycott and an “autopsy” to determine how it failedÂ â€“ assuming it did.
â€” ACLU of Texas (@ACLUTx) November 4, 2015
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Highland Park Shooting Deaths Include Both Parents of Two Year Old Found at Scene of July 4th Massacre
On Twitter Sunday afternoon in the aftermath of the July 4th Highland Park mass shooting a photo of a young boy appeared in several tweets. He was described as lost, good samaritans assumed he had become separated from his parents in the mayhem of the massacre, and people were trying to reunite him with his family.
CBS Chicago reporter Marissa Parra now reveals the boy’s name is Aiden, but he won’t be reunited with his parents: both were shot dead by the Highland Park gunman.
Remember this little boy found wandering alone after #HighlandPark parade? We’ve just found out why… both his parents were killed💔
A fundraiser has been started for Irina and Kevin McCarthy’s 2-yo son Aiden as he grows up without them
— Marissa Parra (@MarParNews) July 5, 2022
“Kevin McCarthy, 37, and Irina McCarthy, 35, were among the seven people [who] were killed during the mass shooting,” CBS Chicago reports.
“We took him to safety under tragic circumstances, came together to locate his grandparents, and prayed for the safety of his family,” reads the story on a GoFundMe page hoping to raise money for Aiden.
“Sadly, I need to share his name…Aiden McCarthy. And he needs more of our help,” it adds. “At two years old, Aiden is left in the unthinkable position; to grow up without his parents,” it adds. “Aiden will be cared for by his loving grandparents, Misha and Nina Levberg, and he will have a long road ahead to heal, find stability, and ultimately navigate life as an orphan. He is surrounded by a community of friends and extended family that will embrace him with love, and any means available to ensure he has everything he needs as he grows.”
About $475,000 has quickly been raised with more than 7600 people contributing. The top donation is $5000.
‘Invasion’: Texas Lt. Gov. Likens Border Crossings to Attack on Pearl Harbor – ‘These People Are a Danger to America’
Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, a far-right Republican, is comparing migrants crossing the border into Texas to Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor that killed 2335 people. He is calling it an “invasion” and says that gives the state the right to “put hands on people.”
Patrick, who because of Texas’ unique structure is more powerful than the governor, told Fox News on Tuesday, “we are being invaded, and if we’re being invaded under the constitution I think that gives us the power to put hands on people and send them back. Put hands on people and send them back,” he said repeatedly.
“These people are a danger to America,” Patrick said in a rant. It was unclear if he was referring to migrants or President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
The Lt. Governor, who has hawked the racist “great replacement theory” repeatedly, and used the term “invasion” repeatedly, told Fox News that Texas is now spending $4 billion annually on the border, while Texas National Guardsmen and Texas Rangers complain of being called up to serve, having to abandon their regular jobs, for no apparent reason.
“This is the biggest danger we have, to your family,” Patrick says of the fentanyl crossing the border. “It’s all on Biden,” he claimed.
Last week Texas Governor Greg Abbott drew extensive criticism for using the deaths of more than 50 migrants packed into an 18-wheel tractor-trailer as a political opportunity to attack President Biden. Even some conservatives attacked Abbott for his inhumane remarks..
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick repeatedly says the state’s declaration of an “invasion” of migrants means they can “put hands on people and send them back.”
He then says “we’re being attacked just like we were on Pearl Harbor.” pic.twitter.com/kmcPakR43Z
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 5, 2022
7th Victim of July 4th Mass Shooting Dies
Seven people have now died as a result of a gunman opening fire from a rooftop into an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois.
The latest victim succumbed to their injuries Tuesday afternoon, NBC 5 Chicago reported. Authorities have not identified all the victims, but have said five of those who died were adults. Another 46 people were wounded.
Police on Tuesday announced that the shooter fired at least 70 rounds into the crowd, using a “high-powered rifle” that is “similar” to a AR-15. They also revealed the suspected gunman planned the attack for weeks, purchased his weapons legally, disguised himself by wearing women’s attire to “conceal his facial tattoos and his identity,” and to “help him during the escape.” He then walked to his mother’s house after the shooting.
Law enforcement Monday evening arrested Robert Crimo, who they say is a “person of interest,” but he has not been charged.
“There are no words for the kind of monster who lies in wait and fires into a crowd of families with children celebrating a holiday with their community,” Illinois Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker said in a statement. “There are no words for the kind of evil that robs our neighbors of their hopes, their dreams, their futures. There are no words I can offer to lift the pain of those they leave behind. Please know that our state grieves with you, that MK and I grieve with you.”
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