Volunteers for No Nonsense in November GOTV NEEDED!

Oct 8 2005 - 8:00pm
Oct 8 2005 - 11:59pm

Event Description:

Most people never in their lives get the chance to participate in something that has the potential to change the world. But I believe that we will have that chance, that opportunity, this Saturday.

We all see how powerful, well-financed, and well-executed the radical right political machine is right now. We see it as an oppressive force here and around the world. It seems almost omnipotent. But what if they made a blunder?

And what if that blunder provided us with an opportunity?

And what if the opportunity was available only to us here in Houston, and only right now?
That is what I see happening with the November 8 Texas constitutional election. Proposition 2 would encode discrimination into the Texas Bill of Rights by changing the Texas Constitution to read that marriage in Texas shall consist only of a union between one man and one woman. For the radical right this is just another maneuver to augment their already oppressive power. Here is where they made the blunder. This is an off year election. Only 8-12% of the people, statewide, will vote. But one major city has city elections – Houston! That is our opportunity!

If we can get out the vote here – in large numbers – we can swing the state. If Texas, one of the reddest of the red, defeats the proposition this year, that will throw confusion and fear into the forces of discrimination that have plans to change the constitutions of 11 other states next year.
If we can defeat them here, we will defeat them in other places. This can be the catalyst that starts the counter wave of progressive politics that this country and this world so desperately needs.

Here is how you can help. NoNonsenseInNovember.com is conducting a state-wide bar outreach this Saturday, October 8 – from 8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. About ten bars here in Houston, as well as dozens throughout the state have committed to participate in this voter education project. NoNonsenseInNovember will then use the names gathered Saturday to contact even more people.

John Ibanez and I are organizing much of the Houston bar outreach effort. Many people have already volunteered – but we still need lots of volunteers! We need people to register voters, take donations, and fill-out pledge cards – at least 3 people per bar, per shift.

Can you help? Before I close with the details, I would like to leave you with one more image.

Thirty years from now:

  • when all people have the right to marry the person they love,
  • and everyone is kind of confused about why so many people thought it so important to try to limit marriage to only heterosexual people,
  • and a progressive political agenda has swept the world and is making it a better place for all people;

Someone may ask you if you did anything in the fight against the radical right. Wouldn’t be wonderful if you could say, “I stood up and in Houston we turned the tide.”?

Thank you, and please help,

John Grothues

How to get involved: Sign-up at http://www.nononsenseinnovember.com/calendar/index.php?page=6&by=1
And?or contact the captains indicated below. 

THE DETAILS:

When: Saturday, October 8, from 8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

  1. Brazos River Bottom
    Team captain
    John Grothues
    713-516-6728
  2. Guava Lamp
    Team captain Robert Gallegos
    713-256-3953
  3. Keys West -
    Team captain Michael Fleming 
    713-213-8318
  4. JR's/South Beach/The Mine
    Team captain John G. Ibanez
    713-516-7047
  5. Chances/the New Barn/G-Spot
    Jennifer Poche
    832-661-3467
  6. Decades
    Team captain John Grothues
    713-516-6728
  7. Meteor
    Team captain- Jeffrey Crews
    713-645-8939
  8. Rich's
    Team captain - Max Beauregard
    713-864-0549 
  9. Inergy
    Team captian - Max Beauregard
    713-864-0549

EJ's is still pending.

Event Sponsor:
Democracy for Houston and the No Nonsense in November Campaign

Event Website:
http://www.nononsenseinnovember.com/calendar/index.php?p=5