In response to those that wish to make our Houston Police Department an I.C.E. arm (Homeland Security’s Immigration Customs Enforcement), Houston City Council Member Carol Alvarado is spearheading the effort to organize Houstonians to defeat this ill-advised attempt to amend the City of Houston Charter. The Alvarado led organizational vehicle is called Protect Houston (a web page is currently being constructed at www.protecthouston.com.) A communitywide meeting has been scheduled for next Monday, July 24. The following is the text of the invitation that is being sent throughout the city.
A Message From Carol Alvarado
Mean spirited Houstonians are gathering signatures on a petition that would force the City of Houston to call a city charter referendum that would compel police officers to demand proof of citizenship when interacting with Houstonians. If adopted by the voters, the city charter change would create a hostile relationship between the police and certain communities and limit their effectiveness in protecting Houstonians from crime.
In order to protect all Houstonians, it is imperative that the Houston Police Department maintain a respectful, professional and trusting relationship with the residents of all of the city’s many neighborhoods and among all of the city’s diverse ethnic communities.
This ill-advised city charter referendum threatens to divide the people of our diverse and welcoming community; tie the hands of the professional men and women who serve in our police department; and stigmatize the City of Houston in the eyes of the nation and the world.
ACTION ON OUR PART IS REQUIRED!
You are invited to attend and participate in a community meeting to help develop a strategy to defeat this mean spirited assault on our community.
PROTECT HOUSTON – COMMUNITY MEETING
6 P.M., MONDAY, JULY 24, 2006
CWA UNION HALL
1730 JEFFERSON STREET
HOUSTON, TX 77003
Your presence and involvement on this key public policy issue is requested. Please attend and bring other concerned Houstonians.
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO RSVP:
CONTACT 713-861-2244 OR EMAIL [email protected].
Needless to say, this will not be the last we hear of all this. Stay tuned.
On a lighter note, when exactly are we going to get serious about the Canadian menace?