Dear Sisters and Brothers,
This is a reminder that there will be a spirited protest against Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday, April 18, beginning at 11:00 am, at the Hilton Americas Hotel on 1600 Lamar Street. Abbott will be addressing the Greater Houston Partnership. We are going to show him what we think of his right-wing policies. The Facebook event page is at https://www.facebook.com/events/1814469988804957/.
Since becoming Governor in 2015, Greg Abbott has proved to be an enemy of workers, people of color, immigrants, women, LGBT communities, and the differently abled. As Attorney General and Governor, Abbott backed the racially discriminatory Texas voter ID law that was later gutted by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Abbott opposes women’s reproductive freedom–even in cases of rape and incest–and he backed the Texas law imposing prohibitive restrictions on abortion providers that was later overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. Today, Abbott supports SB 4, which aims to punish cities, counties, and higher education institutions which do not aid and abet repression against undocumented immigrants. Abbott also supports SB 13, which would prohibit payroll deductions for union dues for most public employees, and other reactionary legislation. 

This demonstration is being organized by Houston Communist Party, Houston Socialist Movement, International Socialist Organization, Latinos Inmigrantes Triunfadores, MORENA-Houston SW, Organizacion Latino Americano Pro-Derecho Del Inmigrante, and Party for Socialism and Liberation. For more information, call 832.692.2306 or 713.447.4106.

The Harris County Democrats will also be protesting against Abbott. They contacted us weeks ago to discuss a possible combined action but then obtained a street closure permit exclusively for themselves. We will be there anyway, and our voices will be loud and strong. Only the masses of workers and oppressed people–not the Democrats or any other pro-business party–can bring about the fundamental social change we need.

Please also note that local neo-Nazi Ken Reed has called for a counter-demonstration against HSM at the same time and location. Reed says he isn’t really a “fanboy” of Abbott but “really despises” HSM, so the “American Patriot Vanguard” promises to be there. We sure hope so. It isn’t every day that we get to demonstrate against right-wing conservatives like Abbott and fascists like Reed at the same time! Although we do not expect any problems, Houston Jail Support will be available during the action. Contact us if you would like their phone number.

In Solidarity,

HSM