The Caucus Celebrates Victories in the November 2017 Election and Looks Forward to Future Policy Implementation
November 8, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Frances Valdez, President
The Caucus Celebrates Victories in the November 2017 Election and Looks to Forward to Future Policy Implementation
HOUSTON, TEXAS—The Houston GLBT Political Caucus PAC proudly announces the victory of the following endorsed candidates: HCC Trustee District IV Carolyn Evans-Shabazz, HISD Trustee District VI Holly Flynn Vilaseca and HISD Trustee District VII Anne Katherine Sung. We also endorsed City of Houston Propositions A, B, C, D and E which were all approved. Congratulations to Mayor Sylvester Turner for these important wins for the City of Houston. Elizabeth Santos, endorsed candidate for HISD Trustee District I and Pretta VanDible Stallworth, endorsed candidate for HCC Trustee District IX have made it to the runoff election. We commend all our endorsed candidates for their efforts and courage in seeking elected office. We look forward to working with all our newly elected Trustees.
“Our victories on November 7th were due to membership who screen candidates, debate and vote at our endorsement meetings and volunteer at the polls to pass out the card. Our membership and supporters on our list vote our endorsement card because they know that we have a transparent process committed to finding the best candidates who will work for the rights of the LGBTQI community.” said Frances Valdez, Houston GLBT Political Caucus PAC President.
“Our efforts will now focus on helping Elizabeth Santos and Pretta VanDible Stallworth to win their runoffs. We will send another card to individuals on our list that vote in their districts.” said Jon Humphries, Elections Committee Chair.
The Caucus rolled out a new and exciting addition to our advocacy efforts this election. We developed a policy platform that all our HISD candidates supported. “Getting our endorsed candidates into office is the first step, the second step is to outline for them the issues that are important to our community. We plan to follow up with our endorsed candidates and plan to work alongside them to implement our policy platform.” said Brandon Mack, Education and Advocacy Committee Chair.
Houston GLBT Political Caucus
November 2017 Education Policy Platform
The Houston GLBT Political Caucus Education Policy Platform is a reflection of the important educational issues to Houston’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and ally community. It is intended to serve as a guide to the policy issues that endorsed candidates, endorsed elected officials, and elected officials who support the community should advance within their particular political sphere. The LGBTQI community reflects a variety of intersecting identities, including, but not limited to, race, gender, immigration status, disability and other vulnerable groups. We encourage all our endorsed candidates and those seeking our endorsement to challenge discrimination and discriminatory policies related to any of these intersecting identities.
- Gender neutral bathrooms and changing facilities in all HISD buildings.
- Professional development training that is focused on how to prevent discrimination of LGBTQI teachers, staff, parents, and students.
- Same-sex partnership benefits for faculty and staff.
- Trainings that inform teachers of their rights to protect LGBTQI students.
- Developing better hiring practices that recruit LGBTQI staff and teachers as well as weed out individuals who do not value diversity.
- Inclusion of LGBTQI history in the curriculum.
- Commit to significantly reducing disparities in in-school and out-of school suspensions and expulsions for students in special education, Black students, male students, and LGBTQI students.
- Implement pilot school-wide restorative practices programs in multiple grade levels and multiple campuses.
- Develop and subsequently require annual in-person training for teachers, principals, and administrators regarding positive discipline practices, including restorative practices.
- Commit to speaking out against other elected officials and individuals who disparage the LGBTQI community.