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HRC Holds Voter Mobilization Workshops in Texas

This year, HRC Equality Votes is undertaking an unprecedented national effort to mobilize pro-equality voters in key races up and down the ballot, including U.S. Congressional candidates in the Lone Star State.

On Monday, HRC joined volunteers in Houston, Texas, several of whom worked for months to mobilize thousands of voters in support of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO). Although HERO failed to pass last November, the skills local advocates learned on the campaign will serve Houstonians well as they mobilize for pro-equality candidates in Texas. The residents of America’s fourth largest city know the stakes couldn’t be higher in November 2016.

Folks in Austin showed up Tuesday to the training in droves and ranged in advocacy experience from 30 years to 30 minutes. As the state’s capital, Austin participants had their eyes not only on the outcome November 8, but squarely on what this election will mean for state leadership and the upcoming 2017 Texas legislative session. Advocates cited 2015 as a big year for attempted anti-LGBT legislation and expressed the importance of building a strong team not just for November but as a base for the coming year. Their close-knit crew also kicked around ideas about volunteer vacations to battleground states as the election nears.

In Dallas-Fort Worth, volunteers had already participated in local phonebanks. This veteran crew of advocates and campaigners made plans to tap into pro-equality voters and maximize their impact at the ballot box.

Wrapping up the week in San Antonio, leaders met to plan for the November election season and explored ways to partner with other progressive groups in the area already working to mobilize voters. This included the local volunteer led group known as San Antonio for Hillary.

At HRC we know that elections matter. We’ve come too far to go back now and the stakes could not be higher for the LGBTQ community this election. That’s why we have aggressive plans to mobilize our members and supporters this fall and there is an important role for you in our effort. Click here to learn more about upcoming workshops in cities across the country.

For more information about our HRC Equality Votes workshops or volunteer opportunities in Texas, contact HRC’s Ryan Wilson, ryan.wilson@hrc.org.

Paid for by Human Rights Campaign Equality Votes and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.