There is a special meeting at Houston’s City Hall to address Mayor Annise Parker’s proposed Equal Rights Ordinance.

That ordinance addresses the problem of ongoing discrimination in Houston including at restaurants, bars, and clubs on Washington Avenue.

The details about a rally and the actual meeting are below:

It’s a special called meeting of the Houston Quality of Life Committee. There will be signup sheets at a table at the front of the council chambers (no signing up beforehand like a regular council meeting).

There will be a rally before the hearing, meeting on the steps of City Hall at 1:15, and we are expecting press to cover the rally.

There is a small parking lot behind City Hall Annex located at 900 Bagby (enter from Walker St.) but it will fill very quickly so Tranquility Park parking garage will likely be your best bet.  I’ve attached a map.  Persons entering city facilities are required to undergo screening (metal detectors and x-ray machines for bags). A driver’s license or photo ID must be presented to obtain a visitor’s badge.  Either at the main entrance to City Hall or at the entrance to the Council Chambers, our witness wrangler Chhaya Phatarpekar will be standing to guide anyone with questions.  You should be able to pick her out of the crowd because she’ll be wearing an ACLU-TX t-shirt and carrying an ACLU-TX bag and asking people if they need any assistance.  Public testimony will be limited to two minutes (most likely), so you’ll have to hit your points quickly –