Houston in Action is made up of people and organizations who have come together to strengthen and grow community-led civic participation and organizing culture in the Houston region.
Houston in Action coordinates members, non-member partners in public, private and non-profit sectors to think innovatively, and remove barriers to, and improve access to, civic engagement opportunities for our region's residents. Houston in Action was formed in 2017 and released report, Take Action Houston: Policies Affecting Civic Participation in Houston and Texas.
In 2018, Houston in Action began work to coordinate regional strategy for the 2020 Census and in 2019 was became the City and Harris County convener for their joint Census 2020 campaign and Complete Count Committee and Subcommittees. Houston in Action worked with local government, stakeholders and community members to activate trusted messengers to inspire Census completion among our region's most undercounted communities while sharing data, strategy and systems, in the face of federal attacks on Census integrity and the Covid pandemic. Houston in Action also organized data, strategy and systems for a coordinated campaign across area community groups to register and mobilize voters under-reached voters of color during the historic 2020 elections.
In 2021, Houston in Action has prioritized the advancement of electoral reform policies, voter protection, and fair redistricting maps in the 87th Texas Legislative Session, as well as community-based mapping through Unity Maps. Houston in Action members are also leveraging their networks for the equitable access to vaccinations against Covid. Community in Action Academy is a regional hub for live and self-directed learning of skills for organizing, civic participation, community outreach, and more.