pjruger - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 8:52pm
Francisco Garcia, Charhonda Cox, Coucilman Richard Nguyen, Greg Ruffner, and Alvin Byrd
Texans Together Executive Director Charhonda Cox and Program Director Francisco Garcia, had a great meeting last Thursday with Glen Ruffner of the Falls of Bellaire Apartments, Councilman Richard Nguyen, and his Chief of Staff Alvin Byrd. The meeting was high energy with a lot of exciting things on the horizon in Alief!
pjruger - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 2:02pm
Harris County is moving again to make International Paper, Inc responsible for the damage that has been done to the river and the community. We''re thrilled that they're moving forward to see the community gets the environmental justice that they need!
pjruger - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 7:30pm
Tuesday morning Chris Schillaci of the San Jacinto River Coalition (SJRC) was on KPFT with Duane Bradley and Marlo Blue to discuss the San Jacinto Waste Pits and Texans Together.
pjruger - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 2:49pm
Last Sunday, Texans Together joined Alief United Charities, Prodigal Son House, Unified HOODS, and Alief Texans for the Spice Lane Basketball Court Restoration in Alief. Local children and families turned out to enjoy the beautiful afternoon, food and activities. There was a great turnout with graduates of our EHL Classes, City Officials, and even a celebrity:
pjruger - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 1:49pm
Last night, Texans Together were at the Talento Bilingüe de Houston for the State of Black Houston.
To celebrate Black History Month, the Houston Justice Coalition, Houston-Area Urban League and NAACP Houston hosted a candid discussion with prominent Houstonians regarding the state of Black Houston in 2015.
pjruger - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:39am
There are studies that show clear results of the importance of Pre-K. However, in Texas we don't provide universal pre-K and only half-day in some areas, which local school districts have to find a way to fund. A large percentage of children, especially Latino, are not enrolled in even half day. Recent studies have also shown that overall better education equals a better economy. We're not only wasting Texas' most valuable resource, our children, but we're throwing out our future and our economy.
However, there are groups trying to address this inequity. With the 84th Texas Legislature set to address education, now is the time for everyone to help out.
JYoung - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 3:24pm
Following Harris County’s settlement in the Waste Pits litigation, rumors and concerns began circulating the communities surrounding the Pits. To address these issues, the leaders of the San Jacinto River Coalition began meeting with elected officials in search of answers and support. We are working to ensure that the settlement funds be put to use exclusively in the communities most impacted by the Site.
pjruger - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 4:05pm
Last night was the kick off for the Alief Young Adult Empower Houston Leaders at the Alief Community Center. Despite bad weather, it was a great meet and greet! Houston Council Member Richard Nguyen attended. He spoke about he importance of Voter Outreach and then stayed for the whole class.
pjruger - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 4:29pm
pjruger - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 11:06pm
San Jacinto River Coalition was on KPFT’s Eco-ology with hosts HC Conlon and Pat Greer on Tuesday.
Jackie Young discussed the complex issues surrounding the San Jacinto River Waste Pits, the history of the Superfund site, and the Dioxin leaking out into the river from the 50% submerged Waste Pits. “Dixon is an unwanted by product.” Jackie said. “It is persistent, bioaccumulative and is highly toxic in very small doses. … Once it is in our environment, it will be there far beyond our lifetime.” Jackie continued describing how families and their children might be exposed. “It not only makes its way into our food chain by the fish or the bottom feeders eating sediment that is contaminated or other fish that are contaminated with Dioxin… If a mother has been exposed to Dioxin, she can give that to her baby through her breast milk.”