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The minimum wage would be over $18 had it risen along with productivity.

 

 
 

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Bring the Money Back

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.

Alief Empower Houston Leaders Kickoff!

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.

Truth about Income Inequality

It’s a simple truth.  Numbers do not lie.

Interpretation is not so simple.  With income inequality, the interpretation tends to run to a very narrow opinion like  investors.com’s op-ed piece that income inequality is a racket and seeks to pit higher paid professionals against wage earners while invoking the stereotypical view of lower income poor work ethic to Senator Elizabeth Warren’s oversimplification of the development of the middle class was a result of 90% of the population receiving 70% of the income in 1935 to 1980.  However in the end, it boils down what affects us on a daily basis – do you make enough to live comfortably? Do you have enough to safely plan for the future? Unfortunately, the bulk of America answers those questions with a no.

San Jacinto River Coalition on KPFT

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.”

If your child got a C-, would that be good enough?

The Texas education system received its annual report card from Education Weekly, a national publication that graded states and Washington DC.  There were many parts of the grade including student’s chance for success, school finance and K-12 achievement.

The report rated the United System as a whole as a C, and Texas overall as a C-.

San Jacinto River Coalition on KPFT

Minister Robert Muhammad, Host of KPFT's "Connect the Dots," was joined for a radio interview by Texans Together Community Coordinator Chris Schillaci, and Faith Based Outreach Coordinator Rev. Vincent Fana on Wednesday, 1/7/2015.

Pre-K in Texas - In the Hands of the Legislature

The 84th Texas Legislature starts on January 13, 2015.  So far, there have been 137 bills filed that are related to education and 7 were for Pre-K.  How many, if any, will reach the floor is anybody’s guess.  As Fox26’s Greg Groogan reported in December, a Pre-K funding bill will face a ‘strong head wind’ according to State Senator Elect Paul Bettancourt. 

Apartment Are Communities Growing Community Support in 2014

Our two primary Apartment complexes for Apartments Are Communities (AAC) are the Mai (formerly known as the Mint) Apartments in Alief and the Linda Vista Apartments in Northeast Houston.  It was a busy year for both

  Apartment complexes. While a change in ownership at the Mai Apartments brought some unique challenges, Linda Vista grew more stable and active.

Empowering Houston Leaders in 2014

2014 has been a great year for Empower Houston Leaders (EHL).  

This year we covered the Houston area with successful graduations from Pasadena to Baytown to Independence Heights.  The Pasadena EHL was our largest to date with 71 members.  In December, we had the first get together for our Women’s EHL class at the historic SHAPE center with a phenomenal energy level.

San Jacinto River Coalition's Accomplishments 2014 and Looking Ahead


Photo By Julio Cortez/Chronicle

The San Jacinto River Coalition has established a strong leadership group, broad bi-partisan support from elected officials, and over one thousand supporters. Citizens regularly fill government meetings to capacity. In 

January 2014, the EPA called a special community meeting at the Coalition’s request to update the residents. Two hundred community members appeared on a cold weekday night in far eastern Harris County, closely questioning the EPA and calling for full remediation. Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan credits the Coalition for moving the EPA to seriously consider that the Waste Pits’ toxic wastes be fully removed. 

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