mwruger - Wed, 09/12/2012 - 2:30am
I'm not sure I believe what I am reading. Below is a link to a Huffington Post article about possible Voter Intimidation during the upcoming presidential election. I find it very hard to believe that such behavior could occur here in America. This is the kind of thing I might expect to see in a third world plebiscite.
If this is true, it is shameful day in our history and a return to the kind of things many of us believe we have left in the past. If it is not true, then everyone involved should step into the light and explain what exactly is going on. Our elections are too important to be marred by any kind of criminal behavior, regardless of who is behind it.
Huffington Post Article
mwruger - Mon, 09/10/2012 - 2:27am
Voter ID Laws: A Cure in Search of an Illness.
It’s September 2012 and the Presidential Election is two months away. In the last few years many states have passed voter ID laws in an effort to deal with the problem of voter fraud. The only problem seems to be that there is very little voter fraud for them to deal with. Instead, many citizens will be denied access to the polls in November.
Across the nation, many states have passed Voter Id Laws: Alabama, Kansas, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. There is little uniformity to these laws, making it difficult to know whether you have the ID you need to vote.
mwruger - Thu, 08/30/2012 - 2:22am
Here is a short video showing our recent graduating class of Empower Houston Leaders. This class was held in Spanish for those who want change in thier community, but are more comfortable speaking in Spanish. We plan to hold more classes like this in the future. Are you intrested in becoming an Empowered Houston Leader? Write to
for information on upcoming classes
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
--Margaret Mead US anthropologist & popularizer of anthropology (1901 - 1978)
mwruger - Wed, 08/29/2012 - 1:26am
Today, Harris County Vince Ryan held a press conference at the Lynchburg Ferry. Behind, the San Jacinto River made its way to the sea. Its sparkling surface belied the problems that lurked beneath, problems that Attorney Vince Ryan had come to address with the small mass of reporters, citizens and others who had gathered to hear him speak.
mwruger - Wed, 08/22/2012 - 12:21am
San Jacinto Waste Pits
Last week, driving into Houston, a member of the coalition saw something unusual going on at the San Jacinto Waste Pits. The pits are situated on the north side of I-10, one of the pits being mostly submerged and other mostly visible.
On top of the temporary stone and rubble cap was a steam shovel. The cap was placed there by the EPA following a memorandum on April 2, 2010. The Time Critical Removal Action (TCRA) was designed to stabilize the waste pits and to prevent direct human and benthic contact with the waste materials until a final solution can be agreed upon.
Fred Lewis - Sun, 08/19/2012 - 6:51pm
And Now, A Few Words…
It's hard to believe that the summer is nearly over. Here at Texans Together, we are energized and ready for the fall. Here is a sampling of our summer activities, by the numbers:
mwruger - Sun, 08/12/2012 - 3:57pm
This is a video from our "Have a Safe Summer Fun" Event that was held in the Highlands. The goal was to offer free giveaways to attract people to our canopy and to talk to us about the contamination river. There was also a raffle of Gift for those who attended our nex regular meeting. We had 12 new members show up at our scedhuled August 10th meeting.
Texans Together - Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:44pm
On May 31st Texans Together and The San Jacinto River Coalition held a press conference at the San Jacinto Monument to discuss Dr. Stephen King's report on the impact of the San Jaconto River waste pits on the environment. Despite the temporary cap that has been put in place dioxon and furan levels are just as high as they were a year ago.
Pictured here is the guide we hired to take Dr. King and our President Fred Lewis around the river to collect fish and sediment samples. Here is a PDF that contains where the fish samples were taken. You can download Dr. King's Report here. This include the executive summary.
Texans Together - Sat, 06/30/2012 - 12:37pm
Calling All Houstonians, Parents, Teachers and Students!
We are getting on the bus on Saturday March 24th. We want the cutting of education funds to STOP!
Texas has dropped from 44th to 49th in funding our school systems among the 50 states. Some of our lawmakers want to strive towards the “coveted” 50th spot in the funding of our schools on a national level. With yet another budget shortfall on the way, an election coming and legislative session very near it seems likely that we will achieve the unwanted distinction of being the worst in the country. We need to send them a message that cannot be ignored.