Classes were back in session at Richmond High School in San Francisco’s East Bay Tuesday, with counselors available for students to talk about Saturday night’s horrific crime – the gang rape on campus of a 15-year-old student who had just left the homecoming dance… What makes this crime so shocking is that police say at least 20 people were involved in the rape or stood and watched the crime without going for help.
Young Girl Gang raped for 2 Hours Outside High School Dance Give National Attention to End Violence Against Women
by Tachelle Shamash Wilkes
When I heard about the brutal rape of this high school girl, I was deeply saddened to the core that something like this could go on. “The Code of the Street” was meant to protect our women. However, somewhere down the line it was misconstrued to fit the agenda of men to cover up an array of sins. For these twenty-plus young onlookers to sit there and say or do nothing says a lot about the plight of this world. What if it were your sister who laid on that ground? As a matter of fact, what if she was your mother? Blood runs through this young girl’s veins just as yours. Her reflection is yours.
Barbara Ann delivered the welcoming remarks at the Johnson Rayburn Richards dinner hosted by the Harris County Democratic Party to a packed house of over 1250 people. The room was filled with energy as Texans look forward to new leadership at every level in Texas in 2010.
In recent months, Texas has been the subject of many political controversies. Many of the controversies appear to start and end with Gov. Perry, but our current Attorney General has played an important role as well. Gov. Perry has stonewalled the public; he has been given the cover to do so with legal opinions from the Texas Attorney General (check out the San Antonio Express News).
Through politicized legal opinions, our current AG has enabled destructive policies. This AG's opinions enabled Tom Delay's mid-decade redistricting and the margin income tax, imposed without vote by the people of Texas. His lack of action with regard to our electric and insurance companies in Texas have led to the highest rates/increases in the country.
The Office of the Attorney General has been politicized for partisan gain. Even though the Texas Attorney General is not the office that you hear about everyday, we must understand that the actions of the AG affect our everyday lives: the safety of our children, the electricity and insurance rates we pay, the makeup of our congressional districts, and who pays - and who doesn't pay - taxes.
Every election we have an opportunity to reexamine our choices in leaders. Texans are overwhelmingly dissatisfied with the leadership that we have had for over 15 years. The polling in Texas remains excellent for victory in 2010.