With early voting in full swing and the election day less than a week away… people are still up in the air as to who they should vote for when it comes to Mayor of Houston. Who ever sits in that chair will be yielding a lot of power and will set a tone for one of the nation’s most exciting and rapidly growing cities. Houston is on the move and it needs a mayor who will set the pace. It needs a mayor who can make an increasingly young population feel like they are in touch - a mayor who understands the pressing issues impacting young adults. They range from job opportunities to education to affordable housing. Houston needs a mayor that will make a city that has large African-American, Latino, Asian and Gay & Lesbian population feel like their respective needs are being met. Below you will find some links to articles and videos that can hopefully lend some insight...
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.
As was the case with his death, the haters coming from places like the NY Post or so-called music critic Chuck Arnold of People Magazine, simply could not wait to find an opportunity to spit their venom on Michael Jackson, the King of Pop. Lucky for us, we all got to see the movie at the exact same time as his critics, thus the negativity they spit will be overshadowed by folks who sat along side them having a vastly different opinion of the movie ‘This Is It’ and being able to express it. How does one go to a packed theater, see people clapping, dancing in the aisle, and just feeling it, then go back and write some garbage about how ghoulish it was??
A former Iraq Vet slams the U.S. Justice system at the 10th annual Abolish the Death Penalty March... He speaks passionately ab out the innocence of his brother Reginald Blanton who is scheduled to be executed tomorrow, Oct. 27th 2009.
The state of Texas since 1976 has executed more people than any other state in the country. With a population that is 7.6% of the country, Texas has performed almost 40% of executions nationwide. 66% of those executions have been people of color… Since 1982 not one single white person has been put to death for murdering an African American. Meanwhile the overwhelming majority of executions have been bestowed upon African Americans who have killed whites.
Does cash rule everything around me? From the looks of things, yes. We sat down and spoke with former Wu-Tang Clan manager and author/entrepreneur Cedric Muhammad of Blackelectorate.com to have an in-depth discussion about today’s current economic situation and how it's impacting us.
We started off talking about the recent decision by investment bank Goldman Sachs to give out more than $20 billion in bonuses, after being bailed out with taxpayer money. How could such a thing happen? Where’s the public outrage?
As folks read this story and peep the videos, keep in mind some sort of law needs to be put in place to reign in the abusive power of District Attorney’s especially when they are in small towns, like Kenneth. Mo. There are literally hundreds of stories around the country of how DAs rule entire counties with an iron fist. One of the more notorious ones is the case involving Regina Kelly in Hearne, Texas. Folks may wanna rent the movie American Violet to get a better understanding of how out of control things can get with ruthless district attorneys. We are including the interview we did with Regina to further illustrate our point.
Heather Ellis of Kennett, Mo., has quite a story to tell. It all started nearly three years ago in a local Wal-Mart.
Ellis was shopping in the store with a cousin, and the two temporarily parted ways to find the shortest line. Seeing that the other line was moving faster, Ellis went to get in line with her cousin.
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.
HOUSTON’S ‘LIFE IS LIVING’ SET IN MOTION WITH HIP HOP FESTIVAL
FEATURING LEGENDARY PERFORMER MC LYTE, MUSIC, DANCE, AND ART
HOUSTON, Texas (October 20, 2009) – This fall marks the launch of a major new initiative hosted by the UH Mitchell Center for the Arts. Life Is Living is a national campaign that uses urban street arts to engage communities of color in conversations about environmentalism and sustainable living.
The Mitchell Center will launch the Life Is Living initiative in Houston with a kickoff event on November 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Discovery Green (1500 McKinney Ave) in downtown Houston. Admission is free.