News & Views

Former Harris County Judge Now Holds It Down in the Jails

We recently caught up with former Harris County District Court Judge Caprice Cosper and talked to her about her new appointment which has been described as a czar-ship for jails. She says that’s an inaccurate description and talked to us about exactly what she does in overseeing the jail system.

The Wisdom of Civil Rights Icon Dick Gregory-Racism, Haiti & Why Obama Won't Flex His Power

Dick GregoryLong time Civil Rights activist, author and comedian Dick Gregory made his rounds in Washington DC where he took in the State of the Union address and the Healthy Families USA convention. We caught up with Gregory and talked to him about the situation in Haiti. He pointed out some of ther glaring flaws in the relief efforts including the irony of having two men who don’t like each other, George Bush and Bill Clinton being the face for recovery operations. 
 

Deadline to register to vote in Texas primary is TODAY (February 1)

voter registration buttonsToday - February 1 - is the deadline to register to vote in the 2010 Primary Elections.

Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade says the registration process is simple: “Registering to vote is easy; Texans may find a voter registration application at their county elections offices, some post offices and libraries, or online at: www.votexas.org,” said Andrade.

Individuals may also check online to determine if they are registered or update their registration information if they have moved throughout the state. Any changes to a voter’s existing registration should be made by February 1 to be applicable to the Primary Elections this March.

“Voting is an important part of being a Texan and my office is committed to ensuring that every eligible voter understands their rights and can have confidence in the integrity of our elections process,” said Andrade. “As we move forward into the New Year, I hope that my fellow Texans will join me in participating in this great democratic process.”

For more voting information, visit: www.votexas.org or call the Secretary of State’s voter hotline at 1-800-252-VOTE (8683).

New Guidebook Shows Texas Green Job Opportunities

Texas job seekers, students and policymakers have a new reference tool for seizing opportunities available in a burgeoning new economy with the recent release of the "Texas Green Jobs Guidebook" published by Environmental Defense Fund.

Texas Green Jobs GuidebookWith support from the Meadows Foundation and review by the Texas Workforce Commission, the EDF publication profiles more than 200 types of green jobs, gives information on job training and placement programs, and provides city-specific overviews of workforce websites and community college program listings.

Professor Cornel West Goes In on Brack Obama-Expresses Disappointment

Scholar, author Dr Cornel West, Professor at Princeton, University has gone in on President Obama. Shortly after last week’s state of the union speech West released a video where he questions Obama’s commitment to poor people. He points out that the improved economy the President touts still has an un-employment rate of 10% and that 10% is made up of real people who are in dire straits.