pjruger - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 6:17pm
It happens all the time. You are watching television, reading a news article, or just talking with friends and suddenly, you’re getting an eye or ear full about an issue or what your elected official is going to do about an issue. If it is something that you care about, you want to respond. The normal, immediate outreach is to go to a comment section or “discuss” with your friend or family. However, if it ends there, you just wasted your time and more importantly failed to make a difference.
pjruger - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 2:35pm
In November, Texans Together graduated our first group of parents from our Parental Engagement Empower Houston Leaders (EHL) class. Working in partnerships with the Houston Health Department's My Brother's Keeper to improve parental involvement in their community, the class consisted of parents from Fifth Ward area schools. After a six-week class, twenty-five parents graduated and will now join our EHL network of volunteers.
pjruger - Thu, 11/10/2016 - 4:24pm
We were out at the Houston Public Library Grand Opening of the Alice M Young Library on Griggs Rd. The event brought out over 200 adults and children from the community together to enjoy and tour the new space. They had face painting, balloon animals, a bounce house and even a Puppet Show for kids. Adults had an opportunity to connect with community resources and enjoy a DJ and dancing. There were even leaders from the City of Houston there to enjoy meeting community members and the new library.
pjruger - Thu, 11/10/2016 - 1:20pm
Texans Together’s Community Carnival and Voter Rally at Ripley House Neighborhood Center brought the heat to early voting on Saturday. We had a huge energized turnout who enjoyed performances by Los Skarnales and Fat Tony. Since Ripley House was an Early Voting location, engaged voters got great music and got their voting taken care of. Other community partners were there to support the event like Tacos and Votes, and The League of Women Voters.
pjruger - Wed, 11/09/2016 - 3:34pm
Texans Together’s Screw Up the Vote concert rocked the vote hard on Saturday. We had a great turnout from the community for the concert at the 8th Wonder Brewery. Not only did the crowd enjoy great musical performances, but also they jammed to the most important message: VOTE!
pjruger - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 4:01pm
Texans Together was out last Saturday, October 8th, at the Fifth Ward Fall Festival. The community turned out to enjoy food, games, and meet with leaders like US House Rep Sheila Jackson Lee. It was great to see the community interacting with their leadership. They had great questions and put forward what their community needed. This is what is meant by engaged community members.
pjruger - Wed, 10/05/2016 - 2:20pm
Tuesday, October 3rd, we were out at HCC. We met with some great students who were interested in the internship with us. Fitting giving back to the community and fulfilling their workstudy requirement into their busy schedule in one shot was very appealing. The applicants were enthusiastic to began and we cannot wait!
pjruger - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 1:44pm
On September 28th, there was a huge victory for the Highlands and the San Jacinto River communities when the EPA announced their decision to remove the waste from the San Jacinto River Waste Pits.
The Highlands area community residents have been struggling with toxic waste in the San Jacinto River for a long time. In 2010, Texans Together joined the fight with local residents who created the San Jacinto River Coalition (SJRC). From the start, we knew it was and was going to continue to be a long hard fight and it did not disappoint.
The SJRC’s main goal was to have the waste from the Superfund Site called the San Jacinto River Waste Pits removed from the river. The site was called “a loaded gun” pointed at the “most vulnerable of sites.” The polluting companies wanted to leave the waste in the river under an “Armored Cap.” Their studies showed it would be safer and, of course, cheaper.
pjruger - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 3:47pm
Brian, the intern, gets prepared to register voters and sign up volunteers
Last Saturday, we were out at Kashmere Multi-Service Center for the One-Stop College Fair. The College Fair featured speakers venders about Financial Aid, College Prep, Career Development, DREAMER qualification, and Admissions.
We meet with some great high school students that were looking forward to graduation. The students were down to earth and very realistic about the obstacles they faced, but still hopeful. Registering them to vote was just the first step, we spoke with them about the importance of civil engagement and how just the act of voting could help them and their community. Some of the students and their parents even committed to attend the Screw Up the Vote 2016
concert. They recognized the best way to not Screw Up the Vote
was to vote.
pjruger - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 6:17pm
Thursday, Texans Together was at Houston Community College (HCC) Northeast Campus with the "Take Action Now" event. We were encouraging students and community members to take action to become civicly engaged, access health care, and connect with their community.