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Ebola is Everyone's Problem


This isn’t the kind of thing I normally write about here at Texans Together Education Fund.  Income inequality, voter suppression and the importance of voting, community engagement, medical coverage for every American, abuse of the political system and campaign finance reform are the very life blood of what we do here. These are important and close to my heart and the work we do.

But today, I want to simply put forward this concept. Ebola is a virus that has been around and known since the mid-seventies. It can absolutely be defeated by intelligence, diligence and care. In our country, this is especially true and why it is so important that we pay attention to and fund our public health organizations. 

Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin’s voter ID law

(This in article taken from the Washington Post (you can read it in thier website here Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin's Voter ID Law)

You can download the judge's ruling here: Frank Walker Decision

By Seth McLaughlin and Stephen Dinan-The Washington Times Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A federal judge reopened the voter identification debate Tuesday when he struck down a new Wisconsin law, saying it discriminated against blacks and Hispanics, and renewing doubts about the Republican push for stricter voting laws across the country.

The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest

View From The Cheap Seats

This is an article originally published in the New York Times and it gives a lot on information on something I have been talking about for a long time: Income Inequality. 

Here is a link to the original article. The New York Times is a national paper and a strong leader in providing news to the public. I strongly suggest that anyone with an interest in an in depth examination of the news of the day subscribe, I did.


The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest

 By David Leonhardt and Kevin Quealy

The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that honor, and many Americans are dissatisfied with the state of the country. “Things are pretty flat,” said Kathy Washburn of Mount Vernon, Iowa. “You have mostly lower level and high and not a lot in between.”

The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction.


While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have received considerably larger raises over the last three decades.


After-tax middle-class incomes in Canada — substantially behind in 2000 — now appear to be higher than in the United States. The poor in much of Europe earn more than poor Americans.

The numbers, based on surveys conducted over the past 35 years, offer some of the most detailed publicly available comparisons for different income groups in different countries over time. They suggest that most American families are paying a steep price for high and rising income inequality.

Although economic growth in the United States continues to be as strong as in many other countries, or stronger, a small percentage of American households is fully benefiting from it. Median income in Canada pulled into a tie with median United States income in 2010 and has most likely surpassed it since then. Median incomes in Western European countries still trail those in the United States, but the gap in several — including Britain, the Netherlands and Sweden — is much smaller than it was a decade ago.


EPA Community Meeting Video and Press Articles!

If you couldn’t attend the meeting last Thursday on January 30th In Highlands, Texas, here’s your chance to see and hear what was said. The video is a little fuzzy in some parts but the audio is clear. So take a look and leave a comment below. It’s a large video so there is also a YouTube video if you prefer to just watch it online.



The press attended and we have two PDF’s for you to look at. The Baytown Sun article, “Waste Pits Cleanup ‘years away’” and the Houston Chronicle article, “No Plan to Clean Up Worst Toxic Waste Sites” both document the meeting and reaction of the standing room only crowd that showed up to hear the EPA.


Press? Did we get Press!!!

Press?  Did we get Press!!!

Texans Together along with the San Jacinto River Coalition had been reaching out to our partners in our struggle to get the river cleaned properly.  Jacquelyn Young, the organizer who has been leading the effort for us, has gotten a lot of attention from the press. All of our partners have worked hard to get the word out and it shows. Here are some links that highlight the effort:

Will the Next Hurricane Unleash the Dioxin-filled San Jacinto Superfund Site?

Atascocita rodeo queen discovers cause of family illness, recovers, and goes on to successful modeling career.

Activists Protest Waste Management Headquarters In Downtown Houston!

San Jacinto residents demand cleanup of pollutants.

Texans Together Participates in San Jacinto River Press Conference


Spanish EHL Class Graduates

Our Graduating Class

Last Tuesday on December 10th, Texans Together graduated our latest EHL class at Our Lady Of Guadalupe church in Baytown, Texas. This was the first in a new series of classes oriented toward the Spanish speaking community with the entire curriculum being offered in Spanish. The class was taught by Chris Shillaci and lasted six weeks and everyone learned a lot and had a great time.

Time for Caring

Thank You! Your support has made it possible for Texans Together to train and engage 225 minority grassroots leaders since 2011, and develop the best organizing staff in Texas. In 2014 we plan to expand our Empowering Houston Leaders program, spreading grassroots leaders across the Greater Houston area before the November elections. Please consider a year–end gift so that we can train even more grassroots leaders to empower their neighbors to get involved in their communities and vote.  

Signing Up for Health Insurance in California Was Hell, But I'm Glad I Did It

(This is an article by Eric Kingsbury. It was originally  published by the the  The New Republic.)

As a nearly 25-year-old, healthy, non-smoking male living in San Francisco, I’ve spent the last six months preparing to be screwed by the Affordable Care Act. Everywhere I’ve turned there’s been talk of "rate shock," and a "War on Bros," with even the most reassuring pieces telling me that my premiums would likely go up. And all of that came before website glitches hobbled exchanges nationwide, even here in California. It was enough to convince me to consider just paying the $95 penalty and going uninsured yet again. Then I actually logged on.

I was uninsured for about 10 months. Both of my parents lost their jobs—and their insurance—during the Great Recession, with the coverage I received through my father expiring at the end of 2012. Working as an unpaid intern at The New Republic, and living off of unemployment insurance and the money I made by selling my car, I wasn’t in the financial situation to consider insurance for the first six months of the year. Finally, I got a well-paying contract job at a Bay Area tech firm in August, but the staffing agency that employed me offered such an awful plan that I was better off buying insurance on the individual market. I decided to risk going uninsured a little longer.

Purvis: A New York ‘Thanks’ that’s as big as Texas

(This is an opinion piece by professor Jim Purvis who teaches at New York University. It was published in Austin American Statesman.)


On behalf of my fellow New Yorkers, I like to say “thank you” to the people of the great state of Texas.

For so many things … but above all, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for sacrificing your own poor people so that our poor people could have free health insurance.

Two million. That’s the number of your own poor who lost their chance for free health care, thanks to your generosity. Wow! Two million. It’s hard to believe, but that will just about equal the Medicaid-covered poor in New York and Connecticut. So, thanks from Connecticut as well.

Obamacare showdown in Texas

HOUSTON — The ground war over Obamacare — the one that will determine whether people sign up — will be won and lost in places like Texas. If Obamacare fails in the Lone Star State — that is, if a significant portion of the 6.1 million uninsured Texans don’t or can’t enroll — then the White House could miss its national enrollment targets, the new health insurance exchanges could falter and insurance rates could spike.
Obamacare could be unsustainable.


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