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EHL - What's next!

Empower Houston Leader's next gathering will be for a Women's Empowerment Extravaganza on December 13th, 2014 from 5 to 7 pm.  We will be at the Historic Shape Community Center, 3815 Live Oak and Alabama, Houston, TX 77004.

Administration takes case for Obamacare directly to Texans

Secretary Burwell met with the Gulf Coast Collaborative including Texans Together prior to the press conference.  She discussed the importance of the organizations involved in reaching the goal for Texas.  She said they had a million people log into the healthcare marketplace over the previous weekend and the call center fielded over 200,000 calls with 20,000 going to Spanish speaking representatives. She stressed Latino Outreach was key to success in Texas.

The following article was originally written by Lori Hines , for the November 18, 2014 Houston Chronicle 

Photo by James Nielson/Houston Chronicle

As the second enrollment period for its federally mandated health insurance program gets under way, the Obama administration is bypassing Texas leaders intractably opposed to the Affordable Care Act and working directly with more cooperative local officials and grass-roots organizations.

Settlements, Split Verdict Yield Murky Result in Waste Pit Case

By Matthew Tresaugue
November 13, 2014 | Updated: November 13, 2014 10:07pm
Harris County officials claimed pollution prevented Channelview-area residents from using the San Jacinto River for recreation and commercial fishing.
Harris County's effort to fine businesses for the poisonous paper-mill waste that had polluted the San Jacinto River for decades was a bold move that caught the attention of environmentalists here and across the country. Rarely, if ever, had government tried to enforce violation of state law over so many years.
The legal fight, however, produced a murky result Thursday with two of the county's three targets agreeing to pay nearly $30 million in damages before a split jury cleared the remaining defendant of any responsibility for the toxic pollution.
The county said a last-minute deal, announced Thursday by state District Judge Caroline Baker before closing arguments were set to begin in the 4-week-old trial, resolved its claims against McGinnes Industrial Maintenance Corp. and Houston-based Waste Management Inc.

EHL in Action!

EHL Grads, Volunteers from U of H, Yale Street Baptist Church and Can Do Houston will come together for the Independence Heights Community Harvest.  This weekend celebration of community service and spirit was  planned by the Independence Heights Collaboration Action Coalition, which consists of multiple Independence Heights Action Groups including EHL grads from the  EHL Independence Heights Class.  The celebration launches with a lot clean-up by volunteers on Friday, then a block party on Saturday, topped with a Food Fair on Monday at the Yale Street Baptist Church. Way to go Grads!  Your hard work in your community is appreciated!


"Why I Vote" Video Contest Winner!

Jenni Reed is the $500.00 winner of the “Why I Vote Video Contest” winner!  Jenni liked the empowerment of voting and the feeling like she was having an impact on her community.  We had many great entries and just like the election, the people spoke and she won! This contest was a lot of fun and we hope that you had as much fun as we did! Keep watching our sit for future chances to win prizes and participate in our community.

Click to watch Jenni Reed’s Entry or all entries!  Congratulations Jenni and thank you to all of our participants!


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