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2015 Texas Traditions Luncheon

Last week, The Texas Traditions Luncheon was held at the Crystal Ballroom at the historic Rice Hotel. The event honored Fred Lewis. It was a fantastic event with some of our Empower Houston Leaders (EHL) graduates, guests, politicians, organizers, and other community leaders present. We had a great turn out and it was so wonderful to see the support given to Fred.



Sankofa Showcase Great Success!

Sankofa is a word in the Akan language of Ghana that translates as "reach back and get it" (san - to return; ko - to go; fa - to fetch, to seek and take) (via Wikipedia) and one of our EHL (Empower Houston Leaders) graduate planned to do exactly that! Robbie Vanarsdale held a fund raiser to help send students to Tanzania to seek and take home parts of their heritage.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration at San Marcos Apartments

Empower Houston Leaders  joined with the San Marcos Apartments on Bellfort for a Cinco de Mayo Celebration.  There was so much enthusiasm, and we enjoyed introducing ourselves to the community with music, food, and entertainment.  It was a great first step in our new relationship with the San Marcos Apartments.  Next step?  Opening a new resource center as the newest Apartments Are Communities member



Great Turnout at Worker Summit!

Saturday, we were at the Worker Summit for a Living Wage in Southwest Houston. The event highlighted the need for Immigration reform and a Living Wage for working families with a march and a press conference.  


Linda Visita Growing Green for Earth Day

April and March were great months for our Linda Vista Resource Center.  The apartment complex is part of our Apartments are Communities program and the residents developed a full slate of activities for young and old.

The 84th Texas Legislature is Sending You A Clear Message

It is very apparent the 84th Texas Legislature is sending everyone a clear message.  The Texas Legislature does not care about the average citizen in Texas. The only interest the Legislature has is making sure that businesses are not burdened with any regulations.

Great Milestone for Alief

Mayor Annise Parker and Councilman Richard Nguyen presenting the rendering for the new Multipurpose Center. 

On April 1st, The Mayor of Houston, Annise Parker, and Councilman District F, Richard Nguyen, attended a meeting in Alief to unveil the Alief Multipurpose Center.  The Center is the goal at the end of a long road for Texans Together and the Alief community, both past and present.  The community saw a need and worked hard to reach this historic point. 

Francisco 'Frank' Garcia, Program Director at Texans Together, has been a major part of the effort.  He grew up in the community and  has worked with the Alief community for over 7 years with Texans Together.  The Center was a major hurdle and finally, finally they've reached it.

Texans Together Stands United with Workers

Texans Together joined 25 other community, religious and labor organizations to form "Labor and Communities United" at a press conference today on the steps of Houston's City Hall.  It was a beautiful day to get this important message out!


GOTV is Year Round!

April 1st, we were at the CWA (Communications Workers of America) Hall  last night in collaboration with the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People).  TTEF's Shekira Denise spoke there and help co-facilitate the Deputy Voter Registrar training for over 60 attendees.


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