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Alief Fest is Coming!

On Saturday, March 14th, Texans Together attended a planning meeting for the first Alief Festival to bring family fun with civic engagement to the Alief Multi Purpose Center.  The meeting was an action that was initiated by a member of our Alief Empower Houston Leaders (EHL) class. It was a oustanding first get together with Texans Together, the Alief Center, Community Alive, and Alief Super Neighbor Council.  There was a great exchange of ideas and  it's going to be an exciting event.


Hearing About Pre-K

On Tuesday, March 10th, a hearing was held in the Texas House Public Education Committee.  Texans Care for Children's Andrea Brauer was there and posted this blog regarding the hearing.  She focuses on the major contender 

Big Day for Pre-K

Tomorrow will be a big day in Austin for Pre-K!  The Texas House Public Education Committee will be hearing about 6 education bills.  From Texas Association for the Education of Young Children, here's the run down and what you can do to make your voice heard: 

Six Bills!! Can you believe it? It's been a long time since this much focus has been on Early Childhood in Texas so let's make sure not to let this moment pass us by without our voices being heard. 

Texans Together at Youth Meeting with Rep Al Green

We were at a great event on Saturday. State Representative Al Green’s Office hosted the Young Adult Positive Proactive Partnership Meeting at the Fountain Life Center.  There were great speakers with a listening session with youth, law enforcement entities and elected leadership.


Great Plans on the Horizon for Alief


Francisco Garcia, Charhonda Cox, Coucilman Richard Nguyen, Greg Ruffner, and Alvin Byrd

Texans Together Executive Director Charhonda Cox and Program Director Francisco Garcia, had a great meeting last Thursday with Glen Ruffner of the Falls of Bellaire Apartments, Councilman Richard Nguyen, and his Chief of Staff Alvin Byrd.  The meeting was high energy with a lot of exciting things on the horizon in Alief!

Harris County's Appeal of Waste Pits Decision

Harris County is moving again to make International Paper, Inc responsible for the damage that has been done to the river and the community.  We''re thrilled that they're moving forward to see the community gets the environmental justice that they need!

San Jacinto River Coalition on KPFT

Tuesday morning Chris Schillaci of the San Jacinto River Coalition (SJRC) was on KPFT with Duane Bradley and Marlo Blue to discuss the San Jacinto Waste Pits and Texans Together.

Alief Spice Lane Restoration

Last Sunday, Texans Together joined Alief United Charities, Prodigal Son House, Unified HOODS, and Alief Texans for the Spice Lane Basketball Court Restoration in Alief.  Local children and families turned out to enjoy the beautiful afternoon, food and activities.  There was a great turnout with graduates of our EHL Classes, City Officials, and even a celebrity:


State of Black Houston 2015

Last night, Texans Together were  at the Talento Bilingüe de Houston for the State of Black Houston.

To celebrate Black History Month, the Houston Justice Coalition, Houston-Area Urban League and NAACP Houston hosted a candid discussion with prominent Houstonians regarding the state of Black Houston in 2015.

Helping Childhood Early Education

There are studies that show clear results of the importance of Pre-K.  However, in Texas we don't provide universal pre-K and only half-day in some areas, which local school districts have to find a way to fund.  A large percentage of children, especially Latino, are not enrolled in even half day.  Recent studies have also shown that overall better education equals a better economy. We're not only wasting Texas' most valuable resource, our children, but we're throwing out our future and our economy.

However, there are groups trying to address this inequity.  With the 84th Texas Legislature set to address education, now is the time for everyone to help out.


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