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8% is the rate by which violent crime is lower in U.S. metro areas where unauthorized immigrants are most prevalent. Property crime is also lower in immigrant-heavy regions, by 10 percent.


"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!

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

The 2014 elections are now officially over! As a non-partisan organization, we don't tell you who to vote for, but we are committed to raising voter awareness, participation and civic engagement. This year, our election campaign was dubbed "Turn Up, Turn Out to vote." To register as many voters as possible, we hit neighborhoods, college campuses and everything in between. We called past voters and ask them to make a pledge to once again hit their local polling locations and vote. So on behalf of TTEF, I'd like to thank my fellow staff members, our numerous volunteers, donors, interns and of course, you. The voter. 

Be sure to visit our Facebook Page and scroll down for all the photos of our canvassing, phone banking, voter rallies and volunteers that made our #TurnUpTurnOut to Vote campaign a success!



TTEF Intern Marisol Garcia Helps Raise Voter Participation


We were so lucky to have the help of University of Houston-Downtown Education student, Marisol Garcia in our busy office! During election season, we definitely have our work cut out for us, and Marisol lent a hand as we gave our final push for voter awareness and pledges as we approach election day. "I first heard about the internship through someone that works here," Marisol explained. "She encouraged me to call and here I am!" Marisol payed the encouragement forward as a TTEF phone banker. Phone banking is a vital part of our mission at the moment, as it involves reaching out to registered voters and reminding them to vote. Thank you Marisol, and don't forget to #TurnUpTurnOut to vote!


Clean Our Waters: Latest on San Jacinto Waste Pits Trial

October 16, 2014 as opening statements were made for the San Jacinto River Waste Pits trial, the Harris County Civil Courtroom was overflowing with eager attendees. Among those attendees were community members who unknowingly lived by the Pits and representatives of the several hundred Vietnamese Fishermen who commercially fished/crabbed adjacent to the pits for decades. The pain of these people was evident in their faces. We have all anxiously awaited the start of this historical trial and the first week was nothing shy of an opening salvo from the coming pitched battle.

The Waste Pits, created in 1965 by Champion Paper and McGinnis Industrial Maintenance Corporation, were discovered by State of Texas officials in 2005 when they found astronomic levels of dioxin in the San Jacinto River near the Interstate 10 Bridge. The Site was then listed as a Federal Superfund Site on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Priority List (NPL). In 2011 Harris County and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) filed suit for 35 years of alleged violations at the Waste Pits from Waste Management of Texas, International Paper, and McGinnis Industrial Maintenance Corporation (MIMC).

The Reason I Fight

Today is a very sad day for family, friends, and community members of East Harris County. Early this morning Raymond Stephen, a resident of Channelview, TX, lost his battle to a kidney disease. Raymond was only 24 years old. I met Raymond last winter when I visited him in Baytown’s Methodist Hospital. In the short time that I knew Raymond, his visits to that hospital were all too frequent. We talked about his memories growing up in Channelview; fishing, swimming, and playing in the River Bottom. He even told me stories about having “mud fights” in the Waste Pits as a kid. Raymond was loved by many and it was an honor for me to talk with him and his father. At one of our monthly Coalition meetings, I asked Coalition members to tell me their goals working with the Coalition and Raymond said “if this is what made my kidneys fail so early, we need to get something done."

TTEF Voter Pledge Rally at TSU Homecoming a Success!!

"Turn Up & Turn Out" to Vote!! That was the motto as Texans Together took part in the 2014 Homecoming Festivities at Texas Southern University. In addition to music, food and games, TTEF was on hand to pass out "Turn Up & Turn Out" shirts and voter pledge cards. Even TSU's fun loving mascot took part in our voter rally, as he posed for the camera in support of voter awareness and participation for all!

Be sure to visit our Facebook Page for more pics of this and other recent events!!



Volunteers Needed this Saturday!

We're going to be reaching out to the community to encourage people to vote on November 4th.  Please come for this short event and help us energize Texans to vote. We will have T-Shirts for our volunteers, breakfast, refreshments and lunch. Please wear comfortable shoes. Please join us for this important and rewarding event!

Billion Dollar Dioxin Case Now Underway

On Thursday, October 16, 2014, Harris County finally said enough is enough, as a Houston courthouse was the scene of what has been referred to by some as the biggest environmental case in the country. With opening statements now a matter of public record, Waste Management and International Paper will attempt to convince a jury that none of the toxins currently residing in waste pits along the San Jacinto River have affected nearby communities. The corporations accused of polluting are quick to argue that there are other sources of Dioxin on the River. They also point out that Dioxin does not dissolve in water. For groups like Texans Together and the San Jacinto River Coalition, today marks an important chapter in the fight toward full remediation of our local waters.

Please click the picture for a larger version and visit the Houston Chronicle for further coverage of this trial and other important breaking stories!

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Court Tells One Chemical Corp to Pay for Their Mess, Will Waste Management & International Paper Be Next?

Just weeks before the trial begins in Harris County for damages to the San Jacinto River, Occidental Chemical Corp. settled for at $190 million for damages to the Passaic River in New Jersey. Like the defendants in the Harris County case, Occidental allegedly intentionally dumped hazardous chemicals into the river, causing environmental contamination and a consumption ban on fish from the river. Pollution laws exist because toxic and carcinogenic chemicals should not be carelessly dumped on our precious environment. Although our environment may never fully recover from the toxic burden of industrial pollution, remediation will remove the source of contamination and help restore the environment. And with the Passaic settlement, it will not be at the tax payer’s expense. The recent victory at the Passaic River serves not only to benefit remediation costs and safeguard tax payer’s hard earned dollars, but also as a victory to all of us that are working to hold industrial polluters accountable for contaminating the environment. On October 16, 2014, Harris County’s trial begins and a jury will decide if Waste Management, International Paper, and McGinnes Industrial Maintenance Corporation will be held accountable for contaminating the San Jacinto River and Galveston Bay’s precious estuary. 

Texas Voter Photo Id Law Is Discriminatory and Unconstitutional!

In a very well written opinion piece (which you can view here), United States District Judge Norma Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi struck down yesterday as unconstitutional Texas' voter photo ID law. She also she enjoined it from going into effect for this election. In Veasey v Perry, Judge Ramos held that Texas' voter photo ID law discriminated against African-Americans and Hispanics and that it served no vital governmental purpose because there was de minimus voter impersonation fraud.

The opinion is an excellent overview of Texas' long history of intentional discrimination against minorities and repression of their voting rights. It also provides an excellent analysis of the non-existent evidence of voter fraud, and the fact, that voter fraud has been a recurrent rationalization for suppressing minority voting in Texas. I recommend everyone read the opinion, which is a wonderful history and legal lesson on Texas' sorry and malevolent voter dis-empowerment and repression. I especially recommend the opinion to Harris County's election officials who impede voting at every chance. 



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