TDSheive - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 11:38am
According to new data from the Federal Government, online health insurance enrollment is skyrocketing in Texas. Following a national trend of surging numbers, Texas now ranks 3rd among all states for the number of residents who have signed up for a healthcare plan. 24% of Texans lack basic health insurance, leaving 6 million of our neighbors one accident away from catastrophic medical bills. And while Texas is currently a leader in online enrollment, there’s still a lot left to do; the 120,000 residents who have enrolled make up only 2% of our uninsured.
TDSheive - Mon, 01/13/2014 - 1:05pm
Last Thursday residents of nine counties in West Virginia were told to stop using their tap water. Drinking, cooking, bathing, brushing teeth, even washing their hands, would have to be done with bottled water because of a chemical spill from a nearby coal plant. 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol leaked into Elk River, less than two miles upstream from the West Virginia American Water treatment facility, leaving nearly 300,000 West Virginians without access to the most basic necessity. West Virginians - and concerned citizens across the country - were left to wonder why such toxic chemicals could be kept so close to a water way. But for residents of East Harris County, this is nothing new. Residents of Highlands and Baytown have been dealing with contaminated water for years. For nearly two decades we’ve been warned about the dangers of consuming fish caught in the San Jacinto River or Galveston Bay. All of this is due to irresponsible chemical storage near a major waterway.
TDSheive - Thu, 01/09/2014 - 10:44am
(This is a profile of Fred Lewis, President of Texans Together. It originally appeared online at www.TexasObserver.org, on Thursday, January 9th.)
According to Fred Lewis, too many Texans have too little influence on how their state is run. He’s working to change that.
For eight years, Lewis has headed Texans Together, a nonprofit that seeks to empower underserved communities, especially in Harris County, through grassroots activism. With Texans Together, he works to help poor and minority Texans gain a say in state government.
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TDSheive - Tue, 12/31/2013 - 10:48am
It’s been a busy year for the Texans Together community. 2013 has been a year of great success for our grassroots movement and our hard work has really paid off. As we look forward to 2014, we’d like to thank our wonderful family of volunteers, supporters, and organizers who make the work we do possible.
TDSheive - Mon, 12/30/2013 - 11:31am
(This editorial originally appeared in the Houston Chronicle on Sunday, December 15th, 2013)
Texas, praise be, is once again enjoying an oil boom. In September, our state hit its highest monthly production rate ever, pumping 2.7 million barrels of crude each day. Thanks largely to shale oil, we now produce more than twice as much oil as we did only three years ago. Driving through downtown Houston or the Energy Corridor, you can practically feel the skyscrapers thrumming with profits.
TDSheive - Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:10pm
The first important deadline for the Affordable Care Act has passed. Individuals and families who signed up for coverage before December 24th will be covered as of January 1st, 2014. But if you haven't selected a policy yet, it's not too late. Open enrollment on the online marketplace lasts till March 31st. Many Houstonians still have questions about how to select the best policy for their individual health needs, and those of their family. Texans Together is here to help.
TDSheive - Mon, 12/23/2013 - 6:14pm
The Obama administration announced today that it would move the deadline to sign up for coverage that would start on January 1st from Monday, December 23rd to Tuesday, December 24th. The deadline, which was already extended once, was moved due to the high volume of web traffic on the federal exchange website, and phone calls received by the federal call center. The website had many problems after its launch, causing serious delays in enrollments for many Americans.
TDSheive - Fri, 12/20/2013 - 3:04pm
This article was written by Corey Maclaggan and origninally appeared in the New York Times on November 24th, 2013.
Nikhil Sabharwal of Toronto stood outside a hotel, next to a cart piled with luggage, holding a tall stick decorated with gold garland, a bhangra dance prop from an Indian wedding he had attended here. Steps away, at a coffee shop, a woman wearing a hijab sat near the spot where, minutes earlier, Lynne Gabriel, a fashion blogger of Filipino descent, had posed for photos for her website.
TDSheive - Wed, 12/18/2013 - 11:48am
The San Jacinto River Coalition is in full gear for the next steps in the fight to clean up the waste pits for good. Yesterday the Coalition held a press conference to discuss the recent report released by the Army Corps of Engineers which casts serious doubts on the integrity of the temporary remediation cap built by the responsible parties. Additionally, representatives from Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan’s office were on hand to outline to ongoing lawsuit against Waste Management and International Paper, the companies responsible for the pollution.