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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.


Hip Hop The Vote Concert in Alief!

You can't miss this one! Come on OUT to Alief


Texans Together Education Fund presents the second in a series of non-partisan live music concerts called “Hip-Hop The Vote” taking place Friday October 19, 2012. These events are aimed at engaging the young adults in the Houston communities to become excited about registering to vote -- and more importantly -- turning out to vote in November.

Our focus is on Harris County because in the 2008 presidential election over one million eligible voters did not vote. In this election season Texans Together’s non-partisan campaign “Occupy the Vote” is aiming to get 10,000 low propensity voters to turn out and vote in this year’s presidential campaign.

During the event Texans Together, along with our community partners Mi Familia Vota and Texas Families for Incarcerated Youth, will collect “Commit to Vote” pledge cards and attempt to increase awareness around November’s elections.

It is important to note that the artists in our line-up have committed to doing 100 percent clean shows, with no profanity or suggestive behavior. 


WHO: Performing Live –  Doughbeezy, Killa Kyleon, Dirty&Nasty, GT Garza and UZOY and DJ Chill spinning between acts/speakers.

What: Hip-Hop the Vote Event

WHEN: Friday October 19, 2012 from 4-8 pm

WHERE: Alief Community Center – 11903 Bellaire Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77072


Why Does Texas Have Such Low Voter Turnout?


And Now, A Few Words…

Texas Public Radio's show, "Texas Matters," hosted a  piece recently on "Why Does Texas Have Such Low Turnout. See http://tpr.org/texasmatters/2012/10/txm121005.html. The host, David Davies, discusses with Professor Walter Wilson of UT-San Antonio and me why Texas has low turnout and what can be done to change it. I said essentially that to increase voter turnout Texas needs to do what has worked in other states: nonprofit groups, like Texans Together, training grass leaders and civically engaging people from disengaged communities year round. To hear the podcast, please click here. 

Why Community Organizing Matters

And Now, A Few Words…

The Texas Observer has just released a great article on why lower income minorities don’t vote in Texas and what can be done to change that: “No Shows:  Why So Few Texans Bother to Vote”.We are proud that it features Texans Together’s organizing work prominently.  See www.texasobserver.org/cover-story/no-shows-why-so-few-texans-bother-to-vote.

The piece’s author, Saul Elbein, notes that turnout is particularly poor in Texas and even worse in Harris County. For example, Latinos voted in 2008 at 57% in California, but only 38% in Texas and under 25% in Harris County. If Texas Latinos had voted at the rate of California Latinos in 2008, more than a million more Latinos would have voted in Texas! He notes that turnout has increased significantly in other states by nonprofit groups engaging lower income communities year round on concerns that matter to them.

Y’all Want Some Health Care? Too dang bad!

View From the Cheap Seats

Say Yes to Health Care! 

When you look at the numbers, they are just too big to really wrap your head around.  According to Texas Medical Association, 35% of Texans do not have health insurance.  That’s 4,886,100 people (adults 19-64) who have to go to an emergency room for a simple health problem.  It should not be necessary to point out that those with Health insurance enjoy better health. Try thinking of it this way: every third adult you see has no insurance.

Here is another number: 1,247,300 (children age birth to eighteen years old).  They have no health insurance.  Every fourth child you see is not covered. There is no excuse for this. Seriously, why can’t these kids get a job and get some coverage?

Last one: 6,234,900 people in the state have no health coverage.  That’s one quarter of the state’s total population. That’s every…well, you get the idea.

Are there any good numbers? Sure. We are number one! Yes, the great state of Texas, largest of the lower 48, 2nd largest economy in the United States,15th largest economy in the world, leads the nation in the uninsured. Ain’t we proud?

Hip-Hop the Vote Concert!

Only 11 days remain before National Voter Registration Day on September 25th and what better to way to spend the day than by listening to some local hip-hop artists while registering to vote. 

Come hang out with Texans Together at the Reggae Bodega from 5-8p.m. to hear DoughbeezyDat Boi T - Screwed Up Essay,Official Chingo Bling and The Niceguys.

Don't let your vote go uncounted. Register to vote. 

"We engage. We vote. We change Texas!"


EHL Broadens Its Scope!

EHL is Texans Together’s premier training and leadership program. We work in disengaged communities to recruit leaders who want to work in their neighborhoods to make changes where they live. Now, Texans Together is broadening its reach by recruiting and training leaders in new areas and ways.

We now have a Spanish EHL class for people who are more comfortable in Spanish, rather than English only. Our first class has already graduated.  In addition, we have held classes on the U of H main campus for our Young Adult EHL. By extending our network to more diverse elements, we are creating a powerful tool for social change.

Would you like to join us? If you are interested in a Spanish EHL class there is one on September 15th at the Mint community center located at: 6700 South Dairy Ashford Street, Houston, TX 77072. Join us at 10 AM - 2 PM and learn how to be a leader in a language you are comfortable in.


I'm Not Sure I Believe This

An Election in the Congo. Is This our Future?

I'm not sure I believe what I am reading. Below is a link to a Huffington Post article about possible Voter Intimidation during the upcoming presidential election. I find it very hard to believe that such behavior could occur here in America. This is the kind of thing I might expect to see in a third world plebiscite.

If this is true, it is shameful day in our history and a return to the kind of things many of us believe we have left in the past. If it is not true, then everyone involved should step into the light and explain what exactly is going on. Our elections are too important to be marred by any kind of criminal behavior, regardless of who is behind it. 

Huffington Post Article

The View From The Cheap Seats

Voter ID Laws: A Cure in Search of an Illness.

It’s September 2012 and the Presidential Election is two months away.  In the last few years many states have passed voter ID laws in an effort to deal with the problem of voter fraud.  The only problem seems to be that there is very little voter fraud for them to deal with.  Instead, many citizens will be denied access to the polls in November.

Across the nation, many states have passed Voter Id Laws: Alabama, Kansas, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. There is little uniformity to these laws, making it difficult to know whether you have the ID you need to vote.

Spanish EHL Class Graduates!

Here is a short video showing our recent graduating class of Empower Houston Leaders. This class was held in Spanish for those who want change in thier community, but are more comfortable speaking in Spanish. We plan to hold more classes like this in the future. Are you intrested in becoming an Empowered Houston Leader? Write to for information on upcoming classes



"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
--Margaret Mead   US anthropologist & popularizer of anthropology (1901 - 1978)

Harris County Attorney Holds Press Conference.

Today, Harris County Vince Ryan held a press conference at the Lynchburg Ferry. Behind, the San Jacinto River made its way to the sea. Its sparkling surface belied the problems that lurked beneath, problems that Attorney Vince Ryan had come to address with the small mass of reporters, citizens and others who had gathered to hear him speak.


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