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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.

 

Empowering Houston Leaders in 2014

2014 has been a great year for Empower Houston Leaders (EHL).  

This year we covered the Houston area with successful graduations from Pasadena to Baytown to Independence Heights.  The Pasadena EHL was our largest to date with 71 members.  In December, we had the first get together for our Women’s EHL class at the historic SHAPE center with a phenomenal energy level.

San Jacinto River Coalition's Accomplishments 2014 and Looking Ahead


Photo By Julio Cortez/Chronicle

The San Jacinto River Coalition has established a strong leadership group, broad bi-partisan support from elected officials, and over one thousand supporters. Citizens regularly fill government meetings to capacity. In 

January 2014, the EPA called a special community meeting at the Coalition’s request to update the residents. Two hundred community members appeared on a cold weekday night in far eastern Harris County, closely questioning the EPA and calling for full remediation. Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan credits the Coalition for moving the EPA to seriously consider that the Waste Pits’ toxic wastes be fully removed. 

It's A Woman's World

Mujeres Con Poder Meeting December
 

Juana Lopez was a graduate of the first all Spanish Empower Houston Leaders (EHL) class.  The class took place last winter at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Baytown.  

Education Works

Nikenson Romage is one of hundreds of young men and women who have been sent to Haitian universities with the help of American donors. CreditHananie AlbertThis op-ed may be about Haiti, but it speaks to the essence of what Texans Together tries to do.  There is no surer way to improve our communities, quality of life, diversity, and upward mobility than education.

Women's Empowerment Extravaganza Success!

On December 13th, a gathering of extraordinary women occurred.  The Women's Empowerment Extravaganza was held at the SHAPE center. The meet and greet is the lead in for our Empower Houston Leaders focusing on women's interests.  From the beginning the energy in the room was phenomenal and as the women began to share, it was clear that the passion was there to bring about community improvement and change.

SJRC Takes Their Case to the Commisioners Court

San Jacinto River Coalition, SJRC, testified this morning at Harris County's Commissioners Court. They asked that the settlement funds from Harris County's Waste Pits litigation be allocated to the communities surrounding the site. The trial ended on November 13, 2014, with the jury found that International Paper Co was not responsible for the pollution leaking out of the Waste Pits. 

Thank you Ceidy!

As the Fall Semester comes to a close, Texans Together bids a fond farewell to our intern, Ceidy Sanchez.  

Ceidy is a Senior at University of Houston Downtown, working on her Bachelors in Political Science and active in her sorority, Gamma Alpha Omega.  With her 120 hours of internship completed, she only needs her final semester course work to graduate in May 2015.  While she has a bit of work to do yet, she is very grateful to have this semester over.  "I don't know what I was thinking,"  Ceidy said. "Full class schedule, full time job, and intern hours, I don't think I slept at all."  Maybe not the best plan, but she still demonstrated her incredible determination and got the job done!

Back On The Hamster Wheel

Interesting blog on campaign finance reform.  While some of the approaches aren't going to be popular, it really uses a more balanced reality approach.  The simple truth is campaign finance reform would lead to a more responsible government, but the very people that need the new restrictions are the very people who will be passing the laws.  Not likely to happen any time soon, but it really needs to happen.  The 2014 election cycle was only a small taste of the avalanche of issue less screaming ads barreling down on us in 2016.  Now's the time to invest in ear plugs.

Article originally published at Brennan Center for Justice by Victoria BassettiNovember 25, 2014

The 2014 election results were hardly dry on the newsprint, before almost every American politician and would-be politician hopped back on the hamster wheel, furiously spinning for more and more money.

Vince Ryan’s Message to Highlands Rotary Club

Harris County Attorney, Vince Ryan, recently addressed Highlands’ Rotary Club at their monthly luncheon. Mr. Ryan’s guest appearance was timed perfectly following a controversial end to Harris County’s lawsuit over the San Jacinto River Waste Pits, which are located in Highlands. Harris County and the State of Texas pursued over $3 billion in penalties from the companies responsible for the Waste Pits- International Paper, Waste Management of Texas, and McGinnis Industrial Maintenance Corporation (MIMC). After a four week trial, Waste Management of Texas and MIMC settled with the plaintiffs for $29.2 million before closing arguments were made. Following closing arguments November 13, 2014, the jury found International Paper (the company that created and abandoned the waste) not guilty. Mr. Ryan told the Rotary that Harris County plans to appeal the verdict for International Paper due to rulings in the trial that protected the company.

Why I Vote Winner!

Jenni Reed, the winner of our 'Why I Vote Contest", came into the office to pick up her prize.   We had some really great entries in our video contest and it was close, but Jenni came out on top.  She was excited to receive her prize, but also looked forward to volunteering with Texans Together in the future.  It was a great meeting and wonderful to meet her in person.

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