Bishop Robert Jefferson

The Rev. Robert Jefferson, longtime community voice, dies at 70

Dear Pastors:

The Community Memorial and Funeral services to honor and celebrate the life of Bishop Robert Jefferson will be held as follows below and I personally ask you to attend if at all possible, to show our love and respect for his decades of service to his family, his church, the body of Christ and the community at large. We specifically extend the invitation to our suburban and outlying community pastors to again show that the ecclesia has no boundaries, no “wards”, no districts and no limits.

We would love for his and the Cullen MBC church family to be astounded at the number of pastors from around the community who come and express our love and our commitment to carry on all that Robert Jefferson stood for. As I wrote earlier his love of God, his love of people, his love of righteousness and his passion to change lives in Jesus’ name reflect the essence of the “whole” gospel. This is a John 17 moment – let’s make it a community and kingdom shaking moment!

SPECIAL GIFT REQUEST: There will be extensive demands on the resources of the church to accomodate the scope of services and logistics for a community event, so we are again urging churches and individuals to consider a special gift to Cullen MBC to alleviate the burden of these costs. Checks can be made out to the church and mailed to the address below. Thank you!

Wake/Memorial Service –
Friday, June 29
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Funeral/Internment Service –
Saturday, June 30
11:00 a.m.

PLACE:       Cullen Missionary Baptist Church
13233 Cullen Blvd., Houston, TX 77047

Memorial Service to be Friday, June 29 @7:00 PM – location TBD… by Jennifer Radcliffe, Houston Chronicle

The Rev. Robert Jefferson, a champion for underdogs inHouston’s criminal justice system, schools and communities, died Thursday. He was 70.

Jefferson served as the founding pastor of CullenMissionaryBaptist Church  and was a leader ofHouston’s Ministers Against Crime, a group whose 160 or so members work to address inequities and civil rights issues across the city.

In recent months, the Louisiananative spoke out against the videotaped police beating of Chad  Holley, a teenage burglary suspect. He also criticized sending indigent defendants to county jail for long periods before allowing them to contest their charges in court.

“He had a real passion to fight for those who could not fight for themselves and speak for those who didn’t have a voice to speak for themselves,” said the Rev. D.Z. Cofield, senior pastor ofGoodHopeMissionaryBaptistChurch.

Jefferson was ordained in Houstonin 1976 and founded CullenMissionaryBaptistChurchin 1977. That same year, Houstonministers united after the drowning of Joe Campos Torres, aVietnam veteran who was handcuffed and thrown into Buffalo Bayou byHouston police officers.

Jefferson served as projects coordinator of the ministers’ group and was among those who returned their city-issued identification badges in May afterHoustonofficials prohibited the group from speaking out against  them.

“I quit because I’m going to be free to say what God tells me to do,” he recently told the Chronicle.

He served…


Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center opening in Cypress, Texas

The Harris County Hospital District
cordially invites you to the

“Ribbon Cutting & Tour”
of the
Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center—Cypress

10-11 a.m.
Friday, June 29, 2012
12340 Jones Road, Suite 100
Houston TX 77070

Tours and refreshments after the program

RSVP:  Mary Herrera, 713-566-6063

Directions from Downtown :

  1. From downtown Houston, take I-45 North to I-10 West toward San Antonio.
  2. Take exit 763 to merge on to I-610 North.
  3. Immediately take the left exit on to US-290 West toward Austin.
  4. Take exit toward FM 1960 East.
  5. Merge onto US-290 Frontage Road.
  6. Turn left onto Jones Road.

The Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center—Cypress is on the right.

“Understanding How Pro formas Work and the Impact that Regulations Can Have.”

APA June Brown Bag Luncheon –
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park Tea Room of the Long Row Building –
1100 Bagby, Houston, TX 77002

Code of Ordinances Chapter 47 – Article VII – Water Shortage

Do Americans Really Want More Planning?

Buffalo Bayou Park Shepherd to Sabine Project Public Meeting

(Enhancement of section from Shepherd Drive to Sabine Street thanks to funding from Kinder Foundation)Buffalo Bayou Park – Shepherd to Sabine Project Public Meeting

 The City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department has entered into a partnership with the Harris County Flood Control District and the Buffalo Bayou Partnership to improve Buffalo Bayou Park, the 124.05 acre park bounded by Sabine Street, Allen Parkway, Shepherd Drive and Memorial Drive.

You are invited to attend a public meeting regarding the plans for this 2.3-mile stretch of civic green space in the shadow of downtown.

Buffalo Bayou Park – Shepherd to Sabine Project Public Meeting

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
United Way of Greater Houston
50 Waugh Drive
Houston 77007

The Annual Children’s Theatre Camp

Article submitted by: Pratt Robinson, HBBIN-Houston Black internet Connection

The Annual Children’s Theatre Camp is scheduled for July 2 – 27, 2012 (July 4th is a Holiday) this year. The age range is 6 to14 years and the time of the camp is 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Each camper should bring lunch and a light snack. The camp fee is $300.00 for a full day and$250.00 for campers who leave at 2:45 p.m.

 TSU Theatre prides itself on teaching all aspects of Theatre to children. Also, the afternoon classes include, piano and voice, art, debate and public speaking poetry and playwriting, and dance.

The camp culminates with a children’s theatre production in the Sawyer Auditorium on the last day that will be directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Rosarito Rodriguez Gonzalez.

“How Can We End Homelessness in Houston?”

“How Can We End Homelessness in Houston?”

WHO: Charrette Steering Committee and the Corporation for Supportive Housing

WHAT:  Sponsoring a planning committee meeting to assist in the development of the             community action plan to prevent and end homelessness.

TIME: 1:30-2:30 pm

WHERE: Virtual Meeting_Call 1-866-840-0048, Code 0486431

Target Audience: Consumers of services, homeless and formerly homeless persons are encouraged to attend.

* A Charrette is an intensive planning process commonly used in urban planning.  The Charrette provides an opportunity for collaboration among diverse stakeholders to solve community problems within a very short period of time.  The Corporation for Supportive Housing has developed a model that accommodates public policy in areas such as 10-Year Planning.  Visit or call 713-739-7514 for more information.

“What’s Happening”

New Texas Dept. of Public Safety
Driver’s License Office
has opened in the Kroger shopping center
at 11039 East Freeway (I-10 Beaumont Hwy.), Ste. B
Houston TX 77029

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Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing: American Dream or Pyramid Scheme?

Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing: American Dream or Pyramid Scheme?

It’s been called the fastest, easiest and cheapest way to own your own business…      Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing (FHTM), based in Kentucky, is growing rapidly worldwide.

The company says average people can quickly make big bucks by selling products from well known, trusted companies.

But former Fortune Hi-Tech managers say that the company is a pyramid scheme, where raises and promotions are not based on product sales, but on recruiting.

To afford big payouts at the upper levels, former Fortune regional sales manager Joseph Isaacs says the company targets desperate unemployed people, Hispanic immigrants and others who are struggling to make ends meet. Joanne McMahon, a national sales manager speaking at a training session USA TODAY attended here, said it is the people who can’t afford the fee to join Fortune who need the company the most.

Dear “Debbie’s Window” —

Thanks to our president, this nation’s immigration policy just became more fair and more just.

Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security is taking steps to ensure that young, undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children by their parents, and who have followed the law since then, will be able to request temporary relief from deportation proceedings — and will be allowed to apply for authorization to work in this country.

They’re a group that we’ve come to call the “Dreamers” — and today, the country they love is telling them they should be able to dream as big as they want.

For years, the President has called on Congress to make common-sense fixes to our broken immigration system. They haven’t. So he did.

I am so proud to stand with President Obama on this decision. Watch what he had to say today — then join me by getting his back.

The hundreds of thousands of people who this policy might help are people who call the United States of America home. They study in our schools, play in our parks, and pledge allegiance to our flag. Some of them have served in our Armed Forces. They’ve started businesses; they’ve started families. They are Americans in every way but on paper.

Congress still has time to pass the DREAM Act. And if they do, policies like today’s will no longer be necessary.

We are not giving up on this issue.

Stand up and support the President today — and help send the message that this first big step must by followed by a real, permanent solution from Congress:

Thank you,


Katherine Archuleta National Political Director Obama for America

Here is the latest update on all of the
happening this weekend


Thursday, June 14, 2012


NACA Foreclosure Workshop
George R. Brown Convention Center



Saturday, June 16, 2012

  1. 1.     

Sylvester Turner’s –
Acres Homes – Juneteenth Parade and Festival
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Parade starts at Acres Homes Multi-Service Center
The parade will begin at the Acres Homes Multi- Service Center at 6719 West Montgomery, head north on West Montgomery and end at Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church at 1620 Dolly Wright, Houston, Texas.

Contact: Alison Brock at 713-683-6363 or 512-463-0554.

  1. 2.     

Emancipation Park-
Juneteenth Parade and Festival
4:00pm – 8:00 pm
Parade starts from TSU to Emancipation Park
Contact: Dorris Ellis Robinson at 713-443-9774

  1. 3.     

Missouri City
Juneteenth “Battle of the Bands”, Parade and Festival
The Fair is from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Parade starts at 7:00 pm
The Festival is from Dust to 11:00pm

  1. 4.     

Kashmere Gardens Community Picnic
Hutcheson Park, Lockwood Drive @ Loop 610
Contact: Jeremy Ratcliff at or 832-582-0061

  1. 5.     

Texas Black Expo “Sanctified” Social by Javon Johnson
 1:00 pm
The Celebrity All-White Affair/Party
8:00 pm til 2:00 am in the morning.
George R. Brown Convention Center Hall “A”

You will be able to rub shoulders and take pictures with the celebrities who are flying into Houston JUST for this exclusive event!

  1. 6.     

West Houston Democratic Club Monthly Meeting
Tracy Gee Community Center
3599 Westcenter Drive, 77042
10:00 am


Sunday, June 17, 2012

  1. 1.     

Texas Black Expo “Gospel Explosion Concert”
George R. Brown Convention Center Hall “A” on the Main Stage
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Featuring: Gospel Balladeer-“Zacardi Cortez”


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  1. 1.     

Pleasantville Community
Juneteenth Quilt Exhibit
Judson Robinson Sr. Community Center, 1422 Ledwicke Blvd.
Contact: Marsha Lister at the community center at 713-674-2401


Tribute to Dr. Dorothy I. Height – Noted Civil Rights & Women’s Rights Icon
Lovell Jones, PhD

Subject:  Tribute to Dr. Dorothy I. Height – Noted Civil Rights & Women’s Rights Icon

  In 1993, the Dorothy I. Height Lifetime Achievement Award was established in honor a woman known for her dedication to the human rights of all.  Referred to as the “Godmother of both the civil rights and women’s rights movement, amazingly no other award had been established in her name.  Be fitting her statue, the first award was presented to Dr. Height at the 4th Biennial Symposium on Minorities, the Medically Underserved & Cancer in Houston, Texas during the fourth annual week of National Minority Cancer Awareness Week. To go along with the honor, we identified a internationally recognized artist to create a piece of sculpture to be fit the honor.  We commissioned Ms. Tina Allen to create such a piece in honor of Dr. Height.   Two awards were cast, one for Dr. Height and the other for the 1995 honoree, Dr. Billye Avery.  The unveiling of the piece and the Hope and Height Celebration Event was held at the Library of Congress abd attended by the living daughters of the past First Ladies of the United States of America.  What a historic events held that evening.  It was also the first time the Biennial was held in Washington, D.C. > > Almost two decades later, the Biennial has moved back to Houston.  Unfortunately, between the last Biennial and the 12th, we lost both the sculptor, Tina Allen, and Dr. Height as well as the mold of the original bronze award.  > > Although the LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr Banquet and Awards has become the signature event of the Biennial, the Height and Hope Celebration has become the Heart and Soul of the Biennial.  With the Center for Health Equity & Evaluation Research soon to be officially named after this great lady, it is fitting to have her award re-commissioned in her honor by another African American Sculptor, David Smedley, Chair of the department at Howard University.  The legacy will continue and highlighted on Friday evening of June 29th On that evening at the 25th Anniversary of the Biennial Symposium on Minorities, the Medically Underserved & Health Equity at the Height & Hope Gala the finished product will be unveiled and presented to the 9th honoree, Dr. Marilyn Gaston.  The first time the award will be presented without the physical presence of Dr. Height.  As a tribute to Dr. Height we are asking the women to wear their favor hat, it was her hallmark as we celebration life and times of Dr. Dorothy Irene Height.