Freedmen’s Town Preservation Coalition: Removing historical bricks to repair piping and roads in Houston

Freedman’s Town Historic Preservation Coalition

Preserve Historic Freedmen’s Town (GoFundMe)

Victory in fight to save historic bricks in Freedmen’s Town

Judge removes city from lawsuit over Freedmen’s Town bricks

Order granted to halt removal of historic bricks in Freedmen’s Town

Freedman’s Town Preservation Coalition

Plan to remove historic Freedmen’s Town bricks halted, for now


Freedmen’s Town Historic District

What Do Freedmen’s Town Residents Think? Should Historic Bricks Stay Or Go?

Freedmen’s Town group gets 14-day delay on paving

Freedmen’s Town historic brick roads get a last-minute reprieve as judge temporarily backs preservationists


Freedmen’s Town Historic Brick Streets on Pinterest

Freedmen’s Town Bricks issue will enter mediation

History of The Gregory School and Freedmen’s Town

Battle to tear up Freedmen’s town bricks continues

Houston To Mediate Over Fate Of Freedmen’s Town Bricks

Judge stops brick removal in Freedmen’s Town


A Brief History of Freedmen’s Town

Battle over historic bricks in Freedman’s Town heads to court

Freedmen’s Town Resident Stands His Ground on the Historic Bricks Issue

Neighborhood Founded by Freed Slaves Rallies to Save Its Brick Roads

Bricks will stay in historic Freedmen’s Town.WAV

SAVE OUR (brick) STREETS in Freedman’s Town by Third Ward Community Cloth

Rutherford B. H. Yates Museum, Inc.

The Attack On Our Sacred Streets Continues: Does the City of Houston Owe Descendants of Freedmen’s Town “Reparations” for Land and Bricks Purchased by Freed Slaves?

YouTube: Removing of the Historical Bricks in Freedmen’s Town

Citizens Only Get One-Minute to Tell Council to Save Freedman’s Town Historic Bricks


Freedmen’s Town: Historic Houses for Vets

Freedmen’s Town Bricks issue will enter mediation

Order granted to halt removal of historic bricks in Freedmen’s Town – KPRC Houston

About Freedmen’s Town Preservation Coalition

Google Donates $6.8 Million to San Francisco So Low-Income Students Can Ride the Bus Free

San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency, known as MUNI, received a gift recently from technology giant Google. Google recently pledged $6.8 million over two years to provide free bus transportation for San Francisco’s low- and moderate-income youths.

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University Of Michigan Announces Steps To Boost Black Student Enrollment

 | by  Kate Abbey-Lambertz

It looks like the University of Michigan Black Student Union’s work for increased tolerance and diversity has paid off.

Minority Students Don’t Only Get Less Experienced Teachers, They Also Get Less Effective Ones

Posted: 04/11/2014 6:43 pm EDT Updated: 04/11/2014 6:59 pm EDT

 It’s already known that low-income students of color generally have less experienced teachers, but a new study from the Center for American Progress reveals they have less effective teachers, too.

NAACP slams HISD over handling of Dodson Elementary School closure

Author: Ryan Korsgard, Reporter,

Published On: Apr 11 2014 05:53:11 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 11 2014 06:46:01 PM CDT
HOUSTON –The controversy over whether a Houston ISD elementary school will or will not be closed has a high-profile organization speaking out.

A spokesperson for the Houston branch of the NAACP says HISD trustees did not handle the situation correctly, when they indefinitely “tabled” a decision to reconsider the closure of Dodson Elementary School.

The closure itself has been a hotly debated issue for several weeks now.

100% of graduating class in Chicago is college bound!


For the 5th year in a row 100% of the graduating class of young men of color at Urban Prep Academies in Chicago is college bound!

Check out and SHARE Don Lemon’s commentary on this great achievement


For the 5th year in a row 100% of the graduating class of young men of color at Urban Prep Academies in Chicago is college bound!

Check out and SHARE Don Lemon’s commentary on this great achievement

Have Standardized Tests Taken Over Education? These Teachers Say It Has

By: Krystle Crossman Students all over the country dread the SATs, the MCATs, and any other standardized test that the schools feel that they need to take in order to be successful. But are these tests really helping our students? Many teachers say that no, they are not helping. They feel that they have taken […]

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Board of Education Approves Sale of High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Campus

Trustees sell campus to St. Thomas High School for $60 million

The Houston Independent School District Board of Education on Thursday authorized the sale of the campus housing the district’s High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice.

Trustees voted unanimously to accept a $60 million bid made by St. Thomas High School.

The bid from St. Thomas was one of two the district received on Nov. 1. The other bid was from E.L.K. Mountain Limited for $49,272,914.

During the 2012 school bond campaign, HISD promised to build a new High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice using land sale proceeds and/or any surplus bond dollars.

The existing campus is located at 4701 Dickson. The location of the new campus has yet to be determined.

Here’s What’s Happening as of Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Houston City Council Race Results

November 1, 2013

Patricia Duncan



Denver, CO ( – The sold-out coffee-table book, A Defining Moment: Barack Obama The Historic Journey to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue by Patricia Duncan, will be released on November 1, 2013 as a complete, full-color reprint in eBook format.

A Defining Moment is an unprecedented collection of photographs and speeches documenting the historic journey of America’s first African American president to his new home at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It offers insight into the two-year campaign that promised change, and reminds us of the inspirational battle cry of our nation, “Yes We Can”. A Defining Moment will remain invaluable to the reader, and historically relevant, long after the President has left office.

* Nominated for NAACP Image Award 2012 in the category of Outstanding Works of A Debut Author.

* Placed in the Library of Congress, June 2013

“Everyone will enjoy reading this book because, not only does it document one of the most historic events in our nation’s history, it celebrates Ms. Duncan’s artistic talent.” — Elbra Wedgeworth, President/Chair of the Board, Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee.

A Defining Moment, introductory price $4.44, for a limited time only.

Go to for more information and to purchase your copy on Amazon ( beginning November 1, 2013.


Social Security announces 1.5% COLA in 2014

The Social Security Administration announced that beneficiaries will receive a 1.5% cost of living adjustment (COLA) beginning in January. The increase—slightly lower than last year’s 1.7% COLA—will benefit the 57 million people with Social Security retirement benefits, as well as the 8 million people receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Learn more

Thousands of Affidavits, but Officials Report Few Problems With Voter ID

by Alexa Ura and Edgar Walters
Officials say Tuesday’s election proceeded smoothly despite controversy surrounding the newly implemented voter ID law, but some worry that could change in coming elections with increased voter turnout.
All Nine Constitutional Amendments Approved

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Texas voters addressed the state’s fast growth and lingering drought Tuesday by approving a $2 billion water fund and eight other constitutional amendments in a low-turnout election.
Texas Supreme Court Weighs Same-Sex Divorce Case

by Veronica Zaragovia, KUT News
The state Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday over whether same-sex couples legally married in other states can be granted divorces in Texas.
Study: More Than 2 Million Texans Qualify for Insurance Tax Credit

by David Maly
More than 2 million Texans are eligible for tax credits to purchase health coverage in the federal insurance marketplace, the most of any state, according to a new report from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.
OIG Loses Another Medicaid Fraud Court Battle

The health commission’s Office of Inspector General, which says Texas has misspent hundreds of millions of dollars on Medicaid orthodontic and dental fraud, has now lost its first three court battles against accused providers

Proposal to save Astrodome fails: AP

Voters have rejected a plan to turn the Astrodome into a convention hall, likely dooming it to demolition, according to the Associated Press.More

According to a new analysis by the Deltek report, the federal government is showing a 74% increase from the $92 billion spent in 2013 from the top 20 contracting opportunities. US Federal Contractor Registration is the world’s largest third party registration firm that has helped thousands of businesses complete their SAM registration and bid on available government contracts and awards.

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) – Even as the federal government dusts itself off from the recent shutdown federal agencies are already gearing up for one of the biggest contracting growths in over a decade. According to Federal Times on Oct. 21st, 2013, the federal government is showing a 74% increase

OfficeMax, Office Depot Wrap-Up Merger 

OfficeMax and Office Depot said their merger officially closed on Tuesday, just days after securing regulatory approval for the blending of the nation’s second- and third-largest office supply retailers.

Naperville-based OfficeMax and Office Depot, headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla., received clearance to merge from the Federal Trade Commission on Friday. It was the last big hurdle in the companies’ effort to merge. Shareholders approved the deal in July.

The current CEOs of both companies will share the top job at the combined company until a replacement can be named. The companies said the late timing and uncertainty of FTC approval made it difficult to make a final decision. The CEOs of both Office Depot and OfficeMax have taken themselves out of the running to keep the job long-term.

The companies will also keep their dual headquarters until the last details can be ironed out.

The combined company will keep the Office Depot name and trade under that company’s current ticker, ODP, on the New York Stock Exchange.

Together, the two companies had sales of $17 billion in the year that ended in September and have about 66,000 employees.

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Banned pesticides linked to endometriosis

Women with higher levels of pesticides in their blood are also more likely to have endometriosis, according to a new study published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.More

Texas Oil Drillers Look for Alternatives to Flaring Gas

by Dave Fehling, KUHF News/StateImpact Texas
November 5, 2013

Gas flare in La Porte, Tx, March 15th, 2012

Enlargephoto by: Roy Luck
Gas flare in La Porte, Tx, March 15th, 2012

A few companies in Texas are developing pilot projects to capture and use the excess natural gas that is often vented into the air or burned during the oil drilling process. Read the full story at StateImpact Texas.

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Starbucks to hire 10,000 vets and military spouses

Starbucks is the latest big company to announce an aggressive push to hire veterans returning to the civilian work force.More
11/04/2013 12:34 PM EST

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced an emergency asset freeze to halt a Ponzi scheme involving U.S. and New Zealand-based companies peddling sham investment opportunities ranging from a bank trading program to kidney dialysis clinics.

The SEC alleges that Christopher A.T. Pedras, who has residences in Turlock, Calif., and New Zealand, misled his initial investors into believing they were investing in a profitable trading platform in which his company served as an intermediary between global banks.  When Pedras and his companies encountered difficulty paying the promised 4 to 8 percent monthly returns, they began steering investors to a different investment program to purportedly increase the value of their investment by 80 percent by funding kidney dialysis clinics in New Zealand.  Pedras’s business partner Sylvester M. Gray II and lead sales representative Alicia Bryan helped him solicit investors for both programs, and the money was never invested as promised.  Earlier investors were paid supposed returns with funds received from newer investors, and Pedras stole more than $2 million and spent another $1.2 million on sales agents.

Figure with arms raised standing on a pile of dollar signs.

An article in Saturday’s New York Times Business section digs down into the numbers to demonstrate something people need to know in order to understand just how much the 1 percent run things. James B. Stewart looked at the income tax rates the richest among us paid in 2009, arguably the worst year for our economy since the Depression. Here’s what he found.According to IRS data, the top 400 taxpayers (i.e., the top sliver of the top 1 percent), had an average adjusted gross income (AGI) of $202 million. That year, the top federal rate was 35 percent (it’s now 39.6 percent). And what percentage did they pay to the federal government in income taxes: less than 20 percent (!)

Harris County Democratic Lawyers Association
Just Three Days from Today – Nationally Recognized Speaker, Reserve Your Seat Now!
Presentation on Civil Rights Enforcement in Texas by famed lawyer Jim Harrington!
Presentation on Civil Rights Enforcement in Texas by famed lawyer Jim Harrington!Thursday, November 7, 2013

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Proposed Rules Could Increase Use of Pepper Spray on Youths

County probation chiefs want new authority to use pepper spray, saying proposed rules would provide more local control over how their facilities are operated.


When:   Thursday – October 4, 2012 @ 6:00 PM
Where:  Fifth Ward Baptist Church, Carl Walker Community Center, 4300 Noble St. @ Waco
Hosted by the Fifth Ward Super Neighborhood Council, Kashmere Garden Super Neighborhood Council, Pleasantville Super Neighborhood Council, and Northeast Concerned Citizens.

We cannot overemphasize how much we need to see the faces of   neighbors, family, friends, business owners, etc. from our community.   This forum provides everyone an opportunity to learn and ask questions  about how these dollars are to be used to benefit our communities!

Several local leaders and representatives from major bond organizations will be on the panel, including:

Rhonda Jones and Terry Grier—HISD – $1.9 Billlion in Bond Dollars
Bruce Austin and Margaret Ford-Fisher—HCCS – $425 Million in Bond Dollars
Mayor Annise Parker – City of Houston – $410 Million in Bond Dollars

Phase I: “2012 Bond Election Workshop”

Phase I:  “2012 Bond Election Workshop”

Master of Ceremonies: Attorney J. Goodwill Pierre, Vice-President of the National Bar Association

Introduction of Keynote Speaker:  Jerry Davis, District B Council Member (unable to attend)

Keynote Speaker: Representative Sylvester Turner
Senator John Whitmire (unable to attend)

SECURITY provided by: Sheriff Adrian Garcia

EVENT SUPPORTER: Harris County Democratic Chair, Lane Lewis

Panel Discussion: Issues of the Upcoming 2012 “Bond” Elections


Attorney J. Goodwill Pierre, Vice-President of the National Bar Association and Debbie Allen, Precinct Captain (167, 373, 528)


The Upcoming 2012 “Bond” Election Workshop


Sunday, September 30, 20122:00 pm – 4:00 PM



Pleasantville United Methodist Church
1403 Demaree Lane (corner of Tilgham and Demaree Lane)
Houston TX 77029
Take: I-10 East Freeway, exit McCarty right on McCarty (DonChili),  left on Market ),(Valero), right on Pleasantville Drive (Citgo), right at stop sign on Tilgham, church is on your left.


To discuss the issues of the upcoming “bonds” election

  1. City of Houston
  2. HCCS
  3. HISD
  4. METRO


  1. City of Houston-Billy Briscoe
  2. HCCS (Bruce Austin and Dr. Margaret Ford-Fisher (invited)
  3. HISD: Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Harris and Terry Grier (invited)


Street-side parking is on a first-come, first-served basis.  


Debbie Allen, Precinct Captain, (167, 373, 528)
Texas Women For Obama, Chapter Member
Democracy for Houston, Member
Harris County Silver Democrats, Board Member
Harris County Chapter of the Texas Coalition of Black Democrats, Screening and Endorsement Chair

PHASE II Bond Workshop:

The Breakfast Klub
October 9, 2012

 GOTV:Conducted by NAACP
Refreshments provided by: The Legacy Clinic


Holman Street Baptist Church
Manson B. Johnson, Shepherd-Teacher
As a Part of the Shepherd’s Message
“We Can Overcome….”
Viewing will be held on
Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 3:00 pm at
Holman Street Baptist Church
3501 Holman, 77004
713-741-8451 x 21

FREE!! and OPEN to the PUBLIC!
Sponsored by the “Fellowship of God’s Children”
You are welcome to join us and make this a Black History Moment a Time to Remember.

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