In a weekend accountability session, leaders from The Border Organization leveraged commitments from Sheriff, state District Judge and County Commissioner candidates about immigration, crime and an underground water district. Institutional leaders committed to turning out 2,700 voters in advance of the election.
"We inform and educate the people about the candidates..." said organization co-chair Marta Gonzalez-Stitts. "We are committed to getting out the vote."Read more
Civic Activists Win Fight Over Eyesore Condos, Houston Chronicle
Said the Rev. Lindsay Woods, pastor at Gethsemane Presbyterian Church, "ACT has allowed us a small church to seek justice. Congregations often do a lot of charity (give food to food bank) or education (explaining what we believe about justice), but our mission sometimes lack the ability to create justice. ACT allows us to be part of a network of different institutions seeking solutions to a common cause."Read more
"Travis Heights is looking to partner with Education Austin and Austin Interfaith to start an in-district charter model allowing the school to have more autonomy. The school would focus on curriculum with its dual-language program, service learning model and a piloted blended learning program that incorporates digital media, Carstarphen said. 'They're not asking for more money; they're asking for more flexibility....'"Read more
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Amira Dadzie came from Ghana to the US in 2002.... told a crowd of more than 100 at the ceremony at our Lady of the Lake University's chapel auditorium that she couldn't have without Project Quest. Her path is an inspiration for anyone prone to let life's hardships overcome aspirations. But what I'm hoping is that it also is inspiration for the City Council to rethink giving the program less than it did in previous budgeting."Read more
After weeks of striking and demonstrating, Houston janitors unanimously voted to ratify a contract that would increase SEIU member's wages by $1 over a four-year period.Read more