Senator Whitmire: Grade Students to Receive Instruction on Law Enforcement Interaction

By: Doug Clements   Austin, Texas – Senator John Whitmire (D-Houston) announced today that he has filed Senate Bill 273 to require all 9th grade students to take a course on interacting with law enforcement. “This course will provide a valuable tool for our young people to have successful interactions with law enforcement,” stated Senator…

Mayor-Elect Sylvester Turner Begins Transition

Mayor-Elect Sylvester Turner announced the leaders of his transition effort. David Mincberg, who served as treasurer of Mayor-Elect Turner’s campaign, will lead the transition team, which will make policy recommendations for the new administration in key issue areas including comprehensive financial reform, infrastructure (Rebuild Houston and public works), public safety, traffic and transportation (METRO, Port…

Grand Jury Reform Goes in Affect

HOUSTON – Recently, State Rep. Carol Alvarado (Houston) held a press conference regarding H.B. 2150 which went into effect September 1, 2015. H.B. 2150, authored by Rep. Alvarado and sponsored by Sen. Whitmire, will replace the often criticized grand jury commissioner or “pick-a-pal” method of empanelling grand jurors with the random selection method. The new…

Fight to Save Bricks Moves into High Gear at City Hall

Darwin Campbell, African-American News&Issues Houston- The Freedmen’s Town Coalition is petitioning the City of Houston to use preservative rather than restorative methods when revamping historic Andrews and Wilson Streets in Freedman’s Town/Fourth Ward. To freedom fighters working on the issues, nothing is more important than saving Black history and the group means business when it…