FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Pam Gaskin
October 19, 2022 Phone: 832-594-7627
Black early voting campaign kicks off Saturday, Oct. 22
Houston’s historic Emancipation Park site of rally to defend democracy.
As the November election draws nearer, the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Houston and the Houston Defender Network have joined forces to encourage the community to exercise the highest civic privilege we have as citizens – voting.
An Early Voting Rally is set for Saturday, October 22 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Emancipation Park, 3018 Emancipation Ave., in the heart of Third Ward. Highlights include spoken word artists, other performers and fun for the entire family. The theme is “Empowering Voters, Defending Democracy,” and the timing is crucial – early voting is Oct. 24-Nov. 4.
The Oct. 22 rally, which is sponsored by Texas Children’s Hospital, has garnered a number of community partners: Black Women of Greater Houston PAC, City of Houston, Greater Houston Black Chamber, Houston Area Urban League, Houston Metropolitan Baptist Ministers Conference, Metro, NAACP Houston Branch, Texas Southern University Student Government Association, Top Ladies of Distinction, University of Houston Student Government Association and Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church Social Justice Ministry.
Annie Johnson Benifield, president of LWV of Houston, said, “Democracy is not a spectator sport where one simply sits in the arena and watches events take place, but rather a gladiator sport where you fight for what you believe in, such as voting rights, equality, and justice.
“As a descendant of enslaved people, I am honored to serve as the first woman of color elected president of this 102-year-old organization,” Benifield said. “I am committed to the League’s mission of empowering voters through voter registration and voter education and defending democracy by advocating/fighting for voting rights.”
She added that the League’s Voters Guide is now available at https://lwvhouston.org/voters-guide/ and is its signature effort in the realm of voter education. “It provides nonpartisan, fact-based information in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese on a digital platform so citizens can make informed choices about who best represents them in the political arena.”
Texas Children’s Hospital Executive Vice President Michelle Riley-Brown stated, “Texas Children’s Hospital is proud to sponsor this event. The right to vote is an incredible privilege that was hard-earned. When we exercise our right to vote, we honor not only our responsibility to ourselves but to each other.”
Sonny Messiah Jiles, CEO of the Defender Network, said it is fitting that the rally is held at Emancipation Park, which was purchased by former slaves 150 years ago and signifies power.
“Voting is a privilege that we continue to fight for,” Messiah Jiles said. “We must unify to emphasize the power each of us has if we only take the time to vote. Despite past and present voter suppression tactics, we remain resilient. For 12 days, we have the opportunity to vote early at any polling location. That is the true meaning of “Power to the People.”
Participating partners have been asked to bring signs that indicate the issues of most concern to them. The festive event will showcase the importance of early voting and the power of community coalitions.
Boost the Spirit Vax Clinic @ Windsor Village Church Family
6011 W. Orem Dr., Houston, TX 77085
Saturday, October 29, 2022, 10 AM to 1 PM
Voices for the Heart Community-Based Event for the Houston Area
September 24th at 11 AM CT
Attend virtually or in person at 6202 Lockwood Dr., Houston, TX 77026
Study:If you have been diagnosed with sickle cell disease, researchers at the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in Bethesda, Maryland, are conducting an observational research study evaluating the effects of curative therapies on major organs including the heart, lung, kidneys, liver and brain. This study will also enroll patients with sickle cell disease who will not undergo curative therapies. Specialized studies to evaluate organ function will be performed during the first visit and two years later.
You can participate if you:
- Are 18 years old and older
- Have been diagnosed with moderate to severe sickle cell disease
- Have not had a prior transplant and are not currently on dialysis
What is involved:
- A review of medical history to determine eligibility for the study
- Evaluation of organ function, including MRI, blood tests, and kidney function tests
- Must be able to travel to the NIH Clinical Center
Compensation will be provided to study participants for time and travel. A physician referral is not required to participate.
The NIH Clinical Center, America’s Research Hospital located in Bethesda, MDMetro red line (Medical Center stop)
Create your online Medicare account
Now’s the time to create your online Medicare account! It’s a secure way to access your personal Medicare information anytime. It takes just a few minutes to create your account. Then you’ll be able to:
- Add your prescriptions and pharmacies, to better compare health and drug plans in your area.
- Sign up to go digital — get your yearly ”Medicare & You” handbook electronically.
- Print a copy of your official Medicare card.
Manage your Medicare information online — create your account today!
The Medicare Team
- September 12, 2022
- September 17, 2022
If you are interested in participating in the Emancipation Park 5K Walk, the info is below.
MAYOR’S OFFICE PRESS RELEASE
Houston Pays It Forward
Mayor Sylvester Turner Announces Water Donation Drive For Mississippi
August 31, 2022 — Mayor Sylvester Turner is encouraging Houstonians to donate water to help residents of Jackson, Mississippi. People in the state’s largest city lack safe drinking water or water to flush toilets due to a catastrophic failure of that city’s water system earlier this week following flooding and torrential rains.
The Mayor of Jackson has close ties to the City of Houston.
The Water Drive for Mississippi
Friday, September 2, 2022
7 a.m. – noon
Herman Square at Houston City Hall
500 McKinney Street
(between Smith and Bagby)
Houston, TX 77002
“Houstonians know firsthand what it is like to experience flooding and the need for relief supplies. I ask people to join me Friday in front of Houston City Hall as we collect all sizes of bottled water,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba graduated from Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law, and he is a TSU Tiger and a fellow mayor. We are like one big family, and I hope Houston will show its love and support for the people of Jackson, MS.”
wanted to provide you with some information on the current Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, as well as on the President’s Wednesday announcement on student loan forgiveness.
You may qualify for relief – and I hope you take advantage of this opportunity if you do!
Public Service Loan Forgiveness program
As government employees you may be eligible to have some of your federal student loan debt forgiven, thanks to temporary changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Under this limited waiver, borrowers can receive credit for payments that otherwise would not have qualified for PSLF.
But, time is running out to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity.
Borrowers with federal student loans have until October 31, 2022, to apply for PSLF and/or consolidate non-Direct federal student loans to get the benefit.
This waiver applies even if you did not make the payment on time, pay the full amount, or if you were on the wrong repayment plan. It also applies to loans that typically do not qualify for PSLF, including Federal Family Education Loans, Federal Perkins Loans, Federally Insured Student Loans, National Defense Student Loans, and more.
Please check your eligibility before it’s too late and tell your family members and friends who may be eligible, to check their status as well.
Visit www.pslf.gov for more information and to apply for forgiveness.
President’s announcement on student loan forgiveness
On Wednesday, President Biden announced that the Administration will cancel up to $20,000 in student debt for Pell Grant recipients and up to $10,000 in student debt for non-Pell Grant recipients. This relief will be available to borrowers earning less than $125,000 annually or households earning less than $250,000 annually. While more details on claiming this relief will be available in the coming weeks, public servants are encouraged to seek immediate relief through the temporary changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program mentioned above.
Thank you for your continued service to the American people.
Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman
HRSA Virtual Job FairSeptember 14, 2022 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. ET.
HRSA Virtual Job Fairs are free online recruitment events that connect career-seeking health care professional with representatives from health care facilities across the country.
Learn more about job opportunities, hear details about benefit packages, and find out how you can help underserved communities.
Connect with representatives from 24 health care facilities that are recruiting for hundreds of medical, nursing, dental, and behavioral health job opportunities in more than 36 disciplines.
Questions? Email the HRSA Virtual Job Fair team.
Learn about the Biden-Harris Administration’s Student Debt Relief Plan (website)
- How to check if you qualify for Biden’s new student loan forgiveness plan (see article)
- Check out information about Public Service Loan Forgiveness
FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION
Lily Rodriguez, Communications Director
Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Press Phone: 202-430-012
Congressman Al Green Joins Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo to Announce Launch of Brighter Future for Harris County Kids Initiative
(Houston, TX) — On Wednesday, August 3, 2022, Congressman Al Green released the following statement:
“It gives me great pleasure to know that the quality of life for many babies in Houston will greatly improve thanks to the Brighter Future for Harris County Kids initiative. The Brighter Future for Harris County Kids initiative consists of multiple programs that will address early childhood education and development, as well as support infant and child health.”
“The Brighter Future initiative would not be possible without the support of over $80 million in federal funds, which I am proud to have helped secure for Harris County through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 along with my colleagues Reps. Jackson Lee, Garcia, and Fletcher. These funds will be distributed between five different programs: The Child Tax Credit Outreach Program, the Early Childhood Impact Fund, Maternal and Child Health Program, Child Care Contracted Slots Program, as well as the Lead Abatement and Prevention Program.”
“All of these projects will be of great benefit to the people of the Greater Houston area because they will improve the quality of life for many children, provide parents with child development education and resources, increase the number of childcare providers available, as well as strengthen the health of many infants. It is exceedingly important for us to invest in our youth because they are our future. I thank Judge Hidalgo for what she’s done to help make Houston a leading city in early childhood development. I look forward to supporting future similar initiatives that may be launched by Harris County.”
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Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-7508
Fax: (202) 225-2947
Hours: M-F 9AM-5PM EST
3003 South Loop West, Suite 460
Houston, TX 77054
Hours: M-F 9AM-5PM CST
The Houston Fire Department (HFD) is hiring, and we are excited to partner with community churches to share information with the entire congregation about this phenomenal career!
We welcome opportunities to participate in upcoming events to engage the community and are open to presenting to groups, speaking with individuals, attending health and/or career fairs, staffing a booth, and more.
Attached, please find an overview of information that outlines the minimum requirements, incentive pay opportunities, hiring process steps and benefits that may be posted or shared electronically.
Please contact the following individuals to facilitate this partnership:
- Chief Shelby Walker, HFD Assistant Chief
- Tameka Hardison, HR Recruiting Manager
New 988 number for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline launches Saturday, expanding access amid funding concerns (link to news article)
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Volunteers Needed to Participate in a Study
Seeking young adults, who recently completed cancer treatment, and their significant other to complete surveys on stress, health behaviors, and quality of life.
To participate, you must:
Be 25-39 years at the time of cancer diagnosis
Recently completed cancer treatment (within 3 months)
Have a spouse or significant other who is willing to participate
Participants will be asked to complete a 5-minute survey, for 7 consecutive days, every 3 months, over 2 years
Participants will be compensated for their time, up to $810 an individual
If interested, click on the link below to complete an interest form and a member of the CBC team will contact you.
For more information, contact 713-834-6883|email: CBCstudy@mdanderson.org
Study Flyer: Coping Beyond Cancer (CBD)-Dr. Cho
Interest Form link: https://redcap.link/q0690sj0
Baker Ripley is helping residents in HARRIS, BRAZORIA and GALVESTON counties with utility bills. Below is info on how to apply.https://www.bakerripley.org/services/utility-assistance-program Application in Englishhttps://d2dmd73kpz2s55.cloudfront.net/uploads/pdf_upload/pdf/61eb2f91e835621aeea94c4b/2ffe647d-51e7-4263-bb72-83957d91cf19.pdfApplication in Spanish Aplicación de Asistencia de Servicios de Utilidadeshttps://d2dmd73kpz2s55.cloudfront.net/uploads/pdf_upload/pdf/61df4fefe49893728f5dc55c/ba39c758-f611-49dd-b3a2-342f5a7ebb3f.pdfInfo on the Utility Assistance Program:
New Harris County Recovers Website
A new website has been launched that will serve as an external resource for the public. The Harris County Recovers website is an initiative of the Harris County Long-Term Recovery Committee working to increase access and awareness of disaster recovery resources.
To learn how you can get ready, get help, or get involved, please explore the new site at: www.harriscountyrecovers.org
WATCH the Community Re-entry Network Program Biannual Spring Graduation on HTV on 7-1-2022 at 6:00 PM.
You can also watch on Comcast (Ch. 16) Phonoscope (Ch. 73 & 99)Suddenlink (Ch. 14)AT&T U-verse (Ch. 99). In addition, the Graduation will be available on the Houston Health Department YouTube Station, and on our CRNP Website Community Re-Entry Network Program | Houston Health Department