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DECISION TIME 2014 Q&A

Congressman Brady Shares Thoughts on Freedom - P.02

The Candidates Who Want YourVote in Harris County

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Proud Americans “Happy Juneteenth & Independence Day”

Congressman Kevin Brady with his wife Cathy and two children.

Freedom CONGRESSMAN BRADY: BEING AMERICAN IS ABOUT BEING FREE - SEE P.02


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PROUD AMERICANS Q&A With Congressman Kevin Brady

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Congressman Brady, can you share your thoughts on freedom and what it means to you? CONGRESSMAN KEVIN BRADY: Freedom is everything. But what Freedom will never be is free. Freedom is a precious gift that our veterans and our fallen have secured for us and continue to secure for us. Being an American is about being free. Martin Luther King, Junior said “we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom.” He was so right that “a man can't ride you unless your back is bent.” As Americans we must always stand proud and tall for freedom and against injustice. We must have faith to take the harder path with the greatest rewards. Being a servant leader will never be the easy path, but it is the most rewarding path. Serving my constituents and my state in Washington, DC is an honor that I do not take lightly. It’s my duty to preserve freedom for all Americans. As Dr. King said “The time is always right to do what is right.” That time is now. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Congressman Brady, why are you proud to be an American? CONGRESSMAN KEVIN BRADY: I first understood why I’m proud of being American from my mom. In 1967, my world changed when dad took on a difficult case for our local church. While helping an elderly woman escape an abusive marriage, we were repeatedly threatened. Mom even learned to use a gun, just in case. When the trial started, this angry man burst into the courtroom, killed his wife, killed my father and shot the judge – who thankfully lived. His actions left our mom to raise five children by herself – ages 14 to 3. I tell you this because being an American is about making my fiercely independent and determined mother proud. She kept five kids on the straight and narrow with a good offensive. She had us serving our community from morning to night. For me, it was Boy Scouts, altar boy at two churches, year-round sports and student government. In our community, if a club or activity existed, it was a good bet you’d find a Brady kid there. She taught each of us to be independent, optimistic, to have faith in God and to give back. Everything I am. Everything I know about being an American, I owe my mom.


Are you worried that your children and grandchildren won't have the same freedom and opportunities that you enjoy? Then let's all go to the polls and bring our principles, values and our knowledge.

Tuesday, November 4th

Election Day!

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CONGRESSMAN KEVIN BRADY is a pro-family, pro-small business conservative fighting for free enterprise, limited government, a balanced budget, secure border, more American-made energy and an innovation economy that leads the world. Are you worried that your children and grandchildren won't have the same freedom and opportunities that you enjoy? Then let's all go to the polls and bring our principles, values and our knowledge. POLITICAL AD PAID FOR BY KEVIN BRADY FOR CONGRESS


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DAVE WILSON HCC TRUSTEE - DISTRICT II Dave Wilson was born and raised in a small rural town in central Illinois. His father was a coal miner and his mother was a homemaker. Dave was one of four children. After graduating from high school he moved to Houston in 1966 to attend the University of Houston. After college he went to work for Honeywell as a systems analyst. In the mid 1980’s Dave started an electrical contracting company that he still owns operates today. He is married and has two daughters and one son. His son recently finished a tour of duty in Afghanistan. He is a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church. Dave started Texas Electrical Safety Association, a non-profit school that teaches electrical training and safety classes in 2004. The school has experienced incredible growth and had to move into a new facility to accommodate its growing enrolment. As a teacher and a dedicated professional Dave Wilson has served on many Boards and Committees, and served on the National Electrical Code Panel 18, which writes the national electrical code. Dave also serves on the HCC Board of Trustees where he’s continuing his commitment to education and creating business opportunities for all Houstonians.

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As we pause to celebrate the 2014 Juneteenth Holiday, I implore you to never stop striving to reach your full God-given and inspired potential. And above all: never forget that true freedom can only be realized when people like you and me open the window of our mind to new possibilities� - Aubrey R. Taylor - www.thebulletinboard.biz - HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS 05


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CONTENTS FEATURED PEOPLE 2. 4. 8. 10. 12. 14. 16. 18.

Meet Congressman Kevin Brady Meet HCC Trustee Dave Wilson Meet Attorney Keryl L. Douglas Meet Mayor Frank D. Jackson Meet Mayor Michael S. Wolfe, Sr. Meet Edwin and Andrea Haynes Meet Captain Paul J. Matthews Meet Jimmy and Cheryl Coleman

FEATURED MINISTRIES 20. 22.

Meet Bishop K.J. Brown Meet Bishop Anthony A. Allen

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Building an Immersive, inclusive Culture

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TSU’s Enrollment on the Upswing - Applications Up 6%

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LA Clippers Owner Donald Sterling has stirred up the Hornet’s Nest

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FEATURED SPONSOR The Honorable Frank D. Jackson has served as the City of Prairie View's Mayor Since May 4, 2002 ABOUT MAYOR JACKSON Mayor Frank D. Jackson was born and raised in Luling, Texas and is the second of three sons born to Robbie Jackson Sr. and Willie Louise Jackson. He graduated from Luling High School in 1969 and entered Prairie View A&M College during the Fall Semester of this same year. Frank D. Jackson majored in Geography and earned a 4-year Scholarship as a Naval Science student. He graduated from Prairie View A&M University in 1973 with a Bachelors of Arts Degree and was Commissioned and Ensign in the United States Navy. During his Eight years of Active Duty, Frank D. Jackson served aboard the Nuclear Powered Cruiser USS Long Beach CG (N) 9, the USS Coral Sea CV 43 and the USS Inchon LPH 12. He ended his active duty service at Prairie View A&M University in 1982 as Assistant Professor for Naval Science – Navigation and Ship-handling Instructor. Frank D. Jackson immediately accepted a Commission in the US Naval Reserves and was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1995 (Officer Grade 06). He began his employment at Prairie View A&M University in 1982 as Associate Counselor for Admissions. Frank D. Jackson has served the University as Director of the Memorial Student Center, Assistant Director of University Centers, Director for Auxiliary Services, Director of Student Initiatives and Development and currently serves as Governmental Relations Officer for Prairie View A&M University. He served on the City Council – City of Prairie View for 12 years, and 8 years as County Commissioner Precinct 3, Waller County, Texas. Frank D. Jackson was elected Mayor for the City of Prairie View, Texas on May 4, 2002. He was re-elected to serve a second term May 8, 2004, re-elected to serve a third term on May 13, 2006, re-elected to serve a fourth term on May 10, 2008, re-elected to serve a fifth term on May 8, 2010 and re-elected to a sixth term on May 12, 2012. In addition, Frank D. Jackson is President and Fire Chief of the Prairie View Volunteer Fire Fighting Association, Inc., and Past Master of Lone Star Lodge #85 – Hempstead, Texas and currently serves as Grand Junior Warden for the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Texas and is a 33º Mason. He is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Epsilon Tau Lambda Chapter – Prairie View, Texas. Frank D. Jackson was inducted into Prairie View A&M University’s Sports Hall Of Fame with the Hall Of Fame Class of 2010. He is a 2012 recipient of the Texas Conference of the NAACP’s President’s Award. He is the author of five books: A Brief History of The City of Prairie View, Texas; A Brief History of The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Texas & Jurisdiction; Juneteenth In the Brazos River Valley; His-Story – A History of Africans in America; Down That Road – A Pictorial History of Prairie View A&M University. Mayor Jackson is married to the former Marian Elaine Jones and is the father of four children, Tracy, Ayanna, Cheikh & Okofo. The Jackson’s have two grandchildren Chazrel & Simone.

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PRAIRIE VIEW, TX Frank D. Jackson

MAYOR OF PRAIRIE VIEW, TEXAS City of Prairie View, Texas 44500 Business Highway 290 P.O. Box 817 Prairie View, TX 77446 City Hall...................936-857-3711 Municipal Court.......936-857-5327 Police Department...936-857-3521

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Regardless of the phenomenon we encounter in this life; it would be a whole lot better if we just do it together” – Mayor Frank D. Jackson

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A CITY OF CHARACTER City Hall 1125 Austin Street Hempstead, TX 77445 P: (979) 826-2486 F: (979) 826-6703

Public Works 1405 8th Street Hempstead, TX 77445 P: (979) 826-8313 P: (979) 826-3557 F: (979) 921-0085

Municipal Court 1015 11th Street Hempstead, Texas 77445 P: (979) 826-8838

Economic Development 733 12th Street Hempstead, Texas 77445 P: (979) 826-2900 F: (979) 826-2037

Street Department 1820 14th Street Hempstead, Texas 77445 P: (979) 826-8313 P: (979) 826-9392

Police Department 1015 11th Street Hempstead, Texas P: (979) 826-4972

Michael S. Wolfe, Sr.

Mayor of Hempstead Te “I am Michael S. Wolfe, Sr., the Mayor of Hempstead, Texas. I graduated from Hempstead High School. I received my B.A. in Political Science and my Master’s in Counseling at Prairie View A&M University. I am the Pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church. My loving wife Deborah and I have two children; Demetria, and Michael S. Wolfe, Jr. We also have six grandchildren. I am dedicated to making Hempstead the best city anyone would want to reside in.”

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Multi-Millionaire Blue Diamond Edwin Haynes Is On A Mission to Create More Millionaires Edwin Haynes is a successful entrepreneur, international business consultant, motivational speaker, best-selling author, and multi-millionaire who has experienced the highs and lows of success. After a successful 13-year career as an Entertainment Executive, Haynes experienced a devastating setback that crippled him personally, professionally and financially. As result of a series of setbacks Haynes hit rock bottom, free-falling from millionaire status into foreclosure, bankruptcy and repossession. When everything seemed to be crashing down around him, including emotional and physical health; at his worst moment, Haynes would not let his circumstances consume him. He knew that he innately possessed the mindset of a millionaire, and the tools that would lead him to his true purpose. Although Edwin’s journey on the road to success was paved with obstacles that would normally sideline the average person, Haynes prepared for change and climbed his way back up the ladder by utilizing the “nine mile markers to success” outlined in his current book, “You Have Permission to Succeed.” Blessed with the gift of captivating audiences with his seemingly effortless down to earth and honest style, Haynes positively changes the lives of thousands daily through powerful messages of faith, encouragement and empowerment. Today, he continues to dominate his industry while empowering individuals worldwide to advance on both personal and professional levels.

WANT TO BE A PART OF EDWIN’S TEAM IN 2014? A “Blue Diamond” is an individual with over $30,000 per week “Dual Team” earning potential in ORGANO GOLD. Organo Gold is on a mission, spreading the knowledge of Ganoderma to the four corners of the world. By using the cost effective network distribution system to deliver these Ganoderma products, more of every dollar is shared with our growing Organo Gold family world-wide. Think about your future. Where will you and your family be in 5 years from right now? You may know where you want to be, but do you know how you are going to get there? Do you have a plan? Now more than ever it’s up to you to define your future. That’s where Organo Gold comes into the picture. Organo Gold is a global family that is growing and thriving every day. A family that is caring and compassionate and believes that the knowledge of Ganoderma should be in the hands of people world-wide. It’s a family that cares about you.

YOU CAN BE A PART OF TEAM HAYNES Edwin is looking to Coach and Mentor 10 NEW individuals in his current business venture. If you are serious about the secrets of a millionaire and creating wealth and want to know more Edwin Haynes visit www.edwinhaynes.com today!

Edwin & Andrea Haynes

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www.edwinhaynes.com Start with what you have and where you are. Don't wait for something big to occur.” – Edwin Haynes - www.thebulletinboard.biz - HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS 15


Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

A tradition of valor... 3816 Caroline Street Houston, Texas 77004 Contact: (713)942-8920 The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum (BSNM) a non-profit 501(c)(3) institution was founded in the year 2000 by a Vietnam veteran and African American military historian, Captain Paul J. Matthews. The museum’s Historian is Dr. Franklin D.B. Jackson, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran. Currently, Major Charles Williams, Historian and former member of the United States Army, serves as the Museum’s Chief Docent. The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is a proud member of the Houston Museum District. We are the only Museum dedicated primarily to preserving the legacy and honor of the AfricanAmerican soldier, in the United States of America. The museum is also a proud member of the Greater Houston Conventions and Visitors Bureau, and the Greater Houston Partnership.

Exhibit Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Free Admission on Thursday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM General Admission: $10.00 per adult $5.00 per student(including college W/ID), Senior 60-older, military, children 5-under-FREE

Museum Booking Allow the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum to assist you with planning your next meeting, social outing, or business networking event. For more information call(713) 942-8920 or send us an e-mail at info@buffalosoldiermuseum.com


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Juneteenth 2014 CELEBRATING

Captain Paul J. Matthews Founder of the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

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We’re A+ Rated with the Better Business Bureau. So you can count on Greater Houston Consulting & Tax Services, Inc. to get your taxes done right.” - Jimmy Coleman

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FEATURED SPONSOR LET GREATER HOUSTON CONSULTING & TAX SERVICES, INC. HANDLE YOUR TAX RELATED NEEDS TODAY Since 1980, Jimmy Coleman and his fine team of Tax Professionals at Greater Houston Consulting & Tax Services, Inc. (GHCT), has been helping Houstonians to rest a little easier when it comes to knowing that their tax related business has been taken care of. That's because Greater Houston Consulting & Tax Services, Inc, has a firm stated commitment that they are governed by: to always put the needs of their customers first. GHCT specializes in Tax Preparation, IRS Representation, Business Start-up/Consulting, and Bookkeeping Services. Conveniently located at 12606 Hillcroft, GHCT is uniquely positioned to service the needs of individuals living in southwest Houston, as well as those having to travel down South Main Street from Missouri City, Sugarland, Richmond, Rosenberg and other parts of Fort Bend County to get to and from work in the Houston area – and other parts of Harris County.

GHCT HAS AN A+ RATING WITH THE BBB Greater Houston Consulting & Tax Services, Inc., currently has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau with no complaints having ever been filed against it. So, if you're looking for an independent Tax Preparation Service, where honesty, integrity, and putting you first is the order of the day: you should seriously consider calling Jimmy Coleman and his team of professionals at Greater Houston Consulting & Tax Services, Incorporated at (713)723-2005 to schedule an appointment today!

GHCT HAS A CUSTOMER FIRST POLICY What Cynthia Stewart had to say about Greater Houston Consulting & Tax Services, Incorporated: "I have used Greater Houston Consulting and Tax Services to prepare my taxes for at least the last 20 years. They are prompt and dependable. I appreciate their honest approach to my taxes and the thoroughness employed in helping me pay only what is owed or ideally to receive a refund when appropriate. Jimmy Coleman's advice and counsel concerning my personal finances and retirement planning has been invaluable. Cheryl and Nicole are very helpful, efficient and personable, also. You will be well served by any of their staff. I highly recommend this business." What Tammy Michelle Davis had to say about Greater Houston Consulting & Tax Services, Incorporated: "Loyal, Professional, and Honesty at its BEST! ... I've been a very satisfied client of Greater Houston's Consulting and Tax Services for over 5 years. Each member of their staff are very professional, loyal and I can count on their dependable and hardworking efforts to get the job done! Thanks Greater Houston!" Another satisfied customer said this about Greater Houston Consulting & Tax Services Incorporated: "This is tax service that cares about people. Greater Houston Tax Service has "great" employees that knows previous and current customers by their names. Some customers decide to seek other tax services, but they always manage to come back to Greater Houston Tax Service to prepare their taxes the correct way and to fix, what mistakes that was made from other tax services."

GREATER HOUSTON CONSULTING & TAX SERVICES, INC., IS READY TO PUT YOUR NEEDS FIRST For more information on Greater Houston Consulting & Tax Services, Inc., you should call Jimmy Coleman or one of his fine Tax Professionals at (713)723-2005, or feel free to stop by 12606 Hillcroft at South Main, Houston, Texas 77035. Email: taxburger@aol.com and expect to receive a fast, friendly, and educated answer to any tax related questions you may have today!

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We’re Building W “Older Men and Women teach the young children and the young adults that will listen. Each generation should start on our shoulders as we encourage,support and teach . We need finance,education and wisdom but we also need to pass down values.” - Bishop K.J. Brown Ministries TITUS 2:1-5 IN THE NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION - You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. 2). Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance. 3). Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4). Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5). to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

“I am the founder of Bishop K.J. Brown Ministries and The Pastor of Zion Tabernacle Church. We’re located at 13155 Westheimer in Houston, Texas. ( Between Eldridge and Synott in the Wind Chimes Shopping Plaza ). We meet every 1st and 3rd Sunday at 12:15pm-2pm.” - Bishop

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Anthony A. Allen President/Apostle - (281)210-8374 Bishop Anthony A. Allen is an apostolic leader who also serves the community at large as a businessman, entrepreneur, investor, author and entertainer. He is the founder and president of Anthony Allen Ministries, a ministry called to serve the urban community. In 2001 Bishop Anthony A. Allen received a word from the Holy Spirit instructing him to create systems that will keep and grow God’s people. Giving up his dream of one day becoming a head coach for the NFL he set out to pursue the call of God on his life. The first system he set out to create evolved from the first message he preached entitled: “Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus.” This message which came from the book of St. Luke 9:23 lead Bishop Anthony A. Allen to begin designing a church operation system entitled Total Control. After years of development, his spiritual father the late Pastor Noah Newcoste and his mother Evengelist Christine Newcoste handed over the responsibility of carrying on their ministry, House of Hope International Church. Once given this responsibility he was directed to implement the Total Control system. The first instructional book entitled: “Total Control 101” (You Are In Total Control) was released in February of 2013, and the system was launched. Total Control 101 serves as the first of a thirteen instructional book series that ranges from you taking total control of you, to you taking total control of your community duties abroad. Now that the book which serves as the foundation to the system has been released, Bishop Anthony A. Allen serves the Kingdom of God eagerly awaiting a word from the Holy Spirit on when to release the next book from this series along with other material associated with the system. Beyond his ministerial duties, Bishop Anthony A. Allen is also the owner of Allen Hip-Hop Enterprise LLC, a company aimed at gaining the attention of the urban community at large with subsidiary companies like MBBG Records, D.O.C FA LIFE (Urban Wear) and Bishop A Enterprise (Production Company). He is also a licensed T.V. Producer with the Houston Media Source, a music producer and music artist (TPK BISHOP A) with the group Hip-Hop Party League. His music group has been featured on several reality shows, T.V. competitions and sitcoms. He is a former collegiate football and track athlete for Texas A&M Commerce who gives back to the future of athletics by serving as an assistant coach with the Mainland Jaguars out of Galveston County. He is also the proud husband to First Lady Matishe R. Allen and the father of a combined family of 12 outstanding children and grandfather to 6 blessed grandchildren. Soon to celebrate 16 years in ministry, Bishop Anthony A. Allen looks forward to getting involved in his passion of ministering economic growth to the masses. A business major and licensed financial services agent, Bishop Anthony A. Allen plans to empower people around the globe with the knowledge of how their economy works verses how it really should work and how to get it to work for them. His philosophy to life is “He that owns the darkness controls the darkness”.

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“The primary focus of Anthony Allen Ministries is to empower people with the knowledge on how to achieve economic success within any society despite the current hardships at hand.� - Bishop A.

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As you walk with God during difficult and sometimes confusing seasons, know that God will see you through. He will see you through your doubts until He resurrects your hope to see the fulfillment of your promise. Just as Jesus was resurrected to new life, so too, your dormant dreams can have a resurrection!”

– Bishop T.D. Jakes

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Some people will use scripture to LIMIT you and not to LIBERATE you! The truth is that Christ has set you FREE!” – Mia Wright - www.thebulletinboard.biz - HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS 25


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Whatever is holding you back from all that God has for you is being overturned right now!” – Paula White

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.”

– Maya Angelou

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I don't know about your yesterday. But I do know that if you live by faith today, God can give you a brighter tomorrow.” – Tony Evans - www.thebulletinboard.biz - HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS 27


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When you worry more about what others may say, you focus even less on what you should be doing. What does God say? Because truly, He's the only one who matters. People will still condemn you even when you're doing what's right. So it makes no sense trying to please people. Also it leaves no wonder, why some folk can go crazy. They're trying to please the wrong one. Be encouraged today!” – Donald Williams

“Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies.”

– Robert Kennedy

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God has given you the grace you need for each season. If your dreams aren’t coming to pass and everything is not like you want, that’s a test. Will you pass the test and make the choice to enjoy your life?” – Joel Osteen

You may be feeling overwhelmed and hopeless. It's only a feeling. It's not the truth! It's not time to quit-but to PRESS THROUGH!” – Lisa Osteen Comes

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Be reminded again and again to not give up on what is in store for you! Believe bigger and pull the trigger to make it happen!” – C.J. Eaden

Sometimes if you want to see a change for the better, you have to take things into your own hands.” -Clint Eastwood

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God can provide for people any way that He wants to, but He asks us to join Him in making things happen for people.” – Joyce Meyer

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw

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Building an immersive, inclusive culture ack In January, during the semester kickoff, first-year evening MBA for Professionals students were completing traditional team-building exercises to earn cash for a unique project that required bicycle parts. Eight teams constructed eight bikes, and the competition was fierce. Soon after, and while the competition raged on, a group of students from Yellowstone Academy, a school serving some of Houston’s neediest families, entered the ballroom at the student center. Their head of school explained to the MBAs that the bikes they built that day were about to change the life of a child at

his school, and she thanked them. “The students didn’t know they were making the bikes for these kids,” Melanie Holiday, program specialist in the professionals program, said. “It was amazing.”

Fully employed, fully loaded curriculum Brooke Sabo has been director of student services for the Rice MBA for Professionals (MBAP) program since its inception in 2006 and has watched its growth over the past seven years. What was once a weeknight schedule with less than 100 total stu-

dents has expanded by nearly five times and, since 2010, has offered a weekend schedule as well. “It grew a lot faster than expected,” Sabo said. “The first group was 70 students, and it grew to 115 the next year. Now, the MBAP program has over 320 students.” Unlike many programs aimed at working professionals, Rice’s two-year MBAP program is cohort-based, meaning students enter, take courses and graduate together. “It’s a fulltime curriculum; they take 16 hours a semester,” Sabo explained. “The only reason they’d be considered part-time is because they’re not here during the day. We consider this to be a full-time experience.” Sue Oldham, director of admissions development for the professionals program adds, “It’s really geared towards those working professionals who want to improve their career trajectory. They’re a little more established than people in the full-time MBA program; most of them have been out of college for an average of five to six years. They’re in a certain function and might want to change or move up quickly within their function.”

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The campus advantage One of seven academic units at Rice University, the Jones School sits on the 300acre campus in the heart of Houston. Along with all the benefits of going to graduate school on a campus, there are the advantages of having the faculty, staff, Career Management Center, Admissions,

Alumni Office, Corporation Relations and Office of Student Services accessible and available in one place. Exner, for example, was able to utilize the career services resources to successfully transition from corporate finance at Marathon to investment banking at Citi. “The experiences we provide are very

much as if you were in the full-time program, and a lot of students take advantage of that,” Sabo said. “We encourage them to be part of the Jones School community and the Rice community when they’re on campus. There’s a lot more to being an MBA than going to class, and we encourage them to be active. They came to Rice for a reason.”

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Texas Southern University possesses an impressive array of more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs and concentrations, a diverse faculty, 80-plus student organizations, and an extensive alumni network comprised of educators, entrepreneurs, public servants, lawyers, pilots, artists, and more, many of whom are change agents on the local, national and international stage. Nestled upon a sprawling 150acre campus, Texas Southern University is one of the nation’s largest historically black universities. Our academic curriculum is organized into eleven colleges and schools that continue to serve as cornerstones for developing the greatest potential in leaders from various socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Some of TSU’s wellknown graduates include the late U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Jordan and U.S. Congressman George “Mickey” Leland. Texas Southern University is heralded as a pioneer and has distinguished itself by producing a significant number of African American students who have obtained postsecondary and advanced degrees. The university’s enrollment has grown from 2,303 students to more than 9,700 undergraduate and graduate students from across the world. Although initially established to educate African Americans, Texas Southern University has become one of the most diverse institutions in Texas.


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Texas Southern University’s Enrollment on the Upswing – Applications Up 6% exas Southern University is experiencing an upswing in new applications – to the tune of 6 percent compared to this same time last year. University officials say this increase can be directly attributed to more aggressive recruiting and outreach. The University’s president Dr. John M. Rudley, has taken a personal interest in recruiting and is spearheading a presidential bus tour that has traveled across the state and awarded close to $100,000 in scholarships on the spot. Recently, Rudley ended a tour to community colleges in the city, again awarding

dollars to students who meet the criteria for immediate transition into the university. The tour also travels to high schools in the immediate Houston area. The goal is to increase enrollment by a significant number by fall 2014. In addition to the Presidential Bus Tour, TSU will be promoting many of its outstanding programs, featuring alumni via billboards, and creating additional printed pieces and public service announcements. It will be touting its unique degree programs. Some of TSU’s unique programs are only available at Texas Southern, and many that will surprise the community. Programs that are unique to Texas

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Southern University include: Maritime Transportation, Aviation Science Management, Urban Planning and Environmental Policy, Entertainment and the Recording Industry, Sports Management, and Emergency Management and Homeland Security. The University will also push its online degree programs such as eMBA, eMPA and the Curriculum and Instruction Bilingual Degree in its College of Education. It also has in its arsenal, the new Confucius Institute where students can learn Mandarin, its pharmacy and health sciences programs and degrees in education. The University’s admissions office is also reporting an uptick in the number of students with a 3.0 grade point average


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(GPA) or better and that transfer student applications are up by 4 percent (4%). “Outreach to area high schools and participation in community events will also help enrollment numbers. Texas Southern University is doing what it does best in times when competition for students are tough – it relies on its grassroots connections and programs that lead to jobs of the future,” states the University Spokesperson Eva Pickens The president, administrators and recruiters remain committed to the students on

campus, and development officers and alumni continue to raise money for scholarships and financial aid. A Graduation Success Scholarship fund has been created that will help students who are near graduation, but financially struggling to stay in school and finish their degrees. Rudley’s bus tour is part of a “threepronged attack” (bus tour, scholarships and new dorms) that he hopes will double the size of next year's freshman class and increase Ground is being broken this month on a new $51 million dorm that will house 800 freshmen,

and include cafeterias and recreational rooms that officials hope will keep students on campus and in classes. An aggressive outreach campaign, using media (print, television, radio and digital tools) personal visits, social media and high-profile alumni, is being launched to raise awareness of the university’s research and achievements. “I'm shooting for the stars, because that's kind of how I play the game," Rudley said. "I'm very optimistic we'll get there."

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La June Montgomery Tabron, President, W.K. Kellogg Foundation: Leadership and Community Engagement

ack in January, La June Montgomery Tabron became the first woman and the first African American to head the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Based in Battle Creek, Michigan, the foundation has in recent years implemented an integrated strategy of wrapping its commitment to racial equity and civic engagement around efforts to ensure the education and health of children and the economic security of their families. Having grown up in a family of ten children in inner-city Detroit, Tabron has said that she knows first-hand the challenges faced by the families the foundation seeks to help. “In so many ways, my own journey illustrates the power and impact of what is possible with the right conditions.” Recently PND spoke with Tabron, a twenty-six-year veteran of the foundation, about the Kellogg Foundation’s work to strengthen leadership at the community level, its efforts to expand opportunity for boys and young men of color, and its collaborative approach — at the local, state, and national level — to addressing complex issues at the intersection of race, place, and income.

Philanthropy News Digest: Before you were named president of the Kellogg Foundation last fall, you had been with the foundation for twenty-six years, most recently as executive vice president of operations and treasurer. What are the most significant changes you’ve seen at the foundation — and in philanthropy more generally — over the last two and a half decades? La June Montgomery Tabron: I think the most significant change at the foundation, and in philanthropy, has been the constant evolution toward greater focus. In our particular organization, we’ve never lost sight of our North Star, which is that we are here to help people help themselves. But as we have learned more about the best way to do that, we’ve shifted the focus of our work to early childhood and an early childhood framework that takes into account what children need at the beginning of their lives in order to succeed throughout their life. At the Kellogg Foundation, there has been a constant shift, based on the learning and work we’ve done over the years, to begin to understand how change happens. PND: As a woman of color who has risen through the ranks to become the pres-

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ident of the sixth-largest foundation in the United States, do you feel you bring a unique perspective to that work? LMT: Well, I think my background does help inform the type of work we’re engaged in. We are working on the ground in urban settings, which is the kind of setting I grew up in. And as a woman — and a woman of color — I do bring a different perspective to the work. At the end of the day, I think I bring a level of commitment and a sense of urgency to the work that is genuine and somewhat unique. PND: Several of the largest foundations in the U.S. today, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, are led by women. Is that a sign that equality of opportunity, for both women and women of color, has been secured? LMT: I don’t look at it quite that way. You know, we speak a lot about the significance of having an African American in the White House, but I don’t really see it as a sign. I see it as one more transaction, albeit a very positive one, in a long process. We’ve come a long way, and it’s important that women are being developed and that people of color are being given these opportunities, but I also


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Three generations of CEO's, Russ Mawby (term May 1970 - Feb. 2, 1996), La June Montgomery Tabron (term effective Jan. 1, 2014) and Sterling K. Speirn (term Jan. 1, 2006 - Dec. 31, 2013).


In so many ways, my own journey illustrates the power and impact of what is possible with the right conditions.” - La June Montgomery Tabron

believe we have a long way to go in terms of leveling the playing field for both women and people of color. In some ways, I think of myself as a person who was in the right place at the right time, in that the field was not diverse when I came into it and there weren’t very many women on a career track to this kind of position. In that sense, it’s a long-term pipeline issue we’re dealing with, and I just happened to have been fortunate enough to have been with this organization for twenty-six years and to be given opportunities that allowed me to grow and develop leadership skills that put me in a position to take on this role. PND: Several years ago the Kellogg Foundation announced a new strategy that combines a commitment to racial equity, community engagement, and leadership with three goals — “educated kids,” “healthy kids,” and “secure families.” It’s an approach that is directly linked to, and complementary to, the foundation’s embrace of place- and community-based strategies. Can you talk a little about how and where the approaches intersect? LMT: They are definitely linked. As the foundation has learned more about this kind of work, we’ve seen how the work that happens at the national level needs to be anchored in communities. Our approach really is to find practical applications at the local level for work that happens at the national level, and vice versa — our founder, Will Keith Kellogg, believed strongly in the idea that it is the practical application of knowledge that allows change to happen.

Our framework is based on that idea. We take ideas and best practices from our work at the national level and validate them by making sure they can be practically applied in a community context, where we refine and strengthen them and feed them back into our national work. PND: Does that mean the Kellogg Foundation’s work in your four geographical focus areas — New Mexico, Mississippi, Michigan, and New Orleans — is likely to be scaled to other communities in the future? LMT: Yes, we do believe the work we are doing and testing in those places can serve as models that are applied more broadly. For example, we are supporting a program at Clemson University called Call Me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) that encourages young males of color to go into the teaching profession and, after they graduate, to return to their communities and become teachers and role models in those communities. It is definitely our hope that as we perfect that model, it is scaled across the country. PND: In a recent Q&A with PND, your predecessor, Sterling Speirn, described the WKKF Community Leadership Network initiative that you launched in November as “different” because it emphasizes “not just individual leadership work, but the connective work that unites each cohort of fellows, with the goal of developing not just individual leaders but networks of leaders.” How do you hope to do that? LMT: Sterling is exactly right. What we are realizing is that leaders are more suc-

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cessful when they are embedded in support structures. It’s the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. So the entire program is going to be focused on how you take leaders who are very capable individually and build networks around them that give them access to resources, knowledge, and skills that actually enhance their ability to drive the change that they are looking to make. The entire structure of the leadership program is based on the concept of networking and the synergies to be gained from many like-minded people working together and supporting each other. The other point is that leadership — and building leaders and community — is a way of sustaining the work of the Kellogg Foundation long beyond our actual presence in that community. We know at the end of the day that the most important investment we can make is in people, and helping to develop capable leaders in communities is what will enable those communities to thrive. PND: The Kellogg Foundation is one of ten foundations that recently pledged an additional $200 million over five years to President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. You were instrumental in developing the foundation’s strategic focus on the educational achievements of young men of color through your earlier placebased work in New Orleans and Mississippi. In your view, what is the most important thing we can do to improve access to educational opportunity and success for young men of color? LMT: We’ve listed five areas that we


believe must be addressed if young males of color are to succeed. Most of them are tied to the educational system, with early childhood education number one on the list. We also need to make sure that young men of color are career- and-collegeready when they come out of the K-12 system, and we’re looking at literacy, the criminal justice system, and employment opportunities for these young men. Interestingly, the Kellogg Foundation has been working in all of these areas over the last twenty or thirty years. All of them are important, and we know that no single institution can tackle them alone, which is why we’ve decided to collaborate with other foundations, business, and the public sector to address them. PND: Should we also be focusing on education for girls, especially STEM subjects in the early grades? What role might philanthropy play in addressing the gender gap in STEM fields? LMT: Our national work is focused on all children. We are very much committed to the idea that all children should have opportunities that enable them to thrive. So while there is a particular focus on young males of color, over the years we’ve also focused on other groups, including girls and STEM education. We don’t see this as a zero-sum game. At the Kellogg Foundation, we believe that any and all resources that are targeted to improve the lives of children are resources well spent. PND: I’d like to switch to a different topic. In addition to your ongoing support for the New Economy Initiative and other revitalization efforts in southeastern Michigan, the Kellogg Foundation recently committed $40 million to a “rescue fund” for Detroit. What motivated you and your colleagues to make that kind of sizable investment in the future of a city that many people would say doesn’t have a future? LMT: Detroit is a city where we’ve had programming for decades, and we remain very much committed to the city. That said, we were very keen on this particular investment because we saw it as an opportunity to invest in the creativity and passion of people committed to saving the city. We care about Detroit, and we hope, and believe, that the revitalization of Detroit is

happening. At the same time, we know that distractions related to the city’s bankruptcy filing is affecting those revitalization efforts, and we believe that the rescue fund is an important element in the larger plan to get the city back on track and make sure the revitalization efforts we have invested in, and will continue to invest in, bear fruit. PND: As someone who grew up in Detroit, you must have some thoughts about what the city needs to get back on its feet. Would you care to share them with us? LMT: Yes, I do. It starts with supporting families and a caring community. You know, my ideas about Detroit are the same ideas I have about Jackson, Mississippi, or about Doña Ana, New Mexico, about any place where children are growing up, and the kind of love and support they need to thrive, and the kind of institutions that contribute to their success all along the way, and the kind of economy that creates good jobs for parents so that they can support their children and have the resources to help them thrive. We’re working hard every day to make sure that Detroit and other communities get these resources. PND: Both national and local foundations are involved in the rescue fund. Can you talk a little bit about the different role local foundations might play, and why it’s important for philanthropy to be involved? LMT: Philanthropy has a unique role to play. We’re not the government, and we’re not private industry. We have a greater level of flexibility. In an ideal situation, the assets controlled by foundations, and philanthropy in general, should be risk capital; they should be used to test and scale ideas that the other two sectors cannot or will not fund. The rescue fund for Detroit is an example of risk taking, leadership, and collaboration. It demonstrates how collaboration in philanthropy can work, how we don’t have to compete, how we can actually complement and strengthen each other’s work. And what’s particularly important in the Detroit situation is that none of the investments from the foundations as it relates to the bankruptcy will be taken from their existing investments or commitments to the city. PND: It’s Women’s History Month. What would you say to the women in our

audience? LMT: Well, we all know that women play a very impor¬tant role in society, particularly in the African-American community. And I think in terms of how we build a stronger society, it’s important to continue to lift that up. We have to make sure we continue to acknowledge the importance of working together, and the importance of women as leaders. PND: You mentioned that women are particularly important in the African-American community. In what way? LMT: The matriarch of the family is particularly important in African-American communities. And if you think about what’s happening in society right now, where too many African-American males are absent from their families, the role of the matriarch, and women in general, is more important than ever. PND: I’d like to end by asking you what your ambitions for the foundation over the next three to five years are. If I were to sit down with you in five years and asked you what the foundation had accomplished since the last time we spoke, what would you hope you’d be able to say? LMT: In five years I would like the foundation to have focused on early childhood development and to have influenced funding so that all children in our priority places have access to early quality child care. Also, in five years the foundation will have developed a strong reputation in the field as an organization that promotes rapid action for children. We have studied enough. We have research and data and now we need to use it. I feel like we have been talking for way too long; it's time for decisive action. Early childhood development is one area and disparities in achievement for young males of color is another. In five years I expect to see young men of color beginning to thrive in school and many reforms in the criminal justice system. PND features editor Kyoko Uchida spoke with Tabron in early March. For more information on the Newsmakers series, contact Mitch Nauffts at mfn@foundationcenter.org.

In some ways, I think of myself as a person who was in the right place at the right time, in that the field was not diverse when I came into it and there weren’t very many women on a career track to this kind of position. In that sense, it’s a long-term pipeline issue we’re dealing with, and I just happened to have been fortunate enough to have been with this organization for twenty-six years and to be given opportunities that allowed me to grow and develop leadership skills that put me in a position to take on this role.” - La June Montgomery Tabron - www.thebulletinboard.biz - HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS 41


upcoming events

Don’t Forget to Attend the 2014 Juneteeth Celebration Foundation’s Events he Missouri City Juneteenth Celebration Foundation (MCJCF), a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization now in its 12th year, recently announced this year’s week-long line-up of Texas-Sized family related Juneteenth events and activities. The foundation, the largest of its kind in the nation, has planned a series of community events and activities from June 12-21, most of which are free and open to the general public. Thousands of attendees and participants are again expected to join in the citywide celebration of Juneteenth in Missouri City. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19 that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. The foundation’s planned events and activities are set to occur beginning June 16 through the 21, with most events free and open to the general public. Thousands of attendees and participants are again expected to join in the citywide celebration of Juneteenth in Missouri City.

VIP Kick-Off Reception Missouri city will hold the invitation-only Juneteenth Kickoff Reception on June 12th from 6:30-9 p.m. in the Magnolia Ballroom at the City Centre at Quail Valley.

Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament The annual MCJC scholarship Golf Tournament will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday, June 16 at the Quail Valley Golf Club. Participants will enjoy a day of golf, including prizes, awards and exciting and competitive fun. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. For more information call (281) 8166441. The participation fee for this event is $100.

Annual Community Service Awards Gala Join residents, stakeholders, supporters and staff in the Magnolia Ballroom at the City Centre at Quail Valley on Thursday, June 19th from 7-9:30 p.m. as area volunteers and leaders are recognized for their hard work and dedication to the Missouri City community. The participation fee for this event is $100.

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Family night out will take place

at Hunters Glen Park at 4 p.m. on June 20. The free family event will include booths and activities set up by local organizations and City Staff. Families will enjoy the Jackie Robinson biopic “42” as this year’s free outdoor movie at dusk; the event will end at 10 p.m.

“Mile of Smiles” Parade At 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, the Mile of Smiles parade will begin at Texas Parkway and Court Road and will end at Buffalo Run at Fondren. Area schools, bands, dance teams and Missouri City businesses will make their way through the city for a fun evening parade.

Battle of the Bands The popular Battle of the Bands will immediately follow the parade at Thurgood Marshall High School in the Athletic Stadium. For more information on the Juneteenth celebration and to find out how to volunteer or become more involved in this year’s exciting celebration, visitwww.mcjcf.org or call 281.816.6441. For information about future City events, please watch the City website: www.missouricitytx.gov, like us on Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX, follow us on Twitter— @MissouriCityTX, and watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast).


DECISIO The Candidates Who Want The Vote of Harris County Voters on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 U. S. Senator John Cornyn, Republican VS. David M. Alameel, Democrat -*Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for United States Senator at this time. Rebecca Paddock is a Libertarian candidate also running for U.S. Senator for Texas. ----------------------------

United States Representative District 2 Ted Poe, Republican VS. Niko Letsos, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for the 2nd Congressional District of Texas at this time. Cecil Anthony Ince is a Libertarian candidate also running for United States Congress for District 2. ----------------------------

United States Representative District 7 John Culberson, Republican VS. James Cargas, Democrat -*Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for the 7th Congressional District of Texas at this time.Gerald Fowler is a Libertarian candidate also running for United States Congress for District 7. ----------------------------44 HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS - www.thebulletinboard.biz -


ON TIME EARLY VOTING STARTS: MON., OCT. 20, 2014 EARLY VOTING ENDS: FRI., OCT. 31, 2014

Let’s bring Sean Seibert’s leadership to Washington to champion our issues in Congressional District 18.


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Kevin Brady, Republican *No Democratic Opponent on November 4, 2014 in the Midterm Election for United States Congress for the 8th Congressional District of Texas. Ken Petty is a Libertarian candidate also running for United State Congress for District 8. ----------------------------

United States Representative District 10 United States Representative District 18 Michael McCMcCaul, Republican VS. Tawana Walter-Cadien, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for the 10th Congressional District of Texas at this time. Bill Kelsey is a Libertarian candidate also running for United States Congress for District 10.

Sean Seibert, Republican VS. Sheila Jackson Lee, Democrat -- *Sean Seibert (R) is the only candidate seeking your vote in the race for the 18th Congressional District of Texas at this time. ----------------------------

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Al Green, Democrat *No Republican Opponent on November 4, 2014 in the Midterm Election for United States Congress for the 9th Congressional District of Texas. Johnny Johnson is a Libertarian candidate also running for United States

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United States Representative District 22 Randy Weber, Republican VS. David Brown, Democrat, and John Weider, the Libertarian candidate. This is one of our featured races taking place outside of Harris County, Texas. -- *Neither candidate is

"My fellow Houstonians of District 18. I am seeking your support to be your reasonable voice in Congress. I will champion the causes that are important to you, my constituents. I’m listening to you, I will take your concerns forward, and I will fight for the causes that best serve you. I appreciate your support to become your advocate and leader in Washington."

Sean Seibert

Pete Olson, Republican VS. Frank Briscoe, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for the 22nd Congressional District of Texas at this time. Rob Lapham is a Libertarian candidate also running for United States


Representative for District 22.

also running for United States Representative for District 36.

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Attorney General

Gene Green, Democrat *No Republican Opponent on November 4, 2014 in the Midterm Election for United States Congress for the 29th Congressional District of Texas. James Stanczak is a Libertarian candidate also running for United State Representative for District 29.

Greg Abbott, Republican VS. Wendy R. Davis, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for Governor of Texas at this time. Kathie Glass is a Libertarian candidate also running for Governor of Texas in the 2014 Midterm Election.

Ken Paxton, Republican VS. Sam Houston, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for Texas Attorney General at this time. Jamie Balagia is a Libertarian candidate also running for Attorney General of Texas.

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Lieutenant Governor

Comptroller of Public Accounts

Brian Babin, Republican VS. Michael K. Cole, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for the 36th Congressional District of Texas at this time. Rodney Veach is a Libertarian candidate

Dan Patrick, Republican VS. Leticia Van de Putte, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for Lieutenant Governor of Texas at this time. Robert Butler is a Libertarian

Glenn Hegar, Republican VS. Mike Collier, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts at this time. Ben Saunders is a Libertarian can-


didate also running for Comptroller of Public Accounts. ----------------------------Commissioner of the General Land Office for the State of Texas George P. Bush, Republican VS. John Cook, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for Commissioner of the General Land Office at this time. Justin Knight is a Libertarian candidate also running for Commissioner of the General Land Office. ---------------------------Commissioner of Agriculture Sid Miller, Republican VS. Jim Hogan, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for Commissioner of Agriculture at this time. Rocky Palmquist is a Libertarian candidate also running for Commissioner of Agriculture. ---------------------------Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton, Republican VS. Steve Brown, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for Texas Railroad Commissioner at this time. Mark Miller is a Libertarian candidate also running for Texas Railroad Commissioner. ---------------------------Chief Justice, Supreme Court Nathan Hecht, Republican VS. William Moody, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for Chief Justice, Supreme Court at this time. Tom Oxford is a Libertarian Candidate also running for Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Texas. ---------------------------Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6 (Unexpired) in Texas Jeff Brown, Republican VS. Lawrence Edward Meyers, Democrat -*Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6 (Unexpired) at this time. Mark Ash is a Libertarian candidate also running for Supreme Court Justice Place 6, Texas. ----------------------------

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 7 Jeff Boyd, Republican VS. Gina Benavides, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for Justice, Supreme Court, Place 7 at this time. Don Fulton is a Libertarian candidate also running for Justice, Supreme Court, Place 7. ---------------------------Justice, Supreme Court, Place 8 Phil Johnson, Republican *No Democratic Opponent on November 4, 2014 in the Midterm Election for Justice, Supreme Court, Place 8 in Texas. Roberto Koelsch is a Libertarian candidate also running for Justice, Supreme Court, Place 8. ---------------------------Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 3 Bert Richardson, Republican VS. John Granberg, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 3 at this time. Mark Bennett is a Libertarian candidate also running for Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 3. ----------------------------

tion, District 4 at this time. ---------------------------State Senator, District 7 Paul Bettencourt, Republican VS. Jim Davis, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for State Senator, District 7 at this time. Whitney Bilyeu is a Libertarian candidate also running for State Senator for District 7. ---------------------------State Senator, District 15 Ron Hale, Republican VS. John Whitmire, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for State Senator, District 15 at this time. Gilberto Velasquez, Jr. is a Libertarian candidate also running for State Senator for District 15. ---------------------------State Senator, District 17 Joan Huffman, Republican VS. Rita Lucido, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for State Senator, District 17 at this time. George Hardy is a Libertarian candidate also running for State Senator for District 17.

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 4 ---------------------------Kevin Patrick Yeary, Republican *No Democratic Opponent on November 4, 2014 in the Midterm Election for Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 4 in Texas. Quanah Parker is a Libertarian candidate also running for Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 4. ----------------------------

State Representative House District 126 Patricia Harless, Republican *No Democratic Opponent on November 4, 2014 in the Midterm Election for State Representative for House District 126 in Texas. Chris Hernandez is a Libertarian candidate also running for State Representative for House District 126.

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 9 ---------------------------David Newell is the Republican in this race. -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 9 at this time. William Bryan Strange III is a Libertarian candidate also running for Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 9. ---------------------------Member, State Board of Education, District 4 Dorothy Olmos, Republican VS. Lawrence A. Allen Jr., Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for Member, State Board of Educa-

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State Representative House District 127 Dan Huberty, Republican *No Democratic Opponent on November 4, 2014 in the Midterm Election for State Representative for House District 127 in Texas. ---------------------------State Representative House District 128 Wayne Smith, Republican *No Democratic Opponent on November 4, 2014 in the Midterm Election for State Representative for House District 128 in Texas. Ken Lowder is a Libertarian candidate also


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State Representative House District 137

State Representative House District 144

Morad H. Fiki, Republican VS. Gene Wu, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for State Representative House District 137 at this time.

Gilbert Pena, Republican VS. Mary Ann Perez, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for State Representative House District 144 at this time.

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---------------------------State Representative House District 129 Dennis Paul, Republican VS. John Gay, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for State Representative House District 129 at this time. ---------------------------State Representative House District 130 Allen Fletcher, Republican *No Democratic Opponent on November 4, 2014 in the Midterm Election for State Representative for House District 130 in Texas.

State Representative House District 138

State Representative House District 145

Dwayne Bohac, Republican VS. Fred R. Vernon, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for State Representative House District 138 at this time.

Carol Alvarado, Democrat *No Republican Opponent on November 4, 2014 in the Midterm Election for State Representative for House District 145 in Texas. ----------------------------

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State Representative House District 131 Alma A. Allen, Democrat *No Republican Opponent on November 4, 2014 in the Midterm Election for State Representative for House District 131 in Texas.

Sylvester Turner, Democrat *No Republican Opponent on November 4, 2014 in the Midterm Election for State Representative for House District 139 in Texas.

Borris L. Miles, Democrat *No Republican Opponent on November 4, 2014 in the Midterm Election for State Representative for House District 146 in Texas. ----------------------------

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State Representative House District 132 Michael Schofield, Republican VS. Luis Lopez, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for State Representative House District 132 at this time. ---------------------------State Representative House District 133 Jim Murphy, Republican VS. Laura Nicol, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for State Representative House District 133 at this time.

Armando Lucio Walle, Democrat *No Republican Opponent on November 4, 2014 in the Midterm Election for State Representative for House District 140 in Texas.

Garnet F. Coleman, Democrat *No Republican Opponent on November 4, 2014 in the Midterm Election for State Representative for House District 147 in Texas.

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State Representative House District 141

State Representative House District 148

Senfronia Thompson, Democrat *No Republican Opponent on November 4, 2014 in the Midterm Election for State Representative for House District 141 in Texas.

Chris Carmona, Republican VS. Jessica Cristina Farrar, Democrat -*Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for State Representative House District 148 at this time.

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State Representative House District 134 Sarah Davis, Republican VS. Alison Ruff, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for State Representative House District 134 at this time.

Harold V. Dutton, Jr., Democrat *No Republican Opponent on November 4, 2014 in the Midterm Election for State Representative for House District 142 in Texas.

Al Hoang, Republican VS. Hubert Vo, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for State Representative House District 149 at this time.

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State Representative House District 150

Ana Hernandez, Democrat *No Republican Opponent on November 4, 2014 in the Midterm Election for State Representative for House District 143 in Texas.

Debbie Riddle, Republican VS. Amy Perez, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for State Representative House District 150 at this time.

State Representative House District 135 Gary Elkins, Republican VS. Moiz Abbas, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for State Representative House District 135 at this time.

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---------------------------Chief Justice, 14th Court of Appeals District Kem Thompson Frost, Republican VS. Kyle Carter, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for Chief Justice, 14th Court of Appeals District at this time.

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District Judge, 113th Judicial District

District Judge, 189th Judicial District

Michael Landrum, Republican VS. Steven E. Kirkland, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for District Judge, 113th Judicial District at this time.

Bill Burke, Republican VS. Ursula A. Hall, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for District Judge, 189th Judicial District at this time. ----------------------------

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District Judge, 190th Judicial District District Judge, 157th Judicial District

Justice, 1st Court of Appeals District, Place 3 Russell Lloyd, Republican VS. Jim Sharp, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for Justice, 1st Court of Appeals District, Place 3 at this time.

Randy Wilson, Republican VS. Jim Peacock, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for District Judge, 157th Judicial District at this time.

Patricia J. Kerrigan, Republican VS. Farrah Martinez, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for District Judge, 190th Judicial District at this time.

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District Judge, 180th Judicial District

District Judge, 208th Judicial District

Catherine Evans, Republican VS. Randy Roll, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for District Judge, 180th Judicial District at this time.

Denise Collins, Republican VS. Chuck Silverman, Democrat -- *Neither candidate is seeking your vote in the race for District Judge, 208th Judicial District at this time.

---------------------------Justice, 1st Court of Appeals District, Place 5 Laura Carter Higley, Republican *No Democratic Opponent on November 4, 2014 in the Midterm Election for Justice, 1st Court of Appeals District, Place 5 in Texas.

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District Judge, 182nd Judicial District

District Judge, 209th Judicial District

Jeannine Barr, Republican *No Democratic Opponent on November 4, 2014 in the Midterm Election for District Judge, 182nd Judicial District in Harris County.

Mike McSpadden, Republican *No Democratic Opponent on November 4, 2014 in the Midterm Election for District Judge, 209th Judicial District in Harris County.

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LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling has stirred up the hornet’s nest By Bobby Stanton Communication Specialist He’s the man America loves to hate. Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling walked up to the hornet’s nest with a bat and gave it his best shot. He succeeded in stirring up a chorus of anger that has resulted in him being banned for life from the NBA and fined $2.5 million. In a secretly recorded chat with his girlfriend V. Stiviano last September, the real estate mogul told her not to bring black people to his games, including Magic Johnson. "It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people," he said on the tape. "You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want," but "the little I ask you is ... not to bring

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them to my games." Adding insult to injury, Sterling went on CNN to apologize but ended up offending many people with racially charged allegations against Magic Johnson and other African Americans. In the interview, he denied he was a racist. Fallout from Sterling’s racist rant was instantaneous on social media, especially Twitter and Facebook. Ervin Magic Johnson was one of the first to hop on Twitter, commenting, “Commissioner Silver showed great leadership in banning LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life.” LeBron James, also on Twitter, praised the NBA’s decision, saying, "Commissioner Silver thank you for protecting our beautiful and powerful league!!"Great leader!!” And from Kobe Bryant: “Bravo Silver.” Likewise, folks on Facebook had no shortage of opinions about Sterling’s inner barometer.


“I believe there are a bunch of closet Robert Marsh said he believes too much racists,” stated Leo Lauzon. “Look at the Tea attention is been given to someone who Party and their agenda. Don't have to go too was speaking in private. terribly far. They've never come out and said “We ALL say things about other people it but their actions sure show it.” and other groups of people when we feel “There are far too many people with superior we are in the company of those we conSTANTON attitudes and beliefs and they constantly atsider "safe," Marsh said. “And many times tempt to hide behind religion, money, and power,” Kathy what we say may not even be our own sentiment, but Hawbaker penned on Facebook. “Too many in society accept these rather, what we know to be the sentiment of those "safe" folks in our people's facades because of religion, money or power and they presence. This Sterling character I do not know, and nothing that he mostly are privileged white males, or white males that believe they has said or done has affected me personally.” belong to the privileged group.” Sterling, meanwhile, is not going down without a fight. He’s hired litiDexter Wade echoed their sentiments. gator Maxwell Bleacher and a lawsuit challenging the NBA’s decision “Although they won't admit it every white person has been in a is sure to follow. room with all white people and have heard the banter that came from Sterling’s wife, Shelly Sterling, maintains that she deserves Sterling’s mouth,” he stated on Facebook. “I believe those are the the right to keep her share of the team regardless of what hapones who think what he said was "not so bad" or justifying him by pens to her husband's share. She also said Sterling might be sufsaying he was "set up" or they bring freedom of speech into the argufering from dementia. ment. But this sadly is not a post racial society. It's an undercover and It will be interesting to see the outcome of this saga. systematic racist society.” - www.thebulletinboard.biz - HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS 57


LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling has stirred up the hornet’s nest Editor’s note: The response to this article has been phenomenal. Here are some additional comments from Facebook that did not make it into the final story. Leo Lauzon: Bobby I believe there are a bunch of closet racist. Look at the Tea Party and their agenda. Don't have to go too terribly far. They've never come out and said it but their actions sure show it

Dexter Wade: I certainly do! Although they won't admit it every white person has been in a room with all white people and have heard

the banter that came from Sterling’s mouth. I believe those are the ones who think what he said was " not so bad" or justifying him by saying he was "set up" or bring freedom of speech into the argument. But this sadly is not a post racial society. It's a undercover and systematic racist society.

Dodie Hawbaker: Donald Sterling did NOT have the cajones to say it publicly... he was privately recorded! Yes, there are far too many people with superior attitudes and beliefs and they constantly attempt to hide behind religion, money, and power. Too many in society accept these people's facades because of religion, money or power and they mostly are privileged white males, or

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white males that believe they belong to the privileged group.

Leo Lauzon: I listened to Magic Johnson speak out last night for the first time . Finally heard the whole story and all I can say is the NBA commissioner did the right thing. D Sterling is a manipulative racist.

Robert Marsh: We ALL say things about other people and other groups of people when we feel we are in the company of those we consider "safe". And many times what we say may not even be our own sentiment, but rather, what we know to be the sentiment of those "safe" folks in our presence. This Sterling character I do not know,

and nothing that he has said or done has affected me personally. IF he or someone else were to say something like this in my presence, then I would probably feel the need to address it. Sterling only has local effects not national.

Dexter Wade: But the implication of sterlings feelings affects everyone. Shoot it has for 34 weeks now.

Myra A. Jolivet: I think it doesn't actually matter. Personal feelings belong no further than your living room. In a professional setting in which you have influence over the careers of others, the professional takes on a neutrality. For example, if


Robert Marsh: Ok folks. Right now, I mean the very moment you are reading this comment, there are hundreds of thousands of comments being made verbally and online about people of your ilk. Knowing this, but not knowing them, how does that impact you personally? I mean...REALLY! Again, we STILL haven't learned to PICKING OUR FREAKING BATTLES!!!!!!!!!

Dexter Wade: Truth is there is a system of white supremacy in this country that is and has always been alive and well. It feed off those personal conversations and comments made all over. That guy who was throwing rocks at people at sit ins is the same guy who now sits at a district court seat. He makes policy and determines how interpretation of law swings. His sons and daughter make their innermost teaching from those conversations know in how they handle hiring firing and dealing with blacks in the work place. They don't leave it on the doorstep at home. He is also the cop that profiles and passes racist jokes on the job. And to think that doesn't exist is not to have had a very "candid" conversation with a white person or live black in America. Especially poor and black.

Sharon Norman: I think every 80 plus year old is racist. An older black man is probably the biggest racist on this planet. If he isn't he has a right to be. Was called boy as a man and was the only real

Beverly James Owens

Herbert Matthew Carmon Jr: It's certainly disgusting,but having been born in the 50s and grew up in the 60s it happened all the time. I didn't like it then and of course, I totally detest it. He brought the war on and now he has to battle it!

Deborah Stanton Burke

Neil Wilson: His comments come from his feelings of inadequacy, an older man with a lot of money and a big ego. his girlfriend is many many years younger, he wants to believe she wants him for him and she' s hanging out with young vibrant ball players. he goes ballistic and starts talking dodo.

Neil Wilson: I agree with Dexter there has been a system of white supremacy in place for hundreds of years. back in the sixties this would have been normal, the very fact that this incident is going viral speaks to the fact that white supremacy is crumbling. they are running scared and will resort to desperation so we can expect much worse.

Gregory Kay: Racism is learned behavior. Taught by most racist.

Sharon Norman: Your comment is so true. The teachers are not disguising themselves with hoods any longer.

Brenda Else

Eddie Mcneil

David Schiesl: Of course people think things they wont say out loud but to discipline and restrain and correct oneself is a sign you are trying to be what is right.

man at the time. Just saying, leave him He is ignorant and you can and can't fault people for being ignorant. I know very intelligent people that did not know that black people tanned. This is why people need exposure and instead of black people focusing on his ignorance, we should be in the schools trying to keep our kids from living up to what other races think about them. I don't think we should ignore it but we also should consider the source.

Leo Lauzon

the boss is a republican, should he or she malign democrats at the office? Personal preferences are not for the office. Business is business.

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Albert Fonteno: I really think Donald Sterling statements are more from ignorance than racism even though wrong they are....it is more due to sensitivity (the outrage) than anything else...see when you pay the amount is money to minorities that Donald Sterling does when your return has been limited at best it's impossible to have minorities run your organization year after year...his general manager was black when the NBA didn't have many, his team's are predominantly black yr after yr....but his circle is white and rich which is where he is speaking from...at 80 he is speaking from an era where that's what he was taught being ridiculously rich only reinforced his teachings because let's face it there is not a lot of minorities in that income bracket...he hasn't had a lot of sensitivity training...all he does is sign checks, make business decisions, and stay in his circle..What he believes is his choice like whatever any. Person believes is theirs....see Bobby we all have choices....if his remarks are really that insulting to anyone who works for him....then don't work fir him..if you wanna make a statement then you don't suit up, you don't coach, you don't go to

the games, you don't run concessions stands, you don't do anything to associate yourself with his business...because they are only statements..he has done nothing(provable) to convict him of discrimination....ever major corporations in this world is represented. Disappropriately...see the average American minority will give up a job and file discrimination because they have a case...you don't have a case when you making 20 mil, 10 mil, 5 mil, etc....You just work for an ignorant asshole...if we wanna fault Donald then we have to fault some of our own for there remarks that's been said behind and in front of doors...he thinks minorities should stay outta his space he is no different than a whole lotta folks he just got heard on TV.

Bill Jeffreys: I believe all of us carry some stereotype baggage. The more astute folks realize this and set bags down, and then walk on.

Sabrina Grant: Yes there are others that think like him, they just have sense enough not to speak it .

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Stephanie Nwadiei: This is Amerikkk. I am sure a lot of people feel like him but are smart enough to not have it recorded. He has power, because of his money. I am sure he feels that he is better than most people, no matter what race.

Mike Martin: When I was a state representative I got death threats for being the only white official to walk in a MLK march. It's unfortunately alive and well in Texas.

Regina Guy: Of course! There are so many closet racist that would have their jobs or their friends or maybe even their church pissed at them. So they keep it quiet. They are cowards for not standing up for what they think is right and what they think should be their beliefs system...They're just a bunch of (expletive deleted)!!!

Eddie Mcneil: Racism still exist in society, its subtle like Obama hatred. They want to end Affirmative Action. There’s no love for minorities.

Josephine Tinker: Racism and Poverty are Running neck to neck at this time in history.

Bret Mader: As a white man I can personally say that racism is still alive. Some white people say nigger in front of me because they think i feel the same way. I wasn't raised to hate. I only use that horrible word in context. I listen with a third ear just as Joe Madison asked. I can seek out and oust these racists because they won't see it coming. I'm your white knight brother. Love is love.

Deborah Stanton Burke: White people 85 and older probably feel the same way as Donald Sterling but just don't express their views in public.

Beverly James Owens: Yes Bobby there are others who think and feel like that ass. Some rich, some poor.

Lucian Payne: The comments from this idiot are not isolated. There are many folks who have the same


Regina Guy

Larry Johnson: Bottom line is he espoused racist remarks and there have to be consequences. It is politically incorrect. Had a player made inflammatory racist remarks believe me the player would pay, figuratively and financially. The organization that Sterling belongs to (The NBA) has rules and its commissioner has ruled. Sterling says he will not pay the fine nor sell the team. Therefore the organization (the owners) will have to put up or shut up. If they do not vote him out and take away all rights including dissolving the team or reassigning all of its players then they will be exposed of endorsing his stance by default. Yes on the surface the whole thing about an old man saying racist things may seem trivial but its attached to something a lot bigger. Either we play by the rules and obey all the laws or we don’t. It seems to me that goes for both sides.

Dexter Wade

Brenda Else: There are a lot of people who think, feel, and speak these hurtful statements. Some people go as far as acting according to their beliefs while others practice their beliefs in secret, kkk modernized.

Mike Marsh

Wally Spence

Larry Johnson

Stephanie Nwadiei

Wally Spence: Great question. The deal is we all know racism exist not a shock to me at all this was said, I don't believe he wanted it to go public. But since it did Donald let us know where he stands on his beliefs. Now we know how to deal with him we have choices now. As a race we have come a long way due to some heroic men and women who were willing to give their life for and did. Not only the ones we know in history books but our own mother & fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles who also made the sacrifices as well . I remember the stories my dad told me about all the racism he ensued as a NFL player in the late fifties and sixties...I told him I will not have it I was young & strong-minded but naïve. My father said you won't go through

Laila Haskins-Yava: No offense Bobby, but, I personally don't give a flyin' rat’s behind.

Lucian Payne

Steven Long: It's all too true, Bobby. There remains a remnant of the plantation mentality among certain classes of whites - mostly in the lower education strata. The good news? The rest have finally learned better.

what I did because we have done this for you to have a better life I suspect you will have deeper issues then He just smiled and made one of the most profound statements to me and walked away ; there are two types of men in the world one who scratch his butt and one who scratch his head. Confused yes sir. I was saying all of this to say racism is at its highest level it's not hidden it's not in disguise it's fact. Blacks have the sixth largest GNP in the world which means we spend a lot if money, but we are next to the lowest paid per capita which means 22% less than whites 31% less than Asian slightly higher than Hispanics. This tells me that there is still racism, but we have work to do we own less business. We own less degrees, we own less properties, we have less CEO's, we save less money, we invest less. The generation we live in today I feel do not have issue with racism. It's the older generation who keep pulling us down this road. In the move "guess who coming to dinner." Sidney Poitier told he's dad " you look as yourself as a black man I look at myself as a man so get off our back and let us move forward" So again this it's not a shock and I thank Donald Sterling for and eye opener and I would say to all the racist old folk " get off our back so we can be a better nation". As for us Main Street employees to collectively change the game we fail to play.

Sabrina Grant

Josephine Tinker

racist views/mindset that this fool harbors. When it comes to the discussion of race in this country, we run away from it. Very sad. I have to move on and I can't consume my life with racism. It is not going away anytime soon, at all. Colorblind society? A joke. We must see Color. Wake up. Wake up.

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PORTER INTERNATIONAL CONSTRUCTION, L.L.C ABOUT US: Porter International Construction LLC is a full-service general contractor offering a complete array of construction services customized to fit our clients’ specific needs. Our dedication to deliver every client’s project with the utmost quality and integrity, combined with decades of experience and expertise is what makes Porter a responsible partner. With over twenty years of construction experience, ranging from the Southern United States to the hills of Nigeria, we are more than capable of completing every project to meet and surpass our client’s expectations. Specialties General Building Construction, Project Management

L.J. Smith

Vice President

Vernon Smith President &CEO

Construction Services Road Construction Commercial & Residential development Installation and upgrade onshore Production Facilities & Platforms Storage & Export Facilities Framing, Drywall, CMU, Painting etc. Structural and Civil Engineering Construction

Construction Management & Sub-Contracting High Quality Performance-Civil & Structural Quantify scope to address a customer’s actual needs Optimize solutions meeting & exceeding customer expectations

Job Order Contacting Design-Facility Maintenance

Porter International Construction, L.L.C.

20165 Old Houston Rd. Porter, Texas 77365

OFFICE: 281.572.1151

Structural Damage Assessment Repair Implementation Constructability Review Value Engineering Construction WE ARE READY TO SERVE YOU!


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