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In elementary school, administrators did not believe that Loretta Lynch could score as high as she did on a standardized test. They demanded that she retake the test. How could this young African-American girl score so high? She took the test again and her second score was even higher.”


Featured Inside This Edition: JUDGE CHRISTINE RIDDLE BUTTS wants you to know that Probate Court #4 has added a 1:00 pm “Probate of Will” docket. The 11:00 am docket will no longer be offered.- PAGE 15. MISSOURI CITY MAYOR ALLEN OWEN recently delivered his State of the City Address.- PAGE 28. Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby said: “Freddie Gray was Illegally Arrested” - PAGE 13. HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF ADRIAN GARCIA has decided to run for MAYOR OF HOUSTON IN THE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2015 CITY OF HOUSTON MAYORAL ELECTION..- PAGE 15.







JUDGE JOHN SCHMUDE is one of the sponsors of our “2015 Celebrating Freedom & Liberty Edition” highlighting JUNETEENTH & THE 4TH OF JULY. SEE PAGE 04

ATTORNEY KERYL DOUGLAS is one of the sponsors of our “2015 Celebrating Freedom & Liberty Edition” highlighting JUNETEENTH & THE 4TH OF JULY. SEE PAGE 16

JUDGE LOYD WRIGHT is one of the sponsors of our “2015 Celebrating Freedom & Liberty Edition” highlighting JUNETEENTH & THE 4TH OF JULY. SEE PAGE 25

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Our God Wants Us to Thrive!


UBREY R. TAYLOR: "As a nation of law abiding citizens we must employ the spirit of patience and civility as we allow the process of justice to run its course. Violence, rioting, and upheaval will not solve any of the problems or issues facing us as a nation. Nor will continuing to ignore the plight, voice, and injustices that continue to haunt us as a nation of free people. So, I strongly encourage you to keep our nation in your prayers as we work

through this very difficult and daunting process of realizing our goal of living as "ONE NATION UNDER GOD" in America.

WE MUST PUT GOD FIRST As we endeavor to realize the justice, equality, and the freedoms we so desperately seek, let's not forget that we must actively participate in the process of real-

izing the hopes, goals, dreams, and ambitions that God has in mind for us . So, with this in mind, rather than looking for Republicans or Democrats to deliver us, I submit that we should all begin the process of putting forth our very best effort to ensure that we are placing, appointing, and electing people of God (with the relevant experience and heart to help us) into positions of authority on the local, state, and federal level."

DON’T FORGET THIS: "When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan."

-- PROVERBS 29:2 New International Version:


“Mayoral Candidates Who Are Asking for Our Vote” ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD, 2015 “Ben Hall is a candidate running for mayor of Houston who values, and respects our vote. He has requested that we pray for, and support his campaign in the upcoming election. Achieving our mission would not be possible without caring people like Ben Hall.” -- AUBREY R. TAYLOR

BEN HALL: “I’m asking for your vote.” - SEE P.5

“Victoria Lane is also a candidate running for mayor of Houston who values our vote, our prayers, and our support. She’s one of the people making it possible for us to inspire, inform, empower and encourage people to strive to reach their full God-given potential.” -- AUBREY R. TAYLOR

VICTORIA LANE: “I’m asking for your vote.” - SEE P.21





Franklin Graham has announced he will embark on a 50-state tour of the United States next year


merica is in trouble. At 62 years of age, I’ve lived long enough to learn that neither the Democrats nor the Republicans can turn this country around; no political party or politician is the answer. The only hope for this country is Almighty God and His Son Jesus Christ. Next year I am planning to travel to all 50 states to conduct prayer rallies—we are calling this the Decision America Tour. I want to challenge Christians to boldly live out their faith and to pray for our nation and its leaders. I want to encourage Christians to get out and vote, and to cast their ballots for candidates who uphold biblical principles. I want to strongly urge Christians to run for public office at every level—local, state, and federal. We will not be endorsing any political candidates, but I will be proclaiming

the truth of God’s Gospel in every state. More details will come later. I hope you will start praying with us now.

About Franklin Graham Franklin Graham serves as president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse. Franklin regularly addresses current moral and so-

cial issues, challenging Christians to make a difference in the world. As an evangelist, Franklin has preached to more than 8.1 million people in cities from Johannesburg, South Africa to Tupelo, Mississippi. Through the organizations he leads, Franklin has been instrumental in helping people impacted by crises including the 9/11 terrorist attacks, civil war in Sudan, and natural disasters ranging from the tsunami in South Asia, tornadoes throughout the southeast United States to the massive earthquakes in Haiti, China and Japan.

CAMPAIGN NEWS: Reverend Charles Ingram has Endorsed Ben Hall in the 2015 Race for Mayor of Houston, Texas


nother Acres Home leader has announced his support for the Ben Hall for Mayor campaign. Rev. Charles Ingram, who has been a leader in the Acres Homes community for years, announced his personal endorsement of Ben Hall for Mayor. Ingram insisted that Hall was the best choice because, "He is independent enough to do the right thing and bring improvements, growth and businesses to the Acres Homes area that have been missing." He continued, "We need more than good speeches. We want to see a mayor who wants to help the entire com-

munity. I believe Ben Hall is that person. That is why I am supporting him!" Ben Hall said he is "humbled" by the outpouring of support he is receiving from all communities in the city. He likened Rev. Ingram and Dr. F. N. Williams Sr's endorsements as significant because they show that his candidacy is connecting with real problems that Houstonians have been facing for many years. "I am humbled by Rev. Ingram's brave endorsement and will work every day as mayor to continue to earn his support," Hall said.

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New Harris County Family Court Judge Already Making an Impression in Harris County


he publisher of Houston Business Connections magazine and newspaper met Judge John Schmude for the first time back in 2014 shortly after he pulled off an underdog primary victory against two very qualified and wellfunded opponents: one who was a board certified and accomplished family lawyer and the other who was the popular sitting Associate Judge of the 247th. Schmude entered the race with no money, no political consultant, almost no name recognition, no major donors, and very little support among the family law bar. On paper, he had no chance. However, his faith, hard work, an uncanny ability to connect with voters and sweeping support among evangelicals and right to life organizations propelled a longshot candidate to a truly incredible and improbable victory. In many respects, Schmude’s campaign broke all the rules and beat all the odds. After nearly four months in office, it is apparent that the administration of this Court is already earning a reputation for innovation, efficiency and hard work. One innovative tool that Judge Schmude launched at the beginning of the year is the Court’s new “Express Docket.” The purpose of the Express Docket is to provide lawyers and litigants who require less than five minutes of the Court’s time an opportunity

to have their case handled before the call of the main docket – saving litigants time and streamlining the Court’s daily docket. What a great idea! In less than four months, Judge Schmude and his Associate, Judge Paula Vlahakos, have taken the bull by the horns and have disposed of well over 1,000 cases and are already making significant progress in addressing the enormous backlog of cases that were pending in the 247th at the beginning of 2015. Moreover, the 247th has already been recognized by the Harris County District Clerk’s Office as being the most efficient Court for electronic filing for three consecutive months in 2015. By any measure, this is a very impressive start for a new Judge who was criticized – by many within his own party – for lacking the experience necessary to preside over this important family court bench. It’s refreshing to see the immediate success of a previously unknown judicial candidate with an innovative approach, new ideas and a fresh perspective. The 247th District Court is one of eleven family district courts in Harris County handling divorces, adoptions, CPS cases, paternity actions, custody cases, and child support. ---------------------------------------------------The Schmude family will be featured on the cover of Houston Business Connections Magazine as one

of the sponsors of our “2015 Celebrating Freedom & Liberty Edition” to be released on June 19, 2015.

Tony Robbins Recently Posted this Inspirational Status Update Facebook “We all need a continued sense of emotional and spiritual growth; it is the food on which our souls thrive. As you approach the attainment of goals you've pursued, be sure to immediately design for yourself a new, compelling future.”



Attorney Ben Hall wins Freedmen's Town Fight...


Dear Neighbor: As mayor, I will fight for the citizens of Houston like I fought in court to save the slave streets in Freedmen’s Town and for others across this City -- not only to preserve history, but to save the taxpayers’ money by using trenchless technology to improve infrastructure and reduce traffic congestion. My commitment to you as mayor will be to improve our streets, improve public safety, and protect our neighborhoods. That is the only way that our city can move forward. I am Ben Hall and I am asking for your vote. Sincerely,

Benjamin L. "Ben" Hall, III 2015 Candidate for Mayor of Houston

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Black History Is Worth Saving In Houston

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“Judge Larry Weiman Saves Black History in Houston.” 80th Civil District Court in Harris County

Judge Larry Weiman (Pictured) and Judge Alexandra SmootsHogan listened to the compelling historical evidence in the case and entered several orders protecting these wonderful historic streets, including an injunction to prevent alteration, removal or damage to the streets. Judge Weiman is Judge of the 80th District Court in Harris County.

very year we set aside a month to pretend to honor black history in this Country, while the rest of the year we manage to erase evidence of that history from communities. What is a month of memories if the evidence creating those memories is allowed to vanish under the pretext of progress. Black communities, churches and schools are destroyed everyday with appalling frequency in a climate of silence and without any outcry. Children increasingly grow up not having anything tangible to see, feel or experience regarding their ancestral past. Developers and politicians turn deaf ears to the cries of preservationists who seek to salvage the meager vestiges of black history that remain. It is disappointing to hear conversations regarding improvements to neighborhoods that have the unspoken assumption that the artifacts of black history can be easily destroyed without accountability or opposition. Pitiful indeed is a people who will not preserve or protect their history! In Houston, a group of courageous citizens recently did the unthinkable. They

Doris Ellis - Freedmen’s Town Preservation Coalition DORIS ELLIS (pictured center) is the president of the Freedmen’s Town Preservation Coalition. The Mission of the Freedmen’s Town Preservation Coalition To inform, educate, and inspire the community to embrace and preserve the proud heritage of Houston's Historic Brick Streets Andrews/Wilson in Historic Freedmen's Town Fourth Ward.



The victory was ultimately attained when two brave and courageous Harris County district court judges -Judge Alexandra Smoots-Hogan and Judge Larry Weiman -- listened to the compelling historical evidence in the case and entered several orders protecting these wonderful historic streets, including an injunction to prevent alteration, removal or damage to the streets. CONTINUED FROM (PAGE - 06)

stood up, spoke out and stopped the unnecessary destruction of a significant part of black history. They reversed the irreverent disrespect shown by city officials to the accomplishments of original black Houstonians. When confronted with the callous

Africa. The history books do not reveal any evidence of white Houstonians at the time knowing anything about these hidden messages in the bricked streets. Indeed, the recent actions of Houston's mayor and city council demonstrate the ignorance persists. The Freedmen stamped each of the roads with their religious symbolism. The

and better utility lines, city officials wished to remove the original bricks laid by our ancestors. Progress at any cost can be too expensive! No doubt the Waling Wall in Jerusalem could be replaced with a more perfect and stable modern wall. No doubt the pyramids of Egypt can be rebuilt with


Freedmen's Town. Just as evident as it is to protect the other mentioned structures so should the streets of Freedmen's Town be protected and preserved. Thank you to the Freedmen's Town Preservation Coalition members for standing up and speaking out to save this valuable history. Thank you to Doris Ellis

Black History Is Worth Saving In Houston plan of a city hell-bent on destroying 130+ year old bricked streets laid by emancipated black slaves and their descendants--bricks that a racist city at the time refused to allow "white tax dollars" to pay for-- this band of courageous souls protested, risked certain incarceration, and filed suit to protect this precious history. They succeeded! The bricked streets of Freedmen's Town, in the Fourth Ward of Houston, Tx., have been protected. These bricked streets were paid for and installed by emancipated black men and women. These original black Houstonians cobbled together the necessary money required by the city to pay for the bricks when city officials refused to use tax dollars to provide paved streets -- even when it was well known by city officials that the absence of paved roads was causing an outbreak of malaria that was caused by mosquitos breeding in mud puddles in the dirt streets. Instead of abandoning these heartless conditions, these original black Houstonians hewed out of despair a sanctuary of hope. They paid their own money to improve a city that did not care enough to protect them from malaria. Before their improvements to the area, Fourth Ward was described as a "place where no decent white person would dare live." Unknown to the whites who forced them to pay for and pave their own streets, these black former slaves and their descendants engaged in a secret revolt while laying the bricks. Harkening back to their African roots, they arranged the bricks in a unique "crossroads pattern" that called upon the spirit world to protect them from evil. White Houstonians at the time would not have known of these secret messages in the bricks. To this day, the bricked streets still reveal the clear religious intention of the bricklayers to solicit their "god" and ancestors to help them in the difficult areas in which they were forced to live. The bricks evidence abrupt changes in angles at several locations to coincide precisely with the cardinal angles of the universe (north, south, east and west) consistent with tribal practices of the Yoruba of West

bricked roads are a secret messaging network for early freed slaves. No other location in Houston or Harris County is known to have anything similar. It is this unique history that Houston's city leaders did not care enough to learn about. It is this history that city leaders were not informed enough to save. It is this history that the City claimed it could improve upon. Under the pretext of progress

modern engineering. No doubt the Leaning Tower of Pisa could have been demolished and a new building constructed for less money than it took to stabilize the old tilting edifice. However, no right thinking person today would allow, let alone encourage, such "improvements." Unfortunately, the same sense of automatic protectionism is not evident when considering the masterpieces that lay in the bricked streets of

for risking her personal freedom by placing her body in the way of city contractors who had commenced removal of the bricks. Thank you to Catherine Roberts and all the people who contributed funds to pay for the effort, especially the residents of Cuney Homes.

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The courageous citizens found a powerful and high-profile trial attorney, Benjamin L. Hall, III, a Harvard trained lawyer and Ph.D. graduate from Duke University, who agreed to take the case against the city and its contractor. Hall charged no fee for his firm's services. Hall and his firm are credited with repelling every legal effort by the City's attorneys and presenting overwhelming and compelling evidence documenting the unique cultural and religious history of these bricked streets. As a result, Judge Larry Weiman enjoined any activity to change, alter, remove or damage the bricked streets of Freedmen's Town. CONTINUED FROM (PAGE - 07)

The victory was ultimately attained when two brave and courageous Harris County district court judges--Judge Alexandra Smoots-Hogan and Judge Larry Weiman -- listened to the compelling historical evidence in the case and entered several orders protecting these wonderful historic streets, including an injunction to prevent alteration, removal or damage to the streets. Finally, these courageous citizens found a powerful and high-profile trial at-

office. This has allowed for prompt resolution of cases, thus reducing the cost and stress of litigation for individuals, businesses, governmental agencies and the taxpayers of Harris County and the State of Texas. Judge Weiman is a dedicated public official who follows the law and is committed to being a patient, impartial and fair judge who gives everyone an equal opportunity to be heard. Judge Weiman kept his campaign promises to: provide oral hearings on any motions that any party wishes to be heard by the 80th District Court, to make rulings as promptly as possible and to streamline

pear before the presiding judge or associate judge, as is the present situation. Judge Weiman is taking the lead in advocating reform of judicial campaign financing practices by refraining from soliciting or accepting cash contributions from attorneys/litigants with active cases pending in his court, although such practice is legal and common in Texas. While current judicial campaign finance laws do not make this practice illegal, Judge Weiman, believes that judges should avoid the appearance of impropriety and/or injustice or even the possible perception that "Justice is for Sale.” No-


is judge of the 164th Civil Court in Harris County. First elected in 2008, Judge Smoots-Hogan (‘Alix’) is completing her first term in office. Just after law school, Alix joined the Brown McCarroll law firm where she made weekly visits to the courthouse engaging in heavy motion practice and taking substantive witness, party, and expert depositions. After a brief stint at Zimmerman, Axelrad, Myers, Stern & Wise, Alix then joined the litigation boutique of Powers & Slay. While at Powers & Slay, she continued with weekly Courthouse visits for heavy motion practice and trial. Alix

Black History Is Worth Saving In Houston torney, Benjamin L. Hall, III, a Harvard trained lawyer and Ph.D. graduate from Duke University, who agreed to take the case against the city and its contractor. Hall charged no fee for his firm's services. Hall and his firm are credited with repelling every legal effort by the City's attorneys and presenting overwhelming and compelling evidence documenting the unique cultural and religious history of these bricked streets. As a result, Judge Weiman enjoined any activity to change, alter, remove or damage the bricked streets of Freedmen's Town.

Mission of the Freedmen’s Town Preservation Coalition To inform, educate, and inspire the community to embrace and preserve the proud heritage of Houston's Historic Brick Streets Andrews/Wilson in Historic Freedmen's Town Fourth Ward.

About Judge Larry Weiman 80th Civil District Court in Harris County Since his election, Judge Larry Weiman leads ALL Harris County Civil District Courts (and possibly the entire State of Texas) presiding over 195 Jury trials and 145 bench trials=340 total trials and over 11,000 cases resolved and counting, in his first 6 years, 2 months in office! He has QUADRUPLED the number of jury trials in the 80th, since he took the oath of

the weekly oral hearing docket. Before he was elected, hearings in the 80th were mostly scheduled on Fridays at 9:00 a.m. This was commonly referred to by local attorneys as a "cattle call." Now, Judge Weiman has staggered the docket so that the quick, shorter hearings go first and the longer hearings are scheduled throughout the day. This saves the attorneys' time and their client's money. Judge Weiman has also kept his promise to assist the overloaded Family Law Courts, when possible. In addition to volunteering his service on the uncontested divorce Night Court program, he has tried several contested divorce/child support cases. Judge Weiman regularly offers to try cases for the Family Law Courts when he has openings in his civil trial docket, as periodically occurs since he calls so many cases to trial, which encourages many of them to settle. Judge Weiman believes that the civil district court judges can help speed up the dockets of the Family Law Courts for citizens who need to get hearings and trials sooner then the current backlog allows. There is presently a much higher case load in the 9 Family Law Courts than that of the 25 civil district courts. If at least 18 of the 24 civil district court judges would also agree to partner with each of the 9 Family Court judges and their associate judges, then there would be at least two additional civil judges working with each Family Law Court, so that one of them would likely be available one day each week, plus be able to handle some of the trials, when their dockets permit. There are many Family Law attorneys and litigants who would like to have their routine motions and trials heard more quickly by an assisting civil district court judge rather than waiting a much longer period to ap-

body should perceive an advantage or disadvantage based upon whether or not they give money to a presiding judge while they have a case before that judge. Judge Weiman is seeking to change that by example, in the 80th District Court. Even when he ran as the challenger candidate for judge he took this position by requesting that attorneys or parties who had cases pending before the 80th District Court not make cash contributions to his campaign while they were an attorney of record or party in this court, a position he maintains as the incumbent. Judge Weiman has been a licensed Texas attorney for almost 22 years. He represented plaintiffs and defendants including individuals and companies, in trial courts and appellate courts all over Texas, prior to his election by the people of Harris County. He graduated from South Texas College of Law in 1991 and is also a graduate of the Boston University School of Management with a Bachelor of Science degree and also attended the University of Texas. Also, he is an experienced mediator and received his Mediation Certificate from the A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center at the University of Houston. Judge Weiman's legal experience includes cases involving: Personal Injury, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Medical/Professional Malpractice, Employment Law, Breach of Contract, DTPA, Toxic Torts, Construction, Real Estate Litigation, Products Liability, Premises Liability, Dram Shop, Divorce Suits, and Family Law.

About Judge Alexandra Smoots-Hogan 164th Civil District Court in Harris County Judge “Alix” Alexandra Smoots-Hogan


opened her own office for the practice of law in 2008. Throughout her career, Alix defended individuals, homeowners, small companies, and municipalities. Licensed to practice throughout the State of Texas and in the Southern District of Texas for the United States District Courts, her practice areas were commercial litigation, construction litigation, real estate law and litigation, insurance law (first-party and third-party claims), U.S.C. § 1983 claims, family law and personal injury litigation. As a child at the Kinkaid School, Alix joined the school’s nationally recognized and award-winning policy debate team and credits that experience for solidifying her love of the law. Alix attended the University of Texas at Austin and the University of St. Thomas. While at the University of St. Thomas, she became a columnist for the campus newspaper and was elected as an officer in the Student Government. She was accepted to South Texas College of Law. During her second year of law school, Alix won a spot on the nationally ranked Trial Advocacy team. During her law school tenure, she won three National Moot Court titles, and was inducted in the Order of the Barristers. Alix is very active in her community and with several charitable organizations. Due to her own childhood health issues and family members afflicted with cancer, she is avid supporter of children’s and cancer charities. She is an active member of several community organizations geared toward mentoring women to excel in professional careers. A life-long Houstonian, Alix lives with her husband of nine years, Eric, and their son, Aedan Cade.


“Join me in voting for Ben Hall”

Don’t forget to cast your vote for Ben Hall in the race for Mayor of Houston in the upcoming election. First Day of Early Voting for the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election is: Monday, October 19, 2015. The Last Day of Early Voting is: Friday, October 30, 2015.


A friend will tell you Ben Hall is a person of great character and integrity. Rev. William "Bill" Lawson reminds me that reputation is what people think of you and character is who you are. Ben Hall has a great reputation and is known large and wide for his largess and for what he has done for those we consider the least in our community...That largess means a lot to the people I represent. He has represented the least, the last and the lost and he has earned a great reputation for it. Ben has demonstrated to me his character. Character is who you really are. I have been there in quiet moments when we have had to make some crucial decisions that affect the lives of others and I can tell you that in every moment when Benjamin had an opportunity to be of service to someone in need he always displayed the character necessary to stand up for the people who can’t stand up for themselves. He’s a person of character.

Al Green United States Congressman 9th Congressional District of Texas - HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS NEWSPAPER n 09


Carroll Will Serve As The Taxpayers’ Voice “As City Controller, I will not only be the financial watchdog of city government and The Taxpayers’ Voice at City Hall, but also, under my leadership, The Controller’s Office will be The Solution Center of City Government.” -CARROLL G ROBINSON, 2015 CANDIDATE FOR CITY OF HOUSTON CONTROLLER


















Acres Homes Support for Ben Hall Continues To Grow! HOUSTON - Recently, legendary Acres Homes' leader, Dr. F. N. Williams, Sr., a man who walked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during the civil rights struggle, announced his endorsement of Ben Hall for Houston Mayor. Dr. Williams, a person whose name is synonymous with Acres Homes and a fighter for justice in this city, said his decision to support Hall was easy given Ben Hall's demonstrated commitment to the community. Dr. Williams said, "I have been impressed with Ben Hall for more than 20 years. He is a husband, father and great businessman. He is an excellent lawyer and will fight for the citizens like he WILLIAMS does in court. I am confident he will make a superb Mayor and will continue to fight for all the people of Houston." BEN HALL: “Dr. William's endorsement of our campaign is significant. His reputation throughout the Acres Homes community and City will help move our campaign forward.”

“Gov. Greg Abbott holding our Governor’s Cup”


Governor Greg Abbott Accepts Site Selection’s Governor’s Cup On Behalf Of State Of Texas AUSTIN -- Governor Greg Abbott recently accepted the 2014 Governor’s Cup, an award given annually by Site Selection Magazine to recognize the top performing state for capital investment attraction in a season that lasts all year. 2014 was the third year in a row and sixth year since 2004 that Texas has been honored with the award. “I’m honored to accept Site Selection Governor’s Cup on behalf of the people of Texas,” Governor Abbott said. “It’s no surprise Texas is again named the top state for the most new and expanded corporate facilities – this is the third year in a row Texas ranked #1 and the sixth time in the last 11 years. Unleashing the power of entrepreneurs and innovators and securing Texans’ freedom to aspire is the model of success for Texas, and I’m confident Texas will continue to lead the nation.”

Governor Abbott Statement On Tom Mechler’s Election As State Party Chairman AUSTIN -- Former Republican Party of Texas Treasurer Tom Mechler was today elected to serve as GOP Chairman following the resignation of former Chairman Steve Munisteri. Governor Greg Abbott issued the following statement: “Cecilia and I extend our sincerest congratulations to Tom Mechler on his election to serve the state of Texas and the Republican Party as the next Chairman. Having faithfully served as the Party’s MECHLER Treasurer for many years, Tom will not only strengthen the Party, but he will help continue the momentum of our state’s Republican victories and preserve the very values that have made Texas the greatest state in the nation to live, work and raise a family. I look forward to working with Chairman Mechler and the rest of the Republican Party of Texas to ensure the future of our beloved state is even bigger, better and brighter than ever before.”

“Congressman Kevin Brady holding his 2015 “True Blue” Award” 114 Representatives, 11 Senators Win FRC Action’s ‘True Blue’ Award for Unwavering Support of the Family

gious freedom won in the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision • Votes to stop activist judges from being appointed to the federal bench

WASHINGTON, D.C. – FRC Action and AFA Action honored Members of Congress with their “True Blue” award for the Member’s unwavering commitment and consistent support of faith, family and freedom. In all, 114 representatives and 11 senators were honored with the award for the 113th Congress, scoring a perfect 100 percent on this year’s scorecard.

Family Research Council Action President Tony Perkins made the following comments:

Votes in the U.S. House included: • 2013 Ban on abortion on pain-capable unborn children • Preventing the appointment of nonreligious, atheist military chaplains • Delaying Obamacare and protecting conscience rights • Blocking federal funds from paying for elective abortion • Votes to prevent the relaxation of marijuana laws Votes in the U.S. Senate included: • Blocking an amendment to the Constitution that would have limited American’s First Amendment right to engage in government • Votes to defund and delay Obamacare • Stopping attempts to roll back reli-

“We thank these Members of Congress for consistently voting to defend and advance faith, family and freedom. These ‘True Blue Members’ have voted to delay Obamacare, protect the unborn, and stand for religious liberty. “FRC and the thousands of families that we represent applaud these Members for their unwavering commitment to faith, family and freedom,” concluded Perkins. American Family Association Action President Tim Wildmon made the following comments: “Our country so desperately needs lawmakers and elected officials who will stand up for the moral issues that are shaping our society. These leaders have helped preserve life, protect religious liberties and promote families, and for this, we thank them.”

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Baltimore Residents Open Up to Chaplains: ‘We Need Your Prayers’ By Trevor Freeze Not your typical Friday morning in Baltimore. Around the same time six police officers were given criminal charges in the death of Freddie Gray this morning, the Rapid Response Team was back on the streets in west Baltimore. A fourth day of ministry had begun, with the Rapid Response Team’s Mobile Ministry Center stationed about 500 yards from where Freddie Gray was picked up by police officers. In the span of minutes, four National Guard armored Humvees drove by, while a block away some 50 armed police officers in full battle gear stood guard at one of the main intersections. The Rapid Response Team’s Strategic Chaplain Ministry, comprised of 17 crisis-trained chaplains, is available to anyone looking for someone to talk to, with 10 additional chaplains arriving Sunday. “A lot of turmoil. A lot of hurting people,” said manager of chaplain development Jeff Naber, who has spent 35 years in law enforcement. “I’ve never seen anything like it and I’ve been around awhile.” One of the biggest differences is how people are attracted to the Mobile Ministry Center, a hub where 25-plus people can sit inside to talk, vent, share and pray. Coffee and water are readily available to anyone who comes by, but on this deployment, it’s not the free beverages that’s attracting the masses. “People are coming up to us and asking questions,” he said. “Typically, the chaplains will be the ones to start out a conversation.”

One of the questions routinely asked by chaplains, “How are you holding up?” doesn’t quite fit in this area, where protests, riots, looting and violence have become commonplace in recent days. “It’s obvious what’s going on,” Naber said. “We don’t have to ask them how they’re holding up. They’re not holding up.” A day after five people were shot in three separate incidents in west Baltimore, the chaplains are making an extra effort to simply listen to what’s on the hearts and minds of those in this hurting community. “We need your prayers,” is a common request. “and left with Jesus in his heart.”

The Rapid Response Team asks for your continued prayers for God to work through this civil unrest. The 10 p.m. curfew seems to have made an impact, but additional protests are being planned and there’s no clear end to the turmoil in sight.

Rapid Response Team chaplains talk with Baltimore residents in front of the torched CVS pharmacy.

“People want to get ‘it’ out,” Naber said. “And the ‘it’ is the frustration and anger they’ve seen here over and over again.” And as people vent and share their experiences with the chaplains, they’ve “miraculously” seen God work on their hearts. “We’ve seen the Holy Spirit penetrate through that hard shell, right to their heart,” Naber said, “in a way only God can do.” The Rapid Response Team ministering to Baltimore residents during a time of civil unrest.


Les Brown Focus on solutions ~ not problems! What you focus on the longest becomes the strongest. The best way to deal with the challenges you are facing is to look for solutions. Spend your time being creative, resourceful and get some help. Worry is faith turned inside out...assuming the negative. It wastes your energy and does not solve anything. It paralyzes you, stifles your growth and robs you of your creativity. Use your imagination to come up with a variety of approaches to move your life forward. Challenge yourself to think beyond that which is commonly accepted. Hold the vision of what you want. Be clear about this and move forward with the feeling and expectation that things are going to work out just fine. You have GREATNESS within you!! 12 n HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS NEWSPAPER -




Time Will Tell...

Freddie Gray was Illegally Arrested; Six Baltimore Police Officers are now Facing Charges Ranging from Assault to Murder says Courageous Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby HBC NEWSPAPER REPORTS According to Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby, Freddie Gray was illegally arrested. “No Crime was committed by Freddie Gray,” she said in a recent press conference. As you probably already know, Gray, a 25-yearold African American, died recently of a severe spinal cord injury believed to be suffered while he was in police custody. According to Mosby, there’s a significant new development in the case that provoked days of widespread protests in Baltimore, Maryland. Now, we must wait on the wheels of justice to turn, as the six Baltimore police officers involved in

this homicide will now face criminal charges ranging from assault to manslaughter, and yes, even murder.

About Marilyn Mosby Marilyn Mosby is a former Assistant State’s Attorney for Baltimore City and currently works as Field Counsel for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. Born and raised in the inner-city of Boston, Massachusetts, Marilyn was a student participant in the nationally renowned school desegregation program, Metropolitan Council for Educational ____________________ CONTINUED ON (PAGE - 14) Opportunity


Houston Police Officers' Union Recently Shared the Positive Image of People in Baltimore Who Respect their Police Officers Houston Police Officers' Union recently shared this positive image of people in Baltimore who showed respect for their community and police officers. Houston Police Officers’ Union: “This image comes to us from Baltimore, where it is clear that there are good people willing to stand up to the criminals destroying their own city. The folks standing in front of the police are the silent majority who respect their police officers, and their city!” - HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS NEWSPAPER n 13




MOSBY: Freedie Gray Was Arrested Illegally by Baltimore Police Officers ____________________

(METCO). After graduating with honors from Dover-Sherborn Regional High School in Dover, MA, Marilyn received a Presidential Scholarship to Tuskegee University in Alabama. In 2002, Marilyn became a first-generation college graduate when she graduated, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. That same year, she was honorably selected to attend the six-week Council On Legal Educational Opportunity (CLEO) Summer Institute at Michigan State-Detroit College of Law, and was, thereafter, a three-year recipient of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship. In 2005, Marilyn earned her Juris Doctorate Degree from Boston College Law School. While in law school Marilyn proved to be an avid public servant. In addition to clerking at several highly-esteemed governmental agencies, including the US Attorney’s Office in both Boston, MA and Washington D.C., and the Homicide Unit of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston, Marilyn served within the capacity of the Northeast Regional 2nd Vice Chair of the Black Law Students Association and was also a recipient of the MassachuCONTINUED FROM (PAGE - 13)

setts Black Judges Association Book Award. In 2005, Marilyn pursued her passion for justice over money and joined the Baltimore City State Attorney’s Office where she expeditiously worked her way up the ranks. After a mere five months of service as an Assistant State’s Attorney, she was promoted from an entry level prosecutor to the Supervisor of the Early Resolution Court, where she managed and trained newly sworn district court prosecutors and support staff on proper courtroom decorum and docket management. In six short years, Marilyn advanced from District Court to Misdemeanor to the General Trial Division, where she prosecuted the most heinous felonies in the state. Driven by her love for courtroom litigation and the desire to diversify her legal experience, Marilyn left the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office and began working as Field Counsel for Liberty Mutual Insurance. After a mere three months of successfully litigating civil cases in both District and Circuit Court, she was promoted to the Special Investigation Unit, where she currently evaluates, investigates, and defends against fraudulent insurance claims throughout the state of Maryland. Honorably appointed to the Peer Review Committee

of the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission in 2012, Marilyn also currently serves as a committee member of the Judicial Nomination Committee for the Monumental Bar Association. She is an active member of the Young Lawyers Section of the Maryland State Bar Association, the Baltimore City Young Democrats, and the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys and serves as Co-Chair Criminal Justice Committee-NAACP Baltimore Branch. In 2013, she was nominated by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to serve on the Baltimore City Environmental Control Board. She was also named one of the Baltimore Sun’s 2013 50 Women to Watch, Baltimore Magazine’s 2014 “40 Under 40” and the Daily Record’s 2013 Leading Women. Marilyn also has a heart for youth. She is a Board Advisor and Treasurer for the Christian School of Dance, LLC, and is the President of Empowering Minds of Maryland’s Youth (E.M.M.Y) where she not only mentors adolescent girls, but is also the College Tour Coordinator for this organization. Marilyn Mosby lives in West Baltimore and is the proud mother of two daughters and the doting wife of Nick J. Mosby, 7th District Baltimore City Councilman.


Dr. Ben Carson on the Death of Freddie Gray

The type of injury incurred by Mr. Freddie Gray at the base of the cervical spine with significant damage to the spinal cord requires a great deal of direct pressure to that area. It would be almost impossible to acquire such an injury by simply rolling around in a van, regardless of how violently. Therefore, there is a high likelihood that direct trauma occurred. Let us hope that whoever inflicted said trauma did not intend to yield such an outcome. It is undoubtedly true that this entire situation would be easier on everyone if admission of whatever guilt exists and a full description of what occurred is presented to the necessary authorities. Simultaneously, I would like to acknowledge that I have had the opportunity to meet and speak with many police officers and military personnel throughout my life, and the vast majority of them are very decent and caring individuals. Regarding today’s news, I was happy to see that the prosecutor came out sooner rather than later with a statement about a tragic incident surrounded by significant clouds of suspicion. It is unlikely that people who feel wronged by the system were merely going to forget about this if they felt it was being swept under the rug. Now it will be up to everyone to peacefully let the legal and judicial process work, and today is a great start per the prosecutor’s actions.

Dr. Carson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the land, in 2008. He is currently seeking the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 Republican Primary.





I’m Running for Mayor Friends: For the past several months, I've done something that leaders should do a lot more of: I've been listening. I've been listening to people all over Houston - from fellow churchgoers, to large and small business owners, to friendly seniors at the local breakfast spot. Like me, they all love our city. But they're also concerned about our future. They want the roads to be repaired and to spend less time in traffic, they want to keep our families and children safe, they want to improve our schools, and they want to make sure the city doesn't spend more than it takes in. I share those concerns. And as I've listened, people have urged me to run for Mayor. There was a familiar refrain to all of their remarks. It was about reform and results. They were grateful that we have kept a lid on violent crime rates and put more officers on the street to keep you safe, even during a hiring freeze. Violent crime rates for murder and rape are down even as we have served an increased population in Harris County. By reforming the Harris County Sheriff's Office and the jail, cutting wasteful spending and practices, we saved the taxpayer's over $100 million. We imposed discipline and fired people who disgraced the badge and dishonored the department. We ended the practice of sending inmates and your tax dollars to private prisons in Louisiana and ended the chronic jail overcrowding. Modernizing an agency with almost 5,000 employees and a budget of almost half a billion dollars has been no easy task, but our hard work has begun to pay off. The Sheriff's office budget that was constantly in the red has been transformed into one that has stayed within its means and reduced the burden on taxpayers. Most importantly, the most consistent thing I've heard is the difference we've made in people's lives. Today, thousands have participated in educational programs while in the jail, and many have gone on to enroll in the Houston Community College. These people are leaving behind a life of crime and steering their future to a job and being able to take care of their families. Our "Been There Done That" program has helped turn around the lives of women who came into the jail for sex work and came out knowing how to earn a living using their minds. We grew our chaplaincy program from a handful of people, and

now, with the help of over 200 volunteers, we are able to touch with faith and help thousands of souls every week. There has been a familiar refrain across the city when people talk about our successes. I listened to people encourage me to bring the same approach and problem solving to the City of Houston. It's the same approach I used on Council and as Mayor Pro Tem. The city is seeing more violent crimes, serious financial challenges with few remedies left to use, and infrastructure and transportation issues that desperately need a fresh approach. This is not the first time I've listened. I listened to the prayer my father shared with my family when they emigrated from Mexico a year before I was born. I listened to my mother when she sensed I was restless working in my dad's automotive repair business and I wanted to serve a higher purpose to my family and community. I listened to my father when he gave me five principles to live by after I told him I wanted to join the Houston Police Department. Among them was to be proud of who I am and to never forget where I came from. I've been listening to the people of Houston, and I believe it's time to bring a fresh approach to the city of Houston. It's time to offer leadership that brings people together, that is firm and fair, and gives everyone a voice at City Hall, not just the wealthy and well-connected. At the same time, we have to keep our business environment strong to grow our economy so good paying jobs are available to everyone who wants to work, raise a family, and be a part of making Houston the best place it can be. Today, I'm announcing my candidacy for Mayor of Houston because Houston needs a mayor who knows how to balance a budget, save taxpayers millions, and protect our children and families. I've done that as sheriff. And I'll do that as mayor.

“THESE JUDGES CARE ABOUT ALL HARRIS COUNTY RESIDENTS” Harris County Probate Court Judges Loyd Wright, Mike Wood, Rory R. Olsen, Christine Butts

HARRIS COUNTY PROBATE COURT NEWS & INFORMATION Probate Court 4 has added a 1:00 pm Probate of Will docket. The 11:00 am docket will no longer be offered. Settings for most uncontested hearings can be requested online at PLEASE CHECK AVAILIBILITY BEFORE REQUESTING A HEARING DATE, AND ALWAYS REQUEST AN ALTERNATE DATE. For special settings that might require more time, contact us at713-368-6767.

Docket Schedule Mental Health Docket at H.C.P.C.: Monday at 9:00 a.m. Probate of Will Docket: Tuesday at 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Guardianship Docket, Guardianship Show-Cause: Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. Heirship Docket, Decedent Estates Show-Cause: Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.

“Our mission is to serve individuals and families in times of crises in a thoughtful, compassionate, and deliberate way, whether the crisis involves the loss of a loved one, the need for a guardianship, or a mental illness.”

I will need your help, your support, and your prayers if I am to be successful. I know that together we can fix what ails our city, and make Houston the world class city to live, work, and raise a family that it is poised to be. Respectfully,

Adrian Garcia

-- JUDGE CHRISTINE RIDDLE-BUTTS HARRIS COUNTY PROBATE COURT #4 Probate Court No. 1 Judge Loyd Wright 6th Floor 713-368-6700

Probate Court No. 2 Judge Mike Wood 6th Floor 713-368-6710

Probate Court No. 3 Judge Rory R. Olsen 7th Floor 713-368-6730

Probate Court No. 4 Judge Riddle Butts 7th Floor 713-368-6767

Adrian Garcia

Harris County Civil Courthouse 201 Caroline Houston, Texas 77002 - HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS NEWSPAPER n 15

KERYL FOR HLA PRESIDENT-ELECT ***For more information on HLA and to join, visit

Attorney Keryl L. Douglas is running for HLA President-Elect on Tuesday, May 12th “Humbly yet passionately, I seek to become your next President-Elect of Houston Lawyers Association. The acronym, “HLA SOARS!” indicates my proposed “5-Point Strategic Plan” if elected.” -- KERYL L. DOUGLAS

KERYL’S 5-POINT STRATEGIC PLAN TO BE IMPLEMENTED Scholarship • Continuing our work to provide scholarships for current and future law school students; especially to increase number of law students/attorneys from underrepresented communities | Enhancing scholastic performance of law students and admission test-takers | Recognizing scholarly achievement/contribution of attorneys; especially HLA members | Increasing access to scholarly opportunities for attorneys/HLA members: CLE’s, advanced degrees/certifications, etc.

Outreach • Build upon current and past efforts of our esteemed previous leaders to increase outreach which will: 1)Empower and inform surrounding communities, particularly the underserved, of rights, laws, opportunities; access to legal assistance and protections; as well as to social, racial, judicial, economic, educational justice and equality; 2) Increase volunteerism, aide, collaborative assistance which elevate quality of life, particularly for the underserved; 3) Increase presence and participation on societal issues of concern; 4) Increase collaborative partnerships with other community service organizations to further HLA’s mission; 5) Help increase number of attorneys from underserved communities in general, as well as in major firms, corporations, judiciary and positions of leadership; 6) Implement, highlight, and further National Bar Association initiatives, advancing HLA’s and NBA’s visibility, recognition, and effectiveness locally in furtherance of HLA’s mission; 7) Increase collaboration with other state, national, international groups on issues of shared focus.

Advocacy • Build upon work of previous administrations to increase advocacy activity/projects, programs, awareness, visibility, effectiveness, and reach | Insure presence, participation, progress through vigilant advocacy on issues of crisis and importance in surrounding communities, nationally, and worldwide | Increase collaborative alliances with other advocacy individuals/groups in furtherance of HLA’s mission.

Reengagement • Reengage ALL previous members of HLA to rejoin with reignited passion to serve and participate | Reengage communities, corporate, political and educational arenas, etc., for involvement, collaboration, dialogue. | Reengage students of all surrounding law schools to help prepare and transition them successfully into legal careers, service, volunteerism, especially those from underrepresented communities.

Success • Establish, implement, increase initiatives which: 1) insure and further the success of HLA’s mission; 2) support, aide, enhance success of local attorneys, especially HLA members, via career connections, preparation and promotion to policy/political positions, professional development/enhancement assistance, etc.; 3) support, assist, enhance successful matriculation, graduation, job placement of HLA law student members; 4) assist potential students’ success with applying and qualifying for law school admission and scholarships; especially potential students from underrepresented communities.

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HLA Elections will be held during its regular May Meeting, Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 6:30 p.m., Thurgood Marshall School of Law, 2nd Floor. Please JOIN prior to that time! You can join and pay online. Students can join FREE!!! Please VOTE Keryl L. Douglas, HLA President-Elect 2015! Thank you!

“Houston Business Connections Newspaper would like to encourage all Houston-Area attorneys to consider joining the Houston Lawyers Association” -- AUBREY R. TAYLOR Since 1955, the Houston Lawyers Association has enjoyed a rich history of providing its lawyers a forum as well as opportunities to address various issues that affect the African-American community, and the community at large.

Levels of membership Regular: A lawyer who is a member in good standing before the Bar of any state or territory of the United States or District of Columbia and who resides, practices law or is engaged in business in Harris, Montgomery, Fort Bend, Brazoria and surrounding Counties, in Texas. Associate: A person who has graduated from an accredited law school in any state or territory of the United States or District of Columbia. Student: A student attending any accredited school of law in Harris County, Texas can become a member of the Houston Lawyers Association.

Why You Should Join HLA The success of HLA depends on you. Below is just a sampling of the numerous benefits you’ll enjoy by becoming an active member of HLA: - Monthly free CLE each year and a six hour CLE Workshop - Community service and outreach opportunities - Immediate access to HLA’s professional network - Networking opportunities, which include the Annual Spring Mixer and Annual Judicial Mixer - Mentoring and access to professional development resources - Social events, including the New Attorney Mixer and HLA’s Annual Christmas Party and Toy Drive General body meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month, except July and August. Please plan to attend the next one. HLA also has a host of committees where you can be of service. For more information visit: or call (713)493-2566.




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KERYL FOR HLA PRESIDENT-ELECT ***For more information on HLA and to join, visit

Judge Joseph “Tad” Halbach 333rd Civil District Court is a Member


Meet HLA President Danyahel ‘Danny’ Norris and his wife attorney Davida Green-Norris


anny Norris is the Principal Partner of Norris & Norris, L.L.P., which specializes in providing intellectual property law and other transactional legal services to individuals, small businesses, and other entities. Along with lecturing for various organizations, he currently serves as an Instructor of Legal Research, at Thurgood Marshall School of Law where he received a faculty appreciation award in 2011. Mr. Norris received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston and a Juris Doctor from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. He is licensed to practice before the State Bar of Texas and the United States Patent & Trademark Office. Mr. Norris has published several articles on a variety of topics covering both international and domestic issues. Notably, Mr. Norris, along with his is 2010 law review article discussing Houston gentrification, was featured in the Houston Press in July 2011. Mr. Norris is active in the local bar community, where he is the current President of the Houston Lawyers Association and a member of the Houston Bar Association. He is also involved in the state-wide bar community, where he is currently serving as Treasurer of the African-American Lawyers Section for the State Bar of Texas. Nationally, he is a member of various national bar organizations, including the American Bar Association and the National Bar Association. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Davida Green-Norris is a Thurgood Marshall School of Law graduate.

udge Joseph “Tad” Halbach was appointed Judge of the 333rd Civil District Court in October of 1995. He was elected in November of 1996 and then re-elected in 2000, 2004 and 2008. During his 17 years on the bench, Judge Halbach has served as the Harris County Civil Administrative Judge and on the Harris County Juvenile Board. Until recently, he was the Harris County Local Administrative District Judge, and a member of the Harris County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee. Since December of 2009, Judge Halbach has also been the Silica Multi-District Litigation Judge for the entire state of Texas. Since 1995, Judge Halbach has disposed of thousands of matters, tried hundreds of cases, and substantially reduced the size of the court’s docket. The members of the Houston Bar Association have consistently rated him as one of the very best civil district judges - a judge who works hard and is prepared, who demonstrates fairness and impartiality, who follows the law, and who is courteous to all, no matter who they are. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Halbach had more than 13 years in an active trial and appellate practice covering a wide range of complex business, commercial, insurance and tort disputes. Judge Halbach is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and a frequent writer and speaker at various CLE (Continuing Legal Education) programs. He is currently an Adjunct Professor and the University Of Houston School Of Law, teaching Trial Advocacy. Judge Halbach is also a director of the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists and a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas. He is member of the Garland Walker Inn of Court. A graduate of the University of Texas, Judge Halbach began his career in 1982 as an associate with Bonham, Carrington & Fox, where he stayed until 1986, when he and three other lawyers formed the firm of Wilshire, Scott, Halbach & Dyer. In late 1990, Judge Halbach began a solo practice, concentrating in litigation, but also maintaining a general business practice including corporate, partnership, contract, employment, real estate and financial matters. He also became certified as a mediator and mediated nearly 50 cases. Throughout his career, Judge Halbach has been dedicated to professional and public service. He is a past president of the Houston Young Lawyers Association and was a charter member of the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas. A member of Leadership Houston Class XII, Judge Halbach was a 1994 Five Outstanding Young Houstonian Finalist. Judge Halbach served as a director for Marywood Children & Family Services, a statewide agency headquartered in Austin, from 1993-1999 and today he is an advisory director for the Aspiring Youth Foundation, a nationwide foundation headquartered in Houston. An Eagle Scout, Judge Halbach is also active in the Boy Scouts of America, having served for more than 4 years as the Troop Committee Chair for Boy Scout Troop 505 and Vice-Chair for Program for the Golden Arrow District of the Sam Houston Area Council. Judge Halbach has been honored with the Silver Beaver Award, the St. George Emblem, and the District Award of Merit for his continued service to youth

through the Scouting Program. He served as Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 1812 for the 2005 National Scout Jamboree. In the summer of 2007, he served on the International Service Team for the World Jamboree in London, England. Most recently, Judge Halbach was an Assistant Course Director for Wood Badge Course SR-920 and SR-1007, BSA’s most ad-

vanced adult leadership training. Last summer, he served on national staff for the 2010 National Scout Jamboree. Judge Halbach is also a dedicated volunteer and lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, for which he serves on the Grand Entry Committee.

History of the Houston Lawyers Association The Houston Lawyers Association (HLA), an affiliate chapter of the National Bar Association, was founded in 1955 to address the particular needs of Black lawyers and the legal needs of the Black community in general. At the time the HLA was established, Black lawyers in the Houston area were not permitted to join the Houston Bar Association. HLA’s history reflects its continued desire to address racial injustice. Its founder, Robert W. Hainsworth, challenged and fought against the evils of racial discrimination that were prevalent in his day. He challenged the “one chair” rule in the County Law Library, which allowed only one particular chair to be used by a “colored” lawyer and the rule in the District Courts that all “black cases” would be handled at the end of the court’s docket. Several pioneer members of HLA were involved in litigation that resulted in the outlawing of segregation in the Houston Independent School District, the prohibition of segregated service in the County Court House cafeteria and the changing of voting practices. These persons included Weldon Berry, Matthew Plummer, Francis Williams, Heulean Lott, Robeson King and the late Honorable Henry Doyle. Finally, Hainsworth challenged the Houston Bar


KERYL FOR HLA PRESIDENT-ELECT ***For more information on HLA and to join, visit

Newly Appointed United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of Texas Al Bennett is a Member Association’s rule of non-admission of Black lawyers and, along with W. M. C. Dickson and F. S. A. Whittaker, formed the Houston Lawyers Association. Today, HLA continues to fulfill the mission of its founders, by providing its lawyers a forum and an opportunity to address various issues that affect the Black community. HLA currently conducts continuing legal education seminars, evaluates judicial candidates, promotes community service activities and distributes information in an effort to foster the network necessary for professional growth and development. Houston Lawyers Association Founders

Weldon H. Berry Weldon H. Berry, was an alumnus of Texas Southern University School of Law where he received his Jusris Doctorate in 1952. As a Cooperating Attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, he tried many federal cases involving civil rights violations. He was also a plaintiff in the highly publicized State of Texas case LULAC v. Attorney General of Texas. He was a former member of the judiciary and was a judge for the 80th Civil District Court of Harris County. In addition to being a founding member of the Houston Lawyers Association he was also a member of the Texas College Alumni Association, the Bronze Eagles Flying Club, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and the New Mount Carmel Baptist Church. His Awards include: Houston Men’s Club “Man of the Year” – 1983, Thurgood Marshall School of Law “Distinguished Service Award” – 1984, and Texas College “Alumnus of the Year” – 1984.

Robert Hainsworth Robert Hainsworth, graduated from Howard University in 1930. After graduation, he returned to Houston where he obtained employment as a principal of a Houston night school. He was also commissioned as an Officer in the Army and later served as an Office in the Air Force Reserves. He later attended Howard University School of Law and upon graduation in 1949, he once again returned to Houston to practice Law. After witnessing the discrimination the Houston attorneys faced, he became instrumental in founding the Houston lawyers Association. He was the plaintiff in a suit against the City of Houston, which challenged segregating seating in the city’s law library. He practiced law until his death in 1981. He was also involved in local and state politics and ran for a seat in the state legislature. He was a trustee of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church.

Robeson L. King Robeson L. King, a native of Wichita Falls, Texas, graduated from University of Chicago Law School in 1948, Upon graduation, King came to Houston and became the first law librarian and a faculty member at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, where he remained until his retirement in 1986. He simultaneously maintained a law practice with his partner. Aloysius M. Wickliff, Sr. He was a founding member of the Houston Lawyers Association, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. His honors and awards include: Charles A. George Dental Society “Award for Merito-

rious Service” – 1965, Texas Southern University “Service Recognition Award” for twenty years of service – 1968. “Booker T. Washington High School “Teacher of the Year Award” – 1969, and the Wichita Falls “Outstanding Alumni Award” – 1969.

Matthew W. Plummer Matthew W. Plummer, is a native of San Antonio, Texas, and was a graduate of the first class of Texas Southern University Law School for Negroes in 1949. While practicing law in Houston, he filed suit to desegregate the cafeteria of the Harris County Courthouse – Plummer v. Derrington. He is a former Judge of the 133rd Civil District Court. His civic affiliations include: Past President of the Houston Lawyers Association, founder of the Texas Land Owners Association (a minority organization dedicated to the problems of land loss by Black Americans), President of the Tuskegee Civic Association, and founding member of the Tuskegee Branch of the NAACP. His awards include the Wiley A. Branton Award – 1992. As an expert in the areas of probate and land law, several of his cases are cited in a seminal work on land law in Texas, authored by Harold F. Thurow.

Aloysius M. Wickliff Sr. Aloysius M. Wickliff, Sr., a native of Liberty, Texas, graduated from Catholic University with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1951. He returned to Texas in 1952 and joined Robeson L. King in the practice of Law. He is a member of several organizations including the Houston Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and Council #72 of the Knights of St. Peter Claver. Mr. Wickliff’s civic affiliations included: President of the Harris Council of Organizations. He was also very active and involved in the political life of this community. His honors and awards include: Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for Outstanding Community Service – 1989, Attorney General Salute for Outstanding Service and Leadership – 1989, Democratic National Committee Certificate of Appreciation – 1982, and many others.

Francis Williams Williams Francis Williams, is a native of Austin who graduated from Howard University School of Law in 1950. After graduation, he came to Houston and joined Henry E. Doyle in the practice of law. He was a founding member of the Houston Lawyers Association, among other organizations. One of his best know lawsuits was the HISD integration case. While maintining his practice, Williams also served as President of the NAACP – Houston Branch, President of the Harris County Council of Organizations, Executive Director of the Harris County Community Action Organization, and Chairman of the HISD Board of Education Legislative Committee.

Judge Alfred Homer Bennett (born 1965) is now the United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas.


ennett received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1988 from the University of Houston. He received a Juris Doctor in 1991 from the University of Texas School of Law. He served as an attorney at the law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski from 1991 to 1994 and at the law firm of Solar & Fernandes LLP from 1994 to 1998. From 1998 to 2008, he was a solo practitioner, representing individuals and companies in litigation before both Federal and State courts. From 2009 to 2015, he served as the Presiding Judge for the 61st Civil District Court of Texas. From 2010 to 2011, he served as the Administrative Judge for the Harris County Civil District Courts. On September 18, 2014, President Obama nominated Bennett to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, to the seat vacated by Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt, who took senior status on March 2, 2013. On December 16, 2014 his nomination was returned to the President due to the sine die adjournment of the 113th Congress. On January 7, 2015, President Obama renominated him to the same position.[3] He received a hearing before the Judiciary Committee on January 21, 2015.[4] On February 26, 2015 his nomination was reported out of committee by voice vote.[5] On April 13, 2015 the United States Senate voted 95-0 in favor of confirmation.[6] He received his judicial commission on April 15, 2015. SOURCE: Wikipedia (The Free Encyclopedia) - HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS NEWSPAPER n 19




THE FIGHT CONTINUES... Woodfill v. Parker Update: Onward to the Court of Appeals/Texas Supreme Court


s you may recall, our coalition of activists and pastors collected over 54,000 signatures in an effort to have Mayor Parker's UnEqual Rights Ordinance voted on by the people. The City of Houston Charter requires only 17,269 petition signatures for a referendum vote on the ordinance. Longtime city secretary, Anna Russell, (who is responsible for determining whether we collected the requisite 17,269 signatures) testified she stopped counting signatures at about 19,000 because the minimum had been met. Russell further testified that the city charter "provides that the city secretary determine the number of qualified voters who sign the petition." In her testimony, she was asked: "And based on that understanding, you did that; and the result of your work was that 17,846 signatures had been validated. And that was more than the minimum number necessary, correct?" "That's correct," she replied. But Mayor Parker and her city attorney, David Feldman, then stepped in and disqualified most of the signatures that had been collected. We then filed suit in Harris County, Texas, Woodfill v. Parker. The case drew statewide and national attention last year when Mayor Parker used the subpoena power of government to try and silence five pastors who were part of the referendum process. She demanded copies of their sermons and other communications regarding, among other things, Mayor Parker, homosexuality, and transgender related issues. After a national uproar, Mayor Parker dropped the subpoenas. Rush Limbaugh described the subpoenas as "one of the most vile, filthy, blatant violations of the Constitution that I have seen." We then had a three week trial which clearly uncovered the Mayor's inappropriate and unlawful conduct. Through the three week trial, the city's own numbers of how many valid signatures we had submitted changed almost daily. During the trial Pastors were harassed by Mayor Parker's counsel for standing up against the Mayor's personal agenda. Activists were accused of unlawful conduct for daring to petition their government. In fact, at one point the City went after me and my family in an effort to push Mayor Parker's radical social agenda on the City of Houston. Unfortunately, Judge Robert Schaffer (D-Houston) ruled on Friday, April 17th that our coalition of pastors and activists had collected 16,684 valid signatures, just short of the 17,269 needed to force a public vote on the ordinance. We will appeal Judge Schaffer's decision. This process has made it very clear that Mayor Parker and her liberal allies are willing to do whatever it takes to keep this important issue off the ballot. Clearly, Mayor Parker does not trust the voters. Fortunately, the Court of Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court traditionally are "strong" on voting rights. Be encouraged knowing this is just one battle in a larger war we will win. We will not surrender, quit or compromise when it comes to religious liberty, voting rights, and the constitutional freedoms we the people enjoy. Please continue to pray as this case moves to the appellate courts.

Jared Woodfill Jared Woodfill


“Men have no place inside the women’s restroom with us. Vote for me, and we will do something about Mayor Annise Parker’s HERO Ordinance.” - Victoria Lane

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men and women do nothing.”

A VOTE FOR VICTORIA LANE IS A VOTE TO DO SOMETHING! VICTORIA WILL: Ammend the HERO ordinance to clearly define the difference between a man and a woman; Reduce Houston’s debt; Make Houston the ‘Tourism Capital” of the South; Modernize and repair our streets; Improve the Education System; Employ local contractors for City governmental projects;Make sure every HPD Officer is equipped with a ‘Body Camera”, and work diligently and tirelessly to make Houston more freindly to our envirnoment.







Houston Police Officers' Union Endorses “Thumbs Up” Campaign President George Bush recently met with HPOU President Ray Hunt, AAPOL President Eric Fagan and local ministers from the Houston community, to endorse the "Thumbs Up" campaign. HPOU President Ray Hunt: “The campaign is designed to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community we protect.”

Council Member Oliver Pennington Withdraws from the 2015 Race for Mayor of Houston, Texas Please keep Beverly Pennington, wife of City Council Member Oliver Pennington in your prayers. Houston City Council Member Oliver Pennington recently announced that he has decided to end his 2015 campaign for Mayor of Houston due to a medical diagnosis received by his wife Beverly. Pennington said, “For nearly 47 years, Beverly has been the love of my life and I will be by her side as we walk through this situation. I will continue to serve the residents of District G until my term ends January 1, 2016."

Councilman Oliver Pennington, His Wife and Grandchildren

Houston Police Officers' Union has Endorsed Jason Cisneroz in the 2015 race for Houston City Council - District H The HPOU is honored and excited to announce our endorsement of Jason Cisneroz for Houston City Council: District H. Jason is a veteran Houston Police Officer, and we know he will be a great City Councilman for not only the residents of District H, but all Houstonians.


“We are grateful for your prayers, love, vote, and continued support.”

- The Schmude Family

John Schmude






Join us in welcoming Hugh McCoy Emmett, and John William Bush into the world

PROUD GRANDFATHER: Harris County Judge Ed Emmett (TOP LEFT) recently introduced his Hugh McCoy Emmett to the world. Hugh is the son of Robert Emery and his wife Emily Jones Emmett. Hugh is their 2nd child, and the 12th grandchild for Judge Emmett and his wife Gwen. TEXAS LAND COMMISSIONER GEORGE P. BUSH: “Proud to welcome John William Bush ('Jack') to the world--6 lbs 4oz--19 3/4 inches -- Mommy is doing great!”. Texas Land Commissioner George P Bush (BOTTOM) recently supported the Texas Charter Schools Association Rally in Austin. TEXAS LAND COMMISSIONER GEORGE P. BUSH: “As your Land Commissioner I want to use my voice and the platform that we have at the Permanent School Fund to encourage more education reform within our state and ensure that charters are a part of the conversation of public school. Nothing we do today matters more than the future of our children that we are shaping in today's classrooms. When we give parents a choice, we give students a chance.”

GEORGE P. BUSH -- “Nothing we do today matters more than the future of our children.”



FREEDOM...and Justice for ALL

Loyd Wright Judge Harris County Probate Court No. 1

Ed Emmett

Harris County Judge

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue to earn your trust and support as Judge of Harris County Probate Court No. 1” -- JUDGE LOYD WRIGHT







Reverend William A. Lawson joins Laurie Robinson Campaign as Treasurer


everend William “Bill” Lawson, pastor emeritus of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, stands as a quiet giant in the annals of history. He has committed his life’s work to being a faithful messenger and champion for the rights for all. He exemplifies the spirit of Houston through his ability to connect with and work alongside diverse communities and affiliations. He brings that same spirit to the growing list of supporters for the Laurie Robinson Houston City

Council At-Large for Position 4 campaign. As treasurer, Reverend Lawson invites Houston voters to join the “Our Houston” campaign for Laurie Robinson. “I am generally staying out of campaigns this season, but feel that we need someone on city council with the character, integrity and experience of Laurie Robinson”, Lawson said. “I am complimented that she asked me to identify with her and I want to support a leader who is willing to work with individuals and organi-

zations for the greater good of us all; I know Laurie Robinson is that person". The campaign focuses on necessary improvements to infrastructure, opportunities for small businesses to create jobs, after school youth programs, public safety and fiscal responsibility to ensure Houston continues its path towards being an even better city to live and work in the 21st century. Robinson has over 22 years of experience, which includes leadership roles in disaster response and recovery, implemen-

tation strategies for federal healthcare legislation, and municipal operational audits and monetary recovery audits. Several audits have been performed on behalf of the City of Houston. "We are honored to have Reverend Lawson’s support as campaign treasurer. His confidence in my experience and ability to help move Houston in the right direction is invaluable," said Robinson. -------------------------------------------------------Election Day: Tuesday, November 3rd

CALL BEN HALL IF YOU SEE ANYONE VANDALIZING HIS CAMPAIGN SIGNS - (713)942-9600 CAMPAIGN NEWS: Contact Attorney Ben Hall If You Witness Someone Vandalizing His 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election Campaign Signs According to 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Candidate Ben Hall, someone has been vandalizing his campaign signs. As you may already know, Ben Hall has launched his second bid to become Houston’s mayor. He’s asking for our prayers, vote, and support on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Early voting for the 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election will be taking place from Monday, October 19, 2015 to Friday, October 30, 2015. BEM HALL: “Unfortunately there's been damage to my campaign signs. If you see anyone cutting down my signs, please take pictures and let me know.

Thank you in advance for your continuous support.” You are strongly encouraged to contact Ben Hall at: (713)942-9600 if you wit-

ness anyone damaging his campaign signs. Also, it would be helpful if you could take a picture of the sign to be used as evidence.


A FEW OTHER CANDIDATES WHO MAY BE RUNNING FOR MAYOR OF HOUSTON ON NOVEMBER 3RD: Other candidates expected to be in the Tuesday, November 3rd race for City of Houston Mayor are: Victoria Lane, Sylvester Turner, Adrian Garcia, Bill King, Marty McVey, Stephen Costello, and Chris Bell. The deadline for candidates to have their name placed on the ballot in the City of Houston is Monday, August 24, 2015. Early voting will start on Monday, October 19, 2015 and end on Friday, October 30, 2015. You are strongly encouraged to consider the candidates who value and respect us when you go to the polls.




Houston City Council Member At-Large #3, Michael Kubosh Endorses Sandie Mullins Moger Houston City Council Member At-Large #3 Michael Kubosh has announced his endorsement of Sandie Mullins Moger in the open seat for District G.


ubosh stated, " We need Council Members that will stand up for the people of the City, and I have seen Sandie do this for years. As Houston Community College Trustee, she has stood for conservative principles even if it has meant standing alone. She is fearless. With Sandie on Houston City Council, I know I would have an ally and one more conservative vote to stand with me when the going gets tough. We need her at that Council table." Mullins Moger responded, "I am deeply honored by the support of Council Member Michael Kubosh in my race for Houston City Council District G. Michael knows what it takes to get big things done. I will be a conservative partner in resolving Houston's big challenges ahead while at the same time working hard to represent the issues and the values of the constituents of District G to continue to make Houston an enviable city."

ENDORSEMENT NEWS: Council Member Micheal Kubosh with District G Candidate Sandie Mullins Moger.

Sandie Mullins Moger grew up in District G and has raised her family, owned a business and been a longtime respected community leader in District G. Mullins Moger currently represents much of the District G area as Trustee for Houston Community College. In 2010, Mullins Moger co-founded Super Neighborhood 17 and served as its President. Mullins Moger was Co-Chair of Houston West Chamber of Commerce Business & Education Committee and a Member of many HWCC Committees. Houston West Chamber of Commerce honored Mullins Moger as the 2008 Volunteer of the Year. She also was a Member of the Board of Directors for West Houston Medical Center. Mullins Moger has been politically active as a former Daughters of Liberty Republican Women President, an active member with Village Republican Women and Ronald Reagan Republican Women and an Election Judge. Mullins Moger received her MBA from St. Mary's University and her B.S. from Texas A&M. Mullins Moger is married to Charlie Moger and, together, they have six children. The Sandie Mullins Moger for Houston City Council District G Campaign will hold a Fundraising Reception on Tuesday, May 19 at Ciro's Italian Grill from 5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. For meet-and-greets around the district and other campaign events, stay connected at, on Facebook at at or on Twitter @sandiedistrictg.


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Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen Highlights Successes, Looks to Future Growth in 2015 State of the City Address

Police Chief Mike Berezin and Mayor Allen Owen At 11:30 a.m. on Monday, April 20, Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen addressed an audience of more than 350 stakeholders at the City Centre at Quail Valley for the 2015 State of the City address. Attendees to the event learned about all of the “Show Me City” initiatives that in 2014 led to the City being ranked the sixth safest City in Texas and the 16th best place to live in the United States. And, following in line with previous addresses, Mayor Allen Owen highlighted the many staff initiatives and citizen partnerships that have paved the way for Missouri City to further establish itself as a major force for economic development and as one of the GreaterHouston area’s premier places to work, live and play. “Throughout 2014 and the beginning of 2015, City staff continued to see economic development initiatives thrive and expand. New business parks such as the Connor Commercial Development and Park 8 Ninety were approved by Council and are under construction,” Mayor Owen said. “These future developments will continue to push the City toward a balanced property and sales tax revenue stream that will ease the burden of our property owners.” The event was hosted in partnership with the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. The Muller Law Group, PLLC served as the Presenting Sponsor, and Allen Boone Humphries Robinson, Houston Community College—Southwest, IDS Engineering Group, Inc., Jones & Carter, Inc., Sterling McCall Lexus, TBG Partners, Inc., Triquest Management Services and TXU Energy served as underwriting sponsors. Donations were

provided by H-E-B, Niagara Bottling, LLC, Paint Party Place, the Quail Valley Golf Course, Mr. Leonard Freeman and Raising Cane’s. The program also featured an Honor

Choral Activities at Elkins High School, Invocation by Pastor Remus E. Wright of The Fountain of Praise and a choral performance by the Elkins Knightbeats. In his speech, Mayor Owen stressed

Guard of Missouri City Firefighters and Police Officers, the Pledge of Allegiance by Dr. Charles A. Murphy Sr., Senior Pastor of Heritage Baptist Church & City of Missouri City Chaplain, the National Anthem sang by Russell Clark, Director of

that strategic economic development initiatives, such as Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones, tax abatements and the City’s newest small business and Texas Parkway corridor redevelopment policies, have pushed the City further away from


its former status as a bedroom community. In 2014, the City again opened its doors to the public to initiate dialogues and invite feedback from residents, which helped develop and design many of the supportive City policies that were launched last year. Mayor Owen explained to guests that these forwardthinking initiatives and valuable community partnerships were crucial to the City’s success. “This presentation today is part of the Fort Bend Chamber’s joint efforts to work closely with business and local government to bring you valuable information that impacts our region and economy,” said Dr. Brian Machart, the 2015 Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Chairman. Taking place in the City Centre’s Magnolia Ballroom, the State of the City was host to business owners, managers, elected officials, stakeholders and professionals from a range of industries, including energy, healthcare, engineering, construction, manufacturing, food production and distribution, banking, nonprofits, elder care, government and legal arenas. Many of the City’s first-class citizens were present as well, including Troy and Charity Carter, entrepreneurs who are helping to reshape the Texas Parkway corridor by renovating the former Cinema 6 site into a performing arts venue. “On Texas Parkway, another major gateway, we’re looking forward to the Cinema 6 Redevelopment Project and the transformation of the former movie theater into a premier performing arts venue, which will attract other business to the area. Troy and Charity Carter, principals of the project, are here with us today and we salute their vision, invest-

MAYOR ALLEN OWEN DELIVERS MISSOURI CITY MAYOR ALLEN OWEN WILL BE UP FOR RE-ELECTION AGAIN IN MAY OF 2016 ment, and continued partnership,” Mayor Owen said during his speech. “Houston Community College is planning to relocate its Sienna campus to Texas Parkway next to City Hall. The move will serve as an anchor for additional commercial investment and expansion in the area. The multi-million dollar project is still in the planning stages and is a collaboration among HCC, Missouri City, Fort Bend County, Johnson Development, Blue Ridge MUD, the George Foundation and area landowners.” The City’s Lakeview Business Park and Beltway Crossing Complex continue to set development milestones in the City. Mayor Owen announced that other new additions to the Gessner Road Corridor will include FedEx, which plans to build a 312,000-square-foot distribution facility, and Industrial Income Trust, which plans to build out a 47,430-square-foot lease space. In the U.S. 90A area, the City is also expecting two new Shell commercial warehouse buildings to be built on Stafford Road, and HC4, the parent company of several construction-related businesses, has purchased the former Stock Building Supply structures at the intersection of Highway 90A and South Gessner Road. Additions throughout the rest of the

community include a new 4,633-squarefoot professional office building near the intersection of Texas Avenue and Texas Parkway, a new 1,365-square-foot pharmacy on Third Street, and Academy Sports & Outdoors and Sutton World Estates, a 2,200-square-foot office building, along the Highway 6 Corridor. Also along Highway 6, a second Sugar Land Methodist Care Facility is being constructed and Chick-Fil-A is expanding to add exterior image upgrades and is installing a second drive-thru lane. The fast food chain is planning to implement $1 million in upgrades to that site in total. Community partnerships were also key in 2014, Mayor Owen said. Citizens were able to step up and further assist the City due to the launch of the Municipal Volunteer Program, which, in less than six months, credited more than 1,600 volunteer hours. Other vital citizen partnership components noted in the address were the Leadership Luncheon and Citizens’ University programs that have helped create an “open-door” policy for residents, and the various meetings staff and Council have held with stakeholders to address concerns and inform residents of new policies and procedures. “In October, the City held its first ever

small business policy workshop to outline specifics of this new initiative, explain the procurement process, provide details on upcoming bid projects and build partnerships with local companies,” Mayor Owen said. “In addition to the small business policy workshop, staff and Council held many meetings over the last year with the public, from a Texas Parkway Corridor Business Development meeting to inform residents of revitalization efforts staff has planned for the area, to four district HOA meetings held in the fall.” A 2014-approved $40 million bond package for maintaining and improving infrastructure will include $22.8 million solely for transportation projects. Mobility projects already under way include the extension of Vicksburg Boulevard, the Texas Department of Transportation expansion of Texas Parkway, improvements to Turtle Creek and the extension of Lexington Boulevard, which will serve as another major east-west corridor for residents. The extension will be named Thomas Taylor Parkway after Thomas Taylor, Fort Bend County’s first African American County Commissioner. As a way to proudly highlight the City’s diverse international community, flags were displayed from the 12 coun-

tries most represented in Missouri City according to the U.S. Census Bureau: Canada, China, El Salvador, India, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and Vietnam. Rice University has recognized Missouri City as the most diverse community in the region across multiple spectrums, including culture, education and economic development opportunities. And, the 2015 State of the City speech served as a reminder to residents, elected officials and business owners that past efforts have been successful in improving the “Show Me City” and future endeavors will continue to build on this momentum.

VIEW VIDEOS To view videos on the “State of the City”, visit the City website:, like us on Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX and watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse). To view photos of the address, visit the Facebook page and follow us on Twitter and Instagram— @MissouriCityTX.


Summer is right around the corner! The #MissouriCityTX Summer Day Camp will have an exciting lineup of activities including swimming, sports, crafts, special presentations and field trips! Spaces are limited – sign up your child soon! Camp Sessions Monday – Friday June 15 - August 7 Community Center 1522 Texas Parkway Sign your child up for a great summer camp adventure! This camp will feature a variety of daily activities including sports, outdoor games, crafts, swimming and field trips. Ages: 5 to 12 years

Session Cost Regular Day Cost- $100 per child/session 9:00 AM- 6:00 PM Drop-off- 8:45-9:00 AM Pick-up – 4:00-6:00 PM Early- Risers Cost- $125 per child/session 7:00 AM- 6:00 PM Drop-off – 7:00-8:45 AM Pick-up – 4:00-6:00 PM Registration will be available at the Rec & Tennis Center (2701 Cypress Point Drive) from February 23-June 14 and at the Community Center beginning on June 15.

Call 281-403-8644 if you have any questions regarding our 2015 Summer Day Camp. REGISTRATION: In order to reserve a spot in any day camp session, a parent or legal guardian must turn in a complete Children’s Programs registration packet. The registration packet can be printed offline, or picked-up at the Rec & Tennis Center (2701 Cypress Point Drive). Additionally, a deposit of $25 per child is required for each session. Full tuition for each session is due by Wednesday at 6 PM the week prior to the desired session. If full tuition is not paid on time, both the camper’s spot and the deposit will be forfeited. Once a session is filled a waitlist will be created to ensure any open spots will be filled. Each session is limited to the first 75 kids to sign up.ORIENTATION: At least one parent of each camper must attend a parent orientation on Wednesday, June 10 or Thursday, June 11 at 6:00 pm at the Community Center Auditorium (1522 Texas Parkway). - HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS NEWSPAPER n 29


Three Keys to an 18-wheeler Accident By Farrah Martinez, Personal Injury & Accident Lawyer

1. Act Quickly

party in an effort to "help" resolve the claim. The claims adjuster will ask you to provide a recorded statement. In general, I advise my clients not to provide a record statement. This is never a good idea if you have not consult an attorney. These statement can and will be used against you at a later time. Keep in mind that the insurance company is actively working to protect their interest and will even hire an investigator to collect evidence to fight your claim in an attempt to reduce the amount of compensation you receive.

serious injuries, you should seek emergency care. Follow any advice given to you by healthcare professionals and listen to your body. Additionally, it is always a good idea to follow up with your primary care physician. Your family doctor knows you, he or she is familiar with your body, and can refer you to other doctors if your injuries are beyond his or her expertise. Farrah Martinez is a personal injury and accident lawyer seeking maximum compensation for clients who have been injured in car accidents on the road or at work. --------------------------------------------------------

Have you or a loved one been involved in an accident with a commercial truck or an 18-wheeler? Here are three keys to handling a claim. Commercial truck drivers are held to a higher standard than those who drive regular passenger vehicles. Why? Well, commercial truck drivers tend to operate very large vehicles that sometimes carry hazardous or even flammable materials. Commercial vehicles are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) whose mission is to prevent commercial vehicle related accidents and injuries.

Accidents involving commercial vehicles, require you to act quickly to preserve information that is vital to your claim. For example, federal regulations only require truck drivers to maintain driving logs for six months. The fact the driver is involved in an accident does not automatically trigger a longer maintenance time. Information contained within the log might be key to proving the driver did not follow federal and state regulations.

2. Just Say NO!

3. Seek Medical Attention

Here are three things keys to protecting your claim against a commercial vehicle.

Often times, the insurance company of the commercial vehicle will contact the injured

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Disclaimer: The information and materials provided here are for general informational purposes only and are not intended as legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is formed nor should any such relationship be implied. Nothing on this blog is intended to substitute for the advice of an attorney. If you need legal advice, please consult with a competent attorney licensed to practice in your jurisdiction.




HAVE YOU CONSIDERED JOINING THE GOP? Engagement committee members and volunteers at the Fall of Saigon Memorial Service at Hong Kong City Mall The Engagement Committee has expanded the Party's involvement with its constituents all around Harris County and are continuing to sponsor and attend events in the Asian, African American, Indian, Jewish, Muslim and Hispanic communities. Harris County Republican Party I 7232 Wynnwood Lane I Houston, Texas 77008 I Pnone 713.838.7900


Franklin Graham Recently Posted this Appeal for Americans to Join Him Prayer for our U.S. Supreme Court Justices “The Supreme Court heard arguments today relating to same-sex marriage. God is the One who made us male and female, and He defines marriage as between one man and one woman. There is no argument with what God has ordained. It is shameful that our country has declined so much morally that our courts are confused and would even hear this argument. Join me in praying that God would intervene and give these justices a glimpse of His heart and that they would make this decision based on His standards. Remember, two men cannot make a child; two women cannot make a child. This is a fact. Everyone alive today is the result of the union of a man and a woman. It is just simple biology, and the courts can’t change that.”

TEC TRAINING SEMINARS FOR NEW CAMPAIGN FINANCE FILING APPLICATION TEC is hosting hands-on training seminars throughout the state to help candidates, officeholders, and political committees transition to the new electronic filing application. Attendees will receive hands-on training with the new software and will have an opportunity to ask the Ethics Commission staff questions about the new filing software. The Houston session is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27th. - HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS NEWSPAPER n 31

MIKE NEEDHAM General Manager Ben E. Keith Company Mike began his career with Ben E. Keith in 1991, after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in History. He has served in many capacities during his tenure with the company including Warehouseman, District Sales Representative, Produce Specialist, Purchasing Manager, District Sales Manager, and Operations Manager. Since 1997, he has served as the Assistant General Manager and in 2008, was named the General Manager of the San Antonio Division. In July 2014, he was named the General Manager of the new Houston Division.

SCOTT DAVISON Assistant General Manager Ben E. Keith Company Scott, a Sam Houston State University graduate with a BS in Agriculture Business, has been with Ben E. Keith since 1995. He has held positions such as District Sales Representative, District Sales Manager, and Branch Manager for the Conroe Sales Office. In 2008, Scott was named an Assistant General Manager.

JERRY DUBOSE Assistant General Manager Ben E. Keith Company Jerry is a graduate of Texas A&M who began his career with Ben E. Keith in 1996 as a DSR in the Bryan/College Station area. In 2001, he was promoted to a DSM and then in 2009 was promoted again to the Director of Sales Training and moved to the General Office. In July 2014, Jerry became the newest Assistant General Manager in the Houston Division.

MARK HERZOG Director of Purchasing Ben E. Keith Company Mark came to Ben E. Keith in 2007, with 20 years of food service experience, including Operations as well as extensive

Purchasing duties. He has also served as a Senior Merchandiser and as a Director of Purchasing before joining Ben E. Keith. Mark began his tenure as the Director of Purchasing in our new Houston Division in 2008.

LOU CITRO Branch Controller Ben E. Keith Company Lou began his career as a CPA in Public Accounting in 1981 after graduating with a BS in Accountancy from Northern Illinois University. Lou has over 30 years of accounting experience, most of which has been in the food industry with the following companies; Nabisco Brands, RTM (Arby’s), Huntington Restaurant Group (Chili’s/Denny’s), and Shamrock Foods. Before joining Ben E Keith Foods in July of 2012, Lou spent ten years with Shamrock Foods as their Controller.

DREW SCUDDAY Marketing Manager Ben E. Keith Company Drew joined Ben E. Keith Company in 2007. He has a BBA in Finance from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. Beginning his career at the San Antonio Division, he has held positions as a District Sales Representative, VPT Analyst, and Business Development /Marketing Specialist. In 2012, Drew was named the Marketing Manager for the Houston Division.

IRENE GALVAN Credit Manager Ben E. Keith Company Irene began her Ben E Keith career in March 2001. She held the position of Assistant Credit Manager in the San Antonio Division for the past 11 years. In 2012, Irene was named the Credit Manager for the Houston division.

SHAUN MCFAUL Operations Manager Ben E. Keith Company Shaun began his Ben E. Keith career in 1999. He has an AA in Business Management. Shaun started his career at the Ben E. Keith Foods division in Amarillo working in several warehouse positions. In 2005 Shaun was promoted to Operations Manager in the Albuquerque Division, Shaun also served as the Safety Manager, DOT Compliance Manager, Transportation Manager and Sanitation Manager while at the Albuquerque Division. In 2012, Shaun moved to Houston to be the Operations Manager.

CRAIG VAUGHN Information Systems Manager Ben E. Keith Company Craig joined Ben E. Keith Company in 1998 as an I.S. Support Specialist for the Oklahoma City Division. He transferred to Amarillo to assume the role of I.S. Support Manager in 2003. Craig is a graduate of UCO with a BBA in Management Information Systems. In 2008, Craig was named the I.S. Support Manager for the Houston Division.

Grayle James JAMES WALLACE Transportation Manager Ben E. Keith Company James began his career in 1994 as a local Route Service Associate for the Dallas/Fort Worth division. He delivered in the Houston and Collage Station markets. As Ben E. Keith grew in the market so did his career. He moved from Route Service Associate to lead RSA then on to be the first supervisor in the Houston market. In 2010, James was named the Transportation Manager for the Houston Division.

credentials in mathematics and physical sciences from California State University, Bakersfield. Grayle has volunteered for many years at multiple FBISD schools, and has served as the PTO/PTA President for Lakeview Elementary, First Colony Middle School and Kempner High School. In the past, she has served as PTO/PTA Treasurer and VIPS Coordinator, as well as serving on the FBISD Parent Advisory, Health Advisory and Discipline Advisory committees. Grayle and her husband, David, have three children, who all currently attend or have graduated from FBISD schools.

President Fort Bend ISD - Position 2 Term Expires - 2015 Grayle James was elected to Position 2 in May 2012. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Secondary Education teaching


Dave Rosenthal Vice President Fort Bend ISD - Position 7 Term Expires - 2016 Dave Rosenthal was elected to Position 7 in May 2013. Dave is a geophysicist with a private oil and gas firm in Houston and more than 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Geological Sciences in 1987 from the University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelor of Science degree (cum laude) in Geology from the University of Delaware in 1983. Dave and his wife, Joan, have three children, two of which attend Fort Bend ISD schools.

Jenny Bailey Secretary Fort Bend ISD - Position 6 Term Expires - 2015 Jenny Bailey was elected to Position 6 in May 2012. Jenny worked for the Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company (VALIC), a financial firm specializing in teacher retirement annuities, as a manager, project coordinator and research analyst. She also worked for Nova Pension Valuations (NPV) as retirement plan administrator. Jenny received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University of Ohio in 1984. Jenny’s school volunteer experience includes serving on the PTO, fundraising committees, room parent, and a Junior Achievement

teacher, providing her numerous opportunities to interact with teachers and parents. Besides being an active volunteer in FBISD, her other volunteer experience includes First Colony Community Association, Fort Bend Boys Choir, Boy Scouts of America, and First United Methodist Church in Missouri City. Jenny and her husband, Bob, have two sons enrolled in FBISD schools. They have been residents in Missouri City since 1998.

Jason Burdine Fort Bend ISD - Position 1 Term Expires - 2017 Jason Burdine was elected to Position 1 in 2014. His family has called Fort Bend their home for the past seven years. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Education Degree. As an independent contractor with Investment Professionals, Jason has earned numerous accolades for his commitment to exemplary service. He currently partners with a money management firm that specializes in the area of Educational Trusts. In the Fort Bend community, Jason mentors at-risk youth, and serves as a member of the Ridgemont Elementary and Early Childhood Center’s Campus-Based Leadership Team. Other community involvement has included volunteering at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where over the past ten years he has logged a total of 500 volunteer hours. Additionally, he has served on the District Strategic Steering Committee working collaboratively on the Master Facilities Plan for FBISD. Jason has two young children that will be attending Fort Bend ISD schools in the near future.

KP George Fort Bend ISD - Position 5 Term Expires - 2017 KP George was elected to Position 5 in 2014. He grew up in a tiny village in South India. He began his education learning the local language as he walked barefoot to get to school. As he did his homework in his straw hut by the light of a kerosene lamp and helped his parents farm before and after school, KP dreamed of achieving his greatest goal: coming to the land of opportunity and living the American Dream. His hard work propelled him out of the poverty of his hometown. He arrived in the U.S. in 1993 to work for a financial firm, and has since earned multiple financial certifications and licenses. KP is currently self-employed as a Board Certified Financial Planner and owns and manages an independent financial planning practice with six other advisors. Since 1999, KP and his wife Sheeba (an FBISD educator) have raised their three children in Sugar Land. One of his children is a recent graduate, and two are currently attending Fort Bend ISD schools. KP took the lead in establishing the Hightower High School Academies’ Booster Club in 2013 and served as its first president. He has also served local Indo-American groups, the Sugar Land Rotary Club, and the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the FBISD Parents Advisory Team and State Elections Policy & Affairs Team for State Representative Rick Miller. KP George is very thankful that God has given him the opportunity to live The Dream. Now, he wants to ensure that our children have the necessary tools to achieve their DREAMS, because they are our future.

Jim Rice Fort Bend ISD - Position 3 Term Expires - 2016 Jim Rice was elected to Position 3 in 2013 and has previously served as Board President and Board Secretary. He has been a resident of Sugar Land since 1981 and is the president of Rice & Gardner Consultants, an engineering and construction management firm. Jim is an active member of the Boy Scouts of America and is currently serving on the Sam Houston Area Council Board of Directors. He has extensive experience working directly with youth in the Boy Scouts and church, and all three of his sons are Eagle Scouts. In addition, Jim has served on the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors since 2005 and is currently serving a second term as Vice Chair of the Chamber’s Education Division. Jim is also a 2005 graduate of the Fort Bend Chamber’s Leadership Forum Class. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County; the Fort Bend Regional P16 Council, which is dedicated to supporting student achievement; and is co-founder and current Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fort Bend Cares - a 501 c(3) charitable foundation. Jim and his wife Mary have raised three sons who graduated from Fort Bend ISD schools.

Kristin K. Tassin Fort Bend ISD - Position 4 Term Expires - 2017

ber of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, Houston Young Lawyers Association and the Exchange Club of Sugar Land. In 2011, she was named a Texas Rising Star by Texas Super Lawyers magazine. Kristin was founding PTO president at Heritage Rose Elementary and has served in that position for three consecutive years. She also served as head of fundraising for three consecutive years, as well as on the Campus-Based Leadership Team and numerous other PTO leadership positions. She is a member of the FBISD Parent Advisory Council, member of the FBISD Steering Committee for Facilities Planning and is a Mentor Program volunteer. Kristin and her husband, Shannon, have three children – all of whom attend FBISD schools.

Attend a Fort Bend ISD Board Meetings Fort Bend ISD Board Meetings will generally take place the second Monday of the month to discuss all items that will be considered as part of the agenda at a regular business meeting on the third Monday of the month. The meetings are held in the Board Room of the FBISD Administration Building, 16431 Lexington Blvd., in Sugar Land. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. with Board Recognitions and other Special Meetings that are open to the public. The Board regular business meetings begin at 7 p.m. Called Meetings are scheduled on an asneeded basis, although Texas law does allow the Board to call an emergency

meeting in a crisis situation. In accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, the Board has the privilege to meet privately in closed session to discuss matters related to personnel, student discipline, security, land acquisition or to consult with legal counsel. No action, however, may be taken during a closed session.

Board of Trustee Elections Information Your Board of Trustees, comprised of seven local citizens, provides an important public service to the Fort Bend community and serves without compensation. In accordance with the Texas Elections Code, Fort Bend ISD calls Board elections for the second Saturday in May of each year. Vacancies occurring after the election are filled by appointment until the next election is conducted. Trustees are elected to three-year terms on a rotating basis. Two are elected each year, one from each side of the district (Position 1, 2 and 3 on the West, and Positions 5, 6 and 7 on the East). Also, every third year, the “at large” Position 4, is elected. The seven Board of Trustees members are voted on by all residents of the district, and represent all residents of the district.

Kristin Tassin was elected to Position 4 in 2014. She has lived in Missouri City for 17 years. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Quantitative Business Analysis (Computer Science option). She also earned her Juris Doctor from Louisiana State University Law School. She is currently employed as an attorney at Dry & Tassin and is Co-Founder/Director of the charitable organization, Father's Joy. Kristin is a memKristin K. Tassin Jim Rice Jenny Bailey

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Higher Dimension Church Pastor Terrance H. Johnson, frequently referred to as Pastor J, is the founder and senior pastor of Higher Dimension Church. His education derives from American Baptist College located in Nashville, TN, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Sociology. Pastor J is known throughout the country as a premier preacher with extraordinary gifts in biblical exposition, interpretation, and proclamation according to the Higher Dimension Church website. His wife First Lady Torsha Johnson, is spiritually gifted in leading women to the heart of God by developing and nurturing dynamic women's ministries. They are both native Houstonians and have three sons, Terrance, Thailan, and Theophilus, and one daughter, Tirzah. Pastor Johnson and First Lady Johnson uphold and exemplify strong family values; believing the church is only as strong as its families. Visit the website link for more information on this ministry.

reach to the world’s poorest citizens. Together they co-pastor the St. John’s United Methodist Church located in Downtown Houston that began with 9 existing members in 1992. St. John’s has grown to over 9,000 members (30% were formerly homeless) in 21 years into one of the most culturally diverse congregations in the country where every week people of every social and economic background and ethnicity share the same pew. The Rasmus’ attribute the success of the church to a compassionate group of people who have embraced the vision of tearing down the walls of classism, sexism, and racism and building bridges of unconditional love, universal recovery, and unprecedented hope. A recent inhouse poll revealed the number one reason people attend St. John’s is because they can “feel the love” from the parking lot to the pew. Visit the website link for more information on this ministry.

began her career in her family’s business. Now as a supportive wife, mother of two children and a co-pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, TX, Victoria is an inspiration and mentor to women everywhere. She is committed to helping women, children and families discover their purpose and reach their highest potential in Christ. Victoria has recently released a new book from Simon and Schuster, called Love Your Life: Living Happy, Healthy and Whole. In the book, Victoria offers today’s busy modern woman a simple and practical plan to help them embrace joy and live life to the fullest. She speaks directly to women harried by the pressures. Visit the website link for more information on this ministry.

St John’s Church Juanita Rasmus is a Spiritual Director with a desire to see a merger between the contemplative life and active life in society. Rudy Rasmus is an author, and global humanitarian with a passion for out-

Dr. H. Edwin Young was born and raised in Laurel, Mississippi and accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior at the age of 12. While in college at the University of Alabama , he felt led by God to become a pastor, and transferred to Mississippi College to continue his education. Dr. Young's preparation for the ministry continued at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. His first pastorate was in North Car- Kirbyjon H. Caldwell is Senior Pastor of Windsor Village United Methodist Church. Under the leadership of Caldwell since 1982, Windsor Village Church member-

olina, and he pastored in North and South Carolina until 1978 when he moved to Houston, Texas to become the pastor at Second Baptist Church where he continues as senior pastor today. The congregation has grown from 2,000 members in 1978 to over 60,000 members on 5 church campuses. Dr. Young served two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention and has authored many books including The 10 Commandments of Marriage, The 10 Commandments of Parenting, and Healing Broken America. Dr. Young and his wife, Jo Beth, have three sons, all in ministry: Ed (author, speaker and senior pastor of Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas), Ben (author, speaker and associate pastor at Second Baptist Church, Houston), and Cliff (Creative Media and Communications director and associate pastor for Second Baptist Church, Houston, and founding leader of the contemporary Christian group Caedmon’s Call.) Dr. Young and Jo Beth have eleven grandchildren who light up their lives. Visit the website link for more information on this ministry.

Lakewood Church Joel Osteen is a native Texan and the Pastor of Lakewood Church, which according to Church Growth Today is America’s largest and fastest growing church. On July 16, 2005 after completing $95 million dollars in renovations, Joel moved Lakewood Church into its new 16,000-seat home — the former Compaq Center. It is the largest regularly-used worship center in the United States. Each week Joel delivers God’s message of hope and encouragement to more than 38,000 attendees. According to Nielsen Media Research, Joel is the most watched inspirational figure in America. His weekly sermon is broadcast into every U.S. television market where it is viewed by seven million Americans each week and more than 20 million each month. His weekly broadcast is also seen in almost 100 nations around the world according to the Lakewood Church website. A life-long Houstonian, Victoria

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Brentwood Baptist Church The Reverend Dr. Joe Samuel Ratliff has been married to the former Doris Ernestine Gardner since 1980. He is a native of Lumberton, North Carolina; where in 1962, he began his Christian journey by uniting with The Mt. Sinai United Holy Church of Lumberton. Seven years later, he answered his Call to Ministry while attending Morehouse College. He served as pastor of the Cobb Memorial United Holy Church in Atlanta, Georgia for eight years. Dr. Joe Samuel Ratliff was elected as pastor of Brentwood Baptist Church of Houston, Texas in February 1980 and by the year 2000 had grown it from a 500 member congregation to a mega-church of 12,000. The congregation has reached a plateau of more than 7,000 members with over 5,000 worshipers attending its two Sunday morning worship services. Visit the website link for more information on this ministry.

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ship has increased from 25 members to more than 16,000, making it one of the largest Protestant Churches in the country. As a result of Caldwell’s effective social entrepreneurship, both Caldwell and the Windsor Village Church Family have been featured extensively in national and international print and broadcast media, including U.S. News & World Report, the British Broadcasting Corporation, The Wall Street Journal and the CBS Evening News. Caldwell was included in Newsweek’s “Century Club”, the publication’s list of 100 people to watch as America moved into the 21st century. .


Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church The Reverend Dr. Marcus D. Cosby, the third child born to the late Mr. Rogers Cosby and Mrs. Bobbie J. Cosby, serves as the Senior Pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. A proud native of Chicago, Illinois and a product of Emmanuel Baptist Church where Dr. L.K. Curry served as pastor, Cosby received

Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia and the Doctor of Ministry Degree in Homiletics from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. Dr. Cosby is married to his high school sweetheart, Mrs. Audrey Marie Cosby, and they have been blessed with three beautiful daughters, Adrienne Marie, Ashley Marie and Aliyah Marie and two sons, Marcus D., II and Matthew D. Cosby. Visit the website link for more information on this ministry.

the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and English from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, the Master of Divinity Degree in Homiletics and Christian Education from the Morehouse School of

Grace Church Pastor Steve Riggle is the founding pastor of Grace church, the president of

Grace International, and executive member of the Houston Area Pastors Council. Steve holds a Masters Degree from Oral Roberts University and a Doctorate from The Kings University. Becky has led women’s ministry in the local church, taught bible studies, and speaks at conferences and women’s events across the United States and internationally. Her desire is to encourage women of all ages to grow in God’s word and to live out their God given purpose. Steve and Becky take every opportunity to be with their family and friends. A motion picture is in production that chronicles the unmistakable hand of God moving in Steve and Becky’s life during a mission trip in the Philippines where they were taken hostage in an attempted prison break and were the only survivors.

We’re Building Winning Lives...

The mission of Bishop K.J. Brown Ministries is that through the preaching and teaching of the gospel that a multitude of men, women boys and girls will come to know the Lord Jesus as Savior. We also endeavor to be a source of encouragement, inspiration, information and for those that already know the Lord as Savior and desire to strengthen their relationship with the Lord. Our vision at Bishop K.J. Brown Ministries is to raise up a Church that is a light in the world . Not just the local assembly, but the Body of Christ. We endeavor to be strength for the weary, hope for the worn, healing for the wounded, and encouragement for the well. As we patiently wait for the return of Jesus Christ our Lord.

“God Wants U 2 Win! God has a plan to prosper your life. Trust in God's Ways Listen to God's Voice. Follow God's Instructions. Move Forward in Faith and Win!” -- Bishop K J Brown


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Paula White: “I pray supernatural intervention for your situation! In the name of Jesus, I pray the Lord deploys His angels for you!”

STEVE HARVEY: “Big goals are accomplished with small changes. What one small change can you make today, that when done consistently, will help you achieve your goal?”



Suzette Caldwell: “Words are very powerful. When spoken, they carry life or death: good news or bad news; fear or faith. They can release a future with hope or a future full of destruction. In Proverbs 18:21, the Bible states that the power of life and death is in our tongue. When we speak words of defeat and doubt, we are literally killing our God-given successful futures.”

ouse of Hope International Church (HHIC) has started a new location in the Houston Hobby area and would like to see you there. Bishop Anthony and Pastor Matishe Allen’s desire is to see the saints throughout the USA and around the world operating at a hundredfold level of production in every area of their circle of life. They, along with the HHIC family are seeking those who want to do just that for the Kingdom of God. They believe that our nation will draw closer to the level of expectation it has been call to once the saints have made this necessary adjustment. By providing an altar consecrated for this purposed, and Spiritual teaching to empower the idea, they believe that the journey for the saints will drastically improve to the glory of God. Bishop and Pastor Matishe would like to personally invite you to join HHIC every Sunday at 12:00 noon at the Hampton Inn located next to Hobby Airport at 8620 Airport Blvd, Houston, TX 77061 inside the meeting room. Come and get the hundredfold agreement you need to be all that God has called you to be!

A LOOK AT OUR CHURCH HISTORY In 1998 Pastor Noah Niewcoste was given direction from God to start a church. So in their guarage he and his wife Christine Newcoste started what grew into a community movement. The community had the pleasure of being blessed by the HHC youth choir God's Army and the inspired teaching of Pastor's Noah and Christine Newcoste. In 2002 do to Pastor Noah's illness and other things they were forced to dissolve the movement until it was reestablished by their son Bishop Anthony A. Allen and his wife Pastor Matishe R. Allen.

YOUR DONATIONS ARE WELECOMED AND VERY MUCH APPRECIATED Visit us at for information, updates and to take advantage of the opportunity to financially honor the Lord at a place where agreement is unlimited.

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Dr. David Jeremiah: “Ask God today to help you be a change agent and kingdom “preservationist,” and to add spiritual value to all those you meet.”

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Mia Wright: “Fear is nothing more than an obstacle that stands in the way of progress.”






Bishop I.V. Hilliard: “Your life becomes praise to God as you live out your purpose, as you rise each day & discover new ways to enhance the lives of others.”

BISHOP T.D. JAKES: “Now is the perfect time to refocus on the dreams and purpose that you began working toward at the beginning of the year.”

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