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Sunday, November 30, 2014

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “Our Faith Can Bring Us through Anything We’re Facing in America” – A Thought to Ponder for Today!

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By Aubrey R. Taylor

God has placed the solution to every problem we face inside the mind of people just like you and me. So stay in FAITH. For we are more POWERFUL than we appear to be when we're walking in FAITH and allowing the SPIRIT of GOD dwelling inside us to LEAD the way! There is always HOPE for BELIEVERS; FOR OUR HOPE ISN'T PLACED IN MAN, any man-made thing or SYSTEM. Nor is our FAITH deterred by what's going on in the earth. Our FAITH is the SUBSTANCE of the THINGS we're HOPING and believing God for today. And our FAITH is all the EVIDENCE we need to be reassured that our FATHER is still on the JOB, in CONTROL, in CHARGE, and CAREFULLY watching over HIS plan for us!

PONDER THIS TODAY

Our faith is what will give us the advantage in our quest to lay hold of what we’re trusting and believing God for in these last days. So we can’t trust our natural eyes, or in how things look in the natural. Rely on your spiritual eyes and faith in God as His plan for your life continues to unfold. This particular message was inspired by a passage of scripture I found in Hebrews 11:1 in the King James Version of the Bible which states: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: "Our Almighty Father is Still in Control and at Work in America" - A Thought to Ponder for Today!

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By Aubrey R. Taylor

God is still at work in America. He's still on the throne. And He's still directing and positioning His children to start businesses, to run for political office, and to invent products, services and systems that will revolutionize the way we do things in the earth. SO ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS: To whom much is given; much is required. And please be reminded that you and I have been blessed so that we can be a blessing to others as God's plan for our life continues to unfold. 

PONDER THIS TODAY

We must begin to use our gifts, talents, education, and resources (in greater ways) to lead America forward during these last days. This particular message was inspired by a passage of scripture I found in Luke: 12:48 in the King James Version of the Bible which states: "For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more."


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Thursday, November 27, 2014

THANKSGIVING: Mia Love, Congresswoman Elect for the 4th Congressional District of Utah "2014 Thanksgiving" Message


Dear Americans,

On this Thanksgiving Day, I want to express my gratitude for all of the wonderful blessings in my life.

First and foremost, I'm grateful for my amazing family because I wouldn't be where I am today without them. My husband is my rock, and my children are my inspiration. They motivate me to reach my full potential. I'm also grateful for my parents, who instilled good values in my siblings and me.

We are so blessed to be citizens of this great nation. I'm thankful for our inalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I'm thankful for small steps and giant leaps. I'm thankful for the woman on the bus and the man with the dream. I'm thankful for the bravery of the greatest generation. In short, I'm thankful for over 200 years of American history defined by courageous, innovative, and thoughtful men and women.

Please take some time today to reflect on the blessings in your life and to express your gratitude. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Sincerely,

Mia Love
4th Congressional District of Utah
Our mailing address is:
Mia Love 2014
PO Box 255
Riverton, UT 84065

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THANKSGIVING: President George Washington Issued the Thanksgiving Proclamation at the Request of Congress in 1789

PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON

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By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other trangressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Go. Washington

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THANKSGIVING: Jared Woodfill, former Harris County Republican Party Chairman "2014 Thanksgiving" message to Texans

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Happy Thanksgiving! 

"...In this spirit, Thanksgiving has become a day when Americans extend a helping hand to the less fortunate. Long before there was a government welfare program, this spirit of voluntary giving was ingrained in the American character. Americans have always understood that, truly, one must give in order to receive. This should be a day of giving as well as a day of thanks..." - President Ronald Reagan

I wish you a happy and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I pray you have safe travels to near and far to be with family and friends this week.

We have much to be grateful for this year. After all your hard work this past campaign season, please enjoy some rest as you gather with your family, loved ones, and friends. Be thankful for the freedom of our great country, our vigilant armed forces on guard protecting us every day, our numerous blessings and praise the Lord for all that He has provided.

Let us also resolve to remember to share our blessings with those less fortunate and to spread the goodness of God's grace.

Be glad, and Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Thank you,

Jared Woodfill 

Jared Woodfill
P.O. Box 2018
Houston, TX 77573 

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THANKSGIVING: Gilberto Hinojosa, Texas Democratic Party Chairman "2014 Thanksgiving" message to Texas Residents



Dear Friend, 

As we come together with friends, family, and neighbors to celebrate Thanksgiving, we look back on a year we will never forget, reflect on our struggles, and count our blessings. 

We have so much to be thankful for this year -- especially your commitment to the Texas Democratic Party. 

You’ve stayed with us this year during the good times and the bad. Together, we worked to elect new leadership for Texas, encouraged more people to get involved than ever before and gave this election everything we had. 

Your commitment to make a difference and determination to see a better future for this state is what drives our Party -- we don’t know where we’d be without you. 

As we approach the new year, let’s celebrate what unites us and renew our promise to build a better Texas for our families. 

Thank you for all you do for Texas. 

Happy Thanksgiving, and all my best -- 

Gilberto Hinojosa
Chair, Texas Democratic Party

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THANKSGIVING: Ellen Cohen, Houston City Council Member for District C "2014 Thanksgiving" message to Houstonians



Dear Friend,

I want to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving. I’m thankful to be able to spend the holiday this year with my 99-year-old mother, Elaine, and with my children and grandchildren. I’m also thankful to have passed the 45-year milestone since my breast cancer surgery in November of 1969. Whatever your blessings, however large or small, I join with you in giving thanks for them this holiday. 

Please note that the District C office will be closed on Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th in observance of Thanksgiving.

Sincerely,
Ellen 

City Hall Annex, 1st Floor, District C - 900 Bagby Street - Houston, TX 77002 

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THANKSGIVING: Harris County Republican Party "2014 THANKSGIVING" message for Harris County Residents




"I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens."

President Abraham Lincoln, Proclamation of Thanksgiving 
October 3, 1863


Harris County Republican Party

Harris County Republican Party · 
7232 Wynnwood, Houston, TX 77008, United States 


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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

EVENTS: Pamela Ellis, CEO Smahrt Solutions and Founder Smahrt Girl Foundation Event at Hotel ZaZa in Houston, Texas



Pamela Ellis, CEO Smahrt Solutions and Founder Smahrt Girl Foundation has an event taking place on Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM (CST) at 5701 Main Street in Houston, Texas. 

MISSION

The Smahrt Girl Foundation provides mentoring and special programs that will enable teen girls in rural communities to live the life of their dreams.​

GOAL

To serve as a resource outlet and network of support for young girls between the ages 12 – 19. To encourage positive and sound decision making, promote self-respect, confidence and teach life skills.To improve the quality of life in rural communities.

THE FOUNDER

Pamela Ellis is President of Smahrt Solutions, Inc. Prior to starting Smahrt, Pamela held various management positions with corporations such as: JPMorgan Chase Bank, LG&E Energy Corp., Union Bank of California and Dynegy.

Smahrt is a management consulting firm based in the greater Houston area. Smahrt provides strategic planning and program management in four primary areas: Human Resource Management, Technology, Business Strategy and Project Management.

Call us: 713-839-5757


Find us: 720 N. Post Oak Road, Suite 260,
Houston, Texas 77024



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THOUGHTS: Robert P. McCulloch, the Democratic Prosecuting Attorney for St. Louis County, Missouri failed to Secure Indictment of Officer Darren Wilson from the Grand Jury for Killing Michael Brown

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By Aubrey R. Taylor
Publisher of Houston Business Connections Magazine

I have been proclaiming for years that the time has come for African-Americans and other minorities to reconsider the practice of blindly supporting people because they are claiming to be a Democrat. Heck, a blind straight-ticket vote for any political party is a practice I can’t condone. And a prime example that this practice at least, as it relates to trying to get fairness and justice in the criminal justice system in America is what we just saw unfold in Ferguson, Missouri involving Democrat Bob McCulloch and his failed attempt to secure an indictment against Officer Darren Wilson.

The shooting of (unarmed) teenager Michael Brown occurred on Saturday, August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, which is a suburb of St. Louis. Brown, an 18-year-old black teenager, was fatally shot by Officer Darren Wilson, 28, a white police officer. The accounts of what actually led to the shooting differed drastically, as some say the young black man had his hands in the air; while others claimed he was rushing toward Officer Wilson before he was shot dead in the street.

We may never know exactly what happened during that fatal encounter back on Saturday, August 9, 2014 when the paths of Michael Brown and Officer Darren Wilson crossed. However, going forward, the African-American community must definitely reconsider how it goes about the business of electing the people who represent the communities where we live.

Many across America are in an uproar about the handling and presenting of the case by Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch to the grand jury. But the sad reality is that the people of St. Louis County, Missouri have continued to blindly support this Democratic prosecutor year after year. McCulloch has been in office since 1991. He’s won re-election (by wide margins) in every election where he's drawn a challenger since first being elected to serve the people of St. Louis County, Missouri. 

McCulloch, won his re-election bids with bipartisan support in 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 respectfully. Now the only question that remains, is whether the people of St. Louis County, Missouri is ready to remove him from office the next time the opportunity presents itself.

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“The grand jury’s decision shows that facts do matter,” said Project 21 member Joe R. Hicks , a former executive director or the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Los Angeles City Human Rights Commission."

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St. Louis/Washington - After a grand jury chose not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death last August of local resident Michael Brown, members of the Project 21 black leadership network are speaking out about the ruling, what it means for the black community and how protesters might redirect their energies to find some redemption from the loss.

“Now that we have a grand jury decision, may the process of healing begin in earnest,” said Project 21 member Stacy Washington, a St. Louis resident who hosts a local radio talk show. “I truly hope for a refocus of protest energy towards reflection and away from blaming the police for the difficulties facing black Americans today. We must begin to look at improving ourselves instead of blaming groups of others for endemic problems that plague the black community. May God grant the Brown family peace and closure.”

“The grand jury’s decision shows that facts do matter,” said Project 21 member Joe R. Hicks , a former executive director of the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Los Angeles City Human Rights Commission. “From the inception — and despite the hyperbolic rhetoric from national black leaders, local protesters and political opportunists of all stripes — my position was that the facts and a thorough investigation would tell the story of what happened on that street between teenager Michael Brown and Officer Darren Wilson. Now that Officer Wilson’s actions have been deemed within the scope of a lawful police response to the dangerous actions of Mr. Brown, it’s now important to watch how the so-called black leadership responds. Will they irresponsibly reject the decision, along with the facts it revealed, and continue to claim that Brown was the murder victim of a racist white cop? To what extent will Ferguson protesters defy the orders of authorities for lawful behavior? We don’t need a replay of the violent, pathological riots we saw on the streets of that small suburb of St. Louis.”

“It amazes me that there are so many who dismissed the fact that Michael Brown robbed a convenience store and attacked a police officer prior to being killed,” said Project 21 member Michael Dozier, Ph.D “Once again, the black community largely turned a blind eye to the real issues affecting the very lives of our youths. Black-on-black crime is an epidemic and thousands of black children are brutally killed every year, yet we do not see the Al Sharptons or Jesse Jacksons protesting their deaths. The President doesn’t proclaim their lives would reflect the life of a son he never had. The black community needs to stop with the excuses and victimization and stop allowing antagonists to come into their communities to promote their own agendas.”

"Now that the grand jury has rendered a decision, people on both sides can now peacefully debate the result. The decision does not give anyone the right to engage in property destruction, physical assaults and general chaos if they don’t agree with that decision,” said Project 21 member Kevin Martin. “The grand jury looked at all the evidence, and it surely did its best to render a judgment respectful of all parties. It is long past the time for those who might seek to use violence to achieve an outcome to decamp from Ferguson and allow the community to heal.”

Since August, Project 21 previously issued six press releases and posted numerous news-related blog entries addressing the death of Michael Brown and related events. Project 21 members have already completed over 150 radio and television interviews on the death of Michael Brown and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri and been mentioned by Cal Thomas in his nationally-syndicated column. Several Project 21 members have visited the area in the wake of the initial rioting, and two members live in the immediate area and another is currently there to chronicle events as they unfold.

Additionally, Project 21 member were interviewed or cited by the media over 1,500 other times in 2014 – including TVOne, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Fox News Channel, Westwood One, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, SiriusXM satellite radio and the 50,000-watt radio stations WBZ-Boston, WHO-Des Moines, KDKA-Pittsburgh, KOA-Denver and WJR-Detroit – on issues that include civil rights, entitlement programs, the economy, race preferences, education and corporate social responsibility. Project 21 has participated in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding race preferences and voting rights, defended voter ID laws at the United Nations and provided regular commentary during the Trayvon Martin judicial proceedings in 2013. Its volunteer members come from all walks of life and are not salaried political professionals.

Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives for over two decades, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research (http://www.nationalcenter.org).

Contributions to the National Center are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.

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Ferguson Aftermath

The shooting of Michael Brown and all that has happened in its aftermath makes it abundantly clear that we all still have work to do to help improve the relationship between law enforcement and the African American community, and the broader minority community in general, all across America.

As U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have recently been advocating, we need to reform our criminal justice and judicial systems to make them fairer and more inclusive.

It's not just a matter of better relationships between police officers and the community, it’s also a matter of better relations between prosecutors and the community.

We have to seriously address this issue with positive action rather than empty speeches, violence and looting. These actions will not solve the problem, but collectively and together we can make a positive difference in the criminal justice and judicial system.

The African American community believes-rightly or wrongly that deadly force against young African American men has too often been used by police officers. This concern has to be addressed and can't simply be dismissed out of hand.

If we don't address this concern with forthright discussion, sadly there will be more "Fergusons".

Sincerely,

Carroll G. Robinson for Houston
Get in touch with me!
Phone:(832)863-8092
Email: campaign@carrollgrobinson.com

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P.S. Contributions cannot be accepted until February 1, 2015. If I can count on your support, I would greatly appreciate a contribution on February 1, 2015. The campaign can only accept personal or PAC checks.

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About Carroll G. Robinson

Carroll G. Robinson is an Associate Professor at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University (TSU) where he has served as Associate Dean of External Affairs and is Associate Director of the E-MPA program. Professor Robinson is a Co-Principal Investigator of the TSU National Transportation Security Center of Excellence-Petrochemical Transportation Security and is Associate Director of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) E-Government Center. He is Chairman of the Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, Third Vice President of the NAACP Houston Branch and a former board member of the Northeast Family YMCA, a member of the Houston Independent School District™'s (HISD) Bond Oversight Committee, was a member of the City of Houston™'s Term Limits Review Commission, and is a former At-Large (elected citywide) member of the Houston (Texas) City Council where he served as Chairman of the city™'s Transportation, Technology and Infrastructure Committee. Professor Robinson is also a former member of the Board of Directors of Children at Risk (C@R) and the National League of Cities where he served as a member of the Board™s Finance Committee and was a member of the Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Steering Committee.

He is a former member of the Texas Municipal League™s Utilities and Environment Committee and Transportation Task Force; a former Vice Chair of the Houston-Galveston Area Council™s (H-GAC) Transportation Policy Council, is a former member of H-GAC™s Board of Directors; a former Advisory Board member of the Texas Environmental Defense Fund; a past President of the Texas Association of Black City Council Members; has served as a member of the Texas Department of Transportation (Tx-DOT) 2001 Work Group on Transportation Goals and Objectives, is a former Advisory Board Member of the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) at Texas A&M University and is a member of the Advisory Board of the TSU Center for Transportation Training and Research. Professor Robinson provided testimony to the Texas Governor™s Task Force on Evacuation and Logistics on October 26, 2005 on how to use technology to improve Emergency Preparedness.

Professor Robinson has worked in the Texas Legislature as Chief of Staff and General Counsel to Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis. He received his Bachelor of Arts (with Honors) in Political Science from Richard Stockton State College in Pomona, New Jersey and his Juris Doctorate from the National Law Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Professor Robinson is a Life Member of the NAACP, Omega Psi Phi and the author of numerous legal and public policy articles and commentaries.

Prior to his election to the Houston City Council, Professor Robinson was an Associate Professor at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University and served as Executive Assistant to two Presidents of the University. He has also served as an Adjunct Law Professor at South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas where he taught Constitutional Structure. Professor Robinson is a past President of the Houston Lawyers Association and has served on the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas and National Bar Association.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

PEOPLE: Tanya Warner, president of renraW Realty Group Can Be Reached at (281)552-8883 to Assist With Your Needs!

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Real Estate Consultant

Experience

Tanya Warner is a Houston Real Estate Consultant who can be reached at (281)552-8883 to assist with your Real Estate Needs

renraW Realty Group the first step in owning your own home. Our motto is, Friends Don't Let Friends Rent. As the cost of rent continues to rise to incredible amounts, now is the time to help our friends own a home! 

renraW Realty Group is a highly rated real estate firm with a sole focus on Buyer’s Representation and Relocation Services for Houston, Katy, Spring and surrounding areas. There’s never a conflict of interest with us, we always represent you – the Buyer. As a full-service firm, we provide the latest technology; while ensuring a positive purchasing experience through education and step by step guidance; with a no-hassle commitment.

We are dedicated to finding the home of your dreams to fit your lifestyle and budget. It's not about the sale, or the purchase, it’s about helping you find your place, your community, your home. 

Client Satisfaction Reviews

"Best Realtor experience I've ever had! Extremely knowlegdeable, attentive, and professional. Tanya is very pro-active and a true advocate for her client; she possesses great foresight and applies such to her experience and provides client with the best advice!" Ms. Baudat - Coldspring, TX

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"I've been dealing with realtors for over 30 years and Tanya has been the absolute best of them all. She was efficient, responded very timely(never ignoring any of my calls or texts), very professional, very sensitive, her excellent attentiveness cannot be compared. I actually cannot say enough about her. My family and I have found a new Realtor!!! " -- Ms Terry - Humble, TX 

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"Tanya was very helpful during our process of finding a home. She is very knowledgeable about the market and the areas we were interested in. She worked consistently to help us find the home that suited us best no matter how many emails and visits we made." -- Mr & Mrs. Herrscher - Spring, TX 

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"I have made her my personal realtor for other projects and I am pleased to recommend her to others for good service." 

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"I could not have picked a better Realtor had I studied for a year and hand picked one. Tanya Warner is the best Realtor in Houston. I would recommend her to anyone." 

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"Ms. Warner was wonderful throughout the entire process of helping us find the perfect home. She made sure we had a full understanding of how this process worked. I don't think we could have found a better realtor that would have given us the personal attention we needed and made us feel so vauled as clients." 

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"Tanya went way above and beyond the call of duty in helping me find the perfect rental home. I had a stop and start experience so she actually had to help me look on 2 different paths and she was enormously patient with my disjointed search. She kept in touch with me every step of the way, always promptly returned my emails and phone calls and was available to assist with any issues. Knowledgeable, professional, hard working. tks Tanya for making this experience a very successful one." 

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"Tanya is very good at what she does. She knows the market, she knows the rules, and she is very nice too."

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Monday, November 24, 2014

OPINIONS: Black Activists Comment on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision to Not Indict Officer Darren Wilson in Death of Michael Brown

Joe R. Hicks

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“The grand jury’s decision shows that facts do matter,” said Project 21 member Joe R. Hicks , a former executive director or the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Los Angeles City Human Rights Commission."

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St. Louis/Washington - After a grand jury chose not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death last August of local resident Michael Brown, members of the Project 21 black leadership network are speaking out about the ruling, what it means for the black community and how protesters might redirect their energies to find some redemption from the loss.

“Now that we have a grand jury decision, may the process of healing begin in earnest,” said Project 21 member Stacy Washington, a St. Louis resident who hosts a local radio talk show. “I truly hope for a refocus of protest energy towards reflection and away from blaming the police for the difficulties facing black Americans today. We must begin to look at improving ourselves instead of blaming groups of others for endemic problems that plague the black community. May God grant the Brown family peace and closure.”

“The grand jury’s decision shows that facts do matter,” said Project 21 member Joe R. Hicks , a former executive director of the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Los Angeles City Human Rights Commission. “From the inception — and despite the hyperbolic rhetoric from national black leaders, local protesters and political opportunists of all stripes — my position was that the facts and a thorough investigation would tell the story of what happened on that street between teenager Michael Brown and Officer Darren Wilson. Now that Officer Wilson’s actions have been deemed within the scope of a lawful police response to the dangerous actions of Mr. Brown, it’s now important to watch how the so-called black leadership responds. Will they irresponsibly reject the decision, along with the facts it revealed, and continue to claim that Brown was the murder victim of a racist white cop? To what extent will Ferguson protesters defy the orders of authorities for lawful behavior? We don’t need a replay of the violent, pathological riots we saw on the streets of that small suburb of St. Louis.”

“It amazes me that there are so many who dismissed the fact that Michael Brown robbed a convenience store and attacked a police officer prior to being killed,” said Project 21 member Michael Dozier, Ph.D “Once again, the black community largely turned a blind eye to the real issues affecting the very lives of our youths. Black-on-black crime is an epidemic and thousands of black children are brutally killed every year, yet we do not see the Al Sharptons or Jesse Jacksons protesting their deaths. The President doesn’t proclaim their lives would reflect the life of a son he never had. The black community needs to stop with the excuses and victimization and stop allowing antagonists to come into their communities to promote their own agendas.”

"Now that the grand jury has rendered a decision, people on both sides can now peacefully debate the result. The decision does not give anyone the right to engage in property destruction, physical assaults and general chaos if they don’t agree with that decision,” said Project 21 member Kevin Martin. “The grand jury looked at all the evidence, and it surely did its best to render a judgment respectful of all parties. It is long past the time for those who might seek to use violence to achieve an outcome to decamp from Ferguson and allow the community to heal.”

Since August, Project 21 previously issued six press releases and posted numerous news-related blog entries addressing the death of Michael Brown and related events. Project 21 members have already completed over 150 radio and television interviews on the death of Michael Brown and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri and been mentioned by Cal Thomas in his nationally-syndicated column. Several Project 21 members have visited the area in the wake of the initial rioting, and two members live in the immediate area and another is currently there to chronicle events as they unfold.

Additionally, Project 21 member were interviewed or cited by the media over 1,500 other times in 2014 – including TVOne, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Fox News Channel, Westwood One, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, SiriusXM satellite radio and the 50,000-watt radio stations WBZ-Boston, WHO-Des Moines, KDKA-Pittsburgh, KOA-Denver and WJR-Detroit – on issues that include civil rights, entitlement programs, the economy, race preferences, education and corporate social responsibility. Project 21 has participated in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding race preferences and voting rights, defended voter ID laws at the United Nations and provided regular commentary during the Trayvon Martin judicial proceedings in 2013. Its volunteer members come from all walks of life and are not salaried political professionals.

Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives for over two decades, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research (http://www.nationalcenter.org).

Contributions to the National Center are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.

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OPINION: Carroll G. Robinson Issues Statement on the Michael Brown, Officer Darren Wilson, Ferguson Missouri Aftermath


Ferguson Aftermath

The shooting of Michael Brown and all that has happened in its aftermath makes it abundantly clear that we all still have work to do to help improve the relationship between law enforcement and the African American community, and the broader minority community in general, all across America.

As U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have recently been advocating, we need to reform our criminal justice and judicial systems to make them fairer and more inclusive.

It's not just a matter of better relationships between police officers and the community, it’s also a matter of better relations between prosecutors and the community.

We have to seriously address this issue with positive action rather than empty speeches, violence and looting. These actions will not solve the problem, but collectively and together we can make a positive difference in the criminal justice and judicial system.

The African American community believes-rightly or wrongly that deadly force against young African American men has too often been used by police officers. This concern has to be addressed and can't simply be dismissed out of hand.

If we don't address this concern with forthright discussion, sadly there will be more "Fergusons".

Sincerely,

Carroll G. Robinson for Houston
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About Carroll G. Robinson

Carroll G. Robinson is an Associate Professor at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University (TSU) where he has served as Associate Dean of External Affairs and is Associate Director of the E-MPA program. Professor Robinson is a Co-Principal Investigator of the TSU National Transportation Security Center of Excellence-Petrochemical Transportation Security and is Associate Director of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) E-Government Center. He is Chairman of the Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, Third Vice President of the NAACP Houston Branch and a former board member of the Northeast Family YMCA, a member of the Houston Independent School District™'s (HISD) Bond Oversight Committee, was a member of the City of Houston™'s Term Limits Review Commission, and is a former At-Large (elected citywide) member of the Houston (Texas) City Council where he served as Chairman of the city™'s Transportation, Technology and Infrastructure Committee. Professor Robinson is also a former member of the Board of Directors of Children at Risk (C@R) and the National League of Cities where he served as a member of the Board™s Finance Committee and was a member of the Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Steering Committee.

He is a former member of the Texas Municipal League™s Utilities and Environment Committee and Transportation Task Force; a former Vice Chair of the Houston-Galveston Area Council™s (H-GAC) Transportation Policy Council, is a former member of H-GAC™s Board of Directors; a former Advisory Board member of the Texas Environmental Defense Fund; a past President of the Texas Association of Black City Council Members; has served as a member of the Texas Department of Transportation (Tx-DOT) 2001 Work Group on Transportation Goals and Objectives, is a former Advisory Board Member of the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) at Texas A&M University and is a member of the Advisory Board of the TSU Center for Transportation Training and Research. Professor Robinson provided testimony to the Texas Governor™s Task Force on Evacuation and Logistics on October 26, 2005 on how to use technology to improve Emergency Preparedness.

Professor Robinson has worked in the Texas Legislature as Chief of Staff and General Counsel to Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis. He received his Bachelor of Arts (with Honors) in Political Science from Richard Stockton State College in Pomona, New Jersey and his Juris Doctorate from the National Law Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Professor Robinson is a Life Member of the NAACP, Omega Psi Phi and the author of numerous legal and public policy articles and commentaries.

Prior to his election to the Houston City Council, Professor Robinson was an Associate Professor at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University and served as Executive Assistant to two Presidents of the University. He has also served as an Adjunct Law Professor at South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas where he taught Constitutional Structure. Professor Robinson is a past President of the Houston Lawyers Association and has served on the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas and National Bar Association.

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