LAST DAY TO VOTE EARLY/18th Annual Garnet Coleman Award Luncheon/County Affairs Hearing Video/Sandra Bland Act Update/Harris County Bail Case Update/Sandra Bland Exhibit EXTENDED

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO VOTE EARLY

Early voting in Texas ends today, Friday, March 2nd. I encourage you to vote early as lines are typically shorter and you can vote at any polling location. Click here to find a polling location close to you. Remember to bring a valid form of photo ID with you to the polls. Click here for a list of approved forms of ID.
Early Voting Hours
Today, Friday March 2 | 7am-7pm

Election Day
Tuesday, March 6 | 7am-7pm


Photo courtesy of Houston Public Media.

Endorsements

I would like to thank all of the groups and elected officials who have endorsed me for re-election. Please see below for a complete list.

Groups
Houston Black American Democrats
Texas Coalition of Black Democrats – Harris County
Harris County Tejano Democrats
Area 5 Democrats
Texas State Teachers Association
American Federation of Teachers
AFL-CIO
Harris County Young Democrats
Houston Stonewall Young Democrats
Houston GLBT Political Caucus PAC
Planned Parenthood Texas Votes PAC
Bay Area New Democrats
Houston Police Officers’ Union PAC

Texas Farm Bureau
Texas Medical Association (TEXPAC)
Texas Health Care Association
Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN)

Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA)

Elected Officials
Rep. Senfronia Thompson
Commissioner Rodney Ellis
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee
Rep. Jessica Farrar
Rep. Alma Allen
Rep. Hubert Vo
Rep. Ana Hernandez
State Sen. Borris Miles
Rep. Armando Walle
Rep. Carol Alvarado
Rep. Gene Wu
Rep. Ron Reynolds
Rep. Mary Ann Perez
State Sen. Sylvia Garcia
Rep. Shawn Thierry
Rep. Eric Johnson


Please read below for my list of endorsements for the Democratic Primary.

VOTE SHARON BURNEY for JP 7, Place 2
Justice of the Peace
Precinct 7, Place 2: Sharon M. Burney
I support Sharon  M. Burney for justice of the Peace, Precinct 7, Place 2. She served in Education for 24 years at HISD, and co-created and administrated the Lighted Schoolhouse, a program for homeless and high risk youth. Ms. Burney is also endorsed by the Texas Coalition of Black Democrats – Harris County, The Harris County Tejano Democrats, and the Communications Workers Union.


Governor

Andrew White

U.S. Representative
District 18: Sheila Jackson Lee
District 29: Sylvia Garcia

State Senator
District 15: John Whitmire

State Representatives
District 27: Ron Reynolds
District 137: Gene Wu
District 139: Eric Johnson
District 140: Armando Walle
District 141: Senfronia Thompson
District 142: Harold V. Dutton, Jr.
District 143: Ana Hernandez
District 144: Mary Ann Perez
District 145: Carol Alvarado
District 146: Shawn Thierry
District 148: Jessica Farrar
District 149: Hubert Vo


18th Annual Garnet Coleman Award Luncheon

I was honored to attend the 18th Annual Garnet Coleman Award Luncheon at the African American Family Support Conference in Austin, Texas on February 28, 2018.  This year,  Judge Nancy Hohengarten was awarded the Garnet F. Coleman “Eternal Flame” Award.

The Central Texas African American Family Support Conference provides opportunities to learn about mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, substance use disorder, co-occurring disorders and much more. The mission of the conference is to strengthen family and individual awareness of available behavioral and physical health care services through culturally sensitive education, supports and partnerships.

Please see below for pictures of this year’s luncheon, as well as some in the past.


Representative Garnet Coleman addressing the attendees at the Central Texas African American Family Support Conference in Austin, Texas on February 28, 2018.

Representative Coleman addressing the attendees at the Central Texas African American Family Support Conference in Austin, Texas on February 28, 2018.

Representative Coleman awarding Judge Nancy Hohengarten with the Garnet F. Coleman “Eternal Flame” Award in Austin, Texas on February 28, 2018.

Representative Coleman with Garnet F. Coleman “Eternal Flame” Award winner, Judge Nancy Hohengarten in Austin, Texas on February 28, 2018.


From left to right: David Evans, Executive Director, Integral Care, Representative Coleman, and Richard E. Hopkins at the 2015 Garnet F. Coleman Awards Luncheon in Austin, Texas.


Representative Coleman at the 2014 Garnet F. Coleman Awards Luncheon in Austin, Texas.


Representative Coleman with 2015 Garnet F. Coleman “Eternal Flame” Award winner, Shannon Jones at the African American Family Support Conference in 2015. Mr. Jones was the former Director of Austin Public Health and now serves on the Central Health Board of Managers.


County Affairs Hearing Video

The House Committee on County Affairs that I chair met at the University of Houston–Downtown campus on February 6th,  to hear from experts and the public regarding interim charges related to Hurricane Harvey and county authority.  Additionally, the Committee  discussed the implementation of Senate Bill 1849, known as the “Sandra Bland Act.”

If you were unable to attend, please click the links below to watch the full hearing.

Click here to watch Part 1.

Click here to watch Part 2.

Click here to view the list of invited speakers and view a photo gallery.


Court approves most of a federal ruling that Harris County’s bail practices are unconstitutional

As reported by the Houston Chronicle here, “An appeals court [last month] upheld most of a federal district judge’s historic ruling that changed Harris County’s bail practices, agreeing the previous bail system was unconstitutional and unfair to low-level indigent defendants.”I urge Harris County to settle with the defendants and begin to implement a fair and just bail system. It’s time we stop wasting taxpayer dollars fighting this lawsuit.

For additional information on this case, please click here to read the Coleman Chronicle from three weeks ago on this case.

I will continue to fight for bail reform if re-elected and keep you updated on this important topic as it works its way through the court system.


Sandra Bland Act Update

Another portion of the Sandra Bland Act went into effect yesterday, March 1st – the Jail Administrators Exam.  From now on all new Jail Administrators will need to pass a competency exam to be a county jail administrator in Texas. This new exam will help ensure that the person running the county jail knows what is required of them to keep inmates safe. The exam requires a 100% grade to pass.

Already, earlier this year other parts of Sandra Bland Act have already gone into effect such as: rules to ensure continuity of medication in jails, new monthly serious incident reports at jails, independent investigation of jail deaths, mental health training for new jailers, and improved traffic stop data collection as well as removing the exemption that previously allowed some departments to not have to report traffic stop data.

I will keep you updated as more parts of the act continue to come into effect.


Sandra Bland exhibit EXTENDED
until 3/28 at Houston Museum of African-American Culture

The Houston Museum of African-American Culture is celebrating the life of Ms. Sandra Bland during Black History Month with an interactive exhibit.

The exhibit has been extended and now runs until March 28. See below for hours and details. Click here for more information.


Photo courtesy of African American News.

ADDRESS
Houston Museum of African-American Culture
4807 Caroline Houston, Texas 77004

HOURS
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 11a-6pm
Thursday: 11am-8pm
Friday, Saturday: 11am-6pm

ADMISSION
General Admission to the museum is free, however donations are accepted.

CONTACT
(713) 526-1015
info@hmaac.org


Our song of the week is “The Election of 1800” by the cast of Hamilton.

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