Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Action Alert: Love is Better Than Hate

A Communication from the Longview NAACP Political Action Committee:

{UPDATE:  Read Longview News Journal article, posted Aug. 27, 2014)

From October 2014 to July 2014, over 57,000 unaccompanied children, primarily from Central America have entered into the United States along the southwestern border. Faith and community based organizations are working to accommodate the needs of these children. Needless to say, the plight and circumstances of these children is difficult and heartbreaking.

One would hope that compassion would bind us all with respect to these children.

 The editor of the Texas Baptist Standard, Marv Knox, has published a compelling article about the immigrant children; take time to read about his perspective on this human tragedy.

President Obama is urging congressional leaders to act, and in a recent speech, said he is asking congress to work with him to address the urgent humanitarian challenge on the border, and support the immigration and Border Patrol agents who already apprehend and deport hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants every year.  Read more.

Please note the following groups are offering information on how to help:
Unfortunately, some residents here in Longview, Texas, and an organized group calling themselves, We the People Longview, who are affiliated with the Tea Party, have a different perspective about how to respond to this issue.

They do not represent a perspective that the Longview NAACP supports.  We are asking you to study this issue, and inform our elected leaders about how you feel.  You matter.  Let your voice also be heard.

A resolution from We the People Longview will go before the Gregg County Commissioners Court on September 8, 2014. 

The resolution is long, so it is posted at the end of this blog, scroll down to read the entire version from, "We The People Longview".   Their communication about this includes the following plea:
Email from We The People: 
We want a strong and loud Message sent to the Federal & State Government and the Mexican Drug Cartels, that Gregg County will not accept the financial burden as well as the health and safety burdens that come with this “man made” crisis.
The Political Action Committee of the Longview NAACP is asking members to consider action in the following ways.  Let's make action happen. Compassion matters. 

1.  Attend the Commissioner's meeting on September 8, 2014. The Gregg County Commissioners Court meets in the Commissioners Courtroom on the third floor of the courthouse located at 101 E. Methvin, Longview, Texas.  For more information about time and location, call: 903-758-6181

At the September 8 meeting, the resolution will be considered. Public comments will be allowed. We certainly encourage folks to speak out against the resolution. Each speaker must limit comments to a total of 3 minutes.  Even if you don't wish to speak, your presence alone is important. Strength in numbers will show Commissioners Court that there is strong opposition to this resolution.

2.  Share with your e-mail lists, on Facebook and Twitter, and talk to your friends and family personally.

3.  Call and/or e-mail your County Commissioner:

Ronnie L McKinney, Commissioner, Precinct 1
1179 FM 449
Longview, TX 75605
Office Hours:
6:30am - 5:00pm Monday through Thursday

Darryl Primo, Commissioner, Precinct 2
Greggton Community Building
3211-C W. Marshall
Longview, TX 75604
Office Hours:
8:00am - 4:30pm Monday through Friday

Gary Boyd, Commissioner, Precinct 3
6174 FM 2206
Longview, TX 75604
Office Hours:
7:00am - 5:00pm Monday through Thursday

John Mathis, Commissioner, Precinct 4
710 W. South Martin Luther King Boulevard
P.O. Box 1898
Kilgore, TX 75663
Office Hours:
7:00am - 5:30pm Monday through Thursday

Resolution prepared by 
We The People Longview, in preparation for the County Commissioner's Court meeting Sept. 8, 2014:

RESOLUTION NO. 2014-_______
 On this the _____ day of ________, 2014, the Commissioners’ Court of the County of Gregg, Texas convened in a regularly scheduled meeting with the following members thereof present:
Bill Stoudt, County Judge;
Ronnie L. McKinney, Commissioner, Precinct 1;
Darryl Primo, Commissioner, Precinct 2;
Gary Boyd, Commissioner, Precinct 3;
John Mathis, Commissioner, Precinct 4; and
Connie Wade, County Clerk
When the following proceedings, among others, were had, to-wit:

WHEREAS the citizens of Gregg County, Texas recognize their duty as law-abiding citizens to act in accordance with the U.S. Constitution and the Texas Constitution, and are endowed with rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, which our government has been instituted to secure; and

WHEREAS the federal government is failing to protect the borders of our country in accordance with Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution; and

WHEREAS it is estimated that more than 90,000 illegal alien minors will arrive in the United States during 2014 and an additional 145,000 illegal alien minors during 2015, with most expected to remain in Texas cities and communities; and

WHEREAS Texas Governor Rick Perry has concluded, based on his oversight of executive functions in the State of Texas and his communications with federal agencies in that capacity that the federal government is operating with “ulterior motives” in a manner that is “not in the best interest of American citizens” by permitting and encouraging the entry of large numbers of illegal immigrants into the State of Texas; and

WHEREAS Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole has accurately concluded that the federal government is “essentially incentivising the flow of this population by not returning the unaccompanied juveniles to their countries of origins quickly”; and

WHEREAS incentivizing minors to enter the United States illegally puts those minors at risk of physical danger, including violence and sexual abuse, which has resulted in injury and death to multiple unaccompanied minors; and

WHEREAS the federal government is transporting and placing illegal alien minors into Texas towns and counties, including Gregg County, to accommodate the unprecedented overflow of illegal aliens and unaccompanied minors; and

WHEREAS the influx of school-age illegal minors will have an adverse effect on local school district educational funding, resources, campus security, public health, and safety; and

WHEREAS in recent years, persons brought into Gregg County as alien minors as part of the federal government’s unaccompanied minor program have remained in Gregg County illegally after reaching adulthood, and some such persons have been involved in alleged criminal activity; and

WHEREAS the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention require legal immigrants to receive a comprehensive medical exam and vaccination for a wide range of diseases, but these requirements are not being equally applied to illegal alien minors being admitted to the country; and

WHEREAS the Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons recently warned that by admitting large numbers of minors who come from countries where medical screenings are minimal and hygiene is poor, the United States is at risk for epidemics of serious diseases and viruses that the nation has not seen in years; and

WHEREAS the increasing volume of illegal aliens is financially crippling some cities and counties in the State of Texas by overwhelming the local medical, educational, law enforcement, and judicial systems; and WHEREAS Governor Rick Perry warns that members of dangerous transnational criminal organizations and terror groups continue to exploit the situation to infiltrate the State of Texas for the purpose of establishing criminal and terrorist activities; and

WHEREAS without a secure border, Texas cities and communities cannot protect the health and safety of their citizens; and

WHEREAS the citizens of Gregg County, Texas are rightly concerned about the impact of the ongoing, massive influx of illegal aliens on our community; and

WHEREAS the State of Texas has the right and obligation to protect its citizens in accordance with Article 1, Section 1 of the Texas Constitution:

Freedom and Sovereignty of State.Texas is a free and independent State, subject only to the Constitution of the United States, and the maintenance of our free institutions and the perpetuity of the Union depend upon the preservation of the right of local self-government,unimpaired to all the States.

Now, Therefore, Be it Resolved that the Commissioners’ Court of Gregg County, Texas hereby finds that the housing of illegal alien minors in Gregg County, Texas is not in the best interest of the public.

Be it Further Resolved that theCommissioners’ Court of Gregg County, Texas hereby urges our state and federal legislators and elected officials to take prompt action to end the influx of illegal aliens across our national border and cease relocation of illegal aliens into communities across the State of Texas and other states.

Be it Further Resolved that theCommissioners’ Court of Gregg County, Texas hereby encourages the federal government to provide additional resources for new and/or existing Border Patrol checkpoints and employ a contiguous physical barrier where strategically prudent.

Be it Further Resolved that theCommissioners’ Court of Gregg County, Texas hereby encourages the Texas State Legislature to enhance state smuggling and human trafficking laws and provide civil and criminal liability protections for Texan land owners against criminal trespassers.

Be it Further Resolved that copies of this Resolution be spread upon the minutes of this Court and provided to Gregg County’s state and federal elected legislative representatives.

Upon motion duly made and seconded, the above Resolution was passed on this ______ day of _______, 2014.

PASSED AND APPROVED on the _______ day of ____________, 2014.

WTP Longview
P. O. Box 6003
Longview Texas 75608
United States

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Upcoming Events in Tyler: Art of Peace Festival, 5K Run, and Forum for All

The fourth annual Art of Peace Festival is scheduled September 13-21. Visit the website: http://www.tylerpeace.com/ for more information. 

A Peace Forum will be held, Tuesday, September 16, at 5:30 p.m. at Tyler Junior College's Rogers Student Center, which will serve as a kick off to a great event.

For more information, visit: http://www.tylerpeace.com/peace-forum.html for a direct link to info about the Peace Forum.

The African-American Cultural Events Committee has scheduled a Sickle Cell Youth Scholarship 5K Walk/Run on September 20, 2014 (9:00 a.m. -12 NOON) at Woldert Park 701 W.32nd St. in Tyler, Texas. The schedule is follows:

7:00 a.m. Registration begins ($15.00 per person, or $60 per team) A team consists of 8 or more people
8:00 a.m. Stretching and Aerobics Workout. ($5 Kids fun run with an adult entry age 12/under)
9:00 a.m. Walk/Run Begins
9:30 a.m. Concurrent Awareness Sessions:

The purpose of the Sickle Cell Youth Scholarship 5K Walk/Run is to create awareness in the community of the Sickle Cell disease that is prominent among African Americans, and provide technical assistance to parents of underserved and deserving youth who desire to attend college. Portion of the funds raised will be granted to Sickle Cell Research and Awareness and Youth College Scholarships for local students.

The organizers are seeking participants and offering various levels of sponsorship. The deadline for receiving sponsorships is September 16. Please contact Ms. Kathy Bell at 903-881-5469, or Gregory Buckner at 903-592-8973, or email at aacec7@gmail.com or chbuckner@aol.com for more information.


The Tyler Organization of Men and Smith County Democratic Party will present a Political Forum and Gospel Concert with emphasis on voter registration. If you are not registered to vote this was planned with you in mind.

This is a great opportunity to meet national, state and Smith county candidates for office. Find out how you can make a difference. The event will be located at St. Louis Baptist Church, 4000 Frankston Hwy, Tyler, Texas 75701 on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The event is open to the public.

For more information contact at TylerOrganizationOfMen@gmail.com or contact Henry Jackson, Event Chair, 903-372-8084 or Artis Newsome, 903-360-4240.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Community Members Gather to Discuss How to Lower Crime Rates

Councilwoman Kasha Williams speaks during
Anti Violence Community Team Meeting,
(Michael Cavazos/News-Journal Photo)
Article by Reese Gordon rgordon@news-journal.com
Longview News Journal

More than 40 community members gathered Tuesday night, Aug. 12, 2014 at Broughton Recreation Center to discuss solutions aimed at reducing violent crime in Longview.

The meeting, organized by grassroots organization Anti-Violence Community Team, featured a guest panel that included Longview Police Chief Don Dingler, District 3 Councilwoman Kasha Williams and Longview NAACP President Branden Johnson.

Dingler said Tuesday that the presence of neighborhood crime watch groups has helped to lower the crime rate through the first six months of 2014.  “Crime is down 14 percent from last year,” he said. “Things are looking good, but we can’t do anything without your help.”

Longview Police Area Representative Officer Debra Stiles said communities taking a stand in the form of neighborhood watch groups has made a difference in lowering crime this year. “National Night Out on Oct. 7 is a great way to get started with neighborhood watch,” she said. “Anyone who wants to do that can contact me.”

Read the rest of the article online at Longview News Journal.  

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Workshop for Parents and Community: Be the U in Education

Workshop for Parents and Community:
Be the U in Education

Saturday, September 20, 2014
Broughton Recreation Center
801 Martin Luther King Blvd.

Topics include:

  • It Starts with Us – Parents, School, Community 
  • Help from Home = Success in School (Elementary Grades) 
  • Help from Home = Success in School (Secondary Grades) 
  • Be an Advocate for your Child = Success in School (Student Expectations)

Seating is limited. Free admission
Advanced registration required.

Event sponsored by the Longview NAACP