HOUSTON — Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore kicked off the “Vote your Future: Vote Climate” campaign at Texas Southern University Wed., Feb. 19, as part of a rally to bring awareness to environmental justice.
The event included a roundtable discussion with media and a meeting with the TSU Student Government Association (SGA). There was also a rally which included Gore and the “Father of Environmental Justice,” Dr. Robert Bullard, a voter registration fair and a MOVE Texas Party at the Polls with free pizza, games, music, photo booth and giveaways.
“Vote your Future: Vote Climate” is a national campaign by Gore and the Climate Reality Action Fund to drive voter registration and rally support for climate action in the lead-up to the 2020 elections.
During the roundtable discussion, Gore highlighted the need for youth to get involved, emphasizing their votes do count, the importance of environmental justice and the need to increase the number of climate voters.
After the roundtable discussion and meeting with the SGA, the rally began bringing forth a fun, vibrant and informative atmosphere encouraging students about the need to vote and informing them about the climate crisis
“It’s important that we as African American communities stay active and remain involved in environmental justice,” said Dr. Jacqueline Smith, member of the NAACP—Houston Environmental Climate Justice Committee.
The distinguished professor introduced Gore and noted the importance young black Americans to be the next leaders.
“African Americans are the front line of climate impact and we need to have the leaders to do it,” Bullard said. “Here at TSU, we are training young people to fill in that.”
In fact, the reason the former vice president kicked off his campaign drive at TSU is because of his longtime mentorship and friendship with Bullard.
Gore gave his speech about the importance of the young Americans to vote, climate issues in Houston, Texas, global warming pollution, issues of race and environmental injustice and highlighted the need of saving our democracy to solve the climate crisis.
“The connection between environmental injustice and the climate crisis at large, is the fact that minorities and those in poverty or underserved communities are far more likely to be a victim of environmental injustice and harm not only is the Unites States, but everywhere in the world,” Gore said.
When asked about Texas HBCU’s like TSU being underfunded, he said Historically Black Colleges and Universities should be adequately funded and are “an extremely valuable resource for the country and the world.”
Gore also spoke on the value of HBCUs and the notable scholars who’ve attended historically black colleges.
“The facts speak louder than any prejudice can possibly command.” Gore said.
October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com
As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.
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