5th Ward Votes – Understanding the Ballot

This Houston Chronicle article by reporter Alejandra Matos gives a straight forward breakdown of voting dates, locations, and ballot language. Please read to prepare for Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 local and state elections.

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/election/article/Voting-essentials-Where-and-when-to-vote-and-12282570.php

Here is a quick summary, but I encourage you reading the article.

There are 7 State of Texas Propositions dealing with tax breaks, lowering cap on home equity loan fees, limit of terms for appointed officials, giving the Attorney general time to prepare for a court ruling when an unconstitutional motion has been filed, and specific benefits for charitable events.

There are 5 city propositions for public services with NO TAX increase.

A – $1B bond to pay of city pension plans

B- $159M for police and fire department improvements

C- $104M for park improvements

D- $109M for multi service center and 4 health clinics

E- $123M for library improvements

F- Allows laws to make it easier to sell alcohol in the Heights by lifting 106 year old ban.

Thanks for reading and staying engaged in your voting rights.

-Your Precinct Chair 142 Chair

 

 

 

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Volunteer to help families recover from Harvey!

Volunteer to help families recover from Harvey!

Join the Fifth Ward CRC and neighbors helping neighbors to rebuild after Harvey! Registration is now open to help restore homes in the fifth ward and east end. We are hoping to be able to help three families per day to return to their homes and with cleanup in general – sign up to support here: http://signup.com/go/cZxsCny Shifts are four hours each and check in is at the FWCRC at 9:30 daily. Homeowners needing assistance can message Houston’s Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation to be added to the list of projects based on availability of resources, or email kstoilis@fifthwardcrc.org or tclemons@fifthwardcrc.org http://signup.com/go/cZxsCny For interested residents with damaged homes: We are currently only focusing on repairing homes in the 77020, 77026 and 77028 zip codes.

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Fifth Ward Film Festival 8/4-8/6

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The DeLuxe Theater and Texas Southern University will host the premiere of The Fifth Ward Documentary Film Festival. The event will be held August 4 through August 6, 2017 at the DeLuxe Theater on Lyons Avenue and I-59. The festival will screen three documentaries – I Am Not Your Negro, Porgy & Me, Mickey Leland: Citizen of the World – and discussions with documentary principals following selected screenings. The documentaries were selected based upon their relation to Black culture and the arts. The festival is supported by a grant from the Houston Arts Alliance.

The three-day festival is free and open to the public. Advance tickets can be reserved at http://www.thedeluxetheater.tix.com. For more information about the Festival, visit http://www.TheDeluxeTheater.com

Event organizers, including Jolie Rocke Brown, TSU’s visiting associate professor of music, are planning to set the Festival as an annual event to draw community and arts patrons to the DeLuxe. The DeLuxe Theater is a cooperative venture by the city of Houston and Texas Southern University. The DeLuxe is also in partnership with The Fifth Ward Redevelopment Corporation. The theater is managed by TSU and presents programming by and for the University, and is available to public and private entities for events. The newly renovated arts center stands as a rich, historic and cultural icon in the Fifth Ward neighborhood.

Source: http://stylemagazine.com/news/2017/jul/25/fifth-ward-documentary-film-festival-premiere-delu/