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Resources for citizen activists in Houston


Houston - we have a problem

I confess that before the 2016 presidential election, I wasn’t interested or concerned about participating in government or politics.  

That changed on Nov. 8, 2016.  

It’s now painfully clear how important it is to know what our elected politicians are doing on local, state and national levels. It’s time to shake ourselves out of complacency. We must be involved in directing our basic American rights, our policing, our healthcare, our financial lives and more. Our families depend on us.

The best way to do this is to get to know your elected officials and to vote.  

Consider running for office or supporting someone you think has the gifts to be a politician.
Our families are in crisis, our healthcare is in crisis, immigrant families are in danger and law enforcement may not be serving the interests of people of color  
We need people who serve the interests of the majority of our communities

These are my recommendations:
Get together with your family, friends and coworkers who think alike
Join local organizations that are doing work that matters to you (that’s another post)
Call, send postcards, letters and emails letting them know how you think
Set up time to meet face-to-face when they are in Houston or when you’re in Austin or Washington, DC

Even if you don’t have complaints or an opinion, get to know elected officials and their staff because they will impact your life at some point.
Ask them basic questions like what positions they stand for?
What specific things have they done for the community?
What have they done for a topic you care about?
What are their plans, goals, tasks and mission while in office?

Find out who represents you in Houston and contact them today!
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner: http://www.houstontx.gov/mayor/
Find your Houston City Council Member - http://www.houstontx.gov/council/whoismycm.html
List of Houston Council members: http://www.houstontx.gov/council/ & Guidelines for Attending, Speaking  and/or Viewing Houston City Council (you can speak for three minutes)

State and National politicians:
Texas (Reps and Senators) - http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Zip.aspx
U.S. Government Representatives - http://www.whoismyrepresentative.com/

Register to vote and help others register as well.

Law enforcement
It’s time for the Latinx and other communities to have a seat at the table and not be afraid of law enforcement.  Get a group together to set up a meeting with our police chief and sheriff.  
Police Chief Art Acevedo: http://www.houstontx.gov/police/contact/

These folks work for us and are paid from our tax dollars. Big money and influence has to stop and our active participation and voting power can stop them.

Going along with what’s happening is no longer an option.

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Comfort

Psalm 119:76 Comfort me with your love, as you promised me, your servant.
Job 4:4 Your words have comforted those who fell, and you have strengthened those who could not stand.
Strength

Psalm 18:1 I love you, LORD. You give me strength.
Psalm 29:11 The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.
Psalm 118:14 The Lord gives me strength and a song. He has saved me.
Isaiah 40:29 The LORD gives strength to those who are weary.
Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your shelter, and his everlasting arms support you.
1 Corinthians 15:58 … don’t let anyone move you off the foundation of your faith.
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Nothing stops real love!

Romans 8:38-39 For I have every confidence that nothing—not death, life, heavenly messengers, dark spirits, the present, the future, spiritual powers, height, depth, nor any created thing—can come between us and the love of God revealed in the Anointed, Jesus our Lord. 

Feelings can lead us down torturous paths. Next time you face a daunting crisis whether it's in your mind or real --stop. 
Remember that nothing stops the love of Jesus. 
It's yours free! 
There's nothing you did to earn it! And it will not be withdrawn from you! 
 It's called GRACE! 


"We may feel at times that God has departed us from us, but that is when we have to believe his Word rather than our feelings." ~ RC Sproul

Definition of grace: 
a :  unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification
b :  a virtue coming from God
c :  a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace