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Honoring the fallen: Dallas shooting one year later

One year ago, members of our community took to the streets of downtown Dallas to exercise their first amendment rights by speaking out and peacefully protesting against the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. What began as a peaceful ...

Texas increases transparency, accountability in policing

Recent highly publicized fatal interactions between civilians and law enforcement have resulted in a significant decline in trust between law enforcement and communities throughout the United States.

Secrets cause harm: America’s health care

In early May, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill intended to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Dishonest Republican voter fraud solutions

Recent cases of voter fraud in West Dallas in which senior citizens have been defrauded out of their votes have gained statewide attention, especially from Republicans, including Gov. Greg Abbott. The actions that have been taken by individuals to steal ...

A move to shut off school-to-prison pipeline

More than 63,000 out-of-school suspensions were issued to Texas’ youngest students during the 2015-2016 school year. Of those suspensions, 26,000 were issued to students in prekindergarten through second grade. African American boys were issued 47 percent of these suspensions, though ...

A move to shut off school-to-prison pipeline

More than 63,000 out-of-school suspensions were issued to Texas’ youngest students during the 2015-2016 school year. Of those suspensions, 26,000 were issued to students in prekindergarten through second grade. African American boys were issued 47 percent of these suspensions, though ...

Combatting youth crime in our community

On May 27, our community suffered a great loss due to the passing of recent Carter High School graduate Ledajrick Cox, or “LD” as his many friends affectionately referred to him.

Making America great again, promises broken

Over the last 30 plus years, my time and work has been dedicated to serving those in my community and working to bring about better opportunities for the people in Texas and our nation. Americans are working hard every day ...

Bridging the gap between police, community

Our communities rely on police departments to “protect and serve,” and the police, in turn, rely on community support and cooperation.

Trump and environmental protection

In just the first 100 days of his presidency, President Donald Trump has shown ample disregard for environmental justice and protection.

Putting a stop to ‘school lunch shaming’ in Texas

Throughout my 21 years in the Texas Legislature, I have fought hard to address the needs of my constituents in Dallas. While there are a number of issues that keep me awake at night, providing students with the tools they ...

Counseling Corner: Helping a friend

It usually isn’t difficult to offer help to a friend or relative. Maybe he or she needs short-term financial assistance, advice about an upcoming vacation, or maybe just a ride to a doctor’s appointment. Most of us are ready to ...

Men are crying out, but who’s listening?

How many more men will steal, kill and destroy before our society will raise its head and notice that something is truly wrong?

The importance of literacy, school libraries

Last week, April 9 through April 15, was National Library Week, a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and those who have dedicated their lives to promote and maintain the use and value of these national treasures. ...

Lawmakers shouldn’t add to delay of justice

In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that separate educational facilities are inherently unequal and thereby ended the decades-long practice of segregating our nation’s public school students according to their race.

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