The Dallas Examiner
(AP) – The Texas Senate’s only two Black members are criticizing Gov. Greg Abbott for not including any African Americans in his three nominees for the University of Texas System Board of Regents.
The Senate is to begin vetting Abbott nominees Janiece Longoria, former Sen. Kevin Eltife and Rad Weaver on Thursday for six-year terms.
Sens. Royce West of Dallas and Borris Miles of Houston say Abbott missed a chance to boost board diversity when he failed to nominate any new Black members.
The board has had only three Black regents in 126 years.
Abbott spokesman John Wittman said the governor is proud of his appointments, “and he will continue to seek out willing public servants who not only share his vision for Texas, but also reflect the diversity of the state.”
Texas is one of America’s largest and most diverse states with men comprising 49 percent of the population. Men hold 80 percent of the lawmaking power in the state and greatly over-represent their population in elected office.
Annie’s List seeks to achieve gender equality through public policy by changing the balance of power in elected offices from the State House to City Hall. Since 2003, the business has trained thousands of women to run for office, directly contributed $4.5 million and women endorsed by Annie’s List have won over 100 races up and down the ballot, across the state.
This year, business will continue to recruit, train, support and elect women around the state. Their new program, Ready to Run: Local Leaders trainings, is designed to help prepare progressive, pro-choice women to run for positions on the school board or in city or county offices.
The half-day training will cover targeting voters in your district and developing strategies for effective outreach, leveraging your network for political fundraising, tips to develop strong and consistent messages, and practical advice for managing the details of a campaign.
Training will begin in Dallas County Feb. 4. For more information, contact the training director Kimberly Caldwell at Kimberly@annieslist.com.
The Alzheimer’s Association North Central Texas Chapter will host its annual African American Seminar Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tarrant County College-South Campus Student Center, located at 5301 Campus Drive.
African Americans are two times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than those of any other race but less likely to receive an accurate diagnosis. It is important that warning signs are not ignored and not seen as a normal part of aging so that proper planning and treatment can occur.
The seminar, Self-Care is Life Care, will focus on tips for managing the daily hurdles faced when dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, community resources available to caregivers to help relieve some of their stress and current updates on research done on brain aging.
All caregivers are welcome to attend the seminar and will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from organizations who serve caregiver needs. A light breakfast and lunch will be served between sessions.
Seminars are free but registration is required. Social workers may receive three hours of continuing education. For more information and registeration, call 800-272-3900 or visit http://act.alz.org.
More than 2.5 million people carry the sickle cell trait in the U.S. – mostly African Americans. 80,000 people in the U.S. have sickle cell disease, and 1.000 babies are born with sickle cell each year, according to the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.
Minority blood donors – particularly African American donors – are in high demand because they provide blood with unique antigens that are vital for patients with sickle cell disease and other blood disorders.
To highlight the need for minority blood donors, Remington College Fort Worth Campus will hold a 3 Lives Blood Drive Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on campus, located at 300 E. Loop 820.
Approximately three lives can be saved with one pint of blood. Nationally, Remington College has collected more than 13,900 pints of blood through its 3 Lives Blood Drives, which is enough to save more than 41,000 lives.
While the focus of 3 Lives is to increase the number of minority blood donors, everyone is encouraged to give blood at the event. Donors must be 17 years of age or older and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds. All the blood collected will go to local hospitals and medical centers to help people in the Metroplex.
For more on the blood drive, visit http://3lives.com.