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Harris Co DA Debate Gets Heated in Midst of #ByeDevon Campaign

Kim Ogg and Devon Anderson spar each other at the September 26 DA Debate. (Photo Credit: Gary Fountain/Houston Chronicle)
Kim Ogg and Devon Anderson spar each other at the September 26 DA Debate.
(Photo Credit: Gary Fountain/Houston Chronicle)

Many people generally don’t care about elections concerning county district attorney’s. Some trust that the county attorney is doing their jobs accordingly but never really take the time to research just who they are electing into office. Well, it is time that everyone got to know who Devon Anderson is and why she is so dangerous for Harris County.

Devon Anderson was married to Mike Anderson who originally led as Harris County’s top attorney. Mike succumbed to cancer in August 2013. By September 26, 2013, then Governor Rick Perry appointed Devon Anderson as Harris County District Attorney. Devon said she wanted to fulfill promises made by her husband to restore confidence in the DA’s office. Devon went on to say “We fight for justice for crime victims. We follow the law. We base our decisions on the law and the evidence, not on politics, not on popularity.” That statement echos continuous manipulation, lies, and deceit told by Devon, as we would see years later after taking office. In 2014, Devon Anderson won her first election. By then, Devon began making herself comfortable, hell bent on ignoring needed justice for victims killed by racist police while criminalizing the black and brown communities in record numbers.

Monday, September 26, Devon Anderson, who is fighting to keep her position as District Attorney agreed to her one and only DA debate against Kim Ogg, who ran against Devon in 2014 and is running ection cycle. Devon controlled the entire platform of the debate with the exception of allowing Kim to utilize Facebook Live on her page so that the the debate could be seen live by Kim supporters. Black Lives Matter Houston chapters #BLMHOU and #BLMHTX were both in attendance. Both entities have joined forces to push the #ByeDevon campaign which focuses on removing Harris County’s top prosecutor from her position. In March 2016, Chicago activists moved forward with their #ByeAnita campaign to remove DA Anita Alvarez from office. Their efforts gained them a big win as Anita was ousted from the DA’s office, losing to Kim Foxx. Anita was most known as the DA who his the Laquan McDonald video from the public for 13 months defending Laquan’s murders, the police in this case. The video later proved that officers murdered him in plain view. It was at the time the video was released that the community had enough and chose to work to remove Anita from office. The same is happening now in Houston, Harris County. Houston activists have been working feverishly to have Devon removed from office in November. A lot of information provided at Monday’s DA debate was already known however there was crucial information which the public is simply unaware. It is important to push what was learned in order to make an educated voting decision. Devon also hired 5 personal security agents, assuming Black Lives Matter was planning on rioting at the debate. This was not the case of either chapter but that didn’t stop the usual ‘activist officer detail’ (HPD & CID) from attending the debate to watch over activists.

Devon Anderson, District Attorney, Harris County
Devon Anderson, District Attorney, Harris County

RAPE VICTIM

Devon recently came under fire for re-victimizing a victim of rape. The young woman was placed in Harris County jail because Devon wanted to ensure a ‘win at all cost’ against her rapist. Devon continued to defend her action by stating, ” the victim testified, and her bravery helped get a serial rapist off the street.” Meanwhile the victim had been beaten and ridiculed while in jail. After the beating, she was placed in solitary confinement, worsening the victim’s mental condition. Harris County medical staff did not properly care for the victim, not offering her mental healthcare treatment. Rather than Devon own up to her mistakes and the mistakes of ADA’s, Devon continued to point the finger at the victim claiming that she was homeless and concerned that they wouldn’t be able to locate her. As news spread of the incident, Devon became more defensive and erratic, attempting to deflect inquiries, constantly placing blame back on the rape victim. She also continued to brag about the rapist conviction in spite of all of this. But at what cost? A young woman was raped, thrown in jail so that a DA could score a win, beaten, bullied, held in solitary confinement and then blamed by the same DA for the actions led by Devon. This could happen to any of our loved ones. For a DA to utilize this horrible treatment towards rape victims, shows Devon to be at least, inhumane. At most, she should be jailed, stripped of her license  by the Texas Bar Association. During the debate, Devon had an opportunity to make the matter right. Instead, Devon became angry and defensive, once again deflecting by pointing out flaws of Kim Ogg. Devon never took full responsibility of her actions. That is extremely dangerous!

HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING

Houston leads the country as number one in human trafficking. To hear that was staggering.  To hear how Devon is treating this matter was astonishing. In 2015 only 7 cases of human trafficking were filed in Harris County. In 2016, only 4 cases were filed. However, Devon had no problem targeting prostitutes. She filed 4,000 prostitution cases. Only 100 cases were filed against pimps. Most cases were dealt with on FEDERAL level so Devon has had little to no impact in Harris County, helping Houston jump to the number one spot for human trafficking. Devon’s primary focus has been on prostitutes, not the men running these women on the streets. 4,000 prostitution cases vs 100 pimp cases shows obvious corruption.

BAIL REFORM

Recently the US Supreme Court ruled that defendants should not be held in jail because they cannot afford to pay a bondsman to get out. Over 75% of people in Harris County jail are pretrial detainees. Individuals can be in jail for the smallest of things. Devon has continued to oppose PR (personal recognizance) bonds, falling back citing it’s policy to push back against PR bonds. However individuals who have murdered another can bond out for $30k and if they have the money to get out, they can. This is clearly a case of targeting the poor for simply being poor. It is the poor who will suffer most. In many cases, a trial isn’t set for 6 months to even a year. This means the person must sit in jail the entire time, separating them from work and loved ones while conditioning their mindset to prison status. Black males make up 43% of the prison population at Harris County Jail as charged by the DA’s office in 2015. Meanwhile only 13% of whites have been prosecuted in 2015 although whites are the majority in Harris County. By now we know that the system is about money. It is no joke that Devon continues to squeeze x, y, z taxpayer to house pretrial detainees. It costs $202 a day to house detainees. Annually taxpayers pay over $73k for one inmate. Harris County jail is over populated so much that officials had to move many inmates to neighboring Fort Bend County jail. People should be outraged that their money is being wasted as it is however Devon isn’t concerned about the taxpayer dollars as Devon has increased the DA budget by 20%, now to $79 million., making no apologies to the public, only excuses. The DA budget for 2015-2016 was originally set for $67 million.

CRIMINAL CASES

Just to give a quick overview of criminal cases in Harris County and the continued lacking of cases filed by Devon. Burglary and robbery prosecution cases have decreased while both categories have increased in rate.

  • 2015 – Robberies 1.9% (1,964 cases filed)
  • 2016 – Robberies 1.79% (1,138 cases filed – that’s 826 less cases filed though crime is up)
  • 2015 – Burglaries 2.4% (2,404 cases filed)
  • 2016 – Burglaries 2.1% (1,352 cases filed – that’s 1,052 less cases filed though crime is up)

Maybe Devon is too busy prosecuting prostitutes and black people to pay attention to robbery and burglary cases in Harris County.

POLICE VIOLENCE & BLACK LIVES MATTER

In Harris County there have been 300 no-bills (non indictments of Houston police) since 2005. Though Devon has only been in office since 2013, she supports law enforcement 100% with no questions asked or any doubt in her mind to any wrongdoing by police. She freed Jordan Bakers killer. Jordan was a 26 year old black man who was murdered by HPD Officer Castro in January 2014. Castro used the typical “I feared for my life” excuse as he claimed Jordan reached for his waistband. Castro was no billed right before Christmas in 2015. Ashtian Barnes was a 24 year old black male who was murdered by Pct 5 Officer Roberto Felix in April 2016. Video shared to the public only after the grand jury ruling showed Ashtian was also murdered when shooting the young man was unnecessary. Officer Felix was no-billed in August 2016. Alva Braziel was murdered by Houston Police in July 2016. A grand jury has not met to determine whether an officer will be indicted however history has proven that Harris County does not like holding police officers accountable. The Harris Co ME (Medical Examiner) office is refusing to release the autopsy report to Alva’s wife, further concerning local activists and the public that something more sinister took place the night Alva was murdered. If no-billing murderous police officers wasn’t enough, Devon took to media on August 2015 shortly after Officer Darren Goforth was murdered, blaming Black Lives Matter for his death. Her claim caused death threats and personal public information shared online towards activists. Demands for an apology were constructed but Devon refused, telling KHOU channel 11 news “I am not apologizing to Black Lives Matter!” During her Monday night debate, Devon continued the rhetoric, claiming that it (the blaming of BLM) would be presented at the trial against the Shannon Miles who murdered Goforth. Without any real proof or evidence that BLM had anything to do with the murder of Goforth, Devon continues her blasphemous gossip.  Instead of Devon holding police responsible for actually killing people, she would rather divert responsibility to Black Lives Matter. It is safe to say that Devon Anderson doesn’t care about black people.

LEADERSHIP OF THE DA’S OFFICE

Quick numbers just to give you an idea of how white our DA’s office is:

  • Harris County = 33% White – Represents 87% in DAO
  • Harris County – 19% Black – Represents 5% in DAO
  • Harris County = 41% Latino – Represents 3% in DAO
  • Harris County = 6% Asian – Represents 5% in DAO
  • Harris County = 1% Other – Represents 0% in DAO

I think the numbers speak for themselves. White Lives Matter to Devon Anderson.

(Photo Credit: #ByeDevon Campaign)
(Photo Credit: #ByeDevon Campaign)

THE DEVON LIST

  • Re-victimizing a rape victim.
  • Human trafficking #1 in Houston due to lack of prosecution by Devon.
  • Harris Co jail overcrowding.
  • Attempted to bypass the Texas Constitution through her Southlawn Gang Injunction lawsuit which she later dropped.
  • Under Devon, blacks make up majority in Harris Co jail. Jailed for remedial crimes.
  • Refuses bail reform.
  • DAO under Devon represents majority white employment. 87% White employees? (I’d love to see human resources files)
  • Refuses to hold Houston/Harris police accountable for violence.
  • Each year, robbery and burglary cases filed under Devon have dropped dramatically although crime rates continue to soar.

Hopefully this sheds some light (or darkness) on what we are currently dealing with in Harris County. NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN ENDORSEMENT OF KIM OGG.

To connect with Houston activists, link below:

FACEBOOK

https://www.facebook.com/blmhtx/

https://www.facebook.com/BLMTexas/

https://www.facebook.com/ByeDevon/

WEB

http://blmhouston.weebly.com/

SOURCES

chron.com

khou.com

abc13.com

 

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Houston’s Activist Community Begins To Push #ByeDevon Campaign As The Election Nears

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(Photo Credit: #ByeDevon Campaign)

Houston Harris County: Across the nation groups and movements have been protesting against police violence for at least a couple of years now. The constant reports of minorities being gunned down by trigger happy officers mixed with the daily images that blanket social media with video’s of black/brown men/women being brutalized and murdered in cold blood has become the norm. It is almost expected and excepted today. These images continue to desensitized the masses who are eagerly looking for any tiny excuse to demonize the victim, echoing their strong support for the murdering gang in blue. The excuses for that support are pretty mind numbing. We live in a society where mainstream media pours disinformation and lies 24 hours a day. It doesn’t take much research to learn the truth and/or facts but this is our world today. The lazy, uneducated, desensitized, overly emotional, self centered, hypocritical, closed minded, biased, anti anything that’s not “Christian” or not white United States of America and many people are getting fed up with these types of individuals who continue to make our country look its worst.
I’ve constantly stated that education is key to waking up the masses. But as it seems, many of us are having to work overtime to fight against systematic racism and a judicial system that caters to the white community. Our numbers are small in comparison to other countries where a whole nation will show up to oust their corrupted gov’t or officials. Sadly, in Houston it’s even worse because of the laid back atmosphere and attitude of “well, I’m not affected so why bother”. Problem is, a large amount of people know someone who has been directly affected by systematic racism which had a domino effect into the oppressive judicial system, especially in Texas.

Meet Harris County DA Devon Anderson

(Photo Credit: #ByeDevon Campaign)
(Photo Credit: #ByeDevon Campaign)

Governor Rick Perry appointed Devon Anderson  as Harris County District Attorney on September 26, 2013 after Devon’s husband who was the original sitting District Attorney, had passed away. On November 4, 2014, Anderson was reelected to her first term which officially began in January 2015. In less than 3 years of her career as DA, Anderson has tarnished the city of Houston Harris County’s image when it comes to the judicial system and especially minorities. June 9, 2015 Devon Anderson dropped capital murder charges against Alfred Dewayne Brown and he was released shortly thereafter after being accused of murdering Officer Clark. The Texas Criminal Court of Appeals overturned Brown’s conviction in November 2014 because of evidence withheld during his trial in 2005. On August 2015, Anderson alongside Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman held a press conference after Officer Darren Goforth was murdered in Northwest Houston. In that press conference, both Anderson and Hickman pointed fingers directly at Black Lives Matter activists. This dangerous rhetoric caused many threats to trickle down to local Houston activists and forced a plea deal with the State by two local activists who would not have had a fair jury trial due to the sentiments led by Anderson and Hickman. Hickman later apologized for his statement however Devon Anderson went on record citing that she “refuses to apologize to Black Lives Matter” when local media contacted her office for a response to the demand for an apology by Houston activists. To date, BLM has yet to receive any kind of apology by Anderson. Anderson nearly leads the country in jail overcrowding and incarceration of black men in the Harris County Jail located in downtown Houston. Jail overcrowding has been so bad that there has been talk of moving some inmates to the Fort Bend County jail to help with the overflow of inmates. Not only does the overcrowding prove that Houston has a problem, but it is costing the taxpayer millions annually to house inmates in jail for something as small as jay walking, being homeless, not updating an address on a drivers license. Not to mention, Anderson’s overcrowded population comes largely by inmates who are waiting for trial but cannot afford to get bailed out. Basically it is an issue of the system oppressing the poor for the smallest of crimes. Though many complaints were launched to Devon Anderson, she continued to ignore these cries by inmates affected most along with their families. The most recent damning evidence of oppression by Anderson comes by a young rape victim who was placed in Harris Co jail after having a breakdown on the witness stand. Anderson claims that she was using this young woman as a witness to convict her rapist. Instead of seeing to it that the victim was cared for, to receive psychological treatment and more, Anderson threw the young woman in jail and tossed the key. The prosecutor was more worried about the victim disappearing, not testifying against the rapist so they put her in jail. The young woman received a black eye after being attacked by another inmate then was placed in segregation for protection. This only did more damage to the victim. Since it was learned that this took place, a lawsuit has been filed against Anderson/Harris Co. A District Attorney was more worried about her career and convictions than a rape victim. That alone should speak in volumes of her professional and personal character. Anderson has offered nothing but excuses since the lawsuit was filed and media began raking Anderson over the coals.

ANDERSON CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR MURDEROUS POLICE OFFICERS

Our own black men murdered by police in Houston. (Top Left: Jordan Baker Bottom Left: Ashtian Barnes Right: Alva Braziel)
Our own black men murdered by police in Houston. (Top Left: Jordan Baker Bottom Left: Ashtian Barnes Right: Alva Braziel)

January 16, 2014, 26 year old Jordan Baker was riding around on his bicycle in northwest Houston. An off-duty officer Juventino Castro of considering Baker a suspect because he was a black man in a hoodie. Video released 13 months later by former city of Houston Mayor Annise Parker shows Jordan at a strip center, riding his bike. The grainy video doesn’t show any kind of confrontation however Officer Castro claimed that he “feared for his life when Jordan reached for his waistband”. The typical rhetoric that we hear each time a person is murdered by police. Jordan was unarmed. On January 23, 2014, Officer Castro was no-billed by a Harris Co Grand Jury. A civil lawsuit against the city was filed a month later by Janet Baker, mother of Jordan Baker.

April 28, 2016 Harris Co Pct 5 Officer Roberto Felix pulled over 23 year old Ashtian Barnes claiming that the vehicle had “toll violations” although Ashtian stated that the car he was in was a rental car. Video footage nor the officers name was never released until after a grand jury no billed officer Felix on August 31, 2016. Information was intentionally kept from the public because the county stated that they didn’t want the outcome of the hearing to be affected by releasing the name of the officer or the dashcam video. Felix claimed that Ashtian reached for his hand that was on his gun, which caused Felix to fear for his life and shoot Ashtian in the chest. Felix also claimed that Ashtian began to drive off which caused the officer to retrieve his weapon and begin shooting. Then the video was released on August 31st by Tommy Barnes, father of Ashtian Barnes. Tommy handed the video over to Black Lives Matter Houston who then made it public. In the video you see the officer bring up the toll violations. Ashtian explains that he’s in a rental car as he’s fishing through to find the rental contract for the officer. The officer then claims that the car “smelled of marijuana”. Again, we are all aware of the rhetoric used by officers who are racially profiling black and brown men/women. Moments later you see Felix pull out his weapon, killing Ashtian then the car starts moving which the officer jump onto the vehicle before the car came to a stop. Felix murdered Ashtian before the car began moving. It only began moving because the car was not placed in park. Once Ashtian was murdered, it caused his foot to come off the break, lunging the car forward. You also never see Ashtian’s hand anywhere near the officers belt, or anywhere outside. However a Harris Co Grand Jury announced around 10:15 a.m. that they no-billed the officer. The grand jury waiting room fell in silence by the many supporters who came to be with the family. Again, no justice for another black man murdered.

(Alva Braziel was murdered on July 9, 2016 however a grand jury has not formed to conclude whether the officers involved will be indicted for murder)

Time and time again, Anderson has issued statements in support of grand jury findings and police officers. It is business as usual for Houston’s top attorney. The redundancy has weighed on the Houston community, especially among the millennial generation. Fed up with a systematic racist and corrupted DA, it was decided that Houston launch their own campaign against Devon Anderson called #ByeDevon. In Chicago the people were fed up with their District Attorney building her career off the black community. They launched a #ByeAnita campaign and won! Anita was ousted out of the running for DA. Then days ago, a Florida State Attorney, Angela Corey, one of the most polarizing political figures in Jacksonville history who generated national attention and enormous criticism for her prosecutions of ( or lack thereof in Zimmerman’s case) George Zimmerman, Marissa Alexander, 12-year-old Cristian Fernandez and many others. Corey is noted as the cruelest prosecutor in the U.S.

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Now it’s Houston’s turn to get rid of one of the worst DA’s Houston has ever seen. Anderson comes with a lot of excuses, throwing ADA’s under the bus to cover herself. As November nears, more and more people are learning about the DA and they are not happy, including individuals who are of her same party line, the Republicans. Through social media, there has been a large amount of Republicans who’ve spoken out against Anderson. We hope that the day following election night, we will have reason to celebrate. Gutting the system from within is crucial in changing this system. Make no mistake about it, Black Lives Matter Houston is NOT endorsing any candidate for DA. So whoever beats out Anderson better take heed of our complaints. We are always watching!

You can link onto the #ByeDevon campaign Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/ByeDevon/

Groups involved with the #ByeDevon campaign can be linked here on Facebook:

Truth2Power https://www.facebook.com/truth2power1/

Black Lives Matter Houston https://www.facebook.com/BLMTexas/

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Houston’s Homeless Targeted By Community and Houston Police

Petra Olvera (courtesy of Change.org) is heading an anti-homeless petition
Petra Olvera (courtesy of Change.org) is heading an anti-homeless petition

Houston, TX – By now many of you have heard that earlier this week, a bright young child named Josue Flores was brutally stabbed 22 times as he was walking home from school. This happened just two blocks from his home. This came as a shock to the community Josue lived in as well as the city. The community was outraged – how can a person randomly walk up to an innocent child and murder him. Houston Police were quick to make an arrest of 31 year old Che Calhoun who “seemed” to fir the description of one eyewitness. However, describing a black man, 6 feet tall, age ranging from 25 – 30, weighing 200 lbs could identify a pool of black men if one is unable to tell one black man apart from the other, which seems to be the case with the eyewitness, Houston Police, and the District Attorney’s office. The DA’s office dropped the murder charges against Calhoun Friday, citing that Calhoun was able to prove an alibi that put him in Pearland at the time little Josue was murdered. Evidence was able to prove his whereabouts. Houston Police and the DA severely screwed up on this case. The murderer has had time to leave town while police, prosecutors, media, and the public were focused on Calhoun. HPD, along with the lead detective had a press conference on Friday morning explaining why Calhoun was not their suspect while trying to save face on their massive failure. An apology to Calhoun was never tendered meanwhile after his release, he will be a marked man, reputation ruined entirely. Careless actions led by Houston Police and District Attorney Devon Anderson’s office have been plentiful. Even after the epic fail led by Houston Police, the interim Houston Police Chief Martha Montalvo continued to paint Calhoun as a criminal rather than fessing up and issuing a public apology.

COMMUNITY BACKLASH AGAINST THE HOMELESS

By Friday afternoon, a anti-homeless petition started by Petra Olvera asks the public to sign her petition which she intends to send to Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee’s office, demanding the closure of the Salvation Army located off N. Main, just north of downtown while completely defaming the homeless community as a whole, not on an individual basis.

The "explanation" of the anti-homeless petition (1)
The “explanation” of the anti-homeless petition (1)
Continued anti-homeless rhetoric (2)
Continued anti-homeless rhetoric (2)
Continued anti-homeless rhetoric (3)
Continued anti-homeless rhetoric (3)

It is clear that Ms. Olvera and her supporters have spent little to no time with the homeless community. It was later determined that Calhoun was not homeless however, Ms. Olvera continues to push her agenda, using a murdered child as reason to target the homeless, using hateful assumptions one moment then the next inserting “God” in her post. Anyone who considers themselves to be of God, should never attempt to oppress those who cannot defend themselves, especially when it comes to the poor. What makes matters worse are the following comments left by anti-homeless supporters expressing stereotypes, fueled anger, assumptions, and more.

Without all the facts, people continue to spread their hate of the homeless community in Houston
Without all the facts, people continue to spread their hate of the homeless community in Houston
More comments spreading hate of the homeless
More comments spreading hate of the homeless
Comments left on the anti-homeless petition judges the homeless as a whole
Comments left on the anti-homeless petition judges the homeless as a whole

Combating issues of addiction and mental illnesses will not be fixed by shutting down the very services needed for the homeless community through the Salvation Army. Services they provide include free meals, housing homeless in their facility, funding homes for homeless who are now off the streets, counseling, medical needs, clothing, and monies donated by Salvation Army to other organizations who are helping the public. Maybe Ms. Olvera and her supporters could focus their anger and energies on how we can better the situation rather than making it worse. Shutting down the Salvation Army will only create more problems for that community and that is why I know Ms. Olvera has absolutely zero experience with our homeless. Diverting energies into pushing for programs that deal with addiction and mental illnesses is a step in the right direction. Not trying to banish and close an organization that certainly does more good for the homeless. If community members are so upset and want change, why aren’t they asking for more patrol units in their area? Why are police off the hook in this case? Laws are already in effect that deal with crime. If crime is on the rise in the area, this is when you call on police or even community watch dogs to assist. What about the homeless who are truly doing all they can to get services by Salvation Army? I’m guessing they don’t matter much to Ms. Olvera and the others who hate the homeless community.

HOUSTON POLICE BEGIN TARGETING BLACK HOMELESS MEN DOWNTOWN HOUSTON

As a homeless advocate, I spend a good amount of time with the homeless community each week over the last 4.5 years. I’m not paid for what I do. Everything is done because I truly care about our homeless and want to do everything I can to assist where I’m able. This includes fighting for the homeless since so many are unable to defend or fight for themselves. As I arrived at a homeless hot spot Friday afternoon, several black men approached me, letting me know that Houston Police requested to see their ID, some were patted down, while the majority were clueless to why this was taking place. What’s worse is that many of the black men didn’t fit the description implied by the police. One gentleman is in his 60’s however his ID was requested with the excuse of Josue’s murder. Some of the men were older than 30 and many of them were much shorter than 6 feet. Houston Police were up and down Main Street in downtown Houston questioning nearly every homeless black man they saw. Police were also questioning homeless black men at Tranquility Park, Houston City Hall grounds, the downtown library plaza, and over by Wheeler St, south of downtown. If a witness accused the wrong man, then credibility is shot. Eyewitness accounts are highly incorrect most times. Is this a case of cops truly looking for Josue’s murderer or intimidation tactics led by police to make it seem as if they’re doing their job? Houston police have been known to harass the homeless over the years for little to no reason at all. It still happens today. If a cop is unable to identify a black man who is 6 feet tall, age ranging from 25 – 30 years, 200 lbs, by pulling random black men who vary in age, height, age, and weight outside the identifying criteria, then we need to have a serious discussion with the police chief. Due to an assumption that the murderer was “homeless” we now have community efforts to hurt rather than help the homeless and police who seem desperate to find a murderer. Meanwhile the murderer is probably long gone since the police and prosecutor took the word of one lone person who couldn’t describe one black man to the next.

A message from a homeless woman confirms continued harassment led by Houston Police of homeless black men
A message from a homeless woman confirms continued harassment led by Houston Police of homeless black men

IN ENDING

Homeless are people too. I have been echoing these sentiments for years because society tends to dismiss the homeless, using stereotypes to fuel their hate and discrimination to further oppress. All that many have left is their dignity. A community and a police department are looking to strip dignity from undeserving people because of careless assumptions. We will always have chronic homelessness. We will always have criminals. There is no difference between a person living in a community who is a criminal and a homeless criminal. I’m certain that not all criminal acts that have taken place in the community were done by a homeless man or woman. I’m sure some criminal acts were caused by an individual who might have lived or have ties to that community. We let the police handle those matters where it concerns a non-homeless criminal, so why now is the entire homeless community being judged and ridiculed now? It seems Ms. Olvera, her supporters, and the police that arrested the wrong man/are harassing black homeless men downtown need to have a reality check, gain some compassion,  obtain common sense and possibly check their facts before proceeding against the homeless. It would do all of them some good to spend time, REAL TIME, with some of the homeless. A good majority of homeless are not addicts, drunks, criminals, etc. Criminal behavior is not led by a race, class, gender, or whatever title you choose, but led by individuals on a human level!

In the spirit of countering the anti-homeless petition, I’ve started a petition in support of our homeless community. This to show that many of us are not okay with labeling the homeless in a negative manner and that we do not support cutting services to homeless that are in true need of help. Please link here: https://www.change.org/p/community-we-support-houston-s-homeless

We will be linking with other homeless advocates, homeless orgs, and local homeless charities to assist in countering Ms. Olvera’s attempted action moving forward.