Category Archives: Blog

CASE Files | Be a Vanguard for Equity

Read the issue here! Contents: Be a Vanguard for Equity A Glimpse: CASE 2018 Calendars Coming Soon Meet Some of the Beautiful Bold Bosses and Men of Black Excellence “We had a Blast!” – CASE Super Bowl Party Membership and Fundraiser CASE 2017 Equity Champion Honored CASE Joins Fort Bend County Fair African American Black Heritage Night Proposal Planning Committee

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Make Your Vote a VOTE for Educational Equity

Often times I find myself truly amazed by the timing of the onset of amnesia that occurs in our community.  We quickly forget our past struggles in public education during a period of peace which conveniently presents in time for the Fort Bend ISD school board elections.  In the aftermath of a previous school year plagued with criminalization of children

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Divided WE FALL, Together WE STAND!

by Harriet Hudson This nation has experienced profound GRIEF. I will be explaining more about the stages of grief which are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. The best way for us to cope with widespread grief is by organizing. Some of us are still stuck in DENIAL about the outcome of the Presidential election. Don’t be in denial if you didn’t

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The Black Vote Matters!

by Harriet Hudson The Black vote matters just like #blacklivesmatter! #BlackLivesMatter is a call to action and response to the virulent anti-black racism that permeates our society. Black Lives Matter (The Movement) is an unique social and political contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes. The lingering question for me in respect to the

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Case Files | At the Crossroads of 3-Way Failing Systems

Read the issue here! Contents: At the Crossroads of 3-Way Failing Systems 2015-2016 Great Wall of Equity Champions Mothers Saving Our Sons Takes Lift OFF Restorative Justice 360 FBISD “All Inclusive” Small Business Opportunities Missouri City Economic Opportunities and Equitable Development Forum Asian American Access to Mental Health Services on the Rise C.A.S.E. Joins the Texas House District 26 Mental

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Food Desert: The Inner City Black Plague

by Novella Bean Can you image living in an urban low socioeconomic community in America where the residents are predominantly African Americans who are dying in record numbers? Perhaps the first thing that comes to your mind as the cause of the spike in those deaths are related to something normally reported in the media. The media often covers stories

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Letter to TEXANA

Hello Everyone: In the spirit of community, I would first like to acknowledge “how sweet it is” to be in a new and prosperous year. Happy 2016 to everyone! As you recall early last year Citizens Advocating for Social Equity (C.A.S.E.) made several inquiries related to systemic discrimination based on language (evidenced by data, lack of signage, lack of resource

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CASE Files | Let’s Fail Forward Together

Read the issue here! Contents: Let’s Fail Forward Together #JusticeforJada on Security Brief CASE on Southern Divas of Houston Talk Show The Justin Dart Award Recipient and Diversity Award Recipient Lamar CISD Selected for Equity and Excellence Study 1st Annual CASE Bowl-A-Thon CASE On Patrol Share this post:

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THE EQUITY MOVEMENT TAKES TEXAS FOSTER CARE SYSTEM BY FORCE

As you are aware, an unprecedented move was made and achieved toward equity in the state of Texas when the Children’s Rights Advocacy group sued Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) in federal court and won resulting in the declaration of foster care in Texas, unconstitutional! This is a landmark victory for the equity movement! “We The People” are

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“We The People” Say Vote “NO” to SAVED BY THE BELL

I know the Fort Bend County “Saved by the Bell” truancy program is due for approval at the Fort Bend Independent School District’s (FBISD) board meeting on tomorrow night but I want you to know that I sit opposed to it as a FBISD parent, taxpayer, stakeholder, and evidence based intervention (EBI) expert because of some key reasons. I am

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Ten Equity Commandments to Children Protective Services (CPS)

A Government Institution’s DUTY TO honor CITIZENS’ Rights and Protections Under the LAW I. THOU shall not perform an investigation to obtain information admissible in a court of law without informing citizens of their right to remain silent and obtain legal counsel. II. THOU shall neither remove a child from a public institution for questioning when performing an investigation nor

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Equitable Practice Statements for CPS Caseworkers and Supervisors

1. I will not reject parenting styles and practices that present no imminent risk for or actual abuse, neglect, or exploitation to children because they are different or devalued by my culture or organization. 2. I will not allow personal or organization’s cultural values, beliefs, and views about lifestyle choices, traditions or behaviors of family members that present no imminent

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“Upset the Set Up”: Black on Black Racism

As a newly formed female black business owner, founder of a new nonprofit organization, and prodigy of the Natchez community, I was appalled to discover a picture surfing on Facebook of the black Chief of Police of Laurel, MS and another black city leader holding up a sign with the illustration of an African American male with the words “Pull

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THE DREAM REALIZED: PHASE 2, PART 1 — THE AWAKENING

WE ARE NOT DONE YET… THE DREAM UNFOLDS by Regina Gardner In 1988, a young Lawrence Fishburne bolted from his dorm room, ran across the campus yard, and screamed at the top of his lungs, “WAKE UP!” in the controversial Spike Lee movie, School Daze. Although some may have heeded this clarion call, for the most part, it fell on

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Beautiful, Bold, Bosses: Behind the Movement

Launched in 2013 by Founder Vanesia R. Johnson, small business owner and community advocate, Citizens Advocating for Social Equity (C.A.S.E.) in partnership with the Center for the Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities (CEDD) worked collaboratively to confront social systems of government about their negative outcomes and data affecting vulnerable people. In 2014 community advocate, Leesa Oliver, and women business owners,

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Disproportionality: The Civil Rights Issue of Our Era

I don’t know what it is lately but I am feeling “some type of way” about racial injustice. I felt the seed take root in 2008 during a Southwest Airlines trip from Florida after enjoying a Bahamas vacation with my then seven years old son when I was profiled as low class by a woman who appeared to be white.

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CASE Files | “We All In”

Read the issue here! Contents: Fort Bend: A County United Against Abusive Truancy Practices Top 50 HMWP NAMI Fort Bend 2015 Mark Mitchell Award Fort Bend Hispanic Heritage Forum’s Community Leadership Award NAACP Life Membership Breakfast Summerfest: Unifying Our Power AGAINST the Odds Bowling for CASE Membership Drive and Fundraiser Black Youth Matter: What Today’s Data Spells for Tomorrow’s Futures

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How White Supremacy Created the Ghetto

by Regina Gardner **WARNING! FOLLOWERS OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS, PROCEED WITH CAUTION. Some would like to have the black people in America believe they are the sole causes of their less than ideal circumstances; that they are people of inferior intelligence who are incapable of guiding and/or governing themselves. However, once American history is critically analyzed, it becomes clearer to see

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Baltimore Is No Ferguson

by Regina Gardner Of all the recent examples of unlawful and/or immoral killings of black men at the hands of police, Baltimore stands out as an anomaly. Here we see the emergence of organized protests and commitments to make policy changes by blacks in the local Baltimore community. The population of the city of Baltimore is 63.7% Black, 29.6% White,

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CLASS not COURT: Unlawful Truancy Court in Fort Bend

Attorneys Deron R. Harrington, Dawn Zell Wright, Susan H. Soto, and Carole Stewart Anhalt take legal action to protect the students of Fort Bend Independent School District (“Fort Bend ISD”) * Both Fort Bend County and Fort Bend ISD Supported the Operation of Magistrate Activities Unlawfully and Deceptively Held Out to the Public as the Fort Bend County Truancy Court

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Is a White Candidate Campaigning in “BLACK FACE” in School Board Race?

As a parent of special needs children in Fort Bend Independent School District (FBISD), home owner, tax payer, social worker, and advocate for a better public education system, my interest in local school board elections has reached all new heights in the presence of the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) involvement in FBISD school district due to disproportionate and unfair

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CASE Files | Awaken Your Color Consciousness

Read the issue here. Contents: “JUSTICE FOR JADA” Reaches the Capitol Elkins High School Senior Eligible for National Pageant Inspiring Music “Think Cultural Health” Texana A Neighborhood of Unsung Heroes “An Introduction to Courageous Conversations” “From School Zoning to Discipline: Inequity in Our Community” on April 9, 2015 Restorative Justice Collaborative of Houston to Host 2nd Annual Conference on April

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Local Advocates Demand Texana Increase Access to Asian Americans

Fort Bend County is recognized as one of the most diverse counties in the nation. Asian Americans make up one of its largest, fastest growing, and most affluent ethnic groups. Despite this noteworthy recognition, a 2014 report revealed that Texana, the largest behavioral health provider in Fort Bend County, has provided limited professional interpretation services to Asian Americans. In fact,

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Unveiling a Truth about Race in America

I was sitting at home one evening and my mind drifted and suddenly I found myself fancying the thought of changing the existing classifications of race. The mere thought of eliminating the classifications of white, black, Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander intrigued me as I set out to replace them with more simplified alternatives. If the United States

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Miranda Rights for Children and Families Involved in Children Protective Services (CPS)

The enactment of a ruling that preserves the rights of children and families involved in the Children Protective Services system is critical for the preservation and survival of the African American and Hispanic families in this country. Children Protective Services (CPS) has one of the noblest missions in our country which is to protect children from abuse, neglect and exploitation,

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Stock, Shares, and Profit: Prison Privatization

The New Capitalistic Venture Meets the Old Slavery Business by Vanesia Johnson I was immediately sickened, nauseated, and disturbed after hearing at the The Shooting of Michael Brown: Now What? forum held at Texas Southern University on October 9, 2014 that an investor could buy stock and profit from the rapidly growing prison privatization industry. It’s big business! Persons held

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Cyber-Bullying in a New Age

I can understand that cyber-bullying is new age, a monstrous phenomenon, often limitless in its reach, and inconceivably boundless for authorities and lawmakers to approach when trying to form, pass, and enforce legislation. I truly get all the overwhelming challenges of this growing eye sore that is plaguing the social media industry. What is quite unsettling and disturbing is when these

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Awaken Your Color Consciousness

“If you don’t see color, you don’t see me” is what I would say to my Masters Social Work University of Houston intern throughout her initial field placement at my firm last year. “If you can’t see that I am a rich mahogany, with a pinch of bronze, and an undertone of sweet reddish copper, you don’t see me. I don’t

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