Houston Area Urban League Board of Directors
This year, we start our march towards the agency’s 50th Anniversary. “Can you believe it?” Since 1968, together, we have served marginalized communities across the Greater Houston area. Our relentless pursuit has helped empower families with hope and opportunity for tomorrow. For those of you that have worked side by side with us throughout the years, I want to say thank you. Your support is the strength my board and staff rely on to move forward each day in helping to expand economic opportunities so that all Americans can afford to live the “American Dream.” It’s because of the work we’ve done together that our agency is now stronger than ever. Because of you, in 2017, our board of directors have made a commitment to serve more people, to grow, and to continue our efforts in making a better tomorrow a reality for all and an economy that works for everyone.
However, this year, we are poised to face some new challenges. We must find strength in the fact that the people we serve must now live with the new reality that is Donald Trump’s Presidency with courage, unflappable determination, and resolve.
Last week, leaders of the nation’s foremost civil rights organizations--the National Urban League, the National Action Network, the NAACP, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation--met with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to discuss the community’s legislative priorities. After the meeting, here is what our President and CEO of the National Urban Leaue had to say:
“Yesterday’s meeting with Senator Schumer was an opportunity for the civil rights community to detail our concerns and expectations of lawmakers during this new Congress and administration. From what we have already seen, there is much that gives us pause. We hope that in this new political climate we will continue to have an enthusiastic partner in Senator Schumer, and in his caucus, to safeguard and expand civil rights and economic opportunities for communities of color.” Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League.
I share the same sentiments as Mr. Morial. Whether defending civil rights at the local or state level, continuing the fight for fair housing, education and economic development opportunities for both African Americans and other minorities, we draw energy and hope from our board’s continued and new fight for opportunity, equality, inclusion, and common decency to each other, regardless of race, gender, religion, nationality, sexual orientation or ability.
Now, more than ever, the protection of human and civil rights norms will be crucial as the social justice community braces itself for uncertainty following the inauguration of President Donald Trump. May I assure you, the Houston Area Urban League is engaged and monitoring how we will move forward in the days to come.
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