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July 29 Newsletter

Thousands of Students and their Families to receive Backpacks, School Supplies, Food and Masks at DRIVE-THROUGH Mayor’s Back to School Fest presented by Shell
Mayor Sylvester Turner joined representatives from Shell Oil and the Houston Food Bank to announce details of this year's push to help children and families successfully prepare for the new school year
African American mayors lay out plan for police reform without ‘defunding’
The plan outlined by the African American Mayors Association calls for providing transparency in policing, reevaluating police policies and union contracts, advocating for federal policy changes, improving community engagement, and creating city budgets reflecting community values.
Texas Would Lose House Seats With Trump Order
If President Donald Trump succeeds in getting immigrants in the country illegally excluded from being counted in the redrawing of U.S. House districts, California, Florida and Texas would end up with one less congressional seat each than if every resident were counted.
27 U.S. mayors: Want to address systemic racism? Start with housing.
We have arrived at a critical juncture: Do we offer platitudes and empty gestures to outraged Americans demanding change, or do we answer the cry for racial justice and dismantle the broken systems that keep racism deeply embedded in our daily lives?
A Vaccine Reality Check
A COVID-19 vaccine is unlikely to meet all of these high expectations. The vaccine probably won’t make the disease disappear. It certainly will not immediately return life to normal.
What Happens Without the $600 Federal Unemployment Benefit?
The extra $600 each week in federal unemployment benefits that jobless workers have been receiving during the pandemic is scheduled to end soon.
Cazares: ADA at 30 lets disabled tell their own stories, but work remains
Gabe Cazares, who is blind, is director of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. He is a Houston native who considers his own self-determination an asset in helping others achieve independence. Since being appointed last September, he has been among city officials championing changes to Houston streets aimed at reducing fatalities and increasing travel options beyond the automobile.
Republican v. Democratic U.S. coronavirus relief proposals
The Republican leadership of the U.S. Senate has introduced its proposal for the next coronavirus relief package, a $1 trillion plan called the Heals Act. This a look at how it compares with the Heroes Act that passed the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives in May
America's Governments Are at War with Each Other
The pandemic has stressed the federalist system to the point of open conflict. The feds, states and localities are all at odds over responses to health, the economy and public safety.
Diabetes & the COVID Threat
The coronavirus pandemic is presenting new challenges for the 34 million Americans living with diabetes. According to a recent report from the CDC, those with underlying conditions such as diabetes are six times more likely to be hospitalized and are 12 times more likely to die as a result of contracting COVID-19. Communities of color are also disproportionately affected because of underlying socio-economic and health disparities.
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