Archive for the ‘Eddie Bernice Johnson’ Category

Rumored Changes to Dallas’ Postal Offices on Hold

September 2, 2009

Last week, a town hall meeting was conducted to provide the public with more information regarding possible closures of Dallas’ main post office in Oak Cliff. It doesn’t seem like that rumored closure will be happening anytime soon.

Why you ask? I just received a press release from Congresswoman Johnson’s office. It states:


Washington, DC – (September 2, 2009) Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson announced today that the United States Postal Service (USPS) Office of Inspector General has begun an independent audit of proposed changes to mail processing at the Dallas Main Post Office. The USPS recently recommended moving processing and distribution operations from the Dallas Main Post Office to Coppell, on the recommendation of an Area Mail Processing study. The USPS has agreed to postpone a decision regarding the consolidation, pending completion of the audit. Congresswoman Johnson held a town hall on the issue in Dallas on August 24.

“I am pleased that the United States Postal Service will wait to make changes to the mail processing system in North Texas until an independent audit is completed,” Congresswoman Johnson said. “While consolidating postal operations might be in the best interests of the postal service, it could have a negative impact on the city of Dallas and the postal employees who live there. I look forward to seeing the results of the audit; I am confident it will give everyone involved the information we need to evaluate the situation and decide how to move forward.”

According to the USPS Office of Inspector General, the audit will review the effect on employees and the community, anticipated cost savings, and the decision to move the processing and distribution operations to Coppell.


Venue Change for Dallas Dialogue On Proposed Health Care Reform

August 15, 2009

The venue for the previously mentioned health care dialogue has changed. The event will now occur at the following location:

Cityplace Conference Center
2711 N. Haskell Ave. #100
Dallas, TX 75204

It’s still on the same date and time:
Monday, August 17th; 7:30 – 11:00am

Dallas Dialogue On Proposed Health Care Reform

August 7, 2009

This just in from Congresswoman Johnson’s office:

Join us for an important dialogue on proposed health care reform with Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) & Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX).

Monday, August 17th
7:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Southern Methodist University
Umphrey Lee Ballroom
Umphrey Lee Center
3300 Dyer St., Dallas, TX 75205 (map)

To register, click this link and complete the form.

Here is the planned schedule for the event:
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Congressional Dialogue and Discussion
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Community Perspectives Panel
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Closing and Networking

Notice the word dialogue. Dialogues usually consist of respectful question and answer and not the kind of idiocy seen in Florida yesterday where anti-health care reform people were threatening and assaulting people on the other side of the issue.

My friend and fellow blogger Shawn Williams of Dallas South Blog/News said it best:

Advance registration is required and space and parking are limited. If you want to get in on the debate, you must register early to reserve your seat or risk letting other voices lead the discussion. It’s imperative that residents of Southern Dallas are present at this discussion, so register as soon as possible.

It’s good that in Dallas, the Congresspeople are willing to join forces in a bipartisan fashion and bring forth information.

Economic Recovery Workshop is Monday!

April 19, 2009

By now, you have heard about Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson‘s Roadmap to Recovery workshop.

“The Roadmap to Recovery” workshop will help North Texans access economic
recovery funding. The workshop is designed to bring together representatives of financial organizations and federal and state agencies, who will share information on ways for North Texans to access economic recovery funding.

Three panels of agency representatives will be followed by a question-and-answer session. I will be moderating one of the panels.

Date: Monday, April 20, 2009

Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: The Music Hall at Fair Park
909 1st Ave.
Dallas, TX 75210 (map)

Agencies that have confirmed that they will be represented include:

Internal Revenue Service
Taxpayer Advocate Service
Texas Department of Transportation
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. General Services Administration
U.S. Small Business Administration
U.S. Social Security Administration

Financial organizations that are sending representatives include Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Dallas and the Dallas Small Business Development Center. John Podvin, an attorney at Haynes and Boone, LLP, will speak about the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) and newly-created Public-Private Investment Program (PPIP).

To RSVP for the workshop:

please call Congresswoman Johnson’s office in Dallas at (214) 922-8885 or e-mail

To submit a question to the panelists:

e-mail, specifying which agency or financial organization to which the question is directed.

The Youth Crime Reduction Summit

July 22, 2008

On Monday, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson held her 2nd annual Youth Crime Reduction Summit. It took place at the Park South Y in South Dallas.

There were a series of panels and question and answer sessions. The first panel featured Captain Sheila Carter-Bass of the Dallas County Sheriff’s office, Omar Jahwar, founder of Vision Regeneration, an organization that provides counseling and mentoring services to four Dallas public schools; founding CEO of Mothers Against Teen Violence Joy Strickland; and Detective Monty Moncibais of the Dallas Police.

I’m glad I got to meet Ms. Strickland. While I didn’t know him, I attended Morehouse at the same time that her son, fellow Morehouse student Charles “Chris” Lewis was killed. We lost several Morehouse Men during the time that I attended college to gun violence. I can think of at least four including Darnell “Smitty” Smith, a friend of mine from Atlantic City who was robbed, shot, and killed during the summer of 1995. Smitty had two or three more classes to go before he could graduate.

After the first panel
, a stirring play was performed by teens advocating the ending of the cycle of teen violence.

You have to appreciate the value of a congresswoman that comes back to her district and skips vacation and immediately gets to work. As you know, last weekend she held a summit on DNA wrongful convictions that commanded national attention.

While I had to leave to prepare for a multi-neighborhood meeting, I appreciate my congresswoman for realizing that she is needed in her district as much as she is needed in Washington DC.

Wrongful Convictions and DNA Exonerations Panel

July 15, 2008

This just in from Congresswoman Johnson’s office..the event is free and open to the public.

Washington, D.C. – (July 15, 2008) Congressmoman Eddie Bernice Johnson will hold panel discussions on wrongful convictions and DNA exonerations this Saturday, July 19. The event will consist of two discussion panels, one featuring three Texas exonerees and one featuring Michigan Congressman John Conyers, state Senator Rodney Ellis, District Attorney Craig Watkins and Jeff Blackburn of the Innocence Project of Texas. The discussions will be moderated by Judge John Creuzot.

Texas has more wrongful convictions proven by DNA evidence than any other state in the country, and of the 32 in the state, 19 were overturned in Dallas County.

A press conference will immediately precede the first discussion.

What: Panel Discussion: Wrongful Convictions and DNA Exonerations

Date: Saturday, July 19

Time: 4:00 – 4:15 PM – Press Conference

4:15 – 5:00 PM – Panel One – Discussion featuring three Dallas exonerees

      5:00 – 6:00 PM – Panel Two – Discussion featuring Michigan Congressman John Conyers, state Senator Rodney Ellis, District Attorney Craig Watkins and Jeff Blackburn of the Innocence Project of Texas

Location: Cedar Valley College Performance Hall, 3030 North Dallas Ave., Lancaster, TX 75134

NOTE: The press conference will be held in the adjacent gallery space.

Will Juanita and C’Andrea Die in Vain?

July 12, 2008

Today I went to young Juanita Payne’s funeral. I am tired of seeing young people in a casket, even thought they had a bright future ahead of them.

All I could offer was my words, my prayers, and a memorial plaque form the City. To me, that’s not enough.

This fight is personal. And it should be personal to anyone that lives in this city and is tired of putting up with this nonsense. I have seen too many people, some elected and some so-called leaders, be 100% silent on this issue. They sleep comfortably at night while the rest of us lay restless and try to pick up the pieces of our ‘hoods and put them back together.

Thank you Dwaine Caraway, for realizing that people in positions of power we must do all that we can to turn the tide.

Thank you Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, for your ‘Youth Violence Prevention Summit’ that will occur in the coming days. At least someone cares.

This is not the end of this fight. Juanita Payne and C’Andrea Donnelle will not die in vain on our watch. Until we collectively work together to come up with solutions and options for these kids, this cycle will continue.

There is a $10,000 CrimeStoppers reward for information leading to the Juanita’s killer.

Those with information can call Dallas Police or North Texas CrimeStoppers at 877-373-TIPS. As always, tipsters can remain anonymous.

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson To Hold Telephone Townhall With Constituents

June 7, 2008

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson will hold a telephone townhall with constituents on June 10, 2008. The townhall, which will take place from 7:20 PM to 8:20 PM CST, will be structured like a conference call. It will allow residents of Texas’s 30th Congressional District to ask Congresswoman Johnson questions about her work in Washington.

Constituents’ phones will ring at the designated start time; to participate, constituents simply have to stay on the line. The townhall can also be accessed using the telephone number (866) 447-5149 and the PIN number 12854.

What: Texas District 30 Telephone Townhall

Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Time: 7:20 PM – 8:20 PM CST

Could this be the Day?

June 3, 2008

Could this be the day that history is made? This could be the day Senator Barack Obama becomes the presumptive nominee for the democratic party.

I wonder if Barack had listened to all of the people that said he was a political neophyte and couldn’t win. I wonder if he listened to the people that said he didn’t have the experience and had to be “vetted” by a bunch of so-called political power players, where would we be now? I wonder if he listened to them, where would we be.

Locally and nationally, change must and will continue to occur.

Thank you to Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, who locally was one of the first to support Senator Obama in his quest to be the democratic nominee. Once again, you helped to lead the way.

Tonight. 7PM. St Paul, Minnesota. History could be made. Be sure to watch; don’t miss it.

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Statement On Senator Edward Kennedy’s Medical Diagnosis

May 21, 2008

Washington, D.C. – (May 20, 2008) Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson today issued the following statement on the news that Senator Edward M. Kennedy has been diagnosed with a brain tumor:

“I have a deep respect for Senator Edward Kennedy and an appreciation for the work he has done on issues important to the American people. His leadership on health care, education and civil rights has been inspiring, and his long commitment to the well-being of American families is a reminder of how much one hard-working, dedicated person can accomplish. He is simultaneously a down-to-earth and approachable man and a symbol of hope to people around the country.

“I will keep him and the Kennedy family in my prayers.”