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I.C.E. FORCED TO RELEASE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT BECAUSE OF COVID 19!

HOUSTON – A United States District Court today granted the ACLU of Texas’ request to release a person who is highly vulnerable to serious illness and death from novel coronavirus, held at the Montgomery Processing Center in Conroe, Texas. This is the first decision in Texas granting someone’s release because of the danger posed by COVID-19. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of four plaintiffs represented by the ACLU of Texas, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, and the national ACLU. Two were released on bond after the lawsuit was filed.

“Whether someone is released from detention can mean life or death during this pandemic,” said Kate Huddleston, attorney for the ACLU of Texas. “We are grateful that the court ordered ICE to release our client from immigration detention. As the court rightly explained, there is just no way for people like our client, who are especially vulnerable to COVID-19, to be safe while detained by ICE. In light of the pandemic, ICE must release many more people. We’re grateful that our client will be able to return home where she can protect her health and life, and we will press for others to get the same relief.”

“We are pleased that this case resulted in three of our clients being released to safer conditions so they can avoid the irreparable harm they faced,” said Paul Genender, partner and head of litigation of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s Dallas office. “We are thankful that the Court acted as quickly and thoroughly as it did–a shining example of our judicial system administering justice in these unprecedented conditions.”

“We are pleased to see the court’s understanding that a COVID-19 infection could be a death sentence for people in immigration detention — particularly those with clear medical vulnerabilities,” said Eunice Cho, senior staff attorney at the ACLU’s National Prison Project. “It is unconscionable that ICE would continue to hold people in civil detention when so many lives — inside detention centers and in the communities that surround them — are at risk. The agency must release many more people if it is to mitigate the looming public health and humanitarian disasters.”

A copy of the order is available here: https://www.aclutx.org/sites/default/files/tro_granted_in_vb_et_al_v._wolf.pdf

More information on the lawsuit is available here: https://www.aclutx.org/sites/default/files/mpc_complaint.pdf

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT TONIGHT AT 10:30 PM ON ISIAH FACTOR!

Make sure you tune in to the Factor Uncensored weeknights at 10:30 pm on Fox 26 and on #FoxSoul!

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COUNTY JUDGE PISSED OFF COVID 19 INMATES TRANSFERRED TO HIS COMMUNITY!

Dear Citizens of Brazoria County:

I was recently shocked and disappointed to learn that without notice, to elected state officials or county officials, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) recently transferred a large percentage of its COVID-19 positive cases to Brazoria County prison units.  This is an appalling and unconscionable lack of transparency by the TDJC and a total disregard for public safety during this Public Health Emergency. We as citizens recognize our duty to assist others, and Brazoria County residents are more than happy to contribute their fair share to help.  However, TDCJ’s actions have placed a disproportionate impact on Brazoria County citizens and their resources. This impact is not the fault of any inmate or inmates. As a result, of the lack of transparency and disregard for public safety in Brazoria County by TDJC’s leadership, I have sent a letter to the Honorable Greg Abbott requesting his assistance and additional resources to protect the citizens of Brazoria County.

Brazoria County has been assured by UTMB administration that this will have minimal impact on UTMB Angleton Danbury Hospital Campus.  You may find my letter to Governor Abbott posted on Brazoria County’s website.  It is my goal and the goal of Commissioners’ Court to, at all times, protect the citizens of Brazoria County. 

Sincerely,

L.M. “Matt” Sebesta, Jr.

Brazoria County Judge

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FROM VODKA TO SANITIZER!

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced another timely donation from a company as this country continues to battle the Coronavirus.

Turner said he was pleased to announce Texas based Tito’s Vodka temporarily stopped making their liquor to focus on giving back.

Turner says Tito’s made and donated 130 cases of hand sanitizer to the city of Houston.

About Tito’s Vodka: Tito’s Handmade Vodka is a vodka brand made by Fifth Generation, founded by Tito Beveridge in 1997 in Austin, Texas.

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TWO MORE COVID 19 DEATHS IN HOUSTON!

Mayor Sylvester Turner says there have been two more Covid-19 deaths in the city of Houston.

Tuner says that brings the number to 31 people who have died from this deadly form of the Coronavirus.

There are a total of 2,570 cases in the city of Houston.

There are 6,600 cases in Southeast, TX.

After intense screenings (1,000 tests completed Thursday) there are also 114 new positive tests for Covid 19.

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MATTRESS MACK NEEDS YOUR HELP TOMORROW!

Mattress Mack and Kroger are together reaching out to share a message with Houstonians in support of their mission to feed thousands of housebound Houston seniors.

Last month, Mattress Mack, Joe Kelley of Kroger, and Mayor Sylvester Turner announced their partnership to feed over 10,000 local seniors in need,” said Joe Kelley. As of April 16, Kroger has delivered over $350,000 of groceries to Gallery Furniture which with the help of volunteers, have been distributed to those in need.

This is where they are asking Houstonians to step in – Mattress Mack need your help. He is requesting volunteers on Sat., April 18 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. to help deliver groceries to seniors. Volunteers can drive up with their trunk open and Gallery Furniture will load with bags of groceries. Volunteers will receive a list of addresses located within a single zip code to deliver to seniors’ doorstep.

“The stories that I have heard from seniors seeking food have been heartbreaking,” said Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale.  “With Kroger’s partnership and the generosity of the Houston community, we will be able to make sure that every senior receives food.”

Kroger shoppers can continue to donate non-perishable food at any Houston area Kroger store or at Gallery Furniture 6006 N. Freeway or Gallery Furniture Grand Parkway every day from 8am-10pm. Gallery Furniture is also accepting donations of cleaning supplies and toiletries.

“The response from the Houston community has been overwhelmingly positive, and we are thankful that we have the means to make an impact at such a critical time,” said Joe Kelley. While many people can make a weekly trip to the grocery store, this specific group of individuals cannot. We want to make sure that our seniors are taken care of by ensuring they are fed and their pantries are full.”

Mattress Mack and Joe Kelley, president of Kroger Houston, are hosting a press conference today at 3 p.m. at the Gallery Furniture North Freeway location to highlight their efforts to fight hunger in the Houston community. Media are encouraged to attend to capture interviews and video. 

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WOULD YOU SNITCH OR PUBLICLY SHAME YOUR NEIGHBOR IF THEY REFUSE TO FOLLOW SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES?

Some complain about joggers panting on passers-by. Others wonder what to do when they overhear drunken partygoers rejecting quarantine measures. Still more question whether people they see in the street are really on “essential” business.

Local social media networks, long places for recipe swaps and restaurant tips, are rapidly becoming sites where neighbors police neighbors during the global coronavirus pandemic.

And as users test the line between civic duty and intrusive surveillance — often trying to shame their peers into obeying social distancing rules — experts worry that a practice once frowned upon is becoming normalized.

“It distresses me greatly to see a few uncaring louts who scoff at the safety rules that are meant for all of us to get through this awful situation,” said one user on a listserv for a wealthy suburb of the capital Washington, which has seen a slew of complaints about people ignoring distancing guidelines.

“I have a suggestion – if you see such behaviors as mentioned above – why not take photos/videos of the offenders? This could discourage their dangerous behaviors,” said another.

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FANS ARE ASKING WHY IS THE BLACK PANTHER SO DAMN SKINNY RIGHT NOW!

Is Chadwick Boseman OK?

That’s the question fans are demanding answers to after the 42-year-old actor posted a video to his Instagram where he appears much thinner in the face.

The video was initially posted to his main Instagram feed, where he paid tribute to Jackie Robinson, in honor of the late baseball legend’s day of remembrance.

Boseman’s purpose of the video was to applaud a partnership between Thomas Tull and FIGS, who have contributed $4.2 million for the purchase of protective medical gear in African-American communities affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

But it ended up being the actor’s seemingly dramatic weight loss that captivated his followers’ attention as several pleaded to know if he was feeling alright.

“Why are you looking so thin??” one of his followers asked along with a prayer hands emoji.

“You ok chief? You looked rather odd on the other post,” another questioned.

Fears only grew for the actor after he deleted the video from his main feed. While it still appears in another section of his Instagram account, fans were demanding answers despite his obvious desire for privacy.

“I guess he got tired of people asking is he sick…He took the video down,” one fan commented underneath the new post.

“Wishing you good health, King,” said another.

“I really hope you are ok,” one person replied.

It’s unclear if Boseman has lost the weight for an upcoming acting role.

The “Black Panther” star has yet to publicly address fans’ concerns regarding his health and a rep did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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JOB OPENINGS IN THE HOUSTON REGION FROM ISIAH FACTOR!

At Isiah Factor Uncensored we realize there are thousands of people in the Houston region who have lost their jobs because of the Coronavirus.

That’s why I came up with the idea to do a job fair on television.

We wanted to have real tangible jobs that people could walk into the next day.

We worked with WorkSolutions and the University of Houston to come up with a list plus resources for small business that are also struggling.

The video above is what we came up with and we hope it helps you.

Stay strong people!

FOR BUSINESSES:

GET IN THE LINE EARLY FOR THE NEXT ROUND OF SBA LOANS AT UNITY NATIONAL BANK:

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HISD announces new food distribution sites for week of April 13!

April 9, 2020 – The Houston Independent School District will continue food distribution efforts at 25 sites throughout the district during the week of Monday, April 13.

Food will be packed by HISD Nutrition Services staff at the Hexser T. Holliday Food Services Support Facility and then delivered daily to each site, in alignment with our updated procedures and safety measures. Each site can distribute up to 500 bags — or 15,000 pounds of food — per day.

As families arrive, staff will minimize contact by filling out required forms for families and placing food in their trunks. Those who walk to the sites also must adhere to strict social distancing requirements.

Specific locations, dates, and times are listed below.

Monday, April 13

  • Foerster Elementary School, 14200 Fonmeadow Dr., 9 a.m.
  • Attucks Middle School, 4330 Bellfort Blvd., 9 a.m.
  • Booker T. Washington High School, 4204 Yale St., 11 a.m.
  • Blackshear Elementary School, 2900 Holman Ave., 3 p.m.
  • Shadydale Elementary School, 5905 Tidwell Rd., 3 p.m.

Tuesday, April 14

  • McNamara Elementary School, 8714 McAvoy Dr., 9 a.m.
  • Waltrip High School, 1900 W. 34th St., 9 a.m.
  • Thompson Elementary School, 6121 Tierwester St., 11 a.m.
  • Jones Futures Academy, 7414 Saint Lo Rd., 3 p.m.
  • Key Middle School, 4000 Kelley St., 3 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15

  • Williams Middle School, 6100 Knox St., 9 a.m.
  • Fondren Elementary School, 12405 Carlsbad St., 9 a.m.
  • Navarro Middle School, 5100 Polk St., 11 a.m.
  • Mitchell Elementary School, 10900 Gulfdale Dr., 3 p.m.
  • Hilliard Elementary School, 8115 E. Houston Rd., 3 p.m.

Thursday, April 16

  • (new location) Hartsfield Elementary School, 5001 Perry St., 9 a.m.
  • Jane Long Academy, 6501 Bellaire Blvd., 9 a.m.
  • Burrus Elementary School, 701 E. 33rd St., 11 a.m.
  • Wheatley High School, 4801 Providence St., 3 p.m.
  • Fonwood Early Childhood Center, 9709 Mesa Dr., 3 p.m.

Friday, April 17

  • Scarborough High School, 4141 Costa Rica Rd., 9 a.m.
  • Fleming Middle School, 4910 Collingsworth St., 9 a.m.
  • Young Elementary School, 3555 Bellfort Ave., 11 a.m.
  • Osborne Elementary School, 800 Ringold St., 3 p.m.
  • Pilgrim Academy, 6302 Skyline Dr., 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 18 **New Site

  • NRG Stadium parking lot, NRG Parkway, 4-7 p.m.