Thursday, February 11, 2010

Council Member Jarvis Johnson hosting a Veteran’s Benefit Seminar. Free to the public! Please support!

Dear Veteran Community Supporter,

All Americans owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women who are serving and have served in the Armed Forces of the United States. Many service members and their families have made sacrifices to protect the democratic values that we in the United States hold sacred. Therefore, we must provide services and opportunities in an effort to give back some of what they have lost. As a result, I am pleased that the City of Houston, the Voice of Veterans (VOV) Committee for District B, Houston Veteran Administration, Texas Southern University, University of Houston Veterans Affairs, Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County, Inc. and the Department of Veteran Affairs Center for Minority Veterans have joined together to invite you, to participate in the Veteran’s Benefit Seminar.

We are reaching out to all veterans in need of information as well as resources that will enable them to live and enjoy a better life. Please come and learn about the many community services, educational interest and entrepreneurial opportunities that are available for veterans. THIS SEMINAR IS FREE.

The goal of the event is to foster an atmosphere to network and share information with stakeholders within local, state and federal governments as well as establishing partnerships with resources within the City of Houston.

The event will be held at: West Gray Adaptive Recreation Center
Location: 1475 West Gray, Houston, Texas 77019
Exhibit Time: Free Health Screening 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Seminar Time: 12:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Thank you in advance for your participation, your consideration, commitment and support of our

Jarvis Johnson
Council Member, District B

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Council Member Jarvis Johnon in recent news? See what Channel 11 is talking about

Council Member Johnson successfully hosts Job Fair Conference for Houston residents seeking work

Council Member Jarvis Johnson hosted a free two-day Job Fair Conference January 29 - 30 at the Fifth Ward Multi-Purpose Center.

“In good times and in bad times, our community always faces challenges in trying to find a good paying job. I hope that this will help alleviate this issue,” said Johnson.

The Friday "Get Hired" workshop focused on job interviewing skills, proper work attire ,customer service tips and application tips. The fair was hosted on Saturday.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Jarvis Johnson on Haiti Earthquake Relief

Statement of Council Member Jarvis Johnson
Houston City Council, District B

For Immediate Release
January 13, 2010

It is with great sadness that I send this message. At this moment, thousands of our neighbors in Haiti are without shelter, searching for family and friends, and dealing with the emotional pains of a natural disaster. My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Haiti. I support President Obama as the United States provides “swift, coordinated, and aggressive efforts to save lives” and to restore Haiti.

We in Houston are familiar with a natural disaster as we experienced Hurricane Ike in 2008. We opened our arms to our neighbors from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. We know what it feels like to lose shelter, access to energy resources, to be in need of food, water, and ice. We know what it feels like to be in despair. Just like we know the impacts of devastation, we also know the power of hope and prayer. So, during this time of tragedy for our Haitian neighbors, I am urging us to change our focus from our daily routines to reach out to our fellow human beings in Haiti. At this time the extent of the damage from the earthquake has not been fully measured, but reports are saying that thousands have died and that most of Port-au-Prince is destroyed.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reminded us that “all life is interrelated. The agony of the poor impoverishes the rich…. Whatever affects one, directly affects all indirectly.”
Yes, we are in tough economic times in Houston and across this nation, but we also have more resources than the people in Haiti and a more developed infrastructure. Our financial woes can’t compare to the financial hardship and devastation of our neighbors in Haiti. I am therefore asking for your full support.

The people in Haiti need our thoughts and prayers. They need our financial and physical support. Please help today by contributing funds to one of the relief efforts below:

May God bless the people of Haiti and those working on their behalf.

Thank you very much.

~Jarvis Johnson

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Council Member Jarvis Johnson officially announces he is running for Houston's 18th Congressional District seat

On Tuesday, January 5, Houston City Council Member Jarvis Johnson stood outside the historic George "Mickey" Leland building to announce that he is officially running for Houston's 18th Congressional District seat.

“We're going to have a frank discussion on who's capable of bringing and creating good-paying jobs for the people of the district,” said Council Member Johnson, who was joined by a host of supporters who stood behind him as he delivered his message to the local press.

In his statement, Council Member Johnson also noted the dismal unemployment and school dropout rates in the 18th District and declared "I have the energy. I have the youthful exuberance. I have the legs and the strong back to get out there and get the word out about what our campaign and candidacy is all about."

Council Member Johnson took the oath of office for his third term in City Council on January 4 and on that same day he went to the headquarters of the Harris County Democratic Party, where he filed to become a contender in the March 2 Democratic primary.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Press Conference: Council Member Jarvis Johnson and Community Members to Demand Absentee Landlords Be Held Accountable!

For Immediate Release

December 29, 2009


Offices of Council Member Jarvis Johnson Press Dept.




Houston, Texas ---Council Member Jarvis Johnson will join community members in demanding safer housing for area renters. A press conference will be held on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 11:00am with Sharon Kendrick - the latest victim of a negligent property owner.

Two days after Christmas, Sharon Kendrick rushed from her home to escape flames seeping through her walls. Though the home she has rented for years didn't completely burn, she is now without permanent shelter and some belongings. Her despair is the result of a negligent property owner.

Council Member Johnson will speak on his proposed regulations to hold property owners more accountable at the press conference in front of Ms. Kendrick’s home located at 2321 Kirk Street, Houston, Texas 77020. All media is invited.

"This ordinance is a practical and common sense way to hold property owners accountable, and to prevent low-income people from becoming homeless," says Council Member Johnson.

Council Member Johnson has spent his tenure on Houston City Council advocating for stronger ordinances to hold landlords and property owners accountable for ensuring their properties pose no threat to its residents.

Part of the proposed Single Family Properties, Restricted Covenants, & Habitual Ordinances demands that landlords will have 48 hours to fix problems that Building and Safety Department inspectors believe are serious enough to threaten public safety.

"It is shameful that a property owner would willingly take the hard-earned money of its residents with no regard to the individual or family's safety,” says Council Member Johnson.