Coming Together as Texans

//Coming Together as Texans

From everyone at CPPP, our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. The stories, images and reports of devastation are heartbreaking. Yet we are so inspired by the resiliency and good-heartedness of Texans in the face of this unprecedented challenge.

We are grateful for the brave first responders still working around the clock to rescue flood victims, the countless volunteers pouring in to offer help, and the many workers engaged in clean-up and recovery efforts.

We encourage those who are able to donate and volunteer your help.

While this catastrophe has impacted people of all income levels and backgrounds, we ask all of you to consider the most vulnerable Texans, those who will have the most difficulty recovering from the storm. Nearly a quarter of Houston’s population, for example, lives in poverty — approximately 550,000 people. Several of CPPP’s organizational partners who are trusted by communities in Houston have launched the Harvey Community Relief Fund to help meet the needs of low-income communities during the rebuilding process.

There are many other ways to help as well – here is one good roundup. One immediate need is to ensure that those affected by Harvey have access to nutritious food.

Our state has faced difficult challenges before, and we will draw on our strong Texas spirit to recover from this devastating storm.

A renowned social justice lawyer, former philanthropy executive, and frequent public speaker and writer, Ann Beeson joined the Center in 2013. She was previously the Executive Director of U.S. Programs at the Open Society Foundations, where she promoted human rights, justice, and accountability nationwide. Beeson was the national Associate Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, where she worked from 1995-2007. She argued twice before the U.S. Supreme Court, litigated numerous cases around the country, and launched groundbreaking programs to stop the erosion of civil liberties in the name of national security and to protect free speech and privacy on the Internet. Beeson has been recognized as one of the nation’s top lawyers by American Lawyer Magazine and the National Law Journal. A proud Texan, Beeson has embraced a wide range of innovative strategies to advance social change. Before joining the Center, she launched a new non-profit to involve the creative sector in social change. In 2012-13, she was a Senior Fellow and Lecturer at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas, where she co-produced a public media series to inspire more people to get engaged in their communities. She grew up in Dallas, Texas, and received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Texas. Beeson obtained her law degree from Emory University School of Law, and served as law clerk to the Honorable Barefoot Sanders, then chief judge of the Northern District of Texas.

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