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Mayoral candidate Whitmire files campaign contribution report

 On January 17, 2023, the John Whitmire for Mayor Campaign filed its campaign contribution and expenditure report. 

The John Whitmire Campaign for Houston Mayor raised $1,148,015 from supporters in less than one month between the 2022 General Election and the legislative fundraising moratorium. 

Contributions maintained by the Whitmire Campaign at the end of the year total $10,100,086. 

Statement from John Whitmire: 

“I am so very grateful for the support shown for my campaign for mayor from so many Houstonians. Raising over $1.1 million in 30 days shows that we will have the resources to run a vigorous campaign reaching out to all Houstonians. 

“But campaigns are not just about money. They’re about ideas and solutions and the ability to get things done. Houstonians know that I have the experience to do the job. I will be tough but smart on crime. I will improve our infrastructure—streets, water, drainage. I will upgrade city services, including garbage pickup and permitting. Houston is a great city and we must address all our issues to reach our potential. Working together, we can. 

“I’m a public servant. I go where I’m called. I’ve been called to lead the City of Houston as its mayor. I accept that call.” 

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8th Annual African American Parade and Symposium is set for February 18

Houston Sun News Service

The Houston media is invited to a press conference on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at 11 a.m. at at the corner of Texas and Hamilton near Minute Maid Baseball Park (501 Crawford) for the announcement of the 8th Annual African American History Parade and Symposium. 

The 8th annual and 2023 City-Wide African American History Parade and Symposium is held February 18, 2023, in downtown Houston. The Parade is at 10 a.m. at Texas and Hamilton near Minute Maid ballpark and the Lunch and Symposium is on the campus of Texas Southern University in the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs with lunch at 12 noon and Symposium at 12:30 p.m.

With history being taken out of schools instead of being taught, it is far more important to learn about African American History to find alternate ways for awareness and teaching. As a teenager growing up in Mississippi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. took hold of both of my hands and said to me, four times, he repeated, “Whatever you do, do something, do something for the people, do something for the people, do something for the people, do something for the people.” Producing the City-Wide African American History Parade and Symposium is just one of my ways of ‘doing something for the people’.

“Real education means to inspire people to live more abundantly, to learn to begin with life as they find it and make it better,” said, Carter G. Woodson, Ph.D. the father of Negro History Week in 1926, now African American History Month. Woodson also said, “No man knows what he can do until he tries.” Since 2016, the Houston Sun has ventured to teach African American History to diverse demographics in Houston by inviting all to participate in the African American History Parade and Symposium.

Each year we take our theme from the Study of Association for the Study of African American Life and History which was founded in 1915 by Carter G. Woodson. This year’s theme is Black Resistance, and we are encouraging youth from elementary, middle school and high school to write an essay and create art that displays the theme. Elements of Social Justice will be on display and discussed during the Parade, the Symposium, and in the youth papers. Students will receive scholarships and Awards will be issued for categories in the Parade.

With this Parade and Symposium, we aspire to take our city where it is and improve it through knowledge, engagement, and exposure. The Grand Marshal is Rev. Dr. Samuel H. Smith. Honorary chairpersons are Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Mayor Lee P. Brown, Attorney Gary Bledsoe and Merline Pietre, Ph.D., historian.

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Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Signature Youth Employment Program, Hire Houston Youth, Opens Application Portal

HOUSTON –  Mayor Sylvester Turner joined city officials and business leaders for the 2023 kick off of his signature program, Hire Houston Youth, continuing his commitment to invest in today’s youth and young adults to ensure a better, more equitable tomorrow.  

Paid local jobs and internships are available for the eight-week program, open to young people between the ages of 16 – 24. The positions are in the City of Houston and the public, private, and philanthropic sectors. Mayor Turner has set a goal this year of providing 15,000 jobs, with a stretch goal of 20,000 jobs. 

If you are an employer interested in joining Hire Houston Youth, please visit, and if you are a youth or young adult wanting to register visit:   

In April 2016, Hire Houston Youth was launched through the Mayor’s Office of Education and Youth Engagement to serve as a facilitator to connect youth, where they are empowered with an “earn and learn” opportunity in Houston’s dynamic economy.   

“Hire Houston Youth provides the City of Houston with an opportunity to address long-standing inequities by creating pathways for residents to resilient, living wage trajectory jobs,” said Mayor Turner. “The program enables Houston’s youth to acquire the training and skills needed for a successful path to higher education and future careers. The City of Houston is dedicated to offering and securing these opportunities and ensuring success during and after these internships, including providing financial counseling to those employed at the City of Houston.” 

National surveys show that young adults have some of the lowest levels of financial literacy. When young people understand how to manage their money, they increase their chances of long-term stability and security. To help youth achieve financial literacy, the Mayor’s Office of Education and Youth Engagement is supported by the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund and has partnered with SER jobs and BankOn to teach a variety of topics, including budgeting, the value of building your credit score, personal loans, and more. 
“Because of Hire Houston Youth, I now want to work in local government,” said Tommy Wan. “It is an avenue for change focusing on urban policy, transportation, infrastructure and housing needs for the City of Houston.  The experience and skills I obtained working with Council Member Tiffany D. Thomas in my home district, District F will take me beyond Hire Houston Youth, and I want to thank Mayor Sylvester Turner for this opportunity.”  

Over the past 40 years, Houston has grown from a blue collar, industrial era economy to an international, high-tech economy. “The Mayor’s Office of Education and Youth Engagement has worked diligently to register employers that reflect current workforce trends and are diverse in nature,” said Education and Youth Engagement Director Olivera Jankovska. 

“United Airlines is proud to once again support and partner with Mayor Turner and the Hire Houston Youth program,” said United Airlines’ Director of Corporate and Government Affairs Darrin Hall. “United’s participation in the program provides Houston’s youth with an opportunity to work with one of the city’s largest private employers.” 

Additionally, Mayor Turner included Hire Houston Youth in his One Safe Houston campaign that seeks to reduce violence, prevent crime, provide increased crisis intervention, engage the community, and provide outreach opportunities to young people.

Hire Houston Youth ensures that Houston’s youth and young adults have options and are given the opportunity to explore different career paths.