Is Jarvis Johnson For Real As He Discusses Poverty In Race Against Sheila Jackson Lee?
Houston City Councilmember Jarvis Johnson sent out the numbers you see below about the 18th Congressional District of Texas. Mr. Johnson is running in a Democratic primary in this district to unseat incumbent Sheila Jackson Lee.
From Mr. Johnson about the 18th—
151,855 (23%) residents are in poverty,
66,238 (35.4%) children are in poverty
25% of women are in poverty
28 % of African Americans are in poverty
25% of Latinos are in poverty.
From the 2006-2008 American Community Survey Census
67% are high school graduates or higher compared to the 85% national average.
17% have a Bachelor’s degree or better compared to the 27% national average.
50% of housing units are owner occupied compared to the 67% national average.
50% of housing units are renter occupied compared to the 33% national average.
$37,133 is the median household income compared to the $52,175 national average.
Okay– I’m glad Mr. Johnson is discussing poverty. Poverty is an issue that should have mattered in the race for Mayor of Houston last year. Houston is full of poverty and misery.
The question is—What is Mr. Johnson going to do about any of this?
Here is something of an issues platform on Mr. Johnson’s campaign web home. I think it has a measure of substance.
However, nowhere on Mr. Johnson’s web home can you find a detailed explanation of what he would propose to help fight poverty in the 18th district.
I think many people are tired of Congresswoman Jackson Lee’s endless publicity seeking and are open to change.
Earning the trust of voters is difficult when minority voters and urban Democrats of all kinds vote for Democrats year-after-year and our cities only seem to get worse.
Imagine if state legislators and Congressional representatives in electorally safe urban districts devoted some of their campaign war chests to voter registration? Imagine if they began to really speak the truth about the problems facing the poor and the problems facing urban America?
Here’s an article recently published in New Scientist magazine about the impact of stress, poverty, and crime on breast cancer rates of women in American urban neighborhoods.
From the article—
“But according to a novel collaboration between sociologists and biologists, the strain of living in some of the toughest neighbourhoods in the US may cause biological changes that lead directly to earlier deaths. Results from the collaboration indicate that social isolation and a fear of crime cause an overload of stress hormones that can change cell biology, sending tumours into overdrive. “We’re showing that your social environment can affect your health directly,” says Suzanne Conzen of the University of Chicago. “It goes into gene expression. That concept is really new.”
Science is finding new ways to report a story that anyone could guess—Poverty kills.
Republicans seem lost to any measure of decency on this issue. What is so frustrating is the silence of so many Democrats on the question.
I’m going to listen to what Mr. Johnson says on these issues of poverty as the campaign moves on to the March 2nd primary Election Day.
Hopefully he is for real.
Despite many disappointments with politicians, I like to “Keep Hope Alive” as Jesse Jackson often urged folks to do.
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