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Road Safety Initiative to Address Increased Traffic Fatalities

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San Antonio Police officers are now receiving additional training on Vision Zero and crash reporting during their daily roll call in an effort to combat San Antonio’s alarming increase in traffic fatalities. Additionally, officers are sharing educational material with roadway users, especially those who are making unsafe choices.

On average, 162 people are killed on San Antonio roadways annually while some 40,000 are killed in traffic crashes across the United States. In the first six months of this year, 85 people were killed on San Antonio roads. This is a 44 percent increase in roadway fatalities when compared to the same period of time last year. In 2016 there were 98 fatalities during the same time period.

“As police officers, we see the tragedies caused by poor driving decisions that are made on a daily basis,” said Chief William McManus, SAPD. “Last year alone, we saw 144 people lose their lives on San Antonio roadways. Being able to stop these incidents before they happen is a priority we take seriously. Partnering with Vision Zero on this campaign will educate our officers about best practices for reporting on crashes and provide the community compelling information that can lead to a safer San Antonio.”

During their daily roll call, SAPD officers will view a video narrated by Chief McManus. The video provides statistics and encourages officers to be thorough in providing greater detail in their crash reports.

“The more detail we have in those crash reports, especially the contributing factors, is vital,” said Art Reinhardt, who oversees the Vision Zero initiative for the City of San Antonio. “We can take this information and identify patterns, which can help us make changes to the roads to improve safety and reduce injuries and fatalities.”

Officers will also be handing out pamphlets, prepared by Vision Zero, to people they see demonstrating unsafe behavior. An electronic version of the pamphlet can be accessed at www.visionzerosa.com.

“We all make mistakes, but there are steps each and every one of us can take to make our streets safer,” said District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales. “Through SAPD’s partnership, this campaign will allow us direct access to having conversations with people who are exercising poor judgment on the road. We can educate and encourage them to make safer decisions—because we want people to know that their decisions really do make a difference.”

The ultimate goal is to make San Antonio streets safer for people walking, biking, and driving. In 2015, San Antonio adopted Vision Zero, a plan designed to eliminate traffic fatalities and enhance transportation safety amidst community growth. The new sub-initiative, launched today, combines education, encouragement and enforcement, three of five pillars that San Antonio focuses on to achieve Vision Zero. The other pillars are engineering and evaluation.

Key points Vision Zero SA is sharing through this campaign:

  • Distracted driving is deadly – distracted driving accounts for almost 45% of crashes in San Antonio
  • Speed kills – increased speed heightens the odds of serious injuries and fatalities
  • A list of the most common crash types and how to avoid them
  • Tips for sharing the road
  • The importance of heightened awareness at intersections
  • Safety pointers for people walking, biking and driving

Stay up-to-date on Vision Zero San Antonio:

  • here
  • VisionZeroSA.com
  • #VisionZeroSA
  • Twitter: @SanAntonioTCI
  • Facebook: San Antonio TCI
  • YouTube: San Antonio TCI/li>
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Black Teen Banned From Graduation Because of His Hair

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Mont Belvieu, TX — Deandre Arnold, a high school student from Texas, is reportedly being discriminated against because of his hair style of choice. His school, Barbers Hill High School in the city of Mont Belvieu, has suspended him and banned him from participating in his own graduation unless he cuts his locks to a shorter length.

School officials claim their decision is based on their long-standing policy wherein “no dress code policy that prohibits any cornrow or any other method of wearing of the hair, our policy limits the length. It’s been that way for 30 years,” Superintendent Greg Poole told KHOU 11.

However, activists believe that it is yet again another case of racial discrimination.

“The dress code is designed by white people for white people and is damaging to Black bodies,” Black Lives Matter activist Ashton Woods said.

“This is a Black and white issue, Deandre (and) his family should not have to go through this. But I expect it from a board that has zero diversity,” stated Gary Monroe, with the United Urban Alumni Association.

A number of activists supported Deandre and his family in their discussion with the Barbers Hill school board, hoping to come to a favorable resolution. They thought that the issue was an insignificant obstruction to the teen’s education that might also be experienced by others.

“We’re here for Deandre, but it’s about more than that, this is about all the other Deandres that could come through Barbers Hill,” Sandy Arnold, Deandre’s mother said.

Moreover, Deandre’s family, together with their supporters, are planning to take the case to federal court if the school wouldn’t come up with a resolution 48 hours after their meeting.

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Continuing The Legacy

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CONTINUING KING’S LEGACY OF JUSTICE, PEACE AND EQUALITY!

The City of San Antonio’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission will continue its commemoration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1st March for Justice organized by the late Rev. Dr. Raymond “R.A.” Callies, Sr., a San Antonio teacher and pastor. Rev. Callies began the March in 1968 to call attention to the need for basic infrastructure on the east side. His efforts have resulted in what has become one of the largest commemorative marches for Dr. King in the United States and possibly the world. After the death of Dr. King, he worked tirelessly to have a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. erected in what is now MLK Plaza located at the heart of the eastside on New Braunfels Street. Since then, community members along with thousands of others who travel across the country to participate, have gathered each year in increasing numbers to reflect on their own Dream of Justice, Peace and Equality to all in America.

Improving the quality of life for all people was the dream of Dr. King and Rev. Callies. The MLK Commission seeks to continue their work and legacy by offering educational and empowering events throughout the month of January each year. If you would like to support the mission of the City of San Antonio, MLK Commission, please participate by attending the various events provided by the Commission. Your financial support is also needed to help in presenting Scholarships to deserving area students. Please contact the City of San Antonio’s MLK, Jr. Commission for more informtation.

The signature event, the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. March, is scheduled for Monday, January 20, 2020. The march will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the MLK Academy located at 3501 MLK Drive and end at Pittman-Sullivan Park, 1101 Iowa. 

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Black Worship IX – Clergy Hall of Fame Dinner & Presentation 2020

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Every year clergy members from San Antonio, TX are honored for their good deeds and shown appreciation for their service in the ministry.  This year’s event will be held on Monday, February 24, 2020 at 7PM at the Antioch Community Sports Complex, located at 314 Eross St., San Antonio, TX 78202. The 2020 honorees are Rev. Dr. Claudette A. Copeland of New Creation Christian Fellowship and the Very Rev., Father Kevin Fausz of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.

Its been a tradition that the Black Worship Clergy Hall of Fame allows for fellow clergy to come together with no other agenda other than to fellowship and celebrate another year of service and commitment.

“The Academy” which consists of past Clergy Hall of Fame Honorees include the following: Rev. Thurman Walker, Antioch Missionary B.C.; Rev. Claude Black, Mount Zion First Baptist Church; Rev. Carlton Allen, New Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church; Bishop Samuel Iglehart, Childress Memorial COGIC; Pastor Jerry Dailey, Macedonia Baptist Church; Rev. Kenneth R. Kemp, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church; Rev. Dr. L.A. Williams; O. Trevor Alexander, True Vine Church; Rev. Kevin Nelson, Calvary Baptist Church; Bishop David Copeland, New Creation Christian Fellowship; Rev. Ruben Archield, Friendship Baptist Church; Rev. Rander Draper, Maranatha Bible Church; Rev. Ray Brown, Resurrection Baptist Church; and Rev. Robert Forte, Mt. Gilead Baptist Church.

Black Worship IX is open to the public.  Event tickets and advertisements for the souvenir journal may be purchased by visiting www.blackworshipsa.com or calling (210) 226-1939.

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