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East Side Housing Development Wins National Award

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The San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA) has garnered an Award of Excellence and national recognition from the National Association for Housing and Redevelopment Officials for the design of East Meadows, the agency’s largest development project on the Eastside, according to a SAHA press release.

SAHA will officially be presented with the award during the NAHRO National Conference and Exhibition, Oct. 25-27, in Atlanta. East Meadows was one of 19 SAHA projects, programs and services to be selected for NAHRO Awards of Merit this year and one of two Awards of Excellence presented nationally.

In October 2017, the San Antonio community celebrated the opening of the first phase of East Meadows Apartments, a community-wide revitalization effort enhancing the Eastside of San Antonio with a sustainable mixed-income neighborhood

Located on what was once the site of Wheatley Courts, one of the oldest public housing developments in San Antonio, East Meadows was developed with the assistance of a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Choice Neighborhoods Implementation (CHI) Grant awarded to the San Antonio Housing Authority.

“I’m proud to see the San Antonio Housing Authority garner national attention for the critical improvements made to the Eastside, including initiatives beyond housing,” said David Nisivoccia, SAHA President and CEO. “Our hope is that East Meadows will be the model for transformational developments in Texas and the U.S.”



Included in the community is the 4,200-square foot BiblioTech digital library operated by Bexar County. Once all phases are completed, the community will meet the Build San Antonio Green (BSAG) Level II which includes energy efficiency, water conservation, site requirements and indoor air quality health requirements.

SAHA provides housing assistance to over 65,000 children, adults and seniors through its Public Housing, Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and Mixed-Income housing programs.

To look at pictures of the development or floor plans, go here: https://www.eastmeadowsapts.com

 

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Remembering the 19 Soldiers of the 24th Infantry Regiment

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Nineteen black soldiers were hung on Dec. 11, 1917 in San Antonio. In spite of their military service, racial tensions took over their fate. However these men won’t be forgotten by the Bexar County Buffalo Soldiers Association.

The local organization recently voted to pay homage to the 19 soldiers of the 24th infantry regiment by placing a commemorative plaque or monument in the Buffalo Soldier Peace Park at 1602 Wyoming Street – not too far where the soldiers faced death.

Famed actor, author, and former Army Reserve Ambassador James McEachin and Civil Rights leader Pastor Kyev Tatum teamed up to get approval from the Bexas County Buffalo Soldiers Association to collaborate on erecting a monument in recognition of the century old court-martial of 113 black soldiers and 19 hanged in the Alamo City – the largest in military history.

According to the Texas Historical Commission, the condemned men were not told their fate until two days before their execution, nor was time permitted to appeal for clemency. Instead, the execution was hastily carried out before dawn at a secluded edge of Camp Travis along Salado Creek. Their request to be shot had been denied. The gallows upon which they were hanged were gone by the time the news broke to the public. To read the full story of what happened, go here.

“This unique opportunity to recognize and remember the black soldiers lost because that resisted tyranny, rejected injustices and revolted against mistreatment at the hands of law enforcement in Houston, Texas over 100 years ago is a dream come true,” says Pastor K.P. Tatum, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Fort Worth and Pastor of the New Mount Rose Missionary Baptist Church, also in Fort Worth.

Pastor Tatum and McEachin, a Korean War Veteran and Purple Heart and Silver Star recipient, are also working together to produce an event at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington DC for next July 2019 in honor of the Buffalo Soldiers of America with special recognition given to the brave soldiers of the United States Army 24th Infantry Regiment.

“The US Senate and President George H.W. Bush declared July 28, 1992 as Buffalo Soldiers Day in America and it is only fitting that we honor them with a day at the new Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African-American History and Culture in 2019,” Pastor Tatum said.

The two events are designed to continue the journey towards justice for the black soldiers that will lead to a presidential pardon.

“We believe these soldiers were protecting the fundamental fairness of freedom for all of us very similar to the brave Americans who fought at the Alamo in San Antonio. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was right, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ You can not call the soldiers at the Alamo hereos without calling the men of the 24th Infantry Regiment heroes. They both stood up and resisted brutality, one foreign and the other domestic. Injustice is injustice. We are excited about the possibilities of honoring our faithful forefathers both in San Antonio and in Washington DC,” says Pastor Tatum.

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Free Luncheon and Parade to Honor Veterans

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To honor area veterans, District 1 City Councilman Roberto Treviño has organized the fourth annual free Veterans Day luncheon at the historic VFW Post 76 at 10 Tenth St downtown on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 1 to 3 pm.

All veterans and their families are invited to attend after the parade for an afternoon of leisure. VFW Post 76, considered “The Oldest Post in Texas” will host the luncheon.

Residents are encouraged to show their support for veterans by attending the Veterans Day Parade which will take place along Houston Street from N. Alamo and end at Milam Park. The parade will begin at noon and end approximately at 1:30 pm. Prior to the parade, there’s a drill team competition at 8 am next to the Alamo, and a wreath ceremony at 10 am in front of the Alamo. The parade is presented by the U.S. Military Veterans Parade Association.

Visit https://www.usmvpa.com/ for more information.

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Urban Camp Festival (Fall 2018)

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Imagine the gathering of all of your friends at the livest house party of all time… and then add tents, a raging river waiting for you all to tame it, laser tag, different tastes from all over the country, games that might have your children look at you differently, and lastly an open bar that’ll help you forget your antics of the evening.  Once your vision is realized, you will now be walking amongst Urban Camp Weekend, the best camping event in the world, hosted at Mount Breeze of New Braunfels, TX!

Urban Camp Weekend is the largest camping trip in the country, hosted by Urban Camp Weekend and Urban Events Global!  This camp enthralls a large community of eager travelers from all across the country to indulge in a highly entertaining activities, ranging from yoga, to river rafting, during the scheduled weekend.  Intertwined during the duration of the event are mixers for professionals eager to network while still having their fun.  This event was established by Kevin Knight, who had the vision to develop unique and non-traditional experience that allows participants to relax and make lasting connections all while in a territory never explored!

I never knew that drinks, tents, and laser tag could fit together so well.

Upon arriving, we received a warm greeting from campers all across the campsite.  All were participating in games, with laughs bellowing across the site, and immediately incorporated us into the fun!  The atmosphere of the site put people at ease, allowing them to commune with people they had never prior to that day.  The DJ curated songs from all decades, playing them in a way that younger and mature audiences could equally enjoy.  I never knew that drinks, tents, and laser tag could fit together so well.  Overall, the experience was beautifully organized, and the participants had an awesome time.  We cannot wait until next year.

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