Fort Worth race and culture task force asks for community input

first_imgBernice Ogbondah Bernice Ogbondah Linkedin Bernice Ogbondah Bernice Ogbondah is a junior journalism major from Fort Worth, Texas. When she’s not reporting you can find her curating playlists or furiously retweeting foreign affairs, political pundits and anything social justice. Listen: Ball Don’t Lie: Clutch Factor Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Linkedin Previous articleFairmount community takes ‘a bite out of crime’ on National Night OutNext articleSGA representatives, justices appointed Bernice Ogbondah RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Second annual Fortress Fest comes to the Fort this weekend Facebook Review: Fortress Fest was a success Twittercenter_img ReddIt Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday + posts Facebook Bernice Ogbondah Twitter printSocioeconomic status, gentrification and police brutality– these are a few of the topics discussed in the first race and culture task force town hall meeting. The committee said that during this forum they would not be answering questions, they used the event to invite residents to voice their opinion on one central question: What issues should the task force address next year?But the meeting was also marked by a tone of skepticism aimed at Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and other Fort Worth officials. Some in the audience dismissed the process, questioning not only the task force but even the choice of venue, the First Presbyterian Church. Tuesday’s gathering should have been held in a neutral place for blacks and non-church goers rather than a predominantly white church, said one speaker. He said it was irresponsible for the task force to try and address issues that relate to race and culture without addressing what a safe space is. He said all residents should feel welcome to join the discourse. Some speakers looked back at previous council meetings and said those meetings set a tone of dismissiveness on the part of city officials. Anrya Cano, a youth minister at Iglesia Bautista Victoria en Cristo, spoke of Price’s demeanor when protesters unsuccessfully appealed to the city council to join a court fight against a state law that allows police to ask questions about immigration status and citizenship. Cano said the meeting ended on a “sour note” because Price felt the need to state “she was not a racist and all night that was all she heard.”She said Price “didn’t care to hear the voices of hurt, the voices of fear.” Other speakers shared Cano’s sentiment. Another recalled that during a prior forum centered around race when residents voiced their concerns, Price referred to her constituents’ complaints as a “b—- fest.”  The speaker felt that this might make some residents hesitant to speak up.Another speaker said that minorities don’t always feel included in Fort Worth’s prosperity. And added the saying “the Fort Worth way” only applies to a select group of people. The speaker used the term mobilization to portray the distribution of wealth in Fort Worth and “how it appears that there is only one group of people that are moving forward.” The resident used the increasingly popular areas such as West 7th and Magnolia Street as examples of gentrification. She said although she’s a patron at the facilities, she doesn’t see people who look like her.The 23-member task force was created by the city council in August to develop a resolution for issues related to race and culture in Fort Worth. They will advise Mayor Price, City Manager David Cooke and the Fort Worth City Council on ways to promote racial and cultural equity.  Bernice Ogbondah Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Listen: Ball Don’t Lie: The Closer ReddItlast_img read more

Clean Energy Fuels names new board chairman

first_imgClean Energy Fuels, the California-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplier for North American transport industry named Stephen Scully as chairman of its board of directors. The election of Scully, who has been a member of the board since 2014, took place at the board’s meeting in December and is effective immediately, the company said in a statement.Scully will replace Warren Mitchell, who will remain on the board.Newly appointed Scully, was founder and president of the Scully Companies, a California based truck leasing and specialized contract carriage provider. The company was subsequently sold to Ryder System in 2011. He is a past chairman and director of the National Truck Leasing System, board member of the Truck Rental and Leasing Association, board member of Ameriquest Transportation and Logistics Resources and member of the California Trucking Association.Speaking following his appointment, Scully said, “the world is waking up to the harmful impact diesel is having on our environment and there is no better alternative for fleets than natural gas.” He noted that the company is looking to take advantage of this trend in the transportation industry.last_img read more

Clark buoyed by Zlatan shut-out

first_imgIreland defender Ciaran Clark will take big confidence from shutting out Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He added: “Managing to keep a clean sheet away from home is obviously a brilliant result. “I am sure it will give the whole back four, and everyone else, confidence going into the next game.” Ireland will now hope to follow up their strong performance in the Swedish capital by beating Austria back in Dublin on Tuesday. Germany have taken a five-point lead at the top of Group C but the battle behind them is tight. Ireland have slipped to fourth but they are just a point behind second-placed Sweden and level with Austria. Clark, 23, said: “It is a big game but we are happy with the point here and we can go on now, play at home on Tuesday and with a big crowd behind us hopefully we can get three points.” Sweden’s star striker, who scored four goals against England last November, endured a frustrating night as Ireland claimed a creditable goalless draw in their World Cup qualifier in Stockholm. The Paris St Germain forward, whose combined career transfer fees total more than £130million, found chances hard to come by at the Friends Arena with his one meaningful effort deflected wide. Aston Villa centre-back Clark said: “He is a big, strong guy and his technical ability is unbelievable.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more