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  • Cbc Hour: A Culture of Violence

    by Representative Al Green

    Posted on 2013-01-14

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    GREEN of Texas. Thank you, Madam Chair. And I thank the Speaker for the time.



    I congratulate you, Madam Chair, on being the newly elected chairperson of the CBC, and I pledge to work with you to do all that I can to assist you, not only with the many programs that we have, but also with ending this culture of violence.

    Madam Chair, on this, the eve of the birthday of Dr. King, it is appropriate to quote him. He reminded us that the truest measure of the person is not where you stand in times of comfort and convenience, when all is right with the world, your health is good, your bills are paid, friends are all around. The truest measure of the person is where do you stand in times of challenge and controversy.

    Challenge and controversy, when young people are dying in the street, when domestic violence is claiming the lives of spouses and paramours and lovers and friends, when churches are being shot up, where do you stand? Let's talk for just a moment about some of these circumstances. I attended a funeral just recently. It was the funeral of Ms. Latasha Jones. Ms. Jones was killed on Christmas Eve, December 2012. She lost her life in the presence of her son. Her daughter lost her life as well, victim of domestic violence.

    It's one thing to know and use the term ``victim,'' another thing to attend the funeral of a victim. It was a sad occasion. Mother and daughter, son there to only suffer heartache knowing that he will never see his mother or his sister again.

    I have the program from that funeral, and I have the obituary. I shall place this in the Record.

    Latasha R. Jones October 14, 1977-December 24, 2012 On October 14, 1977 in Houston, Texas, a baby girl was born to Clarence M. Jones and Patricia Jones. They named her Latasha Rochelle Jones. Latasha confessed to Christ at an early age at South Park Baptist Church, in Houston, Texas. She attended Houston area public schools and graduated from North Shore High School in 1997, in Houston, Texas.

    On September 27, 1994, she had her first daughter: Chamarea' Schane' Hoskin. On February 8, 1999, she gave birth to her second daughter: JaKaela Neshae Newhouse. On May 24, 2005, she gave birth to her first son: Chance Javion-Lee Adams. Latasha was a kind-hearted, loving caregiver. She pursued her dream of caring for children while she was employed with many different daycare facilities. While employed at KinderCare, she was a Senior Quest Teacher. She truly had a passion for educating and nurturing children. Latasha also traveled down other avenues of care-giving by completing her education and dream of becoming a Certified Medical Assistant at PCI (Professional Careers Institute). Latasha completed the course and graduated on June 20, 2012. While attending PCI. Latasha was employed with Home Depot, where she worked very hard to provide for her family.

    Latasha was preceded in death by her father, Clarence M. Jones, her grandmother Shirley McDonald, three cousins: Cheryl L. McDonald, Jermaine McDonald and Byron J. Scranton, her step-brother: Clarence Owens.

    Her loving memory will linger on in the hearts of her Mother and Pow-Pow: Patricia A. Wilson and Earnest ``Lee'' Wilson, Sr.; her daughter: Chamarea' Hoskin, her son: Chance J.L. Adams; her sisters: Candi Jones, Alicia Jarmon (Jai Francis, Sr.), Rashaunda Jarmon; step-sister: Wendy W. Thomas (Randy) and Desiree Jarmon; step-brothers: Ernest L. Wilson, Jr. and Marcus Vivian; her nieces: Jailicia Martinez (Robert M.), Morgan Francis, Jordyn Lassaint, Avry Francis and Zoey Sarumi; her nephews: Jai Francis, Jr., Tristen Francis, Randall Thomas, Caden Francis, Seven Francis, Shia Francis and Tru Irven, a host of loving Aunts, Uncles, cousins her God-Mother Emori Davis, and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

    May Latasha R.I.P. with her daughter, JaKaela.

    ____ JaKaela N. Newhouse February 8, 1977-December 24, 2012 On February 8, 1999 in Houston, Texas, a baby girl was born to Herman Newhouse, Jr. and Latasha Jones. They named her JaKaela Neshae Newhouse. She attended Houston area public schools and was currently an 8th grade student at Killough Middle School, in Houston, Texas. She has two older sisters: Janesha McCartaney, who was born on July 19, 1991 and Chamarea' Schane' Hoskin, who was born on September 27, 1994. She became the proud big-sister to her younger brothers, Zaquarius Newhouse, who was born on December 12, 2003 and Chance Javion-Lee Adams, who was born on May 24, 2005.

    JaKaela was a loving, curious and happy teenager. She was a very ``studious student'' who took pride in her schoolwork. Her favorite pastime was to Sci-Fi books. She loved her family and her best friend Shakira Romero.

    JaKaela was preceded in death by her father Herman Newhouse, Jr., her grandfather Clarence M. Jones, her great- grandmother Shirley McDonald, three great-cousins: Cheryl L. McDonald, Jermaine McDonald and Byron J. Scranton, her uncle: Clarence Owens. Her loving memory will linger on in the hearts of her Grandmother and Pow-Pow: Patricia A. and Earnest ``Lee'' Wilson, Sr. and her paternal grandparents Herman and Norma Newhouse; her Step-Mother, Vondalin Johnson; her sisters: Janesha McCartaney and Chamarea' Hoskin, her Step-Sister, Quawntina Johnson; her brothers: Zaquarius Newhouse and Chance J.L. Adams; her Step-brother, Quiwnton Johnson; her aunts: Candi Jones, LaTricia Newhouse, Alicia Jarmon (Jai Francis, Sr.), Rashaunda Jarmon, Wendy W. Thomas (Randy) and Desiree Jarmon; her uncle: Ernest L. Wilson, Jr. and Marcus Vivian; her cousins: Jailicia Martinez (Robert M.), Morgan Francis, Jordyn Lassaint, Avry Francis, Zoey Sarumi, Jai Francis, Jr., Tristen Francis, Randall Thomas, Caden Francis, Seven Francis, Shia Francis and Tru Irven, a host of loving Great-Aunts, Great-Uncles, and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

    May JaKaela R.I.P. in the arms of her mother, Latasha.

    Gang violence. In my district, Robert Baptiste was a victim of gang violence, and on August 2012, at his funeral, there was a shootout at the church.

    Where do you stand when you have gang violence and domestic violence? Joshua Woods, 22 years of age, went out to buy a new pair of sneakers, December 2012. On the way home, accosted, lost his life, shot--died over sneakers.

    I had the opportunity to speak to his mother just recently. It was a heartbreaking conversation for a mother to explain how her son worked hard, and this was something that he had worked hard for. He was a good kid. His mother loved him.

    When the natural order of things is circumvented, it's very difficult to reconcile.

    And then I would call to your attention Ryan Spikes, killed in a drive-by shooting at a spring break party. Indiscriminate violence.

    Where do we stand is the question that Dr. King would put to us.

    [[Page H79]] {time} 1950 But he would also remind us that we must learn to live together as brothers and sisters or we will perish together as fools. And the notion of a gun for a gun is not the solution. We've tried eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth. That only leaves us blind and toothless. Guns will lead to shoot-outs.

    This is not the solution. We must do more, not only to rid society of these weapons of war, but also to help our children learn that they can live together as brothers and sisters. There is but one race, and that's the human race. We were all created by God to live in harmony, and we must teach our children that they should respect each other and live together with each other.

    This is not an easy task. There will be no silver bullet, there will be no easy solution, but we have to do all that we can. When you can't do enough, you have a duty to do all that you can.

    I pledge to do all that I can to work with you, Madam Chair, to make sure that we end domestic violence, gang violence, indiscriminate violence, and that we don't resort to a gun for a gun, which is a nouveau version of an eye for an eye.

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