September 2011 Cohen Connection

Sep. 12, 2011Ellen Cohen Campaign

In This Issue…

  • A Note from Ellen
  • Committing to Save Lives
  • Ellen’s Widespread Support Continues
  • Central Northwest Candidate Forum

A Note from Ellen

Public safety is a top priority for me. During my 18 years as President and CEO of the Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC), I met countless individuals who were the victims of domestic and sexual violence. Day in and day out, their stories and courage continued to motivate me to make a difference. Serving over 6,000 women, children, and men annually, our impact was undoubtedly felt. But, the fight to end domestic and sexual violence continues.

Last week, the Texas Supreme Court gave officials the go-ahead to continue collecting a fee on strip clubs in the State. The bill, which I authored in 2007, is intended to direct the first $25 million in proceeds to programs that help victims of sexual assault. The remaining funds are then delegated for health care programs for uninsured people.

It was recently reported that approximately 7,000 rape kits remain untested at HPD’s lab. The City of Houston has taken early steps towards creating a regional crime lab, which will hopefully address the backlog issue. As agreed upon in a council meeting, the City will start sending about 25 DNA samples to the County’s forensic center every 2 months. While this is good news, and a step in the right direction, it does not go far enough.

Did you know that HPD graduates two cadet classes a year for approximately 140 new officers? This rate is not nearly enough to keep up with the city’s growing population and the 150 police officers who retire every year. If elected to City Council, I will work diligently to be sure Houstonians are protected, cadet classes are increased, and the backlog of DNA cases is cleared.


Committing to Save Lives

Ellen partnered with Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), and LifeGift to promote organ and tissue donation among HCSO employees and the community. Learn More »

Ellen’s Widespread Support Continues

Ellen’s campaign for Houston City Council District C continues to garner endorsements from a diverse group of individuals and organizations including the Harris County Young Democrats, the Houston Council of Engineering Companies, and the Greater Houston Builders Association Home PAC. Read full list of endorsements »

Central Northwest Candidate Forum

The Forest West Civic Club is hosting a Candidate Forum in the northern part of District C on Monday, September 26th. The area, formerly represented by Council Member Stardig, is now part of District C. All are welcome and invited to attend. Learn More »