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Draconian GOP Redistricting Plan Sets to Tear Black Residents Apart

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Downtown Houston, Third Ward, Texas Southern, and the University of Houston, would all be removed from Jackson Lee’s 18th Congressional District. Even her residence of nearly 50 years would fall-off the map. This would equally prevent her from voting for herself in future elections. This plan is perilously strategic. It retains both Jackson Lee and Reps Al Green’s districts under the Democratic strongholds, but the shuffling of communities could result in them being pitted against one another in the 9th District. Both colleagues, Sheila Jackson Lee and Al Green objected with a rare in-person plea to members of the Texas Senate to reverse this plan that would maliciously shove-off substantial number of Black Houston voters into new congressional districts.

The Republican majority’s proposals for all of the state’s political maps are out, and each is skewed in favor of the same voters: white Republicans.

One thing leads to the other. Republicans hold all of the statewide offices, along with majorities in the state’s congressional delegation, the Texas House and Senate, and the State Board of Education. It’s normal for those political animals to want to extend their dominance in state government, and to seize any opportunity to hurt Democrats and help Republicans.

But the correlations between race and party in Texas elections take that strategy of political discrimination perilously close to racial discrimination. White Texans are more likely to vote for Republicans than Democrats. Hispanic and Black Texans are more likely to vote for Democrats than Republicans.

And maps like the ones presented by legislators in the last two weeks are what comes of that. According to the latest U.S. census, 39.8% of the population is white, 39.3% is Hispanic, 11.8% is Black and 5.4% is Asian.

In the political maps laid out by lawmakers during the current special legislative session, white Texans are overrepresented and the other groups are underrepresented.

In the initial map for the Texas House, the majority of eligible voters (known in the redistricting and census data as the Citizen Voting Age Population) in 59.3% of the districts are white, in 20% are Hispanic and in 2.7% are Black. No district has an Asian majority, and in 18%, no group has a majority.

This plan is perilously strategic. It retains both Jackson Lee and Reps Al Green’s districts under the Democratic strongholds, but the shuffling of communities could result in them being pitted against one another in the 9th District.

In the proposed Senate map, 64.5% of the districts have white majorities, 22.6% have Hispanic majorities, 3.2% have Black majorities, none has an Asian majority, and in 9.7%, no group has a majority.

White Texans make up the majority of eligible voters in 60.5% of the proposed congressional districts, followed by Hispanic Texans at 18.4%, Black Texans and Asian Texans with no district majorities at all, and 21.1% of districts with no group in the majority.

At least the mapmakers are consistent.

You can’t draw maps like that with nice geometric shapes. We don’t live like that, and only a squiggly set of lines can divide Texans into the groups that best serve the political mapmakers. That sort of gerrymandering is legal, and sometimes, it’s even fair.

Here’s a definition from the website of the Texas Legislative Council, the state agency that draws redistricting maps and does other legal work for the state Legislature: “Gerrymander: To draw a district or set of districts with unusual boundaries usually with the intent to favor one group or party over another.”

Intent is everything. In arguments — both live and on social media — gerrymander is a term used to describe a district you don’t like. If it’s bad, it’s a gerrymander. But not all weirdly shaped districts are created equal. If it’s intended to give an unfair advantage to someone or some group, that’s not the same as making a funny pattern to connect people whose mutual interests are protected by law. That can be communities with common interests or problems, for instance, or communities of color.

Texas Republicans are trying to connect voters on the basis of politics, which is OK unless it crosses a legal line — one that is drawn, for example, to protect from racial discrimination. That’s for the courts to work out, but a simple analysis of the maps proposed for the congressional delegation, the Texas Senate and the Texas House reveals some of the cost of protecting the state from Democrats.

A perfect match in the 150-member Texas House, if the mix of the overall population was your guide, would be 60 districts with white majorities instead of the 89 in the proposed map, 59 Hispanic-majority districts instead of 30, 18 Black districts instead of 4, and eight districts with Asian majorities instead of none.

A perfect match of representation to population is practically impossible. The groups are scattered, and the gerrymandering required would be staggering. Even so, it’s hard to explain the fairness of proposed maps that have 39.8% of the Texas population — the white part — represented by 60.2% of the Texas Legislature; 39.3% — Hispanic Texans — represented by 20.4%; 11.8% — Black Texans — by 2.8%; and 5.4% — Asian Texans — by none at all.

The Texas Legislature might approve it, and the federal courts, when given the chance, might ratify it, but those numbers don’t add up.

Culled from the Texas Tribune

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The People’s Club of Nigeria in Sugarland Celebrates Thanksgiving―Spectacular Photos

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The People’s Club of Nigeria in Sugarland Spreads Thanksgiving Love to Celebrate COVID-19 Survival

GUARDIAN NEWS – HOUSTON, TX – As the spirit and cheerfulness of the Thanksgiving season spread all over North America, the People’s Club of Nigeria International (PCNI), Sugarland took it to another level. It was also a grand event to celebrate a victory over the pandemic. According to the group’s Chairman, Chief-Sir Nnanyelugo Obinna Mbachu, “We are equally celebrating our survival and thanking Almighty Jehovah for keeping us and our families alive and healthy from the pandemic.”

PCNI is an affluent Nigerian-based social club known for sophistication, charity, civic support, and community outreach. The event, the first major celebration outing of the group since the pandemic, attracted hundreds of dignitaries from Houston and beyond.  Venue was the Grand Hall of the Our Savior Anglican Church, Houston.

■ PCNI’s Chairman, Chief-Sir Nnanyelugo Obinna Mbachu, and wife, Chief-Mrs. Chinwe Mbachu

The PCNI is structured in alignment with its Nigerian overseers and prioritizes the wellness and advancement of its members. Members are known for cheery personality, sophistication, and devotedness and are selected within specific conditions that reflect upright charisma and integrity. Worldwide, The PCNI currently has under its stable, branches in Nigeria, the United States, Canada, and Europe.

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Uthoko Na Eze Achalla VI, Igwe Ositadinma Nwokedi congratulates Soludo, lauds INEC

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“I congratulate you on your electoral victory and pray for the success of your aspiration for the goodness of Anambra State and Ndi Igbo”

His Majesty, Igwe Ositadinma Sunny Nwokedi, Eze Oranyelu, Uthoko VI of Achalla, Anambra State, has congratulated the Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Charles Chukwuma Soludo, for his landslide victory of the Anambra governorship election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Chukwuma Soludo the winner of the November 6 governorship election after he polled a total of112,229 votes to defeat his closest rival, Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 53, 807 to emerge second. Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate got a total of 43,285 votes to emerge the third position. Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) came fourth with 21,261 votes. The Returning Officer for the 2021 Anambra governorship election, Florence Obi, announced this in the early hours of Wednesday at INEC headquarters, Awka.

In a press statement issued from the Palace, Igwe Ositadinma Sunny Nwokedi wished the governor-elect a productive future and urged community leaders and entire Anambra state indigenes to work with him to consolidate the wonderful work of the out-going governor, Chief Willie Obiano.

“On behalf of The Uthoko Na Eze Royal Family of Achalla, the Igwe-in Council, the Ancient Society of Ndi Alor, and the entire Achalla Community, I congratulate you on your electoral victory and pray for the success of your aspiration for the goodness of Anambra State and Ndi Igbo” the release read in part.

Igwe Ositadinma Sunny Nwokedi also commended the INEC, the security sector, and the government for conducting what he described as “an exemplary electoral exercise executed at a time of security uncertainty.” 

Located in the south-central part of Anambra State, Achalla is the capital of Awka North Local Government surrounded by towns like Amanuke, Igbariam, Obaefemili, Ukwulu, Urum e.t.c.

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World unite for 3-day coronation of “Uthoko Na Eze Achalla VI”, Igwe Ositadinma Sunny Nwokedi

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“I also promise not only to be your servant leader but also to be a true custodian of the traditional honors of the great kingdom of Achalla,” Eze Oranyelu Sunny Nwokedi

The Uthoko Na Eze Royal Family of Achalla, the Igwe-in Council, the Ancient Society of Ndi Alor, and the entire Achalla Community, Awka North Local Government, Anambra State, have concluded the Coronation and Iwaji (New Yam) Ceremonies of His Majesty, Igwe Ositadinma Sunny Nwokedi, Eze Oranyelu, Uthoko VI of Achalla, Anambra State, held at the ancestral Palace of the Uthoko Na Eze, Achalla, from October 28 through 31, 2021.

The coronation attended by dignitaries around the globe featured a 3-day program-packed traditional rites, held on Friday, October 28; Iwaji (New Yam) with his 1st Ofala Ceremony;  and Thanksgiving Ceremony held on October 30 and 31 respectively.

In the past few months, threads of traditional rites and events leading to this throne have been observed and completed, paving way for the just-concluded official coronation of his kingship. In the process, Eze Oranyelu Sunny Nwokedi received a Certificate of Kingship from the Executive Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano.

Located in the south-central part of Anambra State, Achalla is the capital of Awka North Local Government surrounded by towns like Amanuke, Igbariam, Obaefemili, Ukwulu, Urum e.t.c.

A new king of Achalla was necessary following the transition of the former ruler, His Majesty, Igwe Alex Ezeoba Nwokedi V, the Uthoko of Achalla. Aged 84, Igwe Alex Nwokedi who served as the Chairman of Anambra State Council of Traditional Rulers and also Chairman of the Nine Eastern States Council of Traditional Rulers passed away May 11, 2020, after a brief illness.

Eze Oranyelu Sunny Nwokedi, a distinguished businessman, nominated by the Uthoko Na Eze Royal family and backed up by the Igwe-in Council, the ancient society of Ndi Alor, and the entire Achalla community picked up the ancestral mace to resume the legacy of the traditional monarchy. According to the new king, “It’s an ancestral call – an inevitable responsibility and I will remain faithful to that trust.”

“On behalf of the Uthoko Dynasty, I sincerely thank all our guests for attending this event. Now, I can proudly hold up my chieftaincy scepter with utmost confidence, veneration, and loyalty to the throne. I also promise not only to be your servant-leader but also a true custodian of the traditional honors of the great kingdom of Achalla,” Eze Oranyelu Sunny Nwokedi said.

His Royal Highness continued, “Also, let me tell you that it is not just my sole effort that has brought me here. I would like to give special thanks to my family members – the Uthoko Dynasty,  who have been my mentors, supporters, and inspirators throughout this process. Everyone needs such mentors in life, and I am lucky to have found mine.”

The coronation featured the outing of the occasional Oganachi Masquerade; the “Iwapu Oji” ceremony; the “Ada masquerade” procession; and finally, a Thanksgiving Mass was held to close out the coronation process.

Eze Oranyelu Sunny Nwokedi was born in Onitsha in Anambra State, December 5, 1965, to Chief John Obi & Esther Chikaodili Nwokedi. It was a few years before the civil war which broke out in 1967. He spent the entire three years of the war at the Uthoko Palace in Achalla with the family, and this was when his familiarity with the town’s traditional and monarchical heritage began.

Eze Oranyelu Sunny Nwokedi spent time in Enugu after the civil war where he resumed his primary school education. He attended Enitonna High School in Port Harcourt (Rivers State) and proceeded to the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State where he studied Political Science and Administration.

In recent years, Eze Oranyelu Sunny Nwokedi has established various business ventures nationally and internationally. He said, “I am open when it comes to choosing my business environment and partners and would always adapt to every new environment I find myself in, to allow a checkered lifestyle.”

He is passionate about people – a trait he had demonstrated among Achalla indigenes. He said, “The community is made of people, therefore to be a community person one has to be passionate about the people, their cause, their culture, and their aspirations.  I cut a myriad of pictures to different people depending on what part of the chasm I view them from. For Achalla, it is an inherited bond if I look back at my early age during the civil war through the current era.”

By his current traditional designation, Eze Oranyelu Sunny Nwokedi has now joined a lineup of other recognized distinguished traditional rulers in Anambra State in presiding his official duties. He would parade a matrix of aristocracy and transformational models.  He said, “This is a traditional setting – in other words, it is my duty to govern according to the tradition of the land. At the same time, my personality reflects compassion, friendliness, respect for elder statesmanship, and love for the people.” He continued, “I listen a lot more than I speak. This makes me a good learner and allows me to respect or articulate peoples’ perspective. I try not to dispute their opinion even when it’s the opposite of who I am. These are some of my transformational traits and truly, these have been my driving force all through my endeavors as a community advocate.”

Eze Oranyelu Sunny Nwokedi is married to his wife of 13 years, Tiffanny Nkechi Nwokedi.  He has our children. Ositadinma, Chukwuemeka, Obieze and Ifeoma Nwokedi.

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