Texas Black Caucus Leaders Unhappy With New Election Maps
December 4, 2011

The battle over redistricting faces another test. This time from members of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus, who have called a news conference on Monday, December 5, to discuss the interim Texas House Maps.

The group, which includes State Rep. Sylvester Turner, State Rep. Harold Dutton, State Rep.Alma Allen and State Rep. Borris Miles of Houston, believes historical African American communities are being torn apart for the 2012 Elections

According to a news release, the Houston-area members of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus say the interim maps for the State House districts will have a devastating impact on neighborhoods and traditional communities of interest which bind together the African American community in the Houston area.

The news release says the four African American members of the Texas House from Houston will lay out just what this will mean to the community. Not all minority groups, especially African Americans, are happy with the interim maps as they believe their communities have been adversely affected. The news conference will be held at the site of a venerable community center, Hester House in the Fifth Ward, which is now stripped from its historical legislative district under the interim map

State Rep. Borris Miles Provides A Happy Thanksgiving for Houston Families
November 21, 2011

It was the kind of event that warmed your heart, but one that also made you wonder about the state of  the nation’s economy.

This past Saturday, hundreds of people lined up for an opportunity to get a free turkey just in time for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

This is the seventh year that State Rep. Borris Miles has provided turkeys for underserved  families living in the neighborhoods he represents. 

Many of the people were elderly or disabled, and the Houston lawmaker assembled a team of young men to carry the turkeys to the recipients’ vehicles.

 This year, Rep. Miles donated the turkeys in collaboration with TexStars Foundation and Our Legends Givings.

“When we work together as a community, we all rise,” says Miles about his turkey give-a-way.  “I want to thank all the people who have worked with me over the past seven years to brighten the holidays for District 146 families. I know that together we have made a difference.”

Dallas Jones Honored As Outstanding Houstonian
May 25, 2011

Everyone who knows Dallas Jones realizes that he is a talented young man with a promising future. 

Shown here with his wife Angela, Dallas is smart, ambitious and hardworking.  He’s a respected mover and shaker in political circles and the greater  community.

Now the secret is out in the rest of Houston.

Recently, Dallas was recognized for his business success and dynamic leadership when he was named as a 2011 honoree for the Houston  Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 awards.

The HBJ celebration took place at the House of Blues. Later that evening, Dallas was feted by his close friends at Our Legend’s, a private cigar bar in 3rd Ward owned by State Representative Borris Miles.

 Houston Controller Ronald Green,  Judge Maria Jackson, businessman Theldon Branch and PR/Marketing guru Jeri Brooks were some on the familiar faces on hand to congratulate Jones.

State Rep. Borris Miles Files Police Accountability Bill
February 17, 2011

Mayor Annise Parker has announced plans for a news conference on Friday. 

The Mayor and some state and local officials plan to unveil a comprehensive plan to restore public trust in local law enforcement, according to a media announcement.

She will be joined by State Senator Rodney Ellis and State Representatives Borris Miles and Garnet Coleman, Houston city council members Melissa Noriega and Ed Gonzalez.

Police Chief Charles McClelland will also be part of the announcement.

Meanwhile, Rep. Miles says he has filed a Police Accountability bill at the State Capitol. 

 (News Release)

State Representative Borris L. Miles Files Bill for Police Accountability
HOUSTON, TX – 02/17/2011 – 

Representative Borris Miles (Houston) has filed legislation that will create a statewide police community review board, enhance penalties for rogue police officers and increase record keeping measures just weeks after the Chad Holley tape was released to the community.

The outcry demanding protection from the abuse of power by rogue police officers led Miles, who first called on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, to review the case as a violation of Chad Holley’s civil rights.  He has now filed legislation to ensure fair treatment to all citizens.

“As a former law enforcement agent, I have a particular interest in creating processes that will improve our overall public safety,” said Miles.

After conferring with Houston Police Department and Houston Police Officers Union (HPOU) leadership, he has filed the following bills.

HB 1470-A Statewide Police Civilian Review Board – civilian review board with an independent body empowered to investigate allegations of misconduct by police or peace officers employed by the State of Texas and/or its agencies, public authorities, and public benefit corporations, and to recommend disciplinary action where appropriate.

HB 1471-Enhanced Penalties for Official Opression- this bill enhances the punishment from a Class A Misdemeanor to a 2nd Degree Felony depending on the severity of the injury caused to the victim.

HB 1472-Increased Record Keeping of Police Misconduct whether Substantiated or Not – Requires that all complaints are retained, so that a complete and accurate history can be made available if necessary.

“The three bills will safeguard the rights of our community by holding officers accountable,” said Miles.  “A few simple changes to our process will ensure fair treatment for all Texans.”

The submission can be downloaded at http://tlis.state.tx.us

 

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Borris L. Miles was elected to serve as the Representative for District 146 in the Texas State House of Representatives in November of 2010.  He is a lifelong resident of the district and grew up in Sunnyside. A former law enforcement officer, Mr. Miles is a successful entrepreneur and businessman, leaving a promising corporate career to launch his own insurance agency.

Thanksgiving Arrives Early For Some Lucky Houstonians
November 20, 2010

Thanksgiving arrived early for hundreds of people living in southeast Houston.

In the spirit of the season, State Representative-Elect Borris Miles (D-146) handed out 1000 turkeys at five different locations on Saturday afternoon.

Miles and his group of  volunteers rode around in a white box truck making stops  that included Third Ward, Sunnyside, South Park and South Acres.  

News about the turkey giveaway spread quickly and people lined up at each location.  “It helps out a lot when you have a big family,” said Sonja Johnson.  Johnson said this was her first time to receive a free Thanksgiving turkey,however, this is Miles sixth year handing them out to people – no questions asked.

“I started this before I was an elected official,” said Miles. “I wanted to give back to the community and make sure that families could have a good Thanksgiving meal.”   Miles, who calls himself a product/son of Sunnyside,  also said he is concerned about the economy and didn’t want families in need to go hungry or without a traditional feast this year.

Miles, who was elected to a second term on November 2, said he conducts the turkey handouts in conjuction with his TX Stars Foundation.  The foundation also sponsors educational events and the Hip Hop for HIV awareness campaign.

Miles was joined at the turkey giveaway by is wife, mother, Theldon Branch, Jeri Brooks and many other volunteers.