Christina Morales - Representative TX District 145

Christina Morales - Representative TX District 145 Christina Morales represents House District 145 in the Texas House of Representatives. HD145 includes portions of Houston, South Houston, and Pasadena.

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After an incredibly unprecedented and dangerous term in office, the prior administration has left many Americans feeling...
01/20/2021

After an incredibly unprecedented and dangerous term in office, the prior administration has left many Americans feeling that there is no longer a place for them in our politics. Seeing President Biden and Vice President Harris sworn in today gives me tremendous hope for our future, as we begin the task of mending the fabric of our nation. I hope that the new chapter begun today will reinvigorate the most important participants in our democracy: the citizens. While the United States remains deeply divided, I am confident that the better spirits of our country will prevail, as they always have.

To date, more than 400,000 Americans have lost their lives to the coronavirus. This pandemic has touched every family, a...
01/19/2021
Bells and candlelight honor 400,000 dead from COVID-19

To date, more than 400,000 Americans have lost their lives to the coronavirus. This pandemic has touched every family, and the Latino community has suffered extraordinarily. I invite you to join me in prayer for the lives we have lost, and for the wisdom and strength to address the enormous challenge that lies before all of us. https://www.abc27.com/news/health/coronavirus/watch-live-bells-and-candlelight-to-honor-400000-dead-from-covid-19/

From the Lincoln Memorial to the Empire State building, landmarks across the United States were illuminated on Tuesday evening as part of a ceremony led by President-elect Joe Biden to honor the 40…

Join us on this Saturday, January 23rd from 9am-11am at HCC Southeast for a free food distribution.Thank you to the Hous...
01/19/2021

Join us on this Saturday, January 23rd from 9am-11am at HCC Southeast for a free food distribution.

Thank you to the Houston Food Bank and our amazing community partners for making this event possible! #HD145

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01/19/2021
Rep Jarvis Johnson

Tune in now as we discuss the necessary abolition of Confederate Heroes Day! Our values as a people are reflected in the holidays we choose to commemorate, and Texas should not continue to romanticize the Civil War by lifting up its insurgents as heroes.

Join Rep Johnson and other legislators for the Press Conference!

Today, we honor and remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who gave the civil rights movement its most prominent and lasti...
01/18/2021

Today, we honor and remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who gave the civil rights movement its most prominent and lasting voice. Dr. King's leadership is a timely reminder of our collective ability to create change, confront indifference, and challenge the status quo, and it gives me great hope to know that a new generation of leaders is now taking on his mantle in the present day.

Congratulations on this impressive accomplishment, Vivianna! It is students like you who remind me that our future is we...
01/16/2021
'Press on': HISD students urge nation to live out MLK's legacy at annual oratory competition

Congratulations on this impressive accomplishment, Vivianna! It is students like you who remind me that our future is well in hand. Your community is proud of you! https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/education/article/HISD-students-urge-nation-to-press-on-live-15874714.php

Students delivered impassioned speeches Friday at the 25th-annual event, which ended with Crespo Elementary School fourth-grader Vivianna Serna taking top prize.

Yesterday concluded the first week of the 87th Legislature! It is an honor and a privilege to serve as your voice in Aus...
01/15/2021

Yesterday concluded the first week of the 87th Legislature! It is an honor and a privilege to serve as your voice in Austin, and I am excited to advocate for all Texas families in the upcoming months!

I am pleased to begin my second term representing the constituents of District 145! This session, I will work to incorpo...
01/14/2021

I am pleased to begin my second term representing the constituents of District 145! This session, I will work to incorporate ethnic studies into our students' education, preserve the historic neighborhoods of our city, and address a host of other crucial issues.

01/12/2021

Preparing for Swearing in 87th Session!

Christina Morales - Representative TX District 145's cover photo
01/12/2021

Christina Morales - Representative TX District 145's cover photo

Today, I'm proud to participate in #WearBlueDay to bring attention to the issue of human trafficking in Texas! In 2020, ...
01/12/2021

Today, I'm proud to participate in #WearBlueDay to bring attention to the issue of human trafficking in Texas! In 2020, the Texas Department of Public Safety reported more than 1.6 million online sex advertisements, and over 25% of these involved suspected minors. As thousands of people are exploited for sex and labor every day in Texas, we must commit to bold action. I am looking forward to working alongside my colleagues in the upcoming legislative session to combat this issue!

COVID-19 vaccines are available at Minute Maid Park and other locations in Houston by appointment for those who qualify ...
01/10/2021
COVID-19 Vaccines – City of Houston Emergency Operations Center

COVID-19 vaccines are available at Minute Maid Park and other locations in Houston by appointment for those who qualify under Phase 1A or 1B. At this time, those aged 65 or older and those to have an underlying health condition can receive the vaccine. Visit https://houstonemergency.org/covid-19-vaccines/ or call 832-393-4220 to schedule an appointment today.

Houston Health Department Vaccine Clinics All appointments for Houston Health Department vaccine clinics are filled for the remainder of January 2021, based on the department's current vaccine allotment. No additional appointments are being made at this time. Appointments are based on vaccine availa...

This week, I was honored to meet some of the individuals who have been working tirelessly to conduct COVID-19 testing in...
01/09/2021

This week, I was honored to meet some of the individuals who have been working tirelessly to conduct COVID-19 testing in our community! Accessible testing is an essential component of Houston's public health strategy, and I encourage everyone to get tested often. I would like to remind everyone to remain diligent in wearing a mask, washing your hands often, and maintaining social distancing whenever possible!

Although the legislative session will look different this year, I encourage you to stay involved virtually! You can watc...
01/09/2021

Although the legislative session will look different this year, I encourage you to stay involved virtually! You can watch the Texas House of Representatives' opening day ceremony this Tuesday, January 12 at noon at house.texas.gov/video-audio.

Aunque la sesión legislativa tendrá un aspecto diferente este año, les animo a que se mantengan virtualmente involucrados. Usted puede ver la ceremonia del día de apertura de la Cámara de Representantes de Texas este martes, 12 de enero al mediodía en house.texas.gov/video-audio.

The COVID-19 vaccine is now available for Texans who are 65 or older or have a medical condition that increases their ri...
12/31/2020

The COVID-19 vaccine is now available for Texans who are 65 or older or have a medical condition that increases their risk of COVID-19 hospitalization or death. Locate a vaccine provider at https://bit.ly/2WSDFZ2 and call to determine your eligibility!

La vacuna COVID-19 está ahora disponible para los tejanos que tienen 65 años o más o que tienen una condición médica que aumenta su riesgo de hospitalización o muerte por COVID-19. ¡Localice a un proveedor de vacunas en https://bit.ly/2WSDFZ2 y llame para determinar su elegibilidad!

Are you 65 or older or have a medical condition that increases your risk of COVID-19 hospitalization or death? If so, you can now get the COVID-19 vaccine depending on local availability.

To get a vaccine, use our online map of #COVID19TX vaccine providers to find and call one near you. Map: https://bit.ly/2WSDFZ2

Some providers may not have vaccines available for you yet. We appreciate the urgency Texans have to get vaccinated but we ask folks to be patient. Vaccine supply is limited but providers receive more vaccines each week. It will take some time to vaccinate everyone in these priority groups.

Learn more about who can now receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas: https://bit.ly/3hsQKlo

For all Texas COVID-19 vaccine information, go to dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine.aspx

12/19/2020
Governor Abbott's waiver of vehicle title and registration requirements will end on April 14, 2021. Make sure to take ca...
12/17/2020
Harris County Tax Office

Governor Abbott's waiver of vehicle title and registration requirements will end on April 14, 2021. Make sure to take care of any overdue transactions, such as applying for a vehicle title, renewing vehicle registration, or obtaining a disabled parking placard! Visit hctax.net to see the latest updates on appointment availability. Additionally, you can speak to a TxDMV customer service representative at (888) 368-4689 or (512) 465-3000.

La suspensión de los requisitos de título y registro del vehículo terminará el 14 de abril de 2021. Asegúrese de cuidar de cualquier transacción atrasada, como solicitar un título de vehículo, renovar el registro de vehículo, u obtener una placa de estacionamiento para discapacitados! Visite hctax.net para ver las últimas actualizaciones sobre la disponibilidad de citas. Además, puede hablar con un representante de servicio de TxDMV al (888) 368-4689 o al (512) 465-3000.

The Property Tax Department is open for in-office appointments. Property owners may request an appointment by sending an email to [email protected].

I’m so excited and honored to celebrate the opening of El Paseo del Segundo Barrio in Guadalupe Plaza Park today! Preser...
12/17/2020

I’m so excited and honored to celebrate the opening of El Paseo del Segundo Barrio in Guadalupe Plaza Park today! Preserving the rich cultural heritage of the Second Ward is one of the most important things we can do for our community, and I’m so happy that Houstonians will be able to enjoy el Paseo del Segundo Barrio for years to come!

¡Estoy muy emocionado y honrado de celebrar la apertura del Paseo del Segundo Barrio en Guadalupe Plaza Park hoy! Preservar el rico patrimonio cultural del Segundo Barrio es una del las cosas más importantes que podemos hacer por nuestra comunidad, y estoy tan feliz de que los residentes de Houston pueden disfrutar el Paseo del Segundo Barrio durante años por venir.

As we prepare for winter break, look ahead to next semester by checking out these helpful resources for students and fam...
12/17/2020
School Resources

As we prepare for winter break, look ahead to next semester by checking out these helpful resources for students and families!

Mientras nos preparamos para las vacaciones de invierno, ¡mira hacia adelante hacia el próximo semestre echando un vistazo a estos recursos útiles para estudiantes y familias!

City of Houston: http://www.houstontx.gov/education/school-resources.html

Houston Public Library: https://houstonlibrary.org/learn-explore/student-resources

Houston ISD: https://www.houstonisd.org/communityresource

Please click one of the links below to access programs, opportunities, resources, or services in each of the below categories.

It's always a pleasure to join the Eastwood Civic Club for a meeting, and I'm so proud of the ways our community comes t...
12/17/2020

It's always a pleasure to join the Eastwood Civic Club for a meeting, and I'm so proud of the ways our community comes together!

If you are a small business owner, the State of Texas has many resources to help you and your business succeed during th...
12/17/2020
Small Business Consulting in Houston | Southeast Texas UH SBDC

If you are a small business owner, the State of Texas has many resources to help you and your business succeed during these unprecedented times! Check out the following links:

Skills for Small Business Employers from the Texas Workforce Commission: https://www.twc.state.tx.us/businesses/skills-small-business-employers

Comptroller Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program: https://comptroller.texas.gov/purchasing/vendor/hub/

TXDOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program: https://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/division/civil-rights.html

Small Business Development Centers: https://www.sbdc.uh.edu/sbdc/default.asp

The University of Houston Texas Gulf Coast SBDC Network is a business advising and training center serving 32 counties in Southeast Texas. Book a free consultation today!

Thank you to the Houston Food Bank, Feeding America, the Today Show, and our fantastic community partners for your tirel...
12/16/2020

Thank you to the Houston Food Bank, Feeding America, the Today Show, and our fantastic community partners for your tireless work in combating food insecurity! Thanks to you, thousands of meals were distributed to Houston families yesterday. This is the power of our community!

Join us on Saturday, December 19th 2pm-4pm at HCC’s Southeast Campus for a free food distribution with posada goodie bag...
12/16/2020

Join us on Saturday, December 19th 2pm-4pm at HCC’s Southeast Campus for a free food distribution with posada goodie bags, coloring books, and more! Thank you to the Houston Food Bank and our amazing community partners for making this event possible!

12/14/2020

Congratulations to HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast in Pasadena for being designated as a Level II Specialty Care Maternal Facility! I am proud to live in a community that is consistently on the leading edge of healthcare and constantly innovating to improve patient outcomes. Keep up the good work!

Congratulations to Professor Elsa Gonzalez and the University of Houston for being awarded a $1.3 million CAREER grant f...
12/14/2020
UH Researcher Receives NSF CAREER Award to Boost Latina Representation in STEM Fields

Congratulations to Professor Elsa Gonzalez and the University of Houston for being awarded a $1.3 million CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation! This funding will help facilitate research to identify factors hindering the recruitment of Latina women into STEM fields. I'm so proud that Professor Gonzalez has taken on this vital project and I am looking forward to seeing more groundbreaking research from the University of Houston! https://www.egr.uh.edu/news/202012/uh-researcher-receives-nsf-career-award-boost-latina-representation-stem-fields

Despite the rapid rise of Hispanics enrolled in college across Texas, few Hispanic women are graduating with degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. To address this

Today we remember and honor the lives of 2,403 service members and civilians lost at Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941....
12/07/2020

Today we remember and honor the lives of 2,403 service members and civilians lost at Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. Thank you to all the service members who have served our country and continue to keep us safe. We owe you a debt of gratitude.

As we approach the end of 2020, millions of dollars in CARES Act funding is in jeopardy of expiring without being alloca...
12/06/2020

As we approach the end of 2020, millions of dollars in CARES Act funding is in jeopardy of expiring without being allocated to support our communities. My colleagues and I urge Governor Abbott to make $10 million immediately available to the Meals on Wheels Association of Texas to support a sharp increase in demand due to the pandemic. This funding would enable Meals on Wheels to continue to fulfill a vital role of our communities: caring for our elderly population. With regular meal deliveries and safety checks, Meals on Wheels helps elderly Texans stay safe from the coronavirus at home.

Join me for a webinar event regarding Equity in Transit on December 8th! Public transit is an essential component of our...
12/02/2020
Second Ward Super Neighborhood #63

Join me for a webinar event regarding Equity in Transit on December 8th! Public transit is an essential component of our community's success, and your valuable perspective can help shape transit for the future. Register below!

¡Únase a mí en un seminario web sobre la equidad en tránsito el 8 de diciembre! El tránsito público es un componente esencial del éxito de nuestra comunidad, y su valiosa perspectiva puede ayudar a moldear el tránsito para el futuro. Regístrese a continuación.

Equity in Transit Report: 2020

LINK Houston cordially invites each of you to our Equity in Transit Report: 2020 webinar event on Tuesday, December 8, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. via Zoom. Our latest edition of this report combines data analysis and riders’ experiences to discuss how transit has, and should, connect people to opportunity in Houston, especially in communities of color where demand is high and transit services historically low. To register for the free webinar, please follow this link: http://bit.ly/32lhgXp.

Help keep your community and your family safe by getting tested for COVID-19 today! Visit txcovidtest.org to find a test...
11/29/2020

Help keep your community and your family safe by getting tested for COVID-19 today! Visit txcovidtest.org to find a testing site near you. Not all locations require an appointment or documentation.

¡Ayude a mantener a su comunidad y a su familia a salvo al hacerse la prueba de COVID-19 hoy mismo! Visite txcovidtest.org para encontrar un sitio de pruebas cerca de usted. No todas las ubicaciones requieren una cita o documentación.

Help keep your community and your family safe by getting tested for COVID-19 today! Visit txcovidtest.org to find a test...
11/27/2020

Help keep your community and your family safe by getting tested for COVID-19 today! Visit txcovidtest.org to find a testing site near you. Not all locations require an appointment or documentation.

¡Ayude a mantener a su comunidad y a su familia a salvo al hacerse la prueba de COVID-19 hoy mismo! Visite txcovidtest.org para encontrar un sitio de pruebas cerca de usted. No todas las ubicaciones requieren una cita o documentación.

Happy Thanksgiving! The holidays may look different this year, but I hope you have the opportunity to connect with loved...
11/26/2020

Happy Thanksgiving! The holidays may look different this year, but I hope you have the opportunity to connect with loved ones today. Remember that gathering with family and friends virtually is the best way to stay safe, but if you choose to gather in person, there are important steps you can take to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

¡Feliz Acción de Gracias! Las vacaciones pueden parecer diferentes este año, pero espero que tengas la oportunidad de conectarte con tus seres queridos hoy. Recuerde que reunirse con la familia y amigos en línea es la mejor manera de estar seguro, pero si usted elige reunirse en persona, hay pasos importantes que puede tomar para reducir la propagación de COVID-19.

11/21/2020

Turkey Voucher Distribution this morning at HCC Southeast!

Help keep your community and your family safe by getting tested for COVID-19 today! Visit txcovidtest.org to find a test...
11/20/2020

Help keep your community and your family safe by getting tested for COVID-19 today! Visit txcovidtest.org to find a testing site near you. Not all locations require an appointment or documentation.

¡Ayude a mantener a su comunidad y a su familia a salvo al hacerse la prueba de COVID-19 hoy mismo! Visite txcovidtest.org para encontrar un sitio de pruebas cerca de usted. No todas las ubicaciones requieren una cita o documentación.

My colleagues and I urge the Texas Education Agency to waive the administration of the STAAR test for the 2020-21 academ...
11/19/2020

My colleagues and I urge the Texas Education Agency to waive the administration of the STAAR test for the 2020-21 academic year. After an unprecedented school year, we feel that the administration of standardized tests is an unnecessary burden on districts, teachers, and students. Additionally, the implications of grading districts' performance through the A – F accountability system could result in a gross misrepresentation of the good faith effort every educator has made to serve their students during the pandemic. Read our full statement below:

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Meet Christina Morales

Christina Morales, a proud East End small business owner, is a product of Houston's East End Texas public school system. Growing up, she never imagined she would have an opportunity to run political office; to make a difference in the area of Houston she has forever called home.

Raising two children in the same East End where she grew up, Christina remembered the challenges she and other students faced. Many didn’t have pencils, binders, paper, or any of the supplies required to complete their work. Christina rolled up her sleeves and made it her passion to become more involved in her community. She wanted not only her children, but every child, to have not only a better future, but a better way to obtain their future, and help make dreams come true.

In 1997, Christina founded the Annual Morales Back to School Supplies Giveaway. 20 years later, the program continues to help over 20,000 students from Houston’s most underprivileged communities with supply packs to foster their education.

But she didn't want to stop there, she knew education was also about building strong minds, self esteem, and confidence. Christina recently partnered with University of Texas to educate Houston’s Latino youth about the importance of good nutrition and physical fitness.

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12/23/20 Rep. Morales: Multiple migrant detention centers are located in Houston and Harris County. If the stated regard for the virtues of diversity and openness often asserted by our elected officials hold actual meaning, then the people detained in these places are part of our community and merit our concern. A well-known detention center in our community is the Southwest Key facility at 419 Emancipation Ave. It is in your constituency. It attracted attention as the “baby jail” when first announced. Many politicians objected to it when it seemed toddlers and very young children would be housed there. When it turned out to be adolescents who were sent to 419, most elected officials appeared to lose interest. 419 Emancipation has, however, remained a focus of local activism and of concern for local residents motivated by more than the political pressures of the moment. Many in our area have wondered about conditions at 419 and by extension the conditions faced by all migrants in our community. The Covid-19 pandemic has only elevated these concerns. The public has a right to know if people in our care have been fully protected from this serious illness. It is not sufficient to say these places are subject first to state or federal regulation. Our elected officials tell us they champion the worth of all people when running for office, but then pass the buck when actually in office. I have organized a peaceful vigil at 419 Emancipation on Christmas Eve Day, Thursday, 12/24, from noon to 1 PM. I will hold a sign requesting elected officials ask about and publicly discuss Covid conditions and all conditions at 419 Emancipation, and at all such facilities in Houston and Harris County. This vigil will be led by local residents. We are not asking you to attend. We are asking you, who hold some measure of institutional power, to live up to the best values of our great and diverse community and show necessary and immediate care for everyone. Thank you. Neil Aquino Houston, TX [email protected]
why are you wanting paychecks stubs for before March 11, 2020 this is so unfar.
Great turnout today ! Amazing gathering of volunteers and community leaders working to serve the community. Rhonda Gonzales Sepulveda Christina Morales Adrian Castillo John G. Reyes Conchita Reyes Mary Ann BrownMary Champion ClosnerChristina CabralEva Loredo Graciela Saenz Mary Ann Perez
Good afternoon. I am the majority owner of a blue collar/industrial general labor employment/staffing agency in the Spring Branch District of Houston, Tx (West Houston). We have applied for government loans to help us get through this virus. We haven't heard anything positive back yet. The faster we can get the county back open the better for all. If the county, city and state don't open soon we will lose everything. WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP EXPEDITE OPENING HARRIS COUNTY? Desperate times call for desperate measures. We have dozens of people calling every day looking for work. We employ mostly minorities and people that generally have difficulties finding gainful employment. They count on us! The cure is worse than the virus. Peregrine Personnel Solutions, LLC - 281-743-2913 - Richard Thomas [email protected]
Good afternoon. I am the majority owner of a blue collar/industrial general labor employment/staffing agency in the Spring Branch District of Houston, Tx (West Houston). We have applied for government loans to help us get through this virus. We haven't heard anything positive back yet. The faster we can get the county back open the better for all. If the county, city and state don't open soon we will lose everything. WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP EXPEDITE OPENING HARRIS COUNTY? Desperate times call for desperate measures. We have dozens of people calling every day looking for work. We employ mostly minorities and people that generally have difficulties finding gainful employment. They count on us! The cure is worse than the virus. Peregrine Personnel Solutions, LLC - 281-743-2913 - Richard Thomas [email protected]
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Congratulations to my fav state representative Christina Morales and district 145 on an amazing turnout !!!
Dear State Representative Christina Morales, I read the article in yesterday’s newspaper where Gov. Abbott calls the Democrats approach to Gun control “Helter Skelter”and he challenged the Democrats to work with their Republicans colleagues.. let’s do it!! Invite several of them to private home cooked dinners. My friends and I can cook and provide the meals. I’m ready to begin .. start inviting let’s see if they really are interested in working together. For the children’s and our communities sake let’s pray they do. Let me know. Keeping fighting for us don’t get discouraged we support you. Lucy
A compassionate community leader who responded to our neighborhood concerns. God Bless You.