Sunnyside community leader Bessie Swindle, shown above with Congressman Al Green, died March 28 at age 79. She was a longtime neighborhood leader and joined Green’s staff in 2005. Her involvement included serving as president of the Southeast Coalition of Civic Clubs, president of the Cloverland Civic Club, vice president of St. Francis 55 Plus Seniors and precinct judge for Precinct 271. “Ms. Swindle was a powerful woman that walked in her faith daily by being a voice for the voiceless, the underserved, the elderly, the impoverished, and anyone she felt was in need of a helping hand in the Sunnyside community…,” Green said.