Houston Public Media’s public affairs radio show “Houston Matters” will hold an hour-long candid panel discussion about the relationship between Houston’s African-American community and law enforcement during a live town hall on News 88.7. The town hall will also be streamed live online with video on Houstonpublicmedia.org. “Houston Matters” host Craig Cohen will guide the conversation with panelists from both communities about their experiences as well as potential solutions to improving their relationship.


Craig Cohen host of “Houston Matters”

Michael Dirden – executive assistant chief for Houston Police Department

Ed Gonzalez – newly elected Harris County Sheriff

Everette Penn, PhD – professor of Criminology at the University of Houston-Clear Lake & director of the Teen and Police Service (TAPS) Academy

Assata Richards, PhD – director of Sankofa Research Institute and vice chair of the Emancipation Economic Development Council

Cherry Steinwender – executive director of Center for the Healing of Racism

Ashton P. Woods – community activist and organizer with the Houston chapter of Black Lives Matter


Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 at noon


Houston Public Media

Melcher Center for Public Broadcasting

University of Houston
4343 Elgin, Houston, Texas 77204

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