86R29242 GM-D
  By: Thierry H.R. No. 1648
         WHEREAS, The passing of Bessie M. Swindle on March 28, 2019,
  at the age of 79, concluded a remarkable life of service to
  Southeast Houston; and
         WHEREAS, Born in Loreauville, Louisiana, Bessie Swindle
  moved to Houston in the 1950s and settled in the Sunnyside
  neighborhood; she founded the Cloverland Civic Club and as its
  president, she represented 400 homeowners and worked tirelessly to
  improve the lives of her neighbors, offering aid to families in need
  and raising money for scholarships; in 1994, she became president
  of the Southeast Coalition of Civic Clubs, and after acting as
  community liaison for the Precinct 7 constable, she went on to serve
  as outreach coordinator for Congressman Al Green; she was also a
  member of the City of Houston's Police Officers' Civil Service
  Commission and the mayor's Tower Commission; and
         WHEREAS, Ms. Swindle's dedicated activism helped bring
  Sunnyside a library, a police storefront, and an extensive
  renovation of Cloverland Park; a powerful advocate for
  environmental justice, she organized 2,000 residents in opposition
  to a concrete plant in 2002, and she continued to fight the threat
  of pollution into the present decade; she championed numerous
  worthwhile initiatives, among them a 2006 study of racial
  disparities in the placement of children in child protective
  services custody; a woman of faith, she was an active member of
  St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church; in 2007, the City of Houston
  celebrated Bessie M. Swindle Day and Partnership of Service Day in
  her honor, and two years later, it renamed a popular facility the
  Bessie Swindle Community Center; she received myriad other
  accolades through the years, including the Mayor's Award for
  Outstanding Volunteer Service and an honorary degree from the
  Houston Community College System; and
         WHEREAS, Through her selfless devotion to the betterment of
  her community, Bessie Swindle made a meaningful difference in
  countless lives, and her contributions will continue to resonate in
  the years to come; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 86th Texas
  Legislature hereby pay tribute to the memory of Bessie M. Swindle
  and extend sincere condolences to all who mourn her passing; and, be
  it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for her family and that when the Texas House of
  Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Bessie M.