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2 More Houston-Area Men Arrested For Joining Capitol Insurrection

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The two men allegedly drove a rental car to D.C. to attend a march and entered the Capitol building during the attack.

Two more Houston-area residents have been accused of participating in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, bringing the total number of locals arrested to six.

Authorities say Christian Cortez and Benjamin Larocca, both of Seabrook, drove a rental car to Washington, D.C. to attend the march, and entered the Capitol building during the attack. The two men were identified using footage recorded throughout the day, according to court documents.

In one video, Cortez appears on Capitol grounds near a line of officers, alongside other pro-Trump extremists.

Christian Cortez and Benjamin Larocca allegedly entered the Capitol building during the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.

“Oath breakers! Oath breakers!,” he yells toward a line of officers, according to court documents.

As the video continues, court documents say Cortez could be seen continuing to yell at the officers while moving closer to the line. Cortez then appears to be sprayed with pepper spray by one of the officers, according to a sworn affidavit.

The FBI said another video was found on Benjamin Larocca’s Instagram that appears to be shot from inside the Capitol building, with a caption on the screen reading, “We got in.” An individual who appears to be Cortez can be seen in the video, before the camera flips to show Larocca himself, according to court documents.

“Our house!,” he repeatedly chanted, according to court documents.

In an interview with authorities, Larocca said that he and Cortez were “chilling” in the “tour area” of the Capitol building, and acknowledged that neither he or Cortez had signed up for a tour, according to the affidavit.

Authorities say both Cortez and Larocca were arrested at a residence in Seabrook Friday.

Cortez is charged with assaulting a federal officer, civil disorder, obstructing an official proceeding, unlawfully entering a restricted building to disrupt government, and disorderly conduct on restricted grounds. Larocca is charged with obstructing an official proceeding, unlawfully entering a restricted building to disrupt government, and disorderly conduct on restricted grounds.

The two men join four other Houston-area residents who’ve since been arrested, including: former HPD officer Tam Dinh Pham, Joshua Lollar, Wilmar Alvarado, and Shane Jenkins.

Culled from the NPR

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Hurricane Beryl: Wazobia postpones family fanfare slated for this weekend  

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As Houston slowly struggles to recover after Hurricane Beryl left millions without power, the Wazobia Wazobia African Market has postponed its annual family fanfare, set to take place on Saturday, July 13, 2024.

The deadly storm slammed into Texas early Monday, knocking out power to nearly 3 million homes and businesses, unleashing heavy rain, and killing at least 11 people before it weakened to a tropical depression.

Mr. Tunde Fasina, the owner of Wazobia, said that a new date for this event will be announced. “While we sympathize and pray for all those affected by this storm, we wish everyone a safe recovery and will announce a new date for this event,” he said.

The Wazobia family fanfare and Customer Appreciation event has become a beloved summer tradition, offering a diverse range of activities for both adults and children to enjoy. The festivities include a variety of games, live Afrobeat music, and a dedicated kid’s zone to keep the whole family entertained.

Established on June 18, 2013, Wazobia African Market has quickly become the premier African grocery store in Houston. The store is committed to promoting economic development, fostering community connections, and providing authentic products from various African cultures.

This free event will be held at the George Bush Park Pavilions located at 16756 Westheimer Pkwy, Houston, TX 77082. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable day of celebration and appreciation!

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AfriPAC Hosts Houston African Community Fair

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Event will celebrate Houston’s Diversity and Civic Engagement

The African Public Affairs Committee (AfriPAC) is thrilled to announce the Houston African Community Fair on Saturday, August 3, 2024, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Alief Community Center, located at 11903 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, Texas 77072. Renowned for its vibrant African Diaspora and immigrant communities, AfriPAC invites you to join us in

Houston, for a day dedicated to civic engagement and cultural celebration.

The community fair will feature organizational booths, local resources, and a variety of food, and cultural experiences showcasing the rich heritage of Houston’s African communities. Additionally, attendees can look forward to an enlightening panel discussion on the demographics of the African Diaspora in Texas. AfriPAC, in collaboration with its organizational partners, will provide on-site free naturalization legal services, and voter registration information. “Houston is home to one of the largest African Diaspora and immigrant communities in the U.S,” said Nneka Achapu, Founder of AfriPAC. “It is time for our community to learn about the community organizations and the civic engagement resources around the City of Houston. We are excited to come together and build a stronger, more engaged community.”

AfriPAC is leveraging this event to bring awareness of the civic process directly into the community. “We are reaching out to communities eager to engage,” Achapu stated. “Our goal is to empower individuals to take an active role in building power for all African communities living in the United States.”

The African Public Affairs Committee (AfriPAC) is a non-partisan political organization that builds political power within the African immigrant community through education, advocacy & civic engagement.

For more information about the Houston African Community Fair and how to get involved, please visit AfriPAC’s website. Join us for a day of empowerment, celebration, and community building!

For more information and RSVP please visit https://bit.ly/houstonafricancommunityfair. To volunteer with AfriPAC or for more information please contact info@afripac.org

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America “Healing & Revival” Fire Conference Arrives in Houston July 2nd to July 4th

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“Healing & Revival” Fire Conference 2024, taking place at the Fort Bend County Epicenter (28505 Southwest

Freeway) in Rosenberg from July 2nd to July 4th. The conference, hosted by Pastor Dr. Paul Enenche and First Lady Dr. Becky Enenche, will feature renowned guest ministers, performers, and speakers, including Dr. Ron Kenoly, Micah Stampley, Julia Emunah, Chioma Jesus, Debee, and Anna Golden. The America “Healing & Revival” Fire Conference is designed to help attendees cultivate a more intimate relationship with God through powerful prayer and word sessions, passionate praise and worship, and special healing ministrations. Returning to the Greater Houston area after last year’s impactful conference which welcomed attendees from across the U.S. and around the world, this event promises to deliver a dynamic and very transformative experience for everyone who attends.

The first conference day session on July 2nd will kick off at 6:00 PM. The following conference dates (July 3rd and July 4th) will feature two daily sessions, starting promptly at 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM. Guests are encouraged to arrive early for each session to secure seating. This incredible event is free to attend, but registration is required. To RSVP for the America “Healing & Revival” Fire Conference 2024, please visit the official conference website online at www.dunamisrevival.org, and follow on Instagram and Facebook (@americarevivalfire).

Dr. Paul Idoko Enenche, alongside his amiable spouse, Dr. Becky Enenche, are the founders of Dunamis International Gospel Centre Worldwide, with headquarters located in Abuja, Nigeria. Dr. Enenche ministers to hundreds of thousands of worshippers across the globe. The network of churches under Dr. Enenche’s leadership cuts across the states in Nigeria, and extends to several countries – including the United Kingdom, Europe, North America, and other parts of Africa. Dr. Enenche’s ministry is renowned for its profound delivery of God’s word, powerful miracles, demonstrations of signs and wonders, and a tangible presence of the Holy Spirit. The Nigerian Voice aptly describes Dr. Enenche as “an apostle on assignment to help people discover, rediscover, and recover their destinies.”

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