AUG 23 ~ March For Children – Houston

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Event Update: OCT 26 ~ Latina American Women in Music

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Latina-American Women In Music (“L.A.W.I.M.”) is sponsored by organizations, companies and concerned individuals that desire to see a change. Many community leaders, organizations and entertainment icons have committed their support for “L.A.W.I.M.” and offer their extraordinary talent and resources to this cause. Their enthusiasm and influential participation in the community has inspired many to achieve higher goals and we are honored that they have committed and pledged their time to participate! In joining us in these charitable causes your affiliation and presence includes you as a part of making a difference and change in our world. A donation will be presented to the Houston Area Women’s Center to assist them in helping the abused and battered and we will continue to reach out to our communities where the help is much needed and be of support of future events for various causes. “L.A.W.I.M.” has committed to continue the fight for human rights! Your sponsorship and participation will have a real effect on lives in our communities. Please join us so will have a lasting impact in our world! We are thanking you in advance for your support and contribution. For further information, please feel free to contact us! (702)234-9606 or (832)546-9414

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“Que bueno…viejo cabron!” ~ Momma Flo.

Tejano Music Awards Ballot

The ballot for the Tejano Music Awards is out and ready for your perusal and voting. I’ve made my choices, which include my good friend (yes, my good friend) the legendary Johnny Hernandez in a few categories. (Click to enlarge). Vote! It’s Free!

TachosChoice Music Break ~ Johnny Hernandez – Acurrucate (from Aventurero)

HD-132 Candidate Luis Lopez Visits the RGV

Candidate for Texas House District 132 (Katy-Houston area), Luis Lopez, is visiting the Rio Grande Valley today seeking facts and information from local law enforcement about the so-called “border crisis.”

On his way to the RGV last night, Lopez Facebook’d the following:

Unaccompanied minor. That was me. I arrived here with a coyote in order to reunite with my family. Today I reflect on it more than ever.

Tomorrow I will visit unaccompanied minors whose parents had the same dreams as mine – to give their children an opportunity for a better life.

Every challenge is an opportunity for leadership to make decisions that will save, shape and stand up for the future of these children.

You are not unaccompanied.

Today, Lopez visited Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Garza and he quotes the Sheriff:

Informative meeting with the sheriff of Hidalgo county. “The crime rate in our community has not increased, we are one of the safest counties in Texas. The National Guard will not benefit our cause. What we, sheriffs of border counties, need is better funding so that we can expand our effective efforts.”

The positive energy to support the unaccompanied minors in the county is amazing.

Obviously, this issue hits close to Lopez’s heart, having experienced what some of these child refugees have experienced. While his Tea Party opponent has been sounding the “secure the border” alarm, Luis Lopez has been seeking out the truth about the border, the child refugees, and solutions to move Texas forward regarding public safety, education, and health care for all Texans.

I’m glad Luis Lopez is in our corner. Visit his Facebook page and stay tuned for more reports from Luis Lopez.

 

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Illegal Fence Crosser

The kid at the White House gets a “time out.” The other kids crossing fences (and a river) are getting deported and they’re nowhere near the White House. Anyway. Mr. President:  Sign an executive order!

The Spanish Ad is Even Scarier!

So, you’ve probably seen the Wendy Davis ad in which she puts it out there that Greg Abbott sided with a company which failed to do its due diligence in hiring a an employee who is a sexual predator, and who then brutally raped a woman while working for that company. Well, the voice in the Spanish language one sounds a lot more ominous. I hope to see more “hits” like this by the Davis campaign, particularly on issues in which Republicans have been brutal toward Latinos or immigrant kids.

¿Que pedo, Dan Patrick?

Dan Patrick was challenged to a series of verbal duels by Senator Leticia Van de Putte. He hasn’t responded–at all. All I’ve seen from Dan have been one-line tweets attacking children. According to the Chron, Patrick’s mouthpiece stated they are, “working to establish a debate schedule that is respectful to and complementary of the debates agreed to by the gubernatorial candidates.”

Complementary? Does that mean just one debate? This is NOT a vice-presidential position, this is a powerful position that deserves its own set of debates. Stop your pedo, and agree to five debates, Dan!

Music Break ~ Los Texmaniacs – Amor De Mi Vida and Como Te Quiero (Live at A Prairie Home Companion)

 

 

 

 

 

HCDE Seeks Input on Superintendent Search

The Harris County Department of Education has launched a search for a new Superintendent and the Board of Trustees needs some community input. The survey is due by Monday, August 11, 2014, so get it done.

Also, if you’re interested in applying for the post, get it done. As Trustee Erica Lee stated, “We are seeking a diverse leader who is suited to meet the changing needs of students, educators and school districts in our community.”

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Cowardly Republican Series: Runnin’ Rand Speaks!

Apparently, Rand Paul is a bit butt-hurt over being caught on video running from DREAMers in Iowa. Activist Erika Andiola and a colleague went up to Steve King, who once compared DREAMers to drug mules with large calves, while he was munching on a burger with Rand Paul. As soon as Erika stated she was a DREAMer, one sees Paul’s aide signal him and they both walk away.

King stuck around and debated Andiola about “the rule of law” and even complimented her English speaking abilities–considering she was raised in the US, that’s a big DUH for King. Anyway, all sorts of blogs and mainstream media have spent the day poking fun at Runnin’ Rand.

Today, Runnin’ Rand responded:

“I’ll be honest with ya, I’m not interested in being filmed and berated by people who broke the law and are here illegally to try and convince me about policy”…”But I’ll tell you I have sympathy for the DREAM Act kids. I’m actually a moderate on immigration.”

So, these kids are OK as long as they know their place?

Well, that’s nothing new coming from a Republican. Of course, there’s no DREAM Act to speak of to be calling these kids “DREAM Act kids.” They’re DREAMers and because every single Republican voted against it (and 5 blue dog Dems) in 2010, they’re only “DACAmented.”

Still, Republicans making fools of themselves on immigration is nothing new, whether they compliment ones English or run away from them or send the National Guard after a bunch of 7 year-olds. The ball is still in President Obama’s court.

Van de Putte Releases PreK-12 Plan

Senator Leticia Van de Putte, candidate for Texas Lt. Governor, released her PK-12 plan in San Antonio today.

As Lieutenant Governor, Leticia will:

  • Restore a strong start towards student success.
  • Maximize quality learning by reducing class sizes in Pre-K classrooms.
  • Invest in our students potential.
  • End the over-reliance on and punitive nature of standardized testing in Texas.
  • Expand student access to broadband and ensure quality blended learning.

Pretty standard stuff; however, these are issues long-ignored by the Republicans and Van de Putte’s opponent, Dan Patrick, is more interested in de-funding public schools.

What I found exciting about the plan was a commitment to increasing preparedness. As it stands, 1/3 of university students are enrolled in remedial courses and 1/2 of community college students are enrolled in remedial courses.

That said, I’m looking forward to Van de Putte’s higher education policy that hopefully addresses curtailing tuition increases by investing more in our colleges and universities, and college issues, such as state financial aid, college retention and graduation, intrusive college advising, etc. At least those are the kind of things in which this blogger is interested.

Cowardly Republican Series: Rand Runs Off!

And Steve King is a wrist-grabbin’ bigot.

Just watch!

Cowardly Republicans Vote Against DREAMers

Well, the Republicans did it–they crafted some political bills to attack child refugees and added a “supplemental” attack on the DREAMers who have qualified for DACA. Congressman Luis Gutierrez has one helluva response.

The Senate will not support it and the President has stated he would veto it if it did come to his desk. So, political theater? Pretty much.

I’ll say it again:  Mr. President, sign executive orders expanding DACA to families, stop your deportation machine, and provide lawyers for child refugees–at the very least!

UPDATE from FIEL:

FIEL STATEMENT: in the next couple of hours and days you will hear that the US house of Representatives has voted on a measure to stop DACA (Deferred Action). This doesn’t meant ANYTHING. AT THIS TIME THERE IS NO CHANGE TO THE DACA PROGRAM. PEOPLE CAN STILL APPLY AND RENEW. This is just the Republican Party playing political games trying to scare DREAMers and their families. If you all have any questions you can call our office or come by tomorrow: -FIEL
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Anuncio de FIEL: En las proximas hora y dias estaran escuchando que la Casa de Representantes en los Estados Unidos voto en una medida para quitar la DACA (Accion Diferida) Esto no se ignifica NADA. EN ESTOS MOMENTOS NO HAY NINGUN CAMBIO AL PROGRAMA DE DACA. LA GENTE ELEGIBLE PUEDE SEGUIR APLICANDO Y RENOVANDO. Esto es solo un Juego del Partido Republicano para tratar de espantar a los DREAMers y sus familias. Si tienen alguna pregunta no duden en llamar a nuestras oficinas o venir a hacer sus preguntas. – FIEL