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FIEL Collecting Clothing for Refugee Children

Local immigrant rights organization, FIEL, posted on Facebook that they were collecting clothing and other supplies for the unaccompanied minors who are currently being housed across the state. They posted as follows:

In an effort to help out the humanitarian crisis along the border FIEL Houston will begin collecting supplies for the unaccompanied minors: We need the following items:
1. Gently worn (clean) children clothing
2. Childrens undergarments in new packages (ages 2 -17)
3. Toothbrushes
4. Toothpaste
5. Deodorants
6. Body Soap
7. Shampoo
8. Socks
9 Children Shoes
10. Backpacks and or large plastic bags to make welcome packages.

More info to come as the need arises.

We will also be needing volunteers soon to help put welcome packages together. But we will let you all know of specific opportunities for that.

All donations may be dropped off at FIEL HQ at 6610 Harwin #214 Houston, TX 77036 for more info please call (713)364-3435

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En un esfuerzo para ayudar con la crisis humanitaria en la frontera, FIEL Houston empezara a recolectar articulos para los inmigrantes niños sin acompañamiento. Necesitamos los siguientes articulos:
1. Ropa para niñ@s en buens condiciones y limpia
2. Ropa interior para niños/as en paquetes nuevos (edades 2 a 17)
3. Cepillos de dientes
4. Pasta de dientes
5. Desodorantes
6. Jabon de Cuerpo
7. Shampoo
8. Calcetines
9. Zapatos para niños/as
10. Mochilas y/ o bolsas de plastico grandes para hacer paquetes de bienvenida.

Tendremos mas informacion conforme se nos presente.

Tambien estaremos necesitando voluntarios pronto para armas los paquetes de bienvenida. Les dejaremos saber de oportunidades especificas para eso.

Todas las donaciones pueden ser traidas a la oficinas de FIEL localizada en el 6610 Harwin #214 Houston, TX 77036 para mas informes por favor llamen al (713)364-3435

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Operation Change Debuts on OWN, Monday 6/23/14

Operation Change, a documentary series featuring, among others,  local social entrepreneur Carlos Paz, Jr., debuts on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) at 9 pm on Monday, June 23. Learn more about Operation Change here.

The series follows Starkey Hearing Foundation co-founders Bill & Tani Austin, their son Steven Sawalich, two volunteers Carlos Paz, Jr. and Snejana Daily, as they team up with other organizations to work on sustainable projects that will profoundly affect each community.

I’ve always seen Carlos as a busy guy–very involved in the community–but this particular project has global implications and benefits. The trailer itself will draw one into this 10-part series and hopefully set one on a course to make any corner of the world a better place.

I was unable to attend the pre-screening held this past Friday, but I do want to congratulate Carlos and all those involved in these project. Although it’s important to create change, it is equally important to be a motivator of change agents and I think this series will serve as such. Check it out on 6/23 at 9 pm. The trailer:

 

 

Sending Money to VA? How About Leticia?

Just a friendly reminder that if the excitement over the defeat of Eric Cantor by a teabagger has you so ecstatic that you want to send cash to the Democrat in that VA-07 race, then balance it out and sent some cash to Leticia Van de Putte for Lt. Governor. Better yet, keep your money in Tejas!

More on Eric Cantor and immigration reform in another post.

 

Save the Date: OCT 26 – Latina-American Women in Music Musical Extravaganza

Editor’s note:  This is something from the inbox which you should put on your calendar, as well as on your list of events to sponsor in 2014. It’s for a great cause and features some great entertainers. Contact my friend Valentina Estrada (contact info at bottom of post) for sponsorship opportunities.

 
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LATINA-AMERICAN
WOMEN IN MUSIC (L.A.W.I.M.)
126 E. 1st Street
Deer Park, TX 77536

You are cordially invited to be part of a “Musical Extravaganza” at The TBH Cultural Arts Center, 333 S. Jensen Drive, Houston, Texas 77003 on Sunday, October 26, 2014 from 7 pm To 10 pm in support of battered and abused individuals.

The Musical Extravaganza is being organized by Latina-American Women In Music (“L.A.W.I.M.”) sponsored by companies and concerned individuals that desire to see a change.

richardL.A.W.I.M.” plans to include several Latina musicians & entertainers to be our guests for the Musical Extravaganza. Each of the Latina artists and entertainers bring a unique style of music! In addition, we will have influential keynote speakers: Richard Yniguez, Actor and Johnny Hernandez, Music Legend and Tejano Pioneer who will share their experience and views on Domestic Violence. (UPDATE:  Unfortunately, Johnny Hernandez will not be able to attend because of a previous engagement.)

johnnyIn addition, many community leaders, organizations and entertainment icons will be at this tremendous event to seal their commitment to support “L.A.W.I.M.” and offer their extraordinary talent and resources to this cause. Their enthusiasm and influential participation in the Latino community has inspired many to achieve higher goals and we are honored that they have committed and pledged their time to participate!

This Musical Extravaganza is expected to be a sell-out and be of great magnitude and become an historic event in Houston. In joining us in this charitable aim your affiliation and presence includes you as a part of making a difference and change in our world.

Proceeds from this event will be committed and used for the specific purpose of helping a Women’s Shelter to reach out and help battered and abused women in our community 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 with this human rights event will have a real effect on lives in our communities. Please join us on this evening of great purpose; it will have a lasting impact!

We are thanking you in advance for your support and contribution.

For further information, please feel free to contact us!

Sincerely,

Valentina Estrada
Director of Operations & Events
LATINA-AMERICAN
WOMEN IN MUSIC (L.A.W.I.M.)
(702) 234-9606 – Cell
(360) 234-9608 – Fax 

 

 

El Seis de Apologies, 2014

Someone asked me what the Mexican military did on el Seis de Mayo–drink tequila? With a bit of sarcasm, I responded, “I don’t know, maybe they took the POWs to Guantanamo and tequila-boarded them?” Obviously, that was a dig at our own country who is into that sort of stuff.

Actually, it looks like El Seis will become a day for apologies. MSNBC will apologize for an “ill-advised” sombrero and tequila celebration they had the other morning.

“On Monday, Cinco De Mayo, ‘Way Too Early’ made sarcastic references to the way some Americans celebrate the holiday. It was not our intention to be disrespectful and we sincerely apologize for the ill-advised references,” a statement posted to the show’s website said. Spokesperson Lauren Skowronski said there will also be an on-air apology on Wednesday.

Alex Korson, the executive producer for “Morning Joe” and “Way Too Early,” also called NAHJ president Hugo Balta on Monday to apologize for the segment, according to Balta.

“He apologized for the segment (and) assured me that while the props were planned; the anchors took it upon themselves to put them on and act in the manner they did,” Balta wrote. “He expressed his remorse at how the producers allowed the segment and behavior to continue.”

Balta said Korson told him those involved in the segment would be disciplined.

If it isn’t discipline by tequilaboarding, then, I really don’t feel like accepting the apology.

Lara Spencer of Good Morning America was also called out by the blogosphere. Apparently, even Chicano newsguy John Quiñones was in the mix. But Spencer did offer somewhat of an apology.

Seriously, though, these people don’t need discipline, they need an education!

I can’t wait to see what happens on Diez y Seis, 2014. Please…no grito contests. That’s not what the grito is about. #readahistorybook

LVP Also Endorses La Dama Leticia

leticiAs if this wasn’t more good news for Senator Leticia Van de Putte, on this Cinco de Mayo, she has also been immortalized as La Dama Leticia, a Loteria-styled card, wielding a gavel.

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Latino Victory Project Launches; Endorses Gallego in TX-23

Just got this in the inbox.. For folks in my former CD-23 neck of the mesquite, this is a must-read.

Moments ago at a press conference in D.C., Eva Longoria and Henry B. Munoz III announced the launch of the Latino Victory Project. The LVP is an ambitious, non-partisan effort to build political power within the Latino community to ensure the voices of Latinos are reflected at every level of government and in the policies that drive our nation.The political arm of LVP is Latino Victory PAC, intended to engage Latinos and develop a pipeline of Latino candidates at every level of government.

In addition to launching the LVP, a slate of PAC-endorsed candidates was also announced including Congressman Pete Gallego (TX-23).

Cristobal Alex, President of Latino Victory Project PAC said, “Pete Gallego has distinguished himself as an outstanding public servant. From his passion for helping veterans and military families, to his push for immigration reform, and down to his cowboy boots – Pete Gallego is truly representative of Texas’ 23rd district. The 23rd district could have no better representation than Pete Gallego.”

Congressman Pete Gallego added, “When Latinos do well, our country does well. It is always an honor to be supported by Texans – and I thank Eva Longoria for spearheading this bold, and much-needed initiative. The Latino Victory Project works to make our country stronger by ensuring that our government is truly representative of its people. As someone who went from being a young Latino in a tiny West Texas town to the United States Congress, the subject of Latino political empowerment is near to my heart.  I am humbled by the support of this outstanding organization, value their vote of confidence, and will continue to work to be the best voice for every constituent in Texas’ 23rd district.”

More info on Latino Victory Project at www.LatinoVictory.us.

May 3: March for Immigration Reform

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Bloggers Talk on Politics Done Right

Politics `Done Right (Bloggers)

Thanks to Egberto Willies, I’ll be joining him, Kuff, Katherine from BOR, and Tiffany from Liberal America tonight on KPFT 90.1 for an episode of Politics Done Right.

Tune in Monday 9:00 PM on KPFT 90.1 FM (Houston Area)

Livestreamhttp://KPFT.org (Entire USA) – Podcasts: <here>

Call (713) 526-5738 to talk to me on air.

Have you ever wondered why when you watch CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC they are invariably featuring the same news? Have you ever wondered why most of the issues that have material effect on your life are never really covered? Have you noticed that the news of today is shallow and un-researched?

This is all by design. An uninformed, a misinformed, an ill-informed populace is one that can be controlled. The arbiters of our news domain are mostly discredited.

Luckily good reputable bloggers are starting to assert themselves. They are providing quality prescient news to their followers. They are making a difference. Going forward they must take the mantle if the reversal of a poorly informed citizenry is to occur.

The show will feature four bloggers that are making a difference in local, state, and national news. Katherine Haenschen of BurntOrangeReport.com, Stace Medellin of DosCentavos.net, Tiffany Willis of LiberalAmerica.org, and Charles Kuffner of OffTheKuff.com will discuss these issues. We will discuss why bloggers are important, why the traditional news media is discredited, and the crowd sourcing of news by citizens.

Give me a call at (713) 526-5738. That is 713-526-KPFT. Remember you can also send me a tweet to@egbertowillies. Let us engage. It is politics done right.

I’m looking forward to an interesting talk. What I say may end up shocking you!

Victory of Sorts on MAS

My initial reaction.

My initial reaction.

Well, the tweets and the chisme will tell you that the State Board of Education voted to add courses in Mexican American and other U.S. ethnic group studies by a score of 11 to 3. Sounds pretty huge, right?

I started watching the debate this afternoon and found out there had been a change to the proposal and much was being said about that dreaded term of which I am not a fan, “local control.” After a little and not so contentious debate, it passed easily, but I couldn’t help but ask:  What just passed? Bottom line:  It’s a step, but far from what is needed, which is full inclusion in the overall curriculum.

Nonetheless, a big DC tip of the Sombrero to the #LibrotraficanteNation, el Librotraficante Tony Diaz, and the entire crew for doing all of the leg work. It’s not easy to convince such a contentious board to move forward on something like Mexican American studies, and the work and hours they put in is to be respected and commended.

Although NBC had some of the story, The Trib had a better description of the events.

Instead of making Mexican-American studies an official high school course, the Texas State Board of Education has settled on a tentative compromise that would allow school districts to decide whether to offer the course.

“It wasn’t necessarily what we were hoping, with a stand-alone course for Mexican-American studies,” member Marisa Perez, a San Antonio Democrat, said in an interview after the meeting. “But it’s definitely a step in the right direction.”

In an 11-3 vote, board members added the class — along with African-American studies, Native American studies and Asian-American studies — to the list of instructional materials that publishers will develop for Texas social studies standards in the 2016-17 school year. That means schools will have a list of state-approved textbooks and other resources to choose from if they opt to give the class.

My friend and fellow Bobcat Joe Cardenas passed this statement along from HOPE:

Texas HOPE (Hispanics Organized for Political Education) welcomes the opportunity to implement a greater understanding and exposure of the contributions made by Mexican Americans in the establishment and development of Texas through the fostering of Mexican American Studies in public schools throughout the state. Texas HOPE and its sister organizations have long called for the inclusion of the role of Mexican Americans in the History of Texas so that a comprehensive and accurate accounting of the impact of the Mexican American community may be better appreciated by all Texans especially the millions of students throughout the classrooms of the state. Organizations such as MALDEF, the Hector P. Garcia American GI Forum Org. of Texas, Texas LULAC, and Texas HOPE have actively advocated in the past before the SBOE and its committees as well as the Senate and House Education committees for a more “truthful” History of Texas in the state’s adoption process of textbooks and development of curriculum. These organizations have been successful in their advocacy leading to the inclusion in Texas’ Social Studies books of Dr. Hector P. Garcia, the Green Flag Republic, Jose, Bernardo Gutierrez de Lara, and the Battle of Medina, as well as preserving the inclusion of Cesar Chavez and Dr. King.

However, Texas HOPE will not minimize the contributions of Mexican Americans, Tejanos/as, or other Latin Americans by relegating the teaching of those contributions to an optional elective course that the state may or may not develop and/or school districts may or may not adopt. Texas HOPE and its members will continue to advocate for the comprehensive inclusion of the contributions of Mexican Americans throughout the core curriculum that all Texas public school children must take! In light of the tremendous contributions made by Mexican Americans to all facets of Texas culture, cuisine, music, vocabulary, laws, and art, and given that Hispanics today make-up 38% of the population of the state and that 52% of all students in public education are Hispanics, it is increasingly vital and necessary that the state of Texas recognize the full implementation of the Mexican American experience into the lore of the state for all Texans to learn and appreciate so that the future of Texas and her children may be rooted in the truth and the knowledge that Texas is truly exceptional.

Texas HOPE clearly understands that the task before the State, TEA, SBEC, the SBOE, the school districts, and the Mexican American community is that of developing curriculum standards that reflect the inclusion of these contributions in the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) across the curriculum taught today in public schools. However, in order for that to begin to happen, all parties must agree that a changing paradigm in developing curriculum is necessary in order to have these contributions infused into the whole curriculum. It is disingenuous for any party to feign sincere progress in this regard without actively seeking the necessary inclusion of Mexican American experts in this process. It has been the habit of the State and its institutions to develop bills, standards, policies, and statutes without the input of Mexican American stake-holders.

Texas HOPE welcomes a sincere discourse that will move the contributions of Mexican Americans beyond an optional elective course to one that is inclusive of these contributions across the curriculum in consultation with Mexican American experts and stake-holders who will be decision-makers in the process rather than by-standers. The probability of Texas’ 1,028 school districts opting to provide Mexican American Studies as an elective is low; especially when one takes into account that approximately 800 of these school districts are rural school districts who neither have the funds nor the capacity to develop or implement the course; the issue is further compounded by the fact that 64% of all teachers in Texas are non-minority and not likely able to effectively teach such a course. We as stake-holders will also be taking a risk if students don’t sign-up for the course or if only Hispanics are attracted to the course. The danger is that the State will say that there was no interest or that it is the only place in which to teach Mexican American contributions. Clearly, the Latino organizations of Texas view education as the centerpiece of their agendas because the future of Texas and of our community is increasingly in the hands of those persons who have walked the halls of Texas public education classrooms.