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Saturday in Houston’s Northside: Loteria The Vote!

Click image to enlarge. This sounds like a fun event–Food, Music, Voting! Democrat for Lt. Governor, Leticia Van de Putte, will be there to shake hands and speak. Now, this is democracy!
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Walk2Vote: A Student-Driven GOTV Event on Thursday

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UHD Student Leaders Bring “Walk to Vote”!
Empowering The Student Body Houston Use Their Constitutional Rights!!

Not a UHD Student? Join and vote with us!!
#Walk2Vote #W2V #YouthRevolution #Oct23 #1pm

HOUSTON, TX –Hundreds of students will unite and march to the vote this Oct 23, 2014!! University of Houston-Downtown students vow to unite and play a critical role in the November elections as they pledge to walk to vote. Our student leaders resolve to empower all UHD students to get out and vote.

mayorIn 2012, the Student Government Association (SGA), started an initiative at UHD that aimed to empower students by registering them to vote and take action. From the month of August to October of 2012, the SGA was able to register 2,500 students to vote. During early voting in 2012, the SGA then hosted the Walk 2 Vote event which was attended by over 700 students, the Mayor and other distinguished guests. Following a brief rally, together we continued and marched with over 300 students at the same time and voted. The results at the UHD were truly unprecedented, as over 55% of the student population voted at UHD in 2012, compared to other University counterparts at 5-15% according to the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University.

Since the beginning of the fall 2014 semester, various student organizations have passionately competed with one another in an effort to see who could register the most voters. To date, we have registered over 1,500 students who will now be eligible to vote in the November elections. In honor of this, the Student Government Association has orchestrated an event to encourage our students to vote and inspire them to let their voices be heard.

Join us on Oct 23rd on the UHD’s South Deck from 1:00pm to 2:00pm as we celebrate our achievements and exercise our constitutional right to vote.

Who: University of Houston-Downtown Community
What: Walk and Exercise the Right to Vote
When: Oct 23rd, 2014
Time: Rally 1:00p-2:00p, March Begins at 2:00pm
Where: University of Houston Downtown South Deck to 1001 Preston, 77002 (4 blocks)
Guest: Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Rapper Bun B, Inspirational Hip-Hop Artist Rocko Steady, Artist Sara Alavi

Contact:
Ivan Sanchez, Senior SGA advisor, 832-713-4577
John Locke, UHD SGA President, 832-5424897

Dan Patrick’s Record on Latinos

Thanks to the good folks at the Texas Democratic Party, there’s a list of comments made by Dan Patrick about Latinos and immigrants. Let’s not forget that this would be representative of an Abbott-Patrick administration if Latinos don’t show up at the polls. Is it any surprise that Patrick has refused a debate with Democrat for Lt. Governor Leticia Van de Putte at tonight’s Univision Town Hall?

Another reminder:  Watch a frank discussion about the future of Texas featuring State Senator Leticia Van de Putte on Friday, 9/12 at 6PM. Watch it online here.

Background On Dan Patrick’s History of Disrespect Towards Hispanic Community

Patrick Said Number One Problem We Are Facing Is “Silent Invasion Of The Border.” At a campaign speech in October 2006, Patrick said, “The number one problem we are facing is the silent invasion of the border. We are being overrun.” [The Texas Observer, 2/24/2006]

Patrick Said Texas Faces “Hardened Criminals, Not Illegals Here For A Job…They Threaten Your Family. They Threaten Your Life. They Threaten Your Business. They Threaten Our State.” At a January 2014 forum, Sen. Dan Patrick said the question of border security was tied to violent crimes in the U.S. He said an improved immigration policy was necessary because the state had been facing “hardened criminals we arrested from 2008 to 2012—not illegals who were here for a job … but hardened criminals—141,000 we put in our jails just in four years in Texas. They threaten your family. They threaten your life. They threaten your business. They threaten our state,” he said. [Off the Kuff, 1/21/14]

  • Chairman of Associated Republicans of Texas Said Patrick’s Rhetoric “Sounds Like Thinly Veiled Racism.” In February 2014, New York Times reported Hector De Leon, Chairman of the Associated Republicans of Texas, stated that the issue of illegal immigration “can be addressed by not engaging in rhetoric that sounds like thinly veiled racism.” [New York Times, 2/7/2014]

Patrick Said Immigrants Are Bringing Third World Diseases With Them Such As “Tuberculosis, Malaria, Polio and Leprosy.” In February 2013, The Monitor reported Dan Patrick said of unauthorized immigrants, “‘They are bringing Third World diseases with them.’ Although Patrick cited ‘tuberculosis, malaria, polio and leprosy,’ a state epidemiologist later rebutted his statement and said there was no evidence of that.” [McAllen Monitor, 2/19/2014]

Patrick Painted Immigration In Dire Terms, ‘There Are Terrorists and Drug Runners Coming Into Texas And Sheriffs Are Being Asked To Stop Them With Only .45 On Their Hip And A Shotgun In The Trunk.’ In February 2013, The Monitor reported, “At times in his political career, Patrick has painted illegal immigration in dire terms. ‘There are terrorists and drug runners coming into Texas and the sheriffs in 15 border counties are being asked to stop them with only a .45 on their hip and a shotgun in the trunk,’ he told a Houston business group in 2006, according to the Texas Observer.” [McAllen Monitor, 2/19/2014]

Patrick Said We Are Going To Be Overrun By People Who Have No Sense Of Our History, Our Culture, Or Our Language. Dan Patrick said, “We are going to be overrun by the masses coming here. By 2050 we could have over one hundred million people with no sense of our history, no sense of our culture, no sense of our language…Your property taxes will never go down as long as a fourteen-year-old can show up at the schoolhouse and we pay…And that student is destined to drop out anyway.” [TEXAS MONTHLY, 1/2007]

 

State Senator Sylvia Garcia Hosting Supply Drive for Refugee Relief

From the Inbox:

HOUSTON, TX – Senator Sylvia Garcia is asking the public for help with collecting supplies for the thousands of women and children refugees who are detained in South Texas after seeking asylum from violent conditions in Central America.

In the Rio Grande Valley where many of the refugees are entering the United States,  a group of non-profits have formed a coalition called, South Texas Refugee Response, to provide women and children with basic necessities while they are being processed by Border Patrol.

Senator Garcia is asking the general public and non-profit and faith based organizations from the Houston area to support South Texas Refugee Response, “While there has been much talk about the best course of action to address the increasingly dire humanitarian situation in South Texas, folks from the Rio Grande Valley are stepping up in a big way and giving women and children refugees a place to rest, access to showers, a few changes of donated clothes, meals, and items for their young children. They aren’t waiting on an act of Congress, they are doing something to help people now, and they need our support.”

The supply drive will be held from July 30th to August 15th.

The following Items Are Needed (All Items Must be New or Unused):

Women’s Walking Shoes (sizes 6-7), Men’s Walking Shoes (sizes 7-9) Children’s Walking Shoes, Backpacks, Sweaters/hoodies (small/medium sizes for adults and children), Women’s Clothing (sizes 0-8), Women’s Deodorant, Sippy Cups, Pedialyte, Newborn Nido (zero) formula, Hairnets, Soup Bowls, Disposable Spoons, Clorox, Mops, Lysol, Large Trash bags, Ziploc Bags (various sizes)Women’s Bras (32-34 cups, A, B, C) , Women’s Cotton Underwear (sizes 7 and under) Children’s Cotton Underwear.

Drop Off Locations and Times:

Senator Garcia’s Polk Office 5425 Polk Street, Suite 125, Houston, Texas 77023 M-F 8:30am-5:30pm

Senator Garcia’s East Harris Office 13301 East Fwy, Suite 304, Houston, Texas 77015 M-F 8:30am-5:30pm

Casa De Alabanza Church 10264 North Freeway, Houston, TX 77037 M-Sat 9am-8pm

St. Patrick Catholic Church 4918 Cochran St, Houston, TX 77009 M-F 9am-6pm

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church 1510 Pannell St, Houston, TX 77020 M-F 9:30am-4:30pm

Financial Contributions Can Also Be Made:

Catholic Charities: http://www.cdob.org/catholic-charities135/donate-now

OR

The Rio Grande Valley Food Bank:

https://foodbankriogrande.ejoinme.org/MyPages/DonationPage/tabid/2309/Default.aspx

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

PLEASE SHARE

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

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