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Thoughts on Viernes…08012014

Happy August!

Let’s hope the temps begin to cool. (Eye roll)

Why Wait?

With the GOP playing their usual game of hate and delay, the ball is in President Obama’s court. Rumor is he’ll sign some sort of executive order in another month or so. Why wait? If the GOP is having their usual freak out with each other, and there are a few Democrats who are being their usual chicken-shitted selves on immigration, there isn’t an opportunity like today to sign an executive order that halts deportations and expands DACA to family members, while addressing the need for lawyers and resources for child refugees and not just more judges. And I do mean today. Unfortunately, the only thing President Obama spoke of today was being in agreement with 80% of the GOP bill, and that it had gotten more extreme since yesterday. Sign the order, Mr. President!

They Aren’t Waiting in Houston

We’ve known for a while that State Rep. Sylvester Turner is running for Houston Mayor and he’s been busy visiting Democratic and neighborhood clubs. In other words, making contact with the activists. Turner was recently appointed to chair a state committee to oversee the effectiveness of Rick Perry’s border surge, and let me tell you, he shined at a recent meeting by questioning the need for national guard troops on the public’s dime given the decrease in border crossings and border-area crime rates that are relatively low. Of course, we heard what State Rep. Bonnen had to say about teaching Katrina evacuees versus Latino immigrant kids using a nasty word. Anyway…

We also heard that the local Hispanic Chamber head, Dr. Laura Murillo, announced her intent to run for Mayor. Other names include CMs Pennington and Costello, and former CM Chris Bell. Who else? Well, anyway, the hardest of the hard-core voters will want to know about partisan voting records and positions on city policies, and let’s face it, there are a few contentious ones–HERO, Employee Unions, Fire contracts, just to name some. So, expect to see candidates trying to get ahead of each other early to solidify a base. Then again, this early, they should be trying to get beyond the base. Run-offs are hell!

For now, we have some Democrats to elect in 2014, so, I’ll also be watching which 2015 prospects help our slate.

No Refugees for Dallas, But They Have a Leader

Well, given the decrease in child border crossings and more shelter beds opening up, it looks like Dallas will not be hosting some of the child refugees. The good thing that came out of this is that Democrats have a leader “con ganas” who, at least in my eyes, positioned himself for a statewide seat in the future. Unlike other Dems who give great speeches on all the other issues, Judge Clay Jenkins didn’t fumble on this temporary crisis.

Great Quote from #LVP

“The presence of these outside independent militia groups does nothing to secure the border; it only creates an unsafe situation for law enforcement officials that are protecting our communities. Unfortunately, the vile rhetoric of my opponent inspires misguided efforts.” ~ Senator Leticia Van de Putte

Music Break ~ The New Single from the legendary Johnny Hernandez – Le Escribo Al Amor (Paz Mundial-2014-Stronghold Records)

 

 

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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

100 Days Out, Dems Need “The Talk”

It’s no secret that I’ve been calling out Democratic candidates who are falling short when it comes to the unaccompanied minors crisis. Whether it’s Wendy Davis’ call for a “law enforcement” special session or Hillary Clinton’s “deport ’em now!” attitude, the current de facto leaders of the Democratic Party are leaving much to be desired when it comes to this particular issue. And I’m not the only one calling them out.

This week, Arturo Carmona of Presente.org, let Democrats have it in an op-ed in The Hill because of their indifference during this crisis. You see, many of my hard-core Dem friends easily point out that Republicans are the problem. As if we didn’t know they would be a problem from Day 1; or as President Obama should have known before he made the “Year 1, Term 1” promise to pass immigration reform?

The botton line is that we can argue until we’re blue (forgive the pun) in the face, if Democrats simply brush off the commentary and concerns of Latino leaders, in favor of a “at least we’re not as bad as the Republicans” defense of our leaders, then Democrats are just as bad at Latino engagement and outreach as the Republicans.

Carmona hits the nail on the head:

As the unaccompanied minors crisis continues to grow and the calls for executive leadership escalate, it’s shameful that the president has not ceded to the calls for him to visit the border and see the living conditions of these children. He needs to meet with the children we are sending to Latin America to their likely death. According to Latino Decisions, a major Latino polling firm, mass deportations are leading to a hemorrhage of support from the Democrats, particularly among young Latino voters. And according to a recent gallup poll, no other community has lost more faith in Obama than Latinos in the last year.

And if Democrats think that President Obama’s decisions (or lack of) do not affect the Democratic ticket in 2014 and 2016, they are living in la-la land. So,  if what an Obama aide said is true–that an executive order on immigration will be a cause for impeachment–then I would hope that President Obama makes it count.

Of course, the same could be said of Texas Democrats on the 2014 ballot who want to “talk tough” on immigration when the issue is child refugees. But that’s for another op-ed.