With the help of Tex-Mex legend Little Joe Hernandez, Leticia Van de Putte, Democrat for Lt. Governor, energized activists at a rally held at the Communications Workers of America Hall in Houston.
Along with a fiery speech by Van de Putte, Little Joe y La Familia performed for the crowd. Van de Putte has been on a bus tour of Texas that will take her 6,000 miles to dozens of towns and cities. Energetic crowds have welcomed her and have turned into phone banking activists for the candidate and the slate of Democrats.
Van de Putte has challenged right-wing favorite Dan Patrick for his divisive vitriol and attacks against immigrants, women, and others. Calling it a lack of respect for these groups, Van de Putte has vowed to run an effective State Senate, rather than one based on agendas, such as Patrick’s.
Little Joe added that it is Van de Putte who will serve all Texans, especially those who often go ignored–the poor, minorities, women. Hernandez has been a vocal supporter of Van de Putte and Wendy Davis, as is evidenced in the video below, as he performs the anthemic, Las Nubes.
Rick Perry wasn’t expecting to get got at a DC fundraiser for himself. A group of Texans from Perry No Care (aka Texas Organizing Project) took their message to DC to tell Rick Perry to support Medicaid Expansion. Various individuals interrupted Perry’s speech and provided Perry some facts on Texas’ uninsured.
Lately, Rick Perry has continued his stubborn attitude toward the poor and sick in Texas despite Texas having the largest percentage of uninsured in the nation. And while Republican Governors are changing their minds across the country on expansion, Rick Perry is just plain stubborn, choosing to play politics with lives.
Here’s a link to the video of what occurred at Perry’s DC fundraiser. Perry’s
supporters check-writers, overheard throughout the video, sure seem to not care about the poorest in Texas.
Sign Perry No Care’s petition.
Just a reminder that starting at noon on Tuesday, January 8, Texas HOPE will be rallying at the South Steps of the Texas Capitol to remind Texas Legislators that they have a job to do, and part of that job is to give attention to those legislative items that they have highlighted.
“Latinos cannot continue to be ignored,” said Joey Cardenas, Executive Director of HOPE. “The future of Texas depends on the investments Texas puts into education, higher education, healthcare, and economic development for all Texans. Latino leaders throughout Texas are here to make their voices heard and bring attention to the failed policies of the past that are harming our kids and families.”
“The William C. Velasquez Institute is proud to stand with Texas Latino groups as we strive to change policy towards the betterment of our community. We ask the Legislature to work with us to make Texas the model all states follow in pro-immigrant policies, job creation, protecting our environment and educating all children,” said Patricia Gonzales, Senior Vice President WCVI.
“We call on the Governor and the Texas Legislature to make Latinos and their families a priority this legislative session. We call on Texas Government to invest on the Latino community’s present and future. Latinos need to be part of the solution and at the table not on the menu,” said Lydia Camarillo, SVREP Vice President.
The rally speakers list also includes a Houston voice, that of Fidencio Leija, Jr. of Latinos. Engaged. United. Voting. “The demographic changes, statewide and within our school districts, community colleges and universities, show us that if we want Texas’ star to shine brighter, Latinos must be a priority and a part of our future success as a state. The voting impact of Latinos is being felt nationally and we will no longer be seen as a “what if” community. Likewise, we must re-commit to ensure our Veterans are also beneficiaries of our state’s investment–in job creation, education, and health care. It is up to the legislature to take this seriously and enact policies that are good for all Texans, or else they will feel it at the ballot box.”
More details from the rally later.