Latinos For Texas Blog

2008-Jun-13

Meetup change: Tues Jun 17, 5-7pm at the TCDP party

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It’s that time! Are you ready to Turn Texas Blue?

LFT encourages you to join us and many fired-up Democrats at the
TCDP Coordinated Campaign Office Opening
Tues Jun 17, 5-7pm
1107 N. IH-35

Please join Latinos for Texas at the Travis County Democratic Party’s Grand Opening of their Coordinated Campaign Office at 1107 N. IH-35, at the corner of 12th and IH-35, next door to the CVS Pharmacy.

# During the 2006 election cycle Latinos for Texas Registered over 1,000 voters in low income and underrepresented areas.
# Distributed more than 20,000 pieces of campaign literature in counties such as Bexar, Williamson, Nueces, San Patricio, and Travis.
# Visited 4,365 Travis County households. 551 on Election Day.
# Called 984 voters for Reps. Valinda Bolton and Juan Garcia, John Courage for Congress, and Chris Bell for Governor.
# Spearheaded the Travis County Senior vote-by-mail campaign.
# Donated $2,100 to local candidates.

Together we can multiply our efforts, put a Democrat back in the White House and the first Hispanic from Texas in the United State Senate.

Hope to see you there! LFT Steering Committee
(Crystal, Lila, Mario, Michael, Richard and Sabas)

2008-May-29

Rick Noriega needs volunteers at the State Convention

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Hello Everyone!

The Texas Democratic Convention is quickly approaching and we need your help. The convention will be held on May 6th and 7th at the Austin Convention Center. This is important opportunity for the campaign to reach thousands of Texas Democrats and engage them in our campaign. We need volunteers at the convention to assist at the Rick Noriega booth and at the Hilton to assist at the “Pachanga” fundraiser.

Convention Booth Volunteers- Austin Convention Center
Sign up for one or more blocks of time:

Friday: 7am- 10:30am, 10:30am- 2:00pm, 2:00pm-5:30pm and 5:30pm- 9pm

Saturday: 8am- 12pm and 12pm-4pm

Pachanga Fundraiser Volunteers- Hilton

Friday: 3pm- 7pm

If you would be interested in helping out the campaign on this exciting weekend please respond back to this email or call with your time availability and event preference. Thank you for your support and commitment to the Rick Noriega Campaign and please feel free to call with any questions.

Sincerely,

Crystal Perkins
Volunteer Coordinator
Rick Noriega for U.S. Senate
Crystal@ricknoriega.com
210-414-3418

2008-May-23

Passed along from Ray and Patti Fuentez

We are hosting a fundraising BBQ on Sunday, May 25, 2008 from 4pm to 7pm at our home, 8606 Navidad Dr., for Rick Noriega who is running for the U. S. Senate.

Rick is a strong candidate who will stand up for the rights of everyday Texans. Two separate polls by Rasmussen Report and Research 2000 showed that Rick is just four points behind incumbent Senator John Cornyn. In both, John Cornyn polled below 50% – a sign of his weakness and vulnerability this fall. This confirms that the time for change is right and that Texas is ready. The country, the state of Texas, and our community here in Austin will greatly benefit if Rick wins the election. It is time for change in D.C. and we have a chance to make that change this year.

Please join us in welcoming Rick Noriega and help celebrate his campaign with BBQ, down home sides, and refreshments. Tickets are $500, $250, $100. You may purchase tickets online through ActBlue or you may RSVP with Laura Welch by phone at (512)554-5007 or via email at laura@ricknoriega.com. We live in a gated community, so please RSVP to receive the gate code.

We look forward to seeing you.

Patti & Ray Fuentez

2008-May-13

Austin Meetup, Tues May 20 7pm

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Hey all

LFT took a short break after endorsing in the local primary races, but we haven’t stopped working. And with just 6 months until the general election it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get ready to hit the pavement – again!

Tuesday, May 20, 7pm at El Mercado (1302 S 1st St, Austin 78704)
join us for a few margaritas, a taco or two, and great political discussion with friends. This month’s agenda includes:

Carlos Barrera. Latinos For Texas PAC will present the soon-to-be next Hispanic Judge to sit on a Travis County Court of Law, Carlos Barrera, with a donation to help him take the bench in County Court #8. LFT PAC will also be taking contributions to futher our mission.

Meet the National Delegate Candidates. There’s an army of activists in SD-14 and SD-25, and we all want to do more for the Democrats. Meet those running at the State Convention for the SDEC, committees, national delegate, and even elector, so you can make an informed choice.

Travis County Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign. Working on the TCDP Coordinated Campaign is the #1 thing activists can do locally because we aren’t just helping to elect down-ballot Democrats, we’re also giving our state-wide candidates the margins they need to help put them into office. Meet Kate Murrow, Field Director for Rep. Valinda Bolton

Plus a recap of TCDP fundraiser for outgoing TCDP Chair Extraordinaire, Chris Elliott, and additional announcments by members who want to share.

See you there!

2008-Apr-10

A Portrait of East Austin… Fault Line

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A Portrait of East Austin, Fault Line. Thursday, April 10 @ the MACC

A portrait of East Austin… Fault Line
Presented by the Mexican American Cultural Center

Opening Thursday, April 10th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
With a lecture by the photographer at 7:00 pm
Location:  The Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street
Drinks and refreshments served

John Langmore spent more than a year photographing East Austin .  With an uncanny combination of humor and eloquence, John’s photographs reveal the culture, the celebrations, the people and the beauty of East Austin .

These photographs will instill not only an understanding of Austin’s distinctive Hispanic community, but will also force one to reflect on what losing this vital Community to gentrification will mean for our city’s future.

Exhibit will be on display in the Community Hall Gallery April 3rd – 27th

For more information, go to:  http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/macc/index.htm

2008-Mar-20

Breaking: A united Austin City Council calls for resignation of Charles Law

If you can make this press conference, please do so to show your support for the Austin City Council members

For immediate release

March 20, 2008

Contact:           Bobby Garza, Office of Council Member Mike Martinez, 512.974.2264

 

 

Media Advisory

 

 

Why:                A public agenda for a public meeting of the Creedmoor-Maha Water Supply Corporation that was posted on the Secretary of State’s Web site lists an agenda item as “Dempsey’s proposed old Harmony Hills tract and possible holding pen for wetbacks.

Who:                Council Members Mike Martinez, Lee Leffingwell, Sheryl Cole, Jennifer Kim, and Brewster McCracken, Mayor Will Wynn, Mayor Pro Tem Betty Dunkerley, State Sen. Kirk Watson, State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, Travis County Commissioner Margaret Gomez

 

What:               Press Conference calling for resignation of Charles Laws, General Manager, Creedmoor-Maha Water Supply Corporation and Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Mustang Ridge

 

When:              5:15 p.m.

TODAY - Thursday, March 20, 2008  

 

Where:             Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St.

News Conference Room, First Floor

 


 

2008-Feb-27

Austin: Urgent need for poll workers

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Here’s the deal, if we don’t get enough folks to work these precinct polling locations, THEY WILL HAVE TO BE COMBINED!! This will lead to much confusion, turning first-time voters off, and possible voter disenfranchisement for both the primary and caucus!If you are an Election Judge worried about missing your own caucus, you can hand off the post-poll closing paperwork delivery to an alternate judge or clerk.

If you can work basically 7am-7pm on election day, please read more below…


The Travis County Democratic Party contracts with the Travis County Elections Division for the Primary Election and are seeking Democrats to work the polling locations throughout the county for the March 4, 2008 Democratic Primary.Let’s not have this happen, so spread the word and tell all your friends and family who may be able to work the polls to call 854 - 9552 and tell them to say: “I want to work the polls for the Democratic Party on March 4th!!!”

We need presiding judges (aka Election Judges or Poll workers), alternate judges, and clerks. All poll workers are required to attend training which is provided by the Travis County Elections Division before the Primary and will be offered during the day and evening, during the week and on weekends. The pay, which is set by the Texas Secretary of State, is $7.00/hour.

If you are interested in working the polls on March 4, 2008 Election Day please call the TRAVIS COUNTY ELECTIONS DIVISION at 854-9552.

2008-Feb-13

Rest in peace, raulsalinas

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Very sad news today
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Raul Salinas, known as raulsalinas, that great human being, transformed by life and fire, has died. Raul was a featured poet at the Border Book Festival in 2000. It was a memorable performance as Raul danced, sang and gyrated through the power of his words his English, Spanish and Xicanindio.

His life was hard, yes, as he was incarcerated for many years in U.S. prisons, but those who knew and loved him saw his transformation into a light indescribable–beatific, really. We celebrate his great beauty and his gifts of spirit and words.

Raul has made his way to the Ancestors.

Raul will be greatly missed. His work, poetry, and philosophy will live on in the good works of poets, artists, musicians and cultural centros throughout America. His spirit we lead us all and help us to survive and thrive in difficult times.

His words/poems should serve as maps for us all in our quest to keep culture, heritage and tradition alive in our barrios, cul de sacs, suburbs,ranchos…wherever you/we live.

Thank you, Raul. You have blessed us all.
Manuel Diosdado Castillo, Jr.
San Anto Cultural Arts

A BIO OF RAUL SALINAS

Raul Roy Tapona Salinas was born in San Antonio, Texas on March 17, 1934. He was raised in Austin, Texas from 1936 to 1956, when he moved to Los Angeles. In 1957 he was sentenced to prison in Soleded State Prison in California. Over the span of the next 15 years, Salinas spent 11 years behind the walls of state and federal penitentiaries.
It was during his incarceration in some of the nation’s most brutal prison systems, that Salinas social and political consciousness were intensified, and so it is with keen insight into the subhuman conditions of prisons and an inhuman world that the pinto aesthetics that inform his poetry were formulated.

His prison years were prolific ones, including creative, political, and legal writings, as well as an abundance of correspondence. In 1963, while in Huntsville, he began writing a jazz column entitled THE QUARTER NOTE which ran consistently for 1-1/2 years. In Leavenworth he played a key role in founding and producing two important prison journals, Aztlán de Leavenworth and New Era Prison Magazine, through which his poetry first circulated and gained recognition within and outside of the walls. As a
spokesperson, ideologue, educator, and jailhouse lawyer of the Prisoner Rights Movement, Salinas also became an internationalist who saw the necessity of making alliances with others. This vision continues to inform his political and poetic practice. Initially published in the inaugural issue of Aztlán de Leavernworth, a Trip through a
Mind Jail (1970) became the title piece for a book of poetry published by Editorial Pocho-Che in 1980.

With the assistance of several professors and students at the University of Washington - Seattle, Salinas gained early release from Marion Federal Penitentiary in 1972. As a student at the University of Washington, Salinas was involved with community empowerment projects and began making alliances with Native American groups in the Northwest, a relationship that was to intensify over the next 15 years. Although Salinas writes of his experiences as a participant in the Native American Movement, it is a dimension of his life that has received scant attention. In the 22 years since his release from Marion, Salinas involvement with various political movements has earned him an international reputation as an eloquent spokesperson for justice. Along the way he has continued to refine and produce his unique blend of poetry and politics.

Salinas’ literary reputation in Austin earned him recognition as the poet laureate of the East Side and the title of *maestro* from emerging poets who seek his advice and a mentor. While his literary work is probably most widely known for his street aesthetics and sensibility, which document the interactions, hardships, and intra- and intercultural strife of barrio life and prison in vernacular, bilingual language, few people have examined the influence of Jazz in his obra that make him part of the Beat Generation of poets, musicians, and songwriters. His poetry collections included dedications, references, and responses to Alan Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Charles Bukowski, Charlie Parker, Herschel Evans, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis, for example. Academics have primarily classified Salinas as an important formative poet of the Chicano Movement; yet, while he may have received initial wide-scale recognition during the era, it would be unfair Raul Salinas, known as raulsalinas, that great human being, transformed by life and fire, has died. Raul was a featured poet at the Border Book Festival in 2000. It was a memorable performance as Raul danced, sang and gyrated through the power of his words his English, Spanish and Xicanindio.

His life was hard, yes, as he was incarcerated for many years in U.S. prisons, but those who knew and loved him saw his transformation into a light indescribable–beatific, really. We celebrate his great beauty and his gifts of spirit and words.

Raul has made his way to the Ancestors.

Raul will be greatly missed. His work, poetry, and philosophy will live on in the good works of poets, artists, musicians and cultural centros throughout America. His spirit we lead us all and help us to survive and thrive in difficult times.

His words/poems should serve as maps for us all in our quest to keep culture, heritage and tradition alive in our barrios, cul de sacs, suburbs, ranchos…wherever you/we live.

Thank you, Raul. You have blessed us all.

Manuel Diosdado Castillo, Jr.
San Anto Cultural Arts

En paz descanse. May he rest in peace.

2008-Feb-3

Voter Reg Drive - Austin, All Day, All Over Town

VOTER REG DRIVE
Be a part of the annual Last-Day-to-Register Marathon!
Feb 04, 2008 8am-midnight at Fiesta (38th and I-35)
ANY AMOUNT OF TIME YOU CAN GIVE WILL HELP!

If you want to register voters on Monday, you can get deputized by Glen Maxey who will be at the Riverside Grocery (just east of IH 35, Riverside at Parker). Stop by there first, if you are not already a Deputy Registrar, then stop by any of the locations listed below!

LFT is coordinating the Fiesta location at 38th and I-35, but wherever you can help for as long as you can help will make a difference.

Remember, Monday, Feb 04, is the deadline if you want to vote in the Presidential primaries! Shifts are in four hour blocks, but if you can only come for part of it, thats okay, too. Simply sign up in the shift that is closest, then email to let us know your details.

We do this every year for the last few years, and people always say they like it, even though it is a fair amount of work, it is good work. Also, don’t worry if a few people are already signed up, we can always use a few extra hands.

Spanish speakers especially encouraged to volunteer, but not at all required!

8am-noon
8 am - FIESTA MART - VOTER REGISTRATION MARATHON

12-4pm
12 noon - FIESTA MART - VOTER REGISTRATION MARATHON

4pm-8pm
4 pm -FIESTA MART - VOTER REGISTRATION MARATHON

8pm-midnight
8 pm - FIESTA MART - VOTER REGISTRATION MARATHON

Other Locations:
University Co-Op on the Drag @ 2246 Guadalupe
Wheatsville Coop @ 3101 Guadalupe
Goodwill @ 2800 S Lamar
Whole Foods Market @ 6th at Lamar
Fiesta Mart @ IH 35 and 38th
Guero’s @ 1412 S. Congress
Riverside Grocery (Parker & East Riverside) @ 1727 E Riverside Dr
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts @ 701 E Stasney Dr
MT Supermarket - Chinatown Center @ 10901 N. Lamar Blvd.

Email Ryan Giggs, anytime, at info@registertravis.com for details and assignments.

Thanks for being involved,
LFT Steering Committee
(Crystal, Lila, Mario, Michael, Richard and Sabas)

2008-Jan-16

Latinos For Texas Endorsement results, or ‘oh sh*t, I told them both they had my support…*’

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Hello all

Well, it was exciting, energizing, well-attended (and quite quick!) endorsement meeting. We opened with a few candidates from races we were not endorsing in (yet), and then straight to the 3-minute ‘Why me’ talk from the candidates. Most of these candidates have been dropping by meetings for literally months (Barrera, Lipscombe, Hatchcock, Hurley) and we have had excellent discussions, so these presentations were mostly re-caps of previous experiences. (There were a few brand new candidates who were welcomed to speak about why they merit the endorsement, but honestly it is a steep hill to match multiple discussions in one 3 minute deal.)

Then, the candidates left the room, and we had ourselves a caucus. That’s right a good old-fashioned stand for your candidate, let’s open the floor for anyone who wants to sway others to join them caucus. This is probably my favorite part of the pre-season: its open, transparent, gets people literally to stand for their guy or gal, and gets people talking. All of which is both good practice for the presidential caucuses, or more importantly for when someone says ‘What’s the deal with so-and-so? should i vote for them?’ you know its no big deal to throw in your two cents. And, before you know it, ordinary people are talking about why politics has an impact in their lives.

Also, it is important to know that we have many great candidates and while you can work to help a few, you still can only vote for one. This is, i think, a healthy competition, and, in the end, we are all on the same team.

So the results, with detailed descriptions of the discussion and analysis in a follow-on post:
427th District Court
Judge Jim Coronado

98th District Court
Judge Andy Hatchcock

CD 10
Dan Grant

TCDP Chair
Andy Brown

Travis County Court #8
John Lipscombe

Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector
Glen Maxey

Like I mentioned, look for an additional post or two about why these candidates prevailed, but feel free to leave your two cents on these candidates in the comments.

But now on to the punchline:
A candidate waiting in the hallway during the caucuses told me after that as soon as we started, one person zoomed past them toward the exit. The candidate stopped the person, ‘Where are you going?!’ ‘oh sh*t,’ came the whispered reply, ‘I told them both they had my support!’ ahhh, little d democracy meets politics!

2008-Jan-10

LFT Endorsement Meeting, Tues, Jan 15, 7pm

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LFT Endorsement Meeting
Tues, Jan 15, 7pm
El Mercado (1302 S. 1st St)

Hello

Indeed, we now have the difficult task of endorsing among the many qualified candidates. The last few endorsement meetings have been quite fun, and always energizing, so we are really looking forward to this one! If you somehow missed the many chances to talk with and really get to know these candidates, we have collected their information in one convenient location:
http://www.latinosfortexas.com/resources

We have chosen to endorse in the following races:
427th District Court
Judge Jim Coronado
Karyl Anderson Krug

98th District Court
Judge Andy Hatchcock
Judge Rhonda Hurley

CD 10
Larry Joe Doherty
Dan Grant

TCDP Chair
Fidel Acevedo
Andy Brown

Travis County Court #8
Carlos Barrera
John Lipscombe

Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector
Glen Maxey
Nelda Spears

While we added Judge Jim Coronado and the now-contested race for the 427th District Court, there are many additional races which merit attention. We want to not make half-hearted endorsements in additional races, so as time becomes available to talk with candidates and understand them and their vision better, we will certainly support those whom we think we can help.

One more note:If you are a voting (ie, paid) member, and want to vote by email, please send your choices to mario@latinosfortexas.com by noon tuesday. See yall there,
LFT Steering Committee
(Crystal, Lila, Mario, Michael, Richard and Sabas)

2008-Jan-7

Meetup move ONE week to Tues. 1/15

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Hello

Sorry for the delay in communications, but holidays, moving, and sickness are taking their toll.

So we beg your pardon for moving the January Endorsement meeting one week to Jan 15, 7pm, El Mercado (1302 South First St. 78704)

Hope everyone had great Holidays, Latinos for Texas Steering Committee

2007-Dec-17

No December LFT Meetup

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No December Meetup

Well, the holiday season (and its ever-present cousin, Gotta-get-everything-done) has nearly completed its approach, overtaking even political nerds like ourselves. So we encourage everyone to spend some time with friends and family, volunteer an hour to help the world go round, and be pleasant, tolerant, and good-willed out there!

See yall in the new year,
LFT Steering Committee
(Crystal, Lila, Mario, Michael, Richard and Sabas)

2007-Oct-30

Travis County Dem Chair race: Rosie Mendoza drops out

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I only ever met Rosie Mendoza when she graciously came to an LFT meetup to discuss (with Andy Brown and Fidel Acevedo) the visions for the Travis County Democratic Party Chair. She struck me as thoughtful and plenty seasoned in community work, with excellent references, if not a lot of direct political/election or coordinated campaign experience. Although i didn’t know her personally, I was glad to see someone who so obviously cared for the community throw her hat into the ring. Competition is healthy, and I think we will still have plenty with the two folks who remain: Fidel Acevedo and Andy Brown.

Straight from the press release:

From the Desk of Rosie Mendoza

October 30, 2007
Dear Mario,
Rosie Mendoza HeadshotTwo months ago when Chairman Chris Elliott announced he would not seek another term, I responded to the call of dozens of our most respected and committed Democratic elected officials to provide leadership and vision by considering the position of Travis County Democratic Chair.

I did so with a clear idea of what I could offer our Party as we move forward toward two of the most important election cycles of our lifetime.

That vision and confidence is based on over twenty-five years of leadership experience in our community as a small business owner, a mother, Democratic activist and as a volunteer leader of some of Austin’s most successful community organizations like SafePlace, the Travis County Hospital District and the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Without question, the best part of my twenty-five year journey has been meeting amazing people, like you, who are so dedicated to progressive causes and improving the quality of life for all our community. You are the heart, soul and blue ink behind Travis County. I have been truly honored and overwhelmed by the support and endorsements of my candidacy. Your kind words and generosity have touched me deeply.

That is why I wanted to be the first to inform you that after much deliberation, I have decided to withdraw as a candidate for Travis County Democratic Party Chair. This was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made, but I wholeheartedly believe that it is the right decision for the future of our Party.

In recent elections, there has not been a contested race for Chair of the TCDP but this year there are three declared candidates, including myself. The race has already caused divisions in a community that should be united as we move into the 2008 election year. Current developments put us on a course for a highly contested Democratic primary, plus a likely primary run-off in April. With that in mind, even conservative estimates show that we (the three candidates) will end up spending several hundred thousand dollars combined to win this campaign.

I cannot, in good conscience, contribute to a campaign that risks fracturing us on the eve of the most important election in our lifetime nor can I justify spending tens-of-thousands of dollars from donors for an intra-Party campaign while some of our incredible incumbent Democrats like Representatives Donna Howard and Valinda Bolton need every available dollar to win re-election over well-funded Republican opponents next Fall.

When families disagree (and we are family, bound by our shared values) we must consider the consequences of our actions. We must be prepared to place the success of our Party over the success of the individuals. Today, I am taking that individual first step, and I sincerely hope that the two remaining candidates - Andy Brown and Fidel Acevedo - will consider our shared vision and values before continuing toward a costly race in March.

The 2008 election presents enormous opportunities and challenges for Democrats across Texas. The next Chair must enter his/her term with the credibility to unify the Party, keep it on solid financial ground, clearly communicate our vision and values and substantially increase voter turnout in all the communities of our Democratic base. Then, and only then, Travis County can live up to its full potential as not just a blue oasis in a red state, but as a driving force behind statewide Democratic victories in 2008 and 2010!

While I am out of the race, I intend to stay involved. I am still concerned about the need for our Travis County Party to reach out to minority communities and to involve their members as voters, activists, staff members and party leaders. We must publicly set goals and measure the effectiveness of our efforts in mobilizing all of Travis County behind our vision of a more just and caring society.

Thank you so much for your guidance, encouragement and support, I look forward to working with you on our issues and for our Party for years to come.
Democratically Yours,
Rosie Mendoza Signature
Rosie Mendoza, CPA

P.S. Donations to my campaign will be refunded pro rata to donors or, at the option of the donor, donated to the Travis County Democratic Party.

P.P.S. Here is an immediate opportunity for involvement: Travis County Elections needs Spanish-speaking election clerks for the Tuesday, November 6 election. Pay is $9/hour. Please call 854-4996 if you can help.

2007-Oct-12

Austin Meetup: Council Re-Destricting and Clean Elections

On the agenda:

True Courage Action Network’s Clean Elections Projects
(Rescheduled from last month.)
Austin City Council Seat Re-districting Proposal

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7pm
NOTE NEW LOCATION: El Mercado, South First St.
1302 S 1st St, Austin, Tx, 78704

True Courage Action Network’s Field Director Stewart Snider will present the TCAN Clean Elections project, a statewide initiative to educate voters and candidates about the role of public financing of elections. Its an idea whose time has come in Texas, but it won’t be easy, or quick. This should be an informative and engaging discussion. Background info: http://www.truecourageaction.net/tcans-clean-elections-project

Austin City Councilman Mike Martinez will discuss the moves to re-configure how Austin city council is structured: single-member, at-large, super-districts, hybrids, the ‘gentleman’s agreement’ and do these methods mean more responsive goverment, more affordable campaigns, better representation? Richard dePalma will also tell us about the lessons learned from San Francisco’s efforts to re-structure their city council. There are lots of factors at play, so this will be an interesting discussion.
As always, hope to see you, with a friend,

Your LFT Steering Committee Mario, Crystal, Lila, Michael, & Sabas
Latinos for Texas Steering Committee

2007-Oct-1

Rep. Eddie Rodriguez Austin Fundraiser

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If you are in Austin, and you drive, you know what a big deal the traffic scene can be in your life. If you follow local politics, you know Rep Rodriguez is a great guy who really does work to help his constituents. LFT has been proud to support him in the past, and if you can, you should come down to support him tonight!

Blocked at Every Turn?
It’s Time to Talk About Our Road at a Forum & Fundraiser
honoring Stare Rep. Eddie Rodriguez.

WHEN: Tonight, Oct. 1, 2007, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
WHERE: Freddie’s Place, 1703 S. 1st Street, Austin

http://www.TxRepEddieRodriguez.com

For more information, call (512) 292-3000.


2007-Sep-24

TexBlog PAC Austin Fundraiser - TONIGHT, Sept 24.

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Another worthy event. This is a new organization, but the folks at the center know what they are doing in terms of organizing both online and off. Blogs and netroots action can make a difference in the close races, perhaps the difference that swings the Texas House back to the people, not the corrupt pay-to-play Republicans. If you can show support for this effort, we will see results soon!

Here is their release:

Democratic State Representatives
Jim Dunnam, Pete P. Gallego, Garnet Colem, Trey Martinez Fischer, Lon Burnam, Eddie Rodriguez, Mark Strama, Valinda Bolton

Invite You to Attend the
TexBlog PAC Inaugural Fundraiser
TONIGHT, September 24th, 2007
6:00 to 8:00 pm

At the home of
Kurt and Amy Clark Meachum
5103 Cedro Trail, Austin, Texas, 78731

For additional information, or to sponsor the event, call Christine Simmons at 512-292-3000. Contributions and sponsorships can be completed online :
http://www.actblue.com/page/texblogpac

On a lighter note:”Because in Spanglish, no one can understand you laugh.”

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Just passing along the news that the funny kids at Latino Comedy Project are bringing back their highly acclaimed “AlienNation” for a few days in early October at Austin’s Dougherty Arts Center. Their ‘300‘ spoof video was great, with over 560,000 views. So support them so you can say you knew them before they sold out let others buy in! ; )

Hey Everyone,

Just a reminder that “AlienNation” returns next week for an encore run, one week only, October 5-7, at the Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road, Austin. The show features all-new material from the Latino Comedy Project and it’s the first all-new show since 2005’s “Citizen Quién?”

PERFORMANCES: ONLY THREE SHOWS! Friday-Saturday, October 5-6 at 8 p.m. and Sunday October 7 at 2 p.m. at the Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road, Austin.

TICKETS: $15 adults, $12 students and seniors, available at the box office on performance evenings.

Advance tickets are already available at:
http://www.lcp.org/tickets or 512-474-TIXS

2007-Sep-17

Meetup: Clean Elections, Travis County Democratic Chair candidates

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On the agenda:

True Courage Action Network’s Clean Elections Projects
Travis County Democratic Chair candidates.
The Cesar E. Chavez Statue Unveiling Ceremony (Oct. 9th).
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 7pm at Kerbey Lane Cafe, 2606 Guadalupe St.

True Courage Action Network’s Field Director Stewart Snider will present the TCAN Clean Elections project, a statewide initiative to educate voters and candidates about the role of public financing of elections. Its an idea whose time has come in Texas, but it won’t be easy, or quick. This should be an informative and engaging discussion. Background info: http://www.truecourageaction.net/tcans-clean-elections-project

The announced TCDP Chair candidates have been invited for a friendly getting to know you and your vision discussion. All three TCDP candidiates we know about, Fidel Acevedo, Andy Brown and Rosie Mendoza will be there. The TCDP is an important piece if the Democratic puzzle here in Austin, so this role can really shape the overall efficiency and effectiveness of both grassroots and top-down action. This is a great chance to ask the potential Chairs about their priorities, and what they plan to do — and not do — if they get elected.

And, don’t forget The Cesar E. Chavez Statue Unveiling Ceremony.
The Student Body, President William Powers Jr. and The University of Texas at Austin Community cordially invite you and all the students on your campus to THE UNVEILING OF THE CÉSAR E. CHÁVEZ SCULPTURE on the Main Mall, October 9, 2007 at 11 A.M.

Visit http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/cesarchavez/rsvp.php to RSVP today, or call the UT Austin Office of the Dean of Students at (512) 471-5017 or e-mail at: wbrune@mail.utexas.edu.!
As always, hope to see you, with a friend,

Your LFT Steering Committee Mario, Crystal, Lila, Michael, & Sabas
Latinos for Texas Steering Committee Latinos for Texas is the Texas chapter of Latinos for America.
http://www.LatinosforTexas.com

2007-Aug-2

On a Lighter Note: Latino Comedy Project’s ‘AlienNation’ opens

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Hey Austinites:

The highly-acclaimed and apparently ‘murderously funny’ new revue by Austin’s own Latino Comedy Project opens at the brand-spanking-new Mexican American Cultural Center. The Austin Chronicle has nice things to say about it. I have only a simple thing to say: ‘If you love freedom, you must go.’

Here the PR blurb:

Border walls. Failed immigration reform. Lou Dobbs foaming at the mouth. Comedy! Austin’s cultural cut-ups of the Latino Comedy Project return for the award-winning comedy troupe’s new all-original show, “AlienNation”,  another hilarious full-length revue of sketch comedy, videos and music.
PERFORMANCES: 8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, August 2 through Aug. 25, 2007, at the Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street, Austin.

TICKETS / SHOW INFO: $15 adults, $12 students and senior, available at the MACC box office on performance evenings, Teatro’s phone line, 512-389-0892.

Advance tickets are available online right now at:
http://www.lcp.org/tickets

Want to keep those pesky new arrivals from crashing your Caucasian caucus? Use the “Porta-Border,” a miniature version of the proposed border wall. (Or, for even greater ease-of-transport, try the “Porta-Border Nano.”) In, “Get on a Truck”, the LCP’s secret for producing such great comedy on the cheap is revealed: We send comedy scouts to day labor sites! Check out the LCP’s take on Apple’s Mac vs. PC ads (”Mex vs. B.C. [Born Citizen]”), Bratz Dolls, “300″ and amateurish local “adult education”commercials (”Vosotros Polytechnic”). Attend the “2007 Annual Police Brutality Video Awards”, and visit a racially themed college costume party where the tables are turned on the usual perpetrators. And meet new characters like the poorly translated crossover Latin pop singer Xiañez.
 
After two years of touring in glamorous locales including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tulsa, Oklahoma and sunny McAllen, Texas, the LCP has been working hard to bring its unique, take-no-prisoners take on the absurdities of pop culture and politics back to hometown audiences. “AlienNation” is a night of hilarious, high-energy comedy by a troupe celebrating its 10th year of bringing audience members to tears of laughter.
 
The performance also marks the very first at the newly constructed Mexican American Cultural Center. The center, almost 30 years in the making, is welcoming the Latino Comedy Project as its first performance group.
 
The LCP, called “hilarious” and “murderously funny” by the San Francisco Chronicle, has been featured at international Sketch Festivals in Vancouver, Chicago and Seattle, and has performed with Carlos Mencia, Fred Willard, Gabriel Iglesias, Pablo Francisco and “The Daily Show”’s Rob Cordry, among others. The LCP’s comedy videos have been featured at international film festivals and on nationally syndicated programs seen in over 50 million households from coast to coast.
 
The Latino Comedy Project writers and performers are: LCP Artistic Director Adrian Villegas, Sandy Avila, Guillermo De Leon, Omar L. Gallaga, Raul Garza, Karinna Perez, Mical Trejo, Danu Uribe and Nick Walker.
 
Come see “AlienNation”: Because in Spanglish, no one can understand you laugh.

http://www.lcp.org
 
http://www.myspace.com/latinocomedyproject

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