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-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-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-30

Hispanic Candidates “Meet Up” and Voter Registration Drive

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From TCDP candidate Fidel Acevedo comes this invite:

Hispanic Candidates “Meet Up” and Voter Registration Drive

LA RUMBA Disco
1907 E. Riverside Drive
Austin Texas
Saturday,Feb 2, 2008
2:00 pm to 6:00pm

Hola,

You are cordially invited to attend this “meet up” with the Hispanic Candidates. Learn more about the vision and ideas of the candidates and how they are important to all of us.

This promises to be a great event for Hispanic voters to learn more about the candidates. Invite your friends and have a good time. We will be registering voters at this event. Music and food will be provided.

Co-Sponsored by
Agustin Zavaleta owner La Rumba Disco
Austin Tejano Music Coalition
Tejana Production – Gloria La Tejana
Progressive Hispanic Democrats (PHD’s)
Mexican American Democrats (MAD)

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-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

‘Engaging Iran’ author Nathan Gonzalez at DFT- Austin meetup, Oct 3.

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A few years back, in the heady post-Dean days of the presidential cycle, as Democracy for America and Latinos for America took shape on the national level, Latinos for Texas was formed to engage more Hispanics in the political process. In helping coordinate DemocracyFest 2005 and its dozens of speakers on dozens of topics across two or three days, I got to know LFA’er Nathan Gonazales, and he said something that has actually stuck with me, although i don’t think he even knows it.

It boiled down to essentially this: “It will be great when Hispanics arent recruited to speak on immigration, and aren’t asked opinions on brown people because they are also brown. It will be great when you need an expert on foreign policy or taxes and international economic strategy and so-what that she is hispanic or anglo or black.” Or maybe it was a much shorter ‘Stop asking me about immigration, and ask me about Iran.’

Either way, with his fresh new book, “Engaging Iran,” with a freshly-minted masters from Columbia, Nathan Gonzalez will not be talking about Immigration at the next DFT meetup, Wed Oct 3. 6:30pm at Scholtzs (1601 San Jacinto, Austin, Tx.)

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

Judge Jim Coronado Austin Fundraiser: Wed, Sept. 26

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LFT proudly supported Judge Jim Coronado’s efforts last cycle, he is superbly qualified and a real standout in the community. If you can help, come on by:

Judge Jim Coronado kick-off fund-raiser and campaign roundup this Wednesday, Sept 26:

Thistle Cafe, 300 West Sixth Street
Wednesday, September 26, 5 - 7 PM
Suggested Donation: $50
(all contributions welcome! Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres & complimentary beverages)

Jim Coronado is currently Magistrate Judge of the Travis County Criminal District Courts, appointed unanimously by the criminal district judges in 1991. He has been a judge for more than 18 years and is a past president of the Austin/Travis County Bar Association. He is a candidate in the upcoming March 4, 2008 Democratic Primary for judge of the 427th District Court.

This criminal district court was created by an act of the 79th Legislature, came into existence in January of this year and was recently filled by gubernatorial appointment. The voters of Travis County will choose the next judge in the November 4, 2008 general election.

Sponsorships available
Trail Boss $2,500; Top Hand $1,000; Wrangler $500; Drover $250; Ranch Hand $125. (Checks may be brought to the event. On-line donations also accepted at http://www.judgejimcoronado.com/contrib.php)

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

2007-Jul-25

Austinites: Have Coffee with Rick, Texas’ next Pro-Choice United States Senator

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Found at DraftRickNoriega.com, here is a chance to meet and greet Rick Noriega, one of the leading Democratic Senate candidates. I am a big fan of looking at experience, policy, previous votes and the like, but its always nice to meet the candidates, if you can. If any Watts in Austin events pop, send them our way!

Dear Friends,

We would like to invite you to join us for coffee on Friday, July 27th, 9:30 am in the side room at Enoteca, 1610 S. Congress Ave. to meet a friend of ours, who also happens to be the only pro-choice candidate for US Senate in Texas … Rick Noriega.
Rick breaks a lot of stereotypes - for starters, he’s a Hispanic Catholic who earned a 100% voting
record with NARAL Pro-Choice Texas.  He also reminds us that some politicians do more than talk, as he’s served a tour of duty in Afghanistan as a Lt. Col. in the National Guard, as well as heading the logistical operations at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center housing evacuees in the
wake of Hurricane Katrina.

We realize this is a late invitation, but felt it was important that Austin pro-choice leaders
got a chance to meet face to face with Rick.  So we hope you will join us for an informal coffee,
this Friday, July 27th, 9:30 am in the side room at Enoteca, 1610 S. Congress Ave.

Sincerely,

James Aldrete
Mandy Dealey
Heather Paffe
Sarah Wheat
Laurie Felker Jones
Sara Cleveland
Bree Buchanan

P.S. Please feel free to bring along a friend, and forward this invitation to others in
the choice community as well.  Look forward to seeing you.

2007-May-15

David Escamilla, Travis County Attorney Fundraiser, May 16th

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Just passing along a little info. LFT and Escamilla worked closely, along with MAD, and Tejano Dems on the East Austin Initiative last election. He really stood up for under-served communities, while finding a way to bridge some pretty different viewpoints. There is no minimum contribution required, and Escamilla deserves support. Hope to see yall there!

Please join Travis County Attorney

David Escamilla

in support of his 2008 re-election campaign


Wednesday, May 16, 5 - 7 PM

Thistle Cafe
300 West Sixth Street, Austin

Hors d’oeuvres — Cash Bar
complimentary garage parking

Suggested Donation: $50
(All contributions welcome! There is no minimum!)

Sponsorships: $250, $500, $1,000, $2,500, $5,000

Contributions payable to “David Escamilla Campaign” may be brought to the event or mailed to:

David Escamilla Campaign
PO Box 5674
Austin, TX 78763-5674

For information: 512-474-4738

2007-Mar-21

Travis County Democratic Party’s Biennial Spring Fundraiser

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Passing this along:

Travis County Democratic Party’s Biennial Spring Fundraiser

Tuesday, April 10th
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
At the home of Dennis Karbach & Robert Brown
811 Congress Avenue, Austin

Please join us for a reception honoring our
Democratic Members of the Travis County Legislative Delegation

Representative Valinda Bolton
Representative Dawnna Dukes
Representative Donna Howard
Representative Elliott Naishtat
Representative Eddie Rodriguez
Representative Mark Strama
and
Senator Kirk Watson

SPONSORS

Luanne Cullen * Hon. David A. Escamilla * Mignon McGarry
Martha E. Smiley * O’Quinn Law Firm and Charles Soechting
Hon. Susan Steeg * Travis County Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Association PAC

Robbie & Tom Ausley * Ann Loupot Daughety * Cheryl & R. James George
Linda & Jim Hargrove * Diane Ireson & Rowland Cook * Ann Kitchen & Mark Yznaga
Elliot Kralj * Kuhn, Doyle & Kuhn, P.C. * Susan Longley * Brenda & Greg Olds
Janis & Joe Pinnelli * John Sharp * Texas AFL-CIO * Delane & Tom Weber

Steve Adler * Hon. Charlie Baird * Andy Brown * Hon. Darlene Byrne
Mary & Greg Ceshker * Democracy for Texas * Hon. Sarah Eckhardt
Hon. Bruce Elfant * Hon. Herb Evans * Hon. Raul Arturo Gonzalez
Hon. Guy Herman * Hon. Nancy Hohengarten * Leslie Hume & Steve Wood
Sam Johnson * Hon. Julie Kocurek * Ronya Kozmetsky * Lowell H. Lebermann
Hon. Mike Lynch * Hon. Richard T. McCain * Donna Beth McCormick
Lou McCreary * Beverly N. Nation * North by Northwest Democrats
Scott Ozmun * Deborah Peel * Moses Ruiz
South Austin Democrats * Taylor Dunham & Burgess LLP
Hon. Gisela D. Triana * West Austin Democrats * Nancy Williams

Sponsors:
$2500*
$1500*
$500
$250

(*$2500 and $1500 sponsors also receive a one-year Finance Council Membership to the TCDP)

Individual Tickets $100
Sustaining Member Tickets $75
Complimentary entry for current TCDP Finance Council Members

RSVP to Susan Harry at 542-9744 or susan@susanharry.com.
To make a credit contribution, please click on ‘Donate’ from our home page at www.traviscountydemocrats.org.

Pd. for by the Travis County Democratic Party, P.O. Box 684263, Austin, TX, 78768.

2007-Mar-20

Hispanic Austin Leadership Graduation

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Passing this along from Alicia Maldonado:

Join us THIS THURSDAY!

Last Chance to RSVP!!

Hispanic Austin Leadership Graduation

Distinguished Keynote Speaker

Gus Garcia

Former City of Austin Mayor

Topic:  “No Coman Ansias”

 

March 22, 2007
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 pm.

Wyndham Garden Hotel

Townlake Ballroom
3401 South IH 35

Austin, Texas 78741


Advance Purchase: $25
Day of the Event: $30


Win 2 Tickets to the
Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival

Latin Sizzles, March 29th

 

HAL Applications will be available. HAL Tuition $500
Sign up at the HAL Graduation and SAVE $100

[HAL APPLICATION]

 

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:

University of Texas at Austin

Bank of America


RSVP: ngallegos@hispanicaustin.com

 

Alicia Maldonado
Marketing & Communications Project Manager
Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
2800 South IH 35, Suite 260
Austin, Texas 78704
Direct: (512) 441-1543
Main: (512) 476-7502
Fax: (512) 476-6417
Email: amaldonado@hispanicaustin.com
Website: www.hispanicaustin.com

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