Latinos For Texas Blog

2005-Sep-4

Helping Katrina’s Victims

Filed under: — LaGirlFriday @ 12:42 pm

Visit the City of Austin’s website for the latest info.

The Statesman reported:

Volunteers

City officials ask that residents do not show up at the Austin Convention Center or other shelters. People who want to volunteer should go to the Red Cross office at 2218 Pershing Drive (off Martin Luther King Blvd. just east of Airport Boulevard) or call 211.

Clothing and bedding

The city’s Office of Emergency Management issued an “urgent plea to the public” for clothing and bedding for the anticipated influx of Hurricane Katrina evacuees. Donations can be dropped off at the former Freescale Electronics research facility at 3501 Ed Bluestein Boulevard today. Volunteers will be available onsite to assist with unloading donated materials.

Underwear needed

Red Cross volunteers at the Austin Convention Center said the evacuees are most in need of new underwear (for adults and children) and adult diapers for the elderly evacuees. City officials asked that those items be dropped off at the city’s Contribution Center at Motorola, 3501 Ed Bluestein Blvd.

The center will be open for donations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Friday. The center will also accept monetary donations, cots, air mattresses, sleeping bags, sheets, blankets, towels and wash cloths.

Clothing and other items

The Salvation Army is requesting personal hygiene items for men, women and children as well as non-perishable food items that do not require refrigeration, heating or a can opener, baby items (such as formula, wipes, lotion, ointments and diapers), insect repellent, flashlights with batteries, work and/or plastic gloves and new clothing (socks, underwear and clothes for school-aged children).

Items can be dropped off at the downtown facility at 510 East Eighth Street, which is open 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. seven days a week.

Used clothing should be taken to any of the four Salvation Army family stores in Austin.

Pets

To help pets hurt by Katrina visit the Humane Society.

UT to Texas: Stand Up! March Against the Minutemen

Filed under: — LaGirlFriday @ 11:13 am

The following was listed in the TSEU Broadcast to its members:

Rally for a DREAM!

Stand up against prejudice and xenophobia. We must promote real solutions for an immigration system that has failed on all levels.

Vigilante, anti-immigrant paramilitaries have been active in Texas since Reconstruction. The arrival of the MINUTEMEN organization in Texas threatens to provoke even more senseless violence from these fringe groups. Concerns have been raised by everyone from law enforcement and civil rights groups to faith-based charities.

Please join the UT Longhorn League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council, Jóvenes Inmigrantes por un Futuro Mejor de UT Austin, CIME, TCJC’s University Leadership Initiative, and grass roots groups from across the Lone Star State for a march to the south steps of the state Capitol.

Date: Saturday, September 17, 2005
March Time: 4:00 pm– 5:30 pm
March Location: Riverside and Congress
Rally Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Rally Location: State Capitol building in Austin, Texas

Contacts: Julieta Garibay: 512-879-0576; Rebecca Acuña 956-206-5853; Ana Yáñez-Correa: 512-441-8123 x103 or 512-587-7010, Manuel Rodela; 214-330-0970 or 214-282-1475 Miguel Reyes 214 914-6288 Ray Ibarra; 520-440-2976.

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