The controversial social studies curriculum process is coming to an end. Public testimony will be heard at the State Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, May 19, and we expect a vote on these standards to take place the following day. We need you to stand up to the State Board of Education by attending our rally on Wednesday, May 19. Or testifying in front of the board. Or both!
I would like to suggest that the articles in last week's Dallas Morning News regarding the resignation of State Rep. (D) Terri Hodge be distributed to your audience. I am personally fed up with the corruption WITHIN the Democratic Party -- many of the people in and around the electoral process see it as nothing more than a money-making opportunity for sale to the highest bidder.
Let's spread the word! Call the League of Women Voters of the Austin Area and we'll send out our top-notch Census speaker to provide you and your organization with all the information you need to participate effectively in this ultra important government research.
A couple of months ago Detroit rap artist and activist Invincible touched down in Austin and San Antonio to share her musical talents and weigh in on an issue many in the community had been grappling with - Gentrification. Invincible noted that poor people being displaced from their neighborhood by more af fluent residents was a huge deal in Detroit, so much so that she and her partner Finale did a song about it and accompanied it with a mini-documentary called Locust.
By now the country and the rest of the world knows about the historic victory garnered by former Houston comptroller Annise Parker to become Houston’s next mayor. Parker, who is openly gay and has been with her partner for over 19 years, made history on a couple of fronts.
If you wanna understand the political terrain of the great state of Texas, we urge you to peep this recent article written by MattTX of the Swing State Project... He gives a great historical and current breakdown of Texas and where its headed.
PHARR, Nov. 12 – Two victories in one day. That is how the departure of Lou Dobbs from CNN and the firing of a Texas elections administrator for making disparaging remarks about Spanish-speaking voters is being viewed by some.
“Two victories on the same day, this is great news. It shows our country is coming alive and that Latinos cannot be denigrated anymore. When we unite, we have power,” said Martha Sanchez, community activist for La Unión del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) in Mission.
Today (Oct 28th 2009) Houston City Council will sit and consider a controversial bill that will deputize Houston police officers to essentially act as ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agents. The program is known as 287(g). This measure has come under fire for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it was rejected a while back and both current Mayor Bill White and Houston’s police chief Harold L. Hurtt came out against it. They understand, as do so many community members, that having the police act as ICE agents can lead to an increase in unneccessary tension between police and the community.
When criminals are about to be caught, they try to hide their wrongdoing. When drug dealers hear the police sirens, they dump the stash in the alley or flush it down the toilet. When the Nazi officers in the concentration camps heard the allied forces approaching, they destroyed—and in many cases murdered—the evidence.
There’s something about the light of day when it shines its truth upon you.