Archive for June 3rd, 2009
News release sent to NPT:
CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT TO ROAST COUNTY ATTORNEY JOSE RODRIGUEZ
El Paso, Texas, June 3 —The Paso Del Norte Civil Rights Project is pleased to announce its third annual Fiesta Fronteriza: Remembering Our Roots, Building Our Future. The annual event celebrates the history of civil rights activism in the Paso Del Norte region and honors individuals and organizations that contribute to the community through their work in civil rights.
This year the Fiesta Fronteriza includes a roast in honor of County Attorney Jose Rodriguez. The roast, comprised of his colleagues and friends, offers recognition to Jose Rodriguez through a series of humorous anecdotes.
Among those roasting the County Attorney are County Judge Alicia Chacon, El Paso County Commissioner Anna Perez, City Representative Steve Ortega, and other community leaders and elected officials. Jim Harrington, Director of the Texas Civil Rights Project commented, “Roasting politicians is the rare chance we get to remind them kindly and gently that they have feet of clay like the rest of us. And who better deserves that opportunity than Jose Rodriguez? Besides, the clay for him may even go all the way up to his knees. He’s been around a long time, and went into politics when he realized his tennis game was such that he had no other career alternative.”
County Attorney Jose Rodriguez will also receive an award for his Outstanding Achievement in Community Service. Jose Rodriguez will be honored for his contribution to advance civil rights in the community of El Paso.
From the office of U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes:
STATEMENT BY CONGRESSMAN SILVESTRE REYES
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) today released the following statement regarding an article appearing in today’s El Paso Times titled “Army nixes brigades for Bliss, White Sands:”
“Yesterday’s announcement by the Department of Defense only reiterates the Secretary of Defense’s prior decision in April to make changes to the Army’s ‘Grow the Force’ initiative and does not have any impact on the thousands of troops who have moved and are scheduled to move to Fort Bliss as a result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) process.
“The two ‘Grow the Force’ Brigade Combat Teams (BCT) scheduled to arrive at Fort Bliss were in addition to the huge gains from BRAC, which included four BCTs, a combat aviation brigade, and a division headquarters. One BCT under the ‘Grow the Force’ initiative is already scheduled to activate at Fort Bliss in the fall of this year and is unaffected by yesterday’s announcement. Although the Department of Defense will not activate the second Fort Bliss BCT that was scheduled to arrive in 2011, the base is still gaining the most troops in the entire country from the BRAC process and is still benefiting substantially from the ‘Grow the Force’ initiative.
“Prior to the BRAC process, Fort Bliss’ troop population stood at 9,300. Today, the base is on track to be home to over 36,000 troops by 2013. Once the BRAC process is complete, Fort Bliss will emerge as the fourth largest base – in terms of soldier population – in the United States. With its state-of-the-art training facilities and expansive area, Fort Bliss is the Army’s highest rated installation for military value and one of America’s premier national defense assets.”
NPT Border: Ah, El Paso. Always late. So for you, another Passport Fair so you can cross the border.
News release from the El Paso County public affairs office:
Good afternoon all,
Please help us inform the public that for today ONLY and due to a high volume of U.S. Passport applicants, the District Clerk’s Office has stopped taking applications and will only process and submit those applications received this morning. Regular services will resume tomorrow from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Additionally, on Saturday, June 6 there will be a Passport Fair to assist area residents in complying with the new federal regulations.
Read more about the Passport Fair after the jump.