Archive for September 2009
From the NPT Inbox via El Paso Grassroots:
Last Saturday, I was one of the many volunteers who came to Isela Castanon Williams’ house to phonebank for health insurance reform. All of us did such a great job on Saturday that we cannot stop the momentum!
Just like Isela, I invite you to my house this Saturday, October 3rd from 11am to 2pm as we talk to our neighbors to ask for their support for health insurance reform. We made over 400 calls last Saturday and I know that we can do even more if you come!
From the NPT Inbox:
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL TROOPS FOR FORT BLISS, CONVERSION OF HEAVY BRIGADE TO STRYKER STATUS
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) released the following statement on today’s announcement by the Department of Defense to convert Fort Bliss’ 1st Armored Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team (BCT) to a Stryker BCT when the unit returns from Iraq. The conversion to the new Stryker vehicle will take two years, and this new status will result in an additional 300 – 400 troops for the base.
From the NPT Inbox:
LET’S GO BESCO CAMPAIGN
Contact Person: Oscar Gonzalez, Campaign Manager 915-449-6178 or email@example.com
Tim Besco will have a Press Conference announcing his Candidacy as the Republican Nominee for the U.S. Congress, 16th Congressional District at American Legion Post 36, 3730 Shell, El Paso, TX 79925 (approximately ½ mile east of Hawkins Blvd., just north of Montana Ave.) on Wednesday, September 30, 2005 at 5 p.m.
State Rep. Marisa Marquez is having a fund-raiser, for real this time (last time around, she said that the Republican money she received just sort of happened, and didn’t constitute an official fund-raiser). Tis the season — state Rep. Joe Moody had a fund-raiser last night, and County Commissioner Dan Haggerty had one this week. Other fund-raisers we got wind of but weren’t invited to include one for County Commissioner Veronica Escobar. Here’s the invite for Marquez’s fund-raiser.
Here’s the invite for Marquez:
From the NPT Inbox:
Community Members Lobby Silvestre Reyes for LGBT Rights
Advocates Meet with Reyes’ Staff to Demand “No Excuses”
El PASO, TEX., September 24, 2009: On Friday, September 25, members of the LGBT community in El Paso will be meeting with the staff of Congressman Silvestre Reyes’ office to discuss the stake that El Pasoans have in the advancement of crucial legislation now being reviewed by the Congress and the Obama administration, which will advance the rights of LGBT people in America.
With the support of the Human Rights Campaign, through its national “No Excuses” initiative, hundreds of concerned members of the LGBT community are visiting with their local Congressperson to ask the current legislature to fulfill President Obama’s pledge to recognize the rights of LGBT Americans.
In the last few months, El Paso and its elected representatives have displayed their concern for recognizing the equality of all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Click on the link to read her letter, which draws a sharp policy distinction from the prevailing political winds in EP — for the most part. Winds can shift quickly.
Here are the last two paragraphs of the letter, which can be viewed via the link.
The State of Texas should be adding new lanes to and upgrading Loop 375 (César Chávez Border Highway). I recognize the need to compromise, and I fought to ensure that a comprehensive reconstruction of Loop 375 will not only include two additional toll lanes, but will also include upgrading the existing four lanes. This compromise means that no resident of El Paso will be required to pay a toll on César Chávez Border Highway if they do not want to.
I will continue to oppose toll roads as a permanent funding mechanism to finance the construction of highways and roads, and will continue to work with legislators next session to address this issue.
Click here for the full article. An excerpt: Our politicians, and the bureaucrats who work for them, come and go along the border, making grandiose statements about how we are winning the war on drugs even as the situation deteriorates. The binational community is never asked about what we’re seeing and what we’re experiencing. We know we can defend ourselves—we can patrol the streets, we can take back our communities—but it’s hard to know exactly how to solve our problems when our leaders are misrepresenting their very nature.
UTEP Professor Tony Payan is a member of the organizing committee for the Global Public Policy Forum on the War on Drugs taking place next week.
Payan also had a piece in the New York Times’ “Room for Debate” feature. The question up for debate was, “What Will Mexico’s New Drug Law Do?” Part of his answer: The new policies in conservative Latin America reflect disillusionment with the United States war on drugs.