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From the NPt Inbox:


We’ve been working arduously in collecting signatures in support of Health Care Reform throughout the summer. Numerous volunteers, medical professionals, and elected officials participated in events such as Music Under the Stars, health care forums, town hall meetings, rallies, culminating with Labor Day events. Now that Congress reconvenes, our grassroots efforts are a significant factor in bringing about reform. Throughout the country, organizations such as ours have gone out and listened to our collective plight. We’ve listened to our stories of bankruptcies, denied coverage, and enduring hardships. Having run on this issue, President Obama now faces this challenge head on with our support.

As most know, the President is scheduled to speak on Wednesday, September 9, putting forth a health care plan that will address not only the 47 million uninsured, but all that face rising costs associated with health care. The President’s approach was to encourage Republican and Democrat leadership in forging an effective and fiscally responsible blueprint for reform. It obviously resulted in contentious exchanges and divisiveness. Rather than accommodating differing views, we were obligated to counter misinformation and scare tactics. Fortunately constructive dialogue ensues, and animosity is now waning—at least in our community. Many of us were disillusioned by the apparent exclusion of the single-payer plan, the mention of dropping public option, and the negotiations with pharmaceutical companies. But our voices were heard, and these options are now being reconsidered. El Paso, with the highest percentage of uninsured in the nation, cannot afford to wait any longer.

Thanks to all for your efforts, sacrifices, and time this summer. Change is happening. Si se puede!


Xavier Miranda
El Paso Grassroots

September 8 President Obama’s Speech to School Children

10:00 AM MST. Visit the U.S. Dept. of Education website to learn more about President Obama’s address to students, scheduled for Tuesday, September 8th at 11:00 AM CDT:

Call your local school district for broadcast procedures.

September 9 President Obama’s Speech to Congress

President Obama will be speaking at 6pm to a joint session of Congress on Health Insurance Reform. Rather than watching it alone at home, join a few house watching parties around El Paso and afterwards join David Plouffe about what the President said. You can go to the following locations:

Westside: Irma Carrillo’s House: (click here for more information and to RSVP)

Eastside: Michael Apodaca’s Store (click here for more information and to RSVP)

If you would like to host your own, please contact Michael Apodaca at to add you to the list, information about hosting, and what to expect.
September 11 National Day of Service

President Obama has declared 9/11 a National Day of Service and has asked all Americans to participate in a public service project to commemorate the tragedy of 9-11-2001. El Paso Grassroots and Organizing for America have created a simple opportunity for you to answer this call. Here’s how:

***STOP BY YOUR LOCAL FIREHOUSE anytime before 9/13/2009 to:

1) Honor the heroes of 9/11 by saying “Thank-You” to your local El Paso Firefighters
2) Honor the victims of 9/11 by donating sweat suits (clean, new or used) to local trauma victims
*Simply drop off your sweat suit donation at the firehouse while you’re thanking our brave firemen!

When trauma victims are brought to the emergency room it is often necessary to cut their clothes off of them. University Medical Center has maintained a stock of comfortable sweat suits for people to wear home but their stock is nearly depleted. We need YOUR help to replenish this stock!

Thank you so much for participating in this effort and for more information contact:
Colleen O’Donnell,, or
Penelope Gruessing,
Volunteers with El Paso Grassroots
September 12 OFA and El Paso Grassroots House Parties

Lead trainers will be scheduling House Parties throughout El Paso on Saturday, September 12. Information pertaining to Health Care Reform will be presented and coordinated plans will be made in preparation for canvassing efforts on September 19. Please contact us to assist in this collective event.

Contact: Colleen O’Donnell,
September 12 El Paso Grassroots Social

It’s time to celebrate our growing organization and accomplishments. Harry Schulte will host a potluck dinner at his home in the upper valley on Saturday, September 12 starting at 6 PM. All are welcomed.

Address: 5116 Camino de la Vista, El Paso Texas 79932
Contact: Harry Schulte (915)867-8173,
September 13 State Rep. Norma Chavez’s Tardeada

You are invited to Norma’s Texas Campaign Kick-Off and Celebration, Sunday, September 13. Free food/beverages, live music and door prizes will be available. UTEP, El Paso Community College, and University of Texas will be represented.

Music: Star Chacon, Cuarteto S’cala, and dancing music (corridos, country, disco)
Speakers: Rep. Jessica Farrar (Chair of Democratic House Caucus)
Rep. Joaquin Castro (V-Chair of Higher Education)
Time: 2PM to 6 PM
Location: El Paso Firefighters Hall, 3112 Forney Lane (corner of Lee Trevino & Pebble Hills)
Contact: Lilly Ruiz 256-4625

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

September 9, 2009 at 11:56 am

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