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Archive for September 24th, 2009

Lobbying U.S. Rep. Reyes about LGBT rights

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.

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Written by newspapertreeelpaso

September 24, 2009 at 1:44 pm

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State Rep. Norma Chavez to TTC re: Tolls on Cesar Chavez Border Highway

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.

9.24.09 chavez to delisi. TxDOT_Delisi_Loop_375_Letter

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

September 24, 2009 at 12:33 pm

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