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  • Friday, April 23, 2010

    Austin/Travis County, TX Focus

    Phonebanking for Bill White

    Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. & Saturday/Sunday 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    We are calling voters all day, everyday to tell them about Bill White. Even if you can volunteer for an hour a week, your effort can make a difference. Come by the office anytime or schedule a shift by emailing volunteeraustin@billwhitefortexas.com or giving us a call at 512-810-6790.


    NEWS FROM AUSTIN:

    Austin City Council Passes Landmark Energy Plan

    Facts of Capital Punishment and Mental Disability or Mental Illness

    Public hearing set for April 26 on Driver Responsiblity rules

    Get to Know an Activist: Carol Geiger

    Austin City Council To Pass Landmark Ordinance Protecting Women's Rights


    EVENTS:

    This comes from the Travis County Democratic Party:

    April 26: First Day of Early Voting

    Northeast Travis County Democrats Meeting
    TIME/DATE: April 27, 2010. 6:30pm Meet and Greet, 7:00pm Meeting starts
    PLACE: Travis County Community Center, 15822 Foothill Farms Loop, Pflugerville
    CONTACT: Dave Taylor at 844-1300 or mrdave9735@aol.com

    You are invited to join Northeast Travis County Democrats for their monthly meeting the last Tuesday of the month. The Community Center is located across FM 1825 from the Springhill Restaurant and behind the Lamb's Auto.

    May 4, 2010: Last Day of Early Voting
    Last day of early voting for May 8th uniform election.

    Central Texas Democratic Forum
    Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2010
    Time: 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Austin Bar Association
    816 Congress Avenue, Suite 700
    Program: Democratic Candidate for Lieutenant Governor:
    Linda Chavez-Thompson

    Linda is an extraordinary person with extraordinary achievements. Born in 1944 in Lorenzo, Texas, at the age of ten she started working for thirty-cents an hour hoeing cotton. When she was in the ninth grade, she had to leave school to work full time to support her family. She picked cotton and cleaned homes to earn money for clothes and food for her family. But she also learned English and taught herself to read and write Spanish.

    From those humble beginnings, Linda rose to serve as Executive Vice-President of the national AFL-CIO—the first woman and first Hispanic to be elected as an AFL-CIO officer. Through hard work, intelligence, compassion, and superb people-skills, Linda has excelled throughout her career.

    In 1967, the Constitution Laborer’s Union in Lubbock, Texas, hired Linda as Secretary. Over the next 40 years, Linda built a remarkable career serving the nation’s workers. She was elected Executive Vice-President of the National AFL-CIO in 1995, and served in that position until she retired in 2007. Beginning in 1996, Linda headed the AFL-CIO’s policy-making group on immigration reform. She was instrumental in the federation’s dramatic reform efforts, culminating in the major changes in the federation’s immigration policy adopted in 2000. In 2003, President Sweeney appointed her to the AFL-CIO task force on organizing, and in 2004 she played a central role in the AFL-CIO’s federal electoral efforts.

    Linda is a lifelong Democrat and her record of work for the Democratic Party has been exemplary. In 1992 and 1996, she was elected as a Democratic delegate pledged to Bill Clinton. In 1996, she was named honorary co-chair of Bill Clinton’s re-election campaign. In January 1997, Linda was elected to serve as Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee, and she was re-elected to that position repeatedly, including to another four-year term in 2005.

    In 1997, President Bill Clinton appointed Linda to his Race Advisory Board, and in 1998 he appointed her to the Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. In 2004, at the American Association of People with Disabilities’ Leadership Gala, Linda received an award that the organization named for her– the Linda Chavez-Thompson Award–to recognize her lifelong commitment to persons with disabilities and families within the labor movement.

    Linda is a dynamic, powerful speaker. You won’t want to miss this program!

    Super-Spectacular Door Prizes:

    1. A t-shirt bearing the eloquent, succinct remarks of Vice President Joe Biden on the passage of health care reform.

    2. Red Wassenich’s book, Keep Austin Weird –the best-selling book in the history of Austin, in certain neighborhoods.

    3. Even more.

    Cost: lunch is $15.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members

    Parking: 816 Congress Avenue/IBC Bank parking garage. Enter the parking garage on 9th Street, between Colorado and Congress. Bring your ticket to the receptionist on the 7th floor and you will be given a coupon to use to exit the garage at no charge.

    Reservation required: To reserve your seat, email jerben@herring-irwin.com or cherring@herring-irwin.com or call Chuck Herring or Judy Erben at 320-0665. Please tell us if you intend to bring a non-member guest and if you have any special dietary concerns. PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS BY 5:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY, APRIL 30. Seating to this event will definitely be limited.

    Capital City Young Democrats
    May 5, 2010
    6:00p.m.
    Capital City Young Democrats welcomes the young and the young at heart to join us for volunteering and social events. Each month, we have a regular meeting, a happy hour, and at least one social or volunteer event. We meet the first Wednesday of every month.
    George Washington Carver Branch of the Austin Public Library
    1161 Angelina Street, Austin, TX 78722, (512) 974-1010
    For more information, contact kimberlyhokanson@gmail.com

    State Board of Education Reception for Rebecca Bell-Metereau & Judy Jennings
    Thursday, May 6th, 2010
    5:30-7:30pm
    Join Hosts Hon. Karen Dulaney Smith, Hon. Ann Kitchen, Dr. Timy Baranoff, Mary Ann Neely & Ellen Richards
    At the home of Hon. Karen Dulaney Smith

    Suggested Contribution $50, Sponsorships available at $125, $250, $500, $750, $1,000, $2,500

    For more information 512-637-7256 or cvitale@stanley-garrison.com

    May 8, 2010
    Uniform Election Day
    All Day



    BIODIESEL IN AUSTIN AREA

    Here are some biodiesel stations near Austin, TX. Biodiesel is less polluting and has a smaller carbon footprint than regular diesel, and is produced right here in the USA. Biodiesel can be used in almost any diesel engine. Up to B20 (a 20 percent blend) any diesel engine, whether car or 18 wheeler or whatever, can use it. Above B20 some older engines may have problems, but newer engines should be ok.

    DieselGreen Fuels: 5217 Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702, 512-247-3835. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine) and B100 (OK for newer diesel engines). Open 9-5.

    El Sol Logistics: 1114 Regal Row, Austin, TX 78748, 512-563-8142. Offers B100 (OK for newer diesel engines). Open 9-5 M-F

    Oaxacan Tamaleo: 1634 Hwy 71, Cedar Creek, TX 78612, 512-289-9262. Offers B100 (OK for newer diesel engines). CLOSED MONDAYS

    Ecowise: 110 W. Elizabeth St. Austin, TX 78704, 512-326-4474. Offers B100 (OK for newer diesel engines). Open M-SU 10-7PM.

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