Texas 15th Congressional District Focus: Hidalgo, Brooks, Duval, Live Oak, Bee, Jim Wells, Karnes, DeWitt, Goliad, San Patricio, Refugio Counties
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UPCOMING EVENT: This is a rally that hopes to draw from all over Texas. I hope some of my readers from the district that JUST elected Dr. Michael Soto to the Texas Board of Ed. can make it.
It's Raining in Texas Rally
03/12/2011 (All day)
The State Capitol Building in Austin, Texas.
For your GPS: 1100 Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas, 78701
Dear Fellow Educators, Students, Parents, Administrators and any Texan, who cares deeply about education and the future of Texas,
We all appear to be at the mercy of our governor and the Texas State Legislature. Governor Perry's and the legislature's unwillingness to tap into the 9.4 billion dollar "Rainy Day" fund is mind boggling. If it's not raining in Texas now, then it's never going to rain!
The proposed 5 to 10 billion dollar cut in education funding will result in millions of dollars of budget cuts for each school district of Texas; hundreds of millions of dollars in Houston ISD alone. Those of us in education know how detrimental these cuts will be. We cannot allow this to happen!
The state of Texas is already ranked 43rd nationwide in per-student expenditures. With the proposed cuts, we will land near the bottom! We understand the need to balance the budget, but the education budget should be sacred in Texas as we are already woefully underfunded at the current levels. Instead, the legislature and Mr. Perry would rather mortgage the future of our kids and our state by balancing the budget on the backs of our students and teachers.
In Governor Perry's last re-election campaign, he claimed that Texas was "open for business." Well, we are on track to have a less educated workforce that will not serve to lure any businesses to Texas and will not promote a brighter future for Texans.
How much more can we accept as students, parents and educators? Should we remain quiet and watch our Texas education system be destroyed? How many years will it take for funding to return just to the inadequate levels that we have now?
Recent polls show that 70% of Texans oppose any cuts to public education.
The time to be heard is NOW! This is the rationale for the Rally in front of the state capitol building on March 12th.
Will YOU be there? Can you sacrifice a weekend for the future of education in Texas?
We hope to have representation from every single school and district in the state of Texas! This rally is not our only recourse, but it IS our first step in securing a first class education for our Texas children and changing the status quo.
For more info: www.itsrainingintexas.com
Here is the tentative schedule for the day of the rally.
10:00am (approx.) March from Auditorium Shores up Congress Avenue to the Capitol
(about 1 1/2 miles), arriving between 11 and 11:30.
11:30 Pre-rally activities, including a music performance and pre-rally speakers
Noon: Main rally begins with guest speakers
2:00pm Main rally ends.
2:00-5:00pm Mobilizing sessions for community and school leaders at First United Methodist Church Conference Center, right across the street from the Capitol. These sessions will be aimed at equipping folks to go back and continue to lead effective efforts to support the changes we want to see.
We are excited to announce that we are joining forces with
Save Texas Schools for one HUGE rally!
Please visit their website for detailed information about the rally and for important information on what you can do NOW to make a difference!
Regardless of if you attend the rally or not, there are steps you can take to fight for Texas kids and for a better future for Texas. Please consider the list below as a model for all sorts of citizen-action that you ,and the people you know, have the ability to complete. Here is the Save Texas Education Funding site that is the source of this list.
(The good folks at Save Texas Education Funding want you to know that they are a non-partisan group and that they seek the support of all Texans.)
1. Write to your legislators by mail or fax using a letter template
2. Email your legislators using the same letter template
3. Call your legislators (this will only take you 5 minutes or less per call)
4. Contact the members of the Education and Appropriations Committees. If you mail a letter to the Committee Chairman, you can include a sticky note asking the Aide to distribute a copy of your letter to all members of the Committee.
5. Meet with your legislators
6. Sign Petitions & host Block Walks in your neighborhood to gather petition signatures
7. Attend the “Save Texas Schools Rally” in Austin on March 12th
8. Attend the Legislative Day in Austin on Monday, March 14th (free bus transportation, lunch and training will be provided, but no children permitted to attend): http://www.texasedfunding.com/home/activities/legislative-meeting-day (Emailsusan.email@example.com to RSVP by March 1st)
9. Join an Email Distribution List for updates by emailing TexasEdFunding@gmail.com. Join the Facebook group: Texans for Public Education Funding
10. Ask your children to write letters to Governor Perry and Legislators
And Finally: Email everyone you know (even outside Texas) to inform them of the issues and ask for them to take the above actions as well. Spread the word to Save Texas Schools!
Also, don’t forget the protest against the state budget to be held at Houston City Hall at 4:30 PM on Tuesday, March 15.
We all have the ability to attend a public meeting, attend or organize a protest, write or call an elected official, talk to friends and family, start a blog, donate money, write a letter to the editor, volunteer for candidates and causes you value, and even run for office yourself. It is up to you to do the work of freedom and to make progress for the future in our state of Texas.
Here are some resources for Democrats in the 15th District:
Hidalgo County Democratic Party
Team up with the Hidalgo Democratic Party and become a block captain.
What is a block captain?
A block captain calls his or her neighbors and reminds them to GET OUT and VOTE. The Democratic Party will supply you with everything you need including scripts, phone lists, candidate information and polling locations.
YOU can make a difference! SIGN UP TODAY!
You can also follow the Hidalgo Democratic Party on Facebook
Stonewall Democrats of the Rio Grande Valley:
Stonewall Democrats of the Rio Grande Valley is an organization of politically active individuals working for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender community in the Rio Grande Valley and the state of Texas.
Click here for membership info.
Click here to learn about endorsed candidates.
Brooks County Democratic Party:
P.O. Box 493
Falfurrias, Texas 78355
Michael Guerra, Chairman
To Help out in other Counties in the District, please use the following contact info:
San Patricio County
County Chair William Witherspoon
County Chair Bernice Macias
County Chair Susan Clapsaddle
County Chair Janine Stubbs
County Chair Mary Hickok
Jim Wells County
County Chair Pat Macias
County Chair Michael Silvas
Live Oak County
County Chair Rosie Forehand
County Chair Alicia Saenz
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