Join us on September 9th for the Latino Vote Dinner in Fort Worth. Are you in?


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From: Lydia Camarillo <lcamarillo>
Date: August 22, 2016 at 12:38:38 PM CDT
To: SVREP Camarillo <lcamarillo>
Subject: Join us on September 9th for the Latino Vote Dinner in Fort Worth. Are you in?


Southwest Voter Registration Education Project

Invites You to the

Latino Vote 2016 Benefit Dinner

Friday, September 9, 2016

6:00 PM Reception and 7:00 PM Dinner and Program

Red Oak Ballroom
Norris Center-Sundance Square
304 Houston Street
Forth Worth, Texas

SVREP Thanks the Donors who have confirmed their tax-deductible contribution and reserved their table or tickets for the Latino Vote Dinner!

Proceeds will be used to mobilize the Latino Vote in preparation for the 2016 general elections. In Texas an estimated 2 million Latino voters will cast their vote this November for the first time in general presidential election. With your help we can ensure that 2 million plus Latinos vote this election cycle.

Help us break all Latino voter registration and turnout performance records, make a tax-deductible donation or sponsor the dinner today!

Donations and Sponsorships to SVREP are tax-deductible. For Tickets or Sponsorship Opportunities, you can logo on to the SVREP website at lcamarillo today!

SVREP, 320 El Paso St. San Antonio, TX 78207
Office: 210-922-0225; Fax: 210-932-4055

California Office; 2914 N. Main St. 1st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90031; Phone 323-205-2190

Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, 320 El Paso Street, San Antonio, Texas 78207; Phone: 210-922-0225

CBS News: Poll: Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 8 percentage points nationally

Poll: Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 8 percentage points nationally
CBS News

Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump nationally by 8 percentage points among likely voters, according to a Reuters/Ipsos survey released Friday. The poll found 42 percent of people in the U.S. back Clinton while 34 percent support Trump. Nearly a quarter of likely voters said they would not pick Clinton or Trump. The margin is wider than at this point in the 2012 presidential election when President Obama led then-GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney by less than 2 percentage points, Reuters notes Read the full story

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the Latino daily – Tortillas help you live longer

Subject: the Latino daily – Your Thursday morning brief

Photo by Eric Parker/Flickr
UCLA researchers say Latinos can’t help it, we live longer because that’s the way we’re built at the most basic level. There’s a long, scientific explanation for it, but it comes to this: at the tiniest molecular level we age slower. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says U.S. Latinos outlive their Caucasian peers by three years. The story got huge social media engagement. Most of the comments said it was theirabuela’s home made tortillas that made the difference. I’d like to see the CDC and UCLA so a study onabuelas’ tortillas, on a molecular level.
THURSDAY, August 18, 2016
Good morning!
I was thinking about Ronald Reagan’s famous adage “Latinos are Republicans, they just don’t know it,” this morning. It came to mind while I read a PRRI report about Latino attitudes toward same sex marriage. We can give Ron the benefit of the doubt that time encumbers, two-and-a-half decades ago he may have been right. Today though, he’s wrong. Latinos favor government action, and they favor liberal economic policies. And look at what the PRRI report says about gay and lesbian acceptance and families in general:
►Thursday’s numbers
66 – The percentage of young U.S. Latinos, ages 18 to 29, who say they support same-sex marriage.
29 – The percentage of young U.S. Latinos, 65 years of age or older, who say they support same-sex marriage.
56 – The percentage of U.S. Latino Catholics who say they support same-sex marriage.
74 – The percentage of religiously unaffiliated U.S. Latinos who say they support same-sex marriage.
32 – The percentage of U.S. Latino Protestants who say they support same-sex marriage.
50 – The percentage of U.S. Latinos who report having at least one step-relative.
43 – The percentage of U.S. Latino children who are being raised by parents who are in their first marriage.
66 – The percentage of U.S. Latinos who believe that gay and lesbian couples can be as good parents as heterosexual couples.

►Hillary Clinton is putting her transition team together
Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has been named as a chair along with former National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, the Center for American Progress’ Neera Tanden, and former ’08 Clinton campaign chief Maggie Williams.
The Atlantic did a piece on the transition team for their Politics & Policy Daily and didn’t mention Salazar, at all. But news travels fast and some environmentalists aren’t happy with the appointment.Bloomberg BNA reports that Sandoval “has a mixed record with environmentalists on issues ranging from hydraulic fracturing to protection of public lands. While one environmentalist told Bloomberg BNA that the appointment isn’t an indicator that Hillary Clinton’s policies will shift, two other environmentalists worried about Salazar holding a position that during President Barack Obama’s own presidential transition was held by individuals who have remained his closest advisers.”
One of the main problems for environmentalists is Sandoval’s record on fracking. He supports the oil industry’s hydraulic pumping technique, while Clinton, after being an advocate, now condemns the practice.

►Hillary got a huge Latino Republican endorsement
Rosario Marin, who served as Treasury Secretary under George W., has endorsed Clinton.
This is what Marin said in a statement released by the Clinton-supporting Together for America, a group of prominent Republican and independent politicians who are backing Clinton: “. . . when a certain candidate, upon entering the political arena, showed his contempt for Mexican immigrants by stating they were drug dealers, rapists and murderers, I have voiced my disgust and have warned one and all of the perilous threat he was to our party, our nation and the world.”
Fox News Latino reports: “Among those who have gone so far as to endorse Clinton are a number of notable Latino conservatives, including Carlos M. Gutierrez, Commerce Secretary under George W. Bush, former general counsel of the Navy Alberto Mora, Justice Department special counselWilliam Alvarez and a former ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Connie Morella.”

►One of the top Latino Sanderistas has joined a Latino digital media company . . .
. . . in an effort to get young Latinos to vote.
Arturo Carmona was a deputy political director and the top Latino in the Bernie Sanders campaign, and now he’s working for a MiTu Latino vote initiative called T.A.C.O. (Take Action, Commit Others).

BuzzFeed reports that the platform “calls itself ‘unapologetically Latino,’ uses humor and cultural connections to engage young Hispanics through videos.”

The T.A.C.O initiative was launched in May but there’s no word about how many new Latino voters they’ve registered.

►The GOP, meanwhile, has launched a digital effort towards Latinos as well
The Los Angeles times quoted RNC chairman Reince Preibus: “We are expanding our efforts in social media to generate greater conversation and understanding of what the Republican Party stands for.”
A big part of the digital push is having RNC director of Hispanic communications, Helen Aguirre-Ferré, talk about national security.
There will also be efforts to connect with Latinos on education, taxes and immigration.

Quote of the day
“These terms contemplate the formulation of a plan for educating voters and training election workers.”
U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos, in her order that lists the measures to be put in place that will ensure no Texas voter is disenfranchised after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Texas’ voter ID law. The order makes clear that “voters may present not only the forms of ID the law prescribes, but also “a voter registration certificate, a certified birth certificate, a current utility bill, a bank statement, a government check, a paycheck, or any other government document” with the voter’s name and address, accompanied by a signed declaration attesting to the voter’s identity and reasons for not being able to obtain a state-required form of ID.” Also, any of the alternate documents don’t have to match what’s on voter rolls and poll workers are not allowed to question the voters’ identity. Oh, and there’s a price tag to all these protections – $2.5 million.
►Let’s remember, this is Texas . . .
. . . where, according to the Dallas Morning News, the state “will file an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court to keep its controversial voter identification law in place, Attorney General Ken Paxton’soffice said Tuesday.”
There’s no word if Paxton will file for an emergency appeal of do it the standard way, either way voter ID is off the books for this November. The 5th Circuit ruled that a lower court should find a temporary resolution. That’s what Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos, quoted above, did.
Paxton also isn’t saying whether he’ll wait for a ninth judge to be appointed to the Supreme Court before he files his appeal.

►A Latino man has been arrested in the shooting death of a New York Imam
Fox News Latino reports: The manhunt for a man suspected of gunning down an imam and his friend after they left a New York City mosque ended late Sunday night when police arrested Oscar Morel outside a Brooklyn apartment.
Morel, 35, has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Iman Maulana Alauddin Akonjee, 55, and Thara Uddin, 65, were gunned down after they left the Al-Furqan Hame Masjid mosque in Queens.
A motive for the slayings hasn’t been released but Morel’s family has publicly stated that they’re stunned at the news and say the family has no animosity with Muslims.
One thousand people gathered at the mosque earlier this week for the victims’ funeral service.

►Lots of folks on Twitter think this is funny

Dayton, Ohio’s WKEF posted this picture on Twitter, asking for opinions. That’s like bringing a water truck to the middle of the desert and asking who’s thirsty. Most of the folks who responded were not Latinos and found the billboard ad inoffensive and hilarious. I get the sarcasm, but it only works if the food is excellent. I noticed only non-Latinos say they eat there, and that should say something.

►Talk about redemption.

USA’s Danell Leyva won a silver medal at the Rio Olympics after the national gymnastics team initially passed him up. Four years ago he won a bronze medal at the London games, but only made the team as an alternate after John Orozco was injured and couldn’t compete. He was the only USA men’s gymnastics team to earn a medal. That performance made the USA team take a second look. He made the team again this year and brought home the silver in parallel bars.

Las cuentas claras y el chocolate espeso.

Have a terrific day!


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TELL COUNCIL to vote ‘NO’ on Fair Park and Bailout plus better support for OCA


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Subject: TELL COUNCIL to vote ‘NO’ on Fair Park and Bailout plus better support for OCA

Dear friends, family and colleagues,

THIS IS TIME SENSITIVE – Some issues in this email are being discussed by City Council tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. Others, will be discussed this week and until the end of the month. PLEASE RESPOND RIGHT AWAY.

PLEASE SEND the following letter to your city council person, and also send to as many people as possible. With such a low voter turnout in Dallas, if a city council member receives enough letters in their inbox for a particular issue, we can command their attention. It is important to keep forwarding this letter to as many people as possible and encouraging our contacts to continue forwarding and forwarding and forwarding.

To send the following letter to your council person, please go to the following link and click on your representative to send this email –

If you do not live in Dallas, please use the council member for where you work. If you are from around the state or country, please send to the Mayor Mike Rawlings.

If you do not agree with all of the items below, please feel free to amend to your own interests and concerns. Above, we want our voices to be heard and our elected officials to act on our behalf.

SUBJECT LINE: VOTE ‘NO’ on Fair Park Contract and ATTPAC Debt Relief plus requests for OCA

I urge the Dallas City Council to vote ‘NO’ on two major votes and take action on lack of transparency, accountability, community engagement, and inequity within the city, especially within the Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs:

  1. Vote ‘NO’ on the public private partnership with the Texas Fair Park Foundation, Inc until there is a complete plan. Walt Humann’s letter to the Board President of Parks and Recreation demanding that he control the agenda on July 21 in favor of the public private partnership has been exposed. Private interests should not secretly dictate citizen’s tax dollars and the city’s assets. Currently, the foundation does not even have a plan. Hence, this partnership does not deserve approval. We want the City Council to include community input in crafting a transparent plan and contract for such a partnership. (For article and video on Humann letter –
  2. Vote ‘NO’ on the $15,000,000 debt relief ($1.5 million per year for the next ten years) for the AT&T Performing Arts Center. To quote City Council Member Phillip Kingston: “It’s frustrating to have to bail out the facility because of bad decisions and lack of transparency of the people responsible for building it.” Furthermore, according to Robert Wilonsky’s June 9 article on DallasNews.Com, ATTPAC CEO Doug Curtis said if the council votes against the $15 million, it will make settling ATTPAC’s debt harder, but not impossible. It is important to note that we do not simply advocate to take $1.5 million per year from ATTPAC but redirect it to the Office of Cultural Affairs to invest in existing arts facilities, public art, new spaces, and support programs for artists and arts organizations. This $1.5 million per year for the next ten years can support the growing number of independent arts groups and individual artists that serve much more diverse and wider audiences than are served in the costly Dallas Arts District.
  3. Outside of the Dallas Arts District, there are not enough performing arts spaces for the growing number of arts groups. This has directly resulted in the use of nontraditional spaces such as art galleries and warehouses. However, the Fire Marshall has shut down performances after performances by groups without resources to comply. We ask that the City Council to consider how to provide solutions to providing proper space for small groups (library black boxes are not suitable) and avoid future closures of arts events at the hands of the Fire Marshall. (For article on recent closing –
  4. We strongly urge council to immediately modify and / or introduce new procedures and zoning in relation to art galleries & pop-up art programming that allows for small business owners and entrepreneurs to flourish and contribute to the vibrancy of arts and culture in Dallas. Currently, the creative class is being suppressed by antiquated zoning laws which make it impossible to prosper.
  5. Moving forward, we want the Office of Cultural Affairs to create clear procedures for transparency, accountability, community engagement and equity. We request that concerns voiced by the community and the cultural affairs commission regarding questionable or inappropriate practices by OCA, arts organizations or individuals be immediately addressed by OCA staff in an open and transparent review. We request that members of the artistic community co-draft and approve the next cultural policy for the City of Dallas. To lead the City of Dallas towards greater transparency and accountability, we ask that all OCA staff go through equity training.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I hope that you will listen to your constituency and to the needs of the greater community.