U.S. Senate Candidate Beto O'Rourke in Lubbock on Saturday

LUBBOCK, TX–On Tuesday afternoon, Lubbock County Democratic Chairman Stuart Williams, announced the upcoming visit of U.S. Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke (D-El Paso) in Lubbock on Saturday afternoon. "Congressman O'Rourke's visit to Lubbock is indicative of the rise in local democratic party activity throughout the South Plains," said Lubbock County Democratic Party Chairman Stuart Williams. A fourth-generation Texan, O'Rourke successfully took on a 16-year incumbent and represents Texas's 16th congressional district in his hometown of El Paso. Please RSVP below for media credentialing and/or additional information regarding this public event. WHO: U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, Democrati

Free Presentation About Immigrant Rights to be Held

ATTEND A FREE IMMIGRATION PRESENTATION TUESDAY APRIL 25, 2017 7:00-8:00 PM TTU SCHOOL OF LAW LANIER 153 1802 HARTFORD AVENUE Learn and ask questions about: * How to deal with law enforcement * What to do when ICE is at your door * What things, places or persons to avoid * How to avoid scams and where to get help In addition, two local immigration attorneys, will be discussing what YOU need to know now about your legal rights and protections.

Lubbock Police Officer Involved in Crash

The Lubbock Police Department’s Accident Investigation Unit is investigating a crash that involved a Lubbock police officer early this morning. Just after midnight, officers responded to an accident with injuries at the intersection of 98th Street and Frankford Avenue. Officer Belinda House, 35, was traveling in a LPD patrol vehicle northbound in the 9800 block of Frankford Avenue. As she traveled into the intersection, she collided with a pickup truck driven by 26-year-old Jordan Cypret who was traveling westbound on 98th Street. House had moderate injuries and was taken by an ambulance to University Medical Center. She was released from the hospital just before 4a.m. this morning. Cypret h

Five unclaimed Veterans escorted through Lubbock to final resting place

This morning around 9:42 a.m., ,a group of Patriot Guard Riders escorted five unaccompanied and unclaimed veteran’s cremains from Amarillo to the Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio. The 485-mile escort began in Amarillo and traveled through Lubbock, Sweetwater, Menard, Boerne and will end in San Antonio. The five Veterans include three from the Vietnam War (1 Army, 2 Air Force), one from the Korean War (Air Force) and one Navy Veteran. These Veterans have no known families and the Patriot Guard Riders will stand as their family during the funeral services. The funeral service for these five Veterans will be held in the Assembly area of the Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery on F

House Hispanic PAC breaks fundraising record

The campaign arm for Hispanic Democrats broke its fundraising record in the first quarter of 2017 amid conflict with the Trump administration over immigration reform and healthcare. Bold PAC, which is affiliated with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus's (CHC), raised more than $2 million between January and March, roughly a third of the $6.12 million it raised over the entire 2016 campaign cycle. Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.), head of Bold PAC, told The Hill that the Trump administration's policies were a main driver of the fundraising success. "As long as there is the vitriol and the extremism that's coming out of the White House and coming out of the Republicans wanting to take 24 million p

Local Leaders Sound Alarm on Administration's Plan to Eliminate CDBG Funding During National Com

Washington, D.C. – In the middle of Community Development Week (April 17-22), mayors and local leaders across the country today lifted their voices in support of the many accomplishments of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and its ability to positively impact residents and transform communities. On a national press conference call today with reporters, officials vowed to fight Administration plans to eliminate the CDBG program in next year’s federal budget explaining that the program, which is celebrating 40 years, has an effective and bipartisan legacy. Newton (MA) Setti Warren, who Chairs the Conference’s Community Development and Housing Committee said on today’s call

Coalition defends community and offers proactive vision for America’s future after Trump’s first 10

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of 46 of the nation’s preeminent Latino advocacy organizations, came together to discuss the ways in which the Latino priorities identified in its 2016 Hispanic Policy Agenda have been at issue in the first 100 days of the new administration. The discussions centered on how some key Latino priorities on issues including immigration, health care, the economy, education, the environment, and women’s rights, have come under attack and how policy challenges and changes affect the Hispanic community, as well as focusing on what is next and why the Latino community must embrace its political power by remaining en

White House Pushes Link Between Immigrants and Crime

The Trump administration on Tuesday pressed its case that illegal immigrants are helping fuel a crime wave, singling out a Central America-based international gang it said had flourished under the Obama administration. In rapid succession, President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly all promoted a crackdown on illegal immigration they said would improve public safety. Their approach divides the law enforcement community, with some officers welcoming stricter immigration enforcement and others concerned a crackdown could deter undocumented residents from cooperating with police. Early Tuesday, Mr. Trump said on Twitter: “The weak illegal i

Number of Hispanic-Serving Institutions In U.S. Increases, Reflects Growing Student Enrollment

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and Excelencia in Education (Excelencia) have announced the 2015-16 academic year saw continued and concentrated growth in the number of Latinos attending college. As a result, there is an increase in the number of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) in the United States. In general, HSIs have 25% or more Latino enrollment. In 2015-16, 14% of all institutions of higher education (472 HSIs) enrolled 64% of all Latino undergraduates. Additionally, the number of Emerging HSIs, or colleges approaching the 25 percent Latino student enrollment threshold, also shows an upward trajectory from 310 to 323. While these numbers are promising

House Health Care Bill Halted and Health Coverage Gains Protected for Now

In response to the House Republican leadership’s decision to pull the “American Health Care Act” (AHCA) from a vote today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) thanked those members of Congress who stood against a bill that would have gutted our nation’s health insurance system and forced millions of Americans to lose coverage. However, they also cautioned against future threats. More than 20 million Americans gained health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Latino community made historic gains between 2013, when the ACA was implemented, and 2015, when more than four million Latino adults and 600,000 Latino children obtained coverage. View the complete article on pg. 8 of the Ap

Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Here are some important tips to consider: 1. Be a nurturing parent. Children need to know that they are special, loved and capable of following their dreams. 2. Help a friend, neighbor or relative. Being a parent isn’t easy. Offer a helping hand take care of the children, so the parent(s) can rest or spend time together. 3. Help yourself. When the big and little problems of your everyday life pile up to the point you feel overwhelmed and out of control – take time out. Don’t take it out on your kid. 4. If your baby cries… Learn what to do if your baby won’t stop crying. Never shake a baby – shaking a child may result in severe injury or death. 5. Get i

CHILDREN AT RISK Seeking to Change Outcomes in Early Education

Approximately 70 percent of Lubbock families with children 6 and under have both parents in the workforce. Single mothers run the household for more than one-third of all children 6 and under in Lubbock. In both cases, these children are likely being cared for outside of the home. Last month, CHILDREN AT RISK, non-profit organization leading the way to improving the quality of life for Texas’ children, addressed the needs of Lubbock’s working families and the importance of high quality early education. They also unveiled preliminary research findings of The Early Investment Project. View the complete article on pg. 6 of the April issue of Latino Lubbock Magazine. Don't have a hard copy? No w

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LOVE WOMEN’S COVER - A great march covering honoring women of the past, present and future who have made a difference, including Christy Martinez -Garcia. Keep up the great work!

South Plains College Working to Provide Local Solution to College Opportunities

Going to college is more important now than any other time in history. Having some type of college education, either an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree, has a direct impact on employment opportunities, earning potential, and job retention. The State of Texas also realizes the immeasurable benefits of having a more educated population. As a result, the state has endorsed a new plan entitled “60x30TX.” The goal of this new plan is to ensure that all adults ages 25 to 34 will have some type of college certificate or degree by the year 2030. Currently, only 35 percent of Texans in this age bracket have an associate or bachelor’s degree. View the complete article on pg. 5 of the April

Deadline Approaching for Adelante Awards Nominations

Los Hermanos Familia of Lubbock is now accepting nominations for the 3rd Annual “Adelante Awards,” a recognition program that will showcase and honor Hispanic men in the Lubbock and surrounding community, who excel in their careers and volunteer efforts. View the complete article on pg. 4 of the April issue of Latino Lubbock Magazine. Don't have a hard copy? No worries, subscribe on our website by visiting www.latinolubbock.net

Querídos lectores...

Easter is a time for spiritual renewal, and Spring brings the promise of refreshment. Spring also happens to be one of my favorite seasons and the time when I reflect on people whom I loved and who have passed. One of those individuals was my grandfather Don Juan Martinez. He lived next door to me. And during this season he began to work in his yard - planting flowers, removing the debris, and scalping the yard to allow for new grass to come in. I remember the spring flowers, especially the Crocus, which were rare to see in other yards... View the complete article on pg. 4 of the April issue of Latino Lubbock Magazine. Don't have a hard copy? No worries, subscribe on our website by visiting www

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