Lubbock Regional Public Safety Memorial

Local law enforcement agencies would like to invite the public to honor and pay respect to the local men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in keeping our communities safe. On May 21st, 10 a.m., several area agencies will host the annual Lubbock Regional Peace Officer and First Responder Memorial at the Lubbock Regional Public Safety Memorial, located at 6601 Quaker Avenue, Lubbock, Texas. This memorial is held in May to coincide with National Police Week and will include members of the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office, Lubbock Police Department, Lubbock Fire Rescue, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Tech Police Department, and University Medical Center EMS. The e

Texas Tech’s Goin’ Band from Raiderland Names New Director

Joel Pagán, a Texas Tech University visiting assistant professor of music education, has been appointed as the School of Music’s associate director of bands and director of the Goin’ Band from Raiderland. He will begin in his new roles in August. “I am excited and honored to serve Texas Tech University as the director of the Goin’ Band from Raiderland,” Pagán said. “I cannot wait to be a part of the spirit and pride that is embodied in the past, present and future members of this great organization. I look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence that has been established since 1925.” Pagán received his doctoral degree in music education from the University of South Florida. Last fa


Yesterday, the Texas Senate passed SB 1978 (Hughes) in a 19-12 vote, a measure called the most discriminatory bill filed this session by LGBTQ rights activists. “Senate Bill 1978 has one aim only: to undermine LGBTQ equality and promote anti-LGBTQ messages. In any form, this bill advances messages that hurt the LGBTQ community,” said Samantha Smoot, Interim Executive Director of Equality Texas. “This bill is part of an insidious, coordinated strategy to advance anti-LGBTQ messages and discriminatory public policies. It’s an outrage that the Texas Legislature is advancing bills that harm LGBTQ people, in defiance of public support for equal rights and violation of pledges made in January th

Another Toddler Dies & Thousands Sleep on Dirt at the Border: We Demand Refuge for Families!

WASHINGTON – Refuge for Families, a transnational coalition of advocacy organizations organizing humanitarian and legal assistance for Central American asylum seekers, strongly condemns the death of a two-and-half-year-old migrant child after being held by the U.S. Border Patrol for several days. Earlier this week, CNN published photos of a chaotic and overcrowded Border Patrol station in which children slept outside covered with emergency Mylar blankets and nothing more. Coalition partners released this statement today: “It is devastating to hear the tragic news of another child dying under U.S. custody, the fourth in the last six months! It’s an outrage that families are being subjected to

Fronteras: 'Su Voto Es Su Voz'

Willie Velásquez, political activist and founder of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, registers a man to vote. Since SVREP's founding in 1974, Latino voter participation has nearly tripled to 14.3 million. LIFE MAGAZINE (LISTEN) A lawsuit against the Texas Secretary of State David Whitley was recently settled after his office released a list of 95,000 voters accused of being non-citizens. Latino voters who were on the list and several civil rights organizations filed the suit, including the Southwest Voter Registration Project. Lydia Camarillo, president of SVREP, says the organization was founded on the belief, “su voto es su voz.” On Jan. 25, Whitley’s office released the

NPNA Criticizes Trump Administration’s Latest Attack on Immigrants

WASHINGTON – The National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) strongly objected to a new Trump administration proposal which would eliminate fee waivers for immigrants applying for citizenship and other forms of immigration relief. In strongly worded remarks filed during an open comment period which ends today, NPNA admonished U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for attempting to make citizenship only for the wealthy and creating another “Second Wall” barrier against citizenship. “This proposed regulation is part of the administration’s comprehensive attack on immigrant communities,” said Mireya Reith, Member of NPNA Executive Board and Executive Director of Arkansas United. “

Broad Collaborative of Groups Welcome First-Ever House Hearing on Paid Leave, Call on Congress to Pa

Tomorrow the U.S. House of Representatives will hold the first-ever hearing exclusively focused on paid leave, a significant achievement for advocates who have been working for years toward congressional action on a national paid leave policy. The Work Family Strategy Council, a group comprised of diverse national organizations, is confident this hearing marks the beginning of a robust debate around an effective paid family and medical leave policy. In order to meet the needs of today’s families, the collaborative remains committed to a national paid leave plan that is comprehensive of working people’s caregiving needs; provides a meaningful duration of leave and wage-replacement level that

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