Show your support for the Hispanic Quality of Life Initiative

27 08 2009

The long awaited results are in! Last Spring the Austin City Council commissioned the Hispanic Quality of Life Study to find out how Latinos fare in this fine city. Well, we’re about to find out. Although some of us already know the results; just take a look at our income & educational attainment levels & poverty rates! Adelante Solutions was hired to conduct the study through a series of forums and surveys and now they will present their finding’s tomorrow at Austin City Council chambers.

So why don’t you take an hour break, step out of the office and your casita & show your support for this very important community initiative.  I’ll be there and hope to see nuestra gente there!


Hispanic Quality of Life Presentation

Thursday, August 27, 2009


Austin City Council Chambers

Be the Change 2.0

13 08 2009

I was recently on a social media panel with some pretty amazing nonprofiteers (Neff, Turner, Davenport & Adams) at the 501 Tech Club. We discussed how we use social media (FB, Twitter, YouTube, Linkedin, etc.) to engage our volunteers, donors and peeps.  I was amazed by the turnout. There are lots of people utilzing these new tools and even more wanting to know how to best use them. I am a big fan of social media so I’ll be the first one to tell you to start picking it up!  Interested in learning more about it?  Here’s an article I wrote for GivingCity Magazine – The Guide to Doing Good in Austin.

Any nonprofits using social media out there already? How do you use it? How does it help your nonprofit?

Inquiring minds want to know!

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PODER to host Cesar Chavez March this weekend

27 03 2009

I just found out that PODER is hosting their annual Cesar E. Chavez “Si Se Puede!” March and Rally this Saturday. So bring out your ganas, huelgas & Yes We Cans!

From the PODER website….

Cesar E. Chavez “Si Se Puede!” March and Rallycesar

Cesar E. Chavez is one of the most important leaders of the 20th century. His legacy of workers rights, civil rights, environmental justice, equality for all, peace, non-violence, children and women’s rights, deserves
national recognition.

Cesar Chavez inspired millions of people across the country of all races and nationalities to engage in social & economic justice for farm workers. His life work to empower the poor & disenfranchised is a model for all.

Saturday, March 28th
9:30 am – Assembly and Opening Blessing @ Pan Am Rec Center – 2100 E. 3rd St., 78702

10 am – March begins –  Ends at the Mexican-American Cultural Center – 600 River Street, 78701

11 am – 1 pm – Speakers, Poetry, Music and Dance at Mexican American Culture Center

SPONSORED BY: People Organized in Defense of Earth and Her Resources
(PODER), Young Scholars for Justice, Alma de Mujer, MACC, Southwest Key, UT MEChA, La Nueva Raza, Grassroots Leadership, ACLU of Central TX, ATX National Hip Hop Political Convention, El Jardín Alegre, Theatre Action Project, Resistencia Book Store, Austin Voices for Education and Youth, Urban Roots, Fair Food Austin, Sustainable Food Center, St. Edwards Ballet Floklorico and Capoeira da Rua.

For more information contact PODER at 512.472.9921 or

City of Austin launches Hispanic Quality of Life Community Forums

16 02 2009

Last week, I attended the Hispanic Quality of Life Initaitive press conference at City Hall.  I’ve been working with Austin Council member Mike Martinez & Assistant City Manager Rudy Garza at the City Manager’s office on United Way Capital Area’s engagement project & was happy to see that the City has launched the series of community forums to learn more from Hispanics/Latinos & their quality of life in Austin, TX.  The forums will focus on Education, Economic Development, Cultural Arts & Health.

Council member Mike Martinez made a clear “call to action” & I hope our communities answer that call: Particpate in the forums, bring your neighbors & friends & make your voices heard!  I know I’ll be doing my part to get nuestra gente out!

Missed the press conference?  Check out KUT’s report, “City will begin Hispanic Life Forums” with Erika Aguilar.

East Austin mural by ATXBill Flickr Photostream

East Austin mural by ATXBill Flickr Photostream

Save the Dates! Attend one or all of the forums!

Community Forum on Education
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Stephen F. Austin High School
1715 W. Cesar Chavez

Community Forum on Economic Development
6:30-8:30 pm
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Austin Community College S Campus
1820 W Stassney Lane

Community Forum on Cultural Arts
6:30-8:30 pm
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Mexican American Cultural Center
600 River St

Community Forum on Health
6:30-8:30 pm
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Rosewood-Zaragosa Neighborhood Center
2808 Webberville Road

For more information, go to the City of Austin’s website at