Filling the gap on Austin’s Latino Leadership: Leadership Austin Hispanic Recruiting Reception

19 05 2010

Yes, there is a Latino Leadership gap in this town. While we do have some leaders advocating for the Latino community, I don’t think we have enough. So what am I doing about it? I’m hoping to fill the gap by supporting Leadership Austin and getting more Latinos to apply for the 2011 Essentials class. I’m in the 2010 Essentials class – “mas chingon class ever!” I learned a lot about myself, the issues in the community and how many people want to do good in this town – it was 55 in this year’s class.

So will you step up? Will you lead? Come learn more about the Essentials class at the Hispanic Recruiting Reception on Thursday, May 20. We’ll have food, drinks & opportunities to connect with other Latino Leaders; and hear from Leadership Austin alums (yeah, like me!). Seriously, we have to step up and lead; not only for Latinos but for the whole community.

Si Se Puede,

Mando

Leadership Austin

Essential Class Hispanic Recruiting Reception
Learn, Develop, Innovate, Collaborate, Lead!

Leadership Austin and the Iris Leadership Fund invite you to a reception and information session for the 2011 Leadership Austin Essential Class.  Learn more about the program, speak to past participants and Leadership Austin Board members, and get guidance on the application process.

The Leadership Austin Essential Class is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of a unique, comprehensive leadership development experience during which you will learn a great deal about yourself, your community, and 54 other individuals who represent the diversity of our region.  Download the application today and ignite your passion for community leadership!

2011 Essential Class Hispanic Recruiting Reception
Thursday, May 20, from 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Mueller Central Information Center (4550 Mueller Blvd)
*Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres

Click here to RSVP

This event is being presented by the Iris Leadership Fund Fund – which seeks to promote Leadership Austin to the Hispanic community and provides tuition assistance for Hispanic participants of the Essential Class.  Suggested donation: $10.00.

Special thank you to our reception host:






Update: Austin Says No to Arizona’s Immigration Law!

30 04 2010

After one day of hard work & online advocacy via Twitter, FB, snail email and one phone call, we have a proposal for an economic boycott against Arizona by the Austin City Council. Standing up for Austin is Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez who said in a press release that he didn’t want to “expose city employees to potentially hostile environment in Arizona” and “that our Austin community stands in vehement opposition to racial discrimination in any form.” And being who I am, I vehemently agree!

Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Austin Councilmember Bill Spelman and Mayor Pro Tem Martinez will introduce the resolution at the May 13th Austin City Council meeting. Meanwhile, I’ve been gathering mas support via Twitter & Facebook. So if you want to keep up to date on the resolution or show your support, please join us on the “Austin Says NO to Arizona’s Immigration Law!” We’re already up to 294 LIKEs and y’know we like the LIKEs now!

Muchisimas gracias to Bobby Garza and Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez for taking the lead on this effort. They are a prime example of city officials listening and working for the people! You can read the full press release below.

Adelante!

Mando

For Immediate Release

April 29, 2010

Contact: Bobby Garza, Office of Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez

(512) 974-2264

Austin Council Members To Propose Arizona Boycott

Austin, Texas – Austin Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez, City Council Member Bill Spelman and Mayor Lee Leffingwell announced today that they will introduce a resolution at the May 13th City Council meeting directing the City Manager to limit employee travel to Arizona and to present a plan to the Council for terminating business and investment relationships with the State of Arizona.

“The reasons for introducing this measure are two-fold,” said Mayor Pro Tem Martinez.  “First and foremost, we want to ensure that we are not exposing city employees to risk by sending them into an uncertain and potentially hostile environment in Arizona .  Second, we want to send a loud and clear message to the State of Arizona that our community stands in vehement opposition to racial discrimination in any form.”

“This resolution has precedent in past Council actions,” added Martinez .  “For example, we’ve previously passed policies prohibiting the city from doing business with manufacturers who utilize sweatshop labor.  It is squarely within the Council’s purview to determine with whom the city should or should not do business based on their practices.”

The resolution comes on the heels of passage of SB 1070 in Arizona that effectively mandates racial profiling throughout the state.  Other cities across the country, including Los Angeles and Washington D.C. , are contemplating similar legislation.  San Francisco has recently passed a resolution that will terminate all contracts with Arizona-based companies and end city business with the state.

“ Arizona ’s new immigration law puts anyone traveling to the state in jeopardy of being detained, based on a law enforcement officer’s ‘reasonable suspicion’ that that person might be an undocumented immigrant,” said Council Member Bill Spelman.  “That’s wrong, and I can’t responsibly allow our city employees to be placed at such a risk.”

“While I’m normally reluctant to support the Council formally weighing in on issues outside of our jurisdiction, Arizona ’s legislation potentially has a direct impact on our employees, and is generally so offensive that I believe it demands our attention,” said Mayor Leffingwell.   “I’m supporting this resolution because I believe that we have a responsibility not only to protect our own employees, but also to speak out loudly against racial discrimination wherever it exists.”

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Adelante Austin: Getting Austin to boycott business in Arizona

29 04 2010

Yesterday, my friend Perla Cavazos posted the story about L.A. boycotting or “refraining from doing business in Arizona” in the L.A. Times. I thought to myself, what a bold move and way to show support and solidarity for Hispanics – immigrants and Americans! See excerpt from L.A. Times story…

“On Tuesday, seven members of the Los Angeles City Council signed a proposal for a boycott, calling for the city to “refrain from conducting business” or participating in conventions in Arizona. Councilman Ed Reyes, who coauthored the proposal with Councilwoman Janice Hahn, said he wants city officials to spend the next 90 days assessing the financial relationships that exist between various city departments and businesses based in Arizona.”

So of course, I asked myself, what about Austin? What can we do to help? So I posted the question on FB and Twitter and got some good responses.

After talking to a few peeps, online and off-line, I decided to take action. So this morning I called Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez’s office and since then have been communicating with  Bobby Garza. Both Mike and Bobby told me that they’re working on pushing forward a proposal to present to the Austin City Council to boycott business in Arizona. Sweet! And I was still trying to get some support via my Twitter amigos and it’s looking good.

So now I’m waiting on details from Bobby to set up a Facebook page to get all of Austin mobilized around this effort. I hope you will join me!

Adelante!

Mando





National Museum of the American Latino, Texas Public Forum – Sat. May 1st

28 04 2010

Latinos – Stand up! We have an opportunity to showcase 500 years of Latino contributions with the creation of the National Museum of the American Latino. And there’s a chance that it might live in Austin, TX! This Saturday, May 1 at 10am, the National Museum of the American Latino Commission will be hosting the only forum in Texas to get feedback from Tejanos, Americanos, Latinos and the like. So Saturday morning, make your pan dulce and breakfast taco to go and particpate in the forum!

Adelante!

Mando





Manos p’arriba! On Your Feet International Music & Dance

22 04 2010

There’s so many things going on this weekend but if you love international music and dancing, there’s one event you can not miss! On Your Feet International Music and Dance Extravaganza is this weekend and you better get ready to get your groove on! By the way, what’s up with all these dance/music festivals calling themselves “extravaganza” all the time??? Okay, I digress.  Not only will it be a good time but it’s for a great cause. The event will raise awareness and cold hard cash for Casa Marianella, a nonprofit that provides shelter and services to immigrants in Austin.

Check out their vid and line-up!

An exotic evening of sizzling music and captivating dances by world class performers that are sure to keep your feet moving and your head bobbin!

Capoeria Evolucao
http://www.capoeiraevolucao.com/

Nritya Sangam
http://studentorgs.utexas.edu/nrityasangam/home.html

Fuerza Latina
http://www.myspace.com/fuerzalatinadanceco

Olivia Baile Flamenco
http://www.oliviabaileflamenco.org/performances.htm

Blue Lapis Light
http://www.bluelapislight.org/

Bollywood for a cause
http://www.bollywoodforacause.org/

Ritmo 3
http://www.myspace.com/ritmo3

Headliner!

Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca
http://www.makinaloca.com/





Proyecto Mosaico: 500 years of American Latino contributions

6 04 2010

Today the Austin American-Statesman published a story on Proyecto Mosaico. There’s a group in Austin that wants to bring a National Museum of the American Latino to Austin. Would that be a good fit for Austin? The group that is advocating for the museum seems to think so! Luckily, I have insider’s knowledge. Our friends at Hahn, Texas are working on the project along with a very impressive leadership committee. You may also be wondering why Austin? We’re not San Antonio, Chicago or L.A. Well, I went right to the source and asked. Here’s the information I gathered on Proyecto Mosaico.

There’s a group in Austin on a mission to locate the potential National Museum of the American Latino in Austin, Texas.

The Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum of the American Latino (National Museum) was signed into law (Public Law 110-229 [S.2739]) in 2008. The Commission members are tasked with studying the feasibility of creating this museum in the nation’s capital, but the National Mall is physically full.

The National Museum would provide a home for the historical artifacts, images and personal stories documenting over 500 years of American Latino contributions to the United States and it would serve as an educational tool for the thousands of anticipated visitors and instill a sense of pride in the Latino community today and in the future.

The big question is why Austin, Texas?

Nearly one in five U.S. Latinos lives in Texas—more than 8.5 million people. Eight of the nation’s top 25 counties for Latino population are in Texas, with each having more than 300,000 Latino residents; and Travis County, where Austin is located, is one of those counties. Austin is the capital of Texas and lies just west of the historic El Camino Real de los Tejas Trail, the “Crossroads of Cultures” and is on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Highway.

Austin and the Hill Country draw visitors from around the globe to its natural, cultural and lifestyle landmarks like the State Capitol, Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, Blanton Museum of Art, Texas Memorial Museum, Barton Springs, Highland Lakes, SXSW, ACL Festival and many others. Austin also is a globally recognized center of scholarship, innovation and creativity with the University of Texas and it’s renowned Teresa Lozano Long Institute Latin American Studies program, the Mexican American Cultural Center, Mexic-Arte Museum, among others. And, Austin has a wonderfully blended Latino culture and demographic—a complete Latino mosaic.

Several influential leaders and academics have committed to participate in the National Museum recruitment effort.

  • The Honorable Mike Martinez, Austin Mayor Pro Tem (Chair)
  • Dr. Francisco de la Teja: Texas State University (Co-Chair)
  • Dr. Jose Limon: University of Texas (Co-Chair)
  • Robert Hicks Navarro: Camino Real
  • Andy Martinez: Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber
  • Anna Sanchez: Wells Fargo Bank
  • Luis Patino: Univision-Austin
  • Patty Gonzales: Public Affairs Director – Hahn, Texas

The group will make a presentation to the Commission in the next few weeks. We invite you to join the cause by following Proyecto Mosaico on Facebook or visit the website at www.mosaicomuseum.com.

To read the story on the Austin American Statesman, click on the link below…

Could Austin be home to a national Latino Museum?

Mando

vp, engagement

Cultural Strategies








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