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Hope Willie

Hope Willie

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 Hispanics Organized for Political Education
 
TX HOPE OFFICERSTX HOPE CHAIR Joe Cardenas IIITX HOPE CO-CHAIR Hector FloresTREASURER Mary RamosPARLIAMENTARIANRay ManceraSECRETARYHerlinda GarciaEDUCATION CHAIR Velma YbarraTX HOPE MEMBERS OFTHE BOARD
Austin
 
- Linda Chavez-Cynthia Valadez-Mata Jr.
 
Dallas
- Hector Flores- Bea Martinez-Rene Martinez-Domingo Garcia
El Paso
 
- Ray Mancera- Virginia Tena
Fort Worth
 -
Hector Carrillo
Garland
 -
Koni Kaiwi
Houston
- Mary Almendarez- Rick Dovalina
 -
Herlinda Garcia- Al Maldonado- Mary Ramos
 
Odessa
 
- Carol Uranga
 
San Antonio
 
- Angie Garcia- Velma Ybarra
San Angelo
 
- Elma Jacques
 
Seguin
- Paul Castillo- Gloria Sasser 
Victoria
 
-Mary Lou Canales
April 17, 2013Honorable Representatives,It is with considerable pride that the board of directors of Texas HOPE fullyendorses and supports HB 3209, which would designate May 9
th
as Willie Velasquez dayin Texas. The primary mission of Texas HOPE is to educate the Latino community notonly on what the issues are, but the need to participate in the voting process; it is our intent to create a culture of voting among Latinos whose voice and participation are vitalto the future wellbeing of Texas given that the state is 38% Hispanic of which 50% isunder the age of 18. Truly the future of Texas will be dependent on the hopes andaspirations of young Latinos/as today.Texas HOPE with various other groups during the last session was very vocal as a participant in the review of what content would be included in the Texas Social Studiescurriculum which was up for review by the SBOE. It is shocking, to put it mildly, theabsence of Latinos of repute who have contributed to the making of our great state; whohave laid the foundations of what Texas is today; who have stood for the principles andideas that are at the core of Americanism. And yet at a time when 51% of students in public education are Latino, there is still a lack of sufficient Latino role-models in our Social Studies curriculum. As a teacher of 19 years who is certified in Social Studies, Isee on a daily basis the importance of teaching the contributions of Latinos to the makingof Texas.It is with great enthusiasm that Texas HOPE recognizes the legacy of WillieVelasquez not just within the Latino community, but for his transformative impact whichhe has had on the Texas of Today. Willie Velasquez took that very fundamental tool of democracy, the vote, and turned it into h
is life’s mission. And by doing so, he helped
toempower the Latino community which was disenfranchised as a whole by a Texas political system that had yet to recognize the true history of Texas and the contributionsmade by the earliest Tejanos who contribute still today.Respectfully Submitted,Joe Cárdenas IIITexas HOPE Chairman

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