More than 200 Families attend Town Hall to talk immigration, census & economy

This past Saturday, more than 200 folks gathered at the Pharr Methodist Church to take part in a Town Hall put together by Equal Voice for America’s Families, a coalition of community groups in the Valley. Families attended to discuss issues they feel are most important to the well-being of working families.

What are these main issues affecting our Valley communities? Immigration, jobs, housing, education, and healthcare were the top priorities discussed, including the importance of the 2010 Census. In case you missed this amazing event, watch some of clips below…(most are in Spanish!)

Anyanse Garza of Southwest Workers Union spoke about the negative effects of the recession, workplace discrimination, and workers rights:

After discussing comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) and the different organizations involved in the effort, a LUPE member spoke to the crowd about how they can concretely get involved in the effort to win CIR, including texting “justicia” to 69866 for action alerts & by attending the Austin CIR convention in February:

Near the end of the town hall, the emphasis was on completing the 2010 Census and being “counted” in order to receive proper federal funding for schools, hospitals, worker resources, transportation needs, etc. Watch Martha Sanchez, LUPE Community Organizing Coordinator, talk about all the different ways the Census will affect the Rio Grande Valley.

In a surprise ending, a group of schoolchildren had drawn a mural to artistically show how the Census affects our communities and why it is so important to be “counted”. Watch one student explain the mural here. Here’s a picture of the students with an Equal Voice banner and their “Census: Todo el Mundo Cuenta” picture books:

Read more about the Town Hall in the Rio Grande Guardian article here: http://www.riograndeguardian.com/rggnews_story.asp?story_no=24

View more videos from the town hall here and more pictures here!

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