There are over 1,000 colonias in the Rio Grande Valley. Over 200,000 residents live in these unincorporated neighborhoods that lack basic infrastructure like streetlights and adequate drainage. Let’s begin changing that with our voices, and with our votes.
We can make county officials pay attention to colonias if they see that lots of voters care about colonia issues like streetlights and drainage. Right now it looks like at least one county commissioner race will be decided by only around 1,000 votes. If those 1,000 voters say they care about colonias issues, don’t you think county commissioners will take note?
Make your commitment to vote for colonias issues today!
Join LUPE’s vote campaign to improve our Valley! We call on voters throughout Hidalgo County to show their support for colonia issues by filling out our voter pledge. The pledge says, “Today, I make my commitment for my family, community and country. In these elections, I will vote for: Streetlights, Drainage for all, Drivers licenses for all, Equality in investment in neighborhood infrastructure, Recovery of unpaid wages.”
With a race as close as 1,000 votes, every voter has the opportunity to impact the positions of the candidates. If we can show the commissioners our voter pledge demonstrating 1,000 voters that care about colonia issues, you bet they are going to do what they can to show their support for colonias. And colonias will be able to influence the position of the commissioner, no matter who wins.
Join your voice with colonia residents by making your commitment to vote for colonias today.
Doña Maria Gomez poses in front of her new home constructed with disaster recovery funds
After all these years, we are finally seeing the fruits of our labor. LUPE members who suffered from flooding and damage by Hurricane Dolly are starting to receive repairs to their homes. Thanks to an organized effort from colonia residents, along with LUPE and the Equal Voice Network over the past five years, the federal government disaster recovery program has begun distributing $122 million to help residents, with a focus on the most needy families.
While these funds have been set aside for RGV residents for some time now, this year we were finally able to pressure local and state government officials charged with managing the federal funds to create a clear plan for using the millions of dollars to assist low income communities make repairs on their homes.
LUPE leader Maria Gomez was one of the first to receive a brand new house after applying for these disaster recovery funds. LUPE organizers are now working to make sure that more colonia families apply for the funds and benefit from of our hard work.
Many of the over 76,000 colonia children waiting for the bus on their first day of school next week will be doing so in the dark.
Without streetlights in their neighborhoods, colonia parents worry that their kids might get hurt while they wait for the bus, board the wrong bus, or be left by a bus that can’t see them waiting.
Will you help us change that by sharing this image?
Claudia from Colonia Pueblo de Palmas loaded her daughter onto the bus in the dark early in the morning. Without streetlights Claudia couldn’t properly see the bus number and had put her daughter on the wrong bus. Continue reading
Sign the petition to Rep. Blake Farenthold (TX-27):
50% of your District is Hispanic and yet you refuse to support a pathway to citizenship in the Senate Immigration Reform bill and you are willing to hand over $46 billion in PORK to defense contractors!
So many hardworking immigrants who have helped build our homes, construct and maintain our roads and bridges, and have taken care of our children, continue to live in fear. As Texans – more than any other State – we must work for fair and humane immigration reform which begins with a path to citizenship. Anything less is flat out immoral and inhumane after all they and their families have invested in our State.
Donna – The road to strong communities is paved by strong leaders. LUPE leaders Manuela Luna and Rosie Tijerina are paving the way for strong colonias in Hidalgo County Precinct 1.
Rosie Tijerina has been fighting for 10 years to get streets fixed in her Donna-area colonia Goolie Estates. The unpaved roads caused dust to go into people’s homes, causing health and nuisance problems for colonia residents. Recently that fight bore fruit. Continue reading
Elda Gonzalez, resident of Tauros 14, announces the regional Public Light Campaign at last week’s Hidalgo County Commissioners Court meeting.
The Public light Campaign is now in month three and progress has been made with over 3,000 individual petitions signed, and other community groups and churches continuing to sign on their support.
Download the petition and ask your church, business or organization to sign.
LUPE leaders, along with members of ARISE, TOP, and START, have organized to increase support in our communities. In our 1,000 colonias lacking streetlights we continue to have unsafe conditions and unacceptable number of preventable fatal accidents. Because of this, members have met with county officials over the past month to bring close attention to this issue.
LUPE members, with support from ARISE, attended Commissioners Court April 23rd and for the first time addressed the campaign publicly in front of the commissioners. Much of the discussion was based on Continue reading
Join LUPE at the 8th Annual Peace and Justice Gathering!
This year’s theme is The new face of America – The new possibilities for social justice. Keynote speakers will be addressing the attack on Chicano and ethnic studies and the border enforcement program Operation Streamline.
With President Obama announcing his plan for immigration reform today, Saturday’s Gathering will be particularly timely!
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