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WELCOME TO OUR SECOND QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER

Many of you keep asking, “what are you doing?”. The answer is simple- “Lots!”

I joined the Board of Directors of Annie’s List in April and have already attended my first Board meeting in Austin. Annie’s List is a statewide political network that raises money for Democratic women candidates.It’s great to be a part of such a remarkable organization committed to making a difference in Texas.

My work on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Community Health Leaders Advisory Board continues. This Foundation's mission is to improve the health and health care of all Americans. I have traveled to Chicago for a board meeting and to Columbia, South Carolina for a site visit. It’s amazing to meet community health leaders across the country who are so deeply commited to serving the needs of our most vulnerable populations.

Earlier this month, I joined Latino leaders from across the country on a trip to Israel, sponsored by American Israel Education Foundation, the charitable 501(c)(3) organization affiliated with AIPAC. The week-long trip provided an intensive understanding of Israel and offered a unique opportunity to learn more about the U.S. – Israel relationship. I returned with a renewed and deeper commitment to maintaining strong support for this essential democratic ally of the United States

And, as the photos below indicate, we are still “On the Go” supporting our passions and reaching out to our friends who do so much for our Region.


MAYOR PARKER TAPS GARCIA FOR SERVICE
Houston City Council unanimously approved Mayor Parker’s nomination of Commissioner Garcia to serve as Chair of the newly created ‘Independent Police Oversight Board’ (Board).

The Board will review internal police investigations of possible misconduct by employees of the Houston Police Department. These may include allegations of excessive force, discharge of firearms, serious bodily injury or death and all other internal investigations as well as investigations involving mistreatment of residents.

“I love my City and support Mayor Parker”, said Garcia. “I am honored by the vote of confidence from the Mayor and the entire City Council and look forward to working with them to achieve the Board’s mandate- to enhance accountability and transparency and to facilitate resident input into the internal investigative process of the Houston Police Department”. 


13th ANNUAL TRIP TO FIGHT FOR NASA
NasaThis last month, Commissioner Garcia joined the Citizen’s for Space Exploration for the 13th time in their annual trip to Congress to lobby for NASA funding and for human space exploration.

Armed with the question, “Will the United States Lead or Follow?", the group of about 88 travelers from 25 states, visited 330 congressional offices. They expressed support for utilization of the international Space Station as a national lab through 2020; development of a multi-purpose crew vehicle for deep space missions; utilization of existing contracts, investments and workforce;  and development of commercial space system. Members of Congress from the Region were reminded that for Houston, NASA is about 18,000 employees, has a 46,000 economic job impact and brings millions of dollars to the area.

Commissioner shared her story of fascination with space as a child and her history of commitment to the shuttle program including her travels to Cape Kennedy to watch shuttle launches. Most recently, she traveled there for the final launch of Endeavor in April. While the launch was rescheduled and she could not attend on the rescheduled date, Commissioner was encouraged with the outpouring of support for NASA and its mission during that visit.
Both trips give her renewed hope that NASA will continue its work and that our Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center will continue to play a role in space exploration.  But, the fight continues.


AROUND THE TOWN
Emilys List
Senator Mikulski at Emilys List Conference
Battle of San Jacinto
Champions of Latina Health Reception
Visting with Pastores de Accion
 
GARCIA RE-ELECTED NALEO PRESIDENT
The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), meeting in San Antonio in June, unanimously re-elected Commissioner Garcia as its President. This will be the final year of a three year term.

The first Texan and the first woman ever to be elected to a full three year term, Commissioner Garcia will serve till the end of June 2012. NALEO is a national Latino organization of the nation’s more than 6,000 Latino elected and appointed officials from across 41 of the 50 states from all levels of government. NALEO’s core mission is to empower Latinos from citizenship to public service.
 
“I am honored and proud to continue my service with this important organization at such a critical time in our Nation for all Latinos. Our members continue to reflect the diversity and high caliber of Latino policymakers who serve our nation,” said NALEO President Garcia. “I look forward to working with them across the country as we work on the front lines to strengthen our communities and our nation,” she concluded.

For more information about the NALEO, visit www.naleo.org.

STAYING CONNECTED WITH SYLVIA
Staying connected with Sylvia couldn’t be easier!

Want to know what she is thinking? That’s easy too. Tune in every Tuesday at 10am and listen to her internet radio show at www.uctcradio.com. Her show, “This Week with Sylvia Garcia” covers the week’s hottest topics from politics to issues of the day. You can hear Congressman Gene Green with updates from Washington to Reps. Ana Hernandez Luna and Armando Walle with updates from Austin to the “Chisme (gossip) of the Week” with Yolanda Navarro Black.

Follow her on Twitter at srgpolitics or sign up to be a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SylviaRGarcia.  She tweets often and posts comments, photos and videos on Facebook.

Want to get something to her attention?  As always you can email her at srgpolitics@att.net.


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