2012 started with a bang and just doesn’t seem to slow down. We went from singing Auld Lang Syne to working on redistricting to traveling on different projects to waiting on a Primary schedule. This quarter went faster than usual and we expect things to continue at the same pace as we work to end my 3 year term as NALEO President at our annual conference in Orlando on June 21- 25.
As we prepare, I have been to Orlando, Tampa and soon to Miami, meeting with Florida Latino leaders about NALEO’s work and upcoming conference. A key program event will be The Presidential Forum. We expect to have both the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees. Also, workshops on everything from political strategies to winning, to how to build healthier communities, to the latest on immigration reform. For more information and to register go to www.naleo.org. You do not have to be an appointed or elected official to attend.
As NALEO’s work continues, so does much more work in many areas. A few highlights for this 2012 first quarter are:
TEXAS REDISTRICTING HITS THE SUPREME COURT
It was a “bucket list” item for me as a lawyer and former Judge but for all of us in Texas, it was a monumental hearing which will set the political stage for the next decade in Texas and could well have repercussions for decades to come. I was lucky enough to attend the Supreme Court arguments. Click here to read my full impressions and here to watch
GIRL SCOUTS TO HONOR COMMISSIONER
Girl Scouts, the premier leadership organization for girls ages 5 to 17, will honor Commissioner Garcia on April 27, 2012 at their “Success to Significance” luncheon for her many significant contributions to her community.
Commissioner has a long history of support of Girl Scout programs thru service on committees and on their Board of Directors. She recognizes that through programs that include science and technology, business and economic literacy, visual arts, and outdoor and environmental awareness, Girl Scouting encourages girls to discover themselves, connect with others and take action to make the world a better place.
Girl scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character. Chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA to provide Girl Scouting locally, the San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scouts councils in the country, serving more than 65,000 girl members and 17,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information or to register for the luncheon, go to the Girl Scout's website here.
EMILY'S LIST NEWEST BOARD MEMBER
Emily’s List, the nation’s leading Democratic women’s fundraising organization, has elected Commissioner Garcia to their Board. EMILY is actually an acronym – it stands for "Early Money Is Like Yeast," because it makes the dough rise. Founded in 1985, Emily’s List core mission recognizes that early money was one of the key ingredients to a successful campaign, but that it was missing for most women who wanted to run for office.
Emily’s List helps women develop political skills and cultivate resources so that more women are brought into politics and elected to office. Women that are dedicated to social justice, civil rights, diversity, economic reform, and compassion -- and who can construct a society that values the contributions of all of its citizens.
Emily’s List will host a conference and luncheon here in Houston on April 30, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. For more information and registration go to http://emilyslist.org/action/events/.