"The purpose of this organization shall be to seek full representation of Latinos at all levels and in all activities of the Democratic Party. This shall include, but not be limited to, participating in the delegate selection and committee processes at all levels of the Democratic Party conventions and organizations; selecting, screening, supporting, and endorsing Democratic candidates; taking appropriate public stands on issues relevant to our communities; and proposing, supporting, and, when necessary, opposing legislation relevant to the Latino community."
|Executive Committee |
Young Tejano Chair
Our Endorsed Slate of Candidates for 2011 November City Elections!
We conducted our candidate endorsement meeting Thursday, September 8, 2011. The organization's executive committee screened each eligible candidate and voted for the candidates to present to the general membership at the September 8th meeting.
As you know, the candidates were given an extensive written questionnaire and were screened on key issue questions such as after school program funding, appointing or hiring qualified Latinos to key departmental positions, and many other pertinent questions as they regard to the interest of our community.
The membership was presented with the recommendation of the executive committee for their consideration and vote. The following candidates were voted for endorsement by the membership:
Congratulations to all endorsed candidates!
Just in case you were wondering, what benefits come with our endorsement?
In the past the following initiatives have been implemented:
- Direct Mail - post card sized slate card, sent to over 60,000 voter households in the City of Houston
- Radio - GOTV advertisement spots
- Robo Calls - phone calls to voter households with local Latino elected officials promoting our slate
- Volunteering - blockwalking & phonebanking
Join Us This Saturday!
Fiestas Patrias Parade in Downtown Houston
Meet at 9:00 a.m.
Our entry name: Harris County Tejano Democrats
Parade starts at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 1:00 p.m.
Contact: Janie @ 713-864-7400
Local Latino Historical Fact:
Did You Know?
Texas cities developed a fiestas patrias tradition. In Houston the celebrations began in the 1920s, when the Hispanic population grew large enough to require a Mexican consulate. The earliest celebrations included historic dramas at Teatro Azteca, Houston's first Hispanic theater, founded in 1927. The dramas included Maximiliano, a nineteenth-century play depicting Mexico's armed resistance to French imperialism. Later, such civic-minded groups as the Hispanic Club Familias Unidas, established in 1947, sponsored dances.
The popular Baile Ranchero began in 1950, with participants wearing costumes representing different regions of Mexico and performing native dances. From the mid-twenties, fiestas patrias were held at the City Auditorium, following a parade through the downtown business district. The Mexican consul or his official representative frequently opened the Diez y Seis celebration on the night of September 15 by delivering a grito de Dolores. During the late 1960s, Juan Coronado was instrumental in making the annual parade down Houston's Main Street on September 16 a permanent event. In 1969 Judge Armando V. Rodriguez brought together a group of community leaders to support the event. The success of the "16th" festivities was ensured in 1971, when the Houston Fiestas Patrias organization, led by Rita and Armando Rodriguez, A. John Castillo, Johnny Mata, and Rita Villanueva, obtained a state charter.
A Distinguished Mexican American of the Year award was started in 1969, with Judge Rodriguez as the first recipient; by 2002 the much-coveted honor had been renamed the Distinguished Hispanic of the Year award. By 2004 the Houston Fiestas Patrias had evolved into a series of events held throughout the month of September, including pageants for young Hispanic ladies aged five through twenty-four.
This information was obtained from the following website www.tshaonline.org.
Be a part of the movement, help our newly established "Latino opportunity" City Council District elect our next Latina to Council!
GOTV Mixer, 2nd Edition
Young Latinos in Southwest Houston Vote Happy Hour!
Thursday, Sept. 22nd, 2011 from 6pm to 8pm
Pico's Mex Mex Restaurant
5941 Bellaire Blvd (near Hillcroft)
Houston, TX 77081
We encourage you to come, bring your friends and interact with
other Young Latinos (and those young at heart) as we hear what the Harris County Tejano Democrats are doing to get out the Latino Vote in Southwest Houston (District J) and in all of Houston!
This is a networking event. It's not a fundraiser; it's FREE to attend!
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Save the Date!
Roast & Toast 2011
Join us as we Roast & Toast State Representative Garnet Coleman!
There is still ticket and sponsorship availability, so act now!
Time: Friday, October 14th 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Sheraton Suites Hotel - Galleria
More info: Call 713-864-7400