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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Political calendar for September for Repubs/Democrats

  • Sep. 1st-Northeast Bexar County Democrats will host a Labor Day celebration from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. @ Aggie Park, 6205 West Ave., Monday, September 1st with Speakers County Judge Nelson Wolff, & Commissioner Pct. 4 candidate Tommy Calvert
  • Sep. 3rd-Susan Narvaiz for Congress Joint Fund Raising Event with Pete Sessions September 3rd, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. @ Club Giraud, Navarro Street, with Congressman and former NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions  For more information call 210-387-9766
  • Sep. 3rd-Fundraiser for judicial candidate John Longoria for CC #12 from 5-7 p.m. @ Pico de Gallo, 111 Leona Street
  • Sep. 4th-Kevin O’Connell for Judge of the 227th District Court Fundraiser
    September 4, 5:30 p.m.– 7 7 p.m. @ the Quarry Hofbrau, 7310 Jones Maltsberger, Contact Lydia at 279-8964
  • Sep. 4th-Fundraiser for Judicial candidate Michael Deleon, @ Chris Madrid's 1900 Blanco from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Sep 5th Join Lt. Gov. candidate Senator Leticia van de Putte, Friday, September 5th at the home of Margaret Vera located at 228 West Agarita @ 6 p.m. to show the Senator you are ready  to put Texas "First.
  • Sep. 6th-Kickoff for St. senator candidate Daniel Boone at the home of Bob Comeaux & wife, Joann from 5-7 p.m. @ 702 W. French
  • Sep. 7th-Annual Chairman's BBQ Guest Speaker Rafael Cruz, September 7th, 4 p.m. – 7p p.m. @ the Alzafar Shrine Center, 901 North Loop 1604 W. $25 per ticket Children 10 and under $10, $35 at the door * Food * Fun * Music
  • Sep. 10th-Steve Hilbig for District Judge Fundraiser September 10th, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. @ Petroleum Club at 8620 N. New Braunfels Ave. For more sponsorships and more information contact Sylvia @ 210-913-1670
  • Sep. 11th-Renee McElhaney Fundraiser at the home of Jane & Larry Macon, September 11th, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. @ 230 W Elsmere Pl.
  • Sep. 15th-Re-Elect DA Susan Reed Fundraiser September 15th,  5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. @ Club Giraud, 707 North Saint Mary’s St. Contact Janelle McArthur @ JanelleMac@aol.​com
  • Sep. 16th-Meet & Greet for Judge Jason PulliamSeptember 16th, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. @ Aldaco's Mexican Restaurant, 100 Hoefgen Avenue
  • Sep. 17th-Melisa Skinner Fundraiser, September 17th from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.@ Aldaco's Mexican Restaurant, 100 Hoefgen Ave.
  • Judge Jason Wolff Fundraiser, September 17th,  noon- 1:30 p.m. @ La Margarita Mexican Restaurant & Oyster Bar,120 Produce Row
  • Sep. 18th-Judge Walden Sheldon, County Court #9 Fundraiser September 18th, 5:30-7: p.m. @ Paesano's, 555 E Basse Rd, San Antonio, RSVP to: 210-724-5196
  • Sep. 25th-Jason Garrahan Fundraiser, Thursday, September 25th, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. @ Cadillac Bar, South Flores Street
  • Sep. 30th-Visit the CandidatesSeptember 30th, 5:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m. @ 4201 De Zavala Rd,. Your friends & neighbors invite you to an evening of fellowship and conversation at a special event for you to visit the candidates. Don't miss this Free event where you can talk face to face and get to know the Federal, State and local Republican candidates who will represent You. Tuesday, September 30th, 5:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. @ St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala Road. Contact Edgar Morales 210-260-1308 emorales1358@ao​

"Just a Thought" Column continues in La Prensa of SA, 8-31

Just a Thought: Labor Day Weekend
By Steve Walker

This is Labor Day Weekend and tomorrow is Labor Day.

I love Labor Day since every five, six or eleven years my birthday lands on that national holiday. I celebrated my 65th birthday four years ago on Labor Day at VFW Post 76 downtown for the beginning of the official political season kickoff in 2011 for the 2012 May Primary. That birthday however was especially memorable since I qualified for Social Security and Medicare.

While that Labor Day sticks out in my mind as unforgettable, most other holiday birthdays not so much. However, my one other memorable Labor Day birthday was my 59th  birthday as I stood on the sidelines of a local high school football field watching the New Orleans Saints play a scrimmage practice as owner Tom Benson stood on the sidelines. I was privileged to shake his hand. That was during the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster.  

As far as future Labor Day birthdays for me, if I can survive and make it 5 more times I will celebrate my 98th birthday on that special Labor Day. Wishful thinking on my part?

Since this year September 5th lands on Friday I will hit the ripe old age of 68. Ironically the first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5th 1882 in New York City in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The CLU held its second Labor Day holiday just one year later on September 5th, 1883.

In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the official holiday, as originally proposed, and the CLU urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

In 1882, Matthew Maguire a machinist first proposed the holiday while serving as Secretary of the CLU of New York. Others argue that it was first proposed by Peter McGuire in May 1882, after witnessing the annual Labour Festival in Toronto Canada. Oregon was the first state to make it a holiday on February 21, 1887. By the time it became a federal holiday in 1894, signed into law by President Grover Cleveland, thirty states officially celebrated Labor Day.

Over time, speeches by prominent men and women were introduced as part of Labor Day, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday to include modern celebrations to include Labor Day sales and specials.

As a former President of the Harlandale Federation of Teachers which is affiliated with the AFL-CIO, I served on the Central Labor Council of Labor Unions in Bexar County. As a union member I have been an active part of Labor Day celebrations over the years that happen coincidentally to coincide with an occasional birthday for me. Since I have been affiliated with the Bexar County AFL-CIO we have also had three female Hispanic presidents to include Alicia Garza, Rachel Hernandez and most recently Gloria Parra. In the 70s the local elected the first Hispanic female president, Joan Suarez.

Whether or not you are a union member, remember it is a national holiday to honor all hardworking Americans who provide for their families. Happy Labor Day.

As always, I write “Just a Thought.”
Steve Walker is a Vietnam Veteran, former Journalist and Justice of the Peace.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

More photos on Immigration Forum with speakers, 8-30

L-R: Event flyer, L Prensa of SA Assignments Editor Joe Sandoval, SA Post Publisher Ruben Espronceda,  Marquis Williams, Ernest Martinez with Jonathan Lloyd, Councilwoman Shirley Gonzalez, Patsy Castillo,  former Mayor Henry Cisneros with supporters, flags, banners, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

Immigation Reformers turn out for Town Hall speakers, 8-30

L-R:  Speakers Congressman Lloyd Doggett & former HUD Secretary & Mayor Henry Cisneros, event coordinator Jaime Martinez, Congressman Lloyd Doggett, former Mayor Henry Cisneros being interviewed by La Prena of SA Assignments Editor Joe Sandoval

Friday, August 29, 2014

Immigration Reform's Future Town Hall Meeting, 8-30

L-R: Jaime Martinez, Ernest Martinez & J.A. Garcia, La Prensa of SA Assignments Editor Joe Sandoval & wife, Mark Reyna, Ed Bravenec, former Councilman Bennie Euresti, Theresa Rivers, Marquiz Williams, Bexar County Democratic Party Chair Manuel Medina, Gabe Rosales, Henry Rodriguez, Tony Mandujano, Marie Martinez, Dr. Joseph Fonseca, Tanairi Ochoa, Angie Garcia, Genevieve Trinidad, Walker Report Editor & former Judge Steve Walker with Patsy Castillo, Councilwoman Shirley Gonzalez, Congressman Lloyd Doggett with former Councilwoman Mary Alice Cisneros, attendees, Immaculate Conception Church