April 1, 2010 - A message from Carlos...
Spring is finally here, bringing longer, warmer days and a burst of color across the landscape that signals growth and change. Spring is a season of renewal for people as well — a chance to get outdoors and spend more quality time with our families.
Sadly, for the children in some families, spring is just another season of despair.
Across Texas last year, there were more than 68,300 confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect, with 280 kids killed by their parents, relatives or other caregivers. The cost to society reaches billions of dollars, but the human and emotional costs of child abuse — in terms of lives cut short and childhoods marred forever — cannot even be measured.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to heighten public awareness about the problem of child abuse and neglect, and educate people on the importance of prevention. By recognizing the warning signs for abuse and being vigilant, many potential cases of abuse can be averted. We do this by watching out for the kids next door, helping neighbors in distress, donating to the local food bank, and getting our friends and churches involved in community events.
The blue ribbon is the international symbol for child abuse prevention. Representing the bruised and battered bodies of abused children, the blue ribbons are a constant reminder that we all have a role to play in keeping children safe. So I'm urging everyone in towns and cities across Senate District 19 to Go Blue! this month, at least for one day.
When someone asks what your ribbon is for, tell them you are working for a world where children can live without pain, hunger and fear, where all seasons are times of hope, joy and renewal. In the meantime, have a happy Easter or Passover as you celebrate spring.
For more information on National Child Abuse Prevention Month, go to:
Blue Ribbon Task Force
Child Welfare Information Gateway
To order a blue ribbon or pin, go to:
Blue Ribbons for Kids
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Ignoring the Census hurts Texas, your county and your community
By Carlos I. Uresti
Did you return your U.S. Census form by April 1? If the answer is no, it's the same as saying, "I don't count." But don't worry — you have another chance.
According to a U.S. Census Bureau report, thousands of people in Texas's largest counties, including Bexar, will be left out of the decennial count that determines representation in Congress, the Texas Legislature and the formulas for funding a wide range of services and programs.
If you think participation in the Census is not important, consider this: A study commissioned by the U.S. Census Monitoring Board found that an estimated 373,000 Texans weren't counted in the 2000 Census. As recently reported by the Texas Tribune, because of that undercount Texas lost more than $1 billion in federal funds for schools, hospitals, social services and transportation projects over the ensuing decade.
What happened to all that money? It went to other states. Texans shouldn't let that happen again, but they are well on their way.
According to the Tribune, eight Texas counties are on the Census Bureau’s list of the top 50 hard-to-count counties in the nation. Hard-to-count areas are those where a large majority receives public assistance; where renters are common; households with large numbers of children; areas with high non-English proficiency, and dwellings with multiple families. Bexar County ranks 32 on the national list, with 10.6 percent of its 1.4 million living in hard-to-count areas.
The 2010 Census aims to count every U.S. resident, both citizens and non-citizens. Here is what you can expect: The Census Bureau mailed you a 10-question form in March, asking you to account for everyone living at your address. For those of you who didn't respond, a census taker will follow up in person. Be friendly and answer their questions. Remember, you don't count if you don't let yourself be counted.
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Rally and News Conference with elected officials, BRTF members, and community child advocacy organizations
Wednesday, April 7th
Bexar County Courthouse, South Steps
San Antonio, Texas 78205
Kids Day in the Park
Saturday, April 10th
10 am to 2 pm
San Pedro Park
2200 N. Flores
San Antonio, Texas 78212
Speak Up for Abused Children Rally
Monday, April 12th
Bexar County Courthouse
San Antonio, Texas 78205
Blue Ribbon Task Force Block Walk
Saturday, April 17th
10 am to 12 pm
Meet at University Health System Clinic
4503 S. Zarzamora
San Antonio, Texas 78212
El Dia de los Niños
Sunday, April 25th
11 am to 5 pm
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower
1715 N. Zarzamora
San Antonio, Texas 78201
San Antonio District Office
Falcon International Bank
2530 SW Military Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78224
Toll Free 1.800.459.0119
Eagle Pass District Office
Maverick County Courthouse
501 Main Street
Eagle Pass, Texas 78852
Pecos District Office
Reeves County Courthouse
100 East 4th Street
Pecos, Texas 79772
P.O. Box 12068
Austin, Texas 78711