By Marc Campos

Latino Census Boycott?

H-Town Council Member James Rodriguez’ job just got a little harder. James will be leading the City of H-Town’s effort to get everyone counted in the 2010 Census. The National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders are calling for Latinos to boycott the census next year because they don’t trust the government – federal, state, and local. You know, I can’t blame them. The feds are dragging their arse on immigration reform and ICE does all these highly visible raids like here in H-Town at the donut warehouse. Lone Star State legislators keep introducing anti paperless folks legislation and the DPS puts out chicken s__t drivers license rules. Here locally, the City of H-Town PD flirts with the idea of getting into the immigration enforcement business. The government isn’t exactly coming off as Latino user friendly these days.

The Latino population always leads in being the most undercounted in a census. Why - because the Latino immigrant community doesn’t trust the government. It doesn’t help when a national Latino clergy organization calls of a boycott. CM Rodriguez’ challenge is to get the entire local Latino leadership engaged in the City’s Complete Count Committee in the coming months. Things get kicked off at a meeting next Saturday, May 2 at 1 pm at the George R. Brown Convention Center that everyone should attend. CM Rodriguez is definitely going to be doing some heavy lifting on his Census 2010 tour.

Speaking of DPS, Lone Star State drivers licenses have been redesigned with the Austin skyline in the background – what? I don’t want the Austin skyline on my license. They didn’t ask me. If you are going to put something in the background of my license, I prefer The Yard. I wonder if The Dean knows about this.

Last night Commentary went to Play Green Day at The Yard and I wore my Play Green T-Shirt that I snagged from the front office folks. A few folks came up to me and wanted to know where they could buy one – sorry. They gave out 10,000 Play Green Lids made out of recycled materials. I was checking mine out and the tag said made out of “100% PET MATERIAL” – YIKES! During the seventh inning stretch, an urge came over me to take my green lid for a walk. We survived another ManRam dinger and go for a sweep tonight.

April 23, 2009 9:00AM

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