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Press Release: Renters Gather To Receive Guidance a month after Harvey


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Cesar Espinosa (English)
832-512-3733

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Email: acisneros

Renters Gather to Receive Guidance a Month After Harvey

Following violations from slumlords

[Houston, TX] On Thursday Oct 12, 2017 at 7:30pm at Southwest Elementary School (8440 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77074) Residents from the Rockport Apartments will gather with Attorneys and community advocates to receive guidance as to their rights as tenants.

" Months after Harvey we are seeing now many issues arise in terms or renter landlord relations. We are working with very vulnerable populations to make sure that they know about their rights and how they can advocate from themselves and their families. We are hoping to have representatives from the City of Houston attorneys and community advocates. " Cesar Espinosa, FIEL Executive Director.

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FIEL: Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle is an organization that advocates for just laws for immigrant families,

access to higher education for all people regardless of immigration status and for the rights of all people in unjust situations.

www.fielhouston.org

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CESAR ESPINOSA Executive Director, FIEL HOUSTON INC
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Email: cespinosa
Website: www.fielhouston.org
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PRESS RELEASE: OCT 5TH DACA RALLY #DREAMISNOTOVER


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Cesar Espinosa (English)
832-512-3733

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Alain Cisneros (Español)

832-503-3689

Email: acisneros

OCT 5TH DACA RALLY

#DREAMISNOTOVER

[Houston, TX] On Thursday Oct 5th 2017 at 7:00pm at Houston City Hall (901 Bagby houston, TX 77002), DACA Holders, Families, and community leaders will gather to recommit to the fight for the DREAM Act. FIEL Spokespeople and affected families will be available for comment.

As the deadline to reapply for DACA comes to a close FIEL, the oldest and largest DREAMer right’s organization in the Greater Houston Area, is committed to fight for our community’s rights. We have fought for the DREAM Act for over a decade and are committed to fighting for our students for as long as it is necessary. .On September The Trump Administration made a determination to rescind the DACA Program. We are preparing our community for the end of DACA by helping them figure out a plan for themselves and their families.
"We are committed to our families and our community. Whether its DACA DREAM Act or whatever next comes we will be in the fight advocating for our community. We will recommit to bringing the DREAM Act up for a vote within the next six months. " Cesar Espinosa, FIEL Executive Director.

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FIEL: Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle is an organization that advocates for just laws for immigrant families,

access to higher education for all people regardless of immigration status and for the rights of all people in unjust situations.

www.fielhouston.org

Twitter: @fielhouston

Facebook: facebook.com/fielhou

CESAR ESPINOSA Executive Director, FIEL HOUSTON INC
photo Phone: (713)364-3435
Email: cespinosa
Website: www.fielhouston.org
Address: 6610 Harwin #214 Houston, TX 77036

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PRESS RELEASE: DEFERRED ACTION PLAY OCT 5-7

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José Manuel Santoyo

214-516-0706

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Latino Texas PAC, Talento Bilingüe de Texas, and Cara Mía Theatre from Dallas

Present acclaimed play Deferred Action as President Trump eliminates DACA;

Opening Night benefits Harvey Relief for Undocumented Families

Dallas – (9/25/2017) Amidst turmoil following President Trump’s order to cancel DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Renewals), Latino Texas PAC and Talento Bilingüe de Houston join forces to present Cara Mía Theatre’s tour of the play Deferred Action, October 5-7, 2017. A special opening night performance on October 5th will benefit Harvey Relief for undocumented families.

“This is an important story not only for immigrants, but for our country,” said Deferred Action actress and DREAMer Liz Magallanes. “As we have seen time and time again, it is when we learn and honor our history that we grow as a community and a country. This story is an homage to all those who came before us and paved the way, sacrificing much of themselves so that we can live the lives we live.”

Hailed by the Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum as one of the Best New Plays of 2016, Deferred Action originally premiered as a co-production with Cara Mía Theatre Co and the Dallas Theater Center.

Deferred Action focuses on Javier Mejía, one of the immigrants known as DREAMers who arrived in the USA as an undocumented minor. Now, after years in the States, he finds himself caught in the tangle of existing immigration laws, new presidential policies, and the harsh reality of living in the shadows. Javier hopes that temporary administrative mechanisms like Deferred Action will be the answer to his dilemma. But will hope be snatched away? Can politicians who say they are the DREAMers’ friends be trusted? Deferred Action follows the lives, loopholes, and dangers of those who dare to dream.

Deferred Action Regional Tour – Houston

Deferred Action

By David Lozano and Lee Trull

Directed by David Lozano

Where: Talento Bilingue de Houston (333. S. Jensen Drive, Houston, Texas 77003)

When: October 5 – 7, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

(Opening Night Benefit Performance for Harvey Relief at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5th,

Reception at 6:30 p.m.,

Special Talk Back discussion after the performance, see details below)

Tickets: $15 General Admission, $10 Students / Seniors. Go to www.tbhcenter.org/tickets or call 713-222-1213.

(Opening Night Benefit: $30 each.

Go to www.caramiatheatre.org or call 214-516-0706 for ticketse to opening night performance.)

Sponsors and Partners: Latino Texas PAC, Talento Bilingüe de Houston, Cara Mía Theatre and Producing Sponsor of the Regional Tour of Deferred Action – Latino Center for Leadership Development (Dallas).

Performed in English with some Spanish. Contains mature themes including the use of drugs, theatrical semi-automatic gunshots, and strong language.

ABOUT CARA MÍA THEATRE CO.

Cara Mía Theatre Co. is a non-profit theatre company that presents live accessible theatre by producing critically acclaimed published plays and creating new and experimental works while developing innovative and educational youth arts programming reflective of the Latino experience in the U.S. Co-Founder Eliberto Gonzalez founded Cara Mía Theatre Co. in 1996 because he believed that Latino literature and its writers ought to be more accessible to the general public. With Adelina Anthony, Gonzalez started the company as a vehicle to bring the Chicano / US Latino experience to Dallas stages. Since, the cultural breadth of CMTC’s plays has expanded, and the company’s artistic approach has simultaneously evolved, especially since the arrival of current Executive Artistic Director David Lozano in 2002. To expand the company’s reach to non-theatre going Latinos, Lozano chose to focus on creating new bilingual plays that were both topical and theatrically unique. Trained in physical theatre, Lozano formed a resident artistic ensemble that devised new works in the form of clown and mask performance, poetic movement and topical, issue-driven plays that speak to the experiences of the local Latinos. Today, CMTC boasts of a 15-member resident artistic ensemble that creates new works and also produces classic and new plays by the most acclaimed Latino playwrights in the nation.

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Email: cespinosa
Website: www.fielhouston.org
Address: 6610 Harwin #214 Houston, TX 77036

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PRESS RELEASE: DREAMERS PREPARE FOR THE END OF DACA


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Cesar Espinosa (English)
832-512-3733

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Alain Cisneros (Español)

832-503-3689

Email: acisneros

DREAMers prepare for the END of DACA

Last effort to apply

[Houston, TX] On Tuesday October 3 2017 at 11am at FIEL Headquarter (6610 Harwin #214 Houston, TX 77036) FIEL Members, DACA Holders and community leaders will gather in a press conference to encourage all DACA renewal applicants to submit their applications and announce plans for a rally on Oct 5 (last day for DACA applications).

On September The Trump Administration made a determination to rescind the DACA Program. The Administration will allow for all those whose work permits expires PRIOR to March 5, 2018 to apply for one last renewal. THIS MUST BE DONE BEFORE Oct 5, 2017. We encourage all DACA Holders to reapply if they can. We are preparing our community for the end of DACA by helping them figure out a plan for themselves and their families.
"We condemn the Trump Administration for rescinding the program which has granted over 800,000 young immigrant the ability to work and contribute to our society. We hope to work in the next couple of months to provide a more permanent solution to this population as well as their families. We encourage all eligible persons to reapply. " Cesar Espinosa, FIEL Executive Director.

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FIEL: Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle is an organization that advocates for just laws for immigrant families,

access to higher education for all people regardless of immigration status and for the rights of all people in unjust situations.

www.fielhouston.org

Twitter: @fielhouston

Facebook: facebook.com/fielhou

CESAR ESPINOSA Executive Director, FIEL HOUSTON INC
photo Phone: (713)364-3435
Email: cespinosa
Website: www.fielhouston.org
Address: 6610 Harwin #214 Houston, TX 77036

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PRESS RELEASE: SB4 5TH CIRCUIT MAKES PARTIAL DECISION


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Cesar Espinosa (English)
832-512-3733

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Alain Cisneros (Español)

832-503-3689

Email: acisneros

SB4: 5TH CIRCUIT MAKES PARTIAL DECISION

[Houston, TX] On Monday September 25, 2017 the 5th circuit court of appeals made a partial decision on SB4 allowing Texas Emergency stay to move forward. The full 5th circuit panel will reconvene during the first week of November to access and argue the full law. FIEL Spokespeople are available for comment.

This is a brief analysis that we got from Maldef

Portions of SB4 that Remain blocked:

The speech ban in SB4 remains blocked. SB4 penalized local officials and employees who criticized immigration enforcement. That speech ban is enjoined and free speech is protected.

The court has continued to block language in SB4 that would punish cities and counties from having policies that “limit” immigration enforcement. This means that cities and counties can adopt policies that instruct officers and other employees that immigration enforcement must take a back seat to greater priorities, like protecting public safety. The Fifth Circuit accomplished this by keeping the injunction on the words “materially limit” in § 752.053(a)(1) and § 752.053(a)(2) of SB4.

Portions of SB4 that will go into Effect:

Limited portions of SB4 will go into effect.

On whether officers can provide enforcement assistance to federal agents, cities and counties cannot outright prohibit certain employees from providing enforcement assistance to federal authorities. However, the Fifth Circuit made clear that local jurisdictions can adopt limiting policies (the Fifth Circuit maintained the injunction on the “materially limit” language in both the immigration inquiry and immigration enforcement sections).

ICE Detainers in Jails: Although the Fifth Circuit allowed SB4 to require jails to comply with ICE detainers, the Fifth Circuit substantially pared back the obligation of jails. The Fifth Circuit explained: “The ‘comply with, honor, and fulfill’ requirement does not require detention pursuant to every ICE detainer request; rather, the ‘comply with, honor, and fulfill’ provision mandates that local agencies cooperate according to existing ICE detainer practice and law.” (at 6) Because ICE detainers are a matter of voluntary compliance under federal law, they will remain voluntary for local jails.

Bottom line: Certain portions of SB4 will go into effect but the court has cut back on their effect. Texas cannot punish cities and counties for limiting immigration questioning and limiting their officers from providing enforcement assistance to ICE.

"We hope that when the full panel convenes in November they will be able to analyze not only the law but the implications it will have on our communities. We hope that they do the right thing and strike down this law as unconstitutional. " Cesar Espinosa, FIEL Executive Director.

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FIEL: Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle is an organization that advocates for just laws for immigrant families,

access to higher education for all people regardless of immigration status and for the rights of all people in unjust situations.

www.fielhouston.org

Twitter: @fielhouston

Facebook: facebook.com/fielhou

CESAR ESPINOSA Executive Director, FIEL HOUSTON INC
photo Phone: (713)364-3435
Email: cespinosa
Website: www.fielhouston.org
Address: 6610 Harwin #214 Houston, TX 77036

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Media Alert- Undocumented Harvey Victims Supported by Local Latino Business Community

Please Excuse cross posting but we wanted to make you all aware of this very important event happening today if you haven’t heard about it .

MEDIA ALERT
4101 Washington Ave., Houston, TX 77007
Saturday 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM,
September 23, 2017

UNDOCUMENTED HARVEY VICTIMS
FUNDRAISER BY HOUSTON LATINO BUSINESS COMMUNITY

Unidos Houston is a collaborative of Latino business community members who have stepped up to support the undocumented community that is supporting Houston’s recovery.

On Saturday, September 23, 2017 a fundraising bar-b-que supporting the undocumented community of the greater Houston area will be held by prominent members of the Latino business community.

Undocumented residents of Houston are not directly eligible for FEMA assistance yet will be one of the cornerstones of our recovery efforts. The men and women who rebuild our homes, roads, and city face unique challenges after Hurricane Harvey savaged the greater Houston area. Unidos Houston will be raising funds to support these undocumented families in need of assistance.

“Houston depends on these families to make our city run day-to-day and we will not be able to rebuild without them,” said attorney Juan Guerra. “We are rallying our community and supporting those that support all of us in this time of great need.”

The fundraiser will serve $10 bar-b-que plates and accept sponsorships to reach a goal of $10,000 which will be donated to 501 C3, F.I.E.L who is the leading non-profit advocate for the Latino community. F.I.E.L will distribute the donations to affected undocumented communities, focusing on apartments communities. Unidos Houston leadership will be available for comment from noon-2pm.

Contact:
713-449-8130
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CESAR ESPINOSA Executive Director, FIEL HOUSTON INC
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Email: cespinosa
Website: www.fielhouston.org
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PRESS RELEASE: FIEL Heads to 5th Circuit


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Alain Cisneros (Español)

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FIEL HEADS TO 5TH CIRCUIT

FIGHTING BACK ON SB4

[Houston, TX] On Friday September 22, 2017 FIEL along with a coalition of community organizations will head to New Orleans for the SB4 appeal hearing. FIEL spokespeople will be available for in person, phone and skype call for comment.

"No matter the outcome of the 5th circuit court of appeals we will continue to fight and resist. We must keep moving forward as a community no matter what the administration throws at us. With DACA and our communities under attack we ask all dreamers to stand up and fight back " Cesar Espinosa, FIEL Executive Director.

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FIEL: Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle is an organization that advocates for just laws for immigrant families,

access to higher education for all people regardless of immigration status and for the rights of all people in unjust situations.

www.fielhouston.org

Twitter: @fielhouston

Facebook: facebook.com/fielhou

CESAR ESPINOSA Executive Director, FIEL HOUSTON INC
photo Phone: (713)364-3435
Email: cespinosa
Website: www.fielhouston.org
Address: 6610 Harwin #214 Houston, TX 77036

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PRESS STATEMENT: PELOSI AND SCHUMER ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT ON DACA


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Cesar Espinosa (English)
832-512-3733

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Alain Cisneros (Español)

832-503-3689

Email: acisneros

PELOSI AND SCHUMER ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT ON DACA
DREAMER COMMUNITY REMAINS HOPEFUL

[Houston, TX] On Wednesday September 13, 2017 Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer announced that they have reach and agreement on DACA with President Trump. FIEL spokespeople are available for comment.

"We welcome this as a first good step in solving the DREAMer issue which congress and past presidents have failed to fully resolve. The dreamer community as well as the general community is very worried about the plight of the dreamers. We hope that the negotiations continue and that we may resolve this issue as a nation soon. DREAMers and their families will continue to fight since we know that the broader issues still remain such as finding a solution to our broader broken immigration system. We hope this announcement stays strong and congress and the president will agree in the end. " Cesar Espinosa, FIEL Executive Director.

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FIEL: Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle is an organization that advocates for just laws for immigrant families,

access to higher education for all people regardless of immigration status and for the rights of all people in unjust situations.

www.fielhouston.org

Twitter: @fielhouston

Facebook: facebook.com/fielhou

CESAR ESPINOSA Executive Director, FIEL HOUSTON INC
photo Phone: (713)364-3435
Email: cespinosa
Website: www.fielhouston.org
Address: 6610 Harwin #214 Houston, TX 77036

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PRESS RELEASE: TENANTS STAND UP TO SLUMLORD.


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Cesar Espinosa (English)
832-512-3733

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Alain Cisneros (Español)

832-503-3689

Email: acisneros

TENANTS STAND UP TO SLUMLORD
TENANTS WANT CHANGE.

[Houston, TX] On Monday September 11, 2017 at 11:00an at Rockport Apartments (8500 Nairm St Houston, TX 77074) tenants, attorneys, representatives of the Red Cross and community leaders will hold a press conference to highlight the anomalies at this apartment and the unlivable conditions they have been living in .

FIEL team members have been visiting this apartment complexes immediately following the storm. Upon the first visit to these apartments we were appalled by the living conditions in which these people found themselves in. Many community members are living in unlivable conditions and the apartment complex is not willing to work with them to relocate the tenants of offer any real concessions. In fact the owner of the property gave his tenants a deadline of Sept 7th to pay the rent and threatened to charge late fees if rent was not paid by then. On September 9th we received notice that folks were being told that they had to leave by Monday,. Some tenants have even told us that the owner was asking them to call the city to tell them conditions were not as bad. Tenants will be available to give first hand account of the conditions and threats they are facing.

What: Press Conference with tenants, attorneys Red Cross Representatives and Community leaders
When: Monday September 11, 2017
Time: 11:00am
Place: Rockport Apartments 8500 Nairm St Houston, TX 77074

"We want to make sure that all apartment management owners and companies get the message that they cannot take advantage of their tenants during these very difficult times. We hope that if other folks are going through similar situations they reach out so we may be able to help. It is a shame that some slumlords have no compassion during these very difficult times. " Cesar Espinosa, FIEL Executive Director.

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FIEL: Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle is an organization that advocates for just laws for immigrant families,

access to higher education for all people regardless of immigration status and for the rights of all people in unjust situations.

www.fielhouston.org

Twitter: @fielhouston

Facebook: facebook.com/fielhou

CESAR ESPINOSA Executive Director, FIEL HOUSTON INC
photo Phone: (713)364-3435
Email: cespinosa
Website: www.fielhouston.org
Address: 6610 Harwin #214 Houston, TX 77036

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PRESS RELEASE: TENANTS STAND UP TO SLUMLORD


PRESS RELEASE

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Contact:

Cesar Espinosa (English)
832-512-3733

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Alain Cisneros (Español)

832-503-3689

Email: acisneros

TENANTS STAND UP TO SLUMLORD
TENANTS WANT CHANGE.

[Houston, TX] On Monday September 11, 2017 at 11:00an at Rockport Apartments (8500 Nairm St Houston, TX 77074) tenants, attorneys, representatives of the Red Cross and community leaders will hold a press conference to highlight the anomalies at this apartment and the unlivable conditions they have been living in .

FIEL team members have been visiting this apartment complexes immediately following the storm. Upon the first visit to these apartments we were appalled by the living conditions in which these people found themselves in. Many community members are living in unlivable conditions and the apartment complex is not willing to work with them to relocate the tenants of offer any real concessions. In fact the owner of the property gave his tenants a deadline of Sept 7th to pay the rent and threatened to charge late fees if rent was not paid by then. On September 9th we received notice that folks were being told that they had to leave by Monday,. Some tenants have even told us that the owner was asking them to call the city to tell them conditions were not as bad. Tenants will be available to give first hand account of the conditions and threats they are facing.

What: Press Conference with tenants, attorneys Red Cross Representatives and Community leaders
When: Monday September 11, 2017
Time: 11:00am
Place: Rockport Apartments 8500 Nairm St Houston, TX 77074

"We want to make sure that all apartment management owners and companies get the message that they cannot take advantage of their tenants during these very difficult times. We hope that if other folks are going through similar situations they reach out so we may be able to help. It is a shame that some slumlords have no compassion during these very difficult times. " Cesar Espinosa, FIEL Executive Director.

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FIEL: Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle is an organization that advocates for just laws for immigrant families,

access to higher education for all people regardless of immigration status and for the rights of all people in unjust situations.

www.fielhouston.org

Twitter: @fielhouston

Facebook: facebook.com/fielhou

CESAR ESPINOSA Executive Director, FIEL HOUSTON INC
photo Phone: (713)364-3435
Email: cespinosa
Website: www.fielhouston.org
Address: 6610 Harwin #214 Houston, TX 77036

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