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  • Congressman Vela Urges President Obama to Use Executive Action on Immigration November 18, 2014
    Today, Congressman Filemon Vela weighed in on the debate over presidential action on immigration by releasing a statement urging the president to act now. "The time for the President to act is now," the statement reads. "Given the political realities in Washington, it is highly unlikely that meaningful immigration reform gets passed in the next […]
  • Hidalgo County Jail and ICE collaboration by the numbers September 16, 2014
    More than 6,000 immigrants were deported from Hidalgo County jail between June 2009 and July 2014 as a result of Hidalgo County Jail collaborating with federal immigration authorities, according to official statistics released by ICE(1). Of these, 4,274, or 66.7%, are non-L1 immigrants. This means that a full two thirds did not fall within ICE’s […]
  • In Honduras, U.S. deportees have already begun to be murdered August 20, 2014
    At least 5 children who were deported to Honduras since February have already been murdered, a Los Angeles Times article reported on Saturday: "There are many youngsters who only three days after they've been deported are killed, shot by a firearm," said Hector Hernandez, who runs the morgue in San Pedro Sula. "They return just […]
Help us bring streetlights to all RGV neighborhoods by signing the petition:

Help us bring streetlights to all RGV neighborhoods by signing the petition: http://bit.ly/SignRight2Light

In 2010, LUPE was awarded a grant from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation to combat childhood obesity in the Rio Grande Valley.

Our members have worked toward streetlights since 2005. Yet after passing two pieces of legislation at the state level with the help of former State Representative Veronica Gonzales, at the beginning of 2011 we still had not gained a single colonia receiving streetlights. That year we received funding from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation to combat childhood obesity in the Rio Grande Valley. The Communities Creating Healthy Environments (CCHE) initiative guided us through our campaign to light the first 13 colonias, which received solar powered streetlights in 2012. Without the funding, strategic coaching and technical assistance provided by the CCHE initiative, our members would not have gained as many colonias receiving streetlights in such a short period of time.

Read more about the grant here. And follow our progress toward healthy environments in Rio Grande Valley colonias by reading the CCHE section on LUPE’s blog.

Sign the petition to bring streetlights to all Rio Grande Valley neighborhoods