Evidently a city representative sent this to one of our readers:
This week, hope took a hold of me at different angles. On the positive side, last Sunday I volunteered at the El Paso Unites for Hurricane Harvey Animal Rescue event downtown. Not only did I donate a print of one of the original posters from the El Paso Transnational Trolley Project, but I helped in the reception of donations. El Pasoans with cars and trucks pulled into San Jacinto Plaza, dropping off loads of pet food, diapers and bottled water to benefit the animals (and, of course, humans) that continue to suffer because of the effects of Hurricane Harvey. Some didn’t even stay for the free concert; they just pulled up, unloaded and left. When you read about the overflow of volunteers and the amount of monetary donations the relief efforts have been receiving, it makes me proud to be American. It gives me hope to see many different Americans and citizens of the world come together to help each other.
On the other side of hope, there is more of a strained hope that I felt as the president proclaimed the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. I joined a vigil this past Tuesday to speak my mind and to stand in solidarity with those affected by the decision. I, myself, am a son of immigrants and a child of the border. I could have been born in any other country, but my parents had the foresight to have me in the greatest one there is. There is a lack of empathy on the side of this administration to place the fault of one generation onto another. This change in policy had me think more about the empathy we all should for those who are productive members of society that are making the best of the opportunities afforded to them in the United States and had no choice about being born or raised in the USA. For some DREAMers, they do not know life in any other country, like most Americans do. The hope in me is that these DREAMers will be able to fulfill the opportunity that comes with hard work and dedication in fulfilling the American Dream. At our best, we, as a country, lend a hand to those in need in the name of giving them a chance to be on equal footing to pursue their American Dream. We continue to see it with the efforts in Houston and east Texas and my hope is that we will see it with the DREAMers.
Lastly, We want to express our deepest heartfelt condolences and sympathy to the Sumrall family on the passing of former District 1 Representative, Janice Sumrall. Representative Sumrall was a very progressive leader who really listened to her district and was instrumental in the formation of the Rim Area Neighborhood Overlay, the Dorris Van Doren library, and was the grand marshal of the first Gay Pride Parade in El Paso. My success in this office is predicated upon the hard work placed upon the shoulders of many office holders before me, and Representative Sumrall was an important civic leader to the people of El Paso and District 1. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to your favorite animal shelter or the Animal Rescue League of El Paso: 915-877-5002, firstname.lastname@example.org. Memorial service will be Saturday, September 9, 2017 1:30 pm at Martin Funeral Home West, 128 N. Resler Dr.
300 N. Campbell St.
El Paso, TX 79901