|Protect our Children’s Health!
Relocate Pure Casting!
Build Affordable Housing!
The Pure Casting facility (2110 E. 4th Street) is a polluter
of heavy metals and uses hazardous chemicals in our East
Austin neighborhood. Pure Casting is located right next to
Zavala Elementary School and surrounded by homes.
East Austin needs your support in protecting the health of
our children and the residents that live in the area. It is
crucial that we let the City Council and Pure Casting know
that we will not allow children to be exposed to hazardous
The Pure Casting facility is an ideal location to build
affordable housing. It is 30,152 sq. ft. of land. The City
Council should use the Affordable Housing Bond money
($55 million) to purchase the site. This site abuts to the
property owned by the City of Austin (the Brown Building
on Chicon & E. 4th Street). Call you Mayor Will Wynn
Council members at 974-2250. Let’s keep our children
safe from harmful chemicals.
Download this letter that PODER sent to the Mayor and
City Council Members. Please send a letter from your
group, neighborhood association or you as an individual to
your city council members. Help us to protect the health of
Also, please join PODER and area residents at the Bond
Oversight Committee Meeting on Thursday, February
5th, 2009 at 8:00 am at City Hall. PODER is
recommending that some of the $10.9 million Affordable
Housing Bond money be used to purchase the current
Pure Casting site and to build the needed affordable
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|Cesar E. Chavez
"Si Se Puede!" March
|Saturday March 27th, 2010
|Cesar E. Chavez is one of the most important leader of the 20th century. His legacy
of workers rights, civil rights, environmental justice, equality for all, peace,
non-violence, children and women's rights, deserves national recognition. Cesar
Chavez inspired millions of people across the country of all races and nationalities to
engage in social & economic justice for farm workers.
|Photo Credit - Rene Renteria
|Mother Earth Day Celebration
Thursday April 22, 2010
PODER — 2604 E. Cesar Chavez St.
In search for community sustainability, PODER is empowering community members
with Box Garden Demonstrations. Box Gardens are simple, unique and versatile
system that adapt to all levels of experience, physical ability, and geographic location.
Residents will have the option to fill their box garden with beautiful/medicinal flowers,
herbs and/or luscious vegetables.
|PODER’s YSJ Gabriel Padilla Wins EPA Video Contest
Gabriel Padilla, one of PODER’s Young Scholars for Justice,
was recently awarded the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA)’s, “Faces of the Grassroots” video contest. This contest
challenged amateur and professional filmmakers to create
videos that capture the faces of the environmental justice
movement. The “Faces of the Grassroots” contest is an
opportunity to publicly exhibit creativity with environmental
justice stories and connect with others working to raise
awareness of the movement.
Gabriel’s video focused on PODER’s success in shutting down
the Holly Street Power Plant in 2007, and the importance of
grassroots organizing through health surveys, protests, and
leadership development. PODER would like to thank Gabriel
Padilla for his dedication in capturing PODER’s history and for
submitting his creative video to the EPA.
We are very proud and grateful!
Gabriel’s video can be seen on youtube:
|On Saturday, August 21st the Austin History Center honored PODER's Susana
Almanza, Gilbert Rivera, Raul Salinas & many other outstanding individuals who have
been slelected for recognition as Mexican American Firsts: Trailblazers of Austin &
Travis County. Check out the article in the Daily Texan.
The Austin History Center will also have an exhibit on display of the Trailblazers from
now until January. Find out more by visiting the History Center site here.
|Austin History Center - Mexican American Trailblazers
|Photo by Erika Rich - The Daily Texan
|PODER thanks your for celebrating and honoring three East Austin Activist Trailblazers
on Tuesday, September 21st at Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center. If you were
unable to attend and would like to make a donation, please click on Donation on right
hand corner. You can now become a sustaining member by selecting Recurring
Donatin Opition & Subscribe. Keep Activism Alive!
|Photo Credit: Rene Renteria
|La Voz de Austin
La Voz de Austin recognizes all 32 Mexican American Trailblazers.
Click the image to see the La Voz edition in pdf.
|Montopolis Neighborhood walk with City Manager Mark Ott
|The Montopolis Neighborhood Planning Team along with Allison PTA, PODER, Vargas
Neighborhood Association, Carson Ridge Neighborhood Association, and Montopolis
Little League hosted City Manager Marc Ott's tour in the community. The Montopolis
community held numerous meetings to discuss the concerns, issues and
recommendations of the residents.
The tour began at Allison Elementary, where the City Manager heard from the PTA and
Allison Elementary's Principal, Guadalupe Velasquez. City Manager Ott talked vistied
housing development by AHFC, American Youth Works & Habitat for Humanity. He also,
visited the Montopolis Little League fields at Roy Guerrero Park and spoke with Israel
Lopez, President of League. The tour ended with a debriefing at the Montpolis Recreation
Center, where he heard from staff and residents about the need to place on the next
bond election, an item to build a new Montopolis Recreation Center for the area. The
MNPCT also discussed the City staff's challenge to the Montopolis community by trying to
place a water reclamation tower in the Montpolis Triangle and a disc golf course in the
Roy Guerrero Park.
|Help Preserve 28 Acres and Roy Guerrero Park!
In 2007 the City of Austin’s Park Department purchased 28 acres (700 Grove Blvd)
adjacent to the Roy Guerrero Park on Grove Boulevard. The 28 acres has wetlands,
natural springs, huge trees, plants and is home to wildlife (deer, foxes, birds etc.).
The Parks Department is proposing that the Pease Park Disc Golf Course be
relocated to the 28 acres and to take an additional 7 acres that belongs to the Roy
Guerrero Park. Parks Dept. wants to dedicate 35 acres for disc golf. This site needs
to become a Preserve and not home to disc golf. Stop the displacement of our
wildlife and the destruction of our natural resources. Call the Mayor and City Council
members and ask them to make the property in east Austin a Preserve.
|We Demand Neighborhood Schools Remain Open!
|For numerous years the East Austin community has taken on the burden of
desegregation. Our children have been burden with being bused across town and away
from their communities. We have lived through years of inequality of education. Our
parents should have the right and access to participate in their children’s education and
in neighboring schools. We demand that our neighborhood schools remain open!
|Cesar E. Chavez 2011 Honorees
Please help us in recognizing the 2011 Cesar E. Chavez Awardees. These awardees
demonstrated leadership that is changing lives and transforming communities.
|The Montopolis Neighborhood Association(MNA) just elected new officers
Saturday May 7th at the Montopolis Recreation Center.
The new officers are as follow:
Susana Almanza, President
Larry Gross- Vice President
Angelica Noyola - Secretary
Monica Allen - Treasurer
Israel Lopez- Community Partnership Coordinator
|International Women's Day Award
PODER's Susana Almanza wins International Women's Day Award, sponsored by Ten
Thousand Villages. Awards were given in three categories: Humanitarian,
Environmentalist and Animal Advocate. Susana Almanza was selected 2011
Environmentalist of the Year. The Environmentalist is a person actively involved in
attempts to solve environmental pollution and resource problems. Environmentalism is
the activity of protecting the environment from pollution or destruction through such
measures as ecosystem protection, waste reduction and pollution prevention.
|PODER’s Young Scholars for Justice (YSJ) participate in the “Preserve
Eastside Affordability Campaign”, a campaign to help slow down the
displacement of families in East Austin caused by gentrification. PODER teamed
up with the East Austin Conservancy and Eliot Tretter’s senior capstone
geography course students. YSJ participants went door-to-door with a survey
and information on an upcoming community meeting.
|The YSJ also addressed the Austin City Council about the possible budget cuts
to youth services and the re-opening of the Dan Ruiz Library. The YSJ
recommended that the City Council consider the importance of youth services
and employment when making tough decisions about the budget. The YSJ
stated, “We are Austin's future, and we are depending on you”.
|PODER's 20th Anniversary
|Thank You to all who attended!
Thank you for supporting PODER's
20 years of fighting injustice!
|PODER's 11th Annual Cesar E. Chavez
“¡Si Se Puede!” March - Saturday, March 31st, 2012
|PODER held its 6th Annual Cesar E. Chavez “¡Si Se Puede!” Awards Dinner on
Saturday, March 31st at the Emma Barrientos Mexican American Culture Center.
PODER and community members were reflecting on the life of Cesar E. Chavez
and the struggle for justice. The spirit of Cesar E. Chavez lives in all of us.
Cesar Chavez was a civil rights, Latino, farmworker and labor leader. PODER
recognized and honored 18 individuals that continue the struggle for justice.
Individuals that help keep the spirit of Cesar E. Chavez alive.
The Honorable Gonzalo Barrientos received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
|¡Si Se Puede!
|L-R –seated: Linda Crockett, Gonzalo Barrientos, Rosa Santis, Laura Morrison, Fred
McGhee, Cristina Balli.
L-R-standing: Ruby Roa, Scott Johnson, Adrieana Montez, Brittany Garza, Myron Smith,
Angelica Noyola, Sabino Renteria, Sylvia Orozco, Frank Monreal, Israel Lopez, Nora Faz.
|Land of Broken Dreams
|PODER donates their organizational archives to the Austin History Center
|Cesar E. Chavez 'Si Se Puede' Awards 2013