Sunday, February 26, 2017

So called Hispanic Leader

I originally published this blog on August 15, 2010.  Republishing

Recently I had an opportunity to appear as a guest on KCRS AM550. On my way to the studio I was tuning into the show. To my surprise the callers were calling in about possible guests to discuss Immigration. Names were tossed around. Sheriff's, political figures, border patrol, etc. Then one caller suggested Shane Marler and the "so called local Hispanic leader Art Leal."
I want to clarify that I have never proclaimed myself as a Hispanic leader. This is not the first time I have heard someone say that I am the "so called" anything. Jason Moore, the "so called" Citizen Watchdog, referred to me as the "so called Community Organizer." So just to be clear. I do not self proclaim to be the leader of any specific segment of the community. I try to be an advocate when I can, and speak for or against issues of importance.

I appreciate the compliment. The sound bite is attached.

All the best,


Thursday, February 23, 2017

The cost of being wrong

What is the cost of being wrong? Since January things as we knew them for the past few years started changing.  Today as I took my stroll at lunch, I pondered.  Many of the things that are meant to protect us as people are now being thrown to the wayside.  In my eyes these things made sense. They are things important to our climate.  Things important to our way of life.  Things to make sure we are not exploited for financial gain.  Things that overall are meant to protect the little guy.  I am trying really hard not make this political.  Anyone who follows the news knows what I am talking about.  So I ponder;  they say, things will be better when they're gone.  But I don't really feel comfortable with that.  There was a good reason for them in the first place, right?  Now I wonder what will be the cost of not having them?  Will I really be affected? Or will it be for some future generation to worry about?  It is very troubling what is happening lately.  Thinking about it is very depressing.  Avoiding it, I feel guilty.  Not saying anything makes me feel even worse.  I believe the cost will be painful but I know it will not be permanent.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Buddy Check 22

SHARE: Buddy Check 22 is the 22nd of each month and a day to pick up the phone and call a veteran that you know and check in on them to hopefully change the fact that 22 veterans commit suicide each day.  The best don't have to go ANYWHERE to help our heroes who need us most now.  If you are on Facebook, invite your friends, have them invite theirs, and be part of something that may just save a life by simply posting "How are you?" to your veteran friend's wall.  Or email your veteran friend.  Its 2 minutes out of your day.  Every veteran deserves to know we still care about them.  SHARE

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Get over it and move on!

I recently responded to a Facebook post and thought it appropriate to consolidate my response into a blog. Seems that we are not allowed to post any lack of excitement over the incoming President of the United States without getting told to "Get over it and move on!"  So here was a partial response.  

I love my country to much to not speak up about what is happening. Outside of the confirmed hacking incident that occurred. Our President Elect has known ties to Russians in possibly more ways than financial and he and his appointee are definitely a  threat to America for that matter. I swore to protect my country from enemies both foreign and domestic. I will not be silent to "get over it." I have accepted this horrific outcome, but my opposition will not end. Me and 65 million Americans will not sit idly by while our country is destroyed by enemy foreign government sympathizers.

I have swallowed the jagged pill of Trump winning election. What concerns me is his direct ties to an enemy government and his appointees, who are not only contrary to American values but also connected to Russia. I worry that our country is being sold out. A reality that those that voted for Trump or did not vote will realize in 2017. This is on the hands of the 62 million that voted for Trump not the 65 million who were against a Trump presidency. The fact that I have to worry about their actions disgusts me. Trumps intentions were made known long ago. And as far as minorities coming out and showing support for Trump, it doesn't matter how much tokenism or window dressing he displays. But I digress, I accepted the reality he will be President in 2017. But I will not be naive to the fact that we are not under attack from within. I will not be silenced with rhetoric that liberals are sore losers. People can chose to look away and be blind and hide under this idea of "cumbaya" all they want. I will not. This country is more divided than ever before. And it's not because of anything Obama did, It started because of who he is, an educated Black man. It will continue to worsen because of who Trump is, a rich xenophobic white ideologue who believes he and his alt-right are superior. Plane and simple. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Dismal turnout plagues Odessa, Ector County

On the surface, Odessa and surrounding Ector County would seem to be fertile ground for Hispanic political activity. It has a surging Hispanic population, which now makes up 58 percent of the county. The region boasts a long history of voting and civil rights activism going back to the 1970s and 1980s. While studies link low levels of voter turnout to lower income levels, the median income among Hispanics in Ector County is 27 percent higher than the state average.

So promising are the demographics in the Permian Basin that Democratic lawmakers pushed for the creation of a “Hispanic opportunity” congressional district including Odessa and Midland in the most recent congressional redistricting fight. The measure failed to make the final map, but state leaders took notice of the region’s growing Latino community and its potential influence.

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Last day to register to Vote TX

Hello my friends. It's me Art Leal.  I just want to remind everyone that this is the most important election of our lives.  I want to encourage you to register by October 11th and vote on November 8th.  If you need assistance let me know.