ChildSafe News Conference kicking off Child Abuse Prevention Month
Monday, April 1
10:00 am

7130 West US Hwy 90
San Antonio, TX

Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation
Tuesday, April 2
State Capitol Senate Floor
Austin, TX

Child Protective Services 6th Annual Protected and Connected Festival
Wednesday, April 3
3:30 pm

3635 SE Military Dr.
San Antonio, TX

TexProtects' Child Protection Day Rally
Friday, April 5
12:00 pm

Texas State Capitol, South Steps
Austin, TX

Poteet Strawberry Festival
April 12-14
Strawberry Festival Grounds
9199 Hwy. 16
Poteet, TX

Any Baby Can’s Ninth Annual Walk for Autism
Saturday, April 13
AT&T Center
San Antonio, TX

Big Bend Gem and Mineral Show
April 19-21
Alpine Civic Center
801 W. Holland Ave.
Alpine, TX

Kids Day in the Park
Saturday, April 20
10:00 am

San Pedro Springs Park
1315 San Pedro
San Antonio, TX

Big Bend Open Road Race
April 24-27
Route follows Highway 285
Fort Stockton, TX

Sadie Hawkins Couples Golf Tournament
April 27-28
Reeves County Golf Course
88 Starley Dr.
Pecos, TX

San Antonio District Office
Falcon International Bank
2530 SW Military Drive
Suite 103
San Antonio, Texas 78224
Toll Free 1.800.459.0119
Fax 210.932.2572
Eagle Pass District Office
Maverick County Courthouse
501 Main Street
Suite 114
Eagle Pass, Texas 78852
Fax 830.758.0402
Pecos District Office
312 S. Cedar Street
Suite 100
Pecos, Texas 79772
Fax 432.447.0275
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
Fax 512.463.1017
April 2013 - Message from Carlos
If you get a chance to drive by the office of ChildSafe-San Antonio at 7130 West Highway 90 during the first week of April, please take the time to do so, even if it's a little out of your way. The lawn will be covered with almost 6,000 blue pinwheels, representing the number of confirmed cases of child abuse in Bexar County last year.

Among them will be 19 white pinwheels, representing the number of Bexar County kids who died of abuse and neglect at the hands of their parents or other caregivers.

I'll be at ChildSafe headquarters on Monday, April 1, along with other child advocates to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month. Protecting our children is a year-round responsibility that everyone must share, but April gives us a chance to beat the drum a little louder and shine the light of public awareness a little brighter.

Here's why it's important. According to Child Protective Services' 2012 Data Book, there were 275,961 alleged victims of child abuse in Texas last year. CPS investigators confirmed 64,366 cases of abuse and neglect, an average of 176 every day, or about one every eight minutes.

And sadly, 212 Texas kids died from abuse last year, including those 19 in Bexar County.

Those numbers are far too high, and that's why we take this month every year to rededicate ourselves to the fight. We can do better, but everyone must get involved.

As part of Child Abuse Prevention Month, my colleagues and I will be sponsoring a resolution on the Senate floor, and we'll be wearing blue pins to remind us of those who died, those who suffered physical or psychological abuse, and all the other kids who need our vigilance and dedication.

You should get involved as well. Wear a blue ribbon or pin this month, become a CASA volunteer, attend Child Abuse Awareness Events in your community, and always be on the alert for signs of abuse or neglect. It could be happening right next door.

More than 7 million children live in Texas, and every one of them deserves to grow up free of abuse and neglect. That can't happen without you.

Semper Fi!

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Child Abuse Prevention Month Events

Monday, April 1
ChildSafe-San Antonio/Blue Ribbon Task Force news conference, 7130 West US Hwy 90, San Antonio, 10 a.m.

Tuesday, April 2
Child Abuse Prevention Month Resolution, Senate Floor

Wednesday, April 3
Child Protective Services 6th Annual Protected and Connected Festival, 3635 SE Military Dr., San Antonio, 3:30 p.m.

Friday, April 5
TexProtects' Child Protection Day Rally, State Capitol, South Steps, 12 p.m.

Saturday, April 13
Any Baby Can’s Ninth Annual Walk for Autism, AT&T Center, San Antonio, 8 a.m.

Saturday, April 20
Kids Day in the Park, San Pedro Springs Park, 1315 San Pedro, San Antonio, 10 a.m.

Eagle Pass Business Journal recognizes Sen. Uresti for legislative service

Sen. Uresti has been honored by the Eagle Pass Business Journal as the Public Representative of the Year.

The 19th Eagle Pass Business Journal Awards ceremony was held Saturday at the El Residencial Reception Hall in Eagle Pass, with San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro serving as keynote speaker.

Sen. Uresti was recognized for his public service achievements along with other Business Journal Award winners, including Physician of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Employee of the Year, and other categories.

The winners were selected from nominees submitted by the public.

"I'm honored by this recognition and proud to be associated with so many community leaders and organizations that make Eagle Pass such a great place to work and live," Sen. Uresti said.

Ground broken for Vietnam memorial at the State Capitol

Hundreds of people gathered under a brilliant blue sky last week to break ground for the long-awaited Vietnam veterans monument at the State Capitol.

The ceremony included moving stories by Vietnam veterans, a 21-gun salute, the playing of taps and bagpipes, and the dedication of dog tags with the names of those who died in the war. The tags will be entombed at the 14-foot-tall bronze monument, which will feature a sculpture of infantry figures.

"As a Marine and the father of a Marine, I was proud to support legislation authorizing the monument on the Capitol grounds," Sen. Uresti said. "It is a long overdue tribute to the more than 3,400 Texans who died in Vietnam and a way of saying 'welcome home' to the thousands of others who served."

Once installed, the Texas Vietnam Veterans Monument will be located on the Northeast Capitol Grounds, near the Peace Officer Memorial.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church Celebrates its Centennial

Sen. Uresti is helping Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church celebrate a century of service to San Antonio residents.

The East Side church will hold its 100th Jubilee Anniversary on Saturday, April 13, with a special mass at 4:00 p.m., officiated by the Most Reverend Gustavo Garcia-Siller and concelebrated by Father Daniel E. Cisneros. Visiting priests from around the world, including Rome, will be in attendance.

Sen. Uresti has prepared a Senate resolution for the occasion, and provided the church with a congratulatory letter.

"Our Lady of Perpetual Help has become known as the 'little church that could' for its long history of providing spiritual guidance and support for the largely Hispanic community on the East Side of San Antonio," Sen. Uresti said. "I congratulate the church on this milestone and wish it the best in the next century of service."

Bow WOW!

Sen. Uresti and other animal advocates have helped San Antonio Pets Alive! raise more than $23,000, enough to fund the rescue of over 150 animals.

Sen. Uresti joined Sylvia Rincon of KABB Fox 29, HEB, Petco, Strasburger Price Oppenheimer Blend, Animal Emergency Room, The Burdine Family, Dave and Jessica from Jaco, Dr. Joe and Wendy Martin, and other SAPA! supporters at the group's first anniversary gala dinner last month.

SAPA!'s Lindy Hardin said supporters "helped make over 5900 miracles happen in 2012" in pursuit of the group's goal of eventually making San Antonio the Largest no kill city in the country.

Sen. Uresti is a member of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, which voted unanimously last month to ban the use of carbon monoxide gas to euthanize shelter animals.

"Killing animals in gas chambers is a cruel practice that must be stopped," Sen. Uresti said. "Until we can truly become a no-kill city, we must provide more humane ways of addressing the problem of stray and unwanted animals."

If the bill passes, Texas would become the 21st state to ban the practice.

Sen. Uresti and his wife, Lleanna, are the proud parents of two recently adopted poodles, Bebe and Angel Pie. So they are not just talking the talk about animal protection, they are literally walking the walk!
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