Event: Noche de Fiesta South TX Civil Rights Project

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Noche de Fiesta: Celebrating Commitment to the Community

When: Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Where: McAllen Chamber of Commerce, 1200 Ash
Time: Reception 6:30 p.m.  Awards 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $30
For more information call (956) 787-8171 or check website

South TX Civil Rights Project will be honoring the following award recipients for their tireless efforts to protect human and civil rights:

Ramon Ayala – Legendary musician who has defined much of modern norteño music, Ramón Ayala does extensive voluntary work with disabled and abused children.

Rev. Ed Krueger – Founder of the Comite de Apoyo, Inc., and the Committee for the Health, Education, and Empowerment of Women Workers and long time immigrant worker’s rights advocate.

Sister Marian Strohmeyer – Provided sanctuary for refugees, health care to the Valley residents in most need, and shelter services to vulnerable populations. She opened Casa Merced for refugees from Central America, was involved in the first sanctuary trial, held in Brownsville. In the late 80s she revamped Casa Merced to serve HIV and AIDs. She opened Comfort House in 1989 to care for the terminally ill. In 1999, she co-founded Hope Family Health Center, which provides counseling and primary health care.

Even if you cannot attend tonight’s event, take some time to learn about these amazing community activists and celebrate/honor the powerful work being done in our shared communities across the nation.

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