Press Statement
From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Immediate Release
September 19, 2008
Contact: Tina Tran, 512-217-5882

Senator Ellis Calls Constituents to Address Ike Issues

September 19, 2008 (HOUSTON) - State Senator Rodney Ellis and ACORN will be calling constituents throughout Harris and Fort Bend Counties to provide them with the most current information on the Hurricane Ike recovery effort. Using technology, donated to ACORN by Tele-Town Hall, LLC, Senator Ellis and ACORN will dial thousands of phone numbers instantly allowing constituents to participate in a live, real time question and answer session, without having to leave their homes.

The phone call will go out Saturday morning (September 20) at 10:30am to 75,000 households in the greater Houston area. It will take place at the CenterPoint Greenspoint location at 2301 West Gears Rd. A second tele-town hall meeting will take place on Sunday, September 21 at 4pm.

Constituents will be able to listen to Senator Ellis, ACORN, senior executives from CenterPoint, and top City of Houston officials will be on the line to give out vital information. Constituents will be able to leave a message at the end of the call.

ACORN is the nation's largest grassroots community organization of low- and moderate-income people with over 400,000 member families organized into more than 1,200 neighborhood chapters in 110 cities across the country. Since 1970, ACORN has been building community organizations that are committed to social and economic justice, and won victories on thousands of issues of concern to our members, through direct action, negotiation, legislative advocacy and voter participation.

The call will be open to the media. Please contact Tina Tran at 512-217-5882 to receive the call in number.