MEDIA ADVISORY from the office of Senator Carlos Uresti

March 5, 2008
CONTACT: Diana Martinez, (512) 423-3168

WHAT:Blue Ribbon Task Force Block Walk to Strengthen Families and Prevent Child Abuse
WHEN:Saturday - March 8, 2008 - 9:00 a.m.
WHERE:PCI/Headstart Building - 1227 Brady Blvd San Antonio, TX 78207

State Senator Carlos Uresti's Blue Ribbon Task Force is bringing their message of combating child abuse and neglect straight to the doors of some San Antonio residents. The "Taking it to the Streets" block walk will be directed to residents in the 78207 zip code, and will provide information and tools for parental support. Hundreds of volunteers will help spread door bags with tips and bilingual literature with the central message of empowering children and strengthening families. More than one thousand households can expect a visit from an eager volunteer.

The Blue Ribbon Task Force plans on organizing at least one block walk every three months throughout the city in a large-scale effort to support and strengthen communities with high instances of reported child abuse, dropout rates, and teenage pregnancy.

Members of the media are invited to join us at our staging area in the PCI/Headstart building from 9-10 a.m. Senator Uresti will be available for comments and questions from members of the media during the event.

Senator Uresti is the founder and chair of the Blue Ribbon Task Force, a local coalition of community members. Carlos I. Uresti is the senator from State Senate District 19, a 23 county area stretching along the U.S.-Mexico border, from San Antonio to El Paso County, including all or part of the following counties: Bandera, Bexar, Brewster, Culberson, Crockett, El Paso, Edwards, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Kinney, Loving, Maverick, Medina, Pecos, Presidio, Real, Reeves, Sutton, Terrell, Uvalde, Val Verde, Ward, and Winkler. Covering 55,000 square miles, the district contains 62 school districts, and spans two time zones. As the largest geographical senate district in the contiguous 48 states, Senate District 19 is larger than 24 states and 25 countries.