News Release from the office of Senator Carlos Uresti

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2008
CONTACT: Diana Martinez, 512-463-0119

SENATOR CARLOS URESTI AND THE BLUE RIBBON TASK FORCE HIT THE STREETS TO PREVENT CHILD ABUSE

State Senator Carlos Uresti's Blue Ribbon Task Force brought their message of parental support straight to the doors of San Antonio residents this morning. The "Strengthening Families Block Walk" provided information and tools for parental support. Volunteers helped distribute bags with parenting tips and bilingual literature with the central message of empowering children and strengthening families. Eager child advocates visited more than 100 households in the 78207 zip code.

This is the second Blue Ribbon Task Force Strengthening Families Block Walk. Senator Uresti plans on organizing consistent block walks throughout the city to support and strengthen communities with high instances of reported child abuse, drop out rates, and teenage pregnancy.

"These events give us a great avenue to communicate directly with young parents," Said Uresti. "There are so many programs available for their support and a lot of people are not aware of them. These are significant tools that would help parents and children in a very tender time in their lives."

Senator Uresti is the founder and chair of the Blue Ribbon Task Force, a local coalition of community members. Carlos I. Uresti is the State Senator of District 19, the largest geographical senate district in the contiguous 48 states. Senate District 19 spans a 23 county area stretching along the U.S.-Mexico border, from San Antonio to El Paso County. Covering 55,000 square miles, the district contains 62 school districts, spans two time zones, and is larger than 24 states and 25 countries.

For more information on the organization, visit www.blueribbontaskforce.com.

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