Taco Trucks in Houston Will Help You Register to Vote

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By Becky FogelSeptember 27, 2016 11:27 am

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Today is National Voter Registration Day, and a Houston company has taken a controversial comment from the presidential campaign and turned it into a framework for a voter registration drive. Houston Public Media’s Andrew Schneider says Latinos for Trump founder Marco Gutierrez’s comment regarding “taco trucks [on] every corner” inspired the tactic. 

“Thomas Hull, of design firm Rigsby Hull, decided it deserved a bigger response than just a tweet or meme,” Schneider says. “He joined forces with Mi Familia Vota, a group that promotes Latino political involvement, and organized a fleet of Houston taco trucks to serve as voter registration booths.”

Information on where to vote will also be distributed. The registration campaign begins today at eight taco trucks throughout the Houston area and will run through Tuesday, October 11.

One month from today, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth will induct four new cowgirls into their ranks, including San Antonian Frances Rosenthal Kallison. Diana Vela, associate executive director of exhibits and education at the museum, says it would be difficult to find someone who has accomplished so much for Texas Jewish history and ranching. 

“She was as comfortable with a pair of reins in her hands as a fountain pen, so she wrote for The Cattleman Magazine stories about her ladies patrol, about palominos,” Vela says, “as well as some scholarly essays for the Texas Jewish Historical Society Quarterly.”

Kallison also ran a ranch with her husband, tried her hand at philanthropy, and cofounded the Texas Jewish Historical Society. Jimmy Kessler, the society’s other co-founder, says Kallison’s opinionated nature is what made her so well-liked. 

“There’s a phrase I used to hear as a kid – she was willing to tell the cow how to eat the cabbage,” he says. 

 The induction ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 27.

The State Preservation Board says work starts today to install the main pieces of the Texas African American Memorial on the State Capitol grounds. The large bronze friezes will arrive today.

Board officials say the monument will depict the experience of African Americans in Texas including slavery, emancipation, and achievements in the arts and sciences.