LAS MILPAS, RGV – Eduardo “Eddie” Anaya, a leader with Valley Interfaith, is urging a “yes” vote for Proposition 2 in the November constitutional amendment elections.

Anaya was a guest of Rio Grande Guardian presenter Mari Regalado on a Facebook LIVE event last week.

EDAP, TWDB, Proposition Two, what are these titles all about and how do they connect with Las Milpas, Texas. We hope to connect the dots in this conversation with Valley Interfaith leader Eddie Anaya.

Posted by Rio Grande Guardian on Thursday, October 17, 2019

While much of the interview was in English, Anaya did also urge voters to vote “yes” in Spanish.

The above podcast focuses on the conversation Regalado and Anaya had in Spanish.

Proposition 2 is Valley Interfaith’s top issue right now. It would allow the Texas Water Development Board to issue general obligation bonds on a continuing basis as long as the outstanding principal does not exceed $200 million for the state’s Economically Distressed Areas Program (EDAP).

The ballot measure would require the bonds to be used for developing the water supply and sewer service in areas defined as economically distressed.

Anaya, an attorney based in Las Milpas, made the point that EDP effectively originated in his community. In the 1980s community activists in Las Milpas, led by his mother, Carmen Anaya, pushed for water and wastewater services in their community. They succeeded in pushing for various colonia improvement bills. Anaya says Las Milpas, now incorporated into the City of Pharr, has been transformed thanks to the community victories of 30 years ago.

State Sen. Eddie Lucio of Brownsville and state Rep. Mary Gonzalez of El Paso have produced a video in Spanish promoting Proposition 2. Here is the video: