The Texas AFL-CIO and Texas AFT partnered this weekend with a Univision station in Houston to promote reading, immigration reform and workers' rights at the Houston edition of the COPA Univision amateur soccer tournament. The event included adult men's and women's and youth teams. During the tournament, several thousand people visited the AFL-CIO/AFT exhibit and volunteers gave out more than 1,800 books to children in attendance. Besides the ice cream truck, the exhibit was the second most popular, said Joe Arabie of the Texas AFL-CIO.
The Texas AFL-CIO reported the exhibit space stayed busy with a steady stream of kids and parents stopping by to get a free book through First Book and to sign petitions supporting a commonsense immigration policy. AFT has a partnership with First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more than 100 million books to children across the country. Lizzet Lopez, a Univision morning show news anchor, read to children who stopped by the booth Saturday morning.