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Join us at the NO MAS HAMBRE Summit in Washington, DC!

Posted by Alfredo Estrada on 05/06/2011 @ 12:00 PM

Join us at the NO MAS HAMBRE Summit in Washington DC!

By Alfredo Estrada, Publisher, LATINO Magazine

Although nearly 50 million Americans went hungry last year, for Latinos, the figures are even grimmer. About 29.4% of Latinos faced hunger, almost twice as much as other Americans. Yet for many of us, this overwhelming health disparity remains a dark secret when, in fact, few issues impact us and our families so directly, so viscerally. It's literally a matter of life and death. But hunger in the Latino community is rarely discussed.

Why is this? There are no easy answers. We are a proud people, and the thought that we cannot feed our young children and aging parents, much less ourselves, is deeply shameful. Even if we must go hungry, some of us prefer to ignore it. There are stigmas attached to accepting charity from strangers. Even if there weren't, many recent immigrants would think twice about entering a government-supported Food Bank for fear of being deported. In California and Texas, where two thirds of Latinos live, there is a fingerprint requirement to applying for food stamps, known as SNAP. As can be imagined, barely half of Latinos who are eligible for SNAP actually receive assistance.

But there is another reason. Many Latinos simply don't know the facts. Clearly, Latino media has not done enough to inform our community that almost one in three of us go hungry. And even those who are informed often don't know the range of assistance which is available in this country. No one need go hungry. There are government funded programs, such as SNAP, a vast network of Food Banks and Soup Kitchens around the country, and an army of volunteers working to end hunger. Yet, if Latinos don't know about it, we can't help ourselves.

LATINO Magazine proposes to address this lack of awareness through an initiative called NO MAS HAMBRE. Its objective is to raise public awareness of hunger in our community through articles in LATINO Magazine, our website at NoMasHambre.com, and during our No MAS HAMBRE Summit taking place this month in Washington, DC. This first-of-its-kind event will bring together Latino community leaders, hunger relief experts, government officials, corporate executives, and the community to develop a Latino-centric anti-hunger agenda. Among the speakers is Brent Wilkes, Executive Director of the League of United Latin American Citizens.

I invite you to join us at the NO MAS HAMBRE Summit. It will be held on Tuesday May 17, 2011 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St., NW in Washington, DC. The day begins with a registration breakfast at 8 AM. The conference starts at 9 AM with keynote remarks by Vicki Escarra, President of Feeding America, and will continue with interactive panels and roundtable discussions with experts in the field. There is a complimentary lunch at 12-1 PM. The Summit concludes with a Town Hall meeting ending at 4 PM. There is no cost to attend and there will be free parking at the hotel. To register, please go to www.latinomagazine.com/nmhregistration.htm .

I hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at info.nomashambre@gmail.com. ¡Gracias!

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LULAC National Youth - Changing the Nation, One Project at a Time

Posted by Andres Rodriguez on 04/27/2011 @ 04:41 PM

As National L.U.L.A.C. Youth Vice President for the Far West Region, I find it an honor to be a part of our youth’s leaders and represent L.U.L.A.C. on a national level. As the National Youth Board approaches the second meeting of the 2010-2011 year, many thoughts and future projects arise. We’ve recently launched a national fundraiser by selling “I LOVE LULAC” lanyards (www.LULAC.org/lanyard ) to the nation’s councils which would also benefit them as they can sell throughout their communities. Also, our National Historian and Director of Publicity, Sandra Jurado, is creating the National L.U.L.A.C. Youth blog (www.lulacyouth.tumblr.com). Future projects include philanthropic actions such as a monetary donation to the Red Cross in response to the Earthquake in Japan and a Baseball Bat and Glove Drive to distribute to children in Central and South American countries. We plan to help youth not only through these projects, but also through political action. We will be discussing creating a resolution on behalf of the important national issues, such as Bullying. Through types of action like this, we can stand up for those who can’t help themselves.

Preparing for the upcoming National Convention in Cincinnati has become a challenging, yet exciting task. As soon as one of the board members comes up with an idea for a workshop or activity, it is posted on the Facebook group page where all board members can receive and view the idea. For the upcoming convention, we have planned visits to Wright State University and the University of Cincinnati. A trip to the King’s Island amusement park is also planned in hopes of creating stronger bonds within our LULAC youth councils. The Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park may also spark the interests of many youth. It contains four sites- the Wright Cycle Company Complex, the Wright Brothers Aviation Center at Carillon Park, the Huffman Prairie Flying Field and Interpretive Center on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and the Paul Laurence Dunbar House. As we explore many of Cincinnati’s attractions that the youth would enjoy, we also hope that it can be taken in as educational experience. This is what we believe leading a nation of youth is all about – educating the Latino youth of America and encouraging all of us to share our knowledge with our communities.

For more information about the LULAC Youth, please visit www.LULAC.org/youth. Follow us @lulacyouth on Twitter!

Yours Truly,
Andres Rodriguez
National Vice President for the Far West Region

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