To the Editor:
Latinos Unidos de Connecticut, “LUC,” has been mentioned in some articles and comments. We would like to formally introduce ourselves.
We are a newly formed, non-profit organization focused on uniting the Latino Community in order to educate, promote awareness and engage these residents in civic duty. We are not here to divide Latinos from the rest of Norwalk residents, but to engage them in Norwalk’s affairs.
We have noticed the rise of Norwalk Latinos and we felt it was important to reach out and address the issues we are facing as a community. We are here to promote respect within each culture, educate on what services are out there for them as well as how to give back to the Norwalk community, and gain representation in our city.
Our meetings began small, mostly community leaders and activists already present. As time went on, we established a small group of members who have dedicated their time, money and efforts into turning this idea of a Latino organization into reality. While there are many misconceptions on why we decided to form this group, let us be clear: We formed this group because we are longtime residents of this great city and wanted to have a voice in our community. Our current members include different Hispanic heritages, with different educational and professional backgrounds.
Although we have not been in existence for a long time, we are writing this letter to introduce ourselves and to let you know we will continue to help organize and help our community. To be clear, our organization deals with politicians just like every other one does, but we are NOT a political organization. We are a group of Latino acquaintances who met for the same cause and have now become a family, a LUC family. We are always looking for more members and volunteers. We welcome everyone regardless of race, gender, religion and sexuality. If anyone wants to help with the integration of Norwalk’s Latinos into Norwalk affairs, we welcome you to join us.
We would like to also acknowledge the South Norwalk Community Center in their aid to help us. We have been fortunate that the Board has allowed us to grow as a new organization on their premises. We are appreciative of their collaboration for all of our events. In respect to the recent changes, we are in total support of the decisions made by the Board. We look forward to working with the new director and staff on improving not just the Latino community but South Norwalk in general. If you have any further inquiries, please e-mail us at [email protected]
Gabriela Perelli, President
Alix Meza, Vice-President
Aleyda Caceres, Treasurer
Nabil E. Valencia, Secretary