Letter: LUC aims to ‘engage’ Latino community in civic affairs

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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


13 responses to “Letter: LUC aims to ‘engage’ Latino community in civic affairs”

  1. piberman

    Bravo. Electing the most capable Latino to the BOE would be a fine way to establish your presence. And ask Dr Riviera how you can assist. Getting involved in the community’s public education traditionally has been the “ipward path”.

  2. Don’t Panic

    Norwalk would appreciate it if LUC would kindly remember to take down their signs after their events are over. Thanks very much.

  3. Nabil

    @Dont Panic , we would be more than happy to comply. If you see any place please contact us and we will remove it. Thank you for the suggestion.

  4. Susan Wallerstein

    Bravo Nabil & others. Your grandfather Roberto would be so very proud.

  5. Don’t Panic

    Or, maybe you can keep track of where you put them up and take them down again. Pretty please.

  6. Bill

    Why does this group applaud the actions of Warren Pena and Ed Comacho with respect to SoNoCC? Because Warren’s family also runs LUC…what a shame there is so much corruption in both organizations.

  7. Bill

    Why did Gabriela Perelli drop the Pena part of her name that was always found on other LUC press releases? Is she trying to hide the fact that she is related to Warren Pena?

  8. Nabil

    @Bill sir you are mistaken, LUC is run by the board mentioned above and is most definitely not run by Warren Pena or Ed Camacho. Please do not start rumors that are not true. I would be more than happy to speak with you about our organization if you have any more questions. While we have been able to host our events at the south Norwalk community center, we are separate. And your accusations on us being corrupted have no basis. What would be the corruption? Lol we are just starting out and everything we do is done with our own time, money and efforts.

    Either way, I did not write this letter to start a cowardly online argument. As the secretary of LUC I welcome you all to participate and to ask us personally any questions or doubts you may have. Born and raised in Norwalk I want to see this city thrive for everyone, and some of you may have given up but I still haven’t.

  9. Bill

    @Nabil, just so you are clear, are you saying no one on the board of LUC is related to Warren Pena? Also, if the organization is supposed to be for everyone then there should be no problem having anyone at your events, be it the Ferradinos or their allies in the latino community. No one should be excluded from LUC just because Warren Pena considers them enemies, which by now is over half the town of Norwalk.

  10. Nabil

    @Bill, To be clear, we have one member on the board who is extended family of Mr. Pena although it does not matter. When one member of our family gets involved in the community, it often encourages the rest of the family to also get involved. I’ll give you an example, because of my integration to LUC, my family has been paying more attention to Norwalk’s affairs and has volunteered more of their time for the community (includes everyone not just Latinos), therefore I think it’s irrelevant that Mr. Pena has a family member on the board. The board does not take direction from one person, we act according to our bylaws and we vote on every decision. As for Gabriela, she is not related to Mr. Pena. If you are not aware by now, many Latinos share the same last name even if they are from different Latin American Countries, which is the case for them. Just as my last name is Valencia but no, sadly I am not related to the VALENCIA LUNCHERIA owners. I hope that brings you and others some clarification. Please email me to discuss any further doubts.

    As for the Ferrandinos, we never excluded them. Marina even helped in our first event and we are grateful for her assistance. As long as there is harmony and respect, we will work with anyone.

  11. Shash

    Dear Bill – ANYONE can go to LUC events, even the Ferradinos if they want – just saying because I do not belong to the organization but I have been in a couple of their events and I think they do a great Job!!!

  12. Gfg

    Everyone is welcome to LUC even the Ferrandinos….. Talking about the Ferrandinos they are a couple and they used to work at Soncc so what will be the problem if LUC have family working together

  13. Bill

    Warren Pena helped start LUC in the middle of a political campaign. LUC encourages latinos to vote and demand things of government. LUC’s board has someone related to Warren Pena on it. Anyone who has ever read a local political corruption story can see there is a huge conflict of interest for a local politician to have family push his agenda and encouraging “his” people to vote.

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