NORWALK, Conn. – A Latino community forum, “Latinos Unidos de Connecticut,” urging the community to “stand united for a cause,” is planned for 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at the South Norwalk Community Center (SoNoCC) at 98 South Main St.
A flyer for the event states, “Let’s stand united for a cause, the Latino cause! Come and be a part of this historical event. Come make your presence known, your presence is extremely important!”
Former Norwalk councilman Warren Peña, president of LULAC Council 703, League of United Latin American Citizens, and president and chairman of the board of SoNoCC, said it is time for the Latino community to step forward and take its place in the city’s leadership.
“The biggest barrier facing the Latinos in Norwalk is our disproportionate under-representation in city government and social service agencies,” Peña said in an email. “Up until now, Latinos have been too passive and have lacked civic involvement. Latinos are the majority of the minority in Norwalk by almost a two-to-one margin and the time has come to join together among ourselves as one to project a strong voice in issues affecting the lives of our people.”
He identified those issues and including the educational achievement gap, job training and job opportunities, better housing, and immigration challenges “that place our strong family structure and values at risk and impede our ability and our desire to elevate ourselves to the standards of the dominant culture.”
Peña has been a vocal advocate for the Latino community, and has the Latino community is not getting its fair share of city resources.
“It is no longer acceptable that we allow others to abuse their positions of power at the expense of our children and our families,” he said. “It is time for those in positions of power and authority to be held responsible and accountable for their actions.”
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