Latino Summit Scheduled May 6

Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon will deliver keynote address

Kevin de Leon

Kevin de Leon

RIVERSIDE, California – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, will deliver the keynote address at a gathering of students, policymakers, and community activists that will suggest strategies for responding to Trump administration policies that are of concern to Latinos and others on Saturday, May 6, at the University of California, Riverside.

“Historic Mexican@ and Latin@ Summit: Strategic Response to Trump’s Presidential Policies” is free and open to the public. It is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Interdisciplinary North 1020. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. Online reservations are required. Parking permits may be obtained at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at the University Avenue entrance to the campus.

The event  is coordinated by Armando Navarro, UCR professor of ethnic studies emeritus, and sponsored by UCR Chicano Student Programs; Enrique Murillo, CSU San Bernardino professor and Latino Education and Advocacy Days (LEAD) executive director; and George Aguilar, chair of the Inland Empire Council, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC),

The summit is the culmination of planning meetings that began in December 2016 and continued during the early months of 2017. The program will consist of two panels – one of local, county, state, and federal representatives, and another composed of organization, community, and student activists.

Navarro said that many Latinos and Mexicans in the U.S. are concerned about President Trump’s derogatory comments about Mexicans during the campaign, and policies aimed at deporting 11 million undocumented immigrants, building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, renegotiating or canceling the NAFTA trade agreement, and policies that may hurt poor and middle-class Americans.

De Leon “has authored groundbreaking legislation on a variety of issues that have become national models and exemplify his ambitious approach to policymaking,” Navarro said. He recently sponsored SB54, would make California a sanctuary state. The bill has passed the State Senate and awaits approval by the Assembly.

Assemblywoman Eloise Reyes, D-Colton, will introduce de Leon. Navarro will present the summit’s mission statement. Rosa Marta Zarate, internationally renowned composer and activist, will perform the opening and closing songs.

The government panel is comprised of local, county, state, and federal representatives, including: Enrique Salomon Ramirez, consul of Mexico; Billy Muñoz Miranda, consul of Guatemala; Victor Lopez, mayor of Orange Cove; and Victoria Baca, councilwoman from Moreno Valley; Felipe Aguirre, former mayor of Maywood.

The organizations and activist panel will be moderated by longtime immigrant rights activist Angela Sanbrano, executive director of Central American Resource Center (CARECEN). Panelists include: Teresa Romero, secretary-treasurer for United Farm Workers; Jose Calderon, president of San Gabriel/Pomona Valley Latino Round Table; Luz Gallegos, executive director of Training Occupational Development Educating Communities (TODEC) and member of Ready California (Immigrant Rights Network); Nativo Lopez, director of Hermandad Mexicana Latinoamericana; Juan Jose Gutierrez, director of Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition; Juan Hernandez, director of Our Roots Multicultural Center; and Neftali Galarza, coordinator of Consego de Federaciones Mexicanas.


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