Attorney Feliciano said this was truly an historic occasion when the Latino Community hosted the two principal advocates of the single most important initiative in government reform in recent memory.
Andrés González, president of the Hispanic Roundtable Community Programs, discussed the upcoming Convención to be held in October 2010. José C. Feliciano, Jr., the president of the Young Latinos Network (and the co-chair of the Civil Involvement Committee) explained how the public could become involved in Convención 2010.
The speakers were asked pointed questions regarding the role Latinos played in the development of the proposals and the opportunities created for the future Latino community.
Questioners included: Adrian Maldonado, President of Logik Construction; Gustavo Hoyas, President of the Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Jerry Peña, Co-Chair of the Civic Involvement Committee; and Roberto Torres, Economic Development Director for the City of Canton and former Toledo School Board member.
Neither side completely satisfied the questioners. Further, it became apparent during the forum that neither proposal had been shaped with meaningful input from the Latino Community.
There were approximately 80 Latino leaders and community representatives in attendance representing the Hispanic Pastors’ Association, the Young Latinos Network, National Society of Hispanic MBA’s (NSHMBA), Latinas, the Hispanic Alliance, the Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Hispanic Roundtable.
This event was blessed with the attendance of Sister Alicia Alvarado, who is still convalescing from a major stroke.