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San Antonio Mayor headlines Convención Hispana in Cleveland

Over 2,500 guests attended Convención Hispana on October 19th, 2013, 9:00am to 4:00pm, at St. Ignatius High School located at 1911 West 30th Street in Cleveland.  The Mayor of San Antonio, Julián Castro, delivered the keynote address.

This is a triennial event, with over 100 sponsors, supporting organizations, and booths on display, all reaching out to Latinos. The main host is the Hispanic Roundtable, which aims to increase political participation of Latinos, increase civic activity, increase educational development, increase economic development, and support voting rights, according to its president José Feliciano. 


Julián Castro

38-year-old San Antonio native, Julián Castro, is the youngest mayor of a Top 50 US-American city. Throughout his tenure, he has focused on attracting well-paying jobs in 21st century industries, positioning San Antonio to be a leader in the New Energy Economy, and raising educational attainment across the spectrum.

“Educational attainment is what we want to continue to stress to our youth in Cleveland, and Mayor Castro’s visit will help to reenergize our Hispanic community and underscore the importance of growing our economy,” said Magda Gómez, President, Hispanic Community Programs for the Hispanic Roundtable.

He is the first Latino to deliver a keynote address at a Democratic National Convention, as he did in 2012 when President Barack Obama was re-nominated by the Democratic National Party. He also spoke at President Obama’s inauguration in January of 2013.

In March 2010, Castro was named as one of the World Economic Forum’s list of Young Global Leaders. Later that year, Time magazine placed him on its “40 under 40” list of rising stars in U.S. politics.

In summary, Convención Hispana is spearheaded through the work of four volunteer-led committees focusing in the areas of education, empowerment, health, and workforce & economic development.  The event serves as a vehicle for the collaboration of our Greater Cleveland Latino community organizations, partners and leaders, while promoting the mission of the Hispanic Roundtable.

The work of the Convención Hispana has brought forth the development of many outstanding organizations in the Hispanic community, including:  Esperanza, Inc. (a non-profit organization focused on Latino education), the Hispanic Business Association, the Hispanic Senior Center, the Latina Project at the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center, and the Hispanic Contractors Association.

Summary by Will Sánchez and Rico de La Prensa.

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