The first-ever Summit on Latinos (SOL), (an acronym that in Spanish refers to the sun and all it represents as a source of awareness and orientation), aims to establish an action agenda for the uncertain times that we live in. In the tradition of earlier coalitions that advanced civil rights and social justice for Latinos across the nation, several organizations are making a call, for the first time ever, for all New Yorkers concerned with Latino issues (advocates, activists, members of organizations, concerned individuals, and allies) to come together on Thursday, June 1st to highlight the challenges that demand immediate action and uncover opportunities to bring about the full development for the City’s Latinos.
The event will explore the themes affecting Latino New Yorkers with the goal of establishing policy priorities and developing a collective action agenda that elected officials can use to promote public policy initiatives that address the needs and challenges facing the city’s diverse Latino communities.
The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College/CUNY, the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute at The City College, and the Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at Lehman College at CUNY, and the Hispanic Federation; joined by New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Members Ydanis Rodríguez and Carlos Menchaca in spearheading a collective planning effort that they hope will have an impact for years to come.
Latinos account for one-third of New York City’s population. According to the latest census, more than 2.4 million Latinos reside in the five boroughs, making New York the city with the highest concentration of Latinos in the United States. By the end of this decade, Latinos will become the largest race/ ethnic group in NYC. Despite the numbers, the Latino community faces unique challenges that deeply impact its progress. Latinos have a higher unemployment and poverty rate than the City’s other racial/ethnic groups, and many also face threats to their civil rights due to the current political climate. A conference of this kind is a necessary step towards building a more powerful community and ensuring the continued success of this remarkable and diverse group of New Yorkers. With SOL, NYC Latinos and their allies will now have an annual meeting that can function as a permanent collective tool to regularly transmit the experiences and perspectives of Latino communities to elected officials and other policymakers.
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June 1, 2017, 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Hunter College, Silberman School of Social Work, Auditorium – 2180 3rd Avenue (at 119th Street), New York, New York, 212.396.7500, sssw.hunter.cuny.edu/