National Hispanic delegates visit Cleveland to organize around the financial and humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico

Cleveland, Ohio-The Hispanic Alliance will be welcoming a group of National Hispanic delegates from Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and Florida to bring awareness to the financial and humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico.  The delegation will join the Hispanic Pastors Association, a group of 60 local Latino faith-based leaders on Saturday, May 28, 2016 for a full day of group discussions, followed by canvassing the Cleveland Clark-Fulton neighborhoods encouraging voter registration and responsible civic engagement.

A press conference is scheduled on May 28, 2016 from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. at 3110 West 25th Street, in Cleveland, Ohio

This will be an excellent opportunity to engage and organize our community during this epic moment in Puerto Rico, and to show how it affects us here on a local level.” “It is imperative that we take a proactive stance, in collaboration with our colleagues around the country, to share our experiences and strategies that will contribute toward fixing our Island”, said Juan Molina Crespo, Executive Director of the Hispanic Alliance in Cleveland. “We must register our people to vote, get them to the polls on election day, and motivate them to become more civically involved,he added.

This day of action will commence with a presentation by nationally acclaimed economist, Dr. Edwin Melendez of El Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College, NY, who will present: The Role of Community Based Latino Churches in the Current Puerto Rican Economic, Social and Political Environments.

Members of Spanish Advisory Board for the Electorate (SABE) will conduct door-to-door canvassing in the Clark/Fulton community to register residents.

After canvassing, the group will travel to Lorain, Ohio to meet with Latino leaders and elected officials at El Centro de Servicios Sociales.

The Hispanic Alliance’s mission is to integrate the Hispanic/Latino community by uniting, supporting, and strengthening Alliance members in Greater Cleveland and Northern Ohio, to further the social, educational, and economic development of the Hispanic/Latino community through advocacy, leadership development and the formation of strategic partnerships.

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