October 17 & 18: Oregon Latino Inaugural Summit In Salem | "One United Voice — Una Voz Unida"

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Oregon Latino Agenda for Action Plans Inaugural Summit

"One United Voice — Una Voz Unida" is the theme for an historic two day Summit slated for Oct. 17 and 18, 2010, in Salem, Oregon convening Latino leadership from throughout the state to catalyze and coordinate statewide efforts promoting the social and economic well-being, political capacity, and civic leadership of the Latino community in Oregon.

Organized by the Oregon Latino Agenda for Action (OLAA), the event has been in the planning by Latino leaders from civic, community, and government sectors.

"Our Latino community in Oregon is at the tipping point with a new, collaborative ethos for presenting a united front for effective strategies for change, and that is why we are organizing this historic statewide, explains Consuelo Saragoza, OLAA Co-Chair.

"We believe this event will be catalytic for the positive presence and forward movement our community deserves in a climate of increasing challenges; and we expect new relationships and networks will be forged at the Summit that will strengthen our social, economic, and political capital and be of benefit not only to Latinos but also to the community at large," adds Saragoza.

Designed to accommodate up to 300 participants in the Salem Conference Center, Salem, Oregon, the Summit will begin at 1 pm on Sunday and end at 7 pm, 8 am on Monday until late afternoon.  Focusing on the main issues of economic conditions, health, immigration, employment, and social and cultural development, participants from urban, suburban, rural, and coastal areas of Oregon will discuss, deliberate and decide in an open, non-partisan, and participatory model of regional engagement.

On the first day, the Summit will focus on the reception of community input and the research papers.  On the second day participants will prioritize findings into a strategic agenda for action.  The event will also feature a community fair with organizations, Latino businesses, sponsors, plus an art exhibit and cultural presentations to showcase Latino artists.

In addition, a pre-Summit on-line survey, also available in hard copy, is being distributed to help prioritize the issues and to suggest strategies for public policy and proposed legislation.  Responses will contribute to the content of the Salem event.  Summit details, registration info, and survey can be found on www.olaaction.org

One unique feature of this event is that Summit organizers hope to stream event proceedings live to sites throughout the state of Oregon to maximize the participation of Latinos, especially in counties where their population is proportionately higher.  They include: Marion, Polk, Hood River, Clackamas, Multnomah, Wasco, Morrow, Umatilla, Klamath Falls, Jackson, Jefferson, Ontario, Clatsop, Washington, Tillamook, Yamhill, Crook, Milton Freewater, and Lake.  Second tier counties may also receive the Summit stream where possible: Columbia, Benton, Sherman, Gilliam, Union, Wallowa, Baker, Grant, Wheeler, Deschutes, Linn, Lane, Coos, Douglas, Harney, Malheur, Curry, Josephine, and Lincoln.

Initially enabled by a grant by Oregon Consensus and facilitated by the Non-Profit Association of Oregon/TACS, the planning and implementation for the Summit has been in the hands of the OLAA executive committee, and various working groups for the last 18 months. Additional support has been granted by the North West Health Foundation, the Ford Family Foundation, and the Oregon Community Foundations, among others. The Latino Network (Portland, OR) is the fiscal sponsor for OLAA.