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Friday
Jan062017

New Campaign Launched to Increase Latino Representation and Impact Across Greater Boston

 

Greater Boston Latino Network unveils new website and upcoming events and actions
 
BOSTON – Friday, January 6, 2017 – The Greater Boston Latino Network (GBLN) today launched a new campaign to increase Latino representation and impact in local government, which will include digital outreach, discussion forums and the release of a new report.
 
“Latinos are the region’s fastest growing population, contributing billions to our local economy and tax base, but we are largely absent from decision-making positions,” said GBLN Steering Committee Member Alex Oliver-Dávila. “This campaign will help increase the voice, impact and representation of Latinos across Greater Boston.”
 
Today’s launch includes the unveiling of a new website, GreaterBostonLatinos.org, featuring news on GBLN’s campaign and the opportunity to sign up for action updates.
 
GBLN also announced today it is co-sponsoring a counter-inaugural event on January 15 at the Boston Public Library featuring diverse writers and activists expressing their shared commitment to the rights and values that are essential to American democracy.  
 
Finally, GBLN announced an upcoming report which will detail the underrepresentation of Latinos in leadership positions across the region, set for release in May, 2017. The report will be the second edition of The Silent Crisis: Including Latinos and Why It Matters.
 
“With continued under-representation at the local level and harmful policies coming at the federal level, now is a critical time to act,” said GBLN Steering Committee Member Vanessa Calderón-Rosado. “This campaign will help ensure the voice of the Latino community is heard loud and clear and no longer marginalized.”
 
About the Greater Boston Latino Network: 
Formed in 2013, GBLN is a collective effort to address historical underrepresentation of Latinos in leadership roles across the region. Member organizations include: Chelsea Collaborative; East Boston Ecumenical Community Council; Hyde Square Task Force; Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción; Juan Leyton, activist and Roslindale resident; La Alianza Hispana; Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights & Economic Justice; Sociedad Latina; and South Boston en Acción. 
 
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