LCR Events & Standing on Current Issues
Future, Current, and Past Events
Updated Invitation to LCR’s Luncheon– 1/30/20
Dear LCR Members, Friends and Supporters,
The Latino Community Roundtable (LCR), an IRC 501(c)(4) social welfare organization, cordially invites you to attend our next monthly luncheon.
LCR will dedicate its January luncheon to a conversation about local elections.
This luncheon event will take place on Thursday, January 30th, 2020, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Red Event Center, located at 921 8th Street, Modesto, CA.
(Note: We apologize of any inconvenience as to the change of dates for this event, but the Red Event Center was closed to the 21st of January, and on the 23rd, the candidates for judges were not available.)
First, we will hear from Dona Linder, our Registrar of Voters/County Clerk Recorder, who will speak about our new voting system. If you have questions, come and ask her in private or from the floor.
Next, we will hold a Candidates’ forum for County Board of Supervisors—both districts (1 and 5). LCR will endorse a candidate for each of the two open and contested districts—1 and 5. All candidates have confirmed attendance. Come and ask questions about your concerns such as the homeless, cooperation with ICE, reinvesting our tax dollars in our communities such as job training and education, or anything you would like to address to them.
Further, we will have introductions and brief comments from each of the candidates for Stanislaus County Superior Court judgeship offices 2, 5, and 6.
Last, our 2020 Board will be sworn-in by Judge Villalobos.
As always, a delicious Mexican buffet meal will be served at this luncheon. Food is available before 12:00 p.m., and the program will start at 11:50 a.m. Cost is $20 at the door. Courtesy table reservations of four (4) or more are available. For more info., contact Amanda Duran at 209-447-4493, or this writer at 209-567-1040.
Coming Soon to LCR:
—February 13th, 2020 LCR luncheon:
Black and Brown “Building Bridges” mixer/luncheon. One of our speakers will be Wendy Byrd, President of the local NAACP chapter and member of LCR, retired Director of MJC Student Development and Student Life, and a recipient of a 2020 ACLU life-time achievement award. She will speak about black history and the civil rights movement as it relates to Latinos, including the past issues, current issues, and plans to deal with them in the future.
—March 2020 LCR luncheon:
LCR’s 18th Annual Cesar E. Chavez “SI SE PUEDE” Empowerment Luncheon. We are working on a speaker. Amanda Duran and Maria Irma Castillo are our chair and co-chair for this Cesar Chavez’s committee. Amanda can be reached at 209-447-4493.
3. Reminder to our Members:
a. If you have not renewed your membership with LCR for this year, please do so at the door at any of our luncheons or download an application from our website—lcrstanislaus.org, click CONTACT on the top right, then click the red button that says JOIN HERE in the middle of the page–and mail it with the appropriate payment. Please remember that membership dues are due in January 1st of each year. Thank you for being part of LCR and supporting its mission: to improve the social, political, and economic condition of Latinos in Stanislaus County.
b. The LCR Board voted on 12-18-19 to increase the regular/individual membership dues from $30 to $50, beginning with this year on January 1st, 2020.
Thank you for supporting LCR, a full volunteer organization with non-paid staff.
AARON O. ANGUIANO
LCR Position on Current Issues
1. LCR’s Position on People’s Right to Protest About Law Enforcement’s Use of Excessive Force Against Minorities
LCR supports peaceful protests against excessive use of force against African-Americans, Latinos, and other racial minorities. Police departments must be held accountable to the community and urgently address implicit racial biases within their members, including providing sufficient training. A police force that proportionally reflects the racial diversity of its community is essential to the community’s trust in those departments and make their jobs easier and less dangerous to all of us.
2. Press Release May 28, 2020 - LCR urges local officials to revoke endorsement of Ted Howze and to denounce hate speech against immigrants and minority groups.
The Latino Community Roundtable urges local officials to revoke endorsement of Ted Howze and to denounce hate speech against immigrants and minority groups.
The Latino Community Roundtable (LCR) is proudly committed to improving the political, social and economic conditions of Latinos in Stanislaus County. As leaders in our community, we strongly condemn hate speech that degrades Latinos or any other identity group, and we
expect the elected officials who represent us to do the same. The derogatory statements made by Mr. Ted Howze on his social media pages over a period of several years are deeply disturbing and do not reflect the values and diversity of the district that he seeks to represent. We call on Mr. Howze to drop out of the congressional race, and we urge the local leaders who previously endorsed this candidate to denounce his hateful statements and publicly revoke their endorsements.
LCR rejects Mr. Howze’s attacks against racial and religious minorities, including his statements insulting Dreamers and other immigrant groups. Hispanic and Latino residents make up
approximately half of the population in Stanislaus County, and as of the 2010 Census, over 20% of the residents in our county were born outside of the United States. Immigrants are valued
and important members of our community. We will not accept leadership that encourages prejudice and bigotry toward immigrants or any other community group.
Elected officials who have publicly supported Mr. Howze have a duty to publicly revoke their support in order to communicate to their constituents that they do not endorse hateful rhetoric against members of our community. We applaud the actions already taken by many leaders at the national, state, and local level to condemn Mr. Howze’s comments. Denouncing Mr. Howze’s rhetoric is not a question of party or partisanship. It is a matter of principle. Our public
officials have a responsibility to lead with decency and respect, and to work against – not perpetuate – hate in our society.
We call on our local leaders who have not yet already done so to publicly denounce Mr. Howze’s statements, and to revoke their endorsements. We also hope that Mr. Howze will do the right thing and remove himself from the race. His rhetoric is shameful, and an
embarrassment for the Valley. Let’s work together to make it clear that hate has no place in Stanislaus County.
Amanda Duran, Secretary of the LCR Board of Directors
3. THE SPLIT-ROLL STATE PROPOSITION "SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES fIRST iNITIATIVE"
LCR supports the split-roll state proposition “Schools and Communities First Initiative” that would amend Prop. 13 to tax commercial — not residential — properties at their current market rate instead of the lower formula set by Prop. 13. The increased tax revenue will annually increase funding for schools and local communities in our entire state.
4. VOTING RIGHTS
All U.S. citizens should be able to vote.
5. Universal Healthcare
LCR supports Universal Healthcare for all Californians. Healthcare should not only be affordable to high income earners, but to everybody regardless of income. The free market should not dictate who stays healthy or who does not.
6. Bail Reform
LCR supports Bail Reform, Senate Bill 10, now pending in the legislature. The Eighth amendment of the constitution prohibits excessive bail. All Californians should have the right to bail without experiencing financial hardship that affects minorities and low income people in our state, excluding defendants charged with violent crime, sex offenses, or when the court finds that defendant’s release will be a danger to society.
LCR’s Board also supports DACA.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an American immigration policy that allows some individuals, under restrictive conditions, who entered the country as minors, and had either entered or remained in the country without legal permission to do so, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and to be eligible for a work permit.
8. National High School Walkout in Protest of Ongoing Gun Violence in Schools
The Latino Community Roundtable of Stanislaus County (LCR) Board of Directors supports the National High School Walkout on April 20th (the 19th Anniversary of the Columbine shooting) in protest of ongoing gun violence in schools.
9. Renaming Mellis Park and King Kennedy Memorial Center to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Park and Center
LCR’s Board of Directors supports the efforts being made by The Committee to Change the Name of Mellis Park to Reverend Martin Luther King Jr Park, and King Kennedy Center to Reverend Martin Luther King Jr Center, in working collaboratively with the City of Modesto to make such changes.
The Board recognizes that Reverend King fought for the civil rights of African-Americans just as Cesar Chavez fought for the rights of the Latino community.
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