Welcome to LLEAD!

We are bringing a voice to Michigan Latinos! LLEAD is a Michigan-based organization of Latinx community leaders from many walks of life. What we have in common is a love for Michigan and a passion for making life better for Latinos living in the Mitten state. LLEAD is a state-wide organization with branches in Lansing, Saginaw, Holland and Grand Rapids. This website hosts our learning and teaching resources, the Crisis Response Manual, and Speaker's Bureau as well as recent local and state news of interest to our mission. We invite you to browse the available speakers knowledgeable on many topics affecting Latinos in Michigan. 

 

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                                                   GOVERNOR WHITMER PROCLAIMS SEPTEMBER AS HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH                                                                   

Gov. Whitmer Proclaims September as Hispanic Heritage Month LANSING, Mich. -- Governor Whitmer is celebrating Michigan’s Hispanic population by proclaiming September 2021 as Hispanic Heritage Month. “Michigan’s Hispanic and Latino residents are an essential part of our state’s cultural and economic fabric,” said Governor Whitmer. “I am proud to proclaim September as Hispanic Heritage month and celebrate alongside a community filled with rich tradition as we continue to ensure that Michigan is a welcoming and inclusive place for all.” View the full Proclamation .

 

FLAGS FLOWN AT HALF STAFF FOR GAYLORD NATIVE STAFF SGT. NATALIE ROSE BARAJAS

Governor Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags throughout the state of Michigan to be lowered to half-staff on Sunday to honor the life and service of former US Army Staff Sargent NATALIE BARAJAS . Sgt. Barajas was a Gaylord . Michigan native who served and honored with distinction.

In an update, the Governor’s Office says that flags will fly at full staff on Friday, Sept. 17 to recognize Constitution Day and National POW/MIA Recognition Day. They say the new flag lowering date for Sgt. Barajas will be on Sunday, Sept. 19

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Michigan Celebrates Immigrants Who Have Helped Make Our State Strong And Prosperous

Sept.10-19 IS WELCOMING WEEK IN MICHIGAN 

LANSING, Mich. – The Office of Global Michigan is encouraging all Michiganders to celebrate National Welcoming Week, Sept. 10-19, highlighting the importance of bringing together neighbors of all backgrounds to build strong connections and achieve collective prosperity.

Newcomers are a vital part of our communities, bringing fresh perspectives and new ideas, while also contributing to the vibrant diversity we value. Michigan is a welcoming state and can achieve greater prosperity by making people from all around the world feel valued, regardless of where they were born or what they look like.

“This is a great endeavor that will help shed light on the positive contributions and impacts immigrants bring to Michigan,” said Global Michigan’s Director of New American Integration Karen Phillippi. “We sincerely hope others will join us in celebrating not only our current immigrant, refugee and international residents who have helped make Michigan the great state it is today, but also all future ones to come.”

Michiganders can join Global Michigan by sharing their personal immigrant and refugee stories and highlighting their contributions to their community on social media, adding #WelcomingWeek and #IWelcome to their posts.

The www.welcomingweek.org site includes downloadable signs and other resources to celebrate the immigrant, refugee and international community.

Visit www.newamericaneconomy.org/locations/michigan to learn more about immigrants and the economy.

Learn more about Global Michigan at www.michigan.gov/OGM.