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LLEAD Conference Friday, October 12, 2018

Aqui Estamos! It's Time! LLEAD Michigan's 2018 Conference is Friday, October 12th at the Lansing Center at 333 E. Michigan Avenue Lansing, MI  48933 (Phone: 517-483-7400). Breakout sessions and topics include College Prep, Youth Advocacy 101, Immigration, Voter Education, LGBTQ, Gerrymandering, the 2020 Census, and a media plenary.  For tickets, please call Elva Reyes at 517-749-0181 or email at  

Raise The Age in Michigan for adult sentencing

LLEAD Lansing member attending  incarceration age meeting.

In November 2017 LLEAD member Elva Reyes attended a Raise The Age in Michigan meeting. Michigan was 1 of 5 states that automatically allowed 17 year-olds to be tried and sentenced as adults. Raise The Age in Michigan supports legislation which would raise the age of legal adulthood in the court system and treat 17year-olds as minors and give teens access to a diversion program or counseling.



LLEAD Lansing member Oscar Castañeda at anti-White Nationalist gathering

Lansing LLead member Oscar Castañeda speaks to a crowd gathered to protest White Nationalist Richard Spencer's visit to MSU, on March 5 , 2018.


For additional information on the pro-Nazi visit see:


NEA Big Read

LLEAD Lansing members receive NEA Big Read books

Lansing LLead members receiving Luis Alberto Urrea's featured book "Into the Beautiful North" for the NEA funded Big Read Project lead by MSU Professor Sheila Contreras.  L-R Juana Gonzales, Jesse Gonzales, Guillermo Z. Lopez, Sheila Contreras, Oscar Castañeda, unknown.



Lansing LLEAD at Henry Cisneros Reception

Lansing LLEAD members with former US Secretary of HUD, Henry Cisneros

Lansing LLEAD members Maria Starr Van Core, Elva Reyes, Diana Rivera, Rudy Reyes, Diana Flores and Alberto Flores with Henry Cisneros at a reception, Kellogg Center, Michigan State University on October 1, 2017.  In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Henry Cisneros, the former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Development, lectured  on cities and the economy, smart growth and sustainability, and American Latinos and the nation’s future.