News and Events


October 14, 2020

Wednesday October 7
Registration CLOSED
Keynote Speaker: Julian Castro

Discrimination or Protection: Migrant farm workers push back on state's COVID-19 testing mandate

September 10, 2020

‘Why only us?': Migrant farm workers push back on state's COVID-19 testing mandate

The State of Michigan mandated COVID-19 testing due to several outbreaks on farms throughout Michigan. Between May 1 and early July, 2020 there were 102 cases linked to two farms in the Oceana County, according to Bridge Magazine,

Ottawa County: Video shows racist tirade against migrant worker

September 10, 2020

Travis Schoenborn, an employee of the EDS Schoenborn Orchard in Ottawa County has been charged with assault after a tirade against a migrant worker. The incident which was caught on tape by a co-worker, occurred July 2020 at the EDS Schoenborn Orchard in Ottawa County’s Tallmadge Township. Police reports allege that Schoenborn spit on a migrant worker after calling him racist slurs and humiliating him in front of his coworkers. (per WOOD8)


August 6, 2020

State of Michigan Launches Online Map of Free Wi-Fi Hotspots to Help Residents Lacking Access to Broadband Internet

Michigan Latino Legislative Day 2019

August 7, 2019

LLEAD-MI will be parterning with the: Hispanic Legislative Caucus; the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan; the Michigan Department of Civil Rights; the Michigan Latino Chamber of Commerce and the Grand Rapids Latino Chamber of Commerce.

The “Michigan Latino Legislative Day 2019” will take place on Wednesday, October 2, 2019.   Hope to see you there!  For questions please contact <Al Flores at>.


LEADERSHIP IN THE NEWS : Rep. Vanessa Guerra, D-Saginaw

May 15, 2019

Rep. Vanessa Guerra, D-Saginaw speaks about a woman's decision about her health care.

LLEAD Lansing member attending  incarceration age meeting.

Raise The Age in Michigan for adult sentencing

June 26, 2018

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

June 26, 2018

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:


LLEAD Lansing members receive NEA Big Read books

NEA Big Read

June 26, 2018


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 members with former US Secretary of HUD, Henry Cisneros

Lansing LLEAD at Henry Cisneros Reception

June 26, 2018

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.

Lansing LLEAD at Dolores Huerta Reception

June 26, 2018

Lansing LLEAD members Guillermo Z. Lopez, Rudy Reyes, Elva Reyes and Dolores Huerta at the Huerta Reception, Cowles House, Michigan State University . February 27, 2018.

Left to Right: Gilbert Guevara, Rudy Reyes, Lupe Guevara, Leo Romo

Saginaw LLEAD members

June 26, 2018

Saginaw LLEAD members Gilbert Guevara, Rudy Reyes (Lansing LLEAD), Lupe Guevara and Leo Romo. February 2018.

The Head of Joaquin Murrieta

June 26, 2018

The Head of Joaquin Murrieta Film Tour