National and Local News and Events

LLEAD news and events: Be up to date on what's happening for Michigan Latinxs.

 

  • Black History Month : February 1 -  28: LLEAD Michigan and its' chapters recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the African American community as part of the builders of this state and this country. We recognize and celebrate our Afro-Latinx community members and leaders who have moved our community forward with their contributions in the arts, social justice, education, labor and history. 
  • Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo: February 2, 1848.  February 2, 2021 - 173rd anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo between Mexico and the US. Mexico ceded the northwestern part of Mexico (present day AZ, CA, CO, NV, NM, UT and WY; map) to the US in return for a payment of $15M, the settlement of claims of US citizens against Mexico and the right for Mexicans in the region to choose US or Mexican citizenship with protections, including the retention of language, culture and property ownership. Latinos and the Law
  • As we commemorate the life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it is important to remember his connection to the Latino community.  This 1968 telegram to United Farm Workers Union President Cesar E. Chavez, King acknowledges Chavez committment to justice through non-violence.
  • Dr. King also spoke on  Puerto Rico.

Local News and Events

MICHIGAN RECONNECT: Free tuition at Michigan Community Colleges

February 12, 2021

The State of Michigan announced the free tuition program at district community colleges. The tuition will provide tuition for associate degrees or Pell-eligible skill certificates for those 25 years and older for community colleges in their district. For those who live out of their district, the Reconnect program will pay part of the tuition only with the student responsible for the remaining tuition fee. It is estimated that 75% of Michigan jobs will eventually require education beyond high school and a $7,500 increase in earnings per year with a 2-year degree.

Judge Isidore Torres

Judge Isidore Torres, First Latino Judge, Wayne County Michigan (see more)

January 22, 2021

LLEAD joins the family of Isidore Torres and the Michigan community in mourning the passing of the former Wayne County judge. Judge Torres was the first Latino judge in Michigan. He was born in San Antonio and grew up in Bay City, Michigan. He was a graduate of Michigan State University and earned his law degree from Wayne State University.

Michigan COVID-19 ALERT APP AVAILABLE IN SPANISH AND ARABIC

December 30, 2020

ON December 30th, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget (DTMB) announced the launch of Spanish and Arabic language options for its anonymous exposure notification mobile app, MI COVID Alert. MI COVID Alert is an important tool in the State of Michigan's continued efforts to bring the numbers of cases, hospitalizations and deaths down.

EDUCATION: MICHIGAN WIFI HOTSPOTS

August 6, 2020

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

Archived News Items

Guadalupe Ayala, City of Lansing Diversity Officer

December 3, 2020

City Pulse editor and publisher Berl Schwartz interviews Guadalupe Ayala, Lansing's first-ever diversity officer, who was appointed by Mayor Andy Schor.

LEADERSHIP IN THE NEWS : Raymond Bobby Deleon, President, Mexican American Council, Saginaw

December 1, 2020

The Mexican American Council (MAC) of Saginaw was recently honored with the 2020 Untener Cup award. Deacon Librado Gayton, Director of the Office of Hispanic Ministry from the Diocese of Saginaw, presented MAC President Raymond Bobby Deleon the award. It is presented annually in memory of Bishop Kenneth Edward Untener to recognize an organization that "promotes and exemplifies the work of social justice" in the Saginaw community.

 LLEAD DIA DE LOS MUERTOS 2019

LLEAD 2019 DIA DE MUERTOS OFRENDA : REMEMBERING OUR LEADERS

November 17, 2020

The leaders on this ofrenda, and others before them served our Michigan Latino community since the 1920s. They fought and marched for justice, dignity, freedom and equality for their families and neighbors, many times in an unwelcoming northern landscape. At times, they singularly lead advocacy, civic and cultural engagement efforts bringing awareness to Latino community concerns. Seeking justice in at times, a violent world, was and continues to be a dangerous occupation. They paved the road for future generations to move their efforts forward.

COVID

November 17, 2020

 

LLEAD MICHIGAN AND LOCAL CHAPTERS ENCOURAGE COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO BE FAMILIAR WITH RECENT COVID-19 EMERGENCY ORDER MCL 333,2253

Dan Salas, video journalist, McCourtie Park

LLEAD MEMBER DAN SALAS PRODUCES LATINO ARTS IN MICHIGAN VIDEO

November 17, 2020

Two-time Emmy winner photojournalist Dan Salas and photographer Ellis White, recently highlighted the work of Mexican American sculptors Ralph Corona and George Cardoso. Salas, owner-operator of Positively Michigan, produced a video featuring 17 concrete bridges created in the Trabajo Rustico style by Corona and Cardoso in 1930-1933. Trabajo Rustico is the process of sculpting concrete to resemble wood also known as faux bois. Corona and Cardoso were apprentices of San Antonio Trabajo Rustico master Dionicio Rodriguez.