LULAC is a genuine non-profit organization working daily to make the world aware of the value the Hispanic culture brings to humanity and to support and add to it.
If you have interest in keeping up with what the League of United Latin American Citizens is doing at the National office please follow and read their website at https://lulac.org/
There has been much discussion, among those engaged in leading and participating in our local council. The need to create a list of projects and the need for creating a priority list of which projects to support first. There are tremendous needs on the one hand and tremendous success among most Latino groups on the other. Our mission is to support the community in all areas but education is high on the list.
The most successful project recently has been that of one of our local council members Erik Erazo. Erik is the Coordinator of Diversity and Engagement for the Olathe, Kansas school district. Erik was born in San Francisco, California of parents from Guatemala. The council is honored to have Erik and his staff be part of our local LULAC Council #11085.
Erik, how have you supported or contributed to the local Hispanic/Latinx community? “I have worked with the community for 16 years. I created several programs including the Hispanic Leadership Club and the Olathe leadership Low-Rider Bike Club. I have also created several programs in Spanish for Spanish speaking parents. I serve on several committees in the county and I am on the board of El Centro and United Community Services of Johnson County. I am also on the Olathe Police Department’s Community Police Advisory Board”. How do you connect with your Hispanic/Latinx culture?
I connect by being part of the community. I talk with the parts of the community everyday. It is important for me to be in tuned with what is happening in the community so that I may better serve the community. I am also very active in the Low-Rider Car community.”
“Low-Rider” has been stereo typically associated with the Latino Community as is now the Low-Rider Bike Project. The great news is that the projects are open to all cultures but lends to create a very positive view of Latinos.
Lulac Council #11085 openly supports the above mentioned projects and encourages the Hispanic community to join in and preserve these historical events. “El Día De Los Muertos.” The day of the dead is where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drink and celebration. A blend of Mesoamerican rituals, European religion and Spanish Culture. The holiday is celebrated each year from October 31-November 2. While October 31 is Halloween, November 2, is All Souls Day. The good news is that this is a happy time for us still alive and well on planet earth. ‘
Cinco de May’ celebrates Mexico’s victory over the “Second French Empire at the Battle of Puebla”. The United States has also proclaimed September 15-October 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month and it is a great time to pay tribute to this beautiful culture.