League of United Latin American Citizens Connecting with the Community
After many months of having to meet on line via Zoom the local LULAC Council #11085 will move to have in person face-to-face meetings again.The location which has proved to be most convenient for those engaged in the business of the council #11085 is at the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library. It is located at 3104 Strong Ave. Kansas City, Kansas 66106
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There has been much discussion, among those most engaged in leading and participating in the local council, as to a list of projects and creating a priority list of which projects to support first. There are tremendous needs on the one hand and tremendous success among Latino groups on the other.
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 the 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 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 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 a very positive view of Latinos.
Lulac Council #11085 openly supports the projects and encourages the Hispanic community to join in and preserve these historical events. Along with these events a very popular and upcoming event will be “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 ritual , 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 should be a happy time for us still alive and well on planet earth.