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A conservative Hispanic organization is seeking to encourage Latinos to propose changes in politics and the public sector with an eye toward creating jobs and improving the economy.
The Hispanic Leadership Network was founded in January 2011 and since then it has become a key platform for conservative Latinos.
By means of workshops and seminars, HLN seeks to educate and inform Hispanics about how to get involved in - and solve - the social and political problems that affect their communities, according to Jennifer Sevilla Korn, the group’s executive director.
“We’ve put on events in several states - among them Florida, Nevada, New Mexico (and) Texas - and we’re going to continue traveling all around the country to help Hispanics who want changes to be productive and to dare to do it,” said Sevilla Korn in an interview with Efe.
“We’ve created links with different civic organizations, chambers of commerce, influential politicians and we’ve even knocked on doors in different neighborhoods to ... inform people about our organization,” she added.
Sevilla Korn, a specialist in political strategies and campaigns and director of Hispanic and Women’s Affairs in the White House during the George W. Bush administration, also said that the HLN’s goal is to help restore economic opportunities in the country and seek ways that Hispanics can “get ahead.”
Meanwhile, Massey Villareal, a member of the HLN’s board of directors and owner of a data processing firm based in Houston, said that the organization, although it receives the support of Republican politicians, is not affiliated with any political party or organization.
“There are members who have different points of view with regard to various issues, like undocumented immigration, the DREAM Act or border security,” he said.
Last weekend, HLN held in San Antonio a forum directed specifically at Hispanic small businesses in Texas with the aim of examining the impact the health care reform package being pushed by President Barack Obama will have.
Participating in the event was Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who told the audience of more than 300 that they should resist efforts to “impose ObamaCare.”
Linda Vega, the founder of Latinos Ready to Vote, a non-profit that promotes Hispanic voting, said that the event enabled people to get to know other Hispanics in the state with the same drive and interests and the desire to learn about how to help the community.
“The only way to help and find future Latino leaders is by creating this type of activity. This is also the way that solutions are sought for the requests and problems facing the public,” she added.
The next HLN forum, which is scheduled for late August in Tampa, Florida, will focus on the country’s current finances and economic circumstances and will feature the participation of Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush.