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May 4-5, 2017
University Of Texas at San Antonio
The partners of the “1st Latino Path to Power and Prosperity” working symposium invite
prospective participants to this May 4-5, 2017 policy focused event. The symposium goal is to
establish equitable public policies that contribute to economic mobility opportunities which
strengthen Latino families. Strong families exemplified by financially stable home environments,
increased education, secure employment, greater child development support opportunities,
improved health, and more engaged voters.
This statewide working summit provides us an opportunity to collaboratively review the bienestar
(well-being) of Latino families targeting education, labor/employment, housing, and health and
human services while critically discussing the impact of local and state public policies on these
major issue areas.
Public policies matter because they can help strengthen or weaken families. Texas’s history and
the ‘Texas Way ‘of minimal and regressive policies to human capital investments are well-
documented. The consequences have been inadequate and inequitable public policies that invest in
families and children. Today, over one-half (2.3M) Latino children are at risk of being another
generation who will struggle to achieve the American Dream or middle-class status.
While Latino advocates and allies have made policy achievements, continued challenge to local
and state policies across a range of issues negatively impacting our families is imperative. More
needs to be done to invest in our schools and students, increase jobs and wages, increase
homeownership, and improve health and neighborhoods environments. Whereas, regressive tax
policies, unbalanced tax credits to business interests, voter suppression, and bad immigration
policies are counter-productive policies to investing in families, and strengthening our states
‘Change is slow in Texas’ is an understatement. The current state and national political environment
intensify the policy challenges. Join us, in assessing our capacity to influence public policies. Let
us have deliberate discussions to develop short and long-term policy platforms. Symposium
deliberations will incorporate:
Symposium participation is limited. Acceptance will be based on multiple criteria including, but not
limited to, geographical and Latino-based advocacy/non-profit service issue experience. Overnight
accommodations and air/mileage travel costs will be provided dependent on travel distance.