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, a 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 economic future. ‘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.