Special Invitation to LATISM to Join Miami Hispanic Policy Conference – Friday, December 2nd, 2011

In our effort to open up civic engagement opportunities for all Latinos, LATISM is sharing this special invitation from the White House to our bloggers, members and friends in the Miami, FL area.

LATISM Board member Giovanni Rodriguez (@GioRodriguez) and South Florida Chapter Directors Ernesto Sosa (@ernestososa) and Blanca Stella Mejia (@micaminar) will be attending this conference representing our organization. The conference presents a great opportunity to voice your concerns and opinions about issues that affect our Latino community to government officials. We urge you to participate, write about it and contribute to the online conversation by using the hashtags #WHenFL and #LATISM.


November 30, 2011

Obama Administration to Announce New Housing and Employment Program and Host Hispanic Community Action Summit in Miami This Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Building on a series of summits held across the country this year, the White House will host a Hispanic Community Action Summit at Miami Dade College’s Chapman Conference Center on Friday, December 2nd.
Senior Administration Officials will also announce a new pilot program that would expand employment and contracting opportunities for low-income Hispanic workers and the companies who hire them and preview the summit at a news conference at the Brickell Plaza Federal Building on Thursday, December 1st.

The summit will connect more than a dozen Senior Administration Officials from several policy areas with Hispanic leaders, business owners and local officials to discuss issues critical to the Hispanic community, including how the American Jobs Act can strengthen the economy and keep hundreds of thousands of firefighters on the job, police officers on the streets and teachers in the classroom around Miami and across the nation. In addition, the Department of Housing and Urban Development will announce a pilot business registry targeting contractors and low-income job seekers in Miami, Detroit, New Orleans, Los Angeles and Washington at the news conference.

The gathering in Miami follows a series of similar regional meetings held in cities across the country this year beginning in Orlando and following a national Hispanic policy conference held at the White House this past July.

The summits have all provided an opportunity for participants to address important issues with White House and Cabinet agency officials. Discussions cover a wide-range of topics from jobs and the economy to education and health care, to fixing the broken immigration system so that it meets our nation’s 21st century economic and security needs.

The summit in Miami will begin with a plenary session followed by dynamic breakout sessions and an innovative open space dialogue where summit participants will work together to define the agenda and shape the format.

Members of the public must register in advance to participate in the summit at http://1.usa.gov/vgd1x3. A recent report on the President’s agenda and the Hispanic community is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/hispanic.

Administration officials expected to participate include:

·         Dan Restrepo, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council, The White House

·         Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education, Domestic Policy Council, The White House

·         Francisco Sánchez, Under Secretary for Commerce for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce

·         John Trasviña, Assistant Secretary, Fair Housing and Opportunity, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

·         Esther Olavarria, Counsel to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

·         José Rico, Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

·         Mayra Alvarez, Director of Public Health Policy, Office of Health Reform, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

·         Yvette Sanchez Fuentes, Director of Head Start, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

·         Luis Miranda, Director of Hispanic Media, The White House

·         Julie Chávez Rodriguez, Associate Director, Office of Public Engagement, The White House

·         Gabriel Sandoval, Senior Advisor, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

·         Lisa Garcia, Associate Assistant Administrator and Senior Advisor to the Administrator on Environmental Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

·         Zixta Martinez, Assistant Director for Community Affairs, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

·         Joanne Urrutia, Deputy Director, Office of English Language Acquisition, U.S. Department of Education

·         Lisa Pino, Deputy Administrator, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

·         Robert Angelo, Regional Representative for Secretary Hilda Solis, U.S. Department of Labor



Department of Housing and Urban Development Miami Field Office
Brickell Plaza Federal Building 4th Floor Conference Room, 909 SE First Avenue, Miami

11:00AM ET            Housing and Urban Development Assistant Secretary John Trasviña and White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics Director José Rico join Miami area business leaders and residents at a news conference to announce a new registry that will connect businesses that hire low-income and public housing residents to federally-funded projects and preview the Miami Hispanic community action summit.

Chapman Conference Center, Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, 245 Northeast 4th Street, Miami

9:00AM ET               National Security Council Senior Director Dan Restrepo and Housing and Urban Development Assistant Secretary John Trasviña deliver opening remarks followed by an event overview by White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics Director José Rico.

9:30AM ET              Opening plenary followed by a series of policy conversations
·         Job Creation and Economic Recovery
·         Housing Investments that can Result in Employment
·         Educational Excellence
·         The Affordable Care Act and Healthy Families
·         Fixing America’s Broken Immigration System

10:30AM ET            Open Space Dialogue: Administration officials and summit participants create agenda and plan of action.

3:30PM ET               Commerce Under Secretary Francisco Sánchez delivers closing remarks.

4:00PM ET               Closing session





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