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Editorial – Buffalo Latino Village
FEDERAL FUNDSCOMING TO BUFFALO
Buffalo getting about $1.27 billion. Elected officials sharpening their knives, along with their selected community leaders. We know some crumps will come our way to support the development of the Hispanic Heritage Council’s Hispanic Center on Niagara Street. The Latino Village feels this is not enough; actually, it is a big insult to the community. We urge people who consider themselves leaders to meet, prepare to fight together for a LOT MORE, a great opportunity to bring LIFE to the Niagara Street strip. Time to develop a “Business Economic Latino Plan.” We have the human resources to qualify for a big piece of the action. In addition to the proposed HHC Center, other Latino groups will be able to sponsor their own San Juan project, like El Batey Puerto Rican Center, Los Artistas del Barrio, El Buen Amigo, El Museo, Pucho Olivencia Center, Belle Center, HUB, Hispanic Women’s League, Los Taino Senior Center, El Cajaro Social Club, and the Raices Theatre group. Don’t settle for one cultural center, we can have more. We can also help Latino businesses by generating consumer & tourist traffic. Look where the Peace Bridge is located. What do you think? Share your opinion.
Press Release — From the Buffalo Dominican Committee and the Puerto Rican/Latino Committee (February 23, 2022)
TIME RUNNING OUT ON ECONOMIC PIECE OF THE PIE, VISION TOO SMALL, LATINO LEADERS MUST COME UP AND SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY’S ECONOMIC PLATE!
“While HHC is smiling for the few millions they plan to get for the heritage center on Niagara Street, little planning, if any, has been conducted to determine how the community can truly benefit as a whole if a bigger vision was in play”, said Cesar Cabrera, Chairman of the Buffalo Dominican Committee. (BDC)
“We just don’t want a drop of water from the faucet, we want a whole glass,” said Cesar. It’s also the reason why it’s important that a Latino run for the board of Education. Our community has grown, and we need to be more aggressive, move forward, be visible, and with proper planning, demand more from our elected officials. This is the main reason why PRLC and BDC came together.
Another leader, Jose C. Pizarro, Chair of the Puerto Rican/Latino Committee (PRLC), said his group and the Buffalo Dominican Committee, have just completed a proposal with all leaders in mind. We need to reach out and meet with all our Latino community leaders, including our Latino businesses, and bring them on board in supporting the proposal.
“We will say more when we have an opportunity to meet with our community leaders, especially with the three most important human service agencies in our community, like Pucho Olivencia Center, Bell Center, and Hispanic United of Buffalo”, said Pizarro. ——— More to come.
For Information: Jose C. Pizarro 716-207-1883, email: email@example.com / Cesar Cabrera 716-318-0988, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Submitted by Jose C. Pizarro, Chair, Puerto Rican/Latino Committee, Cesar Cabrera, Chair, Buffalo Dominican Committee. —- Prepared with the assistance of Alberto O. Cappas, publisher, Buffalo Latino Village.