Latino convention in Reading maps out equitable future Commonwealth community

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Latino convention in Reading maps out equitable future Commonwealth community

By Anthony Orozco / WITF

November 3, 2020

Wanda Holdren performing traditional Puerto Rican bomba at Centro Hispano Daniel Torres’ annual gala in 2015. Courtesy of Wanda Holdren via WITF

An annual event to bring together Latino leaders from across the state has led to discussions about pressing issues in the community.

WITF’s Anthony Orozco has more on the recent third annual PA Latino Convention in Reading.

Norman Bristol Colon, founder and chairman of the event, says this year’s convention focused on energizing the state’s Latinos. 

Organizers also put extra emphasis on communities located along the Route 222 corridor in Lancaster, Berks, Lehigh and surrounding counties. 

“The Latino community of Pennsylvania plays a major role in making sure that we get out and vote, that this is the year for civic engagement or voter participation for Latino activism. And the 222 corridor, because it’s home to more than 500,000 Latinos,” said Colon.

The convention also focused on Latino health, education, immigration and urban planning in several cities.

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