Saturday, July 30, 2011

LATIN@ Peoples Movement Assembly July 29 Portland, Oregon

The first LATINO Peoples Movement Assembly took place on July 29th, 2011, a friday starting at 10 Am and going to 5:30 PM.  The LPMA was attended by 60 people from the states of Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Wyoming, and Montana.  The LPMA was organized by PCUN (Pineros y Camoesinos Unidos del Noroeste) of Woodburn, Oregon in the framework of the CSTI gathering happening at Reed College sponsored by Western States Center.

The Latino PMA was a very inter-active assembly that got all of the participants involved first in the 'Life Road Map', followed by a session on identifying the PROBLEMS we face as communities in the Northwest region of the United States.  The problems were identified and the following session was to look and offer SOLUTIONS, and the third session was ACTION PLAN to make real the solutions to the problems we face.

All of the participants took a very active role in the LPMA, and at the end of the day said what they were taking with them from the LPMA that they would implement at their organization and community, and they shared how they felt after the PMA.  Most of the common thinking was around forming alliances in order to build POWER capable of making lasting social change.

Participants of the Latino PMA concluded that they PMA was a tremendous success and that it was a methodology and process they were interested in utilizing and that they were very interested in utilizing the'Life Road Map' in their own communities to get people to really know each other and where they came from, and in order to build human relationships.

Ramon Ramirez, President of PCUN, together with two women leaders helped the Latino PMA come to a close at the end of the day with a unanimous chant that said "Si se Puede" meaning YES we can! Yes we can make social change in the United States for we believe 'Another World is Possible and Another U.S. is Necessary'!!!

ruben solis garcia

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