By definition, a leader is someone with a vision who understands and voices the needs of the community while facilitating the involvement of others to bring about social change. History has shown the power of leadership, which is usually embodied in a person who drives positive change, i.e. Cesar Chavez, who led the first successful farm workers’ union in U.S. history.
Yet, for a population that has grown to more than 45 million Latino citizens, we presently seem to be at odds when it comes to deciding on the one person/organization that is going to stand up for the interests of our community in the larger national scene.
Not having a clear defender may have tremendous repercussions not only in the political arena, but in so many aspects of our future: At a time when many of the issues of our community are being debated, not having a clear leadership may mean that most decisions are more than likely being made without our input, our voice and our recommendations.
At tonight’s LATISM party, let’s talk about it frankly and openly.
Is lack of leadership a real issue or a perception issue?
What are some of the factors that contribute to our lack of leadership?
Who is holding the Latino torch in politics, business and other areas?
Are we better served, as a community, by smaller groups that focus on different aspects or do we need another Cesar Chavez?
Is there a need for alternative forms of civic participation to ensure that Latinos’ voices are heard?
- You’ll need a Twitter account (free) to join the party. If you don’t have one, you can sign up here.
- Be sure to follow Elianne Ramos [@ergeekgoddess] before the party so you can follow the flow = When you get this many Latinos under one “cyber-roof”, it can get very crazy!
- Also follow @ergeekgoddess1 [I tend to get into “tweetjail” for reaching my API limit].
- When you get to the party, introduce yourself and junp right into the conversation!
- Use the tag #latism in all of your party tweets.
- Most importantly, HAVE FUN!