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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Eugene Assembly to Address Public Safety and Crucial Services for Families

January 17, 2012

Francisco Lopez, Executive Director 503-269-5694
Erik Sorensen, Communications Director, 503-488-0263

Eugene Assembly to Address Public Safety and Crucial Services for Families

Eugene, Ore. -- Join members of Faith, Labor, and Community Organizations and Education sectors of Lane County on Tuesday, January 24th for a Leaders’ Assembly at the First United Methodist Church in Eugene. The assembly will address two important issues to members of Lane County including Driver's License Access Restoration for all Oregon Residents and Restoration of Funding to Centro LatinoAmericano, an organization that provides crucial services to working families in Lane County and the Southern Willamette Valley.

Lane County Leaders' Assembly
Building an Alliance for the Common Good

Date & Time:
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

First United Methodist Church
1376 Olive Street
Eugene, OR 97401-3939

During the assembly, members of the community will offer testimony and urge the Oregon State Legislature to create safer roads by restoring driver’s licenses for all Oregon residents regardless of immigration status. They will also call on Governor Kitzhaber to provide administrative relief until the Legislature passes legislation.

Another important issue of focus of the event and of critical importance to Lane County, is the urgent funding restoration for Centro LatinoAmericano. Centro LatinoAmericano is the single largest and most established community-based organization in Lane County (and the southern Willamette Valley) serving the needs of low-income individuals and families.

On June 30, 2011, Centro LatinoAmericano lost its main source of funding for crucial human services putting families and individuals at risk. This reduction of services has left families with fewer resources to address their most basic needs--food, heat, and shelter-- that are crucial to assist them with becoming more self-reliant, and to protect them from violence and abuse. Centro LatinoAmericano serves more than 2,000 Lane County Latino families per year.

Centro LatinoAmericano (Centro) was formed in 1972 by a group of activist Chicano students from Lane Community College and the University of Oregon to meet the needs of Mexicano immigrant families in Lane County. In 1978, Centro became a bilingual and multicultural non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization, and has continued to serve as the main avenue for the social and civic integration of the Latino population in Lane County.

Invited guests to the assembly include elected officials from City, County, and State Government.

Those bringing a delegation from a Church, Synagogue, Union Local, Public School, Community Organization and University, needing to RSVP  or needing more information should contact Causa's Lane County Organizer Ranfis Villatoro at (971) 242-9964


Causa, Oregon's Immigrant Rights Organization, is the largest Latino and Latina civil and human rights and advocacy organization in the Pacific Northwest. We work to defend and advance immigrant rights through coordination with local, state, and national coalitions and allies. For more information, visit




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