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El Pueblo moved to a new office space that is now more accessible by public transit; hosted La Fiesta del Pueblo in the heart of downtown Raleigh on Fayetteville St, joining the likes of SPARKCon, the African American Cultural Festival, and First Night Raleigh; and hired four new staff members to help us meet the current phase of El Pueblo’s mission. At the same time, we continued delivering innovative and high-quality programs to grassroots community members, supporting them to develop their leadership skills and advocate for positive changes at the local, state, and federal level.
El Pueblo supported undocumented youth to defend access to drivers' licenses for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program; began a strategic development process with our adult lay health advisors; and transitioned our traditional Foro Latino to host two El Pueblo Assemblies, which provide opportunities for community members, volunteers, board, and staff members to build capacity together and set the direction for El Pueblo programming moving forward.
El Pueblo began a strategic planning process for intergenerational organizing, registered and mobilized hundreds of voters in the general elections, and brought on three new staff members (including a new executive director) as well as eight new board members. Moved to office space on Blue Ridge Road.
Derechos sin Fronteras, our reproductive health program for Latin@ youth, gained a statewide award in the area reproductive health. El Pueblo's biggest cultural event, La Fiesta del Pueblo, moved to Moore Square in downtown Raleigh.
El Pueblo began collaboration for health outreach with the Mexican Consulate General in Raleigh through the Ventanilla de Salud.
El Pueblo began working statewide to educate and empower Latinos to prevent and respond to domestic violence and sexual assault. At the same time, El Pueblo created the Derechos sin Fronteras program, in collaboration with IPAS, to address issues of reproductive health with Latino and Latina youth.
In 2008, El Pueblo began working with adult promotoras to address issues of reproductive health. That same year, Tony Asion, previously El Pueblo’s Deputy Director, took on the role of Executive Director.
Zulayka Santiago, previously the Youth Program Director took the reins as El Pueblo’s new Executive Director. El Pueblo completed a statewide Listening Tour as the basis for forming the 2007-2008 Latino Legislative Agenda, which would guide the organization’s advocacy for the following legislative session.
HB1183 was introduced into the NC general assembly, with the aim of granting in-state tuition status to undocumented students who had lived in North Carolina for four or more years and had graduated from a North Carolina high school. Although the bill did not pass, El Pueblo welcomed the open, and sometimes brutally honest, dialogue.
As programs, such as the Lideres de Salud (lay health advisor) program, No Fumo Youth Leadership Project, and breast cancer awareness programming, continued to add to El Pueblo’s staff, the organization found a new, larger home on the second floor of the American Legion building on Blount St. in Raleigh.
In collaboration with Student Action with Farmworkers, El Pueblo sponsored the first Latino Legislative Day at the NC General Assembly to advocate on issues of education, driver’s licenses, and farm labor conditions. After seven years at Chapel Hill High School, La Fiesta del Pueblo moved to the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.
With input from more than 300 experts and advocates, El Pueblo developed the first NC Latino Legislative Agenda. Education, health, and safety were listed as top priorities for the Latino community. This year the organization also launched its Nuestra Seguridad Highway Safety Campaign and developed a Latino Artists Directory.
El Pueblo’s first fully-funded programs were started in 2000, including our first youth programming. With a primary focus on advocacy and lobbying, El Pueblo moved to a new office at the Longview Center in Raleigh close to the General Assembly. This would be the organization’s home for four years.
In December 1999, El Pueblo hired its first Executive Director, Andrea Bazán Manson. Originally from Argentina, Andrea was one of the founding members of El Pueblo and served as Vice President of the Board prior to her tenure at El Pueblo’s helm. The Board also elected retired police officer Hilton Cancel as the Board President. Hilton and Andrea guided the organization for six years.
Katie Pomerans was elected El Pueblo’s Board President and was instrumental in developing the organization’s fundraising plans through both grant writing and corporate sponsorships. In 1997, La Fiesta moved to Chapel Hill High School, drawing more than 10,000 participants.
After another successful Fiesta, which expanded to two days, El Pueblo hosted its first Leadership Development workshop, funded by the organization’s first grant from the Triangle Community Foundation. Sixty-five Latino leaders met in March at Camp New Hope to discuss fundraising, facilitating meetings, working with the media, and strategic planning.
On July 21, 1995, John Herrera filed El Pueblo’s Articles of Incorporation. The volunteers formed a Board of Directors, with Steve Carbo as President, and adopted the following mission statement: El Pueblo, Inc. facilitates community and bridge-building within the Hispanic/Latino communities as well as with other communities of North Carolina. This is accomplished through advocacy, education, communication, empowerment, and promoting the interests and meeting the needs of the Hispanic/Latino community.
The first Fiesta del Pueblo was held on September 18, 1994 and was attended by approximately 3,500 people at the Lincoln Center of Chapel Hill. The committee’s vision was “to hold a festival that was free and open to the public, to provide safe recreation, sharing of information, and increased collaboration among the Latin American community and its supporters.”