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Reported Hispanic Happenings: Raffle, FLOC, Club Taino Picnic, New Americans, Festival/Las Fénix

By La Prensa Staff

One lucky winner will walk away with $1,000 on Friday, July 27, 2018, when a reverse raffle will be held to benefit El Corazón de México Ballet Folklorico dancers and their trip to Disney World for a Florida performance in early January. 200 tickets, priced at $25

each, will be sold for the event, to be held at Central Academy, 2727 Kenwood Blvd., Toledo, 6 to 9 p.m. that evening. A second-place prize of $200 also will be awarded. The $25 ticket also includes an enchilada buffet dinner. Prizes and a gift card will be awarded every 25 tickets. Those tickets can be purchased by calling 419.283.1628. 



FLOC’s rally at 7-ELEVEN convenience store calling on the store to drop the VUSE E-Cigarettes; action outside the store [2601 W. Bancroft St.] to drop the VUSE e-cigarette brand, on Saturday, July 28, 2018, 12:00 noon to 1:00PM.


As part of a national boycott of VUSE, dozens of people will participate in an action outside of a 7-ELEVEN, calling on the store to drop VUSE, a brand of electronic cigarettes made by Reynolds American Inc. that contains nicotine extracted from tobacco.


Kangaroo is the largest convenience store chain in the Southeast, and tobacco product sales make up 38% of Kangaroo sales. Consumers believe that 7-ELEVEN is an integral part of the tobacco supply chains and therefore should support tobacco farmworkers demands for better working and living conditions.


For ten years, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), a farmworker union representing tobacco farmworkers, has challenged Reynolds as a leader in the tobacco industry to end abuses in their supply chain by guaranteeing farmworkers freedom of association and the right to collectively negotiate better working conditions. Reynolds sets the term of their grower contracts and is ultimately responsible for the working conditions of tobacco farmworkers in their supply chain.


According to FLOC, “in 2011, Oxfam America and FLOC released a human rights report detailing widespread abuses like dilapidated housing, sub-minimum wages, work-related illnesses, and fear of retaliation for speaking out. Since then, FLOC has continued to bring examples of farmworker abuse to the attention of Reynolds; however, Reynolds’ response has been to support charity programs and issue empty standards that have had no impact on farmworkers’ lives.”



Club Taino Puertorriqueño will host its annual summer picnic on Sunday, July 29, 2018, 1-5 p.m., in the Yager Center at Swan Creek Metropark, 4659 Airport Highway, Toledo. This is the 22nd year the club has hosted the picnic.


Traditional Puerto Rican food will be served in a potluck format and scholarships will be awarded at the event. Participants are encouraged to bring a covered dish and/or beverage to share. People also are advised to bring lawn chairs, as seating will be limited. The event is free and open to the public.  Contact: María at 419-215-4305.



The newly-minted Ohio Office of Opportunities for New Americans and the New Americans

Advisory Committee will host a listening session in Toledo on Tuesday July 31, 5:30 p.m., at the University of Toledo-Scott Park campus, in the Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC).


The groups are hoping to hear details from immigrants and refugees about problems in accessing statewide services and the opportunities to further integrate Ohio's newcomers. Guisselle Mendoza McDonald was recently appointed by the governor to serve on his new 12-member New Americans Advisory Committee.


Mrs. Mendoza-McDonald is a native of Nicaragua who obtained her citizenship a couple of years ago. She is director of operations for the Lucas County Treasurer’s office and a steering board member for the Welcome TLC, an initiative that works to welcome newly arrived immigrants and refugees.


According to host organizer Welcome Toledo-Lucas County (Welcome TLC), the governor’s office wants to get testimony from foreign-born community members but will also welcome family members of immigrants and refugees, service providers, community leaders, and those generally interested in attending.


The immigrants and refugees listening session is one of several being held across the state. Gov. John Kasich created the Office of Opportunities for New Americans and the New Americans Advisory Committee several weeks ago by executive order. The mission of the office is to help ensure these new Ohioans are job-ready by coordinating existing efforts at the state level, communicating with immigrant support groups, and by identifying and tearing down barriers that prevent or impede their integration into society and economic success.


The Office of Opportunities for New Americans will also hold a listening session on Thursday, July 26, 2018, at 1:00 p.m., in Cincinnati at the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency, 1740 Langdon Farm Road, Cincinnati.


RSVP to: NewAmericans@development.ohio.gov so all attendees can be accommodated.



The Ss. Peter and Paul Church Festival will welcome hundreds of families to the church grounds and surrounding property along S. St. Clair St. the weekend of Aug. 3 through 5, 2018.


The all-female band Las Fénix of Houston, Texas makes a return Toledo engagement to headline the festival on Saturday evening. D.J. Rene Hernández and Temible will open for the Texas-born girl band. Admission is $10 per person and the festival that day will run 2 p.m. to midnight.


Friday’s festivities kick off the festival, where WBGU-FM 88.1 D.J. Maudie will entertain the crowd, followed by Los Hermanos Villegas. Admission is only $5, while the festival runs 5 p.m. to midnight.


Sunday’s stage entertainment features a return engagement from D.J. Rene Hernández, followed by Los Aztecas and Grupo Ferrys. Admission is $5 with the festival grounds open 2 to 11 p.m.


The weekend-long festival also will feature food, beer, vendors, kids’ games, and inflatables. ¿Preguntas? Call Mary at 419-241-5822.




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