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Chatham Proclamation for Hispanic Heritage Month

All are invited! Chatham County Commissioners will issue a proclamation for Hispanic Heritage Month this Monday, August 21 at 6PM.
The meeting will be in the historic courthouse in Pittsboro.

Join us for this important occasion. If you wish, come dressed in a white shirt to show your support. Invite your friends and family and help us to spread the word.

The proclamation will be the first agenda item, so plan to arrive a little before 6PM so you won’t miss it.

We’re very pleased and grateful that the Chatham County Commissioners will issue this bilingual proclamation in recognition of the many contributions from the Hispanic community to the social, cultural and economic life of Chatham and the U.S.

We hope to see you on Monday, 08/21 at 6 PM!

Congratulations to El Vínculo’s new board officers!

At our last meeting on August 17, the board unanimously elected our new Board Officers. We are grateful for their commitment and service to El Vínculo and our community.

 

Welcome Emilio Vicente!

We are thrilled to have Emilio Vicente join our team as Program Manager for Leadership & Civic Engagement.

Emilio is originally from Guatemala and grew up in Siler City, NC. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in Public Policy. He brings many years’ experience on immigration and LGBTQ advocacy. Click here to learn more about him.

An amazing year!

We are proud to celebrate 22 years of service!

In the year since we reopened, our small staff and dedicated volunteers accomplished a great deal:
  • Helped 710 individuals through our Community Support Program, including 240 children.
  • Hosted 5 major events, including:
    • 4th Annual Hispanic Heritage Fiesta  attracted over 300 diverse participants who enjoyed live music, folkloric dances, an art exhibit by Cornelio Campos, and 18 information booths by local agencies and businesses. Photos here
    • Day of the Dead/Death Fair in partnership with Abundance NC in Pittsboro. Over 600 diverse participants enjoyed arts and crafts for children, face painting, live music, an ancestors’ altar, workshops, “ded-talks”, films and information booths. Photos here
    • Legal Fair on Immigration in Siler City to connect immigrants with resources and to empower them with knowledge about issues that impact their lives. We had 257 participants, 47 volunteers, 26 presenters and 25 sponsors. On offer were 6 workshops and 2 plenary sessions on a variety of immigration topics, and an expo with 15 information tables by attorneys and agencies. A highlight was the dialog session with local law enforcement officials with Sheriff Roberson, Captain Gardner, Siler City Chief Gary Tyson and Pittsboro Chief Percy Crutchfield. This was the first dialog of its kind in our community with all local law enforcement agencies represented. During lunch, participants enjoyed live music and poetry by 3 local poets, including a 6th grade Latinx student. Photos here
    • Power of Attorney Legal Clinic in Siler City in collaboration with the NC Justice Center. We helped 31 individuals complete POAs with the help of 7 attorneys, 6 interpreters and a notary volunteered for the clinic. POAs are critical for helping community members protect their children and their assets in case of deportation. Photos here
    • Youth Soccer Tournament in collaboration with the 3 Kings Soccer Association. The event was held at Chatham Middle School for high school age boys and girls. We had 170 participants, including 56 players and 26 volunteers. EVH raised $1,000!

These are a just a few highlights. With your help, we will have many more amazing years!

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Welcome Selina Lopez!

We want to give a warm welcome to Selina Lopez,  who joined our team as the Youth Program Manager.

Selina is originally from Mexico and grew up in the small town of Vaughn in Warren County, NC. She is a graduate of  UNC-Chapel Hill with degrees in psychology and Hispanic Literature and Cultures. Selina is the first person in her family to attend and graduate from a university. Click here to learn more about her.

Very soon we will be starting our new youth group for Latinx High School students.

 

 

 

Legal Fair Update and Photos

Grateful to share timely and important information about issues that impact the immigrant community with the 235 participants at our Legal Fair on March 18.

Click here for lots more pictures: Legal Fair Pics

A HUGE THANKS TO:

Alvarado Jewelry #2 for hosting the event

Our 25 generous sponsors

The 16 law firm and agency information tables

Our excellent team of presenters and moderators

Siler City Mayor John Grimes and Chatham County Commissioner Karen Howard

The talented musicians and poets who performed during our lunch break

Our fabulous cook Elena Gonzalez

Geo DeSocio of 12 Audio Video for the sound

Our photographers Adrian Moreno and Walter Gomez

The talented team of interpreters

And the 47 volunteers who made this event possible!

Onward with justice and dignity for all in our community!  

 

Legal Fair – Know Your Rights

Don’t miss it! It’s free and open to the public. 

There’s still time to become a sponsor or reserve a table at the expo.

Click here for information.

Yosselin can continue to fight for asylum

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Wonderful news! Yosselin Herrera, the young lady from Siler City who has been fighting for the right to stay in the U.S., will be able to plead for asylum in November. A huge thank you to all the organizations and individuals who are collaborating with The Hispanic Liaison to support Yosselin – SEIRN, United We Dream, National Lawyers Guild, the NC and Chatham NAACP, teachers and students, and Yosselin’s family.

We also wish to thank and recognize the leadership of our elected officials who passed resolutions on her behalf – Chatham County, the towns of Siler City and Pittsboro, and the Chatham School Board. It was an unprecedented and strong show of support for Yosselin and our entire community. We’re SO proud of Chatham County. THANK YOU!!

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Thank you, Commissioners!

This is what compassionate and courageous leadership looks like! We are very proud of our Chatham County Commissioners for unanimously approving a bilingual resolution asking the federal authorities to grant Yosselin Herrera’s petition for asylum in the US.

Beyond the crucial and wonderful support for Yosselin, it is a message to all of our community that Chatham Commissioners value and respect us, and are willing to take risks to protect us.

Thank you, Commissioners! Please read the resolution below and send them your thanks and praises.

Find out more about upcoming events in support of Yosselin here.

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