Report outlines priorities for Latinos in Pa.
The flags of Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and the United States hang in the window of the Latino Hispanic American Community Center in Harrisburg. (Photo: Tom Downing/WITF)
(Harrisburg) — Pennsylvania’s Latino community came together for a first-of-its-kind convention in Lancaster last fall.
Organizers recently released a white paper highlighting policy priorities and recommendations.
The report addresses 10 issues ranging from education and worforce development, to health care and immigration.
Pennsylvania Latino Convention chairman Norman Bristol Colon said the overarching goal is to make sure the community is heading in the right direction.
Latinos have been the fastest-growing ethic group in the commonwealth for the past twenty years, and are approaching the one million mark.
Colon, who is also an executive in the state Department of Community and Economic Development, said the report is meant to inform political and business leaders of the population’s specific needs.
“That they are not forgetting the agenda of the Latino commuity, that they are not forgetting the voices of that community that for many years have been neglected,” he said.
Recommendations include raising the minimum wage, investing in schools and adult education programs in Latino neighborhoods, and cultural and language training for health care professionals.