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Invitation to Online Latino and Latina Roundtable Membership Meeting – Saturday, April 4, 1-3 PM

To the Latino and Latina Roundtable membership:

This is your invitation to our Latino and Latina Roundtable online membership meeting this Saturday, April 4th from 1 – 3 PM.  This is our regular scheduled meeting but, due to the coronavirus crisis, the meeting is being held online through Zoom.  To connect to the meeting on Saturday, please use the “Join Zoom Meeting” link below.   It is:

Our membership meeting agenda will include:

  1.  Introductions
  2.  Minutes from the last meeting
  3. Treasurer’s report
  4. Director’s Report:
  5. Empowering Grant update
  6. Strategic Plan update (Nikki Dominguez)
  7. Membership Drive
  8. Breakfast update
  9. Short reports from Community Development and Immigrant Rights Committees
  10. Next Membership Meeting and announcements

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Topic: Latino and Latina Roundtable Membership Meeting

Time: Apr 4, 2020 01:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Jose Zapata Calderon
President of the Latinoa and Latina Roundtable
Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies
1050 North Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711-6101
(909) 952-1640

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New Date for Cesar Chavez Breakfast

Hello Latino and Latina Roundtable Community!

We hope you are staying safe and feeling supported during this time. Please reach out to us if you need assistance or have questions (909) 480-6267.  Our email address is We know this situation with COVID-19 is impacting our community in different ways.  Information is very dynamic and fluid.

Due to public health concerns on events and public gatherings, the Cesar Chavez Breakfast which was scheduled for this Friday, has now been postponed until September. Our new date is September 25th, 2020. We hope that by then, we will all be able to gather and celebrate!

Purchasing a ticket or making a donation to the Latino and Latina Roundtable is a great way to continue to support our work during this time. We also highly encourage you to become a member and join us!

Stay well and be safe,

Lina Mira and the LRT Board

We are working on ways to stay connected with our members while still following the social distancing recommendations. Please check our Facebook page for upcoming events and announcements.

Postpone to September “16th Annual Cesar Chavez Breakfast -Get your tickets”

The Latino and Latina Roundtable proudly invites you to their 16th Annual Cesar Chavez Breakfast in Pomona, CA

Join us on Friday, March 27th, 2020 for a morning of celebration and inspiration! We will be honoring community leaders- Teresa Romero, United Farmworkers Union President, Jeanette Ellis Royston, NAACP Pomona Valley Branch President, John Nolte, community lawyer, and posthumously recognize, Cecilia and Mario Suarez, professors from Cal Poly Pomona.  We will also present scholarships to local students serving their communities.  Purchase your tickets today on Eventbrite. For more information, please call us- (909) 480-6267.

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Invitation to LaLatino and Latina Roundtable Annual Membership Retreat – Feb. 22 at 9 A. M. at Solidarity Center

Dear Latino and Latina Roundtable members and friends,

You are invited to the Latino and Latina Roundtable membership retreat this Saturday, February 22 beginning at 9 am, lunch at noon, and continuing in the afternoon until 4 pm at the Solidarity Center (1460 E. Holt Avenue Room 6 in Pomona ( Use Entrance #3 or #2).

 The purpose of our annual retreat is to summarize our work last year and to develop strategic plans for the coming year.   For members (and all those who want to become members), this retreat will be the opportunity for you to apply, if you haven’t already, for the next year.  We will have applications available. 


The day’s agenda:

9-12 pm

Morning Sessions: Coffee/Pan Dulce, Welcome, Updates from the Board, 2019 Summary, and Mission Statement Activity with membership input and ideas. 


Lunch Break


Presentation of LRT Priorities for 2020, Next Steps, and closing. 

3:00 pm- 4:00 pm- Social Hour (networking, reconnecting, and cookies). 

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Jose Zapata Calderon
President of the Latino and Latina Roundtable



Postpone to September “Request for your support of Annual Cesar Chavez Breakfast on March 27th in Pomona”

I am writing to ask for your support of the Latino and Latina Roundtable of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley 16th annual Cesar Chavez breakfast fundraiser that will be held on Friday, March 27, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (with registration between 7 and 8 am) at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center, Exposition Center 8, 601 W. McKinley Avenue, Pomona, CA 91768.  In the last year, the Latino and Latina Roundtable has moved forward in sustaining  an office and a director. As in the past, we have continued to advance our immigrant rights, community development, and education work through the commitment of dozens of volunteers and the resources that are raised from this yearly fundraiser.  In keeping with our grass-roots organizing character, we continue to keep the cost at a minimum to ensure that the tradition is in keeping with the celebration of the life of Cesar Chavez and the many leaders, from all backgrounds, who have historically given of their lives to ensure a future with justice and equity. In keeping with the tradition of honoring leaders in our region who have exemplified the principles and values of Cesar Chavez, the Roundtable this year is honoring: Teresa Romero, President of the United Farmworkers Union; Jeanette Ellis-Royston, President of the Pomona Valley Branch of the NAACP; Mario and Cecilia Suarez, posthumous award for their contributions as educators; and John Nolte, community-based lawyer (Community Star award as member of the Latino and Latina Roundtable).  In addition, Social Justice Scholarships will be presented to students from the region who exemplify the values of connecting their studies to community engagement and social change.


You can support our efforts by:

Going through eventbrite and make a reservation donation by credit card at

or attached is  an RSVP form that you can use where you can Mail RSVP & payment to: Latino and Latina Roundtable 1460 E Holt Ave, Mailbox 144 Pomona, CA 91767 by March 16.  For questions, call at: (909) 480-6267 or e-mail at


Thank you sincerely for your support,

Jose Zapata Calderon
President of the Latino and Latina Roundtable of the 
San Gabriel and Pomona Valley

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Save the Date: LRT Membership Retreat on Saturday, February 22

Please place in your schedule:  the annual membership retreat is set for Saturday February 22 from 9 am – 4 pm at the Solidarity Center.  At this retreat, Nikki Dominguez will facilitate a report from the board retreat and discuss the vision and mission of the Latino and Latina Roundtable and our strategic plan. At the same time, we will discuss the successes of our work in the last year, the opportunities and threats in this time period, and our priorities in the next year.

Jose Zapata Calderon

President of the Latino and Latina Roundtable

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Your LRT Membership and renewal invitation and upcoming annual membership retreat

Dear Latino and Latina Roundtable members, former members, and friends,

I am writing to ask you to join the Latino and Latina Roundtable by renewing your membership or to become a new member this year. As you know, our organization relies on your support for our sustainability.


The Roundtable has had many successes this year, as well as challenges. We have been on the ground fighting for issues that matter to our community- immigration, education, and working in solidarity with other groups to make our community stronger and more just for everyone.

I just returned from La Paz where Cesar Chavez and Helen lived. It was a dream of mine to take our board members there for a retreat. Cesar Chavez and many other organizers lived and worked there and the spirit of organizing and community remains. Our goal as a board was to begin the process of a 3- year strategic planning for our organization. One of the priorities is to successfully grow the Roundtable and position it to continue its mission as we start a new decade. Now more than ever, our community requires a proactive voice and we need allies.

As this year and decade comes to an end, I thank you for your support and commitment and encourage you to continue to be a voice for justice! I would like to invite you to our 16th Annual Cesar Chavez Breakfast in 2020. Please save the date March 27th, 2020 at the Sheraton Fairplex in Pomona, CA. At this event, we honor community leaders and recognize students who are part of social movements. This event always brings our community together. We reunite with friends and colleagues and celebrate the spirit of Cesar Chavez. Please consider becoming an event sponsor and purchase a table for your organization or group. The Roundtable depends on this fundraiser to continue our work.

We know 2020 will be a critical year for our communities (regarding education, health for all, the census, presidential elections, the Supreme Court’s decision on DACA, etc.). Our board and members are committed to presenting our community members with the information needed and perspectives for them to form an opinion and act.  As part of this effort, we are carrying out our annual membership drive and we are asking new and past members are asked to send in their annual dues.  Attached is this year’s application with information as to where the membership form and dues can be sent.  Further, we invite you to join us at our annual Membership Retreat from 9 – 4 pm on Saturday, February 22 at the Solidarity Center (1460 E. Holt Ave., Entrance #3, Room 6) in Pomona.  I urge you to join us as a member in our ongoing efforts to organize and empower our communities. 

Thank you for your support.  
With gratitude,
Jose Calderon 
President of Latino Latina Roundtable.


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Chavez Breakfast 2020

Tickets will go on sale soon for our-

16th Annual Cesar Chavez Breakfast on March 27th

The Latino and Latina Roundtable of San Gabriel and Pomona Valley invite you to their annual breakfast! The breakfast is an opportunity to connect with others and also honor those in our community who have demonstrated the values of Cesar Chavez-

service to others, sacrifice, a preference for the most needy, determination, non-violence, acceptance, respect for life and the environment, community, knowledge, and innovation. 

Friday March 27th 2020
Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center in Pomona, CA
8:00 am-10:00 am

For sponsorship opportunities, table reservations, and advertisement in our program, please contact Lina Mira at 909-480-6267 or

Latino and Latino Roundtable Reminder: Nominations are Due today!

The deadline for nominating an individual or organization to be recognized at our 16th Annual Breakfast is today at 5:00pm. In 500 words or less please share how your nominee honors the legacy of Cesar Chavez and the 10 core values –

  1. Service to Others
  2. Sacrifice
  3. Preference to Help the Most Needy
  4. Determination
  5. Non-violence
  6. Acceptance
  7. Respect for life and the environment
  8. Community
  9. Knowledge and
  10. Innovation

I have included a list of past recipients.


Send your nominations in 500 words or less to You will receive an email from me confirming that your nomination has been received.

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you to renew your LRT membership for 2020. I have attached the application as well.Happy 2020 and thank you for supporting our work and mission!


Lina Mira
Latino Latina Roundtable
1460 E Holt Avenue #144
Pomona, CA 91767


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