New Era in Latino-Jewish Relations Announced
Launching of Council Heralds New Era in Latino-Jewish Relations
Washington, D.C. (March 27, 2003) - To launch the Latino-Jewish Leadership Council, government officials and representatives of both communities convened today on Capitol Hill.
The inauguration took place in the context of a roundtable discussion between Latino and Jewish members of Congress, which was moderated by Ray Suarez of The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.
The Council will serve as a pioneer of new Latino-Jewish partnerships and will encourage cooperation around issues of mutual concern, with special focus on:
* Foreign Policy
* Media and Image
* Immigration/National Security
Yesterday evening, the Council, in its first board meeting, elected Joel S. Kaplan of B�nai B�rith International and Moctesuma Esparza of the New America Alliance co-Chairs for 2003. The board meeting was hosted by the National Council of La Raza.
The launching of the Council provides an opportunity to recognize and expand the invaluable efforts that many Latino and Jewish organizations and individuals have undertaken all over the country to dispel prejudices and to build on commonalities.
With the United States and the world facing critical challenges, it becomes imperative for Latinos and Jews in the US to work together in the pursuit of common goals, certainly out of self-interest, but also out of the exercise of collective memories as exiles, immigrants and committed citizens.