• Hispanic Agenda - Jan. 24, 2015

    This week on Hispanic AGENDA: During the State of the Union Address, President Obama presented the country with his ideas on how to help working families. Republicans, especially presidential hopefuls, agree that more must be done to help the middle class. Don't miss ABC 7 News's John Gonzalez as he reports on Washington’s renewed focus on the middle class. Then, Alfonso Aguilar, executive director of American Principles Project’s Latino Partnership and Vanessa Cárdenas, with the Center for American Progress join host Alejandro Negron to debate the president’s plan.

Julio Mariño & the Grand Tradition

of Latin American Painters in Adams Morgan

Jose Sueiro
There are those who would argue that the movement to establish an Art Museum of the Americas at the OAS began here in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington DC under the tutelage of the famous Jose Gomez Sicre who established a very prominent art 'salon' at his house in the 1700 block of Lanier Place from the 1950's until his death in 1991. During that period some of the most distinguished Latin American painters and plastic artists visited the neighborhood and Gomez Sicre accumulated one of the most impressive collections of Latin American art in the world. His home, besides being a hotbed of artistic discussion and exploration, was filled with paintings as if in a museum.

Latino Power

in the DC Stadium Battle

Jose Sueiro

There was a telling moment at the signing ceremony for the DC soccer stadium legislation on Tuesday, December 30th 2014, when Mayor Gray distributed pens to those instrumental in getting the job done. After handing out pens to the soccer team, Allen Lew, his city administrator and even Council Chairman Phil Mendelsohn, he looked around and asked; "who am I missing?" Standing in the back of the room I shouted back; "the PLA" to which he replied; "of course, where's Stephen Courtien?"

"The PLA" -of course- is the Project Labor Agreement negotiated between the team, the city and the construction trade unions for the building of the stadium. The remarkable Stephen Courtien, the person at the ceremony representing CHOICE a program of the building trade unions, is the one who negotiated this labor agreement (as well as the PLA for the baseball stadium) which establishes guidelines for local hiring, wage levels and the participation of small DC based businesses -the famous Certified Business Enterprises (CBE's).


DC's First Elected 'Dominicano'

Franklin Garcia Makes History

Jose Sueiro

Franklin Garcia stood on stage and lifted his right hand to take the oath. The judge, Jose Lopez, also from the Dominican Republic and among the first Latino judges at Superior Court, had him swear in and promise he would uphold the duties of his office. Both 'Dominicanos', Garcia, the elected official, and Lopez, the judge, participating in an all Latino swearing in ceremony and making history together on January 2nd 2015, one Dominican administering the oath of office to another. Franklin was elected with over 114,000 votes as the shadow Congressional representative for the District, an elected position first held by Jesse Jackson. Garcia is the first Latino elected citywide since the 1970's.


Christmas Morning

With Castro

Jose Sueiro
In what can only be deemed a moment of supreme serendipity, I had the pleasure of sharing my 2014 Christmas morning with the new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro and his family only a few days before his wife, Erica, gave birth to their second child, Cristian Julian. It was the finest present the season could have afforded me.

CHOICE Bids Christmas Farewell to Mayor Gray

& Launches New Initiatives for 2015

Jose Sueiro
Friday, December 19, 2014 the building trades unions and their 'Helmets to Hard Hats' program celebrated an annual Christmas gift giveaway at the historic AFL-CIO headquarters on 16th St. in front of the White House. The honored guest for the affair was Mayor Vince Gray who provided certificates to outstanding workers and spoke about successful collaborations over the past four years with the building trades unions on construction projects throughout the city.

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