Latino community leaders are using Cinco de Mayo as an opportunity to band together to discuss issues affecting Latinos in California.
It’s part of an effort to reclaim an oft-mischaracterized holiday that has become known more as a drinking party in the U.S. than a remembrance of important Mexican history. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s defeat of a large invading French army in the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
On Friday, May 3, from 8-11:30 a.m., Redwood City Councilmember Alicia Aguirre is hosting a discussion along with other Bay Area Latino leaders and experts at the 4th Annual State of the Latinos Forum at Google Redwood City Campus, 1900 Seaport Blvd. Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. and the program at 9 a.m.
Co-hosted by the League of California Cities Latino Caucus, the event will include two panels discussing Latinos in technology. Participants include San Jose City Councilmember Raul Peralez, Sacramento City Vice Mayor Eric Guerra and Sonoma City Mayor Madolyn Agrimonti.
“The Latino community will double in population in the next 30 years, and yet, less than 3 percent of them are in the high-tech industry,” said event organizers.
“Come connect with your community and help us reclaim Cinco,” they added.
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