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Latino Groups Hope to Influence General Assembly

Posted January 12, 2001 6:00 a.m. EST

— North Carolina's Latino community wants to influence the agenda during the upcoming legislative session.

About 100 people from across the state gathered Saturday in Raleigh to develop a legislative agenda. It is the first time that Latino leaders have worked together on a formal strategy. They plan to focus on four issues, says Andrea Bazan Manson of El Pueblo, a Latino community group.

"Health, education, workers' rights and housing," she says. "We're going to be having specific issues we'll be working on throughout the year."

Latino leaders believe legislators will be receptive to their ideas. Some established community groups are pledging to support the Latino agenda.