Are the needs of Ada’s Hispanic and Latino community being met?
That’s what Ada’s Multiculturalism Committee hopes to discern at a town hall-style meeting scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at Delicias Mexican Restaurant, 700 E. 17th St. in Ada.
Committee members said the meeting is part of an ongoing process intended to provide substantive representation to Ada’s diverse ethnic and cultural communities. Committee Chair Christine Pappas said the comments and questions asked by community members in attendance will help the committee provide focused advice to Ada City Council members and the city manager.
“I want to make sure all communities feel welcome in Ada including the Hispanic and Latino communities,” Pappas said Tuesday by phone.
That goal is the committee’s principal aim.
“What we’ve been trying to do as a committee is to ensure all groups of people are represented in our city council,” said committee member Steve Brogdon Tuesday by phone. “We had a meeting last summer in Hammond Heights because they’d had a history of their streets not being repaired in a timely manner and that sort of thing, and we have plans to reach out to other groups in the future.”
The tension surrounding the Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals program and comments made by President Trump concerning his immigration policies and priorities have made the subject a hot-button topic in American politics today, but Brogdon said DACA was not the impetus for calling the meeting.
“It’s not really specifically about DACA, but naturally there are concerns within the Hispanic community about that,” Brogdon said. “Especially with the uncertainty surrounding the future of a lot of families and young people in that situation.”
In the popular restaurant’s conference room, committee members will listen to comments and take questions from those in attendance. The meeting will be streamed live on the committee’s Facebook page, and members will solicit comments and questions from viewers who cannot attend in person.