Friday, March 6, 2009

HACA & Bridge Builders' Anchorage Mayor Candidate Forum - TODAY!

The Hispanic Affairs Council of Alaska (HACA) and Bridge Builders of Anchorage will host a forum with Anchorage mayoral candidates on Friday, March 6th, 2009 at the Fairview Recreation Center (1121 East 10th Avenue) from 5:00p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The event is open to the general public.

“We are extremely grateful to the candidates for accepting our invitation and we are looking forward to giving the members of our community an opportunity to become more informed about their choices in the upcoming election” said Angelina Estrada‐Burney, HACA’s President and member of the Bridge Builder’s board of directors.

This is not the first time that HACA and Bridge Builders have partnered to host a community event. In 2008, both groups hosted forums for the community to meet Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Ted Stevens. HACA also hosted a highly successful U.S. House of Representatives Candidates Forum during the last election.

Established in 2007, and inspired by a meeting of Hispanic leaders and members of the board of the Rasmuson Foundation, HACA’s mission is to empower, unite, and educate Hispanic/Latinos in economic, education, health and social services and justice through statewide community outreach, coalition building and promoting cultural awareness.

Bridge Builders of Anchorage was established in 1996 to build a “community of friends” among all racial and cultural groups in Anchorage. Their mission is to make Anchorage the first city without prejudice.

3 comments:

net-buoy said...

And what about the school board candidates? Isn't BridgeBuilders concerned with the situation in our schools?

Erick Cordero Giorgana said...

Net-buoy,

We are. I speak on behalf of HACA the co-host at the event tonight.

Given the amount of candidates running for Mayor and for School board, it would be too difficult and time-consuming, to have both sets of candidates in one event.

You do bring up an important issue and I'll make sure to let the organizing committee members know about it.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Erick Cordero Giorgana
Hispanic Affairs Council of Alaska

net-buoy said...

This is a critical election for the Anchorage school Board. Three seats could change hands, potentially dramatically altering the management of the single largest institution addressing multicultural issues in the entire state. Where is BridgeBuilders support for initiatives such as presented here:
http://grober.asdk12.info/node/13?