Hispano Round Table de Nuevo México

HISTORY OF THE HISPANO ROUND TABLE OF NEW MEXICO

The Hispano Round Table was organized under the direction of several Hispano organizers and organizations. Some of the initial organizers were Loretta Armenta, John García, Mary Molina Mescal and Lisa López. It was meant coalition of Hispano Organizations and a clearinghouse for Hispano organizations to exchange information and organize on matters of interest to all Organizations. The member organizations at the outset were Hispano Chamber, LULAC, IMAGE, GI FORUM, MANA, and HUNM came in early on. Over time, the organization increased in size as more and more Hispano organizations came into the coalition.

John García, who was the Executive Director of the Hispano Chamber of Commerce, wanted the Hispano Chamber to be the fiscal agent so the organizations could receive funds and have an office for meetings. This was not followed up on and the Hispano Round Table remained a loose association of organizations. The HRT's first major action was the opposition to the naming of Dr. Richard Peck President of UNM, over which the Hispano Chamber left the HRT. The HRT also took part in the matter of the Hyatt and US West over UDAG monies. There Hispano Round Table provided major support for the Ethnic Centers at the University of New Mexico which resulted in the retention of the Centers. Recently, the Hispano Round Table took on Citadel Communications and KKOB over the racist comments of Artie Patton, Chris Jackson and other radio shock jocks.

Lisa López initiated the Hispano Legislators Honors Banquet to support the Hispano Legislators against the ferocious and vicious media attacks they were being subjected to in the newspapers, radio and television.

 

 

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