Venezuelan President Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías died March 5 after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 58. Chávez served as Venezuela’s president for 14 years, earning staunch defenders and fierce critics for his socialist reforms, changes to the country’s government and Constitution, and fiery criticism of the United States.
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) has approved LULAC Lane County, Oregon’s first LULAC council. LULAC Lane County’s leadership and committee chairs will be introduced at a Leaders & Allies Breakfast meeting on March 20, 8 a.m.- 10 a.m., at Valley River Inn (1000 Valley River Way, Eugene). RSVP to council President Juan Carlos Valle at 541-337-6294 or Vallecomm@gmail.com.Causa Oregon reports that approximately 400 of its affiliates and allies attended the group’s 15th Annual Immigrant Action Day at Chemeketa Community College in Salem on Feb. 9. Causa shared plans for 2013 actions to advocate for a legalization program at the federal level, as well as driver’s license restoration and tuition equity in Oregon. The day also included a wedding ceremony for Carmen Gutiérrez and Jennifer “Jensi” Albright, a same-sex couple with mixed immigration status. In addition to joining the couple in matrimony, the ceremony was meant to raise awareness about the lack of protections for binational same-sex couples and celebrate Causa’s commitment to the LGBTQ community. Portland Community College’s president search advisory committee has released a list of three finalists to replace retiring President Preston Pulliams — Richard Durán, Tod Burnett, and Jeremy Brown. Durán is president of Oxnard College, a multicultural, comprehensive community college that serves a diverse student population in Oxnard, Calif. Burnett is president of Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif. Brown, originally from Manchester, England, most recently served as president of Dowling College on Long Island and of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. PCC will hold public forums to solicit feedback about the finalists in mid-March. For the forum schedule and more information on the candidates, visit pcc.edu/about/administration/president/search/. Micro Mercantes business incubator, an initiative of Hacienda CDC, on Feb. 15 hosted local area farmers market managers for a cultural exchange with Latino culinary businesses participating in their micro-enterprise program. The gathering, which took place at the Baltazár F. Ortíz Community Center, served as an opportunity for Latino entrepreneurs to introduce their food to the markets managers and for the farmers markets to diversify their offerings. “The opportunity for the businesses to present their food and have meaningful conversations with market managers is an important step for their communication strategies, overall business growth, and acceptance into a local market,” said Caitlin Burke, Micro Mercantes program coordinator, in a press release. For more information visit micromercantes.com.
A telephone scam that initially targeted Spanish-speaking Portland General Electric customers has begun to spread beyond the Latino community. Residential and business customers are being contacted via telephone by someone claiming to be with PGE and saying the customer is past due on their account and they need to pay immediately or their power will be disconnected. Many of the targeted customers are not past due. The customers are directed to purchase a pre-paid credit card and call the person back with the credit card number or the person calls back to get the number. Anyone who believes they have been targeted should report it to PGE customer service at 503-228-6322 or 800-542-8818 and contact their local police department immediately.