EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County made Oregon history Wednesday by becoming the first county with a League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council.
Local officials, including Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg, turned out for the installation of officers.
LULAC was first established in 1929. There are now 900 councils nationwide working to ensure civil, immigrant, education and voting rights for Latinos.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Latinos now represent 12 percent of Oregon’s population.
“We are making history today. And with the help of many people, we are going to continue the history of LULAC,” said Juan Carlos Valle, LULAC Council President
“We look to benefit by having an entity, a national entity that’s going to help raise the bar of the work that’s already being done,” said Mickie Solorio Luna, LULAC National Vice President.
Medford and Portland have already expressed interest in also joining LULAC.