Cednet founding Board member Lourdes Garza passed away

Dear friends and colleagues,

After a brave fight with cancer and subsequent recent illnesses, Ms. Lourdes Garza, Director of the Office of Hispanic Ministry in Knoxville, left this earthly plane during the night last night to be by the side of Our Lord.

Our Hispanic community is mourning the loss of an exemplary Leader, a good friend to many, and a tenacious advocate for the welfare and rights of people.

Ms. Garza was the force behind many projects for the local Hispanic community; always willing to make that extra effort to make things work. Ms. Garza was one of the core members of Latino Task Force, past board director of CEDnet the organization that started LTF, and one of the founding members of the board that created Centro Hispano de East Tennessee.

She leaves a void in our hearts and community that will never be filled.

Join us in expressing our most sincere condolences to her children and family, and to the Catholic diocese staff who worked so closely with her on so many of her faithful endeavors.

Lourdes was a good friend to me, and my most inspiring mentor; she though me what it means to lead with your heart, and I miss her dearly.

We will announce when a mass in her honor will be celebrated. We welcome your support and attendance.

Thank you.

Rosie Noriega, volunteer chair
Latino Task Force


Tennessee Picnic / 8th of August Interviews – Saturday, April 16th

There is a PBS documentary under development about the “8th of August” celebration. East Tennessee PBS will be in Newport to film oral interviews with anyone who would like to talk about the Tennessee Picnic.

The interviews will be filmed Saturday, April 16th at the Tennessee Picnic Building at 240 Jaybird Rd, Newport, TN 37821, starting at 12 noon.

Everyone is welcome to come and help us document the history of the Tennessee Picnic, so come with your comments, memories and photos and we will see you there!

Please call and sign up for your 3 minute spot interview.
For more information contact Carlene Robinson at (865) 705-8679.

Sustainable & Equitable Agricultural Development Task Force Meet-up

When: Saturday, May 14th, 2016
Where: Walters State Community College
215 North College Street

Greeneville, TN 37745

Join the Sustainable & Equitable Agricultural Development Task Force (SEAD) and Clean Water Expected in East Tennessee for a get-together around our Rural Broadband Campaign and the work to preserve the Nolichucky River.

Afterwards, we’ll load up and head over to visit our friends at Rural Resources to see what projects they have cooking this Spring and Summer.

Lunch and transportation to Rural Resources will be provided. Free and open to the public. Bring your neighbor!

Questions? Contact: SEADtaskforce@gmail.com

Knoxville Latino Task Force Meeting – April 12

The next Knoxville Latino Task Force meeting is Tusday, April 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Hosted by Park West Church
7635 Middlebrook Pike
Knoxville, TN 37909
Phone: (865) 693-0144

Please invite more people from East Tennessee who may be interested in networking and connecting with other individuals and organizations servicing the Hispanic community.

Hope to see you at the meeting.

Loss Of A Leader

We mourn the loss of Mr. Luis Velazquez, a wise leader for the Hispanic community, a great friend, and a distinguished member of our community. Mr. Velazquez resided in Knoxville with his wife and family for over 35 years. A native of Puerto Rico, Mr. Velazquez retired from an engineering position in Oak Ridge and proceeded to utilize his time on various worthy projects, including the creation of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for which he was the director for many years.

Latino Task Force Knoxville Facebook

Rural Broadband Call-In & Email Day – Mar. 7

The SEAD Task Force is asking residents, community organizers, business owners and local officials to contact Tennessee state representatives and senators in support of our public utilities providing fiber optic broadband service to rural communities in the state.

House Bill 1303 and Senate Bill 1134 would provide our public utilities with the legal protection necessary to expand their fiber optic networks across the state. Home-grown expansion would keep our money in our communities and help to begin the work of closing the digital divide in Central Appalachia.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1047306755342153/

Taller de Impuestos para la Comunidad Hispana / Tax Workshop for Hispanic Community Feb. 19

Latino Task Force presenta un taller de impuestos para la comunidad hispana en el Centro Hispano el Viernes 19 de febrero de 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Este taller ofrece educación para ellos quienes son nuevos a la preparación de los impuestos, así como sacar el número ITIN, créditos para familias, y otras regulaciones que hayan surgido por el año 2015. Para reservaciones favor de llamar (865) 522-0052.

Cuando esté listo para hacer sus impuestos, por favor visiten el centro de VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) en su condado.  Hay algunos centros que tienen interpretes pero otros no.  En ese caso por favor lleve uno para su cita.  Centros de VITA (preparadores de impuestos son entrenados por el gobierno federal)  ofrecen preparación de impuestos gratis a personas de bajos/medios ingresos.

The Latino Task Force presents a tax workshop for the Hispanic community at Centro Hispano Friday, February 19, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm.  The workshop is great education for those who are new to taxes, such as how to apply for the ITN number, tax credits for families, and any new tax regulations for 2015. For reservations please call (865) 522-0052.

Once you are ready to do your taxes, please visit a VITA Center in your county.  Some may have interpreters but others do not.  In that case please bring an interpreter with you.  VITA Centers (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance- are staffed by Federally trained tax preparers) offer free income tax preparation to low and moderate income persons.