According to the U.S. Citizenship and Information Services (USCIS), there are certain fundamental rights and responsibilities for U.S. citizens. The list of responsibilities include:
* Stay informed of the issues affecting your community.
* Participate in the democratic process.
* Participate in your local community.
To that end, on February 5th, 2013, HOLA took part in Ohio Hispanic Legislative Day, hosted by the Ohio Commission on Latino Affairs and the Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Three busloads of HOLA members departed from Lorain, Painesville and Akron for the trip to the Ohio Statehouse, where HOLA conducted a training entitled, The Responsibilities of Citizenship: The Importance of Participating in the Democratic Process. During the workshop, participants heard directly from a state representative and a state senator. Our heartfelt thanks to Rep. Andy Thompson (R-95), who wowed everyone by giving his entire speech in flawless Spanish. His words inspired and energized everyone, and it was the perfect kick-off to the day. Also a big thank you to Sen. Joe Uecker (R-14)who took time from his busy schedule to talk about the Ohio Senate and his vision for Ohio. His words were warm and welcoming, and we are grateful he participated with us, too!
Over 150 HOLA members visited with 34 legislators and/or their staff. It was a big success!