La Federación de Mexicanos Unidos en Utah comparte sus historias de éxito

La Federación de Mexicanos Unidos en Utah se reunió en el edificio del Condado de Salt Lake el 20 de febrero para compartir sus experiencias e historias de éxito con sus miembros, socios y miembros potenciales.

La Federación está compuesta por clubes de inmigrantes mexicanos que residen en Utah y que se organizan para crear proyectos empresariales y sociales en sus comunidades de origen. Actualmente cuenta con más de 20 clubes activos y muchas agencias e instituciones colaboradoras, entre ellas la Diócesis Católica de Salt Lake y Proyecto Paisano, dijo Salvador Lazalde, Presidente de la Federación, a La Voz del Centro.

Los representantes de algunos de los socios de la Federación, estuvieron presentes en la reunión, incluyendo a Antonella Packard, Directora del capítulo de LULAC en Utah, Keith Atkinson, Oficial de Asuntos Públicos de la Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días, y Gonzalo Palza, Director Genral de Centro de la Familia de Utah.

"(La Federación) ha creado un movimiento orgánico que nadie puede parar", dijo Palza y felicitó a los clubes por su persistencia.
Centro desempeñó un papel crucial en la fundación y la sostenibilidad de la Federación. Los primeros miembros del club asistieron a clases de espíritu empresarial impartidas por Palza durante 15 semanas.

"Ustedes sufrieron haciendo tarea ... pero luego se graduaron con una gran fiesta", dijo.
Los clubes y sus comunidades en México continúan cosechando los frutos de ese sacrificio. El Club Ausentes de Villa de la ciudad de Villa Corona, Jalisco es uno de los más prolíficos.

"Queremos representar la cultura de nuestro país. No paramos ... nos mueve el corazón ", dijo Juan Arechiga, Presidente del club.

Algunos de los proyectos del Club Ausentes de Villa incluyen la reconstrucción de un asilo para 24 personas de edad avanzada y la restauración de las pinturas del siglo XVII en la catedral de la ciudad.

Rolando Sánchez Sanz, Alcalde de Valle de Zaragoza, México, también asistió a la reunión con la intención de aprender el modelo de la Federación y replicarlo con la ciudad hermana de Valle de Zaragoza en Nuevo México.

"El poder del gobierno está en manos de la ciudadanía", dijo Sánchez Sanz e incitó a la congregación a que contacte al gobierno mexicano y exija su apoyo "Para que hagan lo que deben y no lo que les conviene."

La Federación recibió elogios de Atkinson, quien animó a sus miembros a encontrar la inspiración en los cambios sociales y políticos que ocurren en este país, donde por primera vez en la historia un Presidente afroamericano presenta el Estado de la Unión y un Senador latino le responde.

"Todos tenemos el poder de diseñar nuestro propio destino y el destino de nuestro vecino en otro país ... Me alegro de tener líderes representados aquí esta noche, gente de buena fe que está trabajando para mejorar la calidad de vida de todos", dijo Atkinson.

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Utah Labor Commission visits Centro's Honeyville Head Start center

Participants of Centro’s workplace safety program in Honeyville received a special visit from Elena Bensor, the Utah Labor Commission public information and community relations officer, Feb. 27. Bensor spoke to the group about the differences between unjust treatment and discrimination in the workplace based on race, color, sex, religion, nation of origin, pregnancy, childbirth, pregnancy-related conditions, age, or disability.

“A person filing a discrimination claim has to prove he or she is being treated differently than other employees because of one of these protected characteristics,” said Bensor.

She also spoke about the time limits they have to file a complaint, the right to receive at least the minimum wage, and the right to receive overtime pay.

Bensor’s presentation concluded the workplace safety program offered to the Honeyville community thanks to a grant from the Utah Labor Commission.

“We learned that we are protected by the law and that we have rights as workers,” said Rosalinda Vega, who attended the safety classes with her parents-in-law.

“Our family works cleaning onions, in the fields. There were things we didn’t know. For example, the precautions we can take, to talk when something is not right… to write down everything that happens,” said Vega.

“You have to collect and write down as much information as you can before filing a complaint. You will not believe the number of people who come to us and do not know their supervisor’s name, their workplace address, or the days they have not been paid,” said Bensor during her presentation.

German Sanchez works at a bio diesel facility and attended the program with his wife, Yuliana. He said they both learned valuable information they can share with their family members.

“We now know about the regulations that exist and the help we can get in case we suffer an accident,” said Sanchez.

Maria Prado said she was thankful for everything she learned about workplace safety and for the childcare services provided during the program.

“If there wasn’t any childcare then I wouldn’t have been fully present in class,” she said.

After Bensor’s presentation, participants received certification testifying their participation in the workplace safety program.

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United Mexican Federation of Utah shares success stories

The United Mexican Federation of Utah gathered at the Salt Lake County building, Feb. 20, to share its experiences and success stories with prospective members and partners.

The Federation is made up of clubs of Mexican immigrants who reside in Utah and who organize to create business and social projects in their communities of origin. It currently has more than 20 active clubs and many collaborating agencies and institutions, among them the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake and Proyecto Paisano, said Salvador Lazalde, the Federation’s president, to La Voz del Centro.
Representatives of some of the Federation’s partners were present in the meeting including Antonella Packard, director of LULAC’s chapter in Utah; Keith Atkinson, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints public affairs officer; and Gonzalo Palza, Centro de la Familia de Utah’s CEO.

“(The Federation) has created an organic movement that no one can stop,” said Palza and congratulated the clubs for their persistence.
Centro played a crucial role in the foundation and sustainability of the Federation. The first club members attended entrepreneurship classes taught by Palza for 15 weeks.

“You suffered doing homework… but then we you graduated with a huge party,” he said.
The clubs and their communities in Mexico continue to reap the fruits of that sacrifice. The Ausentes de Villa Club from the Villa Corona town of Jalisco is among the most prolific.

“We want to represent our country’s culture. We don’t stop… our hearts keep us moving forward,” said Juan Arechiga, the club’s president.
Some of the Ausente de Villa Club’s projects include the reconstruction of a nursing home for 24 elderly people and the restoration of the seventeenth century paintings in the town’s cathedral.

Rolando Sanchez Sanz, mayor of Valle de Zaragoza, Mexico, also attended the meeting with the intention to learn the Federation’s model and replicate it with Valle de Zaragoza’s sister city in New Mexico.

“The government’s power is in the hands of the nation’s citizens,” said Sanchez Sanz and incited the congregation to contact the Mexican government leaders and demand their support, “So they do what they’re supposed to and not what is convenient for them.”


The Federation received praises from Atkinson, who encouraged its members to find inspiration in the social and political changes happening in this country, where for the first time in history an African American president presented the State of the Union Address and a Latino senator delivered the response.

“We all have the power to design our own destiny and the destiny of our neighbor in another country… I’m glad we have leaders represented here tonight, people of good faith who are working together to increase everyone’s quality of life,” said Atkinson.

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