Clark County Latino Coalition reconvenes after 2-year hiatus

A group that wants to advocate on behalf of Latinos in Clark County says the population is currently underserved.

The Clark County Latino Coalition reconvened for the first time in about two years this week in downtown Springfield. Central Christian Church Pastor and Executive Director of Welcome Springfield Carl Ruby is spearheading the group’s revival and the first meeting saw high attendance by different organizations from the county and around the state.

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“I feel like there needs to be a place for everyone who is addressing issues that are affecting Latinos that live or work in Clark County can get together,” Ruby said.

Ruby is a leading advocate for immigrants and Latinos in the area. The Latino Coalition has formed about 15 years ago, he said, but stopped meeting.

“The atmosphere nationally in terms of helping Latinos and Hispanic people feel welcomed is kind of toxic,” Ruby said. “Governor (John) Kasich has gone on record saying that if you don’t feel welcomed in your state come to Ohio. And we want to say if you are a Latino person and you are looking for a good community to live in come to Clark County.”

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The group has a chance to lead the state in advocating for Latinos, he said.

“We want Clark County to be a leading county in the state in terms of how we serve immigrants and Latinos,” he said.

The group elected to meet every fourth Thursday on a bi-monthly basis.

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