• Where are our Hispanic Voters?

    Our taxes, our wages, our work conditions, our children's education, regulations on our businesses or our employers, our transportation, our roads…..all of these are examples of items that our elected officials vote on that impact our lives.We've just finished an exhausting election season and it's time to sit back and…

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  • Do we Latinos have a seat at the table?

    “How better to improve the lives of our children and our community than being involved in making our community's decisions.” I attended a meeting recently where a group of people were preparing to launch a community initiative. One of the "leaders" of the group made a statement that the initiative…

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  • Non Profits: Will you take the 30% Challenge?

    About six months ago, I wrote an article titled “Does our leadership reflect our community?”. I wasn't sure the reaction I'd get once it came out. Would friends and colleagues take my criticism well? Would they take it to heart and would it spur a deeper discussion among their boards…

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  • Independent Voters: Are you prepared to vote?

    We've heard before that elections are often won in the primary. With the redistricting in our state and the number of districts that favor one party over another, this will certainly be the case during this upcoming election cycle. Our local news announced in early 2013, that Arizona's Independent voters…

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  • THCC Strongly Condemns Comments by Huppenthal

    Inappropriate and distasteful blog comments made by Superintendent of Public Instruction Huppenthal have led to calls for his resignation and for a recall effort. The Tucson Hispanic Chamber strongly condemns his anonymous blog comments and his inadequate explanation for his hurtful words. Huppenthal's comments continue the gross misperceptions about Arizona…

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  • Letter to Mayor and Council regarding City Budget

    Dear Mayor and Councilmembers, The Tucson Hispanic Chamber Business Advocacy committee has spent time discussing our opinion on the priorities for the City's budget. We've followed your discussions in the media and in your Ward newsletters. Our businesses have been severely impacted during the recent economic recession and we are…

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  • Congressional Testimony on Small Business and International Trade

    Lea Márquez PetersonPresident/CEOTucson Hispanic Chamber of CommerceHouse Committee on Foreign Affairs Monday, December 9th, 2013 "Improving Security and Facilitating Commerce with Mexico at America's Southern Border" Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member, and Members of the Committee: Thank you for the invitation to testify today. I am grateful for the Committee's interest…

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  • Meeting the Critical Need of Cross Border Connections

    I've been at the helm of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber (THCC) for over 4 years. During this time, our business community has struggled during the economic recession, but they've also sought out new revenue opportunities on which the THCC has focused. Our business community has an often overlooked market opportunity…

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