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We’re All in This Together

Association House CEO calls for greater BILPOC representation in politics.

On October 22, Association House President and CEO Juan Carlos Linares joined WTTW’s Phil Ponce to discuss Latino representation in politics. Alongside him were Chicago Alderman Gilbert Villegas (36th Ward) and Martha Soto, an attorney, and member of the Puerto Rican Bar Association of Illinois. Juan Carlos proudly represented Association House and our partner organization, Illinois Latino Agenda.


When asked about division between Latinx and other groups, Linares offered a powerful message:

“This is an opportunity for us to say emphatically that black lives matter. It’s emphatically true that the lives of our Indigenous Latinos and Indigenous Native Americans have value, and they are the original fabric of our nation as well. So, this all goes to say that in my work day to day with the Association House of Chicago, we serve the gamut. So, yes, we are a proud Latino serving intuition, but 30% of whom we serve is African American. We’re all in this together. So, what’s good for the Latino community in Illinois is good for all Illinoisans.”

To listen to the entire conversation,


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