Latinos United for a New America is a non-profit based in San Jose. Fueled by the energy to change the inequality in our barrios and meet our community’s basic needs, community organizers worked to design and implement a survey campaign. With these surveys, what began to form as an organization would have a focus and a clear understanding of what the needs of the Latino community were in the East of San Jose, in the heart of the Silicon Valley.
In 2014 the survey results were presented in a formal document. These presented a series of issues the community thought were important, including healthcare, education, jobs and income and housing. The results were obtained from in person surveys, but also from more comprehensive conversations with the community. Neighbors in the Tropicana-Lanai community got together in house meetings to talk about the issues they seemed more pressing. From these meetings, there were plans to tackle the issues at hand, and the first step was to create an overarching structure of leadership, to build community and understanding that “We Cannot Accomplish Anything Alone” as was the title of the survey reports.
Since the survey evaluation campaign, LUNA has expanded significantly to address the needs of other communities in the bay area. As an organization we aim to dismantle the tangible inequalities the Latino community faces in the Silicon Valley. We also know that ‘la unidad hace la fuerza’ and we work together with various organizations to tackle these same inequalities including housing rights and fighting displacement, immigrant rights, voting equity and many more. Our decisions are guided by community members most affected by these issues and our leadership is always looking for feedback on how the organization can work better to address the needs in the community. For more information go to About Us.