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Sol Villasana Named President of Newly Formed LULAC Council in Rockwall County

Anny Sivilay, asivilay@starlocalmedia.com
Courtesy of Rowlett Lakeshore Times

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Sol Villasana, lawyer and Rockwall LULAC president.

Following the Cinco de Mayo celebration in Rockwall in the old town square, it was announced that the first League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) council in Rockwall County has been formed.
This formation came with concerns about legislation in Austin and Washington D.C.
Attorney and Rockwall LULAC president Sol Villasana said the high growth in the Latino population in the suburban areas east of Dallas contributed to the need for a LULAC presence in Rockwall County.
“(There’s been) an estimated Hispanic population of close to 20 percent in the city of Rockwall alone, Latinos are more and more a part of Rockwall County's daily life,” he said. “Hispanic-owned businesses have proliferated; the Spanish language is more commonly heard on the streets and in commerce; more and more Latino children are in the public schools.”
He added that Rockwall Hispanics are aware that that if they want to see changes in current commercial, education and political structure they would need to organize around common issues and goals.
“We are especially concerned about recent state and national legislation that might undermine the advances in our country’s civil rights laws and unfairly target Latinos with unconstitutional restrictions on their liberty,” Villasana said. “We are also concerned with voting rights issues and want to see more Latinos involved in local elections.”
Other Rockwall LULAC officers for 2017 are: Dr. Leonardo R. Ledezma, vice president; Ericka Ledferd, secretary; and Maria Eva Flores, treasurer and parliamentarian.
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington D.C., with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting the critical needs of today and in the future. For more information, visit LULAC.org.