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Latino Leadership Institute Opens In Woodburn


Last night (Saturday) activists celebrated the opening of a new building designed to nurture the next generation of farmworker and immigrant activists.

Four years of fundraising and volunteer construction work have finally come to fruition for PCUN. The farmworker union and eight related organizations are launching the CAPACES Leadership Institute. It’s a development program for a community that historically lacked ways to develop young up-and-comers.

Woodburn-based PCUN and eight sister agencies collaborated on the ultra-green CAPACES headquarters.

Woodburn-based PCUN and eight sister agencies collaborated on the ultra-green CAPACES headquarters.

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Jaime Arredondo is CAPACES’ director of special projects.

“One of our most scarce resources right now is leadership. The leaders we have at the top right now is in their late 50s.”

The Institute’s programming will cover basic leadership, long-term sustainable activism, and building executive skills.

The building bears unusual design features, too.

Jaime Arredondo “So there’s two large classroom spaces…another large community room…”

Even as the courtyard outside measures 83 degrees, the interior is a cool 71. This is one of a handful of structures in the country built to Passive House energy efficiency standards, making it nearly self-sustaining for heating and cooling.

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