Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Flor Gonzalez Honored

Flor Gonzalez meets with North Avenue business owners

The City Council passed a resolution Monday paying tribute to Flor Gonzalez for her advocacy of the Latino community in Plainfield.

Gonzalez is founder and president of the Latin American Coalition. The resolution described her as "the go-to person" when "a staunch, articulate advocate was needed to speak on behalf of the community."

Her Watchung Avenue office is crammed with evidence of her assistance to Spanish-speaking residents from throughout South and Central America and beyond.

"With so very many diverse communities within a community, it is the leadership of Flor Gonzalez that has solidified the various Latino communities into one powerful entity creating a singular economic and cultural impact on the City of Plainfield," the resolution stated.

Flor leads a rally at City Hall for Latino civil rights.

A 30-year city resident, Flor served two terms on the Housing Authority of Plainfield's board of commissioners. She was a Human Rights Commission member for five years and an appointee to the Mayor's Advisory Committee.

The resolution was a "walk-on" item Monday and Flor was not present to receive it.

--Bernice Paglia


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