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01 October 2020

HAF to Hold Virtual Screenings, Roundtables for Hispanic Heritage Month

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HAF will hold a series of virtual film screenings of its short film "I Am Cheo" followed by roundtable diiscussions with experts in a variety of conservation, health, and communiity fields. The events are free and open to the public and the first 100 registered will receive a special "CHEO Care Package" in the mail. 

Sponsors for the events include the National Recreation & Park Association, the David & Lucille Packard Foundation, REI Co-op, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Save the Redwoods League and the National Parks Conservation Association. 

Inspired by the poem “I Am Joaquin” by Chicano poet Corky Gonzales, this unique film tells the story of a young boy named Cheo who, from the sights and smells of his abuela’s kitchen, takes a sweeping cinematic journey across the lands that are both his history and his future - he sees the gorges of the Grand Canyon, the antiquity of New Mexican acequias, the majesty of the Rockies, and the urban warmth of Downtown Los Angeles. 

On this journey, Cheo realizes that he is formed by these places - but they need his help, as they are devastated by wildfires, pollution, climate change and disrepair. Cheo then decides to raise his voice and take action to protect the environment for his familia and generations to come, as it is him and he is it. 

Following the screening, participants will enjoy a thought-provoking panel discussion about how Latinos are leading on environmental issues nationwide.


Thursday, October 8       1 PM - 2 PM MST       REGISTER NOW       

Panelists include:

  • Adrian Angulo, Hispanic Outreach Manager, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
  • Joaquin Murrieta, Cultural Ecologist, Watershed Management Group
  • Andres Almanza, Director of Outreach Operations/Events, Centro de Adoración Familiar


Tuesday, October 13       1PM - 2 PM PDT       REGISTER NOW       

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Tomas Alvarez, Hispanic Ministries Director, Oregon Pacific District Church of the Nazarene
  • Dr. Joseph Prewitt, Psychologist, American Red Cross
  • Elena Lopez, Community Engagement Manger, California Wildfire Recovery Program, American Red Cross
  • Cesar Partida, Retired Assistant Region Chief, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protectionn
  • Christine Tamara, Partnership Engagement Manager, Hispanic Access Foundation
  • Shanna Edberg, Director of Conservation, Hispanic Access Foundation


Thursday, October 15       11AM - 12 PM PDT       REGISTER NOW       

Panelists include:

  • Judy Chu, U.S. Representative, California 27th District (Opening Remarks)
  • Nanette Barragan, U.S. Representative California 44th District
  • Armando Elenes, Secretary Treasurer, United Farmworkers
  • Gabriel Varela, Outreach Program Manager, Climate Resolve
  • Jamie Ervin, Fire Restoration Advocate, Sierra Forest Legacy
  • Gabriel Araya, Pastor, Ministerio Casa de Dios Asamblea de Dios
  • Michelle Burroughs, Deputy Director, UCR Healthy Communities
  • Shanna Edberg, Director of Conservation, Hispanic Access Foundation


Thursday, October 15       4 PM - 5 PM MDT       REGISTER NOW       

Panelists include:

  • Beatriz Soto, Defiende Nuestra Tierra Director, Wilderness Workshop
  • Juan Perez Saez, Energy and Climate Campaign Manager, The Wilderness Society
  • Angelo Fernandez, Deputy County Manager, Eagle County, CO
  • Jessica Godinez, Conservation Programs Associate, Hispanic Access Foundation

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