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Jose Sueiro

Jose Sueiro

born in New York City of immigrant parents and settled here to study at George

Washington & American Universities. I am a Ward 1 resident and tenant at 1841 Columbia Road

since 1973. I was originally an ANC Commissioner in 1988 and later worked in the Office of

Mayor Anthony Williams. I’ve been a teacher, community activist, culture advocate, journalist,

businessman, and Mayoral appointee. I consult on issues of affordable housing and economic

development. My background includes:

Public Service

• Director, Latin American Youth Center,

• D.C. Recreation Dept. Roving Leader – delinquency and gang prevention,

• Teacher, Oyster Bilingual Elementary School; Soccer coach, Wilson & Bell H.S.,

• ANC Commissioner 1988-90.

• President; 1841 Columbia Road Tenant Assoc.,

• Member; AARP/DC Executive Committee,

• Neighborhood Services, Office of the Mayor, 2000-06.

Journalism

• Publisher; El Latino Newspaper, Spanish language community newspaper 1976-89,

• Publisher; La Nación Newspaper, Spanish language weekly newspaper, 1990-99,

• Editor; “Noticias del Mundo”; Washington Times Spanish language daily, 2000,

• Panelist, Reporters Roundtable, Channel 16

Culture

• Creator; “Escuela de Rumba” school of music,

• Co-Founder; GALA Hispanic Theatre

• Radio Host; ‘Duende & Caché’ Latin music show

• President; Hispanic Festival of Washington D.C.

Small Business & Affordable Housing

• Consultant; Development Corporation of Columbia Heights,

• Partner; LCHIP Development Group, LLC - affordable housing in D.C.,

• Director; Coalition of Park Road Businesses, Inc.

• Director; D.C. Hispanic Contractors Association, Inc.

Vote Jose Sueiro for ANC1C03 on November

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Interview with the Prodigious Director of "Festival Argentino" in the Nation's Capital

Perhaps the most ambitious feature we've ever posted here at Metrodiversity, we've taken excerpts of information about Daniel Manzoni, Director of Washington's 'Festival Argentino' and interspersed them with a recent interview of the community leader. Manzoni's achievement with the Argentine Festival, keeping it alive, growing and improving it for close to 30 years is quite a feat. Here we skip back and forth in time to provide our readership with the sense and flavor of this remarkable local cultural organizer. 

"He is sitting in his cramped home office in Alexandria a few days before the festival surrounded by his books of sociology, self-help and epic poetry; a volume of Eva Peron photos; snapshots of his late parents back in Mar del Plata, and of himself as a tall, long-haired soccer star. While he waits, he unpacks the golden trophies he will award the tango artists and those who win a tournament of truco, an Argentine card game. The trophies are wrapped in an Argentine newspaper from his annual December prospecting trip in search of artists and supplies. He triple-checks his spreadsheet detailing where the dancers, crooners and musicians will stay, and who will pick them up from the airport and deliver them to the festival."

ZAFóN Guardian of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books

Perhaps with just a bit of hyperbole the Washington Post's Manuel Roig Franzia introduced an evening session with the exquisite novelist and story teller, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, at the elegant ballroom of the Former Residence of Spanish Ambassadors on 16th St., Wednesday, 9/28, by stating that with over 30 million books sold Zafón is, 'Spain's best-selling author since Cervantes'.

Whether or not that is the case, it is unquestionable that Carlos Ruiz Zafón is among the foremost Spanish novelists of our time. Presented by Spain Arts and Culture, with a prologue from the active and peripatetic Spanish Cultural Attaché Maria Molina, the event was unique and intriguing, much like Zafón's books. If you've never read the work of CRZ you are in for a treat -a thick, rich, mesmerizing treat. His novels are very much like the proverbial onion with layer upon layer of meaning, sub-plots and asides. I found myself reading and re-reading passages to bask in the encyclopedic mastery of storytelling contained on those pages.

Mi Amigo Tim

I met him through Walter Tejada. Walter had been a community organizer for more than a decade and was the de facto leader of a large and growing Hispanic community in Northern Virginia. Walter was indefatigable. He was becoming a political powerhouse in Arlington and would be elected to the Arlington County Board in 2003. Years later he would become the first Latino to Chair the County Board.

At the time Tim Kaine was Lieutenant Governor of Virginia with big ambitions. Demographics were changing rapidly in Virginia and suddenly, for Democrats, the Northern Virginia region was a rich source of votes and a key to electoral victory statewide. He was attending a reception for Walter high up on the terrace of what was then the Rosslyn Key Bridge Marriot Hotel. There was such a 'gee-whiz' aura about Kaine. He had a broad smile and an immediately likeable persona; greeted everyone in such an authentic, endearing manner -'Llamame Tim' he would say. He spoke adeptly to everyone in Spanish and followed conversations with excellent responses. He even answered reporter's questions in the language. It was the first time I heard him speak about his time in Honduras and his Catholic faith. His friendliness, his use of Spanish, his bright, optimistic smile and good natured banter made him instantly attractive and charming.

Questioning the Immutability & Permanence of Borders

    The Embassy of Mexico is excited to announce the opening of its latest exhibit, DELIMITATIONS, a documentation of the 2,400-mile-long, site-specific installation by artists Marcos Ramírez ERRE and David Taylor that traces the border that existed between Mexico and the United States in 1821. That boundary was never surveyed and record of its brief, 27-year history exists solely in the form of treaty documents and antique maps. When the project was conceived, the artists’ goal was to mark the historic boundary with a series of 47 obelisks that mimic markers installed along the contemporary border between Mexico and the U.S.

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