La Voz de La Paz

La Voz (The Voice) is the blog and online news source for La Paz.

Articles and entries for La Voz are written and submitted by La Paz staff, volunteers, and others. Be sure to come back often to read through the latest news and insights flowing from and within La Paz. Want to submit an article? Contact Patrick Miles at

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La Paz Congratulates Local Businesses on Diversity Efforts

La Paz Chattanooga, in an effort to empower the local Latino community and bridge the gap between the general population and the Latino market, has begun working with local businesses to provide marketing resources and diversity training.
Posted: November 15th, 2018 | Permalink

Immigration Statement as of 6/19/2018

We stand with the countless leaders across the nation who are calling for the immediate reunification of parents and children and an end to the separation of families at the border.

Immigrant families that are fleeing their countries and coming to the U.S. to seek asylum are being separated. Over 2,000 children have been separated from their parents and this inhumane treatment must end immediately.

Chattanooga is at its best when we come together. As Chattanoogans we urge you to stand with us and use your voice to stop the separation of families. You can do something TODAY by calling our senators and let them know that you are against the separation of families.

Call Senator Corker - 202-224-3344

Call Senator Alexander - 202-224-4944

If you’d like to donate directly to organizations working on the ground at the border here are a few you can donate to:

Organizations to Donate to:




The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights

For more information about the current status of this policy:

Bipartisan Policy Center

Washington Post


Apoyamos a los innumerables líderes a través del país que exigen la reunificación inmediata de padres e hijos y que exigen un fin a la separación de familias en la frontera.

Familias inmigrantes que se están huyendo de sus países y vienen a los Estados Unidos a buscar asilo están siendo separadas. Más de 2,000 niños han sido separados de sus padres y este tratamiento inhumano debe terminar inmediatamente.

Chattanooga es una mejor ciudad cuando estamos unidos. Como Chattanoogans, les pedimos que se unan a nosotros y usen su voz para parar la separación de las familias. Usted puede tomar acción HOY llamando a nuestros senadores y haciéndoles saber que usted está en contra de la separación de las familias.

Números de los senadores:

Senador Corker - 202-224-3344

Senador Alexander - 202-224-4944

Organizaciones que están aceptando donaciones para ayudar a las familias:



The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights:

Enlaces a artículos con más información acerca de la situación en la frontera:

Posted: June 19th, 2018 | Permalink

A Community Thrives Challenge

La Paz is in a competition and we need YOU to help us win...
Posted: May 7th, 2018 | Permalink

Learn & Practice Spanish

Check out these suggestions and resources to learn and practice Spanish.
Posted: March 9th, 2018 | Permalink

La Paz Welcomes New Additions to Board of Directors

La Paz Chattanooga has announced the addition of three members to its board of directors - Jay Elliott, Erwin Ovalle and Ronna-Renee Jackson, while also giving thanks to two outgoing board members, Angela Garcia and Fred Fletcher, for their service to the organization.

Jay Elliott

Jay Elliott

Jay Elliott is the Vice President of Legal at Kenco Group. He has been a board member for various non-profits in Chattanooga over the years, including the Cherokee Area Council for the Boy Scouts of America, Junior Achievement of Chattanooga, the Truesdale Foundation and Normal Park Museum Magnet Education Fund Board, of which he was chair.

“I am excited to join the La Paz board. I am familiar with all of the great work that La Paz does in and for the Chattanooga community, and I hope I can help them do more,” Elliott said.


Erwin Ovalle

Erwin Ovalle

Erwin Ovalle is an entrepreneur and ownerof several local businesses including Ovalle’s Catering, MCS Cleaning and Nerdwebs. Ovalle is a native of Guatemala and has been a Chattanooga resident since 2001. He was a recipient of the Chattanooga’s Choice Award at the 2016 Latino Leadership Awards.

“Adding value to others is of the highest priority to me. The opportunity to serve on La Paz’s Board of Directors is an honor and an exciting change to live out my faith in doing whatever I can, wherever I am, for as long as I can; to try and make a difference,” said Ovalle.


Ronna-Renee Jackson

Ronna-Renee Jackson

Ronna-Renee Jackson serves as a partner at Launch Point Leadership. Jackson is a certified professional coach and serves on numerous volunteer, community and management boards, including the Foundation Board for CHI Memorial Hospital, the Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachian Council and the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. Jackson is a member of Chattanooga’s downtown Rotary. Among her many accolades is the designation as a 2016 Woman of Distinction.

The three members join the organization as two members retire from their service on the La Paz Board of Directors. Fred Fletcher, former Chief of the Chattanooga Police Department, who served as the previous board chair, and Angela Garcia, the Latino Market Accounts Manager at Coca-Cola UNITED Bottling Company, who has volunteered with La Paz for over eight years. The organization is grateful for their tireless service and dedication to advancing the La Paz mission.

The La Paz Board of Directors consists of individuals who are committed to guiding and strengthening Chattanooga’s growing and diverse community. In addition to the newly announced board members, the remaining members - including Dr. Kelly Rodney Arnold, Marco Perez, Jana Eichel, Abigail Tilley, Carlos Calderin, Brittany Thomas Faith, and Richard Mathis - continue to serve on the board.

La Paz Chattanooga is the leading Hispanic/Latino organization in the Southeast Tennessee region that guides, connects and strengthens the community. Since its inception in 2004, La Paz has worked to create opportunities and pathways of mutual understanding in order to create an inclusive environment in which cultural acceptance can thrive.


Posted: January 23rd, 2018 | Permalink