President Obama to speak at 2011 National Council of La Raza annual conference in DC
The National Council of La Raza – NCLR, the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, has announced its 2011 Annual Conference to be held in Washington, DC, from July 23-26.
This morning I attended a briefing led by Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO, who announced the featured speakers and events for this year’s NCLR Conference, and confirmed the presence of president Barack Obama as the main speaker, however there wasn’t a confirmation of which day he would be attending.
The NCLR Annual Conference returns to Washington, DC, after 21 years, as Murguía twitted this morning.
I asked about any events in this conference related to LGBT Latinos, and Murguia confirmed there will be a special Reception to bring the LGBT Latino community together, with a recognition to openly-gay NCLR staff member Katty Pino.
The NCLR Annual Conference & NCLR National Latino Family Expo will be held in Washington, DC, on July 23-26, 2011 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, and under the theme “Embrace Now“.
Embrace sounds great. So I hope the NCLR would also embrace the racial and cultural diversity among Latinos, and considers eliminating the use of the term Hispanic, which discriminates the importance of the other heritages that conform the Latino communities.
This 4-day conference is the largest and most important conference for Latinos in the United States, it brings together individuals, organizations, and corporations working within the Latino communities, and it’s a great chance to learn about issues affecting our communities, to connect with leaders and activists, and to create partnerships with grass roots organizations.
It’s estimated that about 2,000 people attend the NCLR conference every year.
This conference will be also very important for the 2012 presidential elections, and leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties have been invited. Janet Murguia wrote recently about the Latino vote in this elections:
Do take the Latino vote seriously. Latinos are not only the fastest-growing population in the U.S., they are also the fastest-growing voter bloc. The Census results released this spring found that one in six Americans is Latin. More than one in four Americans under the age of 18 is Latino, 93 percent of whom are U.S. citizens. According to Democracia U.S.A., this means that half a million Latinos will turn 18 each year for the next 20 years.
Free community event
Janet Murguía also spoke today about the 2011 NCLR National Latino Family Expo™, “the largest Latino consumer show in the country, which is free and open to the general public.” according to a NCLR press release:
“This year’s National Latino Family Expo will feature more than 200 exhibitors and includes a number of themed pavilions offering free giveaways, raffles, and interactive programs, such as cooking demonstrations, music and dance performances, and exercise classes. Additional free services include health screenings and a Diversity Career Fair for job seekers.”
I’m looking forward to this conference, and it would be my first time attending as a blogger. I overheard that the NCLR will be inviting some of the most popular Latino bloggers and social media activists in the country. It should be fun and a great learning experience for everyone.
To find out more information and to register for the 2011 NCLR Annual Conference.