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President Obama to speak at 2011 National Council of La Raza annual conference in DC

July 12, 2011

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.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Grecelda permalink
    October 4, 2011 12:29 am

    I too hate to be asked if I’m hispanic white or non- white. My birth certififate says I’m caucation. I’m of Spanish , Arabic and French descent and do not like being robed of my heritage by being put in a category. I’m Mexican American and am very proud of what I am. Latina, I am but don’t call me hispanic. The reason I’m latina is that I am of Spanish, French, European descent. If I were Cuban or Puerto Rican I would be proud but I am not, therefore, don’t put me in a categorry. We all are of Spanish descend but our ancestors lived in different countries, making us different from each other. I do not consider myself brown either for my skin color is not brown. I’m a proud Mexican American. No less American than the German Americans in this country, except that my ancestors where here before, for way back then Texas belonged to Mexico. We are all immigrants but only those of spanish descent are categorised as hispanics. The reason for this category, is that the white people do not want to consider us white but that is their problem for they can’t change the fact that we too are white for we are of european descent as they are. We have say we are Mexican Americans yet some of us have never set foot in Mexico. They don’t have to say that they are Irish American, Italian American, Jewish America, British American, etc. So why shouls we, we are as much Americans as they are. The only difference is that they are given equality rights and we are not. We have been discriminated upon more than the black people have. More than the jews . The jews are the owners of almost all America and the ones who exploit the most. You would think that they would have a heart after the way their people were treated but all they care about is money. Mexican Americans need to become united and stop fighting amonsg each other to get ahead. Make sure that our children speak English well. The white people don’t want our children to learn English so they keep our kids in the bilingual program. Keep them stagnant in their language is in their mind when they approve funding for the program. Don’t let those Mexicans learn how to speak Engish correctly is in their heart when they force their child to enroll in the bilingual progran. My people don’t hurt your kids, teach them Spanish at home and allow the teachers to teach your children the English the white kids are learning. Stay on top . Don’t get me wrong I’m all for being bilingual but not the way its being implamanted. The kids are only learning their native language, well get this if you are American your native language is English, if you live in Mexico your native language is Spanish. Its a plus to know more than one language but not at the expense of learning neither. I’m proud of being bilingual and want the same for all my people but I want them to speak, read and write English as well as the whites.

  2. Anonymous permalink
    July 18, 2011 5:33 pm



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