Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Latino leaders meet in Texas to chart next course

Meeting in Austin, TX Focuses on Redistricting, Jobs and New Immigration Strategies in 2011, Electoral Mobilization in 2012

Austin, Texas --- The Conveners of the National Latino Congreso (NLC) is set to open its March 25-27 convention this afternoon in Austin, Texas.

With this gathering, delegates representing millions of Latinos from across fifteen American states will set advocacy and electoral priorities for 2011-12. The NLC comes as Latino unemployment approaches 20%, more than 2 million Latinos have been foreclosed, 10 million super-exploited undocumented immigrants -mostly Latinos- suffer in our midst without rights or justice, all while the US continues with two wars, and appears to be starting a third war, while a growing drug war rages in Mexico.

This year's "Congreso" serves as Call to Action that will likely focus on strategies to defeat anti-immigrant legislation, proposals to create jobs, efforts to create majority minority districts through redistricting, and plans for Latino electoral mobilization. 

Other issues like the border violence, women's reproductive health, drug policy reform, the Middle East wars, U.S.-Latin America relations will also be heard.

Visit http://latinocongreso.org/agenda to see the complete schedule and speakers list.

Since 2006, over 200 resolutions created by Congreso delegates encompass a myriad of issues have been approved. Visit http://latinocongreso.org/resolutions to see the past work of the Congreso and submit new platforms for 2010.  Only delegates may submit resolutions and amendments, and only organizations that register and endorse earn delegates.

The National Latino Congreso is convened by:

Hispanic Federation (HF);
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA)
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
Mexican American Political Association (MAPA)
National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC)
National Hispanic Environmental Council (NHEC)
Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP)
William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI)

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