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Wednesday, February 26th

LULAC's Presidential Address

9:00am–9:10am
Horizon Room
Directions To The Horizon Ballroom (PDF format)

LULAC’s 2014 Policy Agenda
The 113th Congress ended its first session in 2013 without passage of comprehensive immigration reform, the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), funding for unemployment insurance benefits, and without moving critical nutrition legislation funding food programs. These are just some of the many outstanding issues that Congress will need to face in 2014. With little over 100 days in the Congressional calendar for the second session of the 113th Congress, LULAC will continue to identify impact points to advance critical immigration, education, health, and civil rights policy of importance to the Latino community. Join LULAC National President Margaret Moran as she speaks about how to move LULAC’s agenda forward and what’s in store for 2014.
Speaker: LULAC National President Margaret Moran

Health Policy Briefing

9:15am–10:30am
Horizon Room
Sponsored by Walmart

LULAC: Championing Coverage and Addressing Health Disparities
In 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that LULAC joined a growing list of advocacy organizations as a recognized national Champion for Coverage. As a Champion, LULAC has leveraged the support of private and public sector partners to host public health festivals across key states, to bring health screenings to thousands of people and also worked to provide the community with the most up-to-date information on the Affordable Care Act, the open enrollment process, and the health marketplaces. This advocacy is critical, as large numbers of Latinos continue to be uninsured and lack access to health services even as they suffer from higher rates of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and other conditions. Join HHS officials, as well as other public and private advocates working on health care issues as they outline the work being done to sign-up Latinos for health insurance, expand access to high quality and affordable nutritious meals, discuss the ongoing obstacles facing Latinos looking for health care coverage, and share insights on the health and nutrition issues of most concern to the Latino community.

Special Guests: The Honorable Marc Veasey, Member of Congress, United States House of Representatives
The Honorable Michelle Lujan Grisham, Member of Congress, United States House of Representatives
Audrey Rowe, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service, Department of Agriculture
Moderator: Darryl Morin, LULAC National Vice-President for the Midwest
Sponsor Remarks: Joe Quinn, Senior Director of Food Policy, Walmart
Panelists: Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President and Chief Experience Officer, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund
Mayra Alvarez, Associate Director, Office of Minority Health, Department of Health And Human Services
Jose Plaza, National Director of Latino Engagement, Enroll America
Dr. Oralia G. Dominic, Chair, LULAC National Health Taskforce




Education Policy Briefing

10:45am–12:00pm
Horizon Room

Fulfilling the Promise: Advancing Education and Technology Reforms to Secure a 21st Century Education for Latinos
With a packed legislative agenda on Capitol Hill in 2014 that includes everything from the budget, to taxes, and annual appropriations, education advocates are only cautiously optimistic for Congressional action on critical education legislation like the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Higher Education Act (HEA). Despite the prospects for legislative action on Capitol Hill, the potential for meaningful educational impact is high at federal agencies and across states. Advancing key reforms at the federal level aimed at modernizing and expanding programs like e-Rate, and strengthening the monitoring and implementation of the ESEA waivers, are just some federal-level actions that can help achieve the promise of a 21st century education for Latino students. Additionally, engaging and educating the Latino community on the ongoing implementation of the Common Core State Standards at the state level, strengthening collaborative efforts with key education advocacy organizations aimed at supporting public school education, advocating for increased financial aid for college students, and leveraging the support of private and government sector partners to help advance the educational attainment of Hispanics, are key priorities for LULAC in 2014.

Special Guest: The Honorable Pete Gallego, Member of Congress, United States House of Representatives (invited)
Moderator: Rufina A. Hernández, Esq., Executive Director, Campaign for High School Equity
Panelists: Philip Lovell, Vice-President of Federal Advocacy, Alliance for Excellent Education
JoAnn Rullan, Manager – Education Campaign – Corporate and Community Relations, Univision
Susie Saavedra, Senior Legislative Director – Health and Education Policy, The National Urban League
James A. Ferg-Cadima, Regional Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (invited)



Technology Policy Luncheon

12:00pm–1:30pm
The Rotunda (8th Floor)
Directions To The Rotunda (PDF format)
Sponsored by Toyota and AT&T

Supporting and Growing the Online Latino Community Through Technological Innovation, Access, and Inclusion
In 2013, the Pew Hispanic Research Center released a report noting that “Latinos own smartphones, go online from a mobile device and use social networking sites at similar—and sometimes higher—rates than do other groups of Americans.” The report was striking, given that in 2009, the digital divide between Latinos and their White counterparts, remained high. Latinos online represent a powerful economic, cultural, and advocacy bloc. Supporting and cultivating the Latino online community through innovative programming, and growing the online Latino community through strategic initiatives aimed at increasing access and affordability of internet adoption, is a top priority for LULAC. Leveraging the support of key partners is crucial in achieving these goals. Luncheon speaker will share about their work to grow, support, and cultivate the Latino online community and share insights as to where we need to go and how to get there.

Moderator: Brent Wilkes, Executive Director, League of United Latin American Citizens
Luncheon Honoree: The Honorable Wendy Davis, Texas State Senator
Luncheon Honorees: The Honorable George Miller, Member of Congress, United States House of Representatives
Congressional Guest Speaker: The Honorable Steny Hoyer, Democratic Whip, United States House of Representatives
Sponsor Speaker: Luis Rosero, Toyota



Immigration Policy Briefing

1:45pm–3:00pm
Horizon Room

Bridging the Political Gap: Building Consensus for Immigration Reform
In 2013, a bipartisan coalition of Republicans and Democrats pushed through the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 in the United States Senate. While far from perfect, the legislation offered immigration reform supporters like, LULAC and others, a tangible win and represented a step forward toward the enactment of comprehensive immigration reform. Just as immigration supporters rallied to push through a bill in the House of Representatives, the budget and government shutdown quickly trumped all legislative matters on the Hill in the fall of 2013. The result, the House adjourned their first session of Congress without any movement on immigration reform. In 2014, with mid-term elections clearly in sight for many House Members, immigration reform supporters on the left and the right will need to come together to help push immigration reform over the finish line. Join a distinguished panel of immigration reform supporters to discuss the prospects for immigration reform, the future of DACA, and the current deportation landscape.

Moderator: Lori Montenegro, National Correspondent, Telemundo
Special Guests:
The Honorable Henry Cuellar, Member of Congress, United States House of Representatives
The Honorable Joe Garcia, Member of Congress, United States House of Representatives (invited)

Panelists:
Alex Nowrasteh, Immigration Policy Analyst, CATO Institute
Angela Kelley, Vice President, Center for American Progress
Josh Bernstein, Director of Immigration Policy, Service Employees International Union
Cesar Moreno Perez, Assistant Director - Human Rights & Community Relations Department, American Federation of Teachers
Rebecca Tallent, Assistant to the Speaker, Office of Congressman John Boehner



LULAC Awards Gala

6:00pm–9:00pm
The Atrium
Awards Gala - Directions To The Atrium (PDF format)
Ticketed Event

Celebrating Legislative Service to the Hispanic Community LULAC’s 85th Anniversary

Honorees:
The Honorable Wendy Davis *
Texas State Senator

The Honorable George Miller *
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

The Honorable Thomas E. Perez
Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor

The Honorable Jeff Flake (invited)
Member of the United States Sentate

The Honorable Leticia Van de Putte
Texas State Senator

Mr. Eliseo Medina
Immigration Leader and Advocate

*(To be honored at luncheon.)




Thursday, February 27th

Advocacy Day

9:00am–10:00am
LULAC

Advocacy Training

10:00am–4:00pm
Capitol Hill

Advocacy Visits



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