Jill Biden Tells LULAC Virtual Summit: Latinos Will Have A Place At The Table
Nation’s Oldest and Largest Latino Civil Rights Organization Says Biden Administration Will Improve Treatment of Latinos in USA
Washington, DC - Jill Biden, former Second Lady and wife of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden promised a different, better environment for the nation’s 60-million Latinos with her husband in the White House after the November 3rd election. “I guarantee you Latinos will have a place at the table”, she told the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Saturday during the climatic virtual roundtable address joined by leading Latino congressional members and a labor advocate from the nation’s nurses. Dr. Biden’s hour-long discussion capped off LULAC’s first ever virtual summit which was held in lieu of the organization’s annual convention and expo, “All for One, One for All. United in Action to Transform America”, which was planned for Washington, DC but cancelled due to COVID-19.
“LULAC continues to bring light and attention to the impact of COVID -19 on the Latino community” said Domingo Garcia, National President. “We are the frontline essential service and food production workers which is why we’re suffering an infection rate twice as high as our percentage of the population. Nearly 1-in-3 people getting sick is Latino and we are being treated like political piñatas that can be broken and thrown away. LULAC has demanded immediate state and federal action to help our community health and economically as soon as possible,” he added.
On the panel with Jill Bidden were two members of Congress: Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA 36th District) and Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX 34th District). Also, Dr. Robert Rodriguez, Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, University of California San Francisco and Amirah Sequeira, Lead Legislative Advocate at National Nurses United.
“There is no question that this is a decisive moment in America,” says Sindy Benavides, National Chief Executive Officer. “Jill Biden’s life-long dedication to education is inspiring, especially her concern for our Latino children who are being isolated from learning during this pandemic because of far less access to technology and broadband even as their parents, at great peril to themselves, continue to keep our country going during COVID-19. No, we cannot and will not wait any longer for change in our country. Our greatest voice, our strongest act of empowerment and our most transformative protest is our vote and Latinos are determined to turn out in the millions for a better future for all men, women and children in our country,” she added.
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The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org.