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Lulac Convention brings leaders from all over to talk about issues and policies facing the Hispanic community

Alyssa Munoz

KOAT 7

Aug 6, 2023

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The League of the United Latin American Citizens, also known as LULAC, hosted its annual convention in Albuquerque. The event brought leaders from all over and guest speakers to talk about issues and policies that affect the Hispanic community. The convention started on July 31 and ended on Aug. 5.

A few of the guest speakers included Danny Olivas, Mario Diaz and Dolores Huerta.

Olivas is a retired astronaut for NASA who has taken two trips to space.

"I think, as a community, to come together to support one another, to recognize that, you know, when we have opportunities to excel, you know, it's incumbent on us to propel ourselves forward, but also to extend to the broader community and bring up those that we can and provide opportunities when we can," Olivas said.

Huerta is an influential Latina known for her labor activism in the 1960s. She fought for farm worker rights and Mexican American communities.

"I just felt it was really important so that we can share these stories and understand what our mission has to be," Huerta said.

In her speech, she spoke about concerns she has for Texas when it comes to women's reproductive rights, the tragedy of the Uvalde school shooting and a bill the Texas governor just recently signed revoking the requirement for water breaks for workers.

"If you have this hot, oppressive summer that we're having, and people can't take a water break, it is dangerous to their health. I think these are things that cannot be ignored," Huerta said.

Huerta hopes her speech and this convention can help teach people and remind them to elect representatives that will fight and protect them.

" I hope that people go home that they feel not only enriched by what they learn, but also motivated to go out and do a lot more than what we're doing now," Huerta said.