La Santa Cecilia to Perform at the LULAC 19th Annual Legislative Conference and Awards Gala

February 8, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The LULAC 19th Annual Legislative Conference and Awards Gala will begin on Wednesday, February 24 at the Mandarin Oriental located at 1330 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Members of Congress confirmed to participate in various conference activities include: The Honorable Steny H. Hoyer, The Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, The Honorable Linda Sanchez, The Honorable Raul Ruiz, and The Honorable Raul Grijalva. Later that evening at the awards gala, La Santa Cecilia will be performing hits from their new album, Buenaventura, which will be released on February 26. The group has been recognized for giving a voice to the immigrant community through beautiful songs that speak of their dreams and fears.

"We are honored to perform at LULAC's 19th Annual Awards Gala this year," said La Santa Cecilia. "It is truly inspiring for us to be in an environment that promotes social justice, empowerment, and the overall betterment of the Latino community in the U.S. We will bring all our love, pride, and joy to share on that wonderful night."

The awards gala will also highlight key leaders: U.S. Senator John Cornyn; U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and bilingual sports broadcaster Julio Pabón.

“I look forward to joining LULAC for its annual legislative conference,” said Senator Elizabeth Warren. “This event is an important chance for members of the Latino community to come together with their representatives in Washington to talk about the work we must do to build opportunities for hardworking families all across the country.”

LULAC’s Annual Legislative Conference provides a unique opportunity for LULAC members to meet with Members of Congress and agency leaders to discuss issues critical for the Hispanic community. This year, LULAC members will meet with over 200 Congressional offices to talk about how current policies and regulations affect the Latino community.

At the legislative conference, issue experts will discuss the need to strengthen the Affordable Care Act and ensure accountability for Latino students’ success. In addition, the policy summit will address the need for comprehensive immigration reform, supporting President Obama’s administrative actions, ending the detention of vulnerable populations, and repealing the 34,000 bed quota rider from appropriation bills.

“The legislative conference is an opportunity for our members to highlight issues important to the Latino community with Members of Congress and agency leaders,” said LULAC National President Roger C. Rocha, Jr. “It is also an opportunity for our future LULAC leaders to participate in the Emerge Latino Conference and strengthen their advocacy and leadership skills.”

The Emerge Latino Conference will host over 150 college students from across the country. The student’s activities will include participation in policy briefings on health, education, and immigration. These students will also be given an opportunity to meet with policy makers on issues important to their generation and their families.

Members of the press interested in attending any of the events listed above should contact Paloma Zuleta at pzuleta@lulac.org or Geoff Nolan at gnolan@lulac.org. In addition those interested in attending the legislative conference sessions can go to www.lulac.org/rsvp. For more information please go to www.lulac.org/gala.

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 1000 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.

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