Advocates and Private Sector Come Together to Call for Online Consumer Privacy as Tech Becomes Defining 2020 Issue

Oldest and largest U.S. Hispanic advocacy organization hosts convening to bolster consumer privacy during 90th Annual Convention

MILWAUKEE (July 12, 2019) – Today, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) was joined by advocates and members of the private sector in calling for bold steps to ensure consumer privacy, broadband access, and a free and open Internet. As a powerful voice in the technology space, LULAC is proud to stand together as a community demanding accountability, consumer privacy, and equal access.

“At AT&T, our privacy commitments are fundamental to the way we do business. We know it’s important to all Americans and especially to the Latino community,” said Celeste Carrasco, Director of Public Affairs, AT&T. “We support federal legislation that would ensure consumers’ rights are protected, regardless of where they live. Federal legislation would also provide consistent rules of the road for all companies, across all websites, content, devices and applications.”

LULAC strongly believes that universal broadband access is the key to empowering Latinos to advance their education, careers and quality of life. The organization supports the preservation of a free and open Internet that does not inadvertently shift the massive costs of increasing access, capacity and bandwidth to low-income communities.

To support the community, LULAC created a network of 60 community technology centers that provide free broadband access and computer-related training to students, parents, and low income individuals. The key is to empower those without access to the internet by providing them with access and training and the capability to do work and research online.

Today’s panel was joined by LULAC National CEO Sindy Benavides; Executive Director at the Hispanic Technology & Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP) Alejandro Roark; Director of Public Affairs at AT&T Celeste Carrasco; and Policy Analyst at the Center for Technology & Democracy Natasha Duarte.

This is one of the many activities hosted by LULAC during its 90th Annual Convention around equality and equity. In addition to this panel, LULAC hosted a workshop using technology to manage money on Thursday, July 11 at 3:30pm CT. An agenda and list of speakers is available here.

More about the LULAC’s 90th Annual Convention

Led by LULAC President Domingo Garcia and CEO Sindy Benavides, LULAC’s four-day convention will bring together over 20,000 Latino leaders from across the country for seminars and notable events, including a Presidential Town Hall with 2020 candidates: Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT); Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA); former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro; and former Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-TX). LULAC will also host a national stage featuring Second Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden (2009 – 2017); Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO); U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI). An agenda and list of speakers is available here. Select events, including the Presidential Town Hall, will be live streamed at www.lulac.org/live.

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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

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