LULAC 2023 Unveils Agenda for 2023 National Convention & Exposition Agenda
This year’s theme, “Saber es Poder,” focuses on unifying the strength of the country’s Latino population through knowledge, community, and social justice to build economic freedom.
July 20, 2023
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ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO – (July 20, 2023) - The League of United Latin America Citizens (LULAC), the nation’s longest-standing and largest civic rights organization, announced today the agenda for its 94th Annual National Convention and Exposition set to take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, August 2 - August 5, 2023 at the Albuquerque Convention Center. This year’s theme, “Saber es Poder,” will focus on the power of knowledge and the importance of community, and unity to pursue and attain social and economic justice for the country’s booming U.S. Hispanic community.
The convention will officially open to the public on Wednesday, August 2 at 9:00 am headlined by LULAC leaders and featured speakers including New Mexico Attorney General Raúl Torrez and Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller.
“New Mexico represents the future of our country as the first minority-majority state, with nearly 100% percent Hispanic representation in the state legislature and an increasingly younger population. This is the ideal place to host the 2023 LULAC Convention and Expo. We are honored to welcome our speakers and members as we discuss pressing issues, set forth the Hispanic agenda for the next year, and elect the organization’s national leaders,” said LULAC President Domingo Garcia.
2023 LULAC Convention and Expo Featured Sessions
- LULAC Policy Spotlight: Solving the Deported Veteran Issue Once and for All
There are hundreds, if not thousands of Patriots who fought for our country with the promise of US Citizenship only to be discarded and exiled to countries around the world. This is a crucial conversation about the topic and the solutions that call for action to put an end to deportations of servicemembers, male and female, and to return those who have been deported – some for decades, away from family and without access to their earned benefits. For many, the only way home has been posthumously.
- The Power of Unity: The Transformative Impact of the Latino Vote in the U.S. Elections
The Latino vote, with its robust growth and diverse perspectives, has emerged as a game-changer in national elections, dramatically shaping policy, discourse, and the future direction of the country. In the upcoming election, the importance of the Latino vote cannot be overstated. Witness firsthand the dynamic influence of the Latino community as a pivotal force in the U.S. political landscape.
- Exploring a Path to Progress: The Dignity Act of 2023 Town Hall with Congresswoman Veronica Escobar
This Town Hall hosted by Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (D-TX 16th District) will discuss the Historic immigration reform that she co-introduced this year known as the Dignity Act of 2023, a bipartisan bill that makes meaningful reforms to the immigration system. With a pulse on the human experience on the border, Congresswoman Escobar will illuminate how this transformative, bipartisan legislation is set to reshape our nation's approach to border security and immigration policy.
- A Conversation with Attorney General Raul Torrez
In 2022, New Mexico ranked 50th in the nation for child wellbeing and a staggering 53,000 children in the state suffer from anxiety and depression. Attorney General of New Mexico Raúl Torrez will lead a Forum entitled “Protecting Latino Children through the Power of Civil Rights” in which he will discuss the challenges Latino children face when their health and safety is not prioritized and what actions the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General is taking to protect the state’s most vulnerable children.
- Driving Progress: The Indomitable Influence of Latinos in U.S. Economic and Workforce Development
Economic empowerment and workforce development will be at the forefront of this year’s conference. This session will celebrate the integral role that Latinos have played in shaping our nation’s economy, delve into the unique experiences of Latino economic empowerment, and explore the ongoing, crucial role of Latinos in the ongoing evolution of America's workforce and economy.
“The convening of our LULAC members this year comes at a critical time when we are seeing enormous setbacks around civil rights, greatly impacting our economic freedom and personal safety in this country. It is more important than ever for our community to be united in purpose and power. This year’s convention aims to engage, educate, and empower our attendees on these critical issues. By giving them the right tools to succeed, our community can be better prepared for the challenges ahead while helping to build the talent pipeline and leadership of the future,” added Mr. Garcia.
During the week, LULAC will also host its annual Youth Convention, an extensive track of workshops designed to develop young people into impactful community leaders through positive educational experiences, social events, and civic activities.
Economic freedom and access to healthcare are instrumental to strengthening the future of the country’s Latino population. The convention’s Career Fair and Health Expo will showcase products and services tailored to the Hispanic community and provide employment opportunities and health resources for attendees. The Career Health Fair and Expo will be open to the public from Wednesday, Aug 2 to Friday, Aug 4.