LULAC Is Proud To Announce New York City Will Host Historic 85th National Convention in 2014

September 26, 2011

Contact: Paloma Zuleta, pzuleta@lulac.org, (202) 812-4477

New York, NY – The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) announced today, on the steps of City Hall, that New York City will host its historic 85th annual national convention in 2014.

This event will mark the first time the LULAC annual convention will convene in New York City. The convention is expected to draw some 50,000 people from all over the country and generate millions in economic activity for the city. Representatives from LULAC, national sponsor Time Warner Cable and government officials were on hand to celebrate the announcement and discuss its importance to LULAC, New York and Latinos everywhere.

“We are excited to bring the oldest and largest Latino organization to a city that prides itself on its diverse Latino community,” said National LULAC President Margaret Moran. “We are a multi-issue organization, focused on addressing a plethora of challenges. LULAC held the first convention in 1929 to inform and bring resources to members on issues that impacted their lives. Today, our national convention is still the setting where we hold workshops on education, healthcare and housing with the hope to inspire our members to engage in the political system.”

“We’re honored that LULAC has decided to come to New York City for the very first time. It makes perfect sense that LULAC would choose to celebrate its 85th anniversary here, because New York has always been a place where companies and individuals come to innovate and grow,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “We’re proud to be home to the largest number of Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States, and we look forward to welcoming you to our city – the most diverse and exciting city in the world.”

“It’s an honor for the LULAC to hold its National Convention in New York City, where many of our residents represent a wide diverse group of Latin American countries and is one of the largest immigrant communities in the nation,” said City Council Speaker Christine C Quinn. “With Hispanics being an influential and unifying force in the United States, this convention will inspire others to participate in civic service and the improvement of our country.”

"I know I’m just being a typical New Yorker when I say this, but LULAC, as the country’s oldest Hispanic organization, couldn’t have a chosen a more appropriate or significant place to hold its 85th annual national conference," State Senator Jose R. Peralta said. "But make no mistake: For New Yorkers, especially Latinos, it is an honor to have a pioneer of the Hispanic civil rights movement come to our city to celebrate an important milestone and help further raise awareness of how far we’ve come and how much more we still need to do."

"As a national corporate partner to LULAC, we're extremely pleased to sponsor and help bring LULAC's 2014 national conference to our hometown of New York City," said Fernando Laguarda, Time Warner Cable's vice president of external affairs and policy. "Just as LULAC has been a pivotal partner in helping us with broadband adoption, recruiting talent and other important shared goals, we support their strong voice on behalf of New York City's Hispanic families."

About LULAC: LULAC has over 600 state councils through the United States and Puerto Rico. It is the oldest largest Hispanic membership organization in the country, advances the economic conditions, educational attainment, political influence, health, housing and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs

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