LULAC Promotes Latino Voter Mobilization During its 90th Annual Convention in Key Electoral State of Wisconsin
Nation’s Oldest & Largest Hispanic Civil Rights Organization Calls for Massive Civic Participation Ahead of 2020 Elections
MILWAUKEE (July 11, 2019) – Today, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) hosted a convening with Facebook to mobilize Latinos of all ages to vote. As Pew Research found, for the first time, Hispanics will be the largest racial or ethnic minority group in the electorate in the 2020 election, making their participation even more important.
“Latinos make up nearly 20% of the United States’ population and our voice is truly our vote,” said Special Advisor to the LULAC National President on Civic Engagement & Elections Joe Henry. “We are a young community with 28 million eligible members ready to vote. We cherish America's democracy and will continue to fight for the right to vote.”
LULAC strongly encourages the active civic participation of all eligible Latinos at all levels of government and at all times of the year -- not only during election years. By registering to vote, voting, participating in town halls and community involvement, Latinos have the power to directly transform their respective communities. LULAC also encourages all eligible immigrants to become U.S. citizens and demands that the Citizenship and Immigration Services streamline and expedite the processing of citizenship applications pending in a backlog for up to two years.
“The 2020 national elections are a critical opportunity to position our communities of color towards a better and brighter future,” said LULAC CEO Sindy Benavides. “Democracy and voting are one of the most powerful tools we have to harness our potential to organize and advocate for a more equitable future. We urge our members and followers to use your voice, register to vote, and turn out at the polls.”
Today’s Democracy & Voting panel featuring LULAC CEO Sindy Benavides; LULAC General Counsel Luis Vera; Special Advisor to the LULAC National President on Civic Engagement & Elections Joe Henry; and Politics and Government Outreach Manager at Facebook Emilia Gutierrez.
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 host events on its 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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About LULAC: LULAC is the largest and oldest Hispanic organization in the United States. LULAC advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 1,000 LULAC councils nationwide. More information can be found at www.lulac.org.