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Mayor and City Leaders Welcome
LULAC to Chicago for National Convention.
The largest Hispanic organization in the United
States will tackle immigration, health care,
education and civil rights during its historic
78th Annual Convention.
July 3, 2007
Lizette Jenness Olmos (202) 365-4553
Cesar Rolon (773) 251-3329
Illinois —The League of United Latin American
Citizens (LULAC), the largest and oldest
Hispanic membership organization in the United
States, kicked of its 78th Annual National
Convention and Exposition in Chicago, IL. The
convention promises to be its best ever with an
estimated attendance of more than 15,000. We
have confirmed some fantastic speakers including
Chicago City Clerk Miguel del Valle, Department
of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff,
Senator Bob Menendez, USDA Deputy Assistant
Secretary for Civil Rights Annabelle Romero,
AT&T Group President Ralph de la Vega, NLCR
President Janet Murguía, MALDEF CEO John
Trasvina, Navy Assistant Secretary William A.
Navas, Executive Vice President and President
and Chief Executive Officer of Wal-Mart Stores
Eduardo Castro Wright, USHLI President Juan
Andrade, Chicago Bears Roberto Garza, GM Racing
Program Manager, Alba Colon and Actress Alex
Meneses. Our entertainment features the
three-time Grammy award-winning musical group La
Mafia, salsa and cumbia sensation Grupo Niche
and Tejano superstar Rubén Ramos.
The theme of this year’s convention is
“Empowering Latinos: Building Prosperity Through
Partnerships.” “We want to invite everyone from
Chicago and the nation to join us as we set the
nation’s Latino agenda and come forth with
powerful resolutions,” said LULAC National
President Rosa Rosales. “This convention will
help the communities that want to make a change
in education, immigration, health, housing and
Latinos make up more than 25 percent of the
city’s population and almost 40 percent of the
enrollment of the Chicago Public Schools. There
is a growing influence of Latinos in both the
public and private sectors.
“Chicago is the ideal location for this
convention,” said Chicago Mayor Richard Richard
Daley. “Latin Americans have been an important
part of Chicago’s economic and social fabric
since the early part of the 20th century.”
“Once again, we will move forward on meeting
the challenges facing Latinos on such issues as
immigration reform, education, health care,
civil rights, and a full participation of
Latinos in government programs, employment and
services,” said Convention Co-Chairs Darryl D.
Morin and Blanca Vargas.
Participating in the three-day Expo are over 300
corporations, government agencies, employers,
colleges, and non-profit organizations. Opening
on Wednesday, July 11th, the LULAC Exposition
features a corporate plaza, a job fair, a
federal government plaza, a health fair, a
housing fair and a college fair. Admission to
the expo, workshops and community concert is
free and open to the public. Please call
1-888-LULAC-01 for more information or visit our
web site at www.lulac.org.
The League of United Latin American Citizens
(LULAC) is largest and oldest Hispanic
membership organization in the United States.
LULAC advances the economic condition,
educational attainment, political influence,
health, and civil rights of Hispanic Americans
through community-based programs operating at
more than 700 LULAC councils nationwide.