‘We are America’ Convention of Latino Leaders Set to Open in Dallas...

‘We are America’ Convention of Latino Leaders Set to Open in Dallas This Week

Latino Politicians from both parties find new unity following immigration marches, gather to chart agenda for full participation


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Washington, DC–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – U.S. Newswire)–June 19, 2006–Energized by the immigration marches that brought millions of Americans into the streets this spring, the most influential group of Latino elected officials in the country is about to open its annual convention in Dallas this week. The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), which represents about 6,000 Latino politicians nationwide, has announced an ambitious convention agenda aimed at raising the education, health and wealth of the community. With both Republicans and Democrats, Puerto Ricans and Mexicans, Colorado and Florida all headed to Dallas, the event promises to be the World Cup of Latino political activities in a year that has already seen unprecedented energy in the community.

The “We are America” convention starts on Thursday, June 22 and runs through Sunday, June 25. During the convention, Latino leaders will be issuing daily statements on national politics, community affairs and new strategies for political participation. To arrange interviews and/or receive a comprehensive convention agenda, please call (773) 447-1763.

“The immigration debate has unified the Latino community like never before,” says NALEO Executive Director Arturo Vargas. However, he adds, “Immigration is literally just the start of the story for many Latino families. We are just as focused on expanding the American middle class by improving access to education, healthcare and capital for all.”

NALEO is in the absolute center of American politics with members from both parties representing the most persuadable large pool of voters in the country. Latino leaders taking part in the convention this week represent more than 25 million Americans, about 10 percent of the country, and there are now elected Latino officials in 43 of the 50 states. To coincide with the start of the “We are America” convention, NALEO will release its 2006 Directory of Latino political leadership later in the week. To order copies, please call (773) 447-1763.

‘We are America’ Convention of Latino Leaders Set to Open in Dallas This Week