June 13, 2008

John McCain and Barack Obama to Speak at NCLR Conference in San Diego

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), announced that presumptive presidential nominees Senators John McCain (R–AZ) and Barack Obama (D–IL) will speak at the 2008 NCLR Annual Conference held at the San Diego Convention Center, July 12-15. Other speakers at the Conference include San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, former NCLR President and CEO Raul Yzaguirre, CEO of Fred-die Mac Richard F. Syron, New York Times best-selling author Alisa Valdés-Rodríguez and internationally renowned motivational speaker Samuel Betances.

The NCLR Annual Conference expects about 20,000 attendees. A popular Conference attraction is Latino Expo USA with more than 250 exhibits from leading Fortune 500 companies, Hispanic-owned businesses, nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, and government agencies.

Some highlights of the 2008 NCLR Annual Conference include:

The NCLR Diabetes Dash —a 5k fun run— will kick off this year’s Health Fair, which will provide free health screenings, information, and counseling on key health and lifestyle issues affecting the Hispanic community.

Artists from MTV, MTVtr3s, and Sí TV along with NCLR youth leadership participants will participate in a youth-led Town Hall sponsored by GEI-CO and Microsoft that explores the growing influence of youth in the media.

A HOME Clinic, held in partnership with the San Diego Housing Opportunities Collaborative, will offer pro bono legal advice, housing counseling, and loan negotiation to help families facing foreclosure identify resources and assistance.

The Heroes & Heritage Award for Valor and Service to Country will be presented to Sergeant Major Irene Zamora O’Neal.

Other workshops and activities will examine issues such as education, workforce development, community and family wealth-building, voting, juvenile justice, children’s health, the impact of immigration enforcement policy,and nonprofit management.

Our feature entertainment for Conference delegates will be Ozomatli with comedian Willie Barcena; we will also tap in to San Diego’s talent pool to showcase local entertainment. The workshops, Town Halls, and Latino Expo USA are free of charge and open to the public. For all other events, there is a registration fee. For media registration and more information, please visit www.nclr.org/conference.

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