June 16, 2000

LULAC Announces Plans for National Convention in Washington DC

Nation's Premiere Hispanic Organization Expects 7,000 Participants for Week-Long Event

Washington, DC — The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the oldest and largest Hispanic civil rights organization in the United States, today announced plans for its 71st Annual National Convention and Exposition, "Building Unity For The New Millennium," to be held from June 25 through July 1, 2000 in Washington, D.C. The week-long convention at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Northwest Washington is expected to draw over 3,000 LULAC delegates and 4,000 visitors.

"This is a history-making convention that promises to showcase the diversity of the Latino population and bring together top leaders from government, business, and the Hispanic community," said Rick Dovalina, LULAC National President. "We expect to draw more people than ever before in our 71 year history." The face of America is changing, he noted, pointing out that Americans of Hispanic descent comprise almost 13% of the population, a figure that is expected to rise to nearly 20% by the year 2025.

LULAC's National Convention Program will feature seven days of events that include:

National Training Institute: Highlights diversity and Hispanic employment in the Federal Government and features workshops on solving the under-representation of Hispanics in government.

National Exposition: Features over 100 exhibitors and Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and others, highlighting their products and services.

Job Fair: Nearly fifty Fortune 500 companies and government agencies will be seeking out qualified Latino applicants to fill crucial positions in their workforce.

Youth and Young Adult Conferences: Two separate tracks featuring discussions on education, family values and leadership development geared toward high school and college-age students.

"Theme of the Day": Each day of the convention LULAC will highlight an issue of importance to the Latino community and have workshops and speakers addressing these issues:

Monday, June 26 - Getting to Parity - Hispanic Employment in the Federal Government

Tuesday, June 27 - Government/Grassroots Partnerships-A Formula for Success

Wednesday, June 28 - Economic Empowerment - The New Civil Rights Agenda

Thursday, June 29 - Redefining the Latino Image

Friday, June 30 - Ending the Crisis in Hispanic Education

All convention programs, including workshops, the job fair and trade show, are free and open to the public (with the exception of meal events).

"The influence of Hispanic Americans has never been stronger in terms of economic purchasing power and our growing presence in the political arena," said Dovalina. "At the same time, we also recognize the formidable challenges that stand before us. The LULAC conference plays a vital role by exploring critical issues that affect our community while seeking creative part-nering opportunities with government and business to help empower Latinos and secure their civil rights."

Founded in 1929, LULAC's membership extends into every state in the Union and Puerto Rico with over 700 councils nationwide. LULAC represents a broad cross-section of Hispanic Americans including Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and Central and South Americans. The organization is committed to advancing the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health and civil rights of Hispanic across the United States.

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