LULAC Celebrates 85 Years of Legislative Service

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The Honorable Thomas E. Perez, Secretary of Labor; The Honorable Leticia Van de Putte, Texas State Senator; The Honorable Wendy Davis, Texas State Senator; Eliseo Medina; The Honorable George Miller; and The Honorable Steny Hoyer

Each year, LULAC members from across the country travel to Washington DC in order to participate in the LULAC Annual Legislative Conference and Awards Gala. Press can RSVP at

Awards Gala:
At this year’s Awards Gala, the National Presidential Award will be presented to The Honorable Leticia Van de Putte, Texas State Senator; The National Service Award will be bestowed upon The Honorable Thomas E. Perez, Secretary of Labor; and the Long Standing Service Award to Eliseo Medina. Serving as MC for the gala will be Latina actress, Gina Rodriguez.

When: February 26, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Legislative Conference:
The LULAC Legislative Conference will take place at the Reagan Building (Horizon Room) with workshops where issues to be discussed include comprehensive immigration reform, health disparities; educational inequalities; and technology. These sessions are open to the public and details are provided below.

What: LULAC Championing Coverage and Addressing Health Disparities
When: Wednesday, February 26 at 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Who: The Honorable Michelle Lujan Grisham; The Honorable Marc Veasey; Audrey Rowe, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service, Department of Agriculture; Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer for Planned Parenthood Federation of American; Mayra Alvarez, Associate Director, Office of Minority Health, Department of Health and Human Services and Jose Plaza, National Director of Latino Engagement, Enroll America

What: Fulfilling the Promise: Advancing Education and Technology Reforms to Secure a 21st Century Education for Latinos
When: Wednesday, February 26 at 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Who: The Honorable Henry Cuellar; Rufina Hernandez, Executive Director, Campaign for High School Equity; Philip Lovell, Vice President of Federal Advocacy, Alliance for Excellent Education; Ivelisse Estrada, Senior Vice President of Corporate and Community Relations, Univision; Susie Saavedra, Senior Legislative Director, National Urban League; James A. Ferg-Cadima, Regional Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund

What: Supporting and Growing the online Latino Community Through Technology Innovation, Access, and Inclusion
When: Wednesday, February 26 at 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Who: The Honorable Wendy Davis, Texas State Senator; will receive the National Presidential Award; The Honorable George Miller will receive the Lifetime Service Award and The Honorable Steny Hoyer, Democratic Whip, will be providing remarks
Where: Ronald Reagan Building, Rotunda 8th floor

What: Bridging the Political Gap: Building Consensus for Immigration Reform
When: Wednesday, February 26 at 1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Who: The Honorable Joe Garcia; Alex Nowrasteh, Immigration Policy Analyst, Cato Institute; Angela Kelley, Vice President, Center for American Progress; Josh Bernstein, Director of Immigration Policy, Service Employees International Union; Cesar Moreno Perez, Assistant Director, Human Rights and Community Relations Department, American Federation of Teachers

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 900 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit

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