LULAC Holds 2016 Women's Conference In Los Angeles, CA

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Turning Political Strength into Action

Sponsors of the 2016 LULAC National Women's Conference

"Empowering Latinas through these conferences undoubtedly benefits the whole of our community.”

On Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2 the Women’s Commission of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) will host its annual National Women’s Conference in Los Angeles, California. This year’s conference, entitled Turning Political Strength into Action, will focus on bringing awareness to key issues that impact women’s lives. LULAC is grateful for the support of The Coca-Cola Company, the Ford Motor Company Fund, Pfizer RxPathways, SER Jobs for Progress, Inc. National and others in helping make this conference a success.

During the two-day event, there will be workshops and seminars covering issues such as education, health, and DACA as well as discussing the role of women in media, business and entertainment. In addition, the following elected officials will be providing remarks in support of the women’s conference: Congressman Xavier Becerra, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, and Councilwoman Nury Martinez. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

“The LULAC Women’s Conference is an integral part of LULAC’s effort to bring resources and information to the Latino community,” said LULAC National President Roger C. Rocha, Jr. “We are very proud of the success this conference has achieved due to the commitment of the Women’s Commission and the generosity of our corporate partners. Empowering Latinas through these conferences undoubtedly benefits the whole of our community.”

The Latina voice in the U.S. continues to grow. Today, the Latina population in the U.S. is 16.4 percent of the female population and by 2050; it will have increased to 25.7 percent. In the political arena, Latinas remain underrepresented. In the U.S. Congress, today there are only nine Latinas out of the 98 Members who serve in the House of Representatives. It is important to note that five of those nine Latinas represent California. An informed Latina electorate can make a difference in political priorities and ultimately help improve the lives of those in the Latino community.

In addition, as part of LULAC’s commitment to eradicate hunger and malnutrition, LULAC and Tyson Foods have joined efforts to distribute approximately 38,400 pounds of protein to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank – a donation worth $17,280. Through LULAC programs, services and advocacy, LULAC will continue to tackle important issues by making information and resources available to the community.

“An estimated 1.4 million people in Los Angeles County live with food insecurity,” said Nora Venegas, director of federal government relations for Tyson Foods. “At Tyson Foods, we donate food because of the extraordinary organizations like the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank that work hard every day to see that people are fed in their communities. We couldn’t do it without them."

“This generous donation of much needed protein is a great addition to the food and grocery items we distribute each week,” says Agency Relations Director Elizabeth Cervantes. “Since 2002, Tyson Foods has provided over 700,000 lbs. of chicken to the Food Bank.”

LULAC appreciates the support of Walmart, Walgreens, Southwest Airlines, and Tyson Foods as well as MGM Resorts International and Planned Parenthood Los Angeles for their partnership.

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About LULAC
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the largest and oldest volunteer-based
civil rights organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities.
Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1000 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 http://www.lulac.org.
http://www.facebook.com/lulac.national.dc. http://www.twitter.com/lulac .

About Tyson Foods
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world's largest food companies with leading brands such as Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Sara Lee®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells® and State Fair®. It’s a recognized market leader in chicken, beef and pork as well as prepared foods, including bacon, breakfast sausage, turkey, lunchmeat, hot dogs, pizza crusts and toppings, tortillas and desserts. The company supplies retail and foodservice customers throughout the United States and approximately 130 countries. Tyson Foods was founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson, whose family has continued to lead the business with his son, Don Tyson, guiding the company for many years and grandson, John H. Tyson, serving as the current chairman of the board of directors. The company currently has approximately 113,000 Team Members employed at more than 400 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.

About Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
For 43 years, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has worked to mobilize resources in the community to alleviate hunger. With a vision that no one goes hungry in Los Angeles County, the Food Bank has distributed more than 1 billion pounds of food since its inception. It provides food to over 320,000 people each month and in 2015 distributed 62 million pounds of food. The Food Bank collects food from hundreds of resources, which–with the help of 27,000 volunteers each year – it distributes through a network of more than 600 partner agencies at over 1,000 distribution and program sites. In addition, 97 percent of all contributions go directly to programs. Our efficiency and effectiveness led to a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and LA Business Journal named the Food Bank as the “Nonprofit Organization of the Year” among large local organizations in 2013. For more information or to get involved, visit: http://www.lafoodbank.org.

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