Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) represents Phoenix in Congress and was a special guest of ours at our recent 2017 Annual Conference. Congressman Gallego spoke eloquently about the impact Latinos have on the United States. He asserted that as a community, we have now arrived as political and economic forces. Our next challenge is how we will remain as such. Rep. Gallego believes that we must empower millennial and younger generations to fight back relentlessly to reshape the political climate in our country.
At our 2017 Annual Conference in Phoenix last month, commentator, author, and immigrant rights advocate, Julissa Arce, shared the story of her journey from being an undocumented immigrant to becoming a vice president at one of the world’s most prestigious financial firms in the world, Goldman Sachs. She spoke about the importance of owning our narrative and being unafraid of who we are.
At our 2017 Annual Conference, Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO, Anti-Defamation League, spoke on the troubling times that our Latino Community is facing. With the incredibly tense political climate, he talked about the importance of fighting back against bigotry, bias and discrimination. He believes the way we fight back is through a unifying effort in advocacy, education and working with law enforcement.
At our 2017 Annual Conference, TV Commentator, Host, and Writer, Alicia Menendez spoke about the lack of representation of Latinos in positions of influence. Menendez also spoke about the importance of reaching young Latinos where they are, and empowering them to seek change. She believes that the future of change in our country will be geared through the efforts of young Latinos.
NCLR Is Officially UnidosUS: This week, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization, announced it will change its name to UnidosUS. The announcement was made at the close of its Annual Conference, where thousands of national and community leaders gathered for this significant moment in the organization’s 49-year history. “Unidos” is the Spanish-language word for “united;” the new brand spotlights the organization’s commitment to uniting all communities across the United States, reflects its history and role in uniting diverse communities, and reinforces Latinos’ role as a unifying force.
UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía stated, “we are excited to announce that we are now UnidosUS. As we have over the course of the past 49 years, we will continue embracing change and ensuring that our organization is evolving and addressing the critical needs of the Latino community. In unity there is strength, and in strength there is power. Unidos is a call to action for all Latinos, but also signals a message for others to join us and to come together united in the best interest of the country and all Americans.” Make sure to visit our website at unidosus.org and check out a video from Janet below: