Last week, the nation’s oldest and largest Latino organization, LULAC, participated in its annual advocacy day, which included LULAC members from across the country meeting with over 50 congressional offices from both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. LULAC members also met with the Judiciary Committee, Education and the Workforce Committee, Natural Resources Committee, Energy and Commerce Committee, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
LULAC kicked off its advocacy day visits with a press conference which included remarks from Congressman Marc Veasey and Latino leaders regarding the importance of the Latino vote and the current efforts underway to register Latino voters. The press conference also provided the millennials’ perspective as to why this election is important to them. Congressman Steny H. Hoyer, and Congressman Will Hurd, were part of the bipartisan participation during the advocacy day, providing remarks during the policy forum luncheon. In addition, Congressman Pete Aguilar provided remarks at the policy forum reception.
The congressional visits reflect LULAC’s commitment to advocate for Hispanic communities across the country. Among the issues that LULAC members discussed with their Congressmen included education, the status of Puerto Rico and common-sense immigration reform with a path to citizenship.
“While Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to highlight the many contributions that Hispanic Americans have made to our country, this year it is critical that we use our voice to also urge the Latino community to register and vote on Election Day,” said Roger C. Rocha, Jr. LULAC National President. “The Latino community has much at stake in this election, and therefore we must ensure that we help elect a leader who shares our concerns in order to advance real change.”
The advocacy day visits are one key step in LULAC’s effort to communicate the needs of the Hispanic community to elected officials. In addition, with the election only seven weeks away, LULAC’s grassroots voter registration efforts to help Latinos register and vote on election day are also underway. In collaboration with other civil rights partners, LULAC developed a PSA featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda encouraging Latinos to register and vote on Election Day. To watch the PSA, please click here.