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LULAC Ohio Conference to Address Racism

By La Prensa Staff

LULAC Ohio is hosting a free statewide virtual conference to address racism on Saturday, April 17. 2021, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The theme this year is The Black and Brown Agenda: Reaching Common Ground for Equality, Solidarity and Intersections.


Guest speakers at the conference will include:

Dolores Huerta, Civil rights leader and President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation
Domingo García, President, LULAC National
Sindy Benavides, CEO, LULAC National.

The guest speakers at the free policy summit will focus on LULAC Ohio and NAACP pillars of equity collaboration. With new Census figures to be released and Ohio about to undergo congressional redistricting, the two civil rights organizations announced last August agreement in five basic areas:

  1. That our units consult and cooperate with each other openly, in reference to matters of common interest including, but not limited to: redistricting; racial profiling; police misconduct and community policing issues; fairness in the criminal justice system; and, ex-offender transitional re-entry needs and recidivism.
  2. That we recognize and support the concept that in some communities it is appropriate for Voting Rights Act purposes to join individuals together as one community of interest who are of Hispanic origin with those of African-American origin.
  3. That we continue to support each other in our initiative as required by our partnership to the extent practicable.
  4. We call upon public officials who are either African American or Hispanic to zealously represent both groups as they do all their constituents; and
  5. We recognize the continued need to maximize representation of each of our groups on governing bodies and call upon all citizens to recognize that we have a fundamental right to choose who represents us despite their race, creed, color, or national origin.

Dolores Huerta founded the National Farm Workers Association in 1962 with César Chávez and Fred Ross, Sr. The organization, later became the United Farm Workers (UFW) training and organizing thousands of farm workers to demand better working conditions.

Ms. Huerta continued her grassroots mobilization by establishing the foundation that bears her name in 2003 with proceeds from the Puffin/Nation prize for creative citizenship that she received a year earlier.  She remains active with the Dolores Huerta Foundation as a full-time unpaid volunteer, and sees the work of the foundation as a continuation of the non-violent civil rights movement of the 1970’s. Her youngest daughter Camila Chávez has served as the foundation’s executive director of DHF since its inception. The foundation’s social justice grassroots organizing work is focused on education, health and safety, LGBTQIA+, equality and civic engagement.

Domingo García, before becoming president of the National LULAC Network (League of United Latin American Citizens), made history being elected the youngest Dallas City Councilman at age 33. The son of Mexican immigrants, he later served in the Texas legislature. He founded his own law firm 35 years ago and now has four offices with 150 employees. The law firm specializes in civil rights, immigration, and DACA cases alongside civil litigation.

Sindy Benavides, LULAC CEO, is a Honduran-American immigrant who has previously worked as the national director of community outreach for the Democratic National Committee, as well as a variety of administrative executive roles within LULAC, the oldest Hispanic civil rights group in the U.S. She has worked for a number of Latino causes in her home state of Virginia.

Four sessions are scheduled at the virtual event, focused on education equity; health equity; immigration and racial profiling; and labor worker rights and civil rights protection.

LULAC Ohio is the primary sponsor of the event. Pre-registration for the LULAC policy summit is required by visiting: https://lulac.org/ohiosummit/rsvp.



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