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WORKING MOTHERS The gift we owe them
“DEATH ON THE JOB”
LCLAA RESPONDS TO THE REPORT
WORK, HUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS
What does Policy have to do with it?
THE NEW ECONOMY Green jobs
INFORMATION ABOUT OUR CONVENTION
Disney Contemporary Resort Orlando, FL August 4-8, 2008 LCLAA 35th Anniversary Celebration “Unidos en una Voz ”
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A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
ear Brothers and Sisters
Wo rki ng Mo the r s
P olicy & Ri ghts
“Death On The Job” 8 T he G reen E c onom y 1 0 A Perfect Union 14 C onv enti o n
R e g i strati o n F or m s 2 1 National Officers Milton Rosado, UAW National President Aida Garcia, SEIU Executive Vice-President
Maria Portalatin, AFT Secretary Treasurer
National Vice Presidents Ricardo F. Icaza, UFCW Robert Martinez, IAM&AW Roberto Jordan, UNITE HERE Mike Quevedo, Jr. LIUNA Lawrence Martinez, IBT Debra Renteria-Styers, UAW National Executive Board Salvador Aguilar, USW Gary Allen, IAM&AW Ray Arguello, UAW Gerardo Becerra, ILA Dr. Magda Brooks, AFT Jose Caez, IBEW Michael Calderon, UFCW Art Cantu, IBT Dora Cervantes, IAM&AW Jaime Contreras, IUPAT Jaime Contreras, SEIU Santos Crespo, AFSCME Edgar De Jesus, AFSCME Sonia Ivany, NYS AFL-CIO Ricardo Loza, SEIU Katherine Loweree, AFT Frank Lozano, IUBAC
Susie Luna- Saldaña, AFT Josie Marrujo, AFGE Jose Melara, UAW Yanira Merino, LIUNA Jose A. Moreno, LIUNA Irene Orozco, UFCW Tony Padilla, TCU/IAM Lorenzo Rivera, UAW Chuck Rocha, USW Arturo Rodriguez, UFW Johnny Rodriguez, UFCW Jorge Rodriguez, SEIU Frank Romero, APWU Alejandro Stephens, SEIU Rosie Torres, CWA Heriberto “Ed” Vargas, UNITE HERE Baldemar Velasquez, FLOC
Past Presidents Henry “Hank” Lacayo, UAW Emeritus Henry C. Gonzalez, UAW Ray Mendoza, LIUNA Ralph Jimenez, UAW Jack Otero, TCU National LCLAA Staff Dr. Gabriela Lemus Executive Director Karla Pineda Operations Manager
Silvana Quiroz Communications Director
Andrea Delgado Labor & Advocacy Fellow
Maria Rodriguez Administrative Assistant
Silvana Quiroz COLLABORATIONS: Andrea Delgado Gabriela Lemus Hector Sanchez DESIGN & LAYOUT: Silvana Quiroz EDITOR:
It gives me great pleasure to invite you to LCLAA’s 17th National Convention “LCLAA at 35: Unidos en una Voz” in celebration of LCLAA’s 35th Anniversary. Every two years, LCLAA historically gathers the entire membership at its convention. Its purpose is to serve as the launch pad to discuss the issues that Latino working families are facing in the upcoming election cycle. The discussion will revolve around key issues needing further research, specific problems and policy solutions that require greater public awareness, and strategies for advancing an agenda for shared prosperity that meets the needs of America’s racial and ethnic minority groups in order to “create community.” The 2008 convention – to be held in Orlando, in the battleground state of Florida – promises to be a bellwether for the Latino vote and an opportunity for promoting the needs of the Latino community before the presidential candidates. As part of its 35th Anniversary Celebration, LCLAA will host a series of events including an exciting exhibit highlighting “The New Economy: Greening Jobs, Growing Technology” important policy discussions; and the LCLAA 35th Anniversary Celebration Dinner. This premiere convention will highlight the valuable work that LCLAA has done over the years and establish the benchmark for its future work by bringing together important Latino and labor leaders; local, state and national political figures; and a diverse coalition of non-profits, think-tanks and community-service organizations to create LCLAA’s agenda for the next 35 years. 2008 is also an important election year and the presidential candidates are in full swing stomping for the Latino vote. If the current numbers hold, the Latino vote will only grow more this year. We must bear in mind that every month approximately 50,000 young Latinos turn 18 and that there are many hard-working immigrants who are becoming citizens who will have an opportunity to vote for the first time. It is critical that we continue to link politics to organizing and look to the Hispanic community as an opportunity. The policies that the 110th - 111th Congresses establish the coming years must include thoughtful immigration reform that addresses workers’ rights. This convention will be the crowning highlight of the year and is a unique opportunity to engage with Latino and Labor Leaders concerned about advancing progressive policy that benefits U.S. workers and the U.S. economy. I encourage you to fully engage in our policy roundtables with the goal of taking valuable information back home so you can better inform your community about how the Latino community and Labor can work together to create progressive policy for working families. 2008 will prove challenging not only because it is an important and historical election year, but because so much of the critical work that needed to be done for Latino working families this year remains unfinished. I hope that as we move forward with our National Convention, you will also take the time to enjoy the World of Disney. Even though we will be discussing matters of great importance to our community, to the labor movement, and to elected officials, it does not mean that we cannot also have some old-fashioned family fun. We look forward to seeing you all. In solidarity,
The Lab or Council for Latin A merican Advancement, LCL AA, is the home of the Latino Lab or Movement. LCL AA is a national Latino organization representing the interests of over 1.7 millio n Latino trade unionists throughout the countr y and the Common Wealth of Puer to R ico. LCL AA was founded in 1973 and is A merica’s premiere national organization for Latino workers and their families. LCL AA advo cates for the rights of all workers seek ing justice in the work place and their communities. LCL AA is a constituenc y group representing Latino workers in b oth the AFL- CIO and Change to Win Federation.
Milton Rosado, National President
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Massive immigration march in Chicago, May 1, 2006 On May 1, 2006 millions of immigrants and their supporters took to the streets in 140 cities in 39 states across the United States as part of a wave of mass marches that spring in repudiation of extreme antiimmigrant legislation, passed by Republicans in the House of Representatives. The vast size and scope of the mobilization was stunning. And not only did it mortally wound the far-right Republican initiative, it led some of us to think we might be seeing the birth of an important new movement. Yet, as we look back two years later, it is hard to say things have improved. In 2007 Congress failed to agree on any meaningful immigration reforms. That failure created policy drift and a myopic focus on border barrier construction and stepped up workplace raids. To make matters worse, the legislative impasse has encouraged a withering barrage of anti-immigrant laws at the state and city level. Some of the worst state and local anti-immigrant measures recently passed are constitutionally suspect and may eventually be voided in the courts. Nevertheless, whether it is criminal penalties for illegally holding a job (Mississippi), denial of services to undocumented migrants (Prince William, VA), discriminatory housing laws (Hazleton, PA, and Farmers Branch, TX), or local police (Maricopa County, AZ, and Irving, TX) who track immigrants and find pretexts to arrest and then deport them: the message of rejection is clear. Meanwhile, this official sanctioning of prejudice is being echoed in what the FBI reports is a spike of hate crimes against Latinos nationwide. continue...
As recession deepens its bite on the U.S., the sponsors of anti-immigrant laws and ordinances are succeeding by playing on widespread economic insecurity and the false perception that immigrants hurt local economies. In fact, as University of California Law Professor, Bill Hing has painstakingly documented, U.S. communities that have absorbed new immigrant populations in recent decades have seen incomes and opportunities rise more quickly than communities with no such immigrant influx. Just last year the town of Riverside, NJ passed and then quickly repealed anti-immigrant statutes when the local business complained immigrants were leaving and they were losing essential customers. The root cause of accelerating immigration from Mexico and Central America -- the source of more than 80% of our undocumented population -- is the stunning opportunity and wage gap. Jobs are scarce in Mexico, but even a fully employed worker will earn only about a tenth of what a comparable worker earns in the United States. NAFTA -- which was supposed to deliver wage equalization and reduced migration pressures -- has instead brutally squeezed Mexico’s poorest workers and pushed millions onto the migrant trail. A recent Washington Post estimate says as many as 600,000 Mexicans will attempt the trek this year. For better or for worse, migration has become an essential component of the North American economy. It is not something that can be stopped by fences or punitive laws. Whoever moves into the White House next year will be faced with the question of whether and how to reopen the immigration debate, but on the campaign trail the candidates will likely treat immigration like
the political hot potato it is. But let’s hope not. Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have endorsed the idea of renegotiating NAFTA, specifically pointing to labor rights and environmental protection. If the candidates are serious about opening NAFTA to review, they will also have an opportunity to reframe the immigration debate in common sense economic terms. As part of NAFTA renegotiation we should both push and help Mexico to invest major public resources in productive projects aimed at stabilizing and even repopulating economically broken communities. Rather than raiding American businesses in search of unauthorized workers, federal resources should be used to help re-train American workers displaced by the same forces of globalization that have made Mexico’s communities come unglued. A candidate bold enough to suggest actually doing something to stem immigration by tackling its roots would be taking a risk, but by their willingness to talk about solutions rather than rely on free trade panaceas they could dramatically -- and positively -- change the character of an otherwise increasingly ugly debate. During the great immigrant rights marches of 2006 people who prepare America’s meals, care for America’s children and elderly, pick America’s crops, and build America’s houses stepped from the shadows for a day in the sun. In 2008, there will be similar marches in 60 cities all over the nation. Let’s make sure it was not all in vain. Dr. Gabriela Lemus is the Executive Director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA). Hector E. Sanchez is the Mexico-DC Policy Education Coordinator for Global Exchange
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The Gift We Owe the Working Mothers of this Nation By Andrea Delgado Whenever Mother’s Day approaches, I am reminded of my childhood and the times that my siblings and I anxiously scrambled for ideas and creative ways to outshine each other in making mom feel special and appreciated. My father would quietly observe us in amusement but when asked for suggestions he never failed to remind us that Mother’s Day is not the only day that we should worry about letting her know how loved and needed she is. They are mothers every day and as such, we should celebrate them on a daily basis. Thinking beyond the so called “great gift ideas” and advertisements claiming to know what mothers want this Mother’s Day, we should ask ourselves how much appreciation and consideration this nation’s working mothers are actually getting? We can start by pointing out that we can respect and recognize the contributions working women make to this society by paying them fair and equitable wages for their labor. The reality is otherwise; women in this country are paid 77 cents for every dollar earned by males while Latinas are lagging even further behind, making only 52 cents for every dollar a man would make in the same occupation. Additionally, with an estimated 82.5 million mothers of all ages in the United States, an issue that deserves national attention is paid family leave. What kind of choices are we really giving working moth-
family leave? In comparison with 18 other developed countries with similar per capita income, the United States ranks the lowest in the amount of time and family leave benefits provided for workers. This is a reality we can change.
ers when they have to choose between taking time off from work to care for a sick child and losing a day’s wages? There have to be better options. Upon my family’s arrival to the United States both of my parents had to work. My mother began paid work for the first time. I say paid work because prior to earning wages she was a full time caregiver for three kids, a job that although unpaid is still worthy of recognition for the variety of duties and demands it imposes on a woman, and the energy necessary to fulfill them all. Looking back on my childhood I wonder how she managed to run after three overly energetic and sometimes mischievous kids, ensuring that we remained in one piece at the end of the day, along with all the cooking, cleaning, feeding, teaching, listening and disciplining that mothering entailed. When traditional stay-at-home motherhood is no longer financially possible, what better way to commemorate hardworking mothers than by providing them with paid
A very important bill for working families has been introduced in the House of Representatives; the Family Leave Insurance Act of 2008 [HR 5873]. If this bill passes, it would provide paid family leave for workers that must take time off to take care of an illness, care for a sick family member, a newborn child, or deal with the demands imposed on them by the deployment of a member in the military. What kind of family values are we reinforcing when working caregivers must choose between taking care of sick loved ones and being able to afford putting food on the table? As informed and conscientious activists, we can spread the word about this great bill and demand that our Representatives in Congress support it. With a call or e-mail to our respective Representative’s office requesting their support for the Family Leave Insurance Act of 2008 (HR 5873), we are making a tremendous symbolic gift to the working mothers of this nation. To keep up with our efforts visit our online Advocacy Center at http:// w w w. u n i o n v o i c e . o r g / L C L A A / home.html
HUMAN RIGHTS, WORKERS RIGH WHAT POLICY HAS TO D By Andrea Delgado A move by President Bush to force the House of Representatives to vote on the Colombia Free Trade Agreement this year was successfully delayed but the fight is not over President George W. Bush tried to impose “Fast Track Authority” to force a vote on the Colombia Free Trade Agreement. Fast Track Authority undermines the power of Congress to frame U.S. trade policy by mandating that the entire process of Congressional consideration lasts no more than 90 days. What is troublesome is that the President was willing to circumvent Congressional consultation and prevent both the House and the Senate from making any changes to the agreement, and forcing them to hold a vote on the Colombia FTA despite serious labor and human rights concerns. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi demonstrated to the Bush administration that Congress will not be bullied to hold a vote on the Colombia Free Trade Agreement when there are serious labor and human rights concerns that have not been addressed in Colombia. In holding a vote to remove the 90 day timetable on the Colombia FTA, Speaker Pelosi affirmed that Congress will not allow the President to hijack the economic agenda at a time when the United States is experiencing widespread economic insecurity.
WHY OPPOSE THE COLOMBIA FTA? OPPOSITION TO THE COLOMBIA FTA IS BASED ON SERIOUS & QUESTIONABLE ACTIONS ON THE PART OF THE COLOMBIAN GOVERNMENT: • The inability to protect trade unionists, human rights
activists, indigenous people and Afro-Colombians from being targets of violence as the free exercise of basic human and labor rights is suppressed. • Labor leaders continue to be murdered with impunity in
Colombia, making it the most dangerous country in the world for trade unionists. 2,283 trade unionists have been murdered since 1991. • The consistent failure to enforce basic labor rights and
suppression of unionizing efforts. • A questionable commitment to the investigation and
prosecution of the perpetrators of violence as the impunity rate stands at 97 percent. • Attempts to strip away constitutional land rights possessed
by indigenous & Afro-Colombian communities without their consultation. Lands owned by Afro-Colombians and indigenous peoples are being threatened with privatization. Land ownership is a main source of wealth building that if taken away would increase poverty and inequalities among communities that have been historically oppressed and underserved in Colombia. • We are promoting economic injustice, if we continue to
support flawed trade models that promote job loss, displace workers, devastate family farming and increase migration.
WHAT CAN YOU DO? Help us make the struggle for workers rights & economic justice grow louder. You can contact your lawmakers and tell them to oppose the Colombia FTA. Although a vote on the COLOMBIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT has been stalled, we must make sure that we do not allow more of the same flawed and inequitable trade policy to be approved in this Congress or any others to come. There are serious issues of human rights, worker rights and social and economic justice that are being consistently threatened and efforts to address the concerns of workers, and indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities have been insufficient. Free trade agreements have benefited very few while increasing inequalities, poverty, worker dislocation, and undocumented immigration to the United States. The United States cannot continue to engage in and support free trade agreements unless they are fair and promote widespread and equitable development while protecting labor and environmental rights in practice, not just theory.
Until then, we urge you to OPPOSE the COLOMBIA FTA a n d that you ask your lawmakers to do th e same. - Yo u c a n c a l l t he Ca p i to l s w i tc hb o a rd at 2 0 2 - 2 2 4 - 3 1 2 1 - As k to b e co nne c te d to yo ur S enator a nd / o r Co ng re s s p e r s o n - As k t h e o f f i ce w h e re t h ey s t a n d on t hi s i s s ue a nd i f t hey s up p o r t or o p p o s e t he Co l o m b i a Fre e Tra de Ag re e m e nt - Vo i ce yo ur co nce r ns o r t ha nk t he m , re m i nd i ng t he m t hat yo u w i l l no t fo rg e t t he i r e f for t s to a d va n ce h uma n a n d wo r ke r s r i g ht s wo r l d w i d e.
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HTS, CIVIL RIGHTS & DO WITH IT DISCRIMINATION HURTING YOUR POCKETS The significance of passing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in the Senate
Working people deserve strong laws that guarantee equal pay for all regardless of their gender, race, and country of origin or religion. Pay discrimination has adverse short-term and long-term consequences not only on the wages that workers will earn throughout their lifetime but also in the benefits that they will receive when they retire, having serious implications for the economic stability of future retirees. We must restore basic protections against pay discrimination that the Ledbetter decision weakened. Working people deserve strong laws that guarantee equal pay for all regardless of their gender, race, and country of origin or religion. The abovementioned concerns can be addressed through passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and YOU CAN HELP bring this message to Congress by contacting your Senators and letting them know that you support fair pay for all workers and that you .
SAY N O TO PAY DI S CR I M I NATI ON C a l l t h e C a p i to l s w i tc h b oard at 202- 224- 3121 • Ask f or to b e c o n n ec ted to your Sen ator ’s of f ic e Supreme Court decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
• Tell the office you are a con c e rn e d constituent that wants to k n o w wh eth er th e Sen ator su ppor t s t he Lilly Ledbet ter Fair Pay Ac t • Vo ic e you r c on c ern s
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PLAN PARA REDUCIR LAS EJECUCIONES HIPOTECARIAS ES OBSTRUIDA POR REPUBLICANOS
ES NEC E S ARIO E S TAB IL IZ AR E L M E RC AD O H IPOT ECA R I O PA R A M E J ORAR L A E CONOM IA E S TAD OU NID E NS E
WASHINGTON, DC- La economía en Los Estados Unidos se ha visto impactada por las ejecuciones hipotecarias en los Ú ltimos meses. Muchas familias a nivel nacional, entre ellas familias hispanas, han sufrido la perdida de sus viviendas a raíz de este problema. LCLAA insta al gobierno a reconsiderar la medida planteada por el senado denominada “Ley de prevenciones de Ejecución 2008”, la cual ha sido bloqueada por senadores republicanos. LCLAA mantiene su postura ante La Ley de Prevención de Ejecuciones y apoya enteramente su aplicación. La ley hubiese brindado un subsidio de $4 billones para la rehabilitación y reconstrucción de viviendas ejecutadas; $200 millones en fondos de asistencia para familias que obtuvieron prestamos de alto riesgo, mas conocidos como “subprime loans”, para que de esta manera logren negociar opciones para prevenir ejecuciones hipotecarias. “Es hora de que los políticos dejen de lado intereses partidarios y se unan a través de leyes que permitan subsidiar miles de familias para que no pierdan sus hogares. La crisis hipotecaria ha afectado de gran manera a la economía estadounidense y el valor inmobiliario ha bajado de sobre manera, sumiendo en una crisis económica a miles de familias y negocios a lo largo del país; es hora de reconsiderar y buscar soluciones,” afirmó Milton Rosado, Presidente Nacional de LCLAA. “La crisis hipotecaria ha afectado entre muchos a familias hispanas, que en busca del sueño Americano ahora vive sumida
en la preocupación y el desacierto por la ejecución de sus viviendas. El gobierno debe buscar la forma de subsidiar a estas familias, muchas de ellas victimas de la desinformación y la ambición de prestamistas inescrupulosos ”. LCLAA hace un llamado al senado a reconsiderar y aprobar “La Ley de Prevencion de Ejecuciones 2008,” ya que las ejecuciones hipotecarias están causando un impacto devastador en la economía estadounidense. Es importante un acuerdo bipartidista que permita pasar legislaciones que busquen soluciones a este problema. LCLAA pide a los legisladores considerar leyes que entre sus instancias incluyan programas que permitan un mercado de bienes raíces accesible, inversión en rehabilitación de viviendas; así también brinde educación al consumidor protegiéndolo de prestamos de alto riesgo y prestamistas inescrupulosos. Es importante que las familias conserven sus hog-
ares y LCLAA apoya cualquier legislación que ayude a mantener a las familias trabajadoras en sus viviendas, para de esta forma no atravesar por otra crisis hipotecaria. “La inversión hipotecaria se convirtió en una forma de ahorro muy común en las minorías, muchas familias tanto en la comunidad AfroAmericanas como en la Latina están a punto de perder años de inversión, años de trabajo duro para pagar una cuota hipotecaria. Un estimado de 2.4 millón hogares podrían ser ejecutados. Los prestamos de alto riesgo y la inconciencia de prestamistas inescrupulosos está llevando a miles de estas familias a perder su vivienda, causando una crisis nacional que no solo destruye economías sino también sueños y familias. Este es un problema real que merece apoyo bipartidista, no es momento para politiquería,” afirm Ó Dra. Gabriela D. Lemus, Directora Ejecutiva de LCLAA.
LA VOZ LATINA LCLAA RESPONDS TO AFL-CIO “DEATH ON THE JOB” REPORT DETAILING HIGH LATINO WORKPLACE FATALITIES Numbers Highlight The Administration’s Failure To Protect Workers Washington, D.C.- In light of the April 28th commemoration of Workers’ Memorial Day, as well as the anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA); the AFL-CIO has released Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect- A National and State-by-State Profile of Worker Safety and Health in the United States. Among many things, the report illustrates a breakdown by race of the total number of workplace fatalities from 1992 to 2006. Alarmingly, the number of Latino workers victims of fatal injuries on the job is on the rise, placing the Latino death rate on the job above the national average. “Aside from the preoccupations and economic insecurities currently burdening the lives of workers in the United States, it is outrageous that workers should also have to worry about being in harm’s way in the workplace due to inadequate job safety protections,” declared Dr. Gabriela D. Lemus, the Executive Director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA). Milton Rosado, LCLAA’s National President added, “the numbers presented by the AFL-CIO report paint a clear but grim picture of worker safety in the United States; a stark reality of thousands of workplace deaths, injuries and illnesses resulting from various occupations. In 2006, there were a total of 5,840 workplace fatalities, 50,000 to 60,000 deaths resulting from occupational diseases along with 10,000 deaths caused by asbestos-related diseases. Where do we draw the line? The numbers are inexcusable and
outrageous. How many more lives must be claimed before the administration realizes that not enough is being done to ensure worker safety and health?” “Latino workers have a fatality rate 25 percent higher than all U.S. workers. There were 990 fatalities in 2006 alone-the highest number ever reported. This outrage must stop. The significant increase in the number of fatal injuries among Latinos and immigrant workers highlights the cruel reality they are being subjected to: daily exposure to exploitation, hazardous and substandard working conditions in some of the most dangerous occupations and industries along with inadequate protections or none at all,” added Dr. Lemus. “¡Ya basta! We need to make it clear to the future administration that we need people with the political will to take the concerns of U.S. workers seriously and fight to ensure their safety and protection.”
“We remember those who lost their lives on the job. In light of this Workers’ Memorial Day we must remind the administration, the presidential candidates and our elected officials at all levels of government that workers want America to head in a new direction because the status quo is shameful and untenable,” affirmed Rosado. “We need policies that will work for workers and we need leaders that will make this happen. Workers need strong workplace safety and health protections and strong OSHA enforcement in place. We need to pass the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) so that workers may have the right to choose a union. We need health care coverage for all because 47 million uninsured is a disgrace to this country and its hardworking people. Ultimately, we need leaders that work for working families and we need them now.”
BE PART OF OUR EXHIBIT AREA 17th NATIONAL CONVENTION ORLANDO, FLORIDA AUGUST 4 - 8,2008
"Unidos en Una Voz" RATES: Before 06/01/08
Union & Government rate $1,000
Local Chapter $150
2008 Exhibition Hours Freeman move-in: Exhibitor move-in: Show Day: Show Day
8/4/08 8/5/08 8/5/08 8/6/08
6.p.m - 9 p.m. 8 a.m -10 a.m. 10 a.m - 5 p.m. 9 a.m - 5 p.m.
For your decorating & shipping needs contact FREEMAN CO.: 2200 Consulate Drive, Orlando, FL 32837 Phone: 407-857-1500 Fax: 407-859-0181 Notes: All exhibitors receive one complimentary registration per space purchase, and a listing in the convention program. Full payment is requested with this signed agreement. The LCLAA Convention coordinators reserve the right to establish whatever rules may be required to guarantee the safety and appearance of the convention and the exhibit area. The exhibit area is not carpeted. Electric and internet connection are not included in the cost per space.
LA VOZ LATINA R IS IN G U N E M P L O YMENT REFLECT S F L AW E D E C O N O M IC P O L IC Y R E P O RT SI G N A L S C L IM B IN G U N E MPLOYMENT
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“ Cu r ren t fears and insecur ities about the d e c l i n e of the U .S . e c on omy i s n ot an i l l usi o n. Fe de ra l Reser ve C hair man Ben S. Ber nank e has ac k n ow l e d ge d t he d e sc e n t of our e c on omy i nt o a rece s s i o n . D istressing economic times, an i n si d i ous housi n g c ri si s an d ri si n g un e mpl oym e nt ra t e s h i g h light the u r gent need f or economic pol i c y that tak e s i n to ac c oun t the i n t e re sts of w o rk i ng f a m ilies an d ad dresses their concer ns in a se n si b l e an d prac t i c al man n e r,” state d LC L A A’s Nat i o n al Presid en t Milton Rosado . WASHINGTON, D.C.- A recent report by the Department of Labor paints a bad picture for Latino workers. March marked the third consecutive month in which the number of jobs lost in the U.S. economy continued to increase. In the month of March alone, 80,000 jobs were lost and the unemployment rates for Hispanics reached 7.3 percent.
to provide: unemployment insurance to address longterm joblessness and a strong housing bill that rescues homeowners from the predatory loans threatening their short and long-term economic stability. Homeowners need a housing bill that will facilitate rapid economic recovery and will not stunt opportunities for future economic advancement,” affirmed Rosado.
“The growing number of the unemployed is startling. Within the first three months of this year, employers slashed 232,000 jobs. However, something equally bothersome is the title of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ report, “The Employment Situation: March 2008. ”The name in itself is a misrepresentation of an existing economic crisis. A more appropriate name for the report would have been “The Unemployment Situation.” We cannot continue to fuel economic insecurities by ignoring the unemployment problem. American workers can“Wall Street has had their turn. It is time for working not afford to wait for another month of job loss. The families to make their voices heard. Workers nationwide need for extended unemployment insurance is urgent need what the recent economic stimulus package failed and workers need it now,” concluded Dr. Lemus. Dr. Gabriela D. Lemus, LCLAA’s Executive Director added, “the commitment of the federal government to the American people is in question when taxpayers’ dollars serve to bail out a Wall Street bank while millions of American families are struggling to keep their homes; an essential source of wealth creation. There is no way to get around this, it is a clear case of preferential treatment, a demonstration of where the federal government’s priorities lie.”
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THE NEW ECONOMY
Saving energy, growing jobs
hat is a “Green” Economy?
A “Green” economy is one that takes into account the scope of environmental need, combines it with the scope of economic potential and is implemented with some needed government action. An Environmentally Sustainable Economy
ow Can it Work?
A healthier environment comes from innovative collaborative relationships among government, labor, private industry and the environmental movement. Sound Environmental Protection policy promotes economic growth through job creation via innovation and competition. Energy use is at the heart of our most critical environmental, geopolitical and economic problems.
Innovation Process engineering can result in energy efficiency, improved worker health, and productivity Innovation is triggered by government policies that lead to new consumer features that improve efficiency hy “Green” Now? The Economic Imperative
Between 2000 and 2003 alone, the United States lost 16 percent of its manufacturing jobs, with a further 4 percent decline between then and now. he US manufacturing base is slipping – down to 12 T percent of the nation’s GDP in 2005 More than 40,000 manufacturing plants have shut down in the United States since 2000 Renewable energy creates more jobs than other sources of energy: four times as many jobs per megawatt of installed capacity as natural gas and 40% more jobs per dollar invested than coal.
hy Green Now? The National Security Imperative
The United States imports well over half of all its oil, most from unstable and undemocratic nations Investing in alternative energy sources reduces oil consumption and increases energy independence.
For example, a $30 billion investment per year for 10 years would produce $284 bilCreating lion in net energy cost oportunities savings while reducing Energy transportation related petroleum consumpEfficiency tion between 1.25 million barrels per day and 2.55 million barrels per day or the equivalent of cutting Persian Gulf imports between 54% to 110
Reducing energy use can provide significant environmental, economic and security benefits
hy Green Now? The Environmental Imperative here is ample and mounting evidence of a gloT bal environmental crises.
Hispanics make up 15 percent of the U.S. population, yet in 2002 more than seven out of ten Hispanics (71 percent) lived in counties that violated federal air pollution standards for one or more pollutants. hirty-nine percent of the Latino population lives withT in 30 miles of a power plant. arming of the planet together with more drought conW ditions in some regions and flooding in others could induce crop failures, famines, flooding and other environmental, economic and social problems like increased immigration.
hy Green Now? The Social Imperative
The US faces $1.6 trillion in unmet infrastructure needs in cities and rural communities while state economies suffer the worst state fiscal crisis in recent history New transit system starts, maintenance of the nation’s
passenger train system, development of regional high speed rail networks, and improvements in the nation’s roads and highways will guarantee that spending is made locally, directly stimulating the domestic economy, supporting small business and regional labor markets.
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Air pollution from power plant smokestacks, cars and trucks, construction equipment, and other sources includes fine particle “soot” pollution, ozone smog and dangerous air toxics such as mercury. More than 13.5 million, or 35 percent of Hispanics, live in areas that violate the federal air pollution standard for particulate matter, or soot, which causes premature death and other serious health effects such as breathing problems, stunted lung growth, and babies that are born with low birth weight, among others. More than 19 million, or 50 percent of Hispanics, live in areas that violate the federal air pollution standard for ozone, one of the major triggers for Choices to be Made asthma attacks. Rebuilding Infrastructure, High poverty rates restrict housing opRenewing Manufacturing, tions for Latino Fixing Trade Policy and Adfamilies, and lack of dressing Climate Change are health insurance limits access Interdependent Issues to quality.
ow do we address it?
Create Climate Policy that invests in Clean Energy and creates “Green” Jobs by preventing failure in the market place. Strategic Investments in New Technologies and Alternative Energy = Growing Industry and Creating Jobs. Addressing American Manufacturing also means Addressing Globalization through Trade Agreements that create strong Middle Classes in developing countries to Buy our “Green” Products, Diminish Toxic Waste, and lower Carbon Emissions.
ow do Latinos Rate?
Per Capita Carbon Emissions 10000
6000 Indirect Direct
kg 2000 Carbon per Capita
Energy Expenditures as a Share of Total by Race 10
By educating ourselves, LCLAA members can assist manufacturers and our fellow workers to transition to this new economy by encouraging innovative policies to move us forward at a much faster pace. A “green” agenda would include encouraging our members of Congress to support significant federal investments in federal tax credits for research and worker retraining programs, among others. We must encourage a shift in the paradigm of globalization so as to create new trade agreements that enhance growth, enable manufacturing to thrive through sustainable development, and lift standards abroad so that people will not feel an obligation to leave their countries, but also be able to buy American made products while saving our local communities from global warming. ¡Juntos Podemos Más!
Forming a More Perfect Union Beyond Black and White The pressure on leaders of the Latino community to accept free trade orthodoxy is intense. Those who question why we should trust market forces to solve every problem we confront are quickly branded as irresponsible and politically unrealistic “protectionists.”
By Dr. Gabriela Lemus & Hector Sanchez
arack Obama’s complex meditation on race in America opened a window for national reflection. Irrespective of how it impacts his quest for the presidency, his words became a catalyst in moving us to think about where we fit in the effort to narrow the gap between the ideals embodied in the U.S. Constitution and the realities we live in today. While Obama’s speech focused understandably on the historic divide between white and black Americans, it holds great resonance for all Americans, including our own Latino community. As Latinos in the United States, we confront a contradiction. Even as we have become increasingly visible as a swing constituency in electoral politics and a political force in many states, many members of our community have become a target of institutionalized discrimination that is unprecedented since the end of Jim Crow. Obama argued that black anger and white resentment distract from the real culprits in the economic squeeze that stokes that very same resentment and anger. Today, the Latino community, particularly immigrants - both documented and undocumented - have become the scapegoat for many Americans’ resentment, especially as the state of the economy grows ever more tenuous. A recently published FBI report highlighted that hate crimes against Latinos have grown 25 percent since 2004 and that in 2006 Latinos represented over 60 percent of victims of crimes motivated by the victim’s ethnicity or national origin. Last year alone, there were over 1400 state and local pieces of legislation introduced against undocumented migrants. The problems facing immigrant workers in the United States have become quite serious. As Jorge Bustamante, Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants for the United Nations, noted in a March 2008 report, policies towards immigrants - whether legal or unauthorized - violate international human rights agreements with the use of such practices as the use of indefinite detention for immigrants; bypassing due process for non-citizens; and the design of guest-workers programs that expose workers to exploitation and provide limited ability to hold officials and private industry accountable. Like African Americans, we Latinos must struggle against not just personal manifestations of discrimination, but also
against the institutions and systems that perpetuate economic inequality - and in the case of soaring numbers of economically displaced Mexicans - drive them away from their homes and communities in search of opportunities that have dried up at home. Yet as Obama suggested, blaming others for our own problems is a dead end street. A more productive avenue lies in examining and challenging structures that limit the opportunities available to our communities on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. In recent years a growing number of Americans - including Latinos - have come to recognize that NAFTA’s promise that lifting controls on trade and investment would lead to rising wages and growing equality for both Mexican and U.S. workers, thereby lowering motivations for Mexican immigration have not panned out. NAFTA’s failures, however, have not dimmed the ardor of free trade advocates who represent the elite sectors of both economies who have benefited. Nevertheless, for the majority of Mexican and American workers NAFTA’s results can be measured in wage stagnation and job loss. For Mexico’s rural sector the results have been particularly destabilizing leading to the loss of millions of jobs and becoming a lead factor in an accelerating out-migration from Mexico that has become one of the largest sustained mass migrations in human history. The pressure on leaders of the Latino community to accept free trade orthodoxy is intense. Those who question why we should trust market forces to solve every problem we confront are quickly branded as irresponsible and politically unrealistic “protectionists.” Nevertheless, acknowledging and honestly confronting the widening chasm of inequality that is the product of our current trade policies is the path of brave leadership and key to unlocking the psychology of prejudice that is so basic to all our efforts to “form a more perfect union”. Dr. Gabriela Lemus is the Executive Director of The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) Hector E. Sanchez is the Mexico-DC Policy Education Coordinator for Global Exchange
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Orlando, Florida Disney’s Contemporary Resort About the City LCLAA is excited to host the 2008 Membership Convention celebrating LCLAA’s 35th year Anniversary in Orlando Florida, - one of the world’s fastest-growing cities. Orlando serves as the Central City to the region and the Florida High-Tech Corridor. While known worldwide as a top vacation destination, Orlando is also recognized as a premiere place to do business… a place where industry is as diverse as the population. About the Hotel Disney’s Contemporary Resort is a modern architectual masterpiece located on the shores of Bay Lake and seven Seas Lagoon. With a distinctive convention center, award winning restaurants and direct monorail access to nearby theme parks, the Contemporary Resort combines stylish design with the latest comforts to create an experience you won’t find anywhere else.
RESERVE YOUR HOTEL NOW! RATE: $166 per night plus tax Available from August 3rd – 8th, 2008 HOTEL CUT-OFF DATE JULY 1, 2008
FOR RESERVATIONS CALL (407) 824 - 3869 For Online reservations visit http://mydisneymeetings.com/meetingsite/
About the Convention LCLAA’s Convention promises to be a bellwether for the Latino vote and an opportunity for promoting the needs of the Latino community. As part of its 35th Anniversary Celebration, LCLAA will host a series of events including an exciting exhibit highlighting “The New Economy: Greening Jobs, Growing Technology”; important policy discussions; and the LCLAA 35th Anniversary Celebration Dinner. This premiere convention will highlight the valuable work that LCLAA has done over the years and establish the benchmark for its future work by bringing together important Latino and labor leaders; local, state and national political figures; and a diverse coalition of non-profits, thinktanks and community-service organizations to create LCLAA’s agenda for the next 35 years.
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C O N V E N T I O N I N F O R M A T I O N
An important function of LCLAA’s National Membership Convention is to vote upon acceptance of membersubmitted resolutions. Resolutions set overall policy direction of the organization and are an essential part of the important work that LCLAA participates in.
Members should submit resolutions to the National Secretary Treasurer for consideration at the convention. Below are the rules governing submission of a 2. Delegates to the National Membership Meeting resolution. shall be elected by local LCLAA Chapters, international unions, AFL-CIO state central Submission Deadline: bodies, selected AFL-CIO local central bodies and local unions on the basis of Resolutions must be received by the National Secrethe formula outlined below. tary Treasurer no later than July 3rd, 2008. 1. All Delegates must be current LCLAA Members.
3. Delegates shall be entitled to voice and vote As per Article IX Section 4 of the National LCLAA Conand the concept of “One Person-One Vote” stitution and By Laws, If resolutions are to be introwill be observed. There will be no voting by duced from the floor they must first be submitted to delegation or by membership strength. the National LCLAA Officers, at the National Membership Meeting to determine if the resolution will be 4. Observers will only be entitled to voice only considered by the LCLAA Resolutions Committee. (NO VOTE). 5. Selection of Delegates to attend National Membership Meetings will be based on the following formula:
LCLAA Local Chapters or Local Unions Up to fifty (50) members - 8 Delegates 51-100 members - 12 Delegates 101-1000 members - 16 Delegates Over 1000 members - 20 Delegates
International Unions 1,000,000 members and over 15 Delegates 700,000-1,000,000 - 12 Delegates 500,000-700,000 - 10 Delegates 250,000-500,000 - 8 Delegates 100,000-250,000 - 6 Delegates Under 100,000 members - 4 Delegates
AFL-CIO State Central & selected Local Central Bodies - 4 Delegates Change to Win Federation- 4 Delegates
6. National LCLAA will not be responsible for the expenses of Delegates and/or observers.
Formatting Requirements: - All resolutions must be typed in Microsoft Word format using Size 12 font in Times New Roman Style. - For editing purposes, you must have a digital copy of your resolution on hand (ie. Flash drive, burned cd, emailed file, etc) - Resolutions must be outlined in “Whereas” state- ment paragraphs; the call for specific actions must be listed individually using “Be it resolved” statements. Where to Submit: Resolutions must be submitted to the National Secretary Treasurer By Mail: C/o: Maria Portalatín, National Secretary Treasurer Labor Council For Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) 815 16th Street NW, Washington D.C 20006 By Email to: Kpineda@lclaa.org
TENTATIVE AGENDA Saturday, August 2 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
LCLAA’s National Officers Meeting
Room: Nutcracker 1
LCLAA’s National Executive Board meeting
Room: Nutcracker 1
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LCLAA’s National Executive Board Meeting
Room: Nutcracker 1
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Room: Fantasia M-N, P-O
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
1:00 Pm – 4:00 PM
LCLAA/Latino Caucus Meeting
Room: Nutcracker 3
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Room: Fantasia Ballroom H
7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Unity Breakfast “Unidos en una Voz”
Room: Fantasia Ballroom H
Sunday, August 3
Monday, August 4
Tuesday, August 5
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Opening Plenary Session Room: Fantasia Ballroom H Building America: Our Common Agenda o Part I: Forum of constituency groups and community leaders to discuss how the vote affects our communities and what we can do to bridge wedge efforts that confuse the issues.
Building from the Ground Up o Part II: Forum of experts on the Latino vote to discuss the 2008 elections and the impact it will have regionally.
T E N T A T I V E A G E N D A
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Opening of Exhibit Area – Room: Fantasia J “The New Economy: Greening Jobs, Growing Technology” 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Luncheon: “Building the Latino Vote” Room: Fantasia Ballroom H 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Workshop I: Components of a Voter Contact Program
Registration East Room: Nutcracker 3
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2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
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Workshop II: FIELD GOTV and Election Day Activities
Room: Nutcracker I & 2
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Workshop III: So you want to run for Office? Basic Steps for Building A Campaign
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Room: Ballroom of the A
35th Anniversary Reception
Wednesday, August 6 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Exhibit Area Room: Fantasia J “The New Economy: Greening Jobs, Growing Technology”
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
“The New Economy: Saving Energy, Growing Jobs” Community Forum
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Organizing Session I: New Alternatives for Organizing
Room: Nutcracker 1
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Policy Session II: Women’s Rights are Workers’ Rights
Room: Nutcracker 2
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Policy Session III: The State of the Economy: Bringing back the Middle Class
Room: Nutcracker 4
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Room: Fantasia Ballroom H
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Organizing Session II: Building Strong Communities: Immigration and Local Politics.
Room: Nutcracker 1
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Policy Session IV: A New Day for Health Care Reform
RoomL Nutcracker 2
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Policy Session V: Educating the New Workforce: Preparing Students for Economic Competitiveness in the 21st Century
Room: Nutcracker 3
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Plenary Session for Resolutions
Room: Fantasia Ballroom H
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Town Hall Meeting: Orlando and the Latino Vote
Thursday, August 7 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Room: Fantasia Ballroom H
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Closing Plenary Session: Immigrant Rights are Human Rights
Room: Fantasia Ballroom H
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Resolutions Plenary
Room: Fantasia Ballroom H
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Work Site Voter Day of Action
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Organizing Meeting: LCLAA Chapter Presidents and Chapter Boards
Room: Fantasia A & B
7:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Closing Dinner: “LCLAA at 35: History in the Making”
Room: Fantasia Ballroom H
WORKSHOPS AND POLICY SESSIONS DESCRIPTIONS Workshop I Components of a Voter Contact Program Every campaign has one overarching goal – to win the majority of the votes. Most often, that number is simply one more vote than one-half of the participating voters (50% + 1). The campaign will strategize which voters are most likely to support their cause, where those voters live, and what are the pivotal points that must be communicated to them. This Workshop will provide an overview about how to best reach new and low-propensity voters and create an action plan to get them to the polls. Workshop II FIELD GOTV and Election Day Activities There are many ways for us to communicate with or gather information from voters. We may employ passive broad-scale methods to deliver messages to voters through mail, email, earned media, and paid ads. However, by creating personal forms of voter contact, our message to voters will be the most memorable, and we will be able to track our progress in reaching our vote goal. This Workshop will focus on voter contact activities for Field GOTV, dividing them into two basic categories – low impact and high impact activities – for better effectiveness in outreach. Workshop III So You Want to Run For Office? Basic Steps for Building a Campaign. You think you have what it takes and tienes las “ganas.” This hands on workshop will assist you in determining what challenges are facing you and the steps you must take to run an effective campaign, from fundraising to messaging. ¡Sí puedes ganar! “The New Economy: Saving Energy, Growing Jobs” Community Forum Global warming has become one of the pre-eminent events of our time. Left unchecked, this profound, complex, and sweeping issue will cause unimaginable damage to our planet, our environment, our nation, and our people. There will be economic impacts of climate change on low income/people of color; for example, it is clear that energy costs will rise -- from $900 to $1,500 annually per household by some estimates -- hurting Latino/minority families. And climate change will affect many economic sectors, especially the nation’s agricultural sector, whose workforce is over 75% Latino. But there are opportunities as well. Global warming has spurred an emerging “green economy” worth billions of dollars that will generate -- now and in the future
--thousands of new green collar jobs. This Community Forum will address the issue of Climate Change and provide information about how it will impact the New Economy.
Organizing Session I New Alternatives for Organizing The power of Grassroots organizing is in the sense of justice about an issue and the power of ordinary folks to influence people in powerful positions, whose power always depends on cooperation from many, many people. Grassroots organizing works to increase the capacity of a social movement by training volunteer leaders and by involving volunteer activists, both old and new. Leadership development helps to increase the size of the movement and to increase its power. Leaders learn a variety of skills, such as doing research about a company or an issue; flyering; running meetings; writing letters-to-the-editor; creative theater - whether it be about racial and economic justice, affordable housing, clean air, or health care reform. This workshop will examine effective measures for getting your community activated. Policy Session II Women’s Rights are Workers’ Rights This is a crucial year with women running for the major political offices nationally and locally. We need to have our collective voices heard and recognized. Most importantly we need to educate each other about economic problems and health care concerns. For example, the United States passed the Family and Medical Leave Act in 1993, giving eligible parents 12 weeks unpaid leave to care for a new child. But aside from being unpaid, it is limited to workplaces of more than 50 employees, which excludes more than 41.3% of working Americans, or about 48.1 million people. Unequal pay. Maternity leave. Spiraling health care costs. Family and children plus a full-time career. Working people face these issues every day. But all too often, women especially don't have the resources or support to help meet these challenges. This Policy Session will examine these important issues with a view as to how the upcoming elections can make a difference for Latinas and working women in the workplace.
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Policy Session III The State of the Economy: Bringing back the Middle Class In the United States, between 2000 and 2003 alone, the country lost 16 percent of its manufacturing jobs, with a further 4 percent decline between then and the present. More than 40,000 manufacturing plants have shut down in the United States since 2000 causing the U.S. manufacturing base to slip down to 12 percent of the nation’s GDP in 2005. The challenge is onerous. The key question becomes how do we, as a transnational civil society begin to influence the prerogatives of decision-makers to assure that there is a level playing field for competition while simultaneously ensuring that workers can grow and maintain their standard of living with policies like EFCA and democratic processes flourish. This powerful session will examine the connections between jobs, globalization, and trade policy with a view to strengthening the working class through progressive advocacy. Organizing Session II Building Strong Communities: Immigration and Local Politics. The failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform in 2007, created an environment where local governments have passed anti-immigrant pieces of local legislation and ordinances to eliminate undocumented workers. The national response has been a combination of looking the other way when displaced workers enter, exploiting their labor without giving them rights, while simultaneously raiding businesses to rid the country of undocumented workers. But the effect has been highly detrimental and throughout the nation, racism and xenophobia towards immigrants and Latinos has increased. The criminalization of migrants and the fear-factor that has been engendered in the last couple of years has made undocumented migrants much more exploitable and institutionalized an underclass of workers that do not speak up or look for basic rights out of fear of being reported and deported, especially at the local level. This organizing workshop provides a template for fighting back against localized anti-immigrant efforts while uniting communities and developing leaders. Policy Session IV A New Day for Health Care Reform Once again the stage is again set for another monumental battle over the future of the Ameri-
can health care system. It will be the most significant domestic political battle since the passage of Medicare – affecting one sixth of the U.S. gross domestic product. Latinos are disproportionately affected by lack of access to decent healthcare, a situation which is further complicated by the high numbers of our “raza” without insurance. Our task is to plan a strategy, create the political environment, and assemble the political and organizational resources that will overcome the formidable array of forces that will oppose fundamental change in health care reform.
Policy Session V Educating the New Workforce: Preparing Students for Economic Competitiveness in the 21st Century. In comparison to the rest of the country, Latinos are exceedingly young – 35% of the Latino community is under the age of 18 compared to 25.7% of the total population. We are witnessing a direct correlation between low achievement rates in elementary and middle-school rates to high school, which in turn has contributed to the hindrance of Latinos going into higher education. Another unique phenomenon is the coexistence of some of the world’s most outstanding universities along side highly dysfunctional primary and secondary schools with a history of structural and political challenges. Issues like English-language acquisition, literacy disadvantages, and math skills add to the complexity of the problem. This seminar will examine the Latino dropout challenge and look to finding roadmaps for success that include an array of solutions that include: culturally competent teachers; small classrooms; more efficient use of funds and alternative training programs to channel our youth into productive livelihoods. Closing Plenary Session Immigrant Rights are Human Rights Immigrants are an integral part of the rich and diverse social fabric of the United States. The number of undocumented immigrants is estimated to be around 12 million. To attempt to deport millions of people that have lived in and contributed to this country for most of their lives is not only inhumane but drastic, impractical and costly. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement has conducted pre-dawn home raids and workplace raids that are terrorizing immigrant communities while striping undocumented immigrants of their rights, freedom and dignity. The lack of legal immigration status has resulted in the dehumanization and criminalization of immigrants in the United States, and served as a pretext to justify several human rights violations. This Plenary Session discusses the context in which the raids are taking place and the need for comprehensive immigration reform that is sensible and just.
Early registration forms will be accepted up until Tuesday, July 15, 2008. After July 15, participants must register on-site.
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*If you wish to pay with a credit card, please register online at www.lclaa.org Please make checks payable to LCLAA and mail completed registration form along with your payment to LCLAA, ATTN: Karla Pineda 815 16th street N.W, Washington DC 20006. There is a $25.00 handling fee for all returned checks. Cancellation/Refund Policy: Cancellations will be accepted in writing until July 15, 2008. All refunds will be issued within 30 days after the convention. After July 15, 2008, registration fee is non-refundable. To request additional information or if you have any questions please email Kpineda@lclaa.org
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El formulario de inscripción será aceptado hasta el 15 de julio del 2008. Después de esta fecha los participantes tendrán que inscribirse en persona.
Nombre/Apellido: _________________________________________________________________________ Título: ________________________ Sindicato/Compañía/Organización ___________________Local #_____ Dirección _______________________________________________________________________________ Ciudad_____________________________ Estado________________ Código Postal__________________ Número de Trabajo (______) ___________________ Número de Celular o Casa (______)_______________ Número de Fax (______)_______________________ Correo Electrónico____________________________ Capítulo de LCLAA ____________________________ Número de Membresía _________________________ Marque todos lo que apliquen: * La Cuota de inscripción incluye lo siguiente: Recepción de bienvenida, entrada a las plenarias de política, acceso al foro y área de exhibición, desayuno de unidad, almuerzo; “Desarrollando el Voto Latino”, recepción para celebrar los 35 años de LCLAA, almuerzo de liderazgo femenino, cena de despedida y mucho más. Cuota de Inscripción
__ Cuota de inscripción __ Cuota de inscripción __ Estudiantes y personas mayores de edad __ Participantes no afiliados
$235.00 $275.00 $200.00
(cierra el día 15 de julio) (después del 15 de julio) (se requiere identificación)
Membresía de LCLAA
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SPONSOR PACKAGE Title Sponsor - $75,000
Title Sponsorship of LCLAA’s 17th National Convention is limited to one partner and is an exclusive opportunity. The title sponsorship includes all the benefits of the Spirit of Justice Sponsor, plus the added visibility and exposure of the sponsor’s name/logo in the event title (“2008 LCLAA 17th National Convention presented by…”), name/logo in national marketing materials (print, web, advertising), 6 10’ X 10’ spaces in the exhibit area, a letter in the conference program and VIP access to all key conference events. Additionally, the Title Sponsor receives time in the Conference schedule with a speaking opportunity at the final Dinner event and time with LCLAA’s Executive Team to develop and implement a customized co-branded community outreach plan around sponsorship.
Spirit of Justice Sponsor - $50,000
• This exclusive group of participants will play an integral role in the days’ events and will receive up to eight full registrations (includes tickets to general meal and evening event). • Three 10’x 10’ spaces in the exhibit area. • One reserved table at the “Building the Latino Vote Luncheon and the Women’s Luncheon.” • Eight tickets to the Welcome Monday Reception. • An invitation to the VIP Cocktail Reception held on the eve of the “LCLAA at 35: Unidos en Una Voz” Dinner, as well as one reserved table. • Spirit of Justice Sponsors will be recognized at the Lunches and Dinner and have preferred seating at the Convention and receive VIP status during the convention. • Co-sponsor of one event. • One-page letter in the conference program.
Spirit of Liberty Sponsor - $35,000
• This exclusive group of participants will play an integral role in the days’ events and will receive up to six full registrations (includes tickets to general meal and evening event). • Two 10’ x 10’ spaces in the exhibit area. • One reserved table at either the Building the Latino Vote or Women’s Lunches. • Six tickets to the Monday Welcome Reception. • An invitation to the VIP Cocktail Reception held on the eve of the “LCLAA at 35: Unidos en una Voz” Dinner, as well as one reserved table. • Spirit of Liberty Sponsors will have a speaking role at either one of the Building the Latino Vote or the Women’s Luncheon, have preferred seating at the Convention and receive VIP status during the convention. • Co-sponsor of one event. • Full-page ad in the conference program.
Friends of Democracy Sponsor - $25,000
• Friends of Democracy Sponsors will receive up to five full registrations (includes tickets to general meal and evening events). • One 10’ x 10’ space in the exhibit area. • One reserved table at either one of the Building the Latino Vote or Women’s Luncheon. • An invitation to the VIP Cocktail Reception held on the eve of the “LCLAA at 35: Unidos en Una Voz” Dinner. • Lead Sponsors will receive five tickets to the Miguel “LCLAA at 35: Unidos en una Voz” Dinner with preferred seating and VIP status during the Convention. • Co-sponsor of one event. • Full-page ad in the conference program.
Lead Sponsor - $15,000
• Lead Sponsors will receive up to four full registrations (includes tickets to general meal and evening events). • One 10’ x 10’ space in the exhibit area. • One reserved table at either one of the Building the Latino Vote or Women’s Luncheon. • An invitation to the VIP Cocktail Reception held on the eve of the “LCLAA at 35: Unidos en una Voz” Dinner. • Lead Sponsors will receive four tickets to the “LCLAA at 35: Unidos en una Voz” Dinner with preferred seating and VIP status during the Convention. • Co-sponsor of one event. • Full-page ad in the conference program.
Patron Sponsor - $10,000
• Patrons will receive up to three full registrations (includes tickets to general meal and evening events). • One 10’ x 10’ space in the exhibit area. • One reserved table at either the Building the Latino Vote or the Women’s Luncheon. • An invitation to the VIP Cocktail Reception held on the eve of the “LCLAA at 35: Unidos en una Voz” Dinner. • Three tickets to the “LCLAA at 35: Unidos en una Voz” with preferred seating, and will receive special status at the Convention. • Co-sponsor of one event. • Full-page ad in the conference program.
Benefactors - $5,000
• Benefactors will receive two full registrations (includes tickets to general meal and evening events including the gala). • One reserved table at either the Building the Latino Vote or the Women’s Luncheon. • An invitation to the VIP Cocktail Reception held on the eve of the “LCLAA at 35: Unidos en una Voz” Dinner. • Full-page ad in the conference program.
S P O N S O R P A C K A G E
Friends of LCLAA Sponsor - $2,500
• All friends of the event will receive 1 full registration (includes tickets to general meal and evening events including the gala). • An invitation to the VIP Cocktail Reception on the eve of the “LCLAA at 35” Dinner. • ½ page black and white ad in the conference program.
"Unidos en Una Voz"
Join LCLAA in celebrating their 35th Anniversary in Orlando, Florida August 4th - 8th, 2008