Thank you to everyone who supported our 81st Annual LULAC National Convention & Exposition in Albuquerque, NM! Throughout the week, LULAC hosted 20,000 people of all ages and backgrounds.
LULAC welcomed elected officials to address the membership, such as Richard J. Berry, Mayor of Albuquerque; Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico; Diane Denish, Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico; Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico; Congressman Martin Heinrich NM-1; Congressman Joe Baca CA-43; and Congressman Ben Ray Lujan NM-3.
Additionally, the LULAC membership welcomed several appointed officials at various events, such as Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis; Secretary of Interior, Ken Salazar; The Honorable Rosie Rios, U.S. Treasurer; John Berry, Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management; Tom Perez, Assistant Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice, among many others.
Also in attendance as speakers were General Ricardo Sanchez, Retired, U.S. Army; Cris Abrego, TV Producer and Writer; Paul Rodriguez, Latin King of Comedy; Barbara D. Gervin-Hawkins, Executive Director, George Gervin Youth Center, Inc; and Laffit Alejandro Pincay, Jr., Retired Jockey.
Expert panelists included Lisa Pino, Deputy Administrator, SNAP, FNS, USDA; Dr. Alfred Vigil, New Mexico Secretary of Health; Frances Ashe-Goins, Office on Women's Health; Dr. Garth Graham, US Department of Health and Human Services; Dolores Huerta, Civil Rights Leader, among many others.
Exciting performers entertained the LULAC Convention attendees, such as Native American dancers, Ballet Folklorico, Mariachi Nuevo Mexico, and Al Hurricane at the New Mexico Celebration, as well as Latin Breed and Paul Rodriguez at the Comedy Show to Benefit the LULAC Lawsuit Against Arizona SB 1070. Ending the week with the annual Concierto de la Gente, LULAC and the Albuquerque community danced to the music of Ozomatli, Cristian Castro, Pee Wee and others.
Capping off an outstanding week of events, policy workshops, and performances, the LULAC membership voted for their new 2010-2011 LULAC National Board. Congratulations and best wishes for a successful and productive term!
Margaret Moran, LULAC National President
Aaron Mann, LULAC National Youth President
Berta Urteaga, LULAC National Vice President for Youth
Roger Rocha, LULAC National Treasurer
Regla Gonzalez, LULAC National Vice President for Women
Manuel Rendon, LULAC National Vice President for Young Adults
Rolando Gonzalez, LULAC National for the Elderly
Esther Degraves Aguinaga, LULAC National Vice President for the Northeast
Juan Carlos Lizardi, LULAC National Vice President for the Southeast
Sylvia Gonzalez, LULAC National Vice President for the Southwest
Maggie Rivera, LULAC National Vice President for the Midwest
Micke S. Luna, LULAC National Vice President for the Farwest
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