La Raza expo offers support to Latinos

July 28, 2009 6:21:42 AM PDT
The National Council of La Raza, the country's largest Hispanic civil rights organization, is holding its annual conference in Chicago.Over 30,000 individuals from across the country are in Chicago to attend the National Council of La Raza's conference at McCormick Place. The theme is a new era of responsibility and community purpose.

"We convene so many Latinos once you a year to talk about the impact on quality of life for Latinos in the United State," said Maricela Garcia, National Council of La Raza (NCLR).

The Latino Expo USA is the largest Hispanic consumer show in the country with over 200 exhibitors. There are a number of workshops that participants can attend to learn about citizenship, employment, health issues and surviving the economy.

"Having the right help from others and just having the support from everyone else can just help you and you can definitely do it," said Blanca Cervantes, NCLR participant.

"We need to come together not just in a conference...but come together as a whole," said Jeffery Arias, NCLR participant.

The Home Rescue Fair had specialists help home owners at risk of foreclosure.

"They received free counseling, free advice from attorneys, got to sit down with their lender," said Janice Bowdler, NCLR.

The luncheons were filled with dynamic women addressing the important issues affecting Hispanics. Monday's luncheon featured Raul Isaguirre, president emeritus of NCLR and actress and activist Eva Longoria.

"We want the positive portrayal of Latinos to be known throughout America," said Longoria.

"It's a way for us to learn and get updated on what's happening on all the issues that are so critical to our community," said one participant.

Monday's town hall meeting with guest speaker Henry Cisneros, president and CEO of City View Inc., will address the issue of putting our communities on the map, the economic road to recovery.


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