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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 15, 2013
Contacts: Luis Figueroa, 512- 463-0106; 210-422-0965; luis.figueroa@senate.state.tx.us

Emmanuel García, 512-236-8410; 956-459-8498; egarcia@malc.org
 

SENATOR GARCIA, MALC, SHC, AND BOHCC TO HOST

2013 LATINO SUMMIT: FRAMING A LATINO POLICY AGENDA

Austin, TX - The Senate Hispanic Caucus (SHC), the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC), and the Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs (BHCC) will be hosting an historic Latino Summit, chaired by State Senator Sylvia Garcia on October 18th and 19th. The goal of the summit is to convene Latino community leadership and form the foundation for legislation and advocacy in the 84th Texas Legislative Session. Experts and advocates will address the critical needs of the Latino community in the areas of education, immigration, healthcare, economic development, and civic engagement.

“We have heard the story time and again that Texas is changing and becoming more diverse by the day. The goal of this summit is to move beyond the mere narrative of demographic change and ensure that Texas’ Latino leadership is ready to move our great state forward,” said MALC Chairman Trey Martinez Fischer. “What happens over the next few years will change Texas for generations to come; we at MALC are honored to do our part and lead a state where everyone has a fair shot to succeed.” 

"This summit is a great opportunity for Latinos to come together and take a proactive role in shaping the future of Texas.  I encourage all Latinos to attend and to begin exerting an influence on the political landscape of Texas that equals our ever growing population,” said SHC Chairman Carlos Uresti.

"For the first time in the history of our state, elected leaders in both the Senate, House, and community organizations will come together at a time when the Latino community is 38% of the state's population and where Latino students represent 52% of all students in the public education system,” stated Senator Sylvia R. Garcia, Steering Committee Chair of the Latino Summit. “The time is now for the Latino community to create our own framework to prepare Texas for the critical needs of the community."

Who: SHC, MALC, BHCC and Latino community leaders across Texas

What: A Latino leaders' summit focused on public policy

When: October 18-19th

Day 1: 6-9 p.m. Reception and Opening Remarks

Day 2: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Policy Panels

12:45 p.m. Keynote Luncheon Featuring: MALC Chair Trey Martinez Fischer, Senate Hispanic Caucus Chair Carlos Uresti, and Steering Committee Chair Sylvia R. Garcia

Moderated By: Luis Patiño, Senior VP, Univision Television Group

Where: Legislative Conference Center and Auditorium, Texas State Capitol, Austin, Texas

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