|July 10, 2008--Voter
registration efforts are gearing up. In recent weeks there has
been a particular focus on the Latino vote. NALEO projects that 9.2 million Latinos
will vote in the November 2008 general election, and both candidates are putting in
appearances at three major gatherings: NALEO 25th Annual Conference in
Washington, DC on June 25-28; 79th Annual LULAC National
Convention in Washington, DC on July 7-12; and 2008 NCLR Annual
Conference in San Diego, CA on July 12-15. (Above) Manuel Pérez
and Josué Pernillo of the
United States Hispanic Leadership Institute at the LULAC Convention at
the Washington Hilton.
|(Above) At the National Press Club, also
on July 10, the We
Are America Alliance (WAAA)
launched an effort to register 500,000 new Latino, Asian and immigrant
is a group of more than a dozen organization that traces back to the
immigrant rights marches in 2006. Executive director Holli
Holliday speaks as Tram Nguyen of Tenants and Workers United and Arturo
Vargas, executive director of NALEO, look on.
Holliday said WAAA partners will focus 13 states, will target new citizens and youth, and will aim to make from four to seven contacts with each individual. The group also plans to do considerable radio public service announcements.
WAAA is Tides Foundation project ("fiscal sponsor") and receives funding from foundations including the Ford Foundation, Carnegie Foundation, the Open Society Institute and The Atlantic Philanthropies.
|Copyright © 2008 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action||