Dolores Huerta, America Ferrera & Wilmer Valderrama to Address Young Americans at Voto Latino’s Power Summit Conference
By Mel Fabrikant Wednesday, April 10 2013 @ 04:05 PM EDT
The conference is taking place April 12 - 15, in Washington, D.C., where major issues concerning the Latino community will be addressed, especially immigration reform. Voto Latino’s 2nd Annual Power Summit youth leadership conference will take place April 12 - 15, in Washington, D.C., with 250 young leaders from around the United States. The Power Summit is designed to educate, empower, and engage American youth to create positive change in their communities.
Over a span of four days, Summit participants will hear from prominent voices in civic activism, and major players involved in solving issues of deep concern to the Latino community such as immigration reform. Key figures that will speak at the 2013 Power Summit include long-time labor leader and civil rights activist, Dolores Huerta; actors, activists and Co-Chairs of Voto Latino’s “I’m Ready for Immigration Reform” campaign, America Ferrera and Wilmer Valderrama; President and CEO of Voto Latino and MSNBC contributor, Maria Teresa Kumar; Editor-in-Chief of GlobalGrind.com and Political Director to Russell Simmons, Michael Skolnik; and many others.
The Power Summit will close Monday, April 15, with participants meeting with their members of Congress to discuss immigration reform and other issues important to their communities.
“Given the success of last year’s Power Summit that empowered attendees to organize massive voter registration drives for the 2012 elections, it was imperative to use this year’s conference to fight for key legislative goals, especially an overhaul of our nation’s immigration system with a sensible pathway to citizenship for all,” said Kumar. “These students, many of whom have immigrant roots, understand we can’t accept an immigration system that creates two sets of residents — American citizens and a permanent second class.”
To prepare conference participants to organize their communities for positive change, the Power Summit boasts a series of workshops to teach the latest in cutting-edge digital strategies. Workshops and panels will be led by representatives from leading organizations in online activism, including Obama for America and Hypervocal. Additionally, students will learn about the most recent tech tools from Facebook and Google.
Voto Latino’s 2nd Annual Power Summit is made possible with the support of the Southwest Airlines, AFL-CIO, Google, PG&E, March for Innovation, Rio Hondo Community College, Maricopa Community Colleges, and Johns Hopkins Office of Multicultural Affairs.
About Voto Latino
Founded in 2004, Voto Latino is a dynamic and growing organization whose civic engagement campaigns have reached an estimated 55 million Latino households nationwide. United by the belief that Latino issues are American issues and American issues are Latino issues, Voto Latino is dedicated to bringing new and diverse voices into the political process by engaging youth, media, technology and celebrities to promote positive change. To learn more, visit www.votolatino.org . Find Voto Latino on Facebook at www.facebook.com/VotoLatino and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/VotoLatino .