Looking back: A historic meeting of civil rights leaders inspired attendees at the 2018 UnidosUS Annual Conference

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The 2019 UnidosUS Annual Conference will take place in San Diego, California. The Annual Conference will provide advocates the opportunity to learn more about the most pressing issues in the Hispanic community.

Our Annual Conference is also an opportunity to hear from inspirational leaders who have risen to the top of their field. As we get on the Road to San Diego, we’re looking back at some of the workshops, general sessions, and people who inspired us last year in DC.

For example, last year we hosted a history-making session that brought together several of our moment’s top civil rights leaders: Neera Tanden, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress; Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund; Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign; Vanita Gupta, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; and Maria Teresa Kumar, Executive Director of Voto Latino.

In a discussion led and moderated by UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía, each of these leaders focused on the actions that the Trump administration has taken against marginalized groups, and the importance of standing together to build power and make our voices heard.

The civil rights and advocacy movement is in one of its most difficult periods since the 1960s. Every day, we are flooded with news of the action that this administration is taking against our community—whether it be attempting to cut crucial safety net programs that lift Latinos out of poverty to the news of the separation of families at the border.

As we determined the best way to move forward and continue pushing for progress for our community and our country, their words are still extremely important.

You can watch their remarks during the Monday Luncheon or read more about the conversations below.

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