US Representative Shelley Berkley Helps launch 2012 NCLR National Latino Family Expo

Photo by Angel Valdez

By Albert Angulo

On Saturday, July 7th, the NCLR National Latino Family expo was launched on a very elegant and well-organized Inaugural ceremony where leaders form the American and Hispanic community gathered to present and salute the audience. Among those present were Janet Mungia, NCLR President and CEO, Fedex CEO, Pepsico group CEO, and may others. Hosting the event was Gina Rodriguez, the Sundance festival winner, but the highlights of the ceremony were definitely given by US representative Shelley Berkley with a very emotional speech about immigrants and her own grandparents’ history coming into this country with hopes of a better tomorrow. “Not in their wildest dreams they thought they were going to have a granddaughter at the US senate,” Berkley said.

The vastly Hispanic audience broke down clapping for Shelley in a gesture of validation to her speech, which basically was about how America is the place where working hard and doing things by the book can result in dreams coming true and how, by far, it is the best place to live in this world.

The NCLR National Latino Family Expo is one of the largest events in the country focused on resources and activities for the Latino family, with more than 200 exhibitors showcasing their products and services. From live entertainment and giveaways to free health screenings and informative demonstrations, everyone will discover something new in a fun and exciting environment that the entire family will enjoy. The Expo is open to all, and attendance is free of charge. Over 200 exhibitors participate, and themed pavilions explore key issues within the community as well as celebrate the Latino culture.

The National Latino Family Expo is presented by The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, which works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Through its network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations, NCLR reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. To achieve its mission, NCLR conducts applied research, policy analysis and advocacy, providing a Latino perspective in five key areas: assets/investments, civil rights/immigration, education, employment and economic status and health. In addition, it provides capacity-building assistance to its affiliates who work at the state and local level to advance opportunities for individuals and families.

Founded in 1968, NCLR is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization headquartered in Washington, DC, serving all Hispanic subgroups in all regions of the country. It has regional offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, and San Antonio and state operations throughout the nation.

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