Press Statement

UnidosUS to Host Candidates for the Democratic Presidential Nomination at Its 2019 Annual Conference

May 15, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC—UnidosUS, formerly known as NCLR–the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—announced today that it will host candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination during its 2019 Annual Conference. UnidosUS is providing a platform for the 2020 candidates to directly address the Latino community, and in particular, the thousands of community leaders, advocates, and volunteers; members of the corporate, philanthropic, and academic sectors; college students and youth who attend every year.

The UnidosUS Annual Conference, the largest gathering of its kind in the Hispanic community, will be held from August 3 to 6 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. This year’s Conference theme is Transform. Influence. Lead. The presidential candidates will be invited to speak on Monday, August 5.

“Each candidate participating in our Conference will have their own unique opportunity to address Conference attendees and explain how their platform will help address the challenges facing the community in the areas of education, health, the economy, civil rights, immigration and beyond. If candidates want the Latino community’s support, they will need to make genuine efforts to court Latino voters and address their day-to-day concerns. Our hope is to create a space that allows the candidates to connect with the Latino community and discuss the issues that concern us,” said UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía.

Due to time and space limitations, candidates must meet the following criteria by July 5, 2019 to be invited to speak at the 2019 UnidosUS Annual Conference:

1. Have publicly declared candidacy on or before July 5.
2. Register three (3) percent or more support in at least three different polls, the results of which are released during the period from January 1, 2019 through and including July 5, 2019.

Each of the polls should have been conducted by one of the following organizations, and the candidate’s three qualifying polls must have been conducted by three different organizations or, if by the same organization, in different states. Each of the qualifying polls may be a national poll or a statewide poll taken in one of the four early states (Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina).

  • AP
  • ABC News
  • CBS News
  • Des Moines Register
  • CNN
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Fox News
  • FiveThirtyEight/Morning Consult
  • Las Vegas Review-Journal
  • Latino Decisions
  • New York Times
  • Washington Post
  • Monmouth University
  • National Public Radio (NPR)
  • Reuters
  • USA Today

More information about UnidosUS 2019 Annual Conference can be found here: https://conference.unidosus.org/

CORRECTION:
UnidosUS inadvertently did not include the FiveThirtyEight/Morning Consult polls in our initial press release that laid out the lists of polls UnidosUS would accept to qualify for an invitation. This national poll has now been added to the press release.

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For more than 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit www.unidosus.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact:
Camila Gallardo
cgallardo@unidosus.org
(305) 215-4259