News Release

NCLR Announces that No Invitation Will Be Extended to Presidential Candidates to Speak at 2016 NCLR Annual Conference in Orlando

June 29, 2016

Contact:
Julian Teixeira
jteixeira@nclr.org
(202) 776-1812

ORLANDO, Fla.—Today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) President and CEO Janet Murguía announced the organization’s decision not to invite presidential candidates to their upcoming 2016 NCLR Annual Conference, the largest yearly gathering of Latino leaders in the country. This unprecedented decision was unanimously affirmed by the NCLR Board of Directors. NCLR’s Annual Conference has traditionally invited the presumptive presidential candidates from both parties to speak to Conference attendees. Past Conferences have included addresses by President Barack Obama and Senator John McCain in 2008 and former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Al Gore in 2000. The NCLR Annual Conference and National Latino Family Expo is set to take place July 23–26 in Orlando, Fla.

“Mr. Trump’s indiscriminate vilification of an entire community and of numerous other communities, his condoning of violence against people because of their race and ethnicity, his constant efforts to create division, and his fomenting of bigotry make it impossible for us to provide him the platform that NCLR has uniformly made available on a nonpartisan basis to all qualified candidates for president in prior years. The bottom line is that Mr. Trump has—without relent and without apology—engaged in a concerted effort to denigrate and demonize not just immigrants, but the entire 55 million-plus Latinos in this country, beginning with his kickoff speech through this month’s attack on Judge Gonzalo Curiel. Simply put, Mr. Trump has not earned the privilege of our platform,” said Murguía.

“And because we are a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, we are also unable to extend an invitation to presumptive democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. While it is unfortunate that our attendees will be unable to hear from the candidates since we believe that our community and electoral process is best served when both parties are competing for the Latino vote, we stand proudly behind this decision,” concluded Murguía.

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.