As this year’s immigration debate has unfolded in Washington, D.C. and across the country, many have become aware of the increasing civic engagement of our burgeoning Latino communities. That civic engagement, however, transcends the immigration issue and presents opportunities as well as challenges not only for Latinos and the progressive movement, but also for the advancement of a progressive policy agenda. What animates Latino civic engagement and how does that compare to other elements of the progressive movement? What are the points of convergence or dissonance between the Latino communities and the broader progressive movement? What does the diversity of the Latino communities mean for their ability to influence the progressive policy agenda? What are the policy agenda implications of the demographic differences between the Latino communities and the broader population? To address these and other timely questions, The Americas Project at the Center for American Project will convene a distinguished group of experts and practitioners to discuss the dynamics of the Latino communities’ civic engagement in the context of the broader progressive movement.
Paul Glastris, Editor in Chief, The Washington Monthly
Wade Henderson, Executive Director, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
Cristina Lopez, Deputy Executive Director, Center for Community Change
Lori Montenegro, National Correspondent, Telemundo
Cecilia Muñoz, Vice President, National Council of La Raza
Dan Restrepo, Director of The Americas Project, Center for American Progress