Fourth Annual COFEM Conference & Expo

Fourth Annual COFEM Conference & Expo

“Celebrating Mexican Tradition and Culture”

Special performances by La Costado band, who will be honored by COFEM and the Oaxaca Institute, as well as Jessie Morales (El Original De La Sierra), Carmen Jara and Victoria Ortiz

 

Leaders and Policy Experts from the US and Mexico Join Forces at Conference to Address Key Issues Impacting the Latino Community

Los Angeles, CA. Thrusday August 11, 2011– The Council of Mexican Federations (COFEM) prepares to host its 4th annual conference and expo, on August 13th and 14 at Placita Olvera. The conference is one in a series of annual plenary sessions focusing on the emerging immigrant community. With the theme of “Celebrating Mexican Tradition and Culture,” conference participants will hear from US and Mexican leaders on issues such as immigration, health, education, emergency preparedness, and the naturalization process.

This year, the event will include California State Senator Gil Cedillo, Assemblymember Julia Brownley, Los Angeles City Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and other policy experts for two panel discussions to speak in detail on “Helping Our Students Succeed: An Analysis of Latinos in Education.”

Expo COFEM 2011 is among the nation’s most important gatherings of Latino immigrants. The conference includes important information for those who wish to be better informed about the future of Latinos, the fastest growing minority in the US. Elected officials and civic leaders from California and Mexico, such as US Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti, City Councilman Jose Huizar, City Controller Wendy Greuel, Chiapas Governor, Juan José Sabines Guerrero and Governor Elect from Nayarit, Roberto Sandoval among others, will participate on a Call to Action, “Latinos Can Make A Difference.”

The event will also feature workshops on various topics including the impacts of federal health care reform, parent education, saving the San Gabriel mountains, how to apply for college scholarships, and how to become a US citizen among other subjects.

The conference will take place August 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. followed by the call to action at 11:00 a.m. and a ceremonial ribbon cutting lead by  the COFEM Expo Padrino, Honorable Jose Huizar at El Pueblo Historical Monument, Olvera Street located at 845 N. Alameda Street in the City of Los Angeles.

The morning conference and panels will be followed by the Expo COFEM 2011, a celebration and exposition of food, culture, artists, music, activities and games for children, a legal resource fair, and much more at the historic Olvera Street

Special guests, La Costado band, will be honored with a special recognition from Oaxaca during the celebration. This band of country boys from Oaxaca were invited to perform in the prestigious Univision show Aqui y Ahora due to their originality in musical sound and image.

Also joining Expo COFEM 2011 will be popular music star Jessie Morales (El Original De La Sierra), a young musician from the new wave of Mexican artists that hail from the United States, as well as Sonora singer Carmen Jara, known as The New Queen of Jaripeo, and the new Regional Mexican vocalist from Mexico City, Victoria Ortiz.

Principal sponsors have demonstrated strong support for the conference listed in alphabetical order ; they include 1 on 1 Academic Tutors, Aero México, Anheusar Bush, AT & T, Aviña, CocaCola, El Aviso, El Clasificado, El Pueblo De Los Angeles First 5 L.A., Goya,  La Opinion, Mexicanal, Orale Magazine, Rose Hills, SEIU, State Farm, Telefutura, The California Endowment, The Marguerite Casey Foundation, Union Bank, Univision, Verizon, Vons, Western Union y WRadio 690AM.

The mission of the Consejo de Federaciones Mexicanas en Norteamérica (COFEM) promotes the advancement of the Latino community in North America through public policy advocacy, community organizing, leadership and organizational development, educational and cultural programs, and bi-national economic development.

125 Paseo de la Plaza – Los Angeles, CA 90012 – Tel: (213) 417-8390 Fax: (213) 625-0909

 For Immediate Release

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