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“Latino Nation: Beyond The Numbers” Whether of Mexican, Cuban, South American or Caribbean heritage, America’s destiny is forever linked to its recognition and understanding of its diverse Latino citizens. Gone forever are the days of painting Latinos as a monolithic or insignificant community. In many respects, as the Latino community goes, so goes America.
Hosted in partnership with the William C. Velásquez Institute, “Latino Nation: Beyond The Numbers” panelists examined a full range of Latino influence on American life, from the economy to politics, healthcare to education, immigration to foreign policy, as well as solutions for economic growth in this vital community. They’ll also challenged stereotypes that plague the 14 million Latino voters, whose ranks grow by approximately 20% every four years.
The nationally televised symposium will be aired for three nights, beginning Wednesday, April 10 through Friday April 12, 2013/ Participants will include the following individuals:
Hector Barreto Chairman, Latino Coalition; former SBA administrator
Oscar Chacon Executive director, National Alliance of Latin American & Caribbean Communities
Maria Elena Durazo Executive secretary-treasurer, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFLCIO
Domingo Garcia Principal, Law Offices of Domingo Garcia
Jesus Garcia Commissioner, District 7, Cook County, IL
Antonio González President, William C. Velásquez Institute
Rep. Luis Gutiérrez D-IL
Xavier Gutierrez President-Chief Investment Officer, Meruelo Capital Partners
Bettina Inclán Director, Hispanic Outreach for the Republican National Committee
David Montejano Ethnic studies professor, University of California, Berkeley
Ana Navarro Republican political strategist
Aracely Panameño Director Latino Affairs, Center for Responsible Lending
Adriana Quintero Senior attorney-director, La Onda Verde de NRDC
Thomas A. Saenz President-general counsel, MALDEF
Stephanie Sanchez Student trustee board member, Chicago State University
Mary Rose Wilcox Supervisor, District 5, Maricopa County, AZ
Domingo Garcia Mr. Garcia, candidate for LULAC president has led an active civic, legal and political career. He was born in Midland, Texas and grew up in Dallas, Texas. He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Texas in 1980. In 1983, he obtained his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. In 1982 he won a scholarship to study at the El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City. He obtained a Masters degree in International Relations.Domingo Garcia is a former Mayor Pro Tem for the city of Dallas and State Representative for Texas. In addition, he has been an editorial columnist and a successful trial lawyer for twenty three years. Legal Career
After graduating from law school, Mr. Garcia worked as an intern in the District Attorney’s office in Houston, Texas. In 1983 he established his own law firm, The Law Office of Domingo Garcia in Dallas, Texas. He has tried numerous criminal and civil cases. Currently, he primarily focuses his practice on personal injury, wrongful death, employment law and governmental relations cases. In 1995, Mr. Garcia won a 1.1 million dollar verdict for a man who had been hit by a drunk driver. He has won numerous settlements and verdicts in excess of millions of dollars. In 2004, he obtained a SIX MILLION DOLLARS ($6,000,000.00) settlement, one of the largest of its kind in the country, in the case of Esperanza Alvarado, a 14 year old girl who was electrocuted in an apartment swimming pool. For more information, check out our results page. In 2007, Mr. Garcia obtained over $23,000,000 in verdicts and settlements for his clients. He has won multiple high profile cases (see results). He is a member of the American Association of Justice, State Bar of Texas, and the Northern, Southern and Western Federal Courts of Texas. In addition, ever since Mr. Garcia started practicing law, he has donated his time and talents to a legal clinic in West Dallas to provide legal services to the poor. Political Career Mr. Garcia believes that public service is the duty and responsibility of every American. He has served as a precinct chairman, campaign volunteer and voter registrar. In 1988 Mr. Garcia was elected to the National Democratic Committee where he served for eight years. He was on the executive committee and was chairperson of the Latino caucus. In 1991, he was pro-active in the political fight to create single-member districts in Dallas. He ran for the Dallas City Council, was elected, and served from 1991 to 1995. In 1993, Mr. Garcia became the first Latino ever elected Mayor Pro Tem for the city of Dallas. He ran for Mayor of Dallas in 1995 and despite a strong effort, lost his bid. In 1996, he ran for the Texas legislature and was elected. He served in the Texas Legislature from 1996 to 2002. As a representative, he served on the criminal jurisprudence and Judicial Affairs Committees. He passed numerous bills to help students go to college, prevent dropouts, as well as bills for law enforcement and civil rights. On April 9, 2006, Domingo was the key leader and organizer of the largest march in Texas history, when over 500,000 people gathered in downtown
Dallas to support comprehensive immigration reform. Mr. Garcia is currently the General Counsel for LULAC, the nation’s oldest Latino civil rights organization. He is the founder of the Phoenix Project, a drug treatment program for youth. He has established the Domingo Garcia scholarship at the University of North Texas, sponsors the ATLA student law organization at Texas Southern University and created an endowment for law students at TSU's Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Journalism Career Mr. Garcia served as a weekly editorial writer for the Dallas Times Herald where he wrote on current events and Latino issues. He is currently an editorial writer for Al Dia, Dallas' largest Spanish newspaper. He has been quoted in numerous national papers such as the New York Times, The Washington Post, the San Francisco Examiner, and the Associated Press. He is a regular guest on local, state and national radio and television shows and provides political commentary for WBAP 820 AM in Dallas, Texas. Awards and Achievements Mr. Garcia has won numerous awards and recognitions. The following is a brief list: Presenter Award Year Dallas Observer Best Councilman 1993 Oak Cliff Tribune Citizen of the Year 1993-1994 Texas Hispanic Magazine One of the Most Influential Hispanics in TX 1996 Stone Wall Democrats Heroes of the 77th and 78th Legislature 2001 Bilingual Association of TX Community Advocate of the Year 2002 Texas Democratic Caucus Service Award 2002 Texas Southern Alumni Assn Attorney of the Year 2002 Mr. Garcia is a highly demanded public speaker on civic, political and Latino issues. He is a regular speaker for the U.S. State department on issues of democracy and municipal affairs. He has spoken at numerous local, state and national events. However, his favorite audiences are students at public schools and universities. He is a speaker at several schools every year. Mr. Garcia has traveled throughout the world on both business and pleasure. He has visited over 74 countries in Central and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The Voice of the Mainland Civil Rights Corner Richard Sambrano
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