La Raza To Hold 2017 National Convention In Phoenix

Janet Murguía, president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza talks about the impact and history of the Latino community in Arizona during a news conference in downtown Phoenix on Friday Oct. 7, 2016. (Photo by Alejandro Barahona/Cronkite News)

By Brian Fore

Seven years after organizing a 16-month boycott of Arizona over anti-immigration legislation, the National Council of La Raza will hold its 2017 national convention in Phoenix, NCLR president and CEO Janet Murguia said Friday.

The national convention, scheduled to take place July 8-11 at the Phoenix Convention Center, will bring an “economic boom” to Phoenix, according to Murguia, as previous conferences have contributed at least $17 million each year to cities hosting the conferences, she said.

NCLR launched nearly 50 years ago in Phoenix and works with nearly 300 affiliates across the country to provide resources and opportunities to Latinos.

“That we started here is a testament to the civil rights legacy of this city, where leaders and organizations have worked for decades to ensure equal rights and equal opportunity for the millions of Hispanics who call Arizona home,” she said during the news conference at the Bank of America Tower.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and other guest speakers welcomed the announcement and addressed various issues that face Arizona’s Latino community.

The announcement to host the national convention in Phoenix is big news for NCLR because the organization formally launched a boycott against Arizona in 2010 because of Arizona passing the controversial immigration law SB 1070, which NCLR claims has enabled and enforced racial profiling of minorities.

“We have to admit that it was because of Senate Bill 1070 that created this movement, that angered our communities, that forced us to go to the streets,” said Petra Falcon, executive director of Promise Arizona.

During the news conference, Stanton discussed how the city of Phoenix plans to “repair the relationship” between Mexico and Arizona, and that Phoenix will continue to “build bridges and not walls.”

“Phoenix is absolutely thrilled and proud to host NCLR’s 2017 annual conference and Latino family expo,” Stanton said.

The conference was also an opportunity for the speakers to discuss education and Latino voter outreach in Arizona.

Currently, One Arizona, an organization that has also lead voter registration efforts, said it has registered more than 120,000 new voters in Arizona in 2016.

Murguia said that NCLR has also registered nearly half a million new voters nationally and is educating voters about candidates.

“It’s been important for us to register all those who are eligible and then to make sure that they are also educated voters,” she said.


  1. Arizona should boycott them and send them packing along with their anal speaking bag boy Raul.
    This group is self focused on its openly racist agenda.
    If non minority “white” folk had a similar organization it’d be considered racist, but since this is a non white “colorful” group it’s behavior and agenda will not only be condoned but endorsed by the lame stream media and the left wing socialist progessives.
    I’ve recently stopped marking my race as white or ccaucasian, I now prefer to check other and write in “Euro-American”.
    Not only is it beyond fricking stupid, not only does it clog up the color bean counters, but it points out how obsessed we’ve become with color.
    Our first half white president has willfully, deliberately and purposely destroyed race relations in this nation claiming to be for the minority, all while in full denial of reality by abandoning the other half of his gene pool.
    Let’s all join hands and stop racism and focus on being Americans first, not this that or other hyphen Americans…..


  2. la raza is the Hispanic RACIST, HATEFULL, TERRORISTIC version of black lives matter and the new black panthers, and should be outlawed and treated in the same manner as al-Qaida, Taliban, and ISIS needs to be treated.

    Their RACIST plan is to flood our nation with Criminal, Illegal, Alien, Invaders, have them put an X in a box, and thereby they can vote on a ballot that is in their Foreign Language for DEMONcrats, and turn our once great country into the cesspool that mexico has become.

    They will NEVER accept the fact that we purchased parts of their country and it is NOW part of the U.S. and refuse to assimilate into using our National English language.

    They are one of the most serious and dangerous threat’s to our Right’s and Freedoms…….GO TRUMP, GO TRUMP, GO TRUMP.

  3. La Raza, if my limited Mexican vocabulary serves me, means, “The Race”. Who are the real racists. In addition, there is no Arizona anti-immigration legislation proposed now or in the past. The term is, “illegal” immigration — look it up.
    One of the very few powers given to the federal government is to protect our borders, albeit you wouldn’t know it to see how much this administration goes out of their way to make sure we have as many undocumented Democrats as possible.
    Of course they always say you have to be here legally in order to vote. In theory, perhaps; reality shows a different story. I’ve always thought that was aiding and abetting a crime, but what do I know?
    There are many fine immigrants who are in America legally. Why should the ones who continue to pour over our borders illegally get a free pass? Do I feel badly for those who were brought here illegally by their parents years ago? Yes! If their parents were as concerned about their kids winding up in a situation like they are in, now, they should go through the process of setting them up to become U.S. citizens. This was from a recent AP article: Curtis Sliwa says Suffolk County’s sanctuary city status makes it a recruiting pipeline for gangs. (Associated Press) I think it’s safe to say the same could be said, here in Arizona.

    Meanwhile, we have ingrates burning the U.S. flag and carrying the Mexican flag, all the while taking advantage of everything good that America has to offer. To you and certain over-paid NFL football players who want to complain about America, if you don’t like it in America, get out and find some place that suits you. I know of no other country that would put up with your demands, though.
    “It’s been important for us to register all those who are eligible and then to make sure that they are also educated voters,” she said. “Educated voters” Translation: Voters who will vote Democrat in order to further the cause of “The Race”, La Raza. I wonder if they mean the white race or Asians, blacks or American Indians? But that’s just me.

  4. I must object to the inaccuracy in the first sentence of this article. My recollection is that the boycott was instituted because of the passage of 1070, a bill which became law to deal with illegal, not legal immigration. The AZ legislature & the Gov. made it clear that they viewed legal immigration as an important part of our economic well being but illegal immigration is not. BTW, the law was tested & found constitutional in the Supreme Court.
    I am heartened to see La Raza has seen the error of their ways and agreed to end their foolish boycott, one that resulted in economic harm to AZ workers of every description, including many thousands of legal immigrants.

  5. Hispanic is not a race, it is an ethnicity. Hispanics can be, and are, of any race. Orlando Cepeda…. Alberto Fujimori… a black and a person of Japanese ancestry yet both are “Hispanic”.

    Among the things that define an ethnicity are language, literature and religion. The common language of Hispanics is Spanish, a European language as is the language of their literature. The main religion, Christianity, is of Middle Eastern derivation.

    Hold your meeting speaking Nahuatl La Raza otherwise you are culturally misappropriating our European heritage. Forget an opening prayer… get back to basics and rip the beating heart out of one of your sacrificial members. You can even do the sacrifice in the name of global climate change instead of appeasing the rain God. Kind of an updated cultural practice.

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