Sunday, October 7, 2007
The National Latino Congreso, meeting in Los Angeles this weekend, unanimously passed one of two resolutions presented by representatives of the Kucinich for President campaign and will consider a second one today. The Congreso, expected to draw upwards of 2,000 Latino elected officials, community leaders, and activists from across the country, is developing a political and social action agenda for the coming year, and hopes to have a major impact on the 2008 Presidential election campaign.
The campaign of Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich is the only Presidential campaign that is officially sponsoring the Congreso. Kucinich was the keynote speaker Sunday morning at a breakfast sponsored by the Latino Vote Caucus. On Saturday, Rep. Kucinich's wife, Elizabeth, addressed a luncheon meeting on "America & the World in the 21st Century."
The resolution approved Friday night calls for the Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff's Department to shut down a telephone hotline set up to encourage people to report the whereabouts and activities of persons the callers suspect of being in the country illegally. The Congreso resolution says the hotline encourages "racial profiling and promotes discrimination of the Latino community of Maricopa County."
The second resolution deals with the "Minuteman Project," a group of individuals who patrol the U.S. border with Mexico to discourage crossings. The Congreso resolution finds that the Minuteman Project "promotes violence, hatred, racism and discrimination which are not representative traits of the honorable and just American society that has a rich legacy of immigration and inclusiveness. "
On Saturday, a group supporting the Minuteman Project picketed outside of the Sheraton Los Angeles Hotel where the Congreso is being held.