Loras LULAC Members Gain Experience at Political Event

By Tony Diaz (’21)

Loras LULAC students attend town hall meeting in Des Moines

Loras students hit the road to learn more about politics in Iowa.

Members of the Loras chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council 380 attended a town hall in Des Moines, hosted by LULAC National and NewsmaxTV. LULAC advisor, Sergio Perez (’13), along with office coordinator for the Center for Inclusion & Advocacy Cindy Behnke, traveled with the students to the town hall which was held in the Iowa Events Center.

Democratic presidential candidates and more than 500 eligible and registered Latino voters in and around Des Moines, focused on the issues of importance to the Hispanic electorate in Iowa. The event comes after a successful advocacy campaign led by LULAC to overturn a Voter ID Law in Iowa.

Presidential candidates in attendance included Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Former U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) via pre-recorded video. The crowd in attendance then participated in a Q & A session after each candidate gave their introduction.

LULAC National President Domingo Garcia stated, “Today’s Town Hall is a unique opportunity for candidates to address and connect with Iowa’s Latino voters, a key constituency group that will have a big seat at the table at the Iowa Caucuses.”

The opportunity to attend events like these are essential for LULAC members here at Loras, as they look to continue to learn about and advocate for the issues that are prevalent in the Latinx community, not only at national level, but within Dubuque as well.