LIVE BLOG: Democratic hopefuls speak at Hispanic convention in KC

2 years 11 months 1 week ago Monday, July 13 2015 Jul 13, 2015 Monday, July 13, 2015 5:11:00 PM CDT July 13, 2015 in News
By: Lee Anne Denyer, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

KANSAS CITY - Three Democratic presidential candidates are scheduled to speak Monday as part of the 2015 National Council of La Raza conference. 

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley and Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vermont, will speak to an expected crowd of more than 10,000 people scheduled to attend the four-day event. The conference will take place at the Kansas City Convention Center. 

Sanders is scheduled to speak at 10:15 a.m Monday, O'Malley at 1:00 p.m. and Clinton at 3:00 p.m.

A live stream of the event is available online

The NCLR is the largest national advocacy group for Hispanic civil rights and works through a network of community groups to advocate for Hispanic civil rights, according to its website. It uses applied research and policy analysis to address civil rights, immigration, education and employment challenges. 

The three Democratic presidential hopefuls emphasized immigration reform and aid at the National Council of La Raza Conference Monday.

KOMU 8 News has team coverage of the La Raza Conference and will continue to update this story as more information becomes available. 

Below is a live blog of today's event. The material is listed in reverse chronological order. 

 


 

 

Clinton began speaking to attendees just after 4 p.m. Monday afternoon. She began her speech talking about the "basic bargain of America." She said strong families are invaluable to country's success.

O'Malley began speaking at 1:30 Monday afternoon. He shared how as Maryland's governor he increased government contracts to Latino businesses by 154 percent and raised minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. He said he kept the unemployment rate amongst Hispanic workers to one of the lowest in the nation.

"Anyone can talk about it, but we actually did it," he said.  

Sanders began his speech at 10:20 Monday morning after an introduction from President of the NCLR Janet Murguía. He began his speech by speaking about racism in America and his own father's immigration from Poland.

"He worked hard to give his family a better life here in the United States," he said. "My story, your story, our story is the story of America: Hard working families coming to the United States to create a better future for their kids."

He said there is a critical need to bring about comprehensive immigration reform to the United States.

 

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