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On Thursday, October 30, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will join Affiliate organization Training Occupational Development Educating Communities (TODEC) Legal Center in hosting a Latino issues forum just days before the November elections. The forum will discuss priority issues for the Latino community on a national level including education, health care, immigration reform and disparities in the criminal justice system. As the elections near, Latinos in California will play a significant role in helping to determine the state’s local and national leadership; the forum will be a key opportunity for potential voters to become informed ahead of casting their votes November 4. California’s voter registration laws and GOTV efforts will also be discussed at the morning forum.

NCLR has focused on Latino voters this year in an effort to increase turnout rates—Hispanics are less likely to turn out during midterm elections compared to presidential election years. Through a targeted vote-by-mail and phone outreach program in several counties including Kern, San Bernardino, San Diego, Tulare, Los Angeles and Orange, more than 100,000 potential voters were reached by mail or phone.

The event is open to the press; those wishing to cover the forum should contact Camila Gallardo at cgallardo@nclr.org or (305) 215-4259.

        WHO:                Moderator: TODEC
Welcoming Remarks: Congressman Mark Takano
Pedro A. Silva, Organizer and Field Strategist, Civic Engagement and Field Campaigns,                                                                      NCLR (Common Core State Standards)
Danny Montes, Civic Engagement Strategist, NCLR (Criminal Justice)
Rafael Valles, Department of Labor (Labor Rights)
Additional speakers to include representatives from TODEC

         WHAT:                 California Latino Voter Issues Forum

         WHEN:                 Thursday, October 30, 2014
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

         WHERE:               TODEC Legal Center:
234 S D Street960229_10151882575031247_1157638413_n
Perris, CA 92570

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