Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
League of United Latin American Citizens
Fenwick W. English
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) was founded in 1929 in Corpus Christi, Texas. LULAC was actually the consolidation of three previous Mexican American organizations in existence at the time. LULAC is concerned with the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health, and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through advocacy and community-centered programs that exist in a nationwide network of 600 local councils. LULAC develops and works toward implementing a national platform of activities and programs via its national assembly and conventions. The most recent LULAC national legislative platform endorsed (a) supporting affirmative action, (b) the use of adjusted census figures for redistricting purposes as well as for the distribution of federal funds for the states, (c) voter registration, encouraging all eligible immigrants to become U.S. citizens, (d) reform of the criminal justice system to reduce the numbers of Latinos who are incarcerated and eliminate the death penalty, ...