The Economy vs. Immigration: What Will Unlock the Latino Vote in 2012?

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The Economy vs. Immigration: What Will Unlock the Latino Vote in 2012?

A Panel Presented by Feet in Two Worlds, the Center for New York City Affairs, Global Studies at The New School, Americas Society/Council of the Americas, and Latino USA.

Latino voters are expected to play a pivotal role in the U.S. presidential election, especially in several key battleground states. Join us for a town hall event that brings together journalists, pollsters, and policy experts to explore the complex relationship between the Latino electorate and the candidates. Will economic concerns such as unemployment and housing foreclosures guide Latinos at the voting booth? Will the candidates’ immigration policies dominate? Or will large numbers of Latinos simply sit out this election? Understanding the political cross-currents buffeting Latinos today will provide valuable insight on the probable outcome of the election, as well as political and policy implications for the nation over the next four years.

Moderated by Latino USA executive producer and anchor Maria Hinojosa, the panel includes the New York Immigration Coalition’s executive director, Chung-Wha Hong. Please join us for a timely and compelling discussion focused on immigrants, immigration, and the 2012 elections.

Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #LatinoVote @thenyic and on our Facebook page.

When: Thursday, October 18th, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Registration: 5:30pm – 6:00pm
Event:
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Where:
The New School
Theresa Lang Center
55 West 13th St

Admission is free. To reserve a seat, please click HERE

Panelists:

Maria Hinojosa, President and CEO, Futuro Media Group; Executive Producer and Anchor, Latino USA (moderator)
Fernand Amandi, Managing Partner, Bendixen & Amandi International
Jordan Fabian, Political Editor, Univisión News
Chung-Wha Hong, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition
Mark Hugo Lopez, Associate Director, Pew Hispanic Center

Opening Remarks:

John Rudolph
Executive Producer, Feet in 2 Worlds

Jason Marczak
Director of Policy, AS/COA

In Partnership with:

The event will be webcast live and will form a segment on National Public Radio’s “Latino USA” program to be broadcast at a later date.
 

NAPABA Election: Message from Alex Lee, Esq.

Alex Lee, past president of APALA/NJ, friend of AABANY and active member of NAPABA, is a candidate for NAPABA VP-Communications and send this message to everyone at AABANY:

Dear AABANY member:

This email is a reminder to vote in this year’s NAPABA elections – you have until 11:59PM PDT, this coming Friday, September 23rd to cast your votes. By now, you should have received an electronic ballot and/or a paper ballot via The NAPABA Lawyer newsletter.  If you haven’t, this may because NAPABA has an out of date email or snail mail address on file – please check with your home affilliate to ensure the correct information was sent to NAPABA when annual dues were paid in June/July but in any case, please also contact Andre Harrison in the NAPABA DC office at aharrison@napaba.org.

I know usually NAPABA elections generate limited interest for most people as often candidates run uncontested. This year is no different – of the seven races, just one – Vice President of Communications – is contested. However, that contested race happens to be mine – – I’m running against Bijal Vikal of White & Case in Palo Alto, California – and coming from your sister affiliate across the Hudson, I would greatly appreciate your vote and support. Attached are my candidacy statement and CV so you can take a look at my qualifications.

I’m very proud (some would say to the point of obnoxiousness, LOL!) of my roots in the NY/NJ area.  I was born in New Jersey, went to grad school in Manhattan, and have lived on and off for many years in the city.  My first mentorship during law school was through AABANY and I’ve always tried to attend AABANY events when I can.

I consider myself good friends with many of AABANY’s past presidents and officers.  So when people ask why I’m running for NAPABA Board, a big reason is to continue and maintain NY/NJ representation at the national level.  Of the current slate of candidates, none (other than myself) are from the Northeast.  This fall, when Andy Hahn and Joe Centeno step down from their Board positions, the Northeast representation on the Board could be reduced to just our two regional governors.  That’s about 10%.  Considering the Northeast is 25-30% of the total NAPABA membership, we will be grossly under-represented.

We deserve better than that and if elected, I pledge to ensure that the Northeast will be heard at the Board level.

If you have any suggestions or comments or just want to chat, have a beer, etc., please feel free to contact me. Meeting fellow attorneys from around the country and the tri-state area has been one of the most rewarding aspects of NAPABA for me and I hope to continue to expand my friendships with all of you in the coming years. Thanks for your time and support and if you haven’t already, please try to make plans to attend the National Convention in Atlanta this November.

Regards,
Alex Lee

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Law Offices of Alexander M. Lee
354 Bloomfield Avenue, Suite 201
P.O. Box 205
Caldwell, New Jersey 07006
Tel: 973/364-1688
Fax: 973/364-1689
E-Mail: AlexanderLeeEsq@AOL.com
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The attachments are:

Alexander Lee CV

Alexander Lee Candidacy Statement