Released Feb. 28, 2017

Washington DC — Today, over one hundred Latino leaders from across the country met for a day-long strategy session to resist President Trump’s policies and simultaneously build Latino political power. Prominent leaders like California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Rep. Nanette Barrágan (D-CA), Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX), and several Latino elected officials attended including New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the Honorable Julián Castro. Newly elected Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez and Deputy Chairman Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) delivered their first public remarks since their historic election as the first Latino and Muslim-American to lead the Democratic Party.

Watch the live stream from earlier today here.

“Today, we gathered Latino leaders from all across the country to develop strategies to protect our communities against Trump’s attacks as he prepared for his divisive address tonight,” said Cristóbal J. Alex, president of Latino Victory Fund. “Trump will be joined by several guests he handpicked to intimidate and distress our community. He continues to create an alternative reality where all immigrants are criminals, where all Muslims are terrorists, and where only his version is the truth. But it’s wrong. We’ve watched some of our own community leaders grow up to become the very role models we needed when we were younger. These are the leaders stepping up today to defend our communities and help us build Latino political power.”