The National Council of La Raza (which they translate as "the people," aka NCLR) is holding its annual conference in San Diego starting July 12. In the quest to connect with Hispanic voters, both Barack Obama and John McCain are speaking before the conference on July 13 and 14 respectively.
La Raza calls itself "the largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States." The organization has been around since 1968, and given that the number of Hispanic citizens who voted in 2006 (about 5.6 million) rose 18 percent from the voter turnout in 2002, I reckoned it was worth a look.
Conservative blogger Michelle Malkin has compiled a list of 15 things to know about La Raza (which she translates as "The Race." For comparison, the links I've included within her bullet points, are the NCLR viewpoint on the topics. To see them,
The list includes:
- "'The Race' supports driver's licenses for illegal aliens."
- "'The Race' opposes a secure fence on the southern border.'
- "'The Race' bitterly protested commonsense voter ID provisions as an 'absolute disgrace.'"
- "'The Race' has consistently opposed post-9/11 national security measures at every turn."
What do you think? Is Michelle Malkin's list too extreme? Honest, or just the opposite?