DNC Holds #Democratas Summit in Miami Prior to Univision/WP Debate
MIAMI – As the Democratic Party candidates for president take their campaigns to Florida, where 214 delegates will be at stake in the upcoming primary, the Democratic National Committee will host a Hispanic Summit on March 8th and 9th.
The Hispanic Summit is to engage with leaders, activists and media from one of the largest and most consequential voting blocs in the Sunshine State, using the hashtag #Democratas for participants to share and engage in the discussion.
The summit will be held at Florida International University in Miami, where Hispanics make up 61% of the student body.
The summit also comes as Donald Trump tightens his grip on the Republican nomination after alienating Hispanic voters by calling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers, suggesting he lost a court case because the judge was Hispanic, and proposing some of the most extreme immigration policies in his party.
Some of the Democratic Party’s most prominent voices will be in attendance to engage and energize Hispanic voters, students, and community leaders, including DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, HUD Secretary Julian Castro, DNC Finance Chair Henry Munoz, DNC Hispanic Caucus Chair Iris Martinez, DNC Communications Director Luis Miranda, and Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant along with panels featuring representatives of both Democratic presidential campaigns and journalists closely tracking this historic presidential race.
The summit will also highlight how far our country has come over the last seven years under Democratic leadership, with Latino unemployment at record lows, the housing market rebounding, and hundreds of thousands of DREAMers having the chance to study, work and contribute to the communities they grew up in.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM CONFERENCE REGISTRATION & PRESS PRE-SET
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM OPENING REMARKS – OPEN PRESS
Hon. Iris Y. Martinez, DNC Hispanic Caucus Chair
Allison Tant, Florida Democratic Party Chair
Henry R. Munoz III, DNC Finance Chair
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DNC Chair
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM THE SUPREME COURT VACANCY AND REPUBLICAN OBSTRUCTIONISM – OPEN PRESS
Republican obstructionism on the Supreme Court vacancy is already facing strong bipartisan criticism. As Republicans prepare to nominate Donald Trump, we look at what this unprecedented disregard for the Constitution could mean for our nation’s highest court.
ENGAGEMENT WORKSHOPS – CLOSED PRESS
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM HOW WE WIN: BEST PRACTICES FOR ELECTING HISPANIC LEADERS AND MOTIVATING OUR VOTERS- CLOSED PRESS
Latinos make up 17 percent of the American population but only hold 1 percent of elected offices. We must elect more Hispanic leaders to represent our community at all levels of government, from the halls of Congress to the local city council. This panel will look at the campaigns of Hispanic candidates who won their respective races using the latest GOTV techniques and the technology advances the Democratic Party is leveraging to help them. While there is no magic formula that can be applied to every Hispanic candidacy, there are techniques that have been proven effective with the use of social media and modeling plans.
4:30 PM – 5:15 PM HISPANIC PARTICIPATION IN STATE PARTIES AND DELEGATE ELECTIONS – CLOSED PRESS
Understanding the role of your state party and the delegate selection process is critical to building on our party’s diversity. It’s also key to anyone who wants to consider running to become a delegate to the Democratic Convention. While the Democratic Party Platform is one of inclusion and reflects the diversity of our country, it is incumbent on our party’s base to help it expand our reach from the local and state level, on up to our national convention through the delegate selection process.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST HOSTED BY THE FLORIDA DEMOCRATIC PARTY
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM FIRESIDE CHAT WITH CAMPAIGN SURROGATES – OPEN PRESS
No matter who becomes our nominee, both Democratic candidates for president have a vision for moving our country forward and building on the progress of the last seven years. DNC Finance Chair Henry Munoz will host a conversation with some of the campaigns’ best known surrogates on how much has changed throughout the historic Obama Administration and how Hispanic outreach is already shaping this year’s campaign efforts.
9:45 AM – 10:40 AM SOMOS MILENIOS – OPEN PRESS
Hispanic millennials will make up nearly half of eligible Latino voters in 2016. However, they are less likely to vote or even be registered to vote. We must motivate millennials if Hispanics want the full weight of their vote felt in the 2016 presidential election.
10:45 AM – 11:25 AM MEET LA PRENSA: HISPANIC POWER PANEL – OPEN PRESS
The Univision/Washington Post debate marks a milestone event during the 2016 election cycle as Univision will be hosting their first national Democratic primary debate. This panel will explore the growing role Hispanics have in a quickly evolving media landscape that includes mainstream media and social media platforms, in both English and Spanish.
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM ALL ACCENTS WELCOME: BILINGUALS IN POLITICAL MEDIA – OPEN PRESS
The Democratic Party’s priority is to expand opportunities for everyone in America, but to do that we must lift up every voice. This panel will explore how bilingual voices are increasingly in demand to reach Hispanic voters, and what it takes to connect with audiences. Panelists will also share tips and best practices with the audience.
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM ¡GO BACK TO UNIVISION! – OPEN PRESS
The Republican establishment can try to run away from Donald Trump, but they were the architects of the ugly and divisive politics that are fueling his rise. The DNC’s Communications Director. Luis Miranda, lays out the case for electing a Democrat in November, and the stark contrast between the Republican and Democratic candidates.
1:00 PM – 1:15 PM CLOSING REMARKS – OPEN PRESS
Amy Dacey, DNC Chief Executive Officer