Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Latina takes leadership role with LULAC

Latina takes leadership role with LULAC

Mickie Luna
Hollister, CA Mickie Solorio Luna is a 27-year active member of the nation’s oldest Latino civil rights group, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).   Her active participation and dedication in advance LULAC’s cause was rewarded this past month when she was elected Vice President of the Farwest Region, which includes California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Hawaii.  Receiving 74 percent of the delegation vote, there is no question many hold her leadership abilities at high esteem.

Born and raised in Hollister, California, Mickie is the youngest of 12 children, whose farm worker upbringing taught her the importance of succeeding in life.   Staying active in her community, Mickie has helped many local youth graduated from high school and on into college.  Her efforts have brought much attention to her community and surrounding areas, bringing her recognition from national individuals like former Clinton White House Chief of Staff and current Director for the Central Intelligence Agency, Leon Penetta.
Mickie founded the San Benito County LULAC Council #2890 in 1987 and the Youth Council in 1989, which helped immediately increase the number of registered Latino voters.  In addition, she led the fight to change the composition of Hollister’s City Council, which now includes three Latinas.  Due to her tireless work, Mickie has been named LULAC’s Women of the Year on four different occasions.
As a civic leader, Mickie has been Chairperson for the San Benito County Grand Jury Education Committee, Executive Vice President of the American Red Cross, and served 12 years as member of the Mental Health Advisory Board.  She is founding member of the San Benito County Community Action Board, past board member of the YMCA Advisory board and an original member of the Gavilan College Hispanic Advisory Committee.

Mickie’s term as LULAC’s Farwest Region Vice President is for one year and can serve up to 4 maximum terms, as she has done in the past as a state director, district director and local president. 

Founded in 1929, the League of United Latin American Citizens is the nation’s oldest and largest Latino organization. With thousands of members organized into more than 700 LULAC Councils in virtually every state of the nation, as well as Puerto Rico, LULAC has tremendous outreach into the Hispanic community. With a rich legacy of advocacy in civil rights, education, economic development, immigration and equal opportunity, LULAC is uniquely positioned as the voice of the Latino community.

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