National Coalition of Latino Clergy & Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC)
For Immediate Attention
Contact: Rev. Miguel Rivera
September 26, 2008
Majority of Evangelical Latino Pastors Endorse John McCain and Sarah Palin
WASHINGTON, DC- The National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC) the main hispanic christian and evangelical pastor's advocacy organization in the Country, has voted in support of Senator John MCain and Governor Sarah Palin, for President and Vice-President of the United States.
Inner City Latino Pastor's Associations and Hispanic Minister's Statewide Alliances affiliated with CONLAMIC convened in Washington D.C., where a 53% voted in support of the McCain/Palin ticket.
"This was a very interesting experience for our Coalition, where for the first time, our Pastors debated vigorously on how to interpret the Platforms, Ideas, Record and Values of both Candidates, versus the urgent needs of the Hispanic community
who are negatively affected by the racial intolerance incidents among neighbors and racial profiling practiced by local law enforcement, home foreclosures, school desertion and by the same token, very committed with the need of future nominations of conservative judicial nominees to the Supreme Court", says the Rev. Miguel Rivera, CONLAMIC President.
The vote tally reflects that 47% of the Delegates, voted on behalf of Senator Barack Obama and Senator Joe Biden for President and Vice President.
"CONLAMIC is a non-partisan organization, where Pastors are welcomed to voice their opinions and concerns from a political and social policy point of view, and such prudent exercise of our Democratic principles, helps us to guide our communities and explain them, about the political process in our Nation", says the Rev. Dr. Antonio Bolainez, who supports the Obama/Biden ticket.
During the CONLAMIC Latino Evangelical Leadership/Delegates Conference, three important
Resolutions were adopted.
CONLAMIC leaders are calling members of CONGRESS to provide legislation on behalf of a moratorium on deportation of undocumented immigrants that are parents of small children who are born citizens of America and provide legislation that will allow a full review of the 287-G code, that empowers local law enforcement agents, as Immigration Officers, due to the increased numbers of racial profiling and police brutality incidents around the Country.
An Education Resolution on behalf of "School Choice", was also adopted on behalf of parental empowerment regarding No Child Left Behind Law guidelines, who are duly entitled to be informed about their children's public school performance and their right to request transfer to a better performing school.
The Education Resolution also calls for the implementation of 100 (k-12) private schools, sponsored by the Latino Evangelical Churches in America and to provide Cultural Assimilation Centers for immigrants, who are eager to learn english and assimilate to the American culture.
A "Conservative Values" Resolution was also adopted, calling for support of "proven and strong" judicial conservative values, Associate Justice's Nominees for the United States Supreme Court.