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Phoenix Welcomes NCLR Conference To Downtown In July

NCLR leaders and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.
(Photo by Casey Kuhn - KJZZ)
NCLR leaders and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.

A prominent Latino advocacy group is bringing a conference to Phoenix this summer, and city officials are using it to tout the region’s inclusivity.

The National Council of La Raza, or NCLR, is holding its annual Latino family expo in Phoenix this July.

The organization was founded here, and the mayor joined NCLR leaders to talk about the ways Phoenix has become more diverse.

And, more importantly, as NCLR President Janet Murguia says, how Arizona has moved on from SB 1070, a disputed state law criticized as racial profiling.

“I think there’s an important story to be told that could help the rest of the country and other states to learn about the pitfalls of approving legislation that are unwelcoming and anti-immigrant,” she said.

The convention will run July 8-11.

Casey Kuhn reports from KJZZ’s West Valley Bureau. She comes to Phoenix from the Midwest, where she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.Kuhn got her start in radio reporting in college at the community public radio station, WFHB. She volunteered there as a reporter and worked her way up to host the half-hour, daily news show. After graduating, she became a multimedia reporter at Bloomington's NPR/PBS station WFIU/WTIU, where she reported for and produced a weekly statewide news television show.Since moving to the Southwest, she’s discovered a passion for reporting on rural issues, agriculture and the diverse people who make up her community.Kuhn was born and raised in Cincinnati, where her parents instilled in her a love of baseball, dogs and good German beer. You’ll most likely find her around the Valley with a glass of prosecco in one hand and a graphic novel in the other.She finds the most compelling stories come from KJZZ’s listeners.