Political cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz will exhibit several of his artworks featuring Barack Obama which appeared in his nationally syndicated editorial cartoons during the 2008 Presidential Campaign during the historic 2009 Inauguration Week in Washington D.C. at the Latino Inaugural Celebration on January 19, 2009 in the Hall of the Americas at the Organization of American States (OAS).
The Latino Inaugural Celebration will highlight the significant impact of the Latino vote, the new change in U.S. politics, and the grassroots movement that brought this historic change about. The Executive Committee will be presenting the "Celebrating Service and Volunteerism" Awards?áon January 19, 2009, during the commemorative event.?á
Scheduled to appear at the event are nominee for Secretary of Labor, Congresswoman Hilda Solis, nominee for Secretary of the Interior, U.S. Senator Ken Salazar, OAS Secretary general Jose Miguel Insulza and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Masters of Ceremonies will be anchor of Univision's "Aqui y Ahora" Teresa Rodriguez, DC Radio Personality Pedro Biaggi and featured presenter ABC News journalist David Puentes. Music includes Dark Latin Groove and Mariachi Los Amigos, among others.
Alcaraz's iconic Viva Obama image representing Barack Obama as Emiliano Zapata and his subsequent portrayal of the nation's first African-American President as George Washington became popular campaign images during 2008. Prize winning cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz is syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate and draws the daily comic strip, "La Cucaracha," which appears in over 65 newspapers nationwide. He is also radio host of The Pocho Hour of Power radio show on L.A's KPFK radio, 90.7 FM heard Fridays at 4pm PST, and online at kpfk.org.
Lalo Alcaraz is proud that the Latino Inaugural Celebration Executive Committee will present his political cartoon artwork during this once-in-a-lifetime historic Presidential Inauguration. Lalo's cartoons were used by many activists and organizers in California and nationwide during the 2009 campaign to rally the Latino vote and recruit new voters into the political process
The Latino Inaugural Celebration will be at the OAS, 17th Street & Constitution Ave., NW, Washington DC 20006, from 730pm to midnight. Tickets can only be purchased before the event. For more info visit http://www.latinogala.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com. The Latino Inaugural Celebration is being?áorganized by representatives from national and local community-based grassroots organizations, former campaign organizers, as well as the?áThe CasaBlanca Project,?áU.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI)?áand Latinas Unidas for Obama.