U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldaña keynotes Rainbow LULAC summit

U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldaña will be the keynote speaker at the first LULAC 4871 social justice summit. The conference takes place in the School of Management Building at the University of Texas at Dallas on Saturday, Sept. 15.

“Since we’re the first Rainbow Council, we get a lot of calls for resources,” said Raul Hinojosa, president of LULAC 4871.

Last year an LGBT council started in Houston as well. After President Barack Obama endorsed same-sex marriage, LULAC passed a resolution at its national convention supporting marriage equality at the urging of the two Texas LGBT councils.

Hinojosa said requests for resources from the Dallas group have increased since then.

“It’s a one-day opportunity so people can learn how to connect with the community or start their own council,” Hinojosa said.

Last year, Saldaña’s nomination passed the Senate after a two-and-a-half year delay. Although she is a Democrat, her nomination was supported by Republican Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison and opposed by Democratic Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson and Lloyd Doggett of Austin.

Johnson objected to Saldaña’s role in prosecuting black Dallas city leaders including former Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill in the City

Hall corruption scandal. Doggett wanted all nominees to be vetted by the Democrats after Obama took office.
Saldaña became Texas’ first  Latina chief prosecutor.

UT Dallas, School of Management Building, 800 W. Campbell Road. Sept. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $40. Students $20.

Pride Run benefits AIDS Interfaith

Dallas Front Runners is sponsoring the Dallas Pride Run on Sunday, Sept. 16. The 5K run in Reverchon Park begins at 8:30 a.m. Pick up registration materials between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. at the park  before the race.

The race course goes up the hill from the park to the Katy Trail, then to Blackburn Street and back.
Registration is $25 through Sept. 15 and $30 at the race. Proceeds benefit AIDS Interfaith Network. A number of raffle items have been donated that will also benefit AIN.

Sponsors include Avita Drugs Pharmacy, Park Inn, Corner Bakery Cafe, Arcus Media, Run On, Racing Systems Inc. and Heritage Auctions.

Heritage Auction has provided parking at its building at 3500 Maple Ave., but runners must move their cars by 11 a.m.
Dallas Front Runners is an LGBT running and walking group and part of Front Runners International. They meet Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. at the statue of Robert E. Lee in Lee Park.

For more information, visit DallasPrideRun.org.