Watch: 2010 Latino State of the Union

As President Obama prepares to deliver his first State of the Union address tonight it’s important to know where we Latinos stand, where we’re headed, and of course, how far we’ve come. What better way is there to get briefed on the state of our community in America than by checking out the video for the 2010 Latino State of the Union: The 3rd Annual Roundtable on Law, Policy and Civil Rights?

Thanks to the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund (MALDEF), which hosted this important event on January 20, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., we’re able to hear directly from community leaders, scholars, and advocates regarding the state of the Latino community in the united States. Among the exerts who participated were MALDEF President and General Counsel Thomas A. Saenz; U.S. Representatives Xavier Becerra and Luis Gutierrez; Dr. Gabriela Lemus, Director, Office of Public Engagement, U.S. Department of Labor; and Mark Hugo Lopez, Associate Director, Pew Hispanic Center.

Some topics you can expect these leaders—who are on the frontlines fighting to bring change on a massive scale—to touch on include the big Census 2010 debate, immigration reform, health care reform, Latinos in the workforce, and universal broadband adoption.

Watch the video and then let me know: Do you feel optimistic about our future in this country? What issues concern you the most?