Kenneth Burt, Leading Author on
Latino Politics, to Visit Valencia

Valencia – Best-selling author, Kenneth C. Burt, will speak at the next meeting of the Democratic Club of the Santa Clarita Valley at Mulligan's Restaurant in Valencia.

Burt, best known for his book, The Search for a Civic Voice: California Latino Politics will speak at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 11, 2008 at Mulligan's Restaurant at 25848 Tournament Rd in Valencia.

The Harvard-educated Burt is the political director for the California Federation of Teachers and a visiting scholar at U.C. Berkley.

The event will include a talk and question-and-answers. Books will be available for purchase.

Many local elected officials and candidates are also expected to appear, make your reservations now for this annual sell-out event.

The book can be pre-ordered through Amazon. Jackie Kennedy is featured in the first-ever Spanish-speaking television ad on the author’s website:

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wrote the foreward to the book, which features Ventura County’s own pioneering Latino leader, Hank Lacayo.

UFW co-founder Dolores Huerta says: "Kenneth Burt understands the convergence of social movements and partisan politics."

(Kenneth Burt with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi)

"This is quite an achievement, because there are no publications on Latino politics in California or elsewhere available with such extensive coverage", states Francisco E. Balderrama, professor of History and Chicano Students at California State University, Los Angeles.

Burt with UFW cofounder Dolores Huerta and Gus Hawkins, the first African American member of Congress from California, at the 50th anniversary celebration of the state's Fair Employment Practices Act, sponsored by the Jewish Labor Committee in 1999