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Katina Rojas Joy

Katina Rojas Joy is a Maryland alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention who will be blogging for Maryland Moment from Denver. She is from Prince George's County.

The Bowie crew, 4th and 5th congressional district delegates, Len Lucci, Joan Bevin, Roxanne Taylor and I met yesterday at the Fairwood Green Starbucks for a quick de-brief. They attended a dinner hosted by Rep. Steny Hoyer on Monday night. Over dinner, drinks and idle chitchat, they discussed the Prince George's County convention watch party. Obama volunteer of the year Hellmut Lotz has poured everything he has into that event which will take place on Thur, Aug 28th at 7 p.m. at Sideline Sports Grill, 880 Capital Center Boulevard in Largo. The event will be great.

We caught up on our fundraising efforts, the forthcoming article written about us in the Bowie Blade newspaper and Denver activities.

I missed the weekly Obama Latino Vote Call but was able to jump on the National Leadership Council (NLC) call. During the call, the Sept. 9 Tri State Latino Obama fundraiser was confirmed by the DNC, I will serve as one of the event co-chairs (throughout the week of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus). The event will take place near the Warner theatre in D.C. Most of the Latino elected officials in Maryland have confirmed their participation. State delegates Joselyn Pena-Melnyk and Victor Ramirez, Prince George's County City Councilman Will Campos and Mayor of Edmonston Adam Ortiz.

My Denver plan? I arrive Tuesday at 10 a.m. and will head straight to the Latino Leaders Network/Mickey Ibarra and Associates luncheon where former Mayor of Denver and Obama National Co- Chair Federico Pena will be honored. The
Program includes Gov. Bill Richardson, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, National Council of La Raza President Janet Murguia and Sen. Ken Salazar.

Then it is off to the Obama National Hispanic Leadership Council Reception. I will cap off the evening at a reception hosted by John Delaney on behalf of Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler. Then, hopefully, some sleep.

I am ecstatic to learn that the great Muhammad Ali will attend the Thursday evening acceptance speech. His presence serves as an interesting symbolism and a measure of the global and historic nature of the event.

-- Katina Rojas Joy

By  |  August 22, 2008; 10:19 AM ET
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Global and historical indeed! So excited to see though your eyes and hear details of the DNC -- for the first time in my life I feel inspired, interested and engaged.

Posted by: Dara | August 22, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

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