One such organization is LULAC (pronounced
ˈlulæk), the League of United Latin American Citizens, founded in 1929.
From the LULAC website:
The League of United Latin American Citizens is the largest and oldest Hispanic membership organization in the United States. LULAC is a volunteer-based organization that empowers Latinos and builds strong Latino communities.
On their advocacy page, LULAC states:
The mission of the League of United Latin American Citizens is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States.
LULAC concentrates on civic participation, civil rights, education, housing, advocacy and other related topics.
Another organization is MALDEF (pronounced
ˈmældɛf), the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, founded in 1968.
MALDEF claims to be "the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization" and is committed "to protect and defend the rights of all Latinos living in the United States and the constitutional rights of all Americans."
Whereas LULAC accomplishes its goals through programming, advocacy, and membership, MALDEF works through the justice/courts/legal system.