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Friday, August 31, 2007

La Raza, and maybe the NAACP, mad at KC

Big story from Deann Smith today showing just how upset La Raza is about Funk's appointment of a member of the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps:

The nation’s largest Hispanic rights group is warning it may cancel its 2009 convention here because of a controversial Kansas City park board member.

The head of the National Council of La Raza said Thursday that the organization is already looking at several other cities because of the appointment of Frances Semler.

Meanwhile, Kansas City officials have heard that the NAACP might be reconsidering its 2010 convention here, although no one on Thursday said they had heard directly from the national organization.

Losing the two national conventions would cost the local economy $15 million plus the incalculable hit the city’s image would take, said officials, who added that they are working hard to prevent it.

| Sara Shepherd

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