First lady Jill Biden recalls visit to Robb Elementary during address to Latinx conference in San Antonio

‘I knew that a piece of Uvalde would always be a part of me’

SAN ANTONIO – First lady Jill Biden was in San Antonio on Monday to speak at the Latinx IncluXion luncheon.

The luncheon at the Grand Hyatt on the San Antonio River Walk was part of the UnidosUS Annual Conference.

The conference is a yearly event held for people to collaborate on issues that include housing, health, racial equity, education, diversity, and inclusion.

This is the first time in two years that the conference will be held in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The luncheon focused on discussing health responses specifically for Latino children through the COVID-19 pandemic and the school shooting tragedy in Uvalde.

“I stood in front of those 21 crosses and touched the pictures of the bright, beautiful faces that would never again laugh, or open birthday presents, or tell their parents that they love them. And I knew that a piece of Uvalde would always be a part of me,” Biden said to the attendees.

“Like all of you, Joe and I think about those families and all who carried that grief every single day. When we were leaving the school, someone shouted, actually, a lot of people shouted, ‘Do something. Do something.’ And I’m proud that Joe has. And he will do everything he can to call on Congress to act, including on measures that ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. We are committed to building a safer, healthier, more prosperous and fair America.”

According to the UnidosUS website, other speakers at the conference included San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Sec. January Contreras, and Juan Rajlin, Vice President and Treasurer of Google.

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