From the Annals of the Latinos – In 1911, the Congreso Mexicanista began meeting in Laredo. THE CM was the first statewide Mexican-American civil-rights conference and was organized and promoted by the Idar family – the publishers of La Crónica. Attending the CM were representatives and members of most of the major Mexican-American social organizations of the day, as well as all Mexican consuls in the state, and Texas-Mexican journalists. The CM established the Gran Liga Mexicanista de Beneficencia y Protección (Great Mexican League for Benefit and Protection) and the Liga Femenil Mexicanista to promote cultural and moral values among Texas Mexicans, provide protection from abuse by public authorities, and combat segregation of Texas Mexican students. Nicasio Idar was chosen the leader of the Gran Liga, and Jovita Idar, his daughter, was elected president of the Liga Femenil.