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29 Apr
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LULAC Brings The Federal Training Institute to Puerto Rico On May 1st and 2nd

Contact: Paloma Zuleta
202-812-4477

Ponce, Puerto Rico – The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the country’s largest and oldest Latino civil rights organization, is proud to make available a series of workshops free to individuals interested in pursuing a federal career. In addition, several federal agencies will be in attendance to showcase career opportunities.
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27 Apr
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Tell the U.S. House of Representatives that Stripping Citizenship from U.S.-born Children of Immigrants is Unacceptable!

Contact your Representative and voice your opposition to attacks on birthright citizenship.

On Wednesday April 29, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee will be holding a hearing regarding the repeal of birthright citizenship. Last week, with your help, LULAC helped defeat radical anti-immigrant amendments in the U.S. Senate that sought to strip away citizenship from U.S.-born children of immigrants. We need your help again.  (more…)

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23 Apr
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LULAC Partners with the Movement Advancement Project to Release Report on LGBT People of Color

LULAC Partners with the Movement Advancement Project to Release Report on LGBT People of Color

April 23, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In an effort to help address discrimination against the LGBT community, LULAC partnered with the Movement Advancement Project on a new report entitled, Paying an Unfair Price: The Financial Penalty for LGBT People of Color.

The report documents how systemic failures to protect people from discrimination trap LGBT people of color into a devastating cycle of poverty. In addition, the report details the ways in which a wide array of legal failures, combined with the disparities faced by people of color, result in higher poverty rates and increased economic insecurity for the LGBT community.
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20 Jan
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LULAC Honors City of Garden Grove

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01 Dec
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23 Nov
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Latino Community Delivers Veterans Week Postcards to Congress Calling for Commonsense Immigration Reform This Year

“I was willing to die for my country that was tearing my family apart,” – Air Force veteran says of sister’s 2-year immigration detention

Contact: Paloma Zuleta, pzuleta at lulac.org, (202) 812-4477

webinarlogo400x100Washington, D.C. – During a press teleconference call today, leaders of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the Hispanic Federation (HF) and U.S. Air Force veteran Jesus Magaña highlighted the moral imperative for Congress to enact commonsense immigration reform in honor of immigrants and families of immigrants who have served in the U.S. military.“As Congress returns to work after Veterans Day, I have an urgent message for members: I fought for you, now you have to fight for us,” said Magaña, a military veteran who was about to be deployed to Kuwait two years ago when he learned that his then-25-year-old sister, Alejandra, had been detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. His sister, who arrived in the U.S. when she was two-months-old, was held in detention for two years without even a bond hearing and was released in August.“I was willing to die for my country that was tearing my family apart,” Magaña added.The press call was accompanied by a delivery to Congress of thousands of Veterans Day postcards from Hispanics from across the U.S. urging action on immigration reform. “This Veterans Day, we honor those who defend our country and stand ready to defend their families’ quest for American citizenship. Don’t you think they have earned the right?” the postcards read.Combined with an earlier postcard drop, almost 15,000 postcards from Latinos are reaching almost every member of the House and Senate as part of a campaign sponsored by LULAC, HF, and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA).Though there is little time left on the legislative calendar, the House has plenty of time to hold a floor vote on immigration reform with a path to citizenship, said Brent A. Wilkes, LULAC national executive director.“This fight for immigration reform will not over until we see a bill reach the president’s desk. If the House thinks it can kick the can down the road, they are going to find angry Latino constituents at the end of that road. The House needs to act now,” Wilkes added.“For generations, non-citizen immigrants have served with distinction in the U.S. Armed Forces, said José Calderón, President of the Hispanic Federation. “Sadly, instead of embracing these immigrants and their families, our current broken immigration system works to punish and separate many of these military families through forced deportation. No member of the U.S. military should have to face the fear of having a close family member removed from the very same country they defend and protect. It’s high time for Congress to finally pass broad and progressive immigration reform that supports all of our veterans and immigrant families throughout our nation.”Hector Sanchez, executive director of LCLAA, said in a statement: “Immigration Reform is a critical priority for our community. Immigrants have contributed immensely to this country. This is especially true for service members. Our service members and their families have sacrificed so much for this country. During this week of Veterans Day, we ask Members of Congress to honor the sacrifices and contributions of Immigrant veterans and answer their call for commonsense Immigration Reform this year.”


Read LULAC’s Op-Eds Celebrating Veterans Day

  1. Veterans Defended Our Freedoms and Now Fight for Citizenship: LULAC on Politix
  2. Time to Honor Immigrants Who Served Honorably: LULAC on the San Antonio Express

Read more http://lulac.org/news/pr/latino-community-delivers-veterans-week-postcards-to-congress-calling-for-commonsense-immigration-reform-this-year/ (more…)

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lulacpost
15 Nov
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Contact House of Representatives and Ask Them To Vote on ENDA

Contact House of Representatives and Ask Them To Vote on ENDA

webinarlogo400x100Contact: Luis Torres, latorres at lulac.org, (202) 833-6130 x 112

ACT NOW: We need your help now to convince leadership in the House of Representatives to take up the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)! Click here to contact your member of Congress! November 15th marks the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act. This law has done much to improve work conditions in our country. However, the spirit of this law has not yet been fully realized, as millions of workers across the country are still vulnerable to discrimination in the workplace. In a historic vote, the Senate passed this landmark legislation that protects workers from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. However, despite a high level of support in the House, certain members led by Speaker John Boehner have vowed not to let this crucial legislation be taken up for vote in the house. Click here to contact your member of Congress! This issue is of particular importance to the Latino community, as LGBT Latinos report higher levels of workplace discrimination than non-Latino LGBT persons; this is particularly true of transgender Latinos. LULAC has also taken a stance in support of ENDA, passing a resolution in the National Convention and Exposition in 2009. (Click here to read the resolution.) ENDA also enjoys a high level of support. Nearly 80 percent of all Americans support this legislation, including 70 percent of Republicans. ACT NOW: Please do not let a small group of Members in the House block legislation that is supported both by the public and our representatives. Click here to contact your member of Congress! For more information or if you would like to help LULAC push ENDA in the House, contact LULAC National at 202-833-6130. ###

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13 Nov
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LULAC Immigrant Veterans Campaign Scores Huge Win

webinarlogo400x100Contact: Paloma Zuleta, pzuleta at lulac.org, (202) 812-4477

Washington, D.C. – Following LULAC’s extremely successful immigrant veteran postcard campaign which delivered 15,000 postcards to Congress earlier this week calling for passage of comprehensive immigration reform and for support of the families of immigrant veterans, the Department of Homeland Security has announced on Friday that they will halt the deportations of family members of veterans and active duty service members. “Just this Tuesday, LULAC and the Hispanic Federation held a press call featuring Air Force veteran Jesus Magaña whose sister was placed in deportation proceedings while he was serving in Iraq,” stated LULAC National Executive Director Brent Wilkes. “Jesus’s story was very compelling and yet at the same time it is the same story of thousands of U.S. service members. Ultimately, he had to leave the service in order to return home to address the needs of his family.” Today, USCIS issued a policy memorandum that outlined the new policy, which allows spouses, children, and parents of certain active duty, reserve, and former U.S. service members to parole in place. LULAC will continue to push for comprehensive immigration reform so that these families and millions of others like them are able to become permanent legal residents and eventually citizens.

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07 Nov
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Virginia Latino Electorate Pivotal in State Elections

Contact: Paloma Zuleta, pzuleta at lulac.org, (202) 812-4477webinarlogo400x100Washington, D.C. – In this week’s Virginia race, the Latino community came out to vote in large numbers and demonstrated that it is a powerful voting block and that candidates running for elected office would be well served to avoid anti-immigrant rhetoric which marginalizes Latinos. It would also behoove them to remember that 87% of all Latinos are within 2 generations away from being an immigrant. “The Latino community’s message has been consistent – immigration reform is personal to us, and we will stand united in ensuring that all Latinos have an opportunity to live the American Dream,” said LULAC Executive Director Brent Wilkes. According to a poll which was conducted on November 5 Election Day in Virginia by Latino Decisions, approximately 53% of Latinos pointed to policies such as immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship and a Virginia DREAM Act as being a driving force in making their decision to vote. In order to ensure that the Latino community voted, LULAC utilized a multi-pronged approach to reach Virginia Latino voters which included providing information regarding voting times and poll locations. Also, LULAC organized voter registration drives, and a phone banking center that targeted Latino voters in Fairfax, Prince William County, and the Richmond area. LULAC’s effort also included reaching out to hundreds of Latinos through the use of emails, social media, and text messaging reminding voters to vote on November 5. Finally, LULAC worked with the Labor Council of Latin American Advancement in order to ensure that the polls were well monitored. As the end of the year draws near and the days on the legislative calendar run down, the Latino community is paying close attention to how elected officials are talking about immigration reform and more importantly what they’re doing to make it a reality for 11 million undocumented people. To that end, LULAC calls on Speaker Boehner to bring HR 15 to a vote on the House Floor. The Virginia gubernatorial race is a perfect example of what a candidate that spurs anti-immigrant rhetoric can expect, and Congress should take note because the 2014 midterm elections are around the corner.

Read more http://lulac.org/news/pr/virginia-latino-electorate-pivotal-in-state-elections/

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30 Oct
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LULAC and Univisión to Launch “Acción por la Educación!”

Contact: Paloma Zuleta, pzuleta at lulac.org, (202) 812-4477

The Effort Will Raise Awareness on Education Issues Important to the Latino Community

Washington, D.C. — Today, LULAC and Univision will raise awareness on the importance of college readiness with the launch of “Acción por la Educación!” The effort will be focused on helping parents understand the critical role that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) plays in ensuring students are well prepared for college upon high school graduation. “By partnering with Univision, we’re able to expand our reach to the Latino community and inform more parents about the importance of CCSS,” said LULAC National President Margaret Moran.

In order to be more informed of the educational standards, parents are encouraged to download LULAC’s CCSS fact sheets by going to www.LULAC.org/commoncore and by taking Univision’s education pledge. I pledge to:

  • Inform myself about the new Common Core State Standards
  • Discuss the initiative with my friends, family, and neighbors
  • Talk with teachers and ask them how I can help at home
  • Help with meetings at the School Board and find out what support the school gives
  • Explain to my child how to prepare him/herself for college

To help galvanize support for the event, members and supporters can tweet using the hashtag #AccionPorLaEducacion and can use the sample messages below:

  • Este 30 de Octubre, únete al movimiento con @LULAC que está cambiando la educación en nuestro país. 1.uni.vi/019is #AccionPorLaEducacion
  • Únete al movimiento en el día de la ¡Acción por la Educación! 30 de Octubre 1.uni.vi/019is #AccionPorLaEducacion @LULAC
  • Me comprometo a tomar ¡Acción por la Educación! 30 de Octubre 1.uni.vi/019is #AccionPorLaEducacion @LULAC

###About LULAC: The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 900 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org

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