COMMUNITY LEADERS CALL FOR ACCOUNTABILITY AT 2010 NCLR NATIONAL LATINO ADVOCACY DAYS




March 04 2010

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mar 4, 2010

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Jackeline Stewart
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COMMUNITY LEADERS CALL FOR ACCOUNTABILITY AT 2010 NCLR NATIONAL LATINO ADVOCACY DAYS

Washington, DC—Senator Robert Menendez (D–NJ) and Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D–IL) addressed nearly 350 Latino leaders from more than 100 community-based organizations in 30 states today as part of the 2010 NCLR National Latino Advocacy Days. NCLR (National Council of La Raza), the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, convened community leaders on Capitol Hill to urge their congressional representatives to act on national priorities of vital importance to the Latino community: the economy, immigration reform, and health care.

“We are energized by our network of Affiliate organizations and the more than 300 leaders who have come to Washington to amplify the voice of their Latino communities,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía. “With our nation’s economic stability at stake, lawmakers must not ignore the Latino community. The economy is not an excuse to delay action on immigration reform; it’s precisely the reason why we need immigration reform now, more than ever.”

“The fact is that immigration reform should be considered part of our economic recovery plan—it will get more workers paying taxes, increase revenue, and stimulate the economy. The economic situation we face should not be an obstacle to reform. It should be a reason for reform. It should not be an excuse to put immigration on the back burner. It should be a reason to make things right. We can help the economy and have immigration reform,” said Senator Menendez.

Participants from throughout the country are also calling, emailing, and faxing their members of Congress to demand action. For their message to Congress, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=Phhi9MAXPt8. Advocates have been motivated by the president’s own words on the issue, which can be found at www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKkrdIqjSaw.

Congressman Gutierrez also championed the Latino community’s call for reform: “In the [presidential] campaign we were promised comprehensive immigration reform during the president’s first year of his first term. That was then, this is now. Now, we had a State of the Union address in which over 70 minutes were spoken and only two were given to comprehensive immigration reform.”

With midterm elections on the horizon, both parties are courting Latinos, the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. “Latino voter turnout for the November midterm elections will no doubt be influenced by lawmakers’ action or lack thereof on job creation, immigration reform and health care,” continued Murguía. “Neither Democrats nor Republicans can afford to take the Latino vote for granted.”

For more information, visit www.nclr.org | www.facebook.com/nationalcounciloflaraza | www.myspace.com/nclr2008 | http://twitter.com/nclr.


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