California Latino Advocacy Day
NCLR California Latino Advocacy Day On May 11, 332 leaders representing 22 Affiliates and eight partner organizations participated in the 2011 NCLR California Latino Advocacy Day in Sacramento, which broke last year’s record as the largest California Advocacy Day in NCLR history. With training and support from NCLR’s Capacity-Building department, participants formed 39 lobbying teams and conducted visits with all 120 of California’s legislative offices, advocating for important education, housing, health care, and workforce development bills. Several Affiliates sent busloads of clients and staff to participate in the event from as far away as San Diego. During California Advocacy Day, more than 200 staff and clients from our Affiliates participated in a press conference that NCLR coordinated to advance the “California Dream Act” (AB 130 and 131), which would extend financial aid opportunities to undocumented college students in California. NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía spoke at the press conference, which garnered substantial media coverage and yielded a public commitment from Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes, chair of the State Assembly Committee on Appropriations, to ensure that AB 131 would come out of his committee favorably. Fuentes’s commitment to support AB 131 was a significant victory that resulted from the advocacy of NCLR and its allies on this issue.
NCLR staff and Affiliates are now focused on coordinating in-district visits and local follow-up actions to continue advancing the “California Dream Act” and the Affiliate Network’s other legislative priorities.
For more information on NCLR’s work to build the advocacy capacity of Affiliates in California, contact Pedro Silva, NCLR Organizer and Capacity-Building Strategist, at firstname.lastname@example.org.