The third and final day of the 2016 NCLR Annual Conference started bright and early with a breakfast that featured actor and activist Wilson Cruz followed by a lively discussion with three Latina immigrants. They shared their inspiring immigration stories and encouraged our community to vote.
Day two of the 2016 NCLR Annual Conference was just as jam packed as the first day. Today’s main themes centered on recognizing the contributions of our proud Latinas, the economy, and the imperative of engaging voters in our communities.
Today we kicked off our 2016 NCLR Annual Conference in Orlando. The day was filled with workshops, the opening of the National Latino Family Expo, and a speech from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
Below are some highlights from the first day of our biggest event of the year.
Our first day started bright and early with a session on our legislative victories over the past year.
By Rafael Collazo and Janet Hernandez, NCLR
Rev. Robert and Nydia Lugo (far right), Philadephia Election Commissioner Al Schmidt (middle), and representatives from APM at the recent Sugar Cane Festival.
Reverend Roberto Lugo and his wife Nydia had a decision to make: as the Puerto Rican economic crisis worsened this year, the Lugos could move on with their lives in Philadelphia and stand by the sidelines as conditions on the island deteriorated, or mobilize the community to participate in the upcoming presidential election.
They chose the latter.
As a minister and staff member at our Affiliate Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM), Reverend Lugo coordinates APM’s voter registration efforts with local Hispanic churches. APM’s goal is to register at least 1,000 new voters and to reach thousands more with information about how voting can positively affect policies impacting Latino families in Philadelphia and in Puerto Rico.
As U.S. citizens by birth, Puerto Ricans living on the mainland will be a critical voting bloc in swing states such as Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. APM plans to engage thousands of voters through canvassing and community outreach events.
By Renato R. Rocha, Policy Analyst, Economic Policy Project, NCLR
Low- and moderate-income families suffered disproportionate losses of wealth during the Great Recession. Under the conditions that existed before the passage of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Latinos and other communities of color were not adequately protected from unfair and deceptive financial practices. The lack of oversight allowed for conditions that were ripe for consumer exploitation. NCLR and other civil rights and consumer advocates pushed for an agency that would put families first. The creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was one of the hallmark achievements of Dodd-Frank.
Today we celebrate the fifth anniversary of the CFPB’s establishment—and what a productive five years it has been. Despite being an infant by federal agency standards, the CFPB has made considerable strides toward making financial markets work for both consumers and providers. Since the inception of the Bureau, the CFPB’s enforcement actions have brought $11.7 billion in relief to more than 27 million consumers.