In our fourth week of action, we visit Affiliates in California, Minnesota, Texas, and North Carolina who participated in more events to support a vote for and passage of comprehensive immigration reform.
Week Ending August 30
This week in immigration reform: NCLR’s own Janet Murguía participates in the Realize the Dream March, highlighting the importance of fighting to protect civil rights and the pressing need to pass immigration reform; Reps. Bachus and Carter call for reform on moral grounds, adding to the House GOP voices in favor of giving immigration reform a vote; Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake are feeling optimistic about the future of immigration reform in the House; NCLR Affiliates meet with their members of Congress, hold town halls and community forums, and march and rally for reform; and the NCLR Action Fund gathers thousands of signatures on a petition calling on Speaker Boehner to give reform a vote. NCLR staff kept the community informed this week in a flurry of media appearances, with staff quoted in pieces by USA Today, The Hill, Univision, NBC Latino, Fox News Latino, VOXXI, El Tiempo Latino, Latina, and UPI Español. Continue reading
This week marked the 50th Anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington. The festivities brought people from around the country to descend on the National Mall and relive the fateful day.
Guest blog post by Rosa Madrigal, Manager, Homeownership Services, Del Norte Neighborhood Development Corporation, NCLR Affiliate
Owning a home remains the central pillar of the American Dream. At Del Norte Neighborhood Development Corporation (NDC) here in Denver, we help several Coloradans reach their dream every year. Our mission is to ensure that everybody has access to quality and affordable housing. For more than 30 years, we have addressed the severe housing needs for low- and moderate-income families in the Denver area, the vast majority of whom are Latino. But crippling budget cuts brought about by sequestration pose a very real threat to our ability to provide those families with the critical housing services they need to purchase a home. Continue reading
By Janet Murguía, President and CEO, National Council of La Raza
This past Saturday I was humbled to stand in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial and speak before thousands of people who had traveled from all over our great nation to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. It was a profound privilege to have the chance to honor those who had come before us, who had worked so hard and sacrificed so much. These are the courageous men and women who paved the way for a new American covenant half a century ago, one in which the promise of the American Dream was not limited to a few but made a reality for all of us, regardless of who we are or where we come from. Continue reading