Together We Can End Child Hunger

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With Thanksgiving on the horizon, food is top of mind for millions of Americans. Across the country, families are planning who will bring what and who gets to make their famous dishes. Thanksgiving is a joyous time for family and friends to reflect on all we have been given.

Unfortunately, for a significant number of many American families, food will be a central focus for different reasons. For the millions of children suffering from hunger, especially Latino children in the U.S., their thoughts around food and the holiday will be the same this week as they are every other week—namely, how to get enough of it.

At NCLR, we understand the plight that many Latinos, especially children, face when it comes to hunger. Through our Institute for Hispanic Health and our Health Policy Project, we work on creating programs and fighting for policy changes that will lift Latinos out of poverty and into homes with food security. ConAgra Foods, a longtime partner, also recognizes the challenges that families face in putting wholesome, healthy food on the table, and we have teamed up with them to help end child hunger in America. ConAgra Foods has been a generous supporter of programs like “Reflejos de mi comunidad,” which gave cameras to young people and asked them to photograph what they saw as challenges to healthy eating in their local neighborhoods. Programs like this help us all better understand the obstacles Latino families face and what we need to do to make a difference.

Of course, NCLR and ConAgra Foods alone can’t put an end to childhood hunger in the U.S. It takes collaboration from all sectors of society, including everyday Americans. To spread awareness of the cause and the significant impact among Latino children, NCLR joined ConAgra Foods’ “Child Hunger Ends Here” program for a Twitter chat around the issue. We were joined by 2014 NCLR ALMA Award recipient and Hollywood star María Canals-Barrera, who took questions from NCLR and Twitter users about what they can do to get involved. Below are highlights from that chat.

The chat included some great comments from the Twitterverse:

We moved on to our last couple of questions for Canals-Barrera:

Our contributors had some other helpful tips:

And with that, our chat came to a close.

The chat may have ended, but that doesn’t mean the conversation around child hunger should. We strongly urge you all to keep talking about this. Together, we will end child hunger.

This Week in Immigration Reform — Week Ending Nov. 28

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Week Ending November 28

This week in immigration reform: NCLR provides additional resources to Affiliates and partners; numerous NCLR Affiliates celebrate the announcement of administrative relief; and President Obama continues to make the case for executive action on immigration. NCLR kept the community informed in a number of news pieces this week, with staff quoted in Politico, the Associated Press, and appearing on Enfoque.

NCLR updates resources following the announcement of executive action: NCLR has been disseminating information on administrative relief to Affiliates and allies. NCLR will continue to update these resources on our administrative relief resource webpage. The resources include a summary of administrative relief, flyers for community members in English and Spanish, slides for a community education presentation in English and Spanish, a recording of a webinar on what we know so far about administrative relief, and links on preventing fraud.

NCLR Affiliates celebrate the announcement of administrative relief: Numerous organizations across the country welcomed President Obama’s announcement of deferred action for millions of undocumented immigrants. Among the events held by NCLR Affiliates are the following:

The Center for Latino Progress held a rally with Senator Blumenthal (D-Conn.) to celebrate.

The Latin American Coalition held a watch party to listen to the president’s announcement. In an article on the event, Armando Bellmas with the Latin American Coalition said, “One of the things that struck me about the speech is that this is a human issue, it’s not so much about politics. It’s not about money, it’s about people, and we are talking about millions of people here.”

Casa de Maryland organized community members for watch parties in Maryland and in front of the White House.

El Pueblo, Inc. Youth Council volunteer Karla Salgado, who was featured in a previous installment of NCLR’s ‘Hanging in the Balance’ blog series, was interviewed by a local news station. She is now eligible for relief under the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

El Concilio in California also hosted a viewing event on the eve of the president’s announcement. El Concilo President and CEO Jose Rodriguez said, “The use of executive action is what generally starts the dialogue,” he said. “Once the president takes action, then Congress tinkers with whatever action he’s taken to try to form some type of legislation, so maybe this will lead to that. Hopefully this will lead to legislation that will enact some real reform.”

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Centro Hispano Daniel Torres produced a special broadcast in Spanish to share information about the president’s announcement.

The Resurrection Project handed out flyers with information about administrative relief during masses in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood to ensure that community members are informed and have accurate information.

If you have activities and events you are coordinating related to administrative relief, please share the information with Laura Vazquez at lvazquez@nclr.org

President Obama continued to make the case for executive action and calling on Congress to pass a comprehensive reform bill: President Obama spoke at a community center in Chicago on Tuesday to explain why he was taking action on immigration. In his remarks, he highlighted the economic contributions of immigrants and referred to a new report by the White House Council of Economic Advisors.  According to the report, the president’s actions will boost the gross domestic product between $90 billion and $210 billion over the next decade and reduce the deficit by about $25 billion during that time. The report also estimates that the president’s actions will lead to a .3 percent average wage increase for native-born workers by 2024.

Show Your Thanks to Farmworkers for Your Thanksgiving Day Meal!

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Take a moment to show your support and to say thanks to farmworkers everywhere for bringing food to our tables on Thanksgiving Day and every other day of the year! Click here to send your thanks!

Our Response to the Ferguson Decision

Ferguson_FBPostPicLast night, the world watched and waited for the St. Louis County grand jury decision on whether to indict indict Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown. Shortly after 9 p.m. ET, St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch gave a press conference in which he announced that the grand jury returned a decision not to indict Officer Wilson, which sparked a wave of protest across the country. In respone, NCLR President and CEO, Janet Murguía issued, the following statement.

“We share the sadness and stand in solidarity with the people of Ferguson, Mo., as well as those throughout our country and especially in communities of color, who were hoping for fairness and accountability in yesterday’s decision. Most of all, we stand with the Brown family, who must continue to wait for justice for their son,” said Murguía. “This case is a stern reminder of how encounters between law enforcement and youth of color can result in excessive force and needless loss of life. As a nation, the implications of continuing on that path are grim and demand action.”

“If this is not to be another setback on our nation’s quest to ensure equal justice for all, then this decision must not be the end, but a beginning,” Murguía continued. “For that to happen, we as a nation need to engage in real and honest dialogue across communities. We need to confront and address both the perception and the reality that communities of color, especially our young men, receive disparate treatment from law enforcement and our criminal justice system. We need to recognize that restoring trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve—as so many cities and areas of our country have done—is essential for the safety and well-being of us all. Then, and only then, can we move forward from this tragic moment.”

Join our Twitter Chat to End Child Hunger Today!

We can end child hunger, but only if we work together. Join us today at 2:30 ET for a chat with special guest, Maria Canals-Barrera! She’ll be answering your questions and offering advice for fighting hunger in America. We’ll see you there!

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