Weekly Washington Outlook — November 24, 2014

Photo: Harris Walker, Creative Commons

Photo: Harris Walker, Creative Commons

What to Watch This Week:

Congress:

House:

The House is in recess, returning Monday, December 1.

Senate:

The Senate is in recess, returning Monday, December 1.

White House:

On Monday, the president will present nineteen recipients the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, awarded to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. The First Lady will also attend.

On Tuesday, President Obama will travel to the Chicago area to meet with community leaders and discuss the executive actions he is taking to fix our broken immigration system.

On Wednesday, the president will pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey at the White House.

On Thursday, President Obama will celebrate Thanksgiving at the White House. There are no public events scheduled.

On Friday, the president has no public events scheduled.

This Week in Immigration Reform — Week Ending Nov. 21

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Week Ending November 21

This week in immigration reform: President Obama announces executive action on immigration; NCLR participates in a unity press conference supporting the president’s executive action; NCLR and partners deliver over 260,000 petitions to the White House; NCLR provides administrative relief resources; and NCLR and Democratic allies continues making the case for executive action.

NCLR kept the community informed in a number of news pieces this week, with staff quoted in The Hill, The Dallas Morning News, San Jose Mercury News, Modern Healthcare, and CNN, and featured on MSNBC, Telemundo, and, again, on MSNBC.

President Obama takes executive action to provide relief to five million undocumented immigrants: The president made a long-awaited announcement on Thursday outlining his plan for administrative relief for undocumented immigrants who have been in the United States at least five years. In his address, he pledged to offer deportation relief for a period of three years for those immigrants who met certain criteria. His plan includes expanding DACA, allowing parents of U.S. citizens and legal residents to petition for deferred action, permitting provisional waivers of unlawful presence for some relatives of U.S. citizens and legal residents, improving immigrant and nonimmigrant programs to grow the economy, and promoting naturalization. Additionally, he will provide more resources at the southern border and will replace Secure Communities with the “Priority Enforcement Program.”

NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía reacted to the announcement saying, “This action is a victory for the president, a victory for millions of American families and workers, a victory for our country, and a victory for common sense. The president has exercised the leadership we needed him to, acting in the country’s best interest and opening a path for Republicans in Congress to legislate on the issue. Executive action will improve our security by getting people living in the shadows to come forward and go through criminal background checks. It will bolster our economy so those who are working will do so legally in a way that increases tax contributions for the nation and prevents bad employers from pitting them against U.S.-citizen workers. And it will bring greater stability to millions of families—which include U.S. citizens and legal residents—as well as the communities in which they live.”

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NCLR and other civil rights groups voice support for executive action: This week NCLR joined with 15 other civil rights groups to support President Obama’s action on immigration, including Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the Human Rights Campaign, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the League of United Latin American Citizens, Mi Familia Vota, the NAACP, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), the National Urban League and Voto Latino.

Janet Murguía speaks alongside civil rights leaders and immigration reform activists during a press conference discussing immigration reform at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, November 20, 2014. 

NCLR and immigrant advocate deliver petitions to the White House: Additionally, this week NCLR delivered more than 260,000 petitions to the White House in partnership with numerous immigrant advocacy groups. The petitions urge President Obama to take executive action and to do what he can to fix our broken immigration system in the presence of House Republican obstructionism. A blog by America’s Voice covered the event, citing Laura Vazquez, Senior Immigration Legislative Analyst at NCLR, as saying “President Obama must seize this moment to fulfill his promise to bring some sanity to our immigration system. He has the power, precedent, and priority for action. Republican inaction on immigration reform reaffirms the need for the president to step in and address the ongoing crisis that our community faces.”

 

NCLR updates resources following the announcement of executive action: NCLR will continue posting resources on our website as information becomes available. Additionally, www.adminrelief.org is a resource center available to those attempting to navigate administrative relief and petitioning for deferred action.

NCLR CONTINUES TO MAKE THE CASE FOR EXECUTIVE ACTION: Even though the president has made his announcement, it is still vital that advocacy groups continue making the argument for executive action. In pursuit of this goal, NCLR published a fact sheet this week outlining the economic cost of inaction by House Republicans on comprehensive immigration reform. It also provides a timeline from the passage of the bipartisan Senate bill through Congress’ recess in August, highlighting the squandering of a true opportunity to pass immigration reform by House Republicans.

Democratic Members of Congress echoed the findings of NCLR’s publication, with multiple Members making statements this week in support of executive action and emphasizing it is needed as a direct result of House Republican inaction. The below statements were made on the House Floor earlier this week:

Representative Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) offered “Republicans have done nothing. They have refused to act. If the Republicans are unwilling to use their power to act, then the president must act. In fact, recently 117 of my colleagues and I sent a letter to President Obama urging him to act now. Since 1952, every single president, regardless of political party, has used their broad executive authority to shape our nation’s immigration policy. So the president’s decision to use executive action is not unprecedented. Neither is it ideal, but unfortunately it is necessary. We can no longer stand by while we separate mothers from their children, throw young people out of this country. The only strategy that republicans in this house have had has been deport, deport, deport.”

Representative Joe Garcia (D-Fla.) said “This Republican Congress has done nothing to address immigration reform and has only been an obstacle to this process. Now is the time for the president to act. His legal standing is solid. It is time for us to act. Now is the time to do what is right, what is fair, what is just, not only for the immigrant community but for this great country.”

Representative Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) noted “The United States Senate passed in a bipartisan way a comprehensive immigration bill dealing with a very important problem in this country. It is supported by labor unions and it is supported by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Again, a bipartisan vote in the United States Senate. Are we doing that here today? No. We can’t even bring that to the floor to have a debate because this leadership in this House runs such a closed process.”

We Must Invest in Early Childhood Education

By Leticia Bustillos, PhD, Associate Director, Education Policy Project, NCLR

ACAdiabetesblog_pic1_resizedMy daughter’s first day in child care was perhaps one of the most difficult days I ever faced as a mom. From the day I started exploring child care options to the night before Isabella’s first day at school, I was fully confident in my decision to take her to the child care center that other parents had recommended. Despite the fact that my mother, who had been her primary caregiver once I returned to work, was adamantly against me taking Isabella out of her care, I was firm in my belief that my daughter would benefit from center-based care, as they would further her social, emotional, and learning development.

But then it was time to say goodbye.

All of a sudden, the decision that was backed up by reams of research and parents’ rave reviews could not stand up against Isabella’s tears and my sudden fear that perfect strangers could not possibly care, nurture, and protect my daughter as much as my mother or I could. In that moment of saying goodbye, I was the worst mother in the world for leaving her in distress in an unfamiliar environment with people she never met but whom I was entrusting with her safety, her happiness, and her early development.

Every day across the country, mothers and fathers rely on a child care system that they hope is safe, inspires joy, and promotes the positive development of their children. While I had the benefit of a background in education to help me identify and seek out the best child care options, not all parents have the same opportunities and must instead rely on recommendations from friends and neighbor—and a great deal of faith—that the choices they make are the best ones for their children. For that reason, the reauthorization of the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is a significant first step in crafting a new vision for the care and education of children for low-income and working families.

In a show of bipartisan and bicameral support, the bill calls for a significant overhaul of the law, last reauthorized in 1996, such that the level of care children receive is of high quality and meets a new standard of health and safety. The reauthorization of the CCDBG requires:

  • Background checks for all child care providers
  • Providers to receive ongoing training in essential health and safety practices to keep children safe while in care
  • Yearly inspections of licensed and licensed-exempt child care settings with the publication of results on a user-friendly website
  • A percentage of funds to be dedicated to help providers meet and sustain higher levels of quality, adopting program guidelines describing what children should know and be able to do, including developmental benchmarks for children from birth to kindergarten
  • The receipt of professional development to best meet the needs of students of multiple age groups, English language learners, and children with disabilities

Additional changes are especially important for low-income and working families, notably the continuity of care provision, which stipulates that all children will receive a minimum of 12 months of service regardless of changes to a parent’s work or income and before a state re-determines eligibility. Moreover, states are required to prioritize the needs of children who reside in communities with high concentrations of poverty and unemployment, such that their investments make available increased access to high-quality early care providers. For Latino families whose primary language may not be English, this renewed commitment to early care and education ensures the needs of their children are met by the stipulation that professional development and training provided to caregivers adequately support the social, emotional, and cognitive development of English language learners.

As a first step, these changes are significant, but more must be done. Though research shows that attending preschool has academic and social benefits, estimates show that more than 60 percent of Latino children ages 3–4 are not in preschool. Additionally, data show that current funding levels only reach one in five children eligible for care, meaning that too many families are left without support and must make difficult choices about the quality of care they can and cannot afford. Proactive investment in early childhood care and education, including increased parental outreach, prioritizing the needs of low-income and working families, and increased funding tied to the improvement of programs will assure parents that their children are safe and receiving the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.

Though there were a fair share of bumps and many more tears, Isabella and I survived her first week of care. Despite the diagnosis of an early learning disability, a change in center-based care, and a seemingly endless parade of paperwork and red tape, Isabella ultimately thrived in her prekindergarten experience. Our goodbyes were no longer characterized by tears and despair, but rather by excitement and joy for the friends she would see, the hugs she would receive from her caregivers, and the stories she would tell at the end of each school day. I knew she was happy and safe; now at the age of eight, Isabella is ready to take on the world (or so she likes to say). My hope is that all parents have this level of assurance and comfort when they choose providers for their children; with the bill reauthorizing the Child Care Development Block Grant now signed by the president, we are one step closer.

See our fact sheet below for more.

Childcare Development Block Grant Fact Sheet

Janet Murguía on President Obama’s Immigration Action

Last night after the president’s historic immigration announcement, NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguia joined Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes to share her thoughts on his remarks. Watch the short segment below.

Where to Watch the President’s Immigration Announcement

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In a few hours, President Obama will announce his plans for taking steps to begin fixing our broken immigration system. This is truly historic moment for immigrant communities and activists who have long been fighting for change. Tonight’s announcement is just a precursor to a speech before thousands at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas.

Both during tonight’s primetime address and the president’s speech tomorrow at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, local immigration groups, leaders, and impacted individuals will hold watch parties, rallies and press conferences across the country, where they will react to the news and share their thoughts on what this means going forward.

Following is a list of events (with local times listed):

Events on Thursday, November 20:

National:

Who: CASA de Maryland/Virginia & Dreamer Moms
Where: 16th and Pennsylvania, Lafayette Park
When: 7:30pm
Contact: Maria Jose Sandoval; 301-717-4492msandoval@casamd.org

Who: United We Dream and America’s Voice
Where: 1900 L Street NW
When: 7:30pm
Contact: Katy Green; 202-331-2389katy@newpartners.com

Who: LULAC
Where: 1133 19th Street NW, Suite 1000 (10th floor)
Washington, DC 20036
When: 7:15pm
Contact: Jossie Sapunar; jsapunar@lulac.org202 833 6130 

Alabama:

Who: Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice
Where: 3253 Lorna Rd., Hoover Alabama
When: 6:45pm
Contact: Kyle Tharp; (865) 776-9645press@acjj.net

 Arizona:

What: Watch Party and Cultural Event (Including Matachines) with Promise AZ
When: 5:30pm
Where: Arizona State Capitol (17th Avenue b/t Jefferson and Washington), Phoenix
Contact: Petra Falcon, info@promiseaz.org

Who: The UFW Foundation, UFW and Radio Campesina
When: 5:30pm MT
Where: La Campesina,1440 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ  85034
Contact: Luz Peña, UFW, 661.332.1074media@ufw.org 

Watch Party at Neighborhood Ministries,
Where: 1918 W Van Buren St., Phoenix
When: 6pm
Contact: Molly McGovern, molly.mcgovern@seiuaz.org

Watch Party at Southside Presbyterian Church
Where: 317 W. 23rd Street, Tucson
When: 5:45pm
Contact: Molly McGovern, molly.mcgovern@seiuaz.org

Arkansas:

Little Rock, Arkansas: AUCC will host a watch party
Where: Riviera Maya Restaurant. 801 Fair Park Blvd
When: 6:30-8:30 pm
Contact: Mireya Reith, director@arkansascoalition.org479-871-2168

Springdale, Arkansas: AUCC will host a watch party
Where: Acambaro’s Restaurant, 121 N Thompson St
When: 6:30-8:30 pm
Contact: Mireya Reith, director@arkansascoalition.org479-871-2168

California: 

Who: SIREN Santa Clara County coalition watch party
When: 4:30pm
Where: Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 2020 E San Antonio Street, San Jose
Contact: Victoria Ramirez, 707-227-7801, victoria@siren-bayarea.org

Who: San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium
When: 5:00 pm PT
Where: Alliance San Diego, 3750 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104
Contact: Ricardo Favela, 760.468.4519, ricardo@alliancesd.org or Kim Rescate, 619.804.7822kim@alliancesd.org

Who: The UFW Foundation, UFW and Radio Campesina
When: 4:30 pm PT
Where: 2385 S. Fairview Ave., Fresno, CA
Contact: Erica Lomeli; elomeli@ufwfoundation.org

Who: The UFW Foundation, UFW and Radio Campesina
When: 4:30 pm PT
Where: 220 18th St., Bakersfield, CA (cross street is Union Ave.)
Contact: Erica Lomeli; elomeli@ufwfoundation.org

Who: The UFW Foundation, UFW and Radio Campesina
When: 4:30 pm PT
Where: 926 South A Street, Oxnard CA
Contact: Erica Lomeli; elomeli@ufwfoundation.org

Who: The UFW Foundation, UFW and Radio Campesina
When: 4:30 pm PT
Where: 437 E. Alisal St., Salinas CA
Contact: Erica Lomeli; elomeli@ufwfoundation.org

Who: The UFW Foundation, UFW and Radio Campesina
When: 4:30 pm PT
Where: 1700 D-Corby Ave, Santa Rosa
Contact: Erica Lomeli; elomeli@ufwfoundation.org

Who: The UFW Foundation, UFW and Radio Campesina
When: 4:30 pm PT
Where: 220 SW 11th St, Hermiston OR Contact: Erica Lomeli; elomeli@ufwfoundation.org

Who: The UFW Foundation, UFW and Radio Campesina
When: 4:30 pm PT
Where: 30172 Garces Hwy, Delano
Contact: Erica Lomeli; elomeli@ufwfoundation.org

Who: The UFW Foundation, UFW and Radio Campesina
When: 4:30 pm PT
Where: 115 N. Sutter St. Second Floor Office #10, Stockton
Contact: Erica Lomeli; elomeli@ufwfoundation.org

Who: The UFW Foundation, UFW, Radio Campesina and Proteus’
When: 4:30pm PT
Where: 1830 N. Dinuba Blvd., Visalia
Contact: Luz Peña, UFW, 661.332.1074media@ufw.org

Who: Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights of Los Angeles
Where: 2533 West Third St., Ste. 101, Los Angeles, CA  90057
When: 3:30-5:30pm
Contact: Jorge-Mario Cabrera; (562) 243-5559jmcabrera@chirla.org

Who: SEIU Local 87
Where: 240 Golden Gate Ave
When: 5pm
Contact: Contact: Jon Rodney 510-207-9520

Who: People Acting in Community Together San Jose
Where: Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 2020 E San Antonio St.
When: 4:30pm
Contact: Jennifer Wood-Taylor, jenniferwood-taylor@pactsj.org

Who: Unity Rally for Immigrant Rights – Day Long Mobilization in Response to President Obama’s Executive Order Announcement
Where: 535 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles
When: 9:00am: Art Exhibit in the Street (Silhouette Display; Not1More, No Papers No Fear, Alto Arizona Poster Exhibit)
4:00pm: Street Closure
5:00pm: Viewing of President Obama’s Announcement on Projector Screen
6:00-9:00pm: Chant Down the Walls Concert
Contact: Marco Loera mloera@ndlon.org or B. Loewe bloewe@ndlon.org(213) 380-2201 https://www.facebook.com/events/664302550357213/

Who: Korean Resource Center watch party
Where: 900 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
When: Gathering at 4:30 PM
Contact: Yongho Kim, yongho@krcla.org,  213-973-3330 

Connecticut:

Who: Connecticut Students for a Dream
Where: 8 Hillside Circle, Brookfield CT
When: 7pm
Contact: Carolina Bortolleto, 203-942-3052carolina@ct4adream.org
Who: Connecticut Students for a Dream
Where: Danbury Hispanic Center, 4 Harmony St., Danbury, CT
When: 7:30pm
Contact: Lucas Codognolla, 203-391-1626lucas@ct4adream.org

 Colorado:

Who: Colorado Immigrant and Latino Leaders, Impact Families, Aliens
Where: 100% de Agave, 975 Lincoln Street, Denver, CO
When: 5:30pm
Contact: Patty Kupfer; 202 415 8746pkupfer@americasvoice.org

Who: Together Colorado
Where: 1980 Dahlia St., Denver, CO 80220
When: 6:00pm
Contact: Patty Lawless, 720-297-7091patty@togetherco.org

Who: NCDU
Where: 606 Linden Park Dr., Boulder CO
When: 5:30pm
Contact: Ana Temu, 720-499-2557actemu@gmail.com

Florida:

Who: Florida Immigrant Coalition
Where: 2800 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33137
When: 7pm
Contact: Natalia Jaramillo; 786-317-3524natalia@floridaimmigrant.org

Who: WeCount
Where: 201 N Krome Ave 2nd floor, Homestead, FL 33030
When: 7:30 pm
Contact: Natalia Jaramillo; 786-317-3524natalia@floridaimmigrant.org

Who: Mi Familia Vota
Where: 4311 W Waters Ave Ste 402. Tampa, FL 33614
When: 7:30pm
Contact: Natalia Jaramillo; 786-317-3524; natalia@floridaimmigrant.org

Who: FPSU
Where: 2112 S. Congress Ave., Suite 205, Palm Springs.
When: 7pm
Contact: Natalia Jaramillo; 786-317-3524; natalia@floridaimmigrant.org

 Georgia:

Who: Watch party
When: 7:30pm
Where: El Sombrero Restaurant, 2010 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
Contact: Jerry Gonzalez, 404-745-2580, jerry@galeo.org

Idaho:

Who: Watch party
Where: Hispanic Cultural Center at 315 Stampede Drive in Nampa, ID
When: 5:30pm
Contact: Krista Bustamante, krista@idahocan.org

Who: Watch party
Where: Voz Latina Radio at 1250 W Overland Rd., Burley
When: 5:30pm
Contact: Krista Bustamante, krista@idahocan.org

Illinois:

Who: Illinois Commission for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Where: Casa Michoacán, 1638 South Blue Island
When: 7 pm
Contact: Monica Trevino; 312-344-2239; mtrevino@icirr.org

Who: Korean American Resource and Cultural Center watch party
Where: KRCC office, 6212 Lincoln Ave, Chicago
When: Gathering at 7pm
Contact: Nayoung Ha, nayoung@chicagokrcc.org(773) 588-9158

Indiana:

Who: IndyCAN
Where: St. Anthony Catholic Church, 337 N. Warman
When: 7:30 pm
Contact: Juan Carlos Fuentes (317) 319-2540 or Shoshanna Spector (317) 544-9242

Iowa:

Who: DREAM Iowa
Where: Chilito’s, 441 E Tower Park Dr, Waterloo, IA 50701
When: 7pm
Contact: Monica Reyes, 641-229-1419

Maine:

The Maine People’s Alliance will host a press conference.
Location: 565 Congress Street Suite 200, Portland, ME 04102
Time: 7:30pm
Contact: Kevin Simowitz; Kevin@mainepeoplesalliance.org

Maryland:

Who: CASA de Maryland & CASA de Virginia
Where: 8151 15th Ave., Langley Park, MD 20783
When: 7:30pm
Contact: Maria Jose Sandoval; 301-717-4492; msandoval@casamd.org

Who: CASA de Maryland & CASA de Virginia
Where: Northwood High School, 919 University Blvd W, Silver Spring, MD 20901
When: 7:30pm
Contact: Maria Jose Sandoval; 301-717-4492; msandoval@casamd.org

Who: Maryland Dreams
Where: University of Maryland – College Park, 3100 Adele H. Stamp Student Union
When: 8pm
Contact: Karen Guzman, 240-893-0554, karenguzman_09@yahoo.com

Massachusetts:

New England Keeping Families Together Coalition will host a watch party.
Where: SIM 9A Hamilton Place, Boston, MA 02108
When: 7:30 pm
Contact: Cristina Aguilera, caguilera@miracoalition.org, 617-999-5919

Michigan:

Michigan United will host a Watch Party.
Where: 7400 Vernor Hwy, Detroit MI 48209
When: 7:30-9:00 pm
Contact: Allison Colberg, allison@miunited.org, 269-716-1005

Kalamazoo, Michigan: Michigan United will host a Watch Party.
Where: “Yo Soy” Evangelical Church, 551 Phelps St., Kalamazoo, MI 49048
When: 7:30-9:00 pm
Contact: Allison Colberg, allison@miunited.org, 269-716-1005

Nebraska

Who: DREAMers Project Coalition
Where: Our Lady of Guadalupe Church of Omaha, 4930 S. 23rd St., Omaha
When: Friday, November 21, 11:30 a.m.
Contact: Yanira Garcia, yanira@heartlandworkerscenter.org

Who: Nebraska Appleseed
Where: TBD
When: Monday, November 24, 11:00 a.m.
Contact: Jeff Sheldon, jsheldon@neappleseed.org

Nevada:

Who: Reno Watch Party
When: 4:30pm
Where: La Fonda Restaurant, 4385 Neil Road, Reno
Contact: Laura Martin, 702-292-1279, lmartin@planevada.org

Who: Las Vegas Watch Party
When: 4:30pm
Where: Hermandad Mexicana office, 2915 West Charleston Blvd., Suite 4, Las Vegas
Contact: Laura Martin, 702-292-1279, lmartin@planevada.org

New Hampshire:

MIRA New Hampshire is hosting a watch party
Where: El Jimador Restaurant, 575 Willow St., Manchester, NH 03103
When: 7:30 pm
Contact: Eva Castillo, ecastillo@miracoalition.org, 603-661-2873

New Mexico:

Who: UNM Dream Team
Where: UNM El Centro de la Raza, 1153 Mesa Vista Hall (UNM Campus)
When: 6pm
Contact: Christopher Ramirez, 505-400-3795, cramire4@unm.edu

Who: New Mexico Dreamers in Action
Where: Center for Progress and Justice, 1420 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe NM
When: 6pm
Contact: Hector Aveldano, 505-929-1789, hectoraveldano@yahoo.com

El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos, elected officials, faith leaders, and allies will hold a press conference.
Where: El Centro’s office, 714 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM
Contact: Rachel Lazar, rlazar_elcentro@yahoo.com, 505-217-5189

New York:

Who: Make the Road New York
Where: 92-10 Roosevelt Avenue, Queens, NY OR 1090 Suffolk Avenue, Brentwood, NY
When: 7:45pm
Contact: Daniel Altschuler; 917-494-5922; daniel.altschuler@maketheroadny.org

Who: NYIC
Where: 32BJ SEIU Office, 25 West 18th St, 5th Floor Auditorium
When: 7:45 pm
Contact: Thanu Yakupitiyage; 413-687-5160; tyaku@thenyic.org

Who: DRUM
Where: 72-18 Roosevelt Ave., Jackson Heights NY
When: 7pm
Contact: Rishi Singh, 347-628-8934, rishi@drumnyc.org

Who: NYRIR
Where: 25 West 18th Street, 5th Floor Auditorium
When: 8 pm
Contact: Christina Chang; 212-627-2227 ext. 237cchang@thenyic.org

Who: CARECEN
Where: 91 N Franklin Street in Hempstead
When: 8pm
Contact: Francis Madi; 347-753-6267; fmadi@nyic.org

Who: Neighbors Link 27
Where: 27 Columbus Ave, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549
When: 7:45 pm
Contact: Charlotte Gosset; 202-368-7734; cgossett@nyic.org

Who: Faith in New York
Where: Faith in New York Office, at 103-04 39th Ave, Suite 5, Corona, NY 11368
When: 7:30pm
Contact: Anthony Perez, 917-887-3227, anthony@faithinnewyork.org or Andrew Hausermann, 718-208-9824, andrew@faithinnewyork.org

Event: Action to Demand the End of Child and Family Detention
Where: Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, New York, New York 10017
When: 5pm
Contact: Carol Barton: 917-584-9726 and Alix Nguefack: 973-943-0343
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New Jersey:

Who: Faith in New Jersey
Where: Sacred Heart Church – Parish Hall, 56 Throop Ave, New Brunswick, NJ
When: 7:30 pm
Contact: Carlos Rojas 732-372-1487, carlos@piconj.org

North Carolina:

Who: Action NC and International House
Where: 1817 Central Ave; Suite 212, Charlotte NC
When: 7:30 pm
Contact: Héctor Vaca; 704-244-1100; hector@actionnc.org

Latin American Coalition will hold a watch party at their office
Where: 4938 Central Ave Suite 101, Charlotte, NC 28205
When: 7:30 pm
Contact: Lacey Williams, lwilliams@latinamericancoalition.org, 704-941-2542

Oklahoma:

Who: DREAM Act Oklahoma
Where: La Oaxaqueña, 741 SW 29th St, Oklahoma City OK
When: 7pm
Contact: Fredy Valencia Núñez, 405-922-1130, fredy@dreamactok.org

 Oregon:

Who: Causa
Where: Center for Intercultural Organizing, 700 N Killingsworth Street, Portland
When: 5pm (PT)
Contact: Erik Sorensen; 503-488-0263 or at erik@causaoregon.org

Administrative Relief Announcement Watch Party & Press Conference
When: 4:30pm
Where: Social Justice Center, 155 NW Irving St., Bend, OR
Contact: Greg Delgado at 541-390-6213

Administrative Relief Announcement Watch Party & Press Conference
Where: Commons at the Law school, Knight Law School | University of Oregon, 1515 Agate Street, Eugene, Oregon
When: 4:30pm
Contact: Ramon Ramirez, 503-989-0073

Pennsylvania:

WHO: Watch party co-hosted by PICC and New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia
WHERE: West Kensington Ministry, 2140 N. Hancock, Philadelphia
WHEN: 7:45pm
Contact: Sundrop Carter, 610-217-8222, sundropcarter@paimmigrant.org

WHO: Juntos watch party
WHERE: Taquitos de Puebla on the Italian Market, 1149 S 9th St, Philadelphia
WHEN: 8pm
Contact: Erika Almiron, erika@vamosjuntos.org

WHO: Juntos watch party
WHERE: Tortilleria la Familia, 557 Chain St., Norristown
WHEN: 8pm
Contact: Erika Almiron, erika@vamosjuntos.org

Texas:

Who: NTIC
Where: Christ’s Foundry United Methodists mission located on 9891 Webb Chapel Dallas, TX 75220
When: 6:30-9pm (CT)
Contact: Daniel Barrera; 214 957 6234

Who: United We Dream Houston
Where: MECA, 1900 Kane St, Houston TX
When: 6pm
Contact: Carolina Ramirez, 409-549-6523, cramirez@unitedwedream.org

Who: North Texas Dream Team
Where: Christ’s Foundry United Methodist Church, Mission 9891, Webb Chapel, Dallas,
TX
When: 6:30pm
Contact: Marco Malagon, 214-578-8376, marcontdt@gmail.com

Who: CMSA
Where: College Station, Memorial Student Center
When: 7pm
Contact: Gabriela Castillo, 214-881-1198, gabycast55@gmail.com

Who: Minority Affairs Council
Where: UTPA – Student Union, 1201 West University Drive, Edinburg TX
When: 7pm
Contact: Adrian Guerrero, 956-588-9799, aguerreroz17@gmail.com

Who: Houston watch party, hosted by Service Employees International Union Texas, Texas Organizing Project, Mi Familia Vota Texas, Fe y Justicia Workers Center, Houston Peace and Justice Center, Working America, LCLAA, Harris County AFL-CIO, Houston Progressives, Community Voices for Public Education
When: 6:30pm
Where: Iglesia Nueva Vida, 4124 Telephone Road, Houston
Contact: Paloma Martinez, 832-493-4839pmartinez@seiutx.org

Watch party in San Antonio
Where: Our Lady of the Lake University, 411 SW 24th St, San Antonio
When: 7pm

Tennessee:

Who: TIRRC
Where: 5252 Hickory Hollow Parkway, Antioch TN, 37013
When: 6:30 pm
Contact: Eben Cathey; 615.775.1069; eben@tnimmigrant.org

Knoxville TN Watch Party
Who: Hola Hora Latina, Centro Hispano, TIRRC, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Comite Popular
When: 8:00pm EST
Where: The Birdhouse (800 N 4th Ave, Knoxville)
Contact: Alysa Medina, 865-264-0604

Who: TIRRC watch party in Crossville
Where: 478 Sparta Drive, Crossville
When: 6:30pm
Contact: Alysa Medina, 865-264-0604

Who: ACLU of Texas organizer and volunteers
Where: Salvador Cisneros’ House, 32975 Bent Tree Ave, San Benito,
When:  7:00 pm
Contact: Maria Cordero; 956-459-2168mariaranchoalegre@gmail.com

Utah:

Utah Comunidades Unidas will host a community town-hall and watch party
Where: Centro Civico Mexicano, 155 S 600 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
When: 6:00 pm
Contact: Mayra Cedano or Luis Garza, 801-487-4143, cell: 801-831-2378, mayra@cuutah.org or luis@cuutah.org

 Virginia:

Who: Dreamers of Virginia
Where: 2 South Fillmore St., Arlington VA
When: 7:30pm
Contact: Hareth Andrade, 202-758-5282, hareth35@hotmail.com

Who: NAKASEC watch party
Where: NAKSEC VA office, 7006 Evergreen Court, Suite 200 Annandale
When: Gathering at 7:30
Contact: Dong Yoon Kim, dkim@nakasec.org, 703.256.2208

Washington:

OneAmerica will hold a rally and press conference with Mayor Edward B. Murray, Representative Adam Smith, dozens of concerned immigrants, leaders and advocates
Where: Seattle Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA, 98104
Time: 12:00 pm
Contact: Pavan Vangipuram, 206-452-8403, pavan@weareoneamerica.org

OneAmerica will hold a rally and press conference.
Where: 300 S 1st St, Mt Vernon, WA 98273
Time: 1:00 pm
Contact: Pavan Vangipuram, 206-452-8403, pavan@weareoneamerica.org

OneAmerica will hold a rally and press conference.
Where: Corner of Fort Vancouver Way and Mcclellan Road, Vancouver, WA
Time: 4:00 pm
Contact: Pavan Vangipuram, 206-452-8403, pavan@weareoneamerica.org

OneAmerica will hold a rally and press conference.
Where: 28 E. Main St, Downtown Walla Walla, 99362
Time: 4:00 pm
Contact: Pavan Vangipuram, 206-452-8403, pavan@weareoneamerica.org

OneAmerica will hold a rally and press conference.
Where: 402 S 3rd St. Yakima, WA 98901
Time: 2:00 pm
Contact: Pavan Vangipuram, 206-452-8403, pavan@weareoneamerica.org

Wisconsin:

Who: Voces de la Frontera
Where: Candelas Hall, 2537 W National Avenue in Milwaukee
When: 6pm
Contact: Christine Neumann-Ortiz, (414) 736-2835; cineumann@aol.com

PRESS CONFERENCES:

Tennessee:

Who: Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition
Where: Global Mall Event Center, 5252 Hickory Hollow Parkway, Antioch TN
When: 6:30pm
Contact: Leticia Alvarez, 931-223-7880, leticia@tnimmigrant.org

Events on Friday November 21:

WATCH PARTIES:

 Arizona:

Watch Party at UFCW 99, followed by March and Press Conference at ICE Office at 2035 N Central Ave
Where: 2401 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ
When: 1pm
Contact: Molly McGovern, molly.mcgovern@seiuaz.org

Watch Party and Press Conference at Southside Presbyterian Church
Where: 317 W. 23rd Street, Tucson
When: 2pm
Contact: Molly McGovern, molly.mcgovern@seiuaz.org

California:

Who: Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights of Los Angeles
Where: 2533 West Third St., Ste. 101, Los Angeles, CA  90057
When: 10am
Contact: Jorge-Mario Cabrera; (562) 243-5559; jmcabrera@chirla.org

Who: SIREN Santa Clara coalition watch party
Where: SEIU Local 521, 2302 Zanker Road, San Jose
When: 12:30pm
Contact: Victoria Ramirez, 707-227-7801, victoria@siren-bayarea.org

Connecticut:

Who: Connecticut Students for a Dream
Where: Hispanic Center, 4 Harmony St., Danbury, CT
When: 1pm
Contact: Edgardo Perez-Cabrera, 203-460-7571, 82edgardoperez@gmail.com

Florida:

Who: Florida Immigrant Commission
Where: 1016 N Park Ave Apopka, FL 32712
When: 1pm
Contact: Natalia Jaramillo, natalia@floridaimmigrant.org, 786-317-3524

Who: Mi Familia Vota
Where: 4311 W Waters Ave Ste 402. Tampa, FL 33614
When: 1pm
Contact: Natalia Jaramillo, natalia@floridaimmigrant.org, 786-317-3524

Who: Florida Immigrant Coalition
Where: 2800 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33137
When: 5pm
Contact: Natalia Jaramillo, natalia@floridaimmigrant.org, 786-317-3524

Who: FLIC
Where: Ybor Centennial Park, 1800 E 8th Ave, Tampa FL
When: 4pm
Contact: Isabel Sousa-Rodriguez, 239-887-7887, isabelsousa@floridaimmigrant.org

Nevada:

Who: Watch Party at the Culinary Union
When: Friday, November 21, 2014 at 12pm
Where: 1630 South Commerce Street Las Vegas, Nevada 89102
Contact: Laura Martin, 702-292-1279, lmartin@planevada.org

Who: Promise Arizona Families Attend Presidential Speech on Executive Action in Las Vegas, NV
When: November 21, 2014 at 3:00pm
Where: Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, NV
Contact: Petra Falcon, info@promiseaz.org

New York:

Who: Minkwon Center for Community Action
Where: 32BJ, 25 West 18th St, 5th Floor Auditorium
When: 7pm
Contact: Kevin Cho, 516-732-2858, kevin.cho@minkwon.org

RALLIES:

National:

Who: CASA de Maryland & CASA de Virginia, SEIU 32BJ
Where: White House
When: 3pm
Contact: Maria Jose Sandoval; 301-717-4492; msandoval@casamd.org

California:

Who: SEIU Local 87
Where: ICE 620 Sansome, San Francisco
When: 11 am
Contact: Lucia Lin, 213-538-8580,

Congressman McCarthy Field Office
Where: 4100 Empire Dr, #150, Bakersfield
Contact: Paola Fernandez, 661-378-7290

Federal Building
2500 Tulare St, Fresno
Contact: Magdalena Gomez, 559-353-1253

LA City Hall
Where: 200 N Spring St, Los Angeles
Contact: Faith Culbreath: 213-434-2988; Arnulfo De La Cruz, 213-200-0993; Lester Garcia and Sandra Diaz: 619-534-2927

Central Grace Community Church
Where: 918 Sierra Dr, Modesto
Contact: Caroline Lucas: 916-541-1669; Sergio Lara: 209-589-5767

IOglesia Inmaculado Corazon de Maria
Where: 1100 S. Center St, Santa Ana
When: 4:30pm
Contact: Marisol Rivera: 714-448-5378

Pennsylvania:

Who: Chant down the walls with Juntos
Where: 1600 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia
When: 11am
Contact: Erika Almiron, erika@vamosjuntos.org

New York:

Who: NYRIR
Where: Union Square, New York City
When: 2pm-8pm
Contact: Christina Chang; 212-627-2227 ext. 237cchang@thenyic.org

PRESS CONFERENCES:

Alabama:

Who: Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice
Where: Historic Kelly Ingram Park in front of 16th St. Baptist Church
When: 4pm CT
Contact: Kyle Tharp; (865) 776-9645press@acjj.net

California:

Who: Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights of Los Angeles
Where: 2533 West Third St., Ste. 101, Los Angeles, CA  90057
When: 11:30 am
Contact: Jorge-Mario Cabrera; (562) 243-5559; jmcabrera@chirla.org

Who: Southern Border Communities Coalition press conference
When: 9:30am
Where: St. Joseph’s Cathedral, 1535 3rd Avenue, San Diego
Contact: Kim Rescate, 619-804-7822, kim@alliancesd.org

Connecticut:

Immigrant families, Sen Blumenthal press conference and rally
Where: Center for Latino Progress, 95 Park Street, Hartford
When: 12pm
Contact: Peter Rider, PRider@seiu32bj.org & Elizabeth Benton, 860-729-3589

Florida:

Mi Familia Vota Press Conference
Where: Centennial Park 1800 E 8th Ave, Tampa
When: 3:30pm

Hawaii:

Who: Hawaii Coalition for Immigrant Rights/Immigration Reform press conference
Where: Harris United Methodist Church, 20 S. Vineyard Blvd., Honolulu
When: 11:00 am HT (4 pm ET)
Contact: Stan Bain stanbain@facehawaii.org

Massachusetts:

Who: Student Immigrant Movement
Where: 32BJ
When: 12pm
Contact: Carlos Rojas Álvarez, 857-919-8468, Crojas@simforus.com

Pennsylvania:

Who: Pittsburgh Press Event
Where: USW Headquarters, 60 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh
When: 12pm
Contact: Guillermo Perez, Cell:  518-253-9120, Office:  412-562-2434 , gperez@usw.org

Texas:

Who: University Leadership Initiative
Where: South Gates of the Texas Capitol
When: 10:30am
Contact: Diana Morales, 832-489-4875, diana.morales593@gmail.com

Who: SEIU, Mi Familia Vota Houston watch party
Where: Teatro Billingue de Houston, 333 S. Jensen Drive, Houston
When: 2:30pm
Contact: Paloma Martinez, 832-493-4839  pmartinez@seiutx.org

Wisconsin

Workers, families press conference
When: 3pm
Where: Voces de la Frontera, 1027 S. 5th Street, Milwaukee
Contact: Bruce Colburn, bruce.colburn@seiu.org

INFORMATION SESSIONS:

California

Who: UFW Foundation
Where: TBD, UFW Locations
When: 5pm
Contact: Erica Lomeli; elomeli@ufwfoundation.org

Events on Saturday, November 22

Illinois:

ICIRR will hold a rally with Congressman Luis Gutierrez and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Where: Benito Juarez High School, 1450-1510 West, Cermak Road, Chicago
Time: 9:30 am
Contact: Monica Trevino, mtrevino@icirr.org or 773-573-8667

Pennsylvania:

Who: Pennsylvania United for Immigration Reform press event
Where: 1515 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA
When: 11:45am
Contact: Natasha Kelemen, natashakelemen@paimmigrant.org215-832-3481267-230-7337

Wisconsin:

Voces de la Frontera will host an informational forum for the community.
Where: South Division High School, 1515 West Lapham Blvd., Milwaukee WI 53204
Time: 11:00 pm
Contact: Christine Newman, CINeumann@aol.com, 414-736-2835

Events on Sunday, November 23:

Information Session and Legal Screening:

Who: NYRIR
Where: 162-02 Hillside Ave in Jamaica, Queens, New York
When: 9am-3pm
Contact: Christina Chang; 212-627-2227 ext. 237cchang@thenyic.org

Parents of DREAMers Shouldn’t Be Excluded from Executive Action

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Mendoza (second from left) with other advocates protesting outside the White House

Lenka Mendoza (second from left) is an undocumented mother who has joined other advocates outside the White House. Photo: Mendoza’s Facebook page

The president has made firm indications that he will be taking executive action to provide administrative relief to millions of undocumented immigrants before the end of the year. That action should be bold and it should include parents who have raised children here, including parents of the more than 640,000 youth who have thrived since the announcement of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. Lenka Mendoza, like so many other mothers, knows this makes sense, and she has joined other mothers who have gathered in Washington over the last few weeks to plead the case for keeping families together no matter what action the president takes.

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Mendoza at a press conference on Capitol Hill this week.

Mendoza is a member of DREAMers Moms USA, which has brought mothers from throughout the country to take part in a fast outside the White House to underscore their message. She joined Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D–Calif.), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D–Calif.), and Rep. Dina Titus (D–Nev.) on Capitol Hill this week to explain why the president’s action must include the parents of DREAMers.

“Like the DREAMers, the parents of DREAMers love our country, and contribute to our economy every day,” said Roybal-Allard. “As women leaders in Congress, our message is simple, Mr. President: Don’t separate children from their parents. Keep families together. And enable moms and dads to come out of the shadows to openly contribute to our country, and to live their lives with dignity and respect.”

Mendoza and her husband are both undocumented parents of children, one of whom is a citizen. She has lived in the United States for 14 years. In an interview with the blog Girl Talk, Mendoza explained how she fears being separated from her children every day. She initially stayed behind in Peru with her children while her husband came to work here in the United States. When he fell ill, Mendoza had little choice but to bring herself and their children to the United States to be with their ailing father. She has been unable to go back to Peru after arriving 14 years ago, even when her parents passed away. On Capitol Hill, Mendoza explained why executive action must include protection for the parents of DREAMers and U.S. citizen children.

“Many people talk about the virtue that DREAMers bring, but many forget the force behind them are their parents,” said Mendoza on Capitol Hill. “We want the president to recognize our voice in this country and in the economy.”

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Mendoza is a member of DREAMers Moms USA (some pictured here) which has been fasting outside the White House for more than two weeks.

For 16 days, Mendoza and other mothers and fathers have endured weather that has recently included rain and near-freezing temperatures.

“It’s been hard these past 16 days; to be in front [of the White House] in the park dealing with cold, dealing with the hunger,” said Mendoza. “But our love for our children is greater than that. We want to be recognized and we want to be free in the country of freedom. We ask that President Obama act quickly in taking executive action. We cannot wait any longer.”

As we have explained, the president does have the authority to act boldly. There is also precedent for that action to include protecting parents. As Rep. Lofgren explained, the 1986 immigration law passed with an intentional exclusion of beneficiaries of the act. To correct this, President Reagan created the Family Fairness Program. President George H.W. Bush expanded this program in 1990 to cover as many as 1.5 million spouses and children, nearly 40 percent of the undocumented population in the United States at the time.

Alejandra Sanchez is undocumented and a mother of five in Arizona. She wants the president's action to include protection for the parents of kids with citizenship or legal residency.

Alejandra Sanchez is undocumented and a mother of five in Arizona. She wants the president’s action to include protection for the parents of kids with citizenship or legal residency.

“By offering protection to spouses and children, these two presidents demonstrated that executive authority over immigration can and should take into consideration the importance of family unity in our society. That’s just as true today as it was then,” said Rep. Lofgren. “We look at these DREAM Act students as potential future leaders. Their capacity to contribute to our country will be diminished if their families are disrupted. So, we ask the president to use his authority to include relief to include the parents of the DREAM Act beneficiaries, the parents who raised these exceptional high-achieving young people.”

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Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) talks with Mendoza and other members of DREAMers Moms USA after their press conference.

As the president and his team consider taking action, we hope he remembers the hopes and dreams that all mothers and fathers have for their children and takes the steps necessary to guarantee that those parents and children stay together.

We’re Making Sure Latinos Understand Alzheimer’s Disease

By Elizabeth Carrillo, Project Coordinator, Institute for Hispanic Health, NCLR

latinosandalzheimers_blog_ENGDecreased judgment, difficulty completing familiar tasks, and unusual changes in behavior or personality are all-too-familiar signs of someone living with Alzheimer’s disease. For National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, we want take a moment help you better understand this terrible ailment.

Alzheimer’s currently affects more than five million Americans. Experts estimate that by 2050 the number of individuals age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s will reach between 11 million and 16 million people—more than double today’s rate. For various reasons, including family history and prevalence of heart disease and diabetes, Hispanics are at least 1.5 times more likely than Whites to suffer from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Hispanics also have a higher life expectancy than other groups which, coupled with greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s, means the disease will continue to increase among Hispanics.

A concern in our community is that Latinos lack an understanding of the disease’s signs and symptoms, often confusing them for normal signs of aging. In fact, Latinos are diagnosed an average of seven years later than Whites, which suggests that the signs are less likely to be recognized. Earlier this week NCLR conducted a text quiz to assess general awareness of the prevalence of Alzheimer’s among Latinos, and the results showed that only 35 percent of people are aware that Latinos are 1.5 times more likely to develop this disease. It’s a signal that there is still much work to be done around raising awareness of the disease among the Latino community.

We must begin by understanding the normal signs of aging versus the signs of Alzheimer’s. While there is still no cure for the disease, early diagnosis can lead to treatment that is more effective at slowing down its progression. Reducing one’s risk for Alzheimer’s—by practicing these five tips for maintaining a healthy brain—is an important step toward fighting the disease.

Increasing awareness of this disease begins with all of us. With support from the MetLife Foundation, NCLR has implemented Mantenga su Mente Activa (Keep Your Brain Active), an Alzheimer’s education program led by promotores de salud (community health workers), for the last five years. The program has been implemented across 20 communities via our Affiliates in the West, Southwest, and Midwest regions of the country. Since 2010, Mantenga su Mente Activa has reached more than 4,500 Latinos through face-to-face programming, mainly via a tool kit used during charlas, or small educational sessions. It has also reached an estimated 16 million Latinos through digital media efforts of NCLR and participating Affiliates. These include tools such as a bilingual awareness video and a Spanish language public service announcement. The program has been effective at increasing awareness across specific areas, but we hope this is only the start of what will become a national effort to educate Latinos about the disease. Join us in our efforts—pass along this information to your friends and family.

The Latino Outlook is Positive but Improvement is Still Needed

By Delia Pompa, Senior Vice President, Programs, NCLR

ImmigrationRally_7_10_2013Latinos are well aware of discrimination and inequality yet we are optimistic about the future, a new poll shows. The State of the Latino Family Survey of 1,000 Latinos, ranging from new immigrants to long-time citizens and conducted by Univision, The Denver Post, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, shows that the Latino community is particularly hopeful about their economic prospects, their personal health, and the quality of public education.

What is striking about the survey is that the pollsters chose to include undocumented immigrants living in the United States, providing a fuller picture of the Latino community’s stance on a variety of issues. Nonetheless, while optimism is apparent throughout the survey, differences exist among demographic groups, highlighting the complexity of the Latino community. Some findings show that Latinos who are newer to the United States have a much more positive outlook than those who have lived in the country longer. This latter group was more prone to “express disappointment with persistent inequality and diminishing opportunities.”

The poll focused on the following areas: social progress, economics, education, health, and the Latino experience.

Social Progress

Latinos have seen progress in health care access, equal opportunity, and education. The optimism for these particular issues, however, is somewhat guarded, especially considering that those surveyed believe there is an uptick in violence and crime, affordable housing is scarce, and discrimination against Latinos and immigrants has not diminished. The difference in attitudes is most stark when generational and socioeconomic differences are considered. For example, 56 percent of fourth-generation Latinos believe that things are getting worse on the job front compared to 40 percent of new U.S. citizens.

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Economics

When asked about the economy and personal finances, an overwhelming 73 percent of respondents said they were optimistic about the future. Just 10 percent of those surveyed said they were not optimistic at all. The survey also showed that undocumented immigrants and the highest-income earners had the most positive outlook. Unfortunately, there is still progress to be made in ensuring that Latinas feel secure about the economy. A full 54 percent said they had no savings to draw from were they to fall on hard times, and just 61 percent said they could take on another job or more hours, compared to 73 percent of men who said the same.

Education

LatinoFamilySurvey_chart3Education is always one of the highest priorities for Latino parents, and respondents are confident about the instruction their children receive. According to the poll, 77 percent of Latinos with children said they believe that their schools are providing a quality education. An impressive 60 percent of Latino parents said they are actively engaged in their children’s education, whether it be attending parent-teacher conferences or volunteering at the school. Attendance at functions such as school board hearings, however, was weaker; the time commitment necessary for such events was often cited as a barrier, as were language and citizenship differences.

Health

The survey revealed that Latinos are also positive about their health outlook. In fact, 63 percent said they were in “good, very good, or excellent health.” Compare this to the 12 percent who rated their health as “poor.” Interestingly, while 75 percent said they have some kind of health insurance, 40 percent reported that they usually seek medical care outside of a doctor’s office. Twenty-five percent said they go to clinics or community health centers, while 16 percent said they go to hospitals or urgent care centers for medical attention.

The Latino Experience

Finally, on the Latino experience overall, the community is undeniably concerned about being the targets of discrimination in American society. Almost 70 percent said they are concerned about excessive force being doled out against them. Interestingly, more than 20 percent said they felt that Latinos are discriminated the most in Arizona, surely a result of the state’s notorious anti-immigrant atmosphere embodied by laws such as SB 1070.

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This is an important poll, to be sure, though we should keep in mind that while Latinos remain optimistic about their future, there is still much work to be done politically, legislatively, and programmatically to guarantee better opportunities. Harnessing the optimism of our diverse and complex community will help us break down the barriers to education and the workplace, helping more Latinos enjoy full participation in American life.

Caregivers Represent the Best of Familia

By Elizabeth Carrillo, Project Coordinator, Institute for Hispanic Health, NCLR

Caregiver_resizedOften referred to as the backbone of the long-term care system in the U.S., family caregivers provide an annual estimate of $450 billion in unpaid care to their loved ones living with a chronic disease. More than just their economic value to society, however, family caregivers embody a value deeply engrained in Latino culture—familismo, or familism. The importance of immediate and extended family ties is what drives more than eight million Latino caregivers to care for their loved ones on a daily basis. Caregivers usually look after their elderly parents or grandparents, but sometimes also their children or spouses. Compassion, patience, empathy, resilience, humility, and adaptability are all traits embodied in a caregiver, and this November, National Family Caregivers Month, we recognize and thank the important work done by the 45 million family caregivers across the nation.

Caregivers provide varying types and levels of care. They can range from providing emotional care like companionship, to the physical, such as preparing meals, administering medication, and providing wound care. The longer a loved one lives with a disease, the more the disease progresses, which intensifies the caregiver’s role. This makes it increasingly difficult to balance work and life for many Latino caregivers who juggle multiple responsibilities. The hardest hit group is Latinas, since nearly 75 percent of Hispanic caregivers are female, and 67 percent report being the primary caregiver for an elderly relative. Assuming responsibility for aging parents is expected among many traditional Latino families. A study found that while Hispanic caregivers reported caring for their family out of love, the lines between choice and obligation were blurred for many. Despite the challenges and stress that caregivers experience, many reported being happy to care for their family members.

For me, like so many others, these facts represent my reality. My mother has been the primary caregiver for my grandmother and late grandfather for the last 17 years. I have witnessed first-hand the stress and challenges she faces in this role. My grandmother has lived with diabetes for 20 years, and I know that she has lived this long in great part because of my mother’s care. Yet, my mom hardly thinks of herself as a caregiver. For her, caring for her elderly mother is just part of her role as a daughter. This family obligation is a sentiment commonly held among Latina caregivers. Like other Latino families, my mother comes from a large family and in the last five years, has sought the help and support of other family members. Still, my grandmother was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and her care will become increasingly difficult. The need for outside resources and formal services will soon emerge.

With increasing longevity—particularly among Latinos—and rising rates of diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, (two of the top diseases among loved ones cared for by family) the number of family caregivers will also increase. This trend raises concerns about the physical, emotional, and financial costs to the caregiver. For various reasons, including socioeconomic ones, Latino families will continue to turn to each other for help. Nevertheless, changing demographics and generational differences will likely create a shift in the acceptability of seeking outside help. Seeking formal services to help care for elderly family members may help reduce stress among Latino caregivers and help them better balance life and work, while still staying true to that deeply held value of familismo.

For more about the caregiver experience, check out our video highlighting the story of two Latina caregivers in Chicago.

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