Latino Advocates Descend on Washington

This week, NCLR welcomed leaders and advocates from our Affiliate Network to Washington, DC for our Community Leaders Actions Summit. Attendees were treated to two days of workshops and trainings to prepare for a visit to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress. Legendary civil rights activist Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) also joined the summit to fire up and rally attendees as they prepared for their Hill visits. Below are highlights from the week’s events starting with a powerful press conference we held in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

To kick off the Summit, NCLR went to Capitol Hill to deliver a message to Congress that on immigration, the assault on families must end. We were joined by Fatima and Yeleni Avelica, whose father was detained while he was dropping them off at school. Also with us was Rose Escobar, whose husband was deported because of technical paperwork issue. He wife has been forced to raise her children on her own until she can return. The Democratic Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Sen. Robert Melendez (D-N.J.)

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The Story Behind the National Mall’s “Three Soldiers”

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The Three Soldiers sculptures stand on the National Mall, near the Vietnam War Memorial

If you walk along the National Mall today, you’ll find monuments that honor military veterans alongside memorials of past presidents and other national heroes. Among them, the iconic Vietnam Veterans Memorial is one of the most visited. One statue in the memorial, The Three Soldiers, signifies the diversity of the troops who served in Vietnam.

The Memorial Wall adjacent to the statue lists every soldier who went to Vietnam; many of them from foreign countries. The appearances of the Three Servicemen Statue (also referred to as the Three Soldiers) reflect that: even though all three men share the same bronze skin tone, they are meant to be Black, White, and Hispanic.

Today we honor more than 1.1 million service members who gave their lives for this country, many of whom died while fighting in Vietnam. The Three Servicemen Statue is a powerful reminder of who pays the price for our freedoms and rights. Latinos have also made ample contributions to our society, and many have paid with their lives while serving their country. We are incredibly grateful to them and their families. They are not forgotten.

Counting Down to the 2016 NCLR Annual Conference in Orlando

What do George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Melinda Gates, and Suze Orman all have in common? They’ve all spoken at the NCLR Annual Conference.

Every summer, Latinos from around the country come together for three days of powerful seminars, cutting-edge workshops, and engaging presentations at the largest gathering of its kind in the United States. Conference provides an opportunity for people in the business of social change to learn about pressing issues facing Latinos across the country. Attendees have the chance to connect with community leaders and form partnerships with community-based organizations.

Conference is also home to the NCLR National Latino Family Expo®, which provides countless free services like health care screenings and housing counseling for the local Latino community.

As we count down to convening in Orlando this July, here’s a look at our #TBT series that has been highlighting some of the powerful speakers at Conference through the years.
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Webinar: Improving Latino Health through Community Healthy Drinks Initiatives

Join the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) for a webinar about exciting national and local efforts to improve access to healthy drinks where Latino children live, learn, and play!  Speakers will highlight successful efforts from across the country to improve beverage choices in schools and other community settings.  This conversation will also look at the importance of these opportunities in promoting a healthy environment for Latino children and families.

Register here to join!

When: September 30, 2015 from 2:00–3:00 p.m. EDT


Three Things to Look Forward to at the 2015 NCLR Health Summit

Health Summit picWith less than two weeks to go before the 2015 Health Summit in San Antonio, we’d like to share what Health Summit attendees can expect at this year’s gathering.

The 2015 NCLR Health Summit will focus on the “built environment,” or the places we live, work, and play that affect our health. Speakers will discuss their experiences in harnessing the built environment to promote mental and physical well-being. Here are three things attendees can expect from the 2015 NCLR Health Summit:

1.  Attendees will learn about how the built environment affects our health. 

Having sidewalks in a neighborhood increases the likelihood that residents will be physically active. Other factors and places not traditionally associated with health also have an impact on well-being. Sessions such as “Health at Home: Lessons Learned in Working toward Healthier Housing” and “Healthy Schools, Health Communities” will focus on how places where we spend so much of our time can promote health.

2.  Gain insight from best practices and model health programs that are effective in Hispanic communities. 

Throughout the Summit, we will have NCLR Affiliates and other organizations share real-life examples of the work they are doing in different arenas. For example, Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, an Affiliate based in El Paso, Texas, will be sharing the work they do to promote health while working with the values of the Latino community. Representatives from the American Heart Association will share their advocacy experiences in making sure all Texans have access to fresh fruit and vegetables.

3.  Get hands-on advocacy training to bring about change in our communities and improve Latino health. 

This year, the Summit will feature two hands-on advocacy trainings. Robyn Orth of Eli Lilly and Company will lead digital advocacy training. Learn techniques for different digital strategies for organizations of all sizes. In addition, she will share tips for using new social media, such as Snapchat, in advocacy efforts. Alexandra Harris from the National Association of Community Health Centers will lead grassroots advocacy training. Attendees will have an opportunity to practice their advocacy skills during this session using real-life examples.

Are you ready to hear from community leaders and gain valuable skills with us in San Antonio? Registration is still open; discounts are available for NCLR Affiliates and students. We’ll see you there!