CFPB’s New Consumer Protection: Restrict Forced Arbitration

By Renato Rocha, Policy Analyst, Economic Policy, UnidosUS

The same week we announced our new name—UnidosUS—the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a final rule that prohibits financial contracts from having forced arbitration clauses with class action bans. In effect, the new rule restores the right of consumers to come together in court by prohibiting class action bans, giving consumers a way to unite and hold corporations accountable for systemic misconduct.

Forced arbitration is a rigged system. Often, forced arbitration requires consumers to take a dispute to a private arbitrator chosen by the company, rather than exercise their right to have their complaint heard before a court. Given the association between the company and the arbitrator, forced arbitration causes considerable unfairness to consumers.

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2017 NCLR Annual Conference Recap: Day Three

The 2017 NCLR Annual Conference wrapped up today and it was a day full of more workshops, an exciting town hall on what’s at stake for the Latino community if deep cuts are made to Medicaid.

Take a look at the highlights from the last day of the conference.

The day started with the Monday Breakfast, and was emceed by actor, poet, and comedian, Joe Hernandez-Kolski.

Latin Grammy Award-winning pop duo, Jesse and Joy also made a special appearance and debuted the new video to their hit song, “Un Besito Mas.”

Special remarks were given by journalist Alicia Melendez

And, Olympic Gold Medalist, Laurie Hernandez also stopped by to deliver some inspirational words to attendees

Arizona Anti-Defamation League National Director Jonathan Greenblatt delivered the keynote speech.

Watch the entire event from our livestream.

After the Monday Breakfast finished, it was time for another full day of workshops and town halls

One of the first sessions of the day focused on what we can all do to protect and defend the gains we have made for health equity for children

After morning sessions, it was time for the Monday Luncheon.

Immediately following the Monday Lunch was the final town hall, which focused on health.

Watch the entire town hall below:

The last and final event of the 2017 NCLR Annual Conference is the Annual Awards Gala. You can catch a livestream of the event on our Facebook page at

2017 NCLR Annual Conference Recap: Day Two

Day two of the 2017 NCLR Conference has now wrapped up. It was a day full of truly informative workshops, an inspiring Latinas Brunch and an interesting debate on what is at stake for Latinos in the tax reform debate. And, after a long day, it was time for attendees to let their hair down and enjoyed several receptions that honored some of our community’s strongest advocates.

One of the first sessions of the day was an up-close conversation with the head writer of Disney’s Elena of Avalor, Silvia Olives. She shared her own story about how she made it in Hollywood, and what needs to be done to encourage more Latinas to enter the business.

The morning also featured a policy and legislative update from the NCLR policy team.

Our Lideres summit has also been running concurrently with the 2017 NCLR Annual Conference.

After a morning of sessions, it was time for some brunch! The ever popular Latinas Brunch hit it out of the park again with some inspiring words from Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick of Maricopa Community College, activist and author, Julissa Arce, and journalist Sandra Guzman.

First to address the crowd was Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Maricopa County Community College President.

After brunch, activist and author of My (Underground) American Dream, Julissa Arce shared her inspiring and remarkable story.

Journalist Sandra Guzman closed out the brunch with a call for Latinas to do what they need to do to take care of themselves.

Watch the livestream of the entire event below:

Next up was the second Town Hall of the conference. Today’s event was the economy town hall and was focused on tax reform and what’s at stake for the Latino community.

The Town Hall was introduced by former U.S. Congressman Ed Pastor.

The night ended with some receptions to honor some of our best advocates, including the Helen Rodriguez-Trias Health Award and the LGBTQ and Allies Champions Award.

El Centro Hispano of North Carolina received our LGBTQ Champions Award for their long-time work on supporting and fighting for LGBTQ Latinos in the South.

And, for their tireless work to promote and advance good health in the Latino Community, Mary’s Center received the Helen Rodriguez-Trias Heath Award. Congratulations to both of these amazing Affiliates!

Check back here tomorrow for a recap of the final day of the 2017 NCLR Annual Conference!

2017 NCLR Annual Conference Recap: Day One

The 2017 NCLR Annual Conference got underway today in Phoenix. We returned back to our roots by going to Arizona and we couldn’t be happier to be back home.

Below are highlights from the Day 1 of #NCLR17. Check back here for more highlights of Day 2.

We’re very grateful for Arizona State University’s sponsorship.

Today also marked the first day of the National Latino Family Expo!

The first event of the conference was the National Affiliate Luncheon. Watch the entire event.

NCLR President and CEO, Janet Murguia also delivered her annual President’s Message.

Our first Town Hall focused on education, specifically Latinos and community colleges.

Volunteer at the 2017 NCLR Annual Conference!

Calling all volunteers! If you’re in Phoenix from July 8-10, consider volunteering for the 2017 NCLR Annual Conference, the largest Latino event of the summer.

Every year, our Conference brings together some of the nation’s most influential change-makers for discussions dedicated to addressing the most important issues impacting the Latino community. This year, the Conference will be going back to its roots in Phoenix, where NCLR was first established.

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