Honoring Servicemen and Women, the Best and Brightest Latinos: Highlights from the Final Day of #NCLR14

The last day of the 2014 NCLR Annual Conference closed with an inspiring Tuesday lunch and our annual Awards Gala. Check out the highlights from our last day in Los Angeles.

#NCLR14 Kicks Off With a Day of Service

We kicked off our Annual Conference in Los Angeles with a day of community service to beautify Berendo Middle School together with Bank of America and our Affiliate, Youth Policy Institute. Below are highlights of the event!

Latinos Place Economy as Number-One Concern

Attend NCLR Economic Policy Workshops to Learn How You Can Help Build a Better Future

Jar of Money --- Image by © Royalty-Free/CorbisLatinos consistently rank the health of the economy as their primary concern, especially in the past few years as our country has slowly emerged from the Great Recession. Analysts at NCLR have designed workshops for the 2014 NCLR Annual Conference about critical economic policy issues: retirement security, housing finance, banking, workforce development, federal budget, and more. Our aim is to engage in a lively discussion with Conference attendees on these important policy topics that ultimately impact all of our pocketbooks.

We hope you are coming to Los Angeles to attend the NCLR Annual Conference and that you’re as excited as we are to participate in the workshops. We need your energy, feedback, and questions to have a real success. We also hope that you learn from the excellent speakers we have lined up to share the latest policy information with our community, and discover about ways to get involved in helping build a better future for our country. A poll of Latino voters from NCLR and Latino Decisions set to be released on Monday, July 21 finds that the economic crisis is indeed still very personal for Latino families.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

9:00–10:30 a.m.
Policy Workshop: Is Washington Working for the Latino Community? An Update from the 113th Congress

While the 113th Congress is frequently described as the most partisan and least effective Congress in history, recent bipartisan efforts to pass a budget, advance immigration reform, and overhaul our housing finance system suggest that there could be substantive progress on Latino priorities heading into the midterm elections and beyond. Hear from NCLR policy experts and Congressman Tony Cardenas’ Chief of Staff about what’s happening on the Hill and in the Obama administration to move a Latino policy agenda forward.

11:00 a.m.–noon
Affiliate Lounge Session: Take it to Washington, DC: Help Shape the 2015 Latino Economic Policy Agenda

Campaign representatives from the group Latinos United for a Fair Economy would like to hear from you regarding various economic issues of high importance to the Latino community, such as funding for education, job training, and infrastructure. Your feedback will help shape the economic policy priorities included in the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda’s 2015 Latino Economic Policy Agenda.

 

conferencebanners-04Sunday, July 20, 2014

9:00–10:30 a.m.
Health and Community Family and Wealth-Building Workshop: Ready? Set? Retire! Addressing Disparities in Latino Retirement Preparedness

Two-thirds of Latino workers lack access to a workplace retirement savings plan. This workshop will share information about how Latinos utilize retirement plans now, and explore how new retirement policy proposals may impact retirement readiness among Latinos.

3:30–5:00 p.m.
Town Hall: The State of the Economy: Giving Latinos a Fighting Chance

Five years after the financial crisis, Latinos still face significant financial challenges. This town hall will discuss policies impacting access to financial services for Latinos and new immigrants. Keynote address by Senator Elizabeth Warren.


Monday, July 21

9:00–10:30 a.m.
Policy Workshop: Building the Pipeline to Good Jobs

Too many graduates of workforce development programs feel powerless against common abuses in low-wage jobs. This workshop will explore promising approaches to empower workers to stand up for their rights and improve working conditions in key industries.

NCLR Health Summit to Zone in On Getting Health Care Implementation Right for Latinos

By Delia Pompa, Senior Vice President, Programs, NCLR

Delia Pompa photo

(Originally posted to the Campaign for Modern Medicines blog)

In a couple of days, NCLR will host thousands of Latinos in New Orleans for its 2013 Annual Conference where we will discuss the most pressing issues of the day for the Latino community. For the second year in a row, we will place a special emphasis on health care through the NCLR Health Summit, which kicks off today in advance of the conference, thanks to the generous support from Eli Lilly and the Campaign for Modern Medicines.

The NCLR Health Summit is a crucial component of NCLR’s efforts to foster meaningful discussions about an issue that is vitally important to the Latino community. As we strive to support and disseminate programs that empower Latinos with the tools and information to foster healthy families, the Health Summit provides a forum for community-based practitioners to engage with other stakeholders and share best practices and concerns about issues that affect all of them.

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Foreign-Born Service Members Exemplify the Best of What It Means to Be American

On Veterans’ Day we honor all of the men and women who have chosen to serve our country by joining the military.  We pause to acknowledge the profound debt owed to those who have fought, sacrificed, and died to protect the United States of America, and to those service members currently defending our nation overseas and at home.

We include in our gratitude those members of the military who, though not born within our borders, demonstrate their love for and commitment to our country by serving in the armed forces.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reported last year that since September 2001, 74,977 members of the military have become U.S. citizens through naturalization ceremonies in places as diverse as Iraq, Afghanistan, El Salvador, and Thailand.  With deep appreciation, NCLR recognizes our foreign-born service members who have decided to pursue the American Dream and their fullest potential as citizens.

We take pride in our veterans and in our servicemen and servicewomen pursuing citizenship.  In 2010 NCLR partnered with Texas Affiliate the Mexican American Unity Council to host a special USCIS naturalization ceremony for several military personnel before the 2010 NCLR Annual Conference.  You can view scenes from that ceremony in this video after the jump.

Thank you to all of our service members who have committed their lives to the defense of the United States of America.  Your selfless example inspires and educates us all on the dedicated and courageous character of American citizenship.