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LULAC's Policy Team: The Latino Community's Liasion in Washington, D.C.

Founded in 1929, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), is the oldest and most widely respected Hispanic civil rights organization in the United States of America. Since its founding, LULAC has fought for full access to the political process and works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.

The mission of the League of United Latin American Citizens is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States.

LULAC advances its mission through three primary and complementary approaches:

Programming- LULAC programming focuses on the following key areas: civic participation, civil rights, economic development, education, health, housing, immigration, leadership, public service, technology, women, youth, young adults, and the 50+ demographic. Each of these issues offers unique challenges and opportunities. LULAC programming varies based on available funding as well as the current needs of our community.

Advocacy- As the Latino community's government liasion in Washington, D.C., LULAC monitors legislation and provides policy makers with the Latino perspective on education, immigration, civil rights, health care, business, and other issues impacting our community.  The LULAC National Policy Platform can be found at www.lulac.org/platform.

Membership- LULAC's extensive membership base works to achieve LULAC’s mission through programming and advocacy at the local level.

LULAC Advocacy Sheets

Read the latest LULAC Advocacy Fact Sheets on the issues of improtance to the Latino community.  LULAC relies on its 135,000 volunteer network of members to advance policy initiatives at the local, state, and federal level.  Become an e-member today and help us advance change.  Sign-up now to get the latest alerts by clicking here.

LULAC ADVOCACY FACT SHEETS

Click here for 2014 education advocacy sheet. 

 Click here for 2014 health care advocacy sheet. 

 Click here for 2014 immigration advocacy sheet. 

Click here for 2014 Puerto Rico advocacy sheet.

Click here for 2014 ENDA advocacy sheet.

Click here for 2014 Voting Rights Act advocacy sheet.

Click here for 2014 LNESC advocacy sheet.

To contact LULAC on a policy issue, please email Luis Torres, Director of Policy and Legislation by clicking here.

Latest LULAC Policy Activity

07/02/2014: LULAC sends letter to President Obama, supporting his intended use of executive action to achieve progress on immigration reform and emphasizing the importance of focusing on the needs of migrant children. Read the letter here.

06/16/2014: LULAC sends letters to US Senators on cloture votes for S.2432, the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act to express gratitue to Senators who voted Yes and express concern to Senators who voted No. Read the conrresponding letters here: Letter to Senators who voted Yes. Letter to Senators who voted No.

06/13/2014: LULAC sends letter to House Appropriations Committee urging passage of $2 billion in emergency funds for the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Unaccompanied Alien Children (AUC) in LHHS-FY 2015 Appropriations Bill. Read the letter here.

06/11/2014: LULAC sends letter to Senate Appropriations Committee urging support for President Obama's Race to the Top competition for Equity and Opportunity (RTT-Opportunity). Read the letter here.

06/09/2014: LULAC sends letter to Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Directors urging support for the passage Latino Heritage Day.   Read the letter here.

05/27/2014: LULAC sends letter of support for SB 1200: Donahoe Higher Education Act to California legislature. Read the letter here.

05/27/2014: LULAC sends letter of support for SB 1365: California Voters Rights Act to California legislature. Read the letter here.

05/19/2014: LULAC and other Latino civil rights organizations unite to send letter to Members of Congress announcing their intent to release the National Latino Immigration Report Card of 2014.    Read the letter here.

05/15/2014: LULAC joins other civil rights organizations in sending a letter to the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights on Tittle IX protections against discrimination based on sex and gender identity. Read the letter here.

05/05/2014: LULAC joins other civil rights organizations in writing a brief supporting LGBT rights. Read the letter here.

04/30/2014: LULAC and the Leadership Conference Education Fund release an informational fact sheet providing important information on the benefits of raising the minimum wage for Latinos.  If you would like to access the fact sheet in Spanish, please click here or in English, please click here.

04/30/2014:
 LULAC, along with 150 other organizations, signed on to a letter that was submitted as a comment for the federal register on the 2015 Edition Electronic Health Record Standards and Certification Criteria Proposed Rule. Read the letter here.

04/29/2014:
LULAC sends letter to Senate Expressing Support for Passage of the Minimum Wage Fairness Act. Read the letter here.

04/21/2014:
LULAC sends letter to California legislature in support of SB1010, the Fair Sentencing Act . Read the letter here.

04/09/2014: LULAC sends letter to Congress Expressing Support for Passage of Emergency Unemployment Legislation. Read the letter here.

04/07/2014: LULAC Letter to Congress Supporting Race to the Top for Equity and Opportunity. Read the letter here.

04/03/2014: LULAC sends letter to Congress expressing opposition to changing full time employee status for the Affordable Care Act. Read the letter here.

04/02/2014: LULAC sends letter to Congress expressing support for Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Read the letter here.

03/26/2014: LULAC sends letter to Secretary Sebelius requesting an extension past March 31st for the Affordable Care Act enrollment period. Read the letter here.

03/26/2014: LULAC sends letter to President Obama requesting an extension past March 31st for the Affordable Care Act enrollment period.  Read the letter here.

03/18/2014: LULAC sends letter to Senator Diane Feinstein expressing opposition to Senate voucher bills.  Read the letter here.

03/18/2014: LULAC sends safe schools letter to Congress expressing support for SNDA and SSIA.  Read the letter here.

To read letters co-led by LULAC as part of the Hispanic Education Coalition, click here.

To read archived LULAC letters, scroll down to the end of this page to the "Advocacy Letters Archive."

Action Alerts

ACTÚE AHORA:

Apr 29, 2014

ACTÚE AHORA:

Llame a sus senadores para pedirles que apoyen el Minimum Wage Fairness Act (S. 2223), que subiría el salario mínimo a $10.10 por hora!

ACTION ALERT: Urge your Senators to Support the Minimum Wage Fairness Act

Apr 29, 2014

ACTION ALERT: Urge your Senators to Support the Minimum Wage Fairness Act

Call your senators to support the Minimum Wage Fairness Act (S. 2223), which would increase the Federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10/hour by 2016.

ACTION ALERT: Contact the FCC to Urge Them To Modernize and Expand E-Rate Program

Feb 25, 2014

ACTION ALERT: Contact the FCC to Urge Them To Modernize and Expand E-Rate Program

With the Expansion, More Latinos Have Access to Today's Technology

This Veterans Day Honor Them by Honoring Those They Serve

This Veterans Day Honor Them by Honoring Those They Serve

This Veterans Day, we honor those who defend our country and stand ready to defend their families’ quest for American citizenship. Sign the petition today to pass immigration reform!

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Petition: Concerns with Department of Education ESEA Waivers

Petition: Concerns with Department of Education ESEA Waivers

On August 27, LULAC as a coalition partner of the Campaign for High School Equity, released a white paper that focused on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waivers for states. The paper found that the waivers provided less accountability for the educational success of underserved students, including Latino students. However, 41 states including the District of Columbia have already been granted these waivers!!!

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Advocacy Letters Archive

02/26/2014: LULAC sends letter to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer urging a veto of the discriminatory "Religious Freedom Restoration Act."  Read the letter here.

02/25/2014: LULAC issues call asking membership to contact the House of Representatives and urge them to get immigration reform over the finish line!   Learn more about this LULAC Action Alert by clicking here.

02/25/2014:
LULAC issues call asking membership to contact the House of Representatives and urge them to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act!   Learn more about this LULAC Action Alert by clicking here.

02/25/2014:
LULAC issues call asking membership to contact the Federal Communications Commission and weigh in on the importance of expanding and modernizing E-Rate.  Learn more about this LULAC Action Alert by clicking here.

02/12/2014:
LULAC issues call asking membership to contact U.S. Senate to urge the defeat of language resembling Senator Ayotte's child tax credit proposal which would prevent millions of Latino children from accessing child tax credit resources. Learn more about this LULAC Action Alert by clicking here.

02/12/2014
- LULAC sends letter to Senate urging rejection of language resembling Senator Ayotte's child tax credit proposal which would prevent millions of Latino children from accessing child tax credit resources. Read the letter here.

02/11/2014
- As co-chair of the Hispanic Education Coalition, LULAC signs letter to Senate urging the defeat of language resembling Senator Ayotte's child tax credit proposal which would prevent millions of Latino children from accessing child tax credit resources. Read the letter here.

02/07/2014:
LULAC leads health care coalition working to push Governors in 24 states to expand Medicaid.   Learn more about this LULAC Action Alert by clicking here.

FEBRUARY-
Read the latest edition of the LULAC Education Enewsletter.  Click here to read the enewsletter.

01/28/2014:
LULAC sends letter to Congress urging for the passage of critical nutrition assistance program legislation.  Read the letter here.

01/28/2014: LULAC signs letter to Texas State Board of Education Regarding STEM graduation requirements.  Read the letter here.

01/15/2014:
LULAC sends letter to House and Senate Members urging the immediate passage of legislation funding emergency unemployment insurance legislation. Read the letter here.

JANUARY 2014 :
Check out the latest education news by reading the LULAC Education E-Newsletter. Click here.

DECEMBER 2013 :
Check out the latest education news by reading the LULAC Education E-Newsletter. Click here.

NOVEMBER 2013 :
Check out the latest education news by reading the LULAC Education E-Newsletter. Click here.

11/15/2013:
LULAC sends action alert requesting that members contact the House of Representatives and urge them to support the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Click here to participate in action alert.

OCTOBER 2013 :
Check out the latest education news by reading the LULAC Education E-Newsletter. Click here.

10/03/2013 : LULAC advocates on the Hill press Congress on critical issues related to education reform.  Read the LULAC ACTober 2013 fact sheet here.

SEPTEMBER 2013: Check out the latest education news by reading the LULAC Education E-Newsletter. Click here.

09/20/2013:LULAC submits comment for the Federal Register providing recommendations for the Department of Education’s request for information to inform the Title III Technical Assistance Agenda and the Future Activities and Services of the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA). Read the comment here.

09/19/2013: LULAC sends letter to House of Representatives expressing opposition to FY14 Continuing Resolution that aims to defund the Affordable Care Act and does nothing to end the sequestration cuts. Read the letter here.

09/19/2013: LULAC sends letter to House of Representatives expressing opposition to H.R. 3102, a House Republican measure that reauthorizes nutrition programs but cuts almost 10 times more from programs like SNAP than the measure approved in the Senate.  Read the letter here.

09/16/2013: LULAC sends letter to Federal Communications Commission regarding ConnectED Initiative and E-Rate Program expressing modernization and expansion.  Letter was signed by 46 organizations.   Read the letter here.

09/12/2013: LULAC sends letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan regarding the Department’s ELL data collection efforts following a report from the Government Accountability Office highlighting lack of reporting and shortage of data on charter schools.  Read the letter here.

09/11/2013 :
LULAC Sends Letter to Congress On Negative Impact of Sequester, Urges Congress to Repeal Sequester in FY 14.  Read the letter here.

AUGUST 2013 :
Check out the latest education news by reading the LULAC Education E-Newsletter. Click here.

08/27/2013:
LULAC sends letter to Members of Congress regarding the release of ESEA White Paper raising concerns about the lack of strong accountability in states with ESEA waivers.  Read the letter here.

08/27/2013: LULAC joins 9 other civil rights organizations in releasing a white paper analyzing the Department of Education's ESEA Waiver system.  White paper raises concerns regarding the rigor of state accountability systems.  Read the white paper here.

08/19/2013:
LULAC co-signs letter sent by over 40 organizations to U.S. Department of Education regarding civil rights data collection. Read the letter here.

07/24/2013: LULAC sends a letter to the PARCC Governing Board and Achieve, Inc. expressing the need for a Spanish language version of the CCSS-aligned assessment. Read the letter here.

7/18/2013:
LULAC sends Members of Congress specific vote recommendations on various amendments being considered on the floor of the House on H.R. 5, the Student Success Act of 2013. Read the letter here.

07/15/2013:
LULAC co-signs letter with other organizations addressing criticisms Regarding the Department of Justice and Department of Education’s Enforcement of Title IX and the Nomination of Tom Perez for Secretary of Labor. Read the letter here.

07/15/2013:
LULAC co-signs Letter with other organizations to Senate Appropriations Committee regarding funding for school police. Read the letter here.

07/11/2013
: LULAC sends letter to House Education and Workforce Chairman, John Kline, expressing opposition to H.R. 5, the Student Success Act of 2013. Read the letter here.

07/11/2013:
LULAC sends letter to House Education and Workforce Ranking Member, George Miller, expressing support for the substitute amendment to H.R. 5, the Student Success Act of 2013. Read the letter here.

07/9/2013
: LULAC co-signs Letter with other civil rights organizations to Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee regarding the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Read the letter here.

07/01/2013:
LULAC co-signs Letter with other organizations regarding E-Rate program. Read the letter here.

JULY 2013:
Check out the latest education news by reading the LULAC Education E-Newsletter. Click here.

04/18/2013:
LULAC co-signs Letter with other civil rights organizations to Congress regarding the Student Non-Discrimination Act. Read the letter here.

04/03/2013:
LULAC sends letter to Texas Senate expressing opposition to lowering graduation requirements. Read the letter here.

04/01/2011: LULAC Co-signs letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid expressing opposition to Foxx-Kline amendment to FY11 Continuing Appropriations bill. Read the letter here.

03/28/2011: LULAC issues piece on Science Education and Latinos. Read the piece here.

02/01/2011:
LULAC issues FY2012 Appropriations priorities funding requests related to education. Read copy of fact sheet here.

02/16/2011:
LULAC and COE send letter to Congress expressing opposition to H.R. 1 appropriations bill gutting education, health care, employment, and other services for under-served populations. Read the letter here.

01/26/2011:
LULAC co-signs letter with broad coalition of more than 35 organizations that advocate for civil rights, consumers, veterans, students and college access today sent a letter to President Obama urging his administration to issue a strong and enforceable “gainful employment” rule.  The letter points out: “Numerous investigations have revealed pervasive abuses by some career education programs: deceptive and aggressive recruiting of students; inflated job placement rates and false reporting to authorities; overstatement of a program’s value and understatement of its high cost; and dismal completion rates. Too many of these programs are preying on low-income students, minority students, and veterans who are seeking to further their education and, by doing so, enhance their employment opportunities.” Read the letter here.

01/01/2011:
LULAC Releases the Education Advocacy Toolkit, a guide to equip education advocates with the tools necessary to advocate for education reform at the local, state and/or federal level. Read a copy of the toolkit here.

05/13/2010: LULAC produces draft TX plan to transform ELL education. Read a copy of the draft plan here.

03/26/2010: LULAC and many other education reform advocacy organizations submitted ESEA priorities and recommendations to the House Education and Labor subcommittee in response to Congress' attempt to reauthorize NCLB in 2010. LULAC’s recommendations cover the areas of academic assessments and accommodations, accountability, graduation rates, middle school interventions, family engagement, teaching of, and support for teachers, of English Language Learners and charter schools. Read copy of the recommendations here.

09/01/2010:
LULAC sends letter to Secretary Arne Duncan regarding proposed gainful employment rule.  Cites concerns about deceptive practices by some institutions.  Read the letter here.

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