Clock is Ticking- Will You Take Action to Get Health Insurance Before January 31st?

Posted on 01/20/2016 @ 11:45 PM

Tags: health, policy

By: Luis Torres, LULAC National Director of Policy and Legislation

As a nationally recognized Champion for Coverage by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), LULAC National has played a critical role in addressing the health care needs of the Latino community. With the support of private and public sector partners, LULAC National has hosted health festivals in key states to bring health screenings to thousands of people and provide the community with information on the open enrollment process and health marketplaces.

As the closing deadline for the current enrollment period on January 31st quickly approaches, LULAC National is working to support all health care enrollment activities in Latino communities across the country. Enrollment events are enrollment opportunities in local communities where uninsured individuals can get help to sign up for coverage, explore their options, and/or talk to health experts about health resources in their communities.

Below are some enrollment events occurring in various communities across the country. For additional events happening throughout the month of January, please visit Enroll America’s website to find an enrollment site close to you. Visit: https://www.getcoveredamerica.org/connector/

Remember, you can sign-up for coverage before January 31st! Financial assistance is available to families who qualify. Enroll today!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

FLORIDA
National Youth Enrollment Event: Blanchard Park YMCA
Wednesday, January 20 -3- 8:00 p.m.
10501 Jay Blanchard Trail, Orlando, FL 32817

National Youth Enrollment Day Event: Osceola County YMCA
Wednesday, January 20 -3- 8:00 p.m.
2117 W. Mabbette St., Kissimmee, FL 34741

TEXAS
Young Invincible Enrollment-Mountain View College
Wednesday, January 20 at 11 AM - 6 PM in CST
Mountain View College (4849 W Illinois Ave, Dallas, Texas 75211)

Young Invincible Enrollment-Eastfield College
Wednesday, January 20 at 11 AM - 6 PM in CST
Eastfield College (3737 Motley Dr., Mesquite, Texas 75150)

Dallas Community College District Health Insurance Enrollment Event
Wednesday, January 20 at 11 AM - 5 PM in CST
Richland College (12800 Abrams Rd, Dallas, Texas 75243)

CentroMed Southside Medical Clinic Health Insurance Enrollment Event - Se habla espanol
Wednesday, January 20 at 10 AM - 7 PM in CST
CentroMed Southside Med Clinic (3750 Commercial Ave, San Antonio, Texas 78221)

Thursday, January 21, 2016 is National Youth Enrollment Day! Be sure to post pictures on Facebook and Twitter to promote these great enrollment events in your community. #NYED2016 #LULAC16 #Asegurate

FLORIDA
National Youth Enrollment Day Event: Osceola County YMCA
Thursday, January 21 - 3- 8:00 p.m.
2117 W. Mabbette St., Kissimmee, FL 34741

National Youth Enrollment Day Event: South Orlando YMCA
Thursday, January 21 - 3- 8:00 p.m.
814 W. Oak Ridge Rd., Orlando, FL 32809

National Youth Enrollment Day Event: Wayne Densch YMCA
Thursday, January 21 - 3- 8:00 p.m.
870 N. Hastings St., Orlando, FL 32808

TEXAS
National Youth Enrollment Day Event: Lakewest YMCA
Thursday, January 21 - 3- 8:00 p.m.
3737 Goldman Ave, Dallas, TX 75212

National Youth Enrollment Event: Cassaboom YMCA
Thursday, January 21 - 3- 8:00 p.m.
7903 Loop East, Houston, Texas, 77012

Enrollment assistance at the Creating Change conference, Chicago, IL.
Thursday, January 21: 2pm to 5pm (Friday, January 22: 10am to 5pm and Saturday, January 23: 10am to 5pm, (open to attendees)
720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605

Young Invincible Enrollment-Eastfield College
Thursday, January 21 at 11 AM - 6 PM in CST
Eastfield College (3737 Motley Dr., Mesquite, Texas 75150)

Young Invincible Enrollment-North Lake College
Thursday, January 21 at 11 AM - 6 PM in CST
North Lake College (5001 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving, Texas 75038)

Young Invincible Enrollment-Mountain View College
Thursday, January 21 at 11 AM - 6 PM in CST
Mountain View College (4849 W Illinois Ave, Dallas, Texas 75211)

Dallas Community College District Health Insurance Enrollment Event
Thursday, January 21 at 1 PM - 7 PM in CST
Richland College (12800 Abrams Rd, Dallas, Texas 75243)

Young Invincible Enrollment-Brookhaven College
Thursday, January 21at 2 PM - 7 PM in CST
Brookhaven College (3939 Valley View Ln, Dallas, Texas 75244)

CentroMed Southside Medical Clinic Health Insurance Enrollment Event - Se habla espanol
Thursday, January 21at 10 AM - 7 PM in CST
CentroMed Southside Med Clinic (3750 Commercial Ave, San Antonio, Texas 78221)

U.S. Congressman Filemon Vela ACA Enrollment Fair - Se habla espanol
Thursday, January 21 at 10 AM - 2 PM in CST
Weslaco Economic Development (275 S Kansas Ave, Weslaco, Texas 78596)

CentroMed Health Insurance Enrollment Event - Se habla espanol
Thursday, January 21 at 10 AM - 7 PM in CST
Centro Med Walzem Clinic (5542 Walzem Rd, San Antonio, Texas 78218)

Friday, January 22, 2016

ILLINOIS
Enrollment assistance at the Creating Change conference, Chicago, IL.
720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605, 10am to 5pm (and Saturday, January 23: 10am to 5pm, (open to attendees)

TEXAS
The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health Marketplace Enrollment Event - Se habla espanol
Friday, January 22 at 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM in CST
St. Ignatius Parish, 24380 US Hwy 281, San Benito, TX, 78586

Saturday, January 23, 2016

ARIZONA
Pre-Retirement Forum: What You Don't Know May Surprise You
Saturday, January 23at 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM in MST
Pyle Adult Recreation Center (655 E Southern Ave, Tempe, Arizona 85282)

GEORGIA
Clark Atlanta University WH HBCU Challenge Phone Bank,
Saturday, January 23 – 10am-6pm
223 James P Brawley Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30313, Right-Young Hall Rm 235

ILLINOIS
Enrollment assistance at the Creating Change conference, Chicago, IL.
Saturday, January 23 – 10am-5pm
720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605

KANSAS
Wichita - Health Insurance Marketplace Information and Enrollment Event
Saturday, January 23 at 10 AM - 4 PM in CST
Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center (225 W Douglas Ave, Wichita, Kansas 67202)

NEBRASKA
Creighton University Health Insurance Enrollment Event
Saturday, January 23at 11 AM - 4 PM in CST
Creighton University Medical Center (601 N 30th St, Omaha, Nebraska 68131)

TEXAS
Pridgeon Community Center Health Insurance Enrollment Event
Saturday, January 23 at 10 AM - 12 PM in CST
Pridgeon Center (351 Cooks Ln, Franklin, Texas 77856)

U.S. Congressman Filemon Vela ACA Enrollment Fair - Se habla espanol
Saturday, January 23 at 10 AM - 2 PM in CST
La Union del Pueblo Entero – LUPE (1601 E Business 83, San Juan, Texas 78589)

CentroMed Health Insurance Enrollment Event - Se habla espanol
Saturday, January 23at 10 AM - 5 PM in CST
Centro Med Walzem Clinic (5542 Walzem Rd, San Antonio, Texas 78218)

CentroMed Southside Medical Clinic Health Insurance Enrollment Event - Se habla espanol
Saturday, January 23at 10 AM - 5 PM in CST
CentroMed Southside Med Clinic (3750 Commercial Ave, San Antonio, Texas 78221)

VIRGINIA
Celebrate Healthcare Enrollfest
Saturday, January 23 – 11am-5pm
Southside Boys & Girls Club, Norfolk 701 Berkley Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23523

RVA Mega Enrollfest
Saturday, January 23 – 11am-3pm
Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, Richmond 2401 W Leigh St., Richmond, VA 23220

Phone Bank and Enrollment at Family Health Centers of Georgia with Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Saturday, January 23 – 3pm-6pm
868 York Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

Sunday, January 24, 2016

GEORGIA
Faith Weekend of Action Community Enrollment Event
Sunday, January 24at 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Atlanta (460 Rockbridge Rd., NW Lilburn, GA 30047)

For additional events happening throughout the month of January, please visit Enroll America’s website to find an enrollment site close to you. Visit: https://www.getcoveredamerica.org/connector/. Remember, you can sign-up for coverage before January 31st! Financial assistance is available to families who qualify. Enroll today!

Luis Torres is the Director of Policy and Legislation for the League of United Latin American Citizens. Prior to LULAC, he served as Legislative Director for Congressman Silvestre Reyes, former-Chairman of the House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and was one of a handful of Latino Legislative Directors in the U.S. House of Representatives. Additionally, Torres also served as a high school teacher in Washington, D.C. as part of Teach for America. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Sociology from Georgetown University, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from American University.

Democracy in Action: Protesting Donald Trump

Posted on 01/11/2016 @ 11:45 PM

Tags: civic engagement, protest

By: Mariana Alvarenga, LULAC Democracy and Civic Engagement Intern

“¡El pueblo unido, jamás será vencido!” was one of the many chants shouted during the New York rally on November 4, 2015 in our efforts to protest Donald Trump hosting Saturday Night Live (SNL). A day before, the LULAC interns had been asked if we would like to participate in the rally, and without hesitation, I said yes. We prepared chants and posters and embarked on the four hour drive to New York from the LULAC National Office in Washington, D.C. This became one of the most memorable experiences at LULAC because it was my first time going to New York, and I was determined to let others know the problems with allowing Donald Trump on SNL after his disparaging comments about the Mexican community.

Last summer, Donald Trump had the audacity to describe Mexicans as criminals, drug dealers, and rapists. This is a grave misrepresentation of the Mexican community because the majority are hard-working people who immigrate to the United States in hopes of improving their lives. In addition, the undocumented community contributes immensely to the economy of the United States. Donald Trump has proposed building a wall that will stop immigrants from entering the United States and deport the 11 million undocumented immigrants that already reside in the country. However, deporting immigrants will result in adverse impacts on the economy. Instead of moving forward with immigration reform, Trump wants to dismantle all the work that has arduously been fought for to ensure immigrants have rights in this country.

Although we were a small group, it was truly beautiful to see all the interns passionately chanting the night of the rally. Our energy was enough to let others know that we will not tolerate the comments of people like Donald Trump, and much less his presence on a show that so many Americans watch. It is unacceptable to give airtime to someone who makes derogatory comments about the Latino community, especially now that we are one of the fastest-growing demographic groups in the United States. Because of our rapidly-growing numbers, it is imperative that we register Latinos to vote in the 2016 presidential election so we can voice our opinions. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of voting and actively participating in elections, where we the people have the opportunity to elect our representatives.

As a Democracy intern, I had the opportunity to directly work with the community through voter registration efforts. I was happy to partake in these efforts because for me, it is important to ensure that the Latino community registers to vote. As a first generation Latina who immigrated to the United States from El Salvador at a young age, I acknowledge the privilege I have to be able to participate in elections. Unfortunately, most of my family cannot vote in the United States, so the burden falls on me to represent them, and participate in elections. Attending the rally in New York hit home for me because I was not only representing LULAC and myself, but also my family and the Latino community. I believe that it is vital to organize, protest, rally, and vote to ensure that our voices are never silenced.

Although Donald Trump was still the host on SNL, the interns and I highlighted how insensitive it was for SNL to invite Trump as a host. I learned that it is not always about winning, but accomplishing something small that can ultimately lead to bigger things. Through my participation in the protest, I hope to have encouraged more Latinos to take action and go out and vote in the 2016 presidential election.

Living the American Dream: Helping Immigrants Succeed in America

Posted on 01/05/2016 @ 11:45 PM

Tags: advocacy, ACTober, policy

By: Jessica Velasquez, LULAC Community Programs Intern

Last month, I had the opportunity to volunteer at the “Living the American Dream” Gala, in Sacramento, CA. The event was presented by LULAC’s Lorenzo Patiño Council #2862 of Sacramento and Hermandad Mexicana Transnacional (locally known as Hermandad). Hermandad is a local nonprofit organization that has a decades-long history of serving the community of Sacramento. The gala celebrated and recognized newly naturalized U.S. citizens, scholarship recipients, and distinguished community leaders. Individuals from many different backgrounds attended the event, including key government, business, and media leaders from the Sacramento area.

As a volunteer at the event, I learned more about the great work of these two leading organizations. The LULAC Lorenzo Patiño Council has served the community of Sacramento for over thirty-two years by promoting higher education opportunities and defending the civil rights of the local community. The council partners with local charities and Latino organizations in the Sacramento area. In addition, the council awards annual scholarships to local college-bound students.

Similarly, Hermandad provides low-cost legal services to immigrant communities as well as education, economic, and community development programs. For the past two years, Hermandad has also been a grant recipient of the Hispanic Immigrant Integration Project (HIIP), which was created through a partnership between LULAC, the Hispanic Federation, and the Walmart Foundation with the purpose of providing immigrant integration services to communities across the United States.

A highlight for me was observing how LULAC’s Sacramento Council and Hermandad Mexicana Transnacional are helping Latinos live the American dream by providing them with scholarships, immigration services, and many other opportunities. Coming from an immigrant family, I witnessed my undocumented family members struggle as they navigated through the broken U.S. immigration system. It took my family ten years of sweat and tears to become U.S. residents. Immigration is an issue that I am deeply passionate about, and I was very happy to see how LULAC’s Lorenzo Patiño Council and Hermandad are making a difference in the lives of immigrant families through their services.

As an intern, I have helped redesign the Hispanic Immigrant Integration Project (HIIP) Handbook. This program is helping hardworking Latinos gain access to the American dream by providing free access to U.S. history and civics classes along with application assistance for naturalization, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and family- based petitions. In 2014, the program helped more than 1,881 individuals successfully complete civics classes or the application process for naturalization, DACA, and family petitions.

Observing the gala, and witnessing the direct impact of Hermandad’s work on my surrounding community through the testimonies of HIIP participants was truly an honor. HIIP has helped countless individuals attain U.S. citizenship, work authorizations, and social security numbers. Through their newly acquired statuses, individuals have access to higher education and occupations which ultimately provide better lives for them and their families. I now see how the work that I undertake as an intern can help a community that I deeply care about. I am energized to work harder than ever to ensure that LULAC is offering the most effective programs to ensure better lives for the immigrant community.

Jessica Velasquez is the Community Programs Intern at the LULAC Regional Office in Sacramento, California. Jessica is a fourth year student at the University of California, Los Angeles majoring in Chican@ Studies and Political Science and will be graduating in Spring of 2016.

Taking Advocacy to Capitol Hill: ACTober Advocacy Day

Posted on 12/22/2015 @ 11:45 PM

Tags: advocacy, ACTober, policy

By: Karla Angula, LULAC National Federal Affairs Intern

When I first decided that I wanted to intern for the League of United Latin American Citizens, I knew that this was the largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights organization in the country. I was also aware of its work to advance the lives of Latinos throughout the United States; however, I did not know just how extensive their reach was. During the first week of my internship with LULAC, I was able to observe first-hand how LULAC advances the economic condition, political influence, and education of the Latino community in the halls of Capitol Hill.

Throughout the year, LULAC has many national events, but one of its most unique events is ACTober: Fall Advocacy Day. ACTober occurs every October and allows LULAC members from councils across the country to meet with members of Congress and leaders from President Obama’s administration to discuss LULAC’s policy priorities. LULAC members from dozens of states across the country held meetings with congressional leaders from both political parties because bills often need bipartisan support. In addition to taking the time and effort to travel to Washington, D.C. and speak with their representatives, many of these council members are leaders in their local communities, giving them specialized knowledge on what needs to be changed at the federal level to affect change locally.

Amongst the various meetings held throughout the entire day, I was fortunate enough to attend a meeting with the legislative correspondents of Congressman Thomas Rooney of Florida and Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee. I accompanied LULAC members who wanted to discuss federal legislation that would address educational inequities in the classroom. We looked specifically at the Senate's “Every Child Achieves Act” and the House’s “Student Success Act”, and advocated for a provision which would hold states, schools, and districts accountable when they fail to meet educational target goals for Latino students and English Language Learners (ELL). Subgroup accountability is critical to ensuring that schools will do everything in their power to ensure the educational success of vulnerable student populations, including minority students, students with disabilities, and English Language Learners. In addition to a subgroup accountability amendment, we also spoke on the need to use annual assessments to track the progress that students make. While there is a danger that students are often over-tested, especially in elementary school, LULAC supports administering one test so that results can be used as evidence of any achievement gaps for Latino students. If a disparity exists, the state and/or federal government can take action to give these students resources and additional support to close the gap.

Whether focusing on immigration detention issues, equal rights for the LGBT community, or Latino health issues, LULAC not only speaks on the importance of these issues, but they actually go to Congress and speak to their representatives. By telling them what the Latino community needs, they are ensuring that elected officials can make the necessary public policy changes to address these needs. Even though they might not necessarily agree with all the congressional members they are meeting with, LULAC members can still have a proactive discussion on addressing the needs of the Latino community and ensuring that what is going on in local communities across the country is heard by those charged with creating the laws.

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