Coronavirus Update 3/13/2020
Dear LULAC Familia,
Please be advised that we at LULAC National Headquarters and LULAC leaders throughout the country are monitoring the developments of the pandemic very closely, COVID-19 otherwise known as Coronavirus. Since this is a fluid and changing situation, we are following the advice and guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organizations and other national public health officials in taking every precaution to protect our community, members, and staff.
In these trying times, we would like to remind you to take care of each other, particularly the most vulnerable among us which are our senior citizens and people who have chronic underlying conditions that can make them more susceptible to Coronavirus. We would also like to urge you to follow the direction of government officials and authorized health experts. Sadly, there is a spike in disinformation which seeks to confuse and harm our communities. In addition to LULAC, other legitimate sources of information are the Centers for Disease Control (English here / Español aquí) and the World Health Organization.
As a result of this national emergency, the LULAC National Women’s Conference and the National SER meeting have been postponed to a later date yet to be determined. In addition, given your expressed concerns regarding the timing of the National LULAC Convention, we are also evaluating the risks and will communicate an update as soon as it’s available.
Our staff at the LULAC National Office in D.C. will be working remotely starting Monday, March 16 due to the growing numbers of reported cases of COVID-19 in the DC Metro Area but the El Paso headquarters will remain open. Our entire team is monitoring the rapidly-changing pandemic situation and the guidance provided by our respective authorities. LULAC National CEO Sindy Benavides will also be in touch with updates as they become available so stay tuned to www.LULAC.org/coronavirus
Since 1929, LULAC has fought for the civil rights of Latinos and all Americans. You can be confident that LULAC will fight for our community’s public health today and into the future. Today, we are asking President Trump and Members of Congress to ensure they protect Latino and minority communities and those most likely to be affected by:
• Making sure all COVID-19 (Coronavirus) tests are free to the public and available for anyone who needs them.
• Confirming treatment and medical care for those who get ill are still covered by the government if they do not have insurance.
• Committing that all US citizens and immigrants get vital health care coverage so every person and community is safe from this pandemic.
America has stood strong in the face of many difficult times in the past and I am confident that we will do so again in this challenging year.
Let LULAC show America we are UNITED!
Hasta La Victoria,
LULAC National President
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit https://lulac.org/