LULAC Answers President’s Call to Action for 2014
January 29, 2014
Contact: Paloma Zuleta, pzuleta at LULAC.org, (202) 812-4477
WASHINGTON, D.C. – LULAC intends to answer the President’s challenge to make this year a year of action. LULAC National President Margaret Moran issued the following statement in response to the President’s State of the Union Address:
“LULAC welcomes the President’s directive to end income inequality, increase access to educational opportunities, pass comprehensive immigration reform and encourage more Americans to sign up for health care coverage.
“As the President urged Congress to increase the minimum wage so that hard-working Americans are able to provide for their families, LULAC technology centers are doing their part to help struggling Americans. Our centers are providing potential college applicants and job seekers with free Internet access and computer training.
“On the education front, LULAC applauds the President’s initiative to increase education access so that more students have the opportunity to receive a college education. As a partner with the Campaign for High School Equity, LULAC’s efforts are focused on decreasing high school drop-out rates in the Latino community. In addition, LULAC supports reforms that expand programs like e-Rate, strengthen the accountability and implementation of the ESEA state waivers, and other initiatives that ensure that the Latino community is well educated and engaged in the ongoing national implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
“LULAC also applauds the President’s commitment for immigration reform, and we join the President’s call on Congress to pass legislation this year. Our civic engagement efforts include town hall meetings, workshops, and rallies which engage our members to utilize the power of our collective voice to advocate for real change.
“Finally, LULAC supports the President’s efforts to help more Americans sign up for health care coverage. LULAC was recognized by the Department of Health and Human Services as a Champion for Coverage and as such we have worked to provide information and resources to the community by hosting public health festivals, holding a series of Latino Enrollment Summits, and urging the importance of enrolling in a health care plan.”
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 900 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 www.LULAC.org.