The National Hispanic Leadership Association Announces National Campaign to Mobilize Latino Community on Immigration Reform

Unprecedented Grassroots Latino Campaign Includes Demand for Key Provisions that Must be Included in Final Immigration Bill

March 26, 2013

Contact: Paloma Zuleta, 202-833-6130, PZuleta (at) LULAC . org

Washington, D.C. – In anticipation of the introduction of a proposed bill on immigration reform next month, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of the thirty preeminent Latino organizations in the nation, will host a news conference on Wednesday announcing the largest Latino grass roots mobilization in our nation’s history to pass fair and just immigration reform and to outline the non-negotiable areas that any proposed immigration bill must include. As the members of Congress enjoy time back in their home states NHLA members will mobilize a massive grassroots campaign using tried and true organizing tactics with the latest advocacy technology to ensure that Congress passes fair and just immigration reform this year that provides the vast majority of undocumented immigrants with legalization and a pathway to citizenship.

NHLA is committed to ensuring that fair, effective, and comprehensive immigration legislation passes Congress before the August recess which will bring 11 million people out of the shadows. For this important reason, NHLA leaders will be hosting a press conference to announce specific legislation which must be part of any proposed Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill and to outline the goals of the national campaign, Latinos United for Immigration Reform, which include:

  • A grassroots mobilization campaign magnifying the voice of the community on Capitol Hill via online and phone bank efforts.
  • A wave of in district meetings with Congressional Representatives during Easter Recess.
  • 60 strategically organized immigration townhalls around the country to educate and mobilize the Latino community and allies in support immigration reform.
  • A commitment to ensure over 100,000 combined meetings, letters, emails, calls, faxes and tweets overwhelm Congress with pro-immigration reform messaging in the next few months.
WHO:
  • Hector Sanchez, Chair of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA)
  • Brent Wilkes, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
  • Tom Saenz, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
  • Janet Murguia, National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
  • Jose Calderón, Hispanic Federation
  • Julian Martinez, SER Jobs for Progress
  • Javier Palomarez, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC)
  • Al Zapanta, U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce
WHAT:
News Conference

WHEN: Wednesday, March 27th, 2013, 11:00 A.M. to Noon

WHERE: Lisagor Room, The National Press Club, 529 14th St NW. Washington, D.C. 20045

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About the NHLA: Established in 1991, The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) brings together Hispanic leaders to establish policy priorities that address, and raise public awareness of, the major issues affecting the Latino community and the nation as a whole. For more information, please visit www.nationalhispanicleadership.org

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