October 3, 2017
LATINO LEADERS RELEASE 10 POINT PLAN FOR ADMINISTRATIVE AND CONGRESSIONAL ACTION FOR PUERTO RICO
WASHINGTON — Out of respect for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting, Congresswoman Velazquez, members of Congress, and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of the nation’s 45 preeminent Latino advocacy organizations, postponed the press conference Monday on the release of NHLA’s 10 point plan for administrative and congressional action in providing aid to Puerto Rico.
As the nation mourns the largest mass shooting in the history of the United States, we continue to stand in solidarity with, and demand action for, our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico who face a different type of devastation. You will find the letter outlining the 10 point plan of action here. The letter was sent to the administration and members of Congress on October 1, 2017.
On Tuesday, NHLA watched the president’s visit to Puerto Rico unfold in real-time. The president criticized the Mayor of San Juan, again, the island and its budgetary challenges, and lavished praise on his administration’s slow response to the continued crisis. As President Trump visited, NHLA leaders held a press call to underscore the importance of acting on these 10 points. You will find the recording of the press call here.
It is more important now than ever, for us to call on Congress and the White House to focus seriously on ensuring that the people of Puerto Rico have access to the basic necessities in the short term and to rebuilding the island in the medium and longer term. It is time for our government to act now and act strategically.
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The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda is composed of 45 of the leading national and regional Latino civil rights and public policy organizations and other elected officials, and prominent Latinos Americans. NHLA coalition members represent the diversity of the Latino community – Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and other Latino Americans. NHLA’s mission calls for unity among Latinos around the country to provide the Latino community with greater visibility and a clearer, stronger influence in our country’s affairs. NHLA brings together Latino 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.
NHLA MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS
Alianza Americas | American G.I. Forum | ASPIRA Association | Avance Inc. | Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network | Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute | Farmworker Justice | GreenLatinos | Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities | Hispanic Federation | Hispanic National Bar Association | Inter-University Program for Latino Research | Labor Council for Latin American Advancement | LatinoJustice PRLDEF | League of United Latin American Citizens | MANA, A National Latina Organization | Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund | Mi Familia Vota | National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures | National Association of Hispanic Federal Executives | National Association of Hispanic Publications | National Day Laborer Organizing Network | NALEO Educational Fund | National Association of Latino Independent Producers | National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, Inc. | National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators | National Hispanic Council on Aging | National Hispanic Environmental Council | National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts | National Hispanic Media Coalition | National Hispanic Medical Association | National Institute for Latino Policy | National Latina/o Psychological Association | National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health | Presente.org | SER Jobs for Progress National | Southwest Voter Registration Education Project | UnidosUS | United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce | United States Hispanic Leadership Institute | United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce | U.S.- Mexico Foundation | Voto Latino