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President's Message: 9.17.14 PDF Print E-mail

By choosing to delay executive action on immigration until after the November elections, President Obama has broken his promise to the Latino community.

In 2008 and 2012, President Obama rode into office thanks to historic support from the Latino community. A great deal of this enthusiasm came from Obama’s repeated assurances that he would protect Latino immigrants and deliver on reform. However, these assurances have failed to materialize.

We all know that Republicans have consistently worked to undermine immigration reform. Yet another terrible reality is this: President Obama’s administration has deported more than 2 million people, 97% of them Latino - the largest number in our nation’s history. It is a tragic legacy that demands an accounting.

Universal Pre-K Will Help Latino Students Succeed PDF Print E-mail

A beautiful assembly of tens of thousands of 4 year olds did something new, exciting and incredibly important in New York City yesterday: They attended their first full-day of free, city-run prekindergarten classes.

The importance of this happening cannot be overstated. For many city residents, the New York City Department of Education’s new Universal Pre-K program (UPK, as it is known) is the first chance they have ever had to give their children a head start on a lifetime of learning.

For Latino New Yorkers, UPK is particularly significant. A body of research indicates that the positive effect of pre-K on academic readiness and future learning is especially pronounced for Latino children. Despite this fact, Latino children have been historically underrepresented across our city and nation in programs that support early childhood development.  As such, the Hispanic Federation embraces and sees the De Blasio administration’s rollout of UPK as a watershed moment in our children’s development as future students, citizens and professionals.

Get UP, Get Moving with HF PDF Print E-mail

One of the biggest and most unique Latino community block parties of the year will take place this weekend: HF's Vive Tu Vida! Get UP! Get Moving! (GUGM) health expo.

The 8th annual festival and health expo will be held on Sunday, September 21st from noon to 6 p.m. at "Carnival de la Cultura Latina" in Corona, Queens and more than 2,000 people are expected to be in attendance this year.

Designed to promote Hispanic healthy lifestyles and physical activity, GUGM New York 2014 will feature health screenings and workshops, exhibit booths, live entertainment, attractions and games. This year’s event will provide free health screenings, referrals, and information on the following health conditions: blood pressure, glucose, HIV, hepatitis C, BMI, asthma, HPV and cervical cancer, sun damage (derma scan), among others.

HF Hosts Successful Forum on Unaccompanied Migrant Children Crisis PDF Print E-mail

A standing room only audience packed Hispanic Federation's Las Americas Conference Center in Lower Manhattan last week to find solutions to the Unaccompanied Migrant Children Crisis.

For over two hours, the crowd heard presentations from key experts on solutions to the crisis, including Nisha Agarwal, NYC Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs, Juan Cartagena, LatinoJustice PRLDEF President, and Oscar Chacon, National Alliance of Latin America & Caribbean Communities Executive Director, and the Hon. Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City Council Speaker.

Find Your Match at CT's Second Liderazgo Latino Board Dating Event PDF Print E-mail

It's not too late to join us tonight for matchmaking with Connecticut's top corporate professionals as part of our Second Liderazgo Latino Board Dating event in the Constitution State!

In partnership with GE Hispanic Forum, this energizing networking opportunity brings business professionals and Latino non-profits face-to-face to explore board service while seeking meaningful ways to connect and serve within our communities. Event highlights will feature "speed board dating" rounds where business professionals and nonprofit leadership discuss their work and community impact in two-minute intervals with the goal of establishing long-term compatible matches.

Happy 98th Birthday to the National Park Service! PDF Print E-mail

The National Park Service, established in 1916 to protect, preserve and tell the stories of some of our nation’s most iconic places, celebrated its 98th year anniversary recently.

Through national parks and monuments, the National Park Service commemorates notable people and achievements, conserves breathtaking landscapes and natural wonders, and provides places of learning and enjoyment.

In recent years, the designation of sites honoring Latino culture and heritage, including the César E. Chávez and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monuments, have made steady progress toward ensuring that Latino heritage and culture is better reflected in our national parks and monuments. However, much work remains to be done.

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