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President's Message: 9.19.14 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.

Hispanic Education Summit Aims to Boost Latino Educational Achievement PDF Print E-mail

Across the country, Latinos consistently identify education as the most important challenge facing our community. With that in mind, over 200 community leaders, educators, parents, researchers and policymakers convened last week for HF’s all-day Hispanic Education Summit, at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). The goal of the summit was to have an intimate discussion “entre familia” on how to close the Latino academic achievement gap.

“Far too many children attend segregated, over-crowded, and underfunded public schools. Because of this, only 15 percent of Latino high school graduates are college ready. And only 3.4 percent of English Language Learners pass the NYS English exams,” said José Calderon, President of the Hispanic Federation. “We can and must do better by our Latino children.”

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 GUGM New York will be held on Sunday, September 21st from 12 Noon to 6 p.m. at "Carnival de la Cultura Latina" in Corona, Queens. 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.

Forum on Unaccompanied Migrant Children Crisis Attracts Standing-Room-Only Audience PDF Print E-mail

A standing-room-only audience of more than 120 people packed Hispanic Federation’s Las Americas Conference Center last week to discuss the root causes of the unaccompanied migrant children crisis and how leaders across the region can best respond to the ongoing and emerging needs of these children and their families.

For more than two hours, an audience consisting of community advocates, policymakers and concerned citizens engaged in a dialogue with leading experts on the complex set of factors driving the crisis and what must be done in terms of policy advocacy and social services to protect this vulnerable population.

HF Provides Nonprofit Matchmaking in Connecticut PDF Print E-mail

On Thursday, September 18, 2014, Hispanic Federation held its second Connecticut Liderazgo Latino Board Dating event for nonprofits in Fairfield County.  

Thanks to GE and GE's Hispanic Forum, Liderazgo Latino brought together nonprofits from across the state and dynamic, skilled and energetic professionals looking to serve in Norwalk, CT. Latino nonprofits engaged in 2 minute "dates" with each potential board candidate to assess his/her potential as a board member.

Hispanic Federation members from Hartford, New Haven, Danbury, Meriden, Norwalk, and Bridgeport had a chance to connect with a variety of professionals meeting, greeting and dating to find a potential match.  At the end of the evening, each nonprofit and each individual submitted an interest form indicating which organizations or candidates they would like to pursue.

Latino Vote 2014 PDF Print E-mail

As Latinos have become the nation’s fastest growing electorate – with 50,000 Latino citizens turning 18 every month - the media as well as policymakers have taken increasing notice of Latino political influence. In the 2012 presidential elections, for example, much attention was paid to the importance of the Latino vote. It is estimated that a record 11.2 million Latinos voted in the 2012 presidential election. 

The Federation and many of its member agencies and partners have played a significant role in increasing the Latino electorate nationally. While we are proud of these achievements, we recognize that much more work needs to be done to register the large percentage of eligible Latino voters who remain unregistered.

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