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HF Gears Up for 2016 Election, Commemorates Voting Rights Act PDF Print E-mail

At Hispanic Federation, civic engagement is one of our founding core pillars. We believe that your vote is your voice in government, and exercising the right to vote in every election is crucial to make our voice heard. According to the 2010 census, Hispanics accounted for 56% of the nation’s growth, meaning that if and when we exercise our right to vote, you can be sure we’ll be heard loud and clear. That’s why this summer, for the second year in a row, we had Summer Street Teams, comprised of teenagers, hit the streets to educate people about their right to vote, and register them to do so.

Thousands Benefit From HF IDNYC Phone Bank PDF Print E-mail

For the second time this year, Hispanic Federation raised awareness about the New York City municipal identification program, IDNYC. On July 28th and 29th, HF's Linea Informativa hotline became an IDNYC call-in center.  This time, HF partnered with Univision to produce public service announcements, radio programs and newscasts to encourage Spanish-speaking New Yorkers to register for IDNYC. HF volunteers and staff answered more than 3,000 calls about IDNYC and scheduled 1,139 appointments for New Yorkers to get their cards. “We are proud to have worked alongside Mayor de Blasio and Council Speaker Mark-Viverito to make IDNYC a reality,” said HF President José Calderón. “We’re working just as hard to make sure that Latinos are aware of the card and its benefits. We need to get people registered and we will continue working with the city to raise awareness of IDNYC.“

HF and AARP Continue Financial Literacy Campaign PDF Print E-mail

Financial success and security take planning. But many Americans lack even the most basic understanding of budgeting and money management. Research indicates that financial illiteracy is especially prevalent in Latino communities across the country. That’s why Hispanic Federation has invested considerable resources in promoting financial literacy in the communities we serve.

Most recently, we have partnered with AARP to provide a comprehensive financial literacy program to middle-age Latinos covering issues such as budgeting, saving, retirement planning and maximizing Social Security benefits, debt control and reduction, and improving credit-worthiness. As part of this campaign, we have hosted a series of seminars across New York City that included financial advice served alongside some great cooking tips and some comedy. In our “Budget Bites” series, Chef Denisse Oller offered a cooking demonstration of a dish that was both delicious and affordable, alongside a financial advisor providing tips and tricks to save. In our “Funny Money” series, comedy group Room 28 presented a number of comedy sketches that raised issues surrounding money management in the Latino community, also alongside a financial advisor.

“There are significant cultural issues around money and money management in the Latino community,” said HF Director of Economic Empowerment Diana Caba. “We want to provide people with useful and proven strategies to become more financially secure but we recognize that we have to do that in a way that’s culturally appropriate. Having Denisse and Room 28 here helps us get our message across in a way that our community understands and responds to.”

For more information on the Hispanic Federation’s financial literacy programs, contact Diana Caba, HF's Director of Economic Empowerment.

HF Rallies for Administrative Relief for Immigrants PDF Print E-mail

When a federal Appeals Court in Texas put a halt to President Obama’s executive actions on immigration in February, thousands of immigrants across the country had the rug pulled out from under them.  Judge Andrew Hanen put on hold their hopes that arbitrary deportations and painful family separations would end. May 19th would have been the date when the President’s reforms went into effect.  Because the courts have temporarily put a stop to the reforms, Hispanic Federation and many leading immigrants’ rights organizations rallied on that date to demand that the courts and congress finally deal fairly with immigrant families.  “On the day that administrative relief would have gone into effect, we doubled our resolve to fight for justice, dignity and respect for our immigrant families and communities. While we may suffer setbacks – as was the case when one Texas Judge earlier this year blocked the President’s executive action – nothing can stop the movement for immigrant justice,” said José Calderón, President of the Hispanic Federation.  “We won’t back down on this issue. We know that they will throw roadblocks in our way but this fight is too important to too many families to give up.” 

For more information on the Hispanic Federation’s immigration reform advocacy efforts, please contact Jessica Orozco.

Criminal Justice Reform Roundtable PDF Print E-mail

If the events of the last several months in places such as Staten Island, Baltimore, Cleveland and Ferguson reveal anything about our criminal justice system it is that in many communities of color across the nation, relations with the police and with the broader criminal justice system are strained if not fractured.  In Latino communities, these strains receive less attention in the media but are no less real in the lives of residents in places such as Washington Heights and Sunset Park.  In order to raise awareness about this issue, Hispanic Federation, LatinoJustice PRLDEF and the Drug Policy Alliance co-hosted a roundtable on Latinos and the Criminal Justice System at Las Americas Conference Center on Wednesday, May 27th.

The purpose of this important briefing and strategy conversation was to collectively learn about and discuss proposed reforms to address the many policies and practices criminalizing our communities, while we explore ways to work together to start to address what is clearly a national crisis. Discussion topics included mass incarceration, drug policy, data collection, immigration criminality, and policing/criminal justice reform.

“At the end of the day we can all recognize that the larger NYC metro area debate on criminal justice, drug policy and policing reform, indeed, even the national debate, has yet to consistently incorporate Latino voices,” said HF President José Calderón.“That’s unfortunate and deeply problematic because we know that Latinos confront many of the same challenges as other communities of color.  My hope is that this conference is the start of broad movement in the Latino community to address issues such as police brutality and disparate sentencing patterns.”

For more information on the Criminal Justice Reform Roundtable, please contact Jose Davila.

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