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HF Statement on Herbalife PDF Print E-mail

We would like to address some questions regarding Hispanic Federation's position on Herbalife. A March 9, 2014 New York Times article and a subsequent Daily News piece referencing the Times story highlighted the ongoing battle between investor Bill Ackman and Herbalife. Sadly, both articles omit key facts regarding the Federation's efforts to hold Herbalife accountable for what we consider deceptive and predatory practices targeting low-income Latinos. We would like to set the record straight.

HF President Statement - DREAM Act Defeated in NYS Senate PDF Print E-mail

New York, NY, March 17, 2014 - “I am deeply disappointed the New York State DREAM Act was defeated in the Senate today.” José Calderón, President of the Hispanic Federation said. “Every year 4,000 students are left without options when they graduate and I am outraged that yet another 4,000 students will be left without options this year.  We thank the Speaker Silver, Assemblyman Moya and the Assembly for their leadership. I want to thank the majority of Senate Democrats and members of the Independent Democratic Caucus who voted yes to pass this bill. Hispanic Federation will redouble its efforts to push our leaders in Albany to support the education needs of all the children of our state."

Stop Discrimination in Arizona! PDF Print E-mail

Hispanic Federation Urges Arizona Gov. Brewer to Veto Discriminatory S.B. 1062 

Washington, DC – The Hispanic Federation today urged Arizona Governor Janice K. Brewer
to veto S.B. 1062, the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act.” S.B. 1062 redefines and expands Arizona’s definition of “exercise of religion” and “state action” to protect businesses, corporations and individuals from lawsuits after denying services based on religious beliefs. If enacted, many Arizonans would find themselves members of a separate and unequal class because of their sexual orientation. This legislation could also clear the way for renewed discrimination based on race, familial status, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability.

“S.B 1070 punitively targeted Latinos and others presumed to be ‘foreign’ based on how they look or sound. Today, S.B. 1062 cruelly targets the LGBT community,” wrote José Calderón, President of the Hispanic Federation. “I firmly believe that this wrong-headed legislation is unconstitutional and like S.B. 1070 will meet a certain downfall.”

HF Statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address PDF Print E-mail

New York, NY – January 29, 2014 - In last night's State of the Union Address, President Obama laid out a plan for to tackle income inequality, while also calling on Congress to get to work on several long-standing priorities including reforming our broken immigration laws. Hispanic Federation has fought for economic empowerment, equality and the American dream for all who want to call this nation their home.

We support the President's efforts to raise the federal minimum wage and praise his decisive action to pay federally-contracted employees a livable wage. Equally important, the President is right to push Washington to enact pay equity for our Latina sisters and all women. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has introduced a 5-point legislative agenda to economically empower women including pay equity, paid family leave and childcare. We ask Washington to move on this critically-important family agenda.

The President again made the case for immigration reform and we strongly urge the House of Representatives to follow Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and his colleagues lead in passing legislation with a path to citizenship.

We were pleased to see the President's forceful defense of the Affordable Care Act. Millions of Americans are already benefitting for health insurance coverage. Hispanic Federation has helped lead the way by enrolling thousands of Latinos in New York and spreading the word about getting enrolled across several states.

Finally, we thank the President for supporting Congress' bi-partisan effort to strengthen voting rights after the Supreme Court's poor decision.

Latino CREAR Coalition Releases Major Education Policy Blueprint PDF Print E-mail

At a policy briefing at Hispanic Federation, the Latino CREAR (College Readiness, Access & Retention) Coalition released a major education policy blueprint on ways the city and state can increase Latino college readiness, access and retention in New York City. With fewer than 1-in-4 Latino city residents having a college degree and only 15% of city high school Latino graduates being college ready, much is at stake for the next generation of children and the economic future of our city. “A Stronger New York City: Increasing Latino College Access, Retention and Graduation” lays out a set of recommendations to strengthen the education pipeline for Latino students including establishing a citywide commission, revamping parent engagement practices, forging relationships with community based organizations, improving English language learner (ELL) programs, and many more.

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