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HF Statement on US Supreme Court Arguments Over Marriage Equality PDF Print E-mail

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - New York, NY - José Calderón, President of the Hispanic Federation, released the following statement in response to Tuesday’s US Supreme Court oral arguments in Obergefell v Hodges, a case originating in Ohio that has the potential to bring marriage equality to all 50 states.

“For 25 years, the Hispanic Federation has been fighting for freedom, justice and equality for Latinos and all Americans regardless of race, ethnicity, immigration status, gender or sexual orientation. Although the justices seemed deeply divided, we are confident that the court will rule in favor of one of the great civil rights issues of our time, same-sex marriage.  Same-sex couples should enjoy equal protections granted by our constitution regardless of their state of residence.  Furthermore, we cannot allow legally married couples to endure discrimination by simply crossing state lines.  We will continue to work to ensure marriage equality is afforded to every American, including those residing in the 14 states where same-sex marriage is not yet permitted.”

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HF Supports President Obama’s Every Kid in a Park Initiative PDF Print E-mail

America’s National Parks are going to get a lot more visitors next year if President Obama gets his way.  The President announced recently the “Every Kid in a Park Initiative.”  The program provides fourth-graders and their families with a year-long pass to enter any national park for free.  The President is banking that students who have an early and positive experience with parks will establish a link to the outdoors that lasts for years.  Given the number of national parks in our area, this could be a boon for students in communities served by Hispanic Federation member agencies.  “The President's new environmental education initiative boosts opportunities for all families to enhance the health and education of their children by exploring our parks and public lands,” said Hispanic Federation President José Calderón.  “We encourage the White House to continue to both spotlight the existing disparities in school readiness and achievement, and access to the outdoors.” 



 
HF OpEd Takes On Judge Hanen PDF Print E-mail

Federal District Court Judge Andrew Hanen issued an injunction against President Obama’s executive actions two weeks ago and thus delayed the start of a series of reforms that will have a significant impact on millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States.

Hispanic Federation took to the airwaves and pages of El Diario/La Prensa to assure Latino immigrants that Judge Hanen’s ruling should only be deemed as a temporary setback and that it is the belief of the White House, and scores of legal experts across the country, that the President’s executive actions will prevail.  To read our opinion piece, click HERE.


 
Help Pass the NY DREAM Act! PDF Print E-mail

Over 3,600 undocumented students graduate from New York State high schools every year, but only a small percentage go on to pursue a college education due to financial obstacles. The New York Dream Act would help thousands of students qualify for state financial assistance and fulfill their dreams of achieving a college degree. Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo included the New York Dream Act in his executive budget and the NYS Assembly passed the bill again on February 26th. Due to the support of people like you, the NY Dream Act is closer to becoming a reality than ever before.

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HF Statement on President Obama's Every Kid in a Park Initiative PDF Print E-mail

“Education is fundamental to the progress of any community. We applaud the inclusiveness of the President's new environmental education initiative -- boosting opportunities for all families to enhance the health and education of their children by exploring our parks and public lands. We encourage the White House to continue to both spotlight the existing disparities in school readiness and achievement, and access to the outdoors.” -- José Calderón, President, Hispanic Federation

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