NHLA releases 2012 Hispanic Policy Agenda

The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of the 30 leading Hispanic organizations from across the country, released the 2012 Hispanic Public Policy Agenda at aWashington,D.C. news conference. The quadrennial document makes specific policy recommendations to all three branches of the federal government in the areas of economic security and empowerment, education, immigration, government accountability, civil rights, and health.

The report can be found here: http://nationalhispanicleadership.org/agenda/

The Hispanic community was the ethnic group hit hardest by the Great Recession. Nonetheless, Latinos have become the foundation of our nation’s economy with the fastest growing number of small business owners, a growing labor force helping to rebuild our cities and infrastructure, and the promise of a next-generation workforce in the STEM fields as more Latinos attend college than ever before. Today’s Latino story is a reflection of the American Dream, but it will only continue with the respect and support of our nation’s leaders as outlined in the agenda.

“The NHLA represents a unique coalition of the nation’s top Latino advocates and is an effective platform to confront the challenges and obstacles that the Hispanic community faces on a daily basis. Already, there has been progress on some of the agenda’s policy recommendations, including the continued implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the granting of deferred action for DREAM Act-eligible youth. This agenda represents our goals and aspirations for a better future. We seek to work with government, political parties, organizations and the public to make the aims of this agenda a reality. Latino priorities are, by definition, the priorities of the United Statesas a whole,” said Hector E. Sanchez, Chair of the NHLA.

“NACOPRW is proud to collaborate with NHLA and its unveiling of its 2012 Policy Agenda, as it strives to ensure that the policymakers have the pulse of the Hispanic community.  Government accountability and the severe under representation of Hispanics in the federal government is one of NACOPRW’s main areas of concern,” said Vilma Colom, National President of the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, Inc. (NCPRW).

In the weeks following the officialWashington,D.C.release of the 2012 Hispanic Public Policy Agenda, NHLA leadership will bring their recommendations directly to lawmakers and party leaders with presentations during the national party conventions.  The presentation at the Republican National Convention inTampa,Fla.will take place at theStrazCenteron Monday, August 27, at 2:30 p.m.  The presentation at the Democratic National Convention inCharlotte,N.C.will take place at theBechtlerMuseumon Tuesday, September 4, at 10:30 a.m.

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