December 8, 2016
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Latino Residents Get Help to Become Citizens

 

HRC, ya es hora recruiting volunteers for civic engagement campaign with the Latino/a community

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization, is continuing its partnership with ya es hora, a coalition of faith, labor, media, and community-based organizations, to host a series of volunteer citizenship workshops as part of a civic engagement campaign aimed at providing immigrants with resources to apply for citizenship and to become active participants in U.S. democracy.  Participating partners will hold press conferences in Boston, Chicago, San Diego, and Phoenix to highlight the importance of the campaign.

“It’s time for the Latino/a, immigrant, and LGBT communities to come together to advance our common struggles for civil rights,” said Cuc Vu, chief diversity officer at the Human Rights Campaign. “We have common hopes and dreams and face a common set of challenges. ya es horaprovides an opportunity for us to all come together, and HRC is proud to join ya es hora in this powerful coalition.”
 
Volunteers will help Latino/a legal permanent residents complete applications to obtain U.S. citizenship and support other logistics during the workshop. For those interested, Spanish fluency is helpful, but not required.  HRC previously recruited volunteers for ya es hora citizenship workshops in Los Angeles, CA; Phoenix, AZ; Hollywood, FL; Denver, CO; Washington, D.C.; and Arlington, VA.
 
ya es hora began as a non-partisan effort to organize the Latino/a community for civic engagement in response to the immigrant mobilizations in 2006. Since 2007, it has helped process U.S. citizenship applications for more than 1.4 million Latinos/as. It is led by four national organizations and dozens of regional and local organizations including: Univision, the largest Spanish-language media network in the U.S.; Mi Familia Vota Education Fund; National Council of La Raza; National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund; and the Service Employees International Union. Together, ya es hora partners have a goal to move over 1 million Latino/a eligible legal permanent residents on the path to U.S. citizenship during 2009 and 2010.
 
BOSTON EVENT DETAILS:
 
WHAT: ya es hora Press Conference
 
WHEN:  Thursday, September 17, 2009, 11:00 A.M.
 
WHERE: Sam Adams Park/Faneuil Hall, 1 Faneuil Hall Square, Boston, Mass. 02109
 
WHO:  Speakers include two SEIU Local 615 members and citizenship workshop participants; Eva Millona, Executive Director, MIRA Coalition; Renan Leahy, Communications and Citizenship Coordinator, Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers; MagalisTroncoso Lama, Director & Founder, Dominican Development Center; David Wilson, Board of Directors, Human Rights Campaign
 
CHARLOTTE EVENT DETAILS:
 
WHAT: ya es hora Citizenship Workshop
 
WHEN:  Saturday, September 19, 2009, 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
 
WHERE: Please contact LaWana Slack-Mayfield at lawanaslackmayfield@yahoo.com for location.
 
WHO:  Participating organizations include Latin American Coalition, International House, Charlotte School of Law, Mecklenburg County Bar, National Association of Latino Elected Officials, SEIU, National Council of La Raza, Mi Familia Vota, Univision, Human Rights Campaign
 
DENVER EVENT DETAILS:
 
WHAT: ya es hora Citizenship Workshop
 
WHEN:  Saturday, September 19, 2009, 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
 
WHERE: Mi Casa Resource Center, 360 Acoma Street, Denver, CO 80223
 
WHO:  Participating organizations include Entravision Communications, Latina Initiative, Colorado ACORN, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, Metro Organization for People (MOP), Mi Familia Vota, National Council of La Raza, NALEO Educational Fund, SEIU, Univision, and Human Rights Campaign
 
HOUSTON EVENT DETAILS:
 
WHAT: ya es hora Citizenship Workshop
 
WHEN:  Saturday, September 19, 2009, 9:30 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
 
WHERE: SW Multi-Service Center, 6400 High Star, Houston, TX 77074
 
WHO:  Participating organizations include Neighborhood Centers Inc., City of Houston Mayor’s Citizens’ Assistance Office, Mayor's Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, Univision 45/Telefutura 67, La Tremenda 1010 AM, Mi Familia Vota, National Council of La Raza, NALEO Educational Fund, SEIU, Univision, Human Rights Campaign
 
LOS ANGELES EVENT DETAILS:
 
WHAT: ya es hora Citizenship Workshop
 
WHEN:  Saturday, September 19, 2009, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
 
WHERE: Pasadena City College, Community Education Center, 3035 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107
 
WHO:  Participating organizations include Pasadena City College, NALEO Educational Fund, Mi Familia Vota, National Council of La Raza, SEIU, Univision, Human Rights Campaign
 
NEW YORK EVENT DETAILS:
 
WHAT: ya es hora Citizenship Workshop
 
WHEN: Saturday, September 19, 2009, 11:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
 
WHERE: Langston Hughes Library, Basement, 100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona, NY 11368 (Queens)
 
WHO: Participating organizations include City University of New York, NYC Councilmember Julissa Ferreras, NALEO Educational Fund, Mi Familia Vota, National Council of La Raza, SEIU, Univision, Human Rights Campaign
 
CHICAGO EVENT DETAILS:
 
WHAT: ya es hora Press Conference
 
WHEN: Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 11:00 A.M.
 
WHERE: Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, 55 E Jackson Blvd #2075, Chicago IL 60604
 
WHO: Participating organizations include Instituto del Progreso Latino, Interfaith Leadership Project, West Suburban Action Project, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights/New Americans Initiative, State Farm, NALEO Educational Fund, Mi Familia Vota, National Council of La Raza, SEIU, Univision, Human Rights Campaign
 
SAN DIEGO EVENT DETAILS:
 
WHAT: ya es hora Press Conference
 
WHEN: Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 12:00 P.M.
 
WHERE: San Diego Federal Building, 880 Front Street, San Diego, CA
 
WHO:  Participating organizations include Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), Center for Social Advocacy, Empower San Diego, The San Diego LGBT Community Center, Justice Overcoming Boundaries (JOB), Unite HERE Local 30,United Service Workers West (USWW-SEIU), Mi Familia Vota, National Council of La Raza (NCLR), NALEO Educational Fund, SEIU International, Univision, Human Rights Campaign
 
PHOENIX EVENT DETAILS:
 
WHAT: ya es hora Press Conference
 
WHEN:  Thursday, October 1, 2009, 10:00 A.M.
 
WHERE: Phoenix College, Willo Conference Room, 3310 North 10th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013
 
WHO: Speakers include Councilman Michael Nowakowski; Daniel Ortega, Board Chair, National Council of La Raza; and Alberto Olivas, Director, Center for Civic Participation
 
SANTA ANA EVENT DETAILS:
 
WHAT: ya es hora Citizenship Workshop
 
WHEN: Saturday, October 3, 2009, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
 
WHERE: Iglesia de Nuestra Señora Pilar, 1622 W 6th St., Santa Ana, CA 92703
 
WHO:  Participating organizations include American Immigration Lawyers Association; La Opinión; Fuerza Latina M.J.; Club Guadalajara USA; Consejo Binacional de Organizasiones Comunitarias Mexicanas, USA; NALEO Educational Fund; Mi Familia Vota; National Council of La Raza; SEIU; Univision; Human Rights Campaign
 
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
 
 

 



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