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National Latino Advocacy Groups Meet with CHC

Congressional Hispanic Caucus

111th Congress – Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Chair

For Immediate Release


Contact: Miguel Ayala

March 10, 2009


(202) 225-2410



National Latino Advocacy Groups Meet with CHC


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(Washington DC)The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) hosted a roundtable meeting today on Capitol Hill with over 50 national Latino advocacy groups to hear about their concerns and legislative priorities for the 111th Congress. The morning’s discussion provided an opportunity to discuss how the Hispanic advocacy community can best address the challenges facing this country’s 47 million Latinos and further strengthen Hispanics nationwide. Today’s event is the first and most comprehensive roundtable, preparing for a series of more narrow roundtables centered around particular topics varying from the census, healthcare, and veterans’ issues to ensuring Latinos are included in the emerging green economy.


The group discussed issues ranging from representation of Latinos in the Federal Workforce, to improving resources for colleges and universities, particularly Hispanic-Serving Institutions. Additionally, many groups stressed the importance of preparing for the 2010 Census and ensuring an accurate count of the Latino population in the United States. Other major priorities identified were promoting judicial appointments, particularly the first Latino to the US Supreme Court, and a continued and stronger push for comprehensive immigration reform.


“I was tremendously pleased by today’s gathering of Latino leaders, who came together to discuss the diverse issues impacting our communities across the country.  This is the first of many future meetings, where we will bring together smaller groups of stakeholders to focus on particular issues,” said Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez, Chair of the CHC. “It was clear from today’s event that these organizations are ready to work to improve the growth, future and opportunity for Latinos across the nation.  Together, the CHC, advocacy groups and the Obama Administration will put the nation on a path that ensures opportunity and equality for Latinos throughout the United States.”


Several Members of the CHC participated, and several other Members of Congress stopped by the gathering. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA-8), Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-9), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-2) greeted the group and reiterated their commitment to working with the CHC.


Congresswoman Velázquez continued, “I sincerely thank and appreciate Speaker Pelosi for taking the time to come by and greet the roundtable. In so doing, she conveyed her commitment to the Latino community and working with the CHC and the organizations on the ground.”


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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Hispanic descent.  Since 1976 the CHC has been addressing the needs of the Hispanic community in all areas of American life.  For more information on the CHC, call (202) 225-2410.


National Puerto Rican Coalition

NALEO Educational Fund

National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators

Hispanic National Bar Foundation

National Latino Behavioral Health Association

National Association of Latino Independent Producers

Farmworker Justice Fund

Make the Road NY


Hispanic College Fund

Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting

National Minority Supplier Development Council

National Association of Hispanic Federal Executives

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement

National Hispanic Environmental Council

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

National Association of Hispanic Nurses

Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Latinos and Native Americans in Science

National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

National Latino Children's Institute

Inter University Program for Latino Research

Hispanic Communications Network

National Hispanic Corporate Achievers

New America Alliance

Hispanic Women's Corporation

Hispanic Federation

Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities

Cesar E. Chavez Foundation

GALA Hispanic Theater

MANA, A National Latina Organization

Pew Hispanic Center

Las Comadres Para Las Americas

Smithsonian Latino Center

National Hispanic Council on Aging

Latino Leaders Network

National Alliance for Hispanic Health

National Council of La Raza

ASPIRA Association, Inc.

Hispanic Serving Health Professional Schools


Pan American Development Foundation

The Self Reliance Foundation- Acceso Hispanic Initiative

U.S. DHHS/ Office of Minority Health


Cuban American National Council

National Association of Minority Contractors

Hispanic Link




Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Chair of CHC

Congressman Charles A. Gonzalez, 1st Vice Chair of CHC

Congressman John Salazar, Whip of CHC

Congressman Xavier Becerra, Vice Chair of House Democratic Caucus

Congressman Joe Baca, Chair of CHC’s Corporate America Task Force

Congressman Raúl Grijalva, Chair of CHC’s Education and Job Training Task Force

Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, Chair of CHC’s Infrastructure and Housing Task Force

Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz

Congressman Pedro Pierluisi

Congressman Jose Serrano



Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Chair of Congressional Black Caucus

Congressman Chaka Fattah


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