Hispanic Caucus Chair

  • Lock in the progress that we've made

    When I was in elementary school I played teeball and baseball on the boy's teams because my town didn't field teams for girls. When I went to college there were buildings with men's bathrooms and women's bathrooms on alternating floors because when some buildings were first built they'd only included bathrooms for men in the floorplans. My first job after graduation, even though I negotiated for higher pay, new male hires made more than I did, a fact easily checked because state institutions had public budgets. When access to facilities or pay or athletics is challenged, there's pushback. Often the burden is placed on the woman to prove that she has been disadvantaged. Thankfully while some of these discrepancies have been addressed over the years, they're too easily reversed, women can lose ground far faster than we were able to gain these rights. It's time to lock in the progress that we've made by adding the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution. From Fiji, Texas Voter Amerika Garcia Grewal

  • published March 2021 Newsletter in News / Noticias 2021-03-04 09:04:07 -0500

    March 2021 Newsletter

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    MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

    hc2.jpgHappy 2021, the Year of the Ox. As we welcome in the Lunar New Year and our second year of dealing with a pandemic-changed world, there is so much to share with you. The Hispanic Caucus of Democrats Abroad is larger than ever, with nearly 1,500 members at the start of this month. We have members in 82 countries from Argentina to Zambia coming from all 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, and Washington DC, with the most members voting absentee in the states of California, Texas, Florida, and New York.

    We have an exciting series of events to kick off the year. In the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, Onélica Andrade and Carlos Colao have been reviewing our Terms of Reference and updating it with new goals as we prepare for the 2022 midterms. In the Americas region, Edgar Lopez has been hard at work with Onélica Andrade and myself preparing for the joint caucus Leadership Development Regional Workshops.

    Each online session showcases four different Democrats Abroad Leaders, one for each of the Global, Regional, and Country levels, and one from a country without a Country Chapter from within the region, interspersed with breakout rooms for networking and deeper discussions.

    We’re also working on our legislative priorities. The following were raised by members in our regional meetings as among our caucus’ highest  priorities:

    1) Enacting Comprehensive Immigration Reform
    2) Increasing Access to healthcare, in particular, when it comes to COVID-19 care and access to vaccines
    3) Expanding Voting rights
    4) Tax Reform for Americans abroad 
    5) Halting deportations of U.S. veterans
    6) Statehood for Puerto Rico

    As well as Education, specifically increased opportunities for our Latinx community in public education, and Climate Change.

    What are you most concerned about?

    Reaching out to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

    We are happy to announce that the DAHC recently wrote to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to introduce ourselves to the new Chair, Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA-36), and to reaffirm our commitment to working with our Latinx Democratic allies to pass meaningful reforms. We want to use this year to forge strong ties to Congress and with other potential allies back in the U.S.

     As a reminder, our Mission Statement clearly supports and defends the U.S. Constitution and the goals and ideals of the Democratic Party and Democrats Abroad. In particular:

    • To advocate on issues of concern to the U.S. Hispanic community
    • To be a pro-Hispanic voice for U.S. citizens living abroad
    • To support campaigns of Democratic Hispanic nominees running for elected office in the U.S.

    Likewise, DAHC encourages all Democratic Hispanic members of Congress to join this caucus for the purpose of a unified voice in Congress in advocating for policies to improve the lives and well-being of Hispanic-Americans. We are proud to report that every Democratic Hispanic member of the 117th Congress is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

    Congressional Hispanic Caucus snapshot

    “The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) was founded in December 1976 as a legislative service organization of the United States House of Representatives. Today, the CHC is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed by the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives.

    The CHC addresses national and international issues and crafts policies that impact the Hispanic community. The function of the Caucus is to serve as a forum for the Hispanic Members of Congress to coalesce around a collective legislative agenda. The Caucus is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands” (https://chc.house.gov/about)

    DACA: Thank you, Mr. President!

    Preserving and Fortifying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

    The Hispanic Caucus of Democrats Abroad (DAHC) has thanked President Biden for keeping the campaign promise and acting swiftly in issuing an executive order to reinstate and fortify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

    This is a major relief for the thousands of “Dreamers” and their families who live in constant uncertainty and fear of deportation.  And while this may give undocumented immigrants a respite, we hope that Congress will soon pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

    Addressing this issue is a top legislative priority for us and we stand fully committed to work with our members and our Democratic colleagues in finally moving forward on a strong, compassionate, and fair immigration system. As the primary voice for the U.S. Hispanic Community living abroad, we advocate for and encourage reforms like the bipartisan Dream Act, S. 264, to finally allow Dreamers and temporary protected status (TPS) individuals to not fear coming out of the shadows and being fully welcomed into society as Americans.

    One of our incredible volunteers, a former DACA individual now living in Germany, stated:

    I want to thank President Biden for providing my fellow Childhood Arrivals with the security we have so badly needed the past four years. I want to encourage the new Administration to keep our well-being and that of other minorities at heart, and to make the much needed changes to give security to the Childhood Arrivals that remain trapped in for-profit detention centers as well as TPS recipients currently in limbo.

    It is essential that we recognize each other´s humanity - immigrant, asylum seeker refugee, and U.S. citizen alike - and bolster the voices of those of us who have lived in the shadows. The path to equality is filled with difficult challenges that I know President Biden is willing to confront. I thank you for this important step, and promise to urge for American voices to fight alongside those who have yet to be heard.”

    Connecting our roots to our Global Community

    Edgar López-Vallejo
    DA Mexico, Media Team Leader, Hispanic Caucus Steering Committee Member

    Do you like the idea of forming international communities that take their strength from the roots they share in Latin America and the US? We in the Dems Abroad Hispanic Caucus are working with the Latinx diaspora to get in touch with each other, to revel in our shared identity, to retrace our provenance from communities across the US, and to build a strong nexus from our networks spanning the globe to all of those communities that nurtured our families back in their ancestral homeland. 

    Affirming our identity as a global community and rebuilding our collective links to the towns and neighborhoods that nurtured us and our families would make us feel more complete as people and, we believe, would anchor to our belonging. 

    It would also allow us to better support, throughout our voting rights and contact with the Latinx communities in the US, the acceptance of their members as full-fledged citizens at every level in the country, the respect of their rights, and the acknowledgment of the voices that emanate from them.

    For these reasons, we are starting a program to identify and retrace those links, to find the communities that bridge our shared history, language, and idiosyncrasy, and build political and cultural networks that may allow us and other Latinx abroad to nurture ourselves from the strength of those communities, and to give back, from what we have become, to those communities across the Americas. We will be stronger and more complete for it, and our land will benefit from what we can give back.

    If the idea interests you, let us  know: get in touch and contribute your point of view, and work with us to build this program and rebuild our contact with the Americas.

    Please feel free to reach me at here.

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  • 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge

    Have you ever made a successful change in your life? Perhaps you wanted to exercise more, eat less, or change jobs? Think about the time and attention you dedicated to the process. A lot, right? Change is hard. Creating effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of power, privilege, supremacy, and leadership is like any lifestyle change. Setting our intentions and adjusting what we spend our time doing is essential. It’s all about building new habits. Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started. The good news is, there’s an abundance of resources just waiting to empower you to be a more effective player in the quest for equity and justice.

    Join the Hispanic Caucus and the Global Black Caucus
    and take the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge!

    About the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge 

    • For 21 days, do one action to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity 
    • This plan includes suggestions for readings, podcasts, videos, observations, and ways to form and deepen community connections. Click here to join the Challenge!

  • Hispanic Caucus of Democrats Abroad Calls for the Immediate Impeachment and Removal of Donald J. Trump

    On January 6th, 2021 a group of armed rioters stormed and occupied the US Capitol building in a deliberate attempt to disrupt Joe Biden’s certification as the 46th President.  As a result, people have died, including a Capitol Police officer. This attack on the Capitol while our elected Congress was in session is an act of domestic terrorism.

    Actions have consequences, regardless of when they occur.

    Those who have nothing to say as this unfolds are either too cowardly to speak up when they see something that they know is wrong, or as morally bankrupt as the armed criminals who broke the windows of the Capitol and planted pipe bombs. Confederate and Nazi flags were flown in the nation’s heart. The United States of America was built by immigrants; there is no place for white supremacy or the eugenicist beliefs of those two failed national experiments.

    This is beyond the pale. The shamelessness of this event is amplified by its body count. The most recent casualty was Officer Brian Sicknick of the Capitol Police, whose death due to a clash with rioters brings the death toll up to five. If there are no consequences for this kind of reckless endangerment and abuse of power, this becomes the new normal. Members of Congress and the President cannot use elected office to incite violence in order to overthrow a lawful election; such behavior constitutes treason. Removing those who have done so is an action more about the future of our democracy than the immediate problems of the present. Measures must also be taken against the individuals who shamelessly desecrated the Capitol.

    The Hispanic Caucus of Democrats Abroad calls on Congress to Impeach the president and for the resignation of the 147 members of the so called sedition caucus who voted to overturn the results of the 2020 Presidential Election.

     


  • Endorsement for Jose Villa, SC State Senate District 4

    The Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus hereby proudly endorses Jose Villa to represent District 4 in the South Carolina State Senate.

    Jose Villa was raised in a bilingual Mexican-American household, and has called South Carolina home for two decades. In that time he has worked tirelessly as an electrician, construction worker and craftsman. As a result of his multifaceted background and insight into Mexican and American life, he can provide an effective counterbalance to self-serving politics in South Carolina.

    District 4 represents parts of Abbeville, Anderson and Greenwood Counties in South Carolina’s Piedmont region. Residents of Hispanic or Latinx descent make up just shy of 6% of these three counties’ populations combined, and the community is severely underrepresented at the local political level.

    This is Jose’s first major foray into the political realm, and he ran uncontested in the Democratic primary. Yet the issues that he wants to tackle have long hung heavily over South Carolinians who want change in their state: immigration, criminal justice,  healthcare and economic invigoration, to name a few. In a state that ranks 46th nationwide in criminal justice, 36th in healthcare and 43rd in education, the change that Jose aims to bring is paramount to the state’s future.

    As State Senator for District 4 the onus would rest on Jose Villa to reinvigorate this economically diverse district, with its core industries ranging from agriculture and manufacturing to life science. This is no easy task, but as the child of immigrants Jose is no stranger to challenges. We, the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus, have full faith in his plan for South Carolina and are proud to endorse him.

    You can learn more about Jose Villa and his plan for District 4 at https://joseforscsenate.com/


  • Endorsement for Mondaire Jones for Congress NY 17

    The Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus hereby proudly endorses Mondaire Jones For Congress NY 17

    Mondaire was born to a young, single mother at Nyack Hospital and raised in the working-class Village of Spring Valley, which is in Rockland County.  Life wasn’t easy, but the Jones family managed. He went on to revive the Spring Valley NAACP Youth Council and at 19 was elected chair of a committee on the NAACP’s National Board of Directors.  After college, Mondaire served in the Obama Administration in the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice where the slow pace of judicial confirmations showed him what can happen when Democrats in Congress allow Republicans to block progress instead of fighting tooth-and-nail for the American people. 

    Mondaire has a passion for helping his community.  The issues he will address run from the Green New Deal, to Medicaid for all, to minimum wages and housing issues.  He has the backing of the progressive wing of the party, including Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.Jones.  

    NY 17 in the Hudson Valley is made up of Rockland Country and Central and Northern Westchester.  An area that really needs someone like Mondaire to fight for bold, progressive policies that will help everyday people.

    You can learn more about Mondaire Jones and his platform at: https://mondaireforcongress.com


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