Arkansas Hispanic organizations urged Congress to build a stronger America

WASHINGTON, DC – On March 8-9, Hispanic advocates from 75 community-based Latino organizations from 31 states and the District of Columbia came to Capitol Hill to urge their congressional representatives to preserve America’s competitive advantage.

Arkansas was represented by Vivian Osura from La Casa Health Network from Little Rock, and Margarita Solorzano and Alejandro Aviles represented the Hispanic Women’s Organization of Arkansas (HWOA) from Springdale. They joined nearly 300 representatives from Latino community-based organizations around the country.

The Arkansas delegation went to Washington to meet with the Arkansas members of Congress, Senator Blanche Lincoln, Senator Mark Pryor, Rep. Marion Berry -District 1, Rep. Vic Snyder – District 2, Rep. John Boozman – District 3, and Mike Ross -District 4.

“As participants in the National Council of La Raza’s (NCLR) National Advocacy Day, the community representatives addressed issues critical to the nation’s more than 40 million Latinos and to maintaining a workforce that is educated, healthy and able to contribute fully to keep our economy strong and growing, including early childhood education, health care, financial literacy, housing, comprehensive immigration reform, voting rights, and youth violence prevention,” said Kathy Mimberg, from the Office of Public Information, National Council of La Raza.

Margarita Solorzano said of their visit, “the message was clear, with more than 40 million Hispanics living in the U.S., one in every eight Americans is of Hispanic origin. Latinos are a significant and growing presence in the school system, the workforce, and the broader fabric of American economic and social life. NCLR and its affiliates urge Congress to act now to build a stronger America and maintain our nation’s competitive advantage in the global economy.”

The issues of discussion of the Arkansas delegation included, investing in education, preserving Medicaid, strengthening the financial security of Latino families, and enacting comprehensive immigration reform.

The NCLR hosted community groups from AR, AZ, CA, CO, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, and WI.

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