Washington, D.C. – Cristóbal J. Alex, President of Latino Victory Fund, issued the following statement following reports that for the first time since Ronald Reagan, the President’s Cabinet won’t include a Latino.
“As suspected, Donald Trump will not include a single Latino voice in his cabinet. Trump began his presidential campaign attacking the Latino community, so this is really just a culmination of the hostility that he has shown us since day one. It is a lamentable setback for Latino representation in government, but it’s not a total defeat. We will keep fighting to ensure Latino representation continues growing at all levels of government by training and developing future Latino progressive leaders. We consider it our mandate to defend the policies that Latinos support and need — and to work closely with the leaders who have shown our communities the respect we deserve.”
WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of preliminary legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. The vote passed 227 to 198. Cristóbal Alex, Latino Victory Fund president, issued the following statement:
“The Republicans say this vote is the first step to repealing Obamacare as if it were a panacea and it’s not,” said Alex. “The truth is that it’s the first step towards taking away healthcare for 20 million Americans, including 4 million Latinos, who have a livelihood safety net thanks to Obamacare. Latinos are already one of the most underserved communities when it comes to healthcare affordability, and senseless, political ploys like the Obamacare repeal only serve to deepen this wound.
“We will fight tooth and nail to ensure that we hold accountable those who seek to harm our community and that do not have our nation’s best interests at heart.”
WASHINGTON—Today, Latino Victory Fund expressed support for our immigrant and refugee communities ahead of the #HereToStay national day of action on Jan. 14, 2017. On that day supporters all over the country can make a public commitment to defend and protect immigrant communities and remind the incoming administration that we are #HereToStay. Among many nationwide events, a march will be held in Washington D.C. on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, organized by CASA, Center for Community Change/Fair Immigration Reform Movement, Make the Road, the New York Immigration Coalition, United We Dream and SEIU.
Cristóbal J. Alex, Latino Victory Fund president, issued the following statement in support of #HereToStay national day of action:
“Latino Victory Fund is proud to stand with our immigrant and refugee brothers and sisters this January 14th at the #HereToStay actions across the country and remind Trump that we are a powerful community with a strong voice.
“We will not remain silent as he attacks us, deports our loved ones, and separates our families. Immigrants are #HereToStay, and we will stand together against hateful policies. We will hold accountable any and all politicians who support the Trump administration’s efforts to harm Latinos, refugees, the immigrant community, the Muslim community, the LGBTQ community, African-Americans and women. We are ready to fight.”
People who wish to participate in #HereToStay activities nationwide may visit www.weareheretostay.org for more information.
Washington, D.C. – Today the Senate began the confirmation hearings for Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.
See below for a statement from Cristóbal J. Alex, President of Latino Victory Fund:
“In 1986, Republicans in the Senate Judiciary Committee rejected the confirmation of Jeff Sessions for a federal judgeship appointment because his racial views were too extreme. Today Republicans in the Senate are looking at the same evidence to determine whether the same applies for today’s GOP.”
“Confirming Jeff Sessions as the next Attorney General of the United States would put our civil rights in danger and would make America unsafe for communities of color. Jeff Sessions supports mass deportation, a Muslim registry, and would roll back progress on LGBTQ rights. Senator Jeff Sessions is unfit to serve as Attorney General; his anti-immigrant and racist views cloud his judgment and make him unable to protect all Americans equally.
“We urge the Senate Judiciary Committee to follow the lead of their 1986 predecessors and reject the confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. History will judge the members of the Committee by how they vote on this confirmation.”
Washington, D.C. – Today Tom Perez announced his bid for Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
Please see below a statement from Cristóbal J. Alex, President of Latino Victory Fund:
“Tom Perez is the son of Dominican immigrants who came to this country in search for a better life, and he has devoted his career to fighting for what’s right, expanding opportunity for all Americans, and ensuring that all voices are heard within our democratic process.
“As a civil rights attorney, Tom understands that real change happens when we mobilize and empower our communities. He gets the importance of supporting the work on the ground, and as such his advocacy reflect their needs.
“Tom knows that fighting for equal representation and civil liberties for everyone requires mindful, consistent, and concerted efforts to bring in stakeholders to influence long-term policy. He built a career on listening to and building close relationships with grassroots organizers to champion their issues in the courtroom.
“During his time at the Department of Justice, Perez defended victims of hate crimes and led efforts to investigate systemic misconduct in police departments. Perez led the charge to hold big banks accountable, and he is a staunch advocate for voting rights, working families, and workplace protections.
“Tom Perez is a proven and qualified progressive leader who has fought for the rights of communities of color, immigrants, women, the LGBTQ community and young people throughout his entire career, and we know he is the right person to unify and lead the Democratic Party.
“Coming out of an election filled with hate, racism, sexism, and violence, it is more important than ever that the Democratic Party remain united and grounded in our values of inclusion and opportunities for all. Tom Perez is the right person for the job and we are proud to support him for DNC Chair.”