This week in Phoenix, AZ, undocumented youth and allies with the DRM Capitol Group, the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition and others delivered approximately 8,000 petitions to the Arizona Republican Party headquarters, urging Republican candidates to stop opposing the DREAM Act and to change their rhetoric on immigration. The youth pledged to educate the entire Latino community in Arizona about the extreme anti-immigrant policies of GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney.
Misguided Bills Weaken Education
The Congressional Tri-Caucus sent a letter to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce expressing their opposition to legislation – Student Success Act (H.R. 3989) and the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act (H.R. 3990), the final two pieces of legislation revising the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), more commonly known as No Child Left Behind -- which dramatically rolls back the civil rights protections inherent in ESEA. Congressman Charles A. Gonzalez (TX-20), Chair of Congressional Hispanic Caucus, stated: “It is deeply unsettling that this issue has become laden with partisan politics. Students of color are three times more likely than their white peers to attend a low performing school and it is vital that schools are held accountable to standards of educational success.”
Women’s Health Wednesdays
U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (CO-1), co-Chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus, launched the inaugural “Women’s Health Wednesday,” on the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. “Women’s Health Wednesday’s” are an opportunity for Members of Congress to take a stand against the unceasing attacks on women’s health care currently taking place from the halls of Congress to our national political arena. They will be held each Wed. the House is in session.
Justice for Mortgage Holders
Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva and Keith Ellison, the co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), joined advocates in
ACE/CCS continues holiday tradition
Cuddling steaming cups of hot coffee, volunteers for the Adolescent Counseling Exchange/Community Challenge School (ACE/CCS) braved the cold to help ensure that ACE/CCS families had a great Thanksgiving. The west Denver school held their annual Thanksgiving Basket Event this past weekend, which ...
Fast urges Congress to end moral crisis
As communities across the country continue to escalate their campaign for commonsense immigration reform and pressure leadership in the House of Representatives, faith, immigrant rights and labor leaders launched their “Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform and Citizenship” on ...
José Martínez wins prestigious educator award
In a surprise announcement at an all-school assembly, Colorado’s Bear Creek High School social studies teacher José Martínez was presented this week with a $25,000 check from the Milken Family Foundation in recognition of his exceptional work as a model teacher for the state and nation.
Katherine Archuleta: First Latina director of OPM
Katherine Archuleta was sworn-in as the 10th Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and will serve as the Federal government’s personnel chief. Archuleta was confirmed by the U.S. Senate with strong bipartisan support in a 62–36 vote.
She will be the first Latina to hold this ...