Army Pvt. Gregory Wedel-Morales will have his record cleared of desertion and his family may now lay him to rest with full military honors. The 24-year old soldier went missing in August and when he didn’t report to duty, he was placed on AWOL status, then declared a deserter. Ten months later, only after LULAC began demanding answers into his case and that of Vanessa Guillen, military investigators intensified their efforts and found his remains in a shallow grave not far from the base.
Across the Nation, during the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders at State and local levels have been mostly left alone to fend for themselves in dealing with this health and humanitarian crisis. While some State governors where prompt to react, others didn’t take it seriously enough and people are now suffering the consequences of early inactions. LULAC Ohio stands with our National President Domingo Garcias’ recent Call to Action for the Texas and Florida governors, local, State and National legislators to Act NOW to save lives.
The Supreme Court of the United States declared that the Trump’s administration attempt to eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, was arbitrary and capricious, and therefore, invalid. The court’s decision protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of young immigrants known as DREAMERS.
On Monday, June 15 the LGBTQ community took a step forward in the protection of their civil rights. The Supreme Court ruled that the federal Civil Rights ACT from the 1960s protects gay and transgender workers against discrimination. As the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization LULAC celebrates this amazing victory, with the additional joy that it takes place during the commemoration of PRIDE month.
LULAC Ohio echoes the sentiments and voices of our national leaders and membership and stands together in solidarity with our Black brothers and sisters in these times of grief and mourning. Our Black community is hurting. Our Black brothers, sisters and siblings have been living a reality that we cannot claim to understand. Our goal is not to replace their voices, but rather to uplift them. We acknowledge their pain and must act in solidarity.
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National President Domingo Garcia and LULAC National CEO Sindy Benavides reacted to new data from a Washington Post poll that found Hispanic Americans are nearly twice as likely to have lost their jobs amid coronavirus shutdowns. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Latino unemployment rate spiked to nearly 19% meaning more than 4 million Latinos are unemployed – nearly one in every five.
The safety of workers is still in peril during the COVID-19 pandemic, yet the Federal government is forcing meat plants to stay open despite the multiple safety and health concerns raised by workers and health experts. LULAC is gravely concerned that the US government is putting corporate profits ahead of workers’ lives.
The League of United Latin American (LULAC), wrote a letter to Members of Congress condemning their lack of attention to small and medium-sized businesses owned by people of color in H.R. 266 the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. The bill was passed by the Senate yesterday and a vote is expected in the House of Representatives in the next few days.
LULAC and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) are working together to save Latino owned businesses. Join LULAC National President, Domingo García, in co-signing THIS LETTER so we can send it to Washington and show them how important Latino owned businesses are to our community, to the U.S. economy, and to the millions of people they employ.
Latino communities and all communities of color in the U.S. are being affected disproportionately by the spread of coronavirus. How the government responds will impact the Latino community for years to come and set a precedent for how the U.S Government responds during times of crisis and how it deals with the exigent needs of underserved communities of color. LULAC is calling for a comprehensive 15 steps Pandemic Response Plan.