Happy Holidays from
William C. Velasquez Institute Dear Friends, Happy Holidays from all of us at the William C. Velasquez Institute. Thank you for your support! We ask that you consider WCVI for your end of year giving with a tax-deductible grant or contribution.
Your support has been put to good use in the community. We are especially proud to have hosted EarthDay Latino, where we celebrated the 18 high school students of the first WCVI EcoIntern Program! I invite you to take a look at 2011 highlights in WCVI’s Newsletter. Additionally, through WCVI’s leadership, a coalition of Latino organizations conducted a policy development effort that included community outreach, a survey and legal research that culminated in the proposal of the first proimmigrant ballot measure in US history (currently underway in California)! The year ahead promises to be very exciting as well! In the works: a 5 year Anniversary event of LA River Revitalization Plan; the 6th Annual NLC in Chicago, IL.; Eco Intern Programs in Los Angeles and San Antonio, polling studies and much much more. Are you excited yet? We are! Your support of WCVI will go directly to these programs. Please consider us in your 2012 budget plans. Another bright note to this year: our Senior VP, Patricia Gonzales was just named as one of the “40 Under 40” to watch by the San Antonio Business Journal. Congrats to Patricia on her well deserved recognition! Thank you again for your support and friendship. We ask you to give to WCVI during this holiday season and in 2012! Have a safe and happy holiday season!
Donate Antonio Gonzalez WCVI President
Snapshot of WCVI in 2011 This yearʼs NLC served as Call to Action that focused National Latino Congreso on strategies to defeat anti-immigrant legislation, Deliberating over three days proposals to create jobs, efforts to create majority delegates from 15 states and more minority districts through redistricting, and plans for than one hundred organizations Latino electoral mobilization. The 2011 delegates and approved over 30 resolutions on a observers took part in 20 workshops, 3 plenary variety of topics. Importantly, many sessions, the special “Take Back Texas” strategy “non-Latino” or mainstream issues session to stop anti-immigrant legislation, Hispanic were addressed including the Federation sponsored, Womenʼs Reproductive Rights proposed ATT-T-Mobile merger, and President Obama’s military Luncheon and LCLAA sponsored Labor Breakfast. intervention in Libya. Other activities included a screening of the movie, Will the Real Terrorists Please Stand Up and a Floricanto WCVI NALACC hosts Tejano multicultural reading with 14 poets and artists. is a founding the 2012 NLC! Convener and Organizer of the NLC!
Antonio Gonzalez at the 6th Annual NLC, Austin, Texas
California Latino Congreso “The California plan is a winwin initiative.California’s undocumented immigrants will pay more than 2.7 billion in state and local taxes and at the same time it would integrate undocumented immigrants in a positive way into the social fabric of the state improving the quality of life of all Californians,” Martha Arevalo President CARECEN Board of Directors
Delegates representing scores of Latino organizations across California agreed to set up Congreso Campaign Committees to massively mobilize the Latino vote and support several initiatives that would provide California status to immigrants, reform local government, label genetically modified foods, and reform the three strikes law.Delegates from across the state were especially interested in the “California Plan” which would grant temporary status for certain immigrant taxpayers, and follows a recent string of pro-immigrant and other progressive legislative victories in Sacramento.
EarthDay Latino & Eco Interns
WCVI led many efforts in 2011 from the California Latino Congreso to Earthday Latino
WCVI has worked as the Alianza de los Pueblos del Rio de Los Angeles (Los Angeles River Peoples始 Alliance) since 2004 helping to develop five parks with active and passive recreation along the Los Angeles River (Marsh St in Frog Town, Albion St. in Cover, G2 in Glassell Park, Piggy Back Yards in Lincoln Heights, El Hoyito in El Hoyo). This led to the next logical step, the formation of the EcoInterns Program. The Eco-Intern Program is designed for students who demonstrate a strong interest in environmental conservation, public health and city history. The program concluded with an EarthDay Latino event that included a Walk-A-Thon and camp out and Eco-Intern Completion Ceremony. The students concluded their program by unveiling their collective creative youth project in the form of a billboard.
trained and The Eco-Interns were ramping up to mentored over Spring 6 site visits to Earth Day 2011 with onmental locales parks, rivers and envir hose careers are with guest speakers w and rooted in conservation The program environmental areas. Day Latino! concluded with Earth
Eighteen Eco Interns participated as part of the 2011 Inaugural Class. The high school juniors and seniors came from 8 area schools from east/ northeast Los Angeles and the Anahuak Youth Sports Association.
Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality plants a tree at the EarthDay Latino 2011.
40th Anniversary of the Failed War on Drugs WCVI held a Day of Action on June 17, 2011, the 40th Anniversary of President Nixonʼs declaration of the “war on drugs”. WCVI highlighted the impact of this failed “war on drugs” on the Latino community. To commemorate the 40th anniversary, WCVI hosted a Special Leadership Briefing and Live Remote Broadcast of the KPFK Radio show, Strategy Session with Antonio Gonzalez. The event was a time to reflect on the disastrous effects the failed war on drugs has had on the Latino community with focus on strategies for making marijuana legal, reducing overincarceration, advocating drugs as a health issue and not a criminal justice issue including alternative solutions to the current 40 year-failure that is the drug war.
WCVI’s live remote broadcast featured these leading experts: Mauricio Garzon from the Coalition for Cannabis Policy; Stephen Gutwillig of the Drug Policy Alliance; Dr. Raul Hinojosa, UCLA NAID Center; Miguel Tinker Salas from Pomona College; and geri silva of Families to Amend California's Three Strikes and Fair Chance Project.
White Paper on the Proposed AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Latinos Harmed by Current Proposal Recommends Changes to Protect Employees and Consumers
In a WCVI White Paper entitled, “The Economic and Social Implications for Latinos of AT&T Inc.ʼs Proposed Acquisition of T-Mobile – USA,” Dr. Blanca Gordo of UC Berkeley and Albert Jacquez, WCVIʼs Senior Policy Advisor, concluded that as currently structured, the proposed merger was not in the best interest of the U.S. Latino community. They found that Latino consumers are less likely to enjoy the benefits of the proposed AT&T merger with TMobile and more likely to be harmed economically if the mega-merger is approved.
“Going forward, national public policy decisions like this one will have to take into account the potential- negative impact and benefits of any proposed policy structure for major American subgroups like Latinos. Increasingly, policies must be designed to be good for Latinos in order to be good for the nation.” Albert Jacquez WCVI Senior Policy Advisor
Save 2012 the Date*
Texas Latino Redistricting Task Force
Latino leaders and organizations in Texas came together during the redistricting process to form the Texas Latino Redistricting Task January - April Force. WCVI is a member plaintiff of the Task Force. WCVIʼs sister Eco-Intern Program, organization, SVREP serves as the co-chair for the Task Force LA, CA along with Domingo Garcia. The Texas Latino Redistricting Task April Force represented by MALDEF 20th: Benefit for Eco- filed a lawsuit to stop Texas from implementing Congressional and Intern Program state house maps that violated the 21st: EarthDay Latino Voting Rights Act.
The U. S. Supreme Court earlier this month granted a request by 17-19th National the State of Texas and blocked all Latino Congreso, maps put into place by a threejudge panel in San Antonio. As a Chicago, IL result of this decision, Texas does not have a map for 2012 Elections. July January 9th the Supreme Court will 13th SVREP Sabor de hear oral arguments by the parties Las Americas, LA, CA in the case.
20th SVREP Latino Vote 2012 Dinner, SA, TX
It is important to note that while the Federal maps from the SA three-judge panel didnʼt provide all that the Texas Latino Redistricting Task Force August (represented by MALDEF) requested, Latinos still came 22nd SVREP Sabor de away with several gains. (see Las Americas, right)
Houston, TX *Additional Dates/ Events will be added to WCVI’s 2012 calendar
“Our state leaders and attorney general seem to think that is still okay in 2011 to attempt to disenfranchise Latino voters and gerrymander them to have no voice. This practice has to stop and the Federal courts are only following the law and correcting the voting rights violations. It is time to unite Texans not keep trying to divide them.” Domingo Garcia, Co-Chair, Texas Latino Redistricting Task Force and former Dallas Mayor Pro-Tem
The maps from the three-judge panel in San Antonio provided the following gains for Latinos: • Created an additional Latino opportunity congressional district (CD 35) along the I-35 corridor; • Created a congressional district in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex (CD33); • Restored Congressional District 27 in South Texas as a Latino opportunity district; • Restored Congressional District 23 in West Texas as a Latino opportunity district
Important Dates January 2012 U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case DC District Court Trial April 3rd Texas Primary Election
Strategy Session with Antonio Gonzalez Antonio Gonzalez continues to host a weekly show called Strategy Session on KPFK. He also gives regular commentaries on NPRʼs Tavis Smiley show, a nationally syndicated progressive show featuring minority issues.
WCVI Social Media Networks We invite you to connect with us!
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