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Affiliate Digest for July 16, 2019

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Affiliate Digest

July 16, 2019


Dear UnidosUS Affiliates,


Below you will find the UnidosUS Affiliate Digest, a weekly 

 newsletter that highlights events, updates, and resources. 

 We encourage you to share information on upcoming activities or successes at your organization to

include in the Digest.

This issue includes:

UnidosUS Updates and Events


Register Today for the Affiliate Leadership Breakfast

Join UnidosUS for the Affiliate Leadership Breakfast (ALB) which will be held in San Diego, CA on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 as part of the 2019 UnidosUS Annual Conference. The breakfast is a high-level forum on issues of relevance for Affiliate Executive Directors, and their senior leadership and Board members, and provides a dedicated Affiliate-only space to identify ways to strategize with other UnidosUS Affiliate Network organizations. 

This year’s Affiliate Leadership Breakfast will feature:

First, UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía will reveal UnidosUS’s 2020 Empowerment Priorities as we prepare to maximize our impact in a potentially watershed election year. We are excited to share this plan, which was informed by Affiliate input received over the past year through the different sessions on UnidosUS’s 50th Anniversary Campaign for Equal Opportunity and the strategy development process.

Second, the strategy session will be followed by a robust discussion entitled, Next Level of Advocacy: Is a Sister 501 (c)(4) In Your Future?  In this session, learn from Affiliates who have formed 501 (c)(4) agencies that have allowed them to deepen their work in advocacy and voter mobilization. Together, we will discuss why establishing a sister 501 (c)(4) organization is an important next step for Affiliates to take their advocacy footprint to the next level. Affiliate leaders will share their experiences in establishing 501(c)(4) organizations and the opportunities this entity can bring to engage your communities leading up to the 2020 election and beyond. Whether your organization already has a 501(c)(4) or is thinking about forming 

one in the future, you will walk away with a greater understanding of how a 501(c)(4) can be a powerful tool to strengthen our collective impact and ability to effect change for the Latino community.

 Registration is Required

Since this is a space exclusively for Affiliate Executive Directors, senior leadership, and Board members, you are not automatically registered for this event with your conference registration.  Here are the steps to reserve your spot today:

  • CEO/EDs: Only the CEO or ED of your organization is the primary account holder and only the account holder has the ability to register at the UnidosUS Affiliate Portal.
  • The username for your agency is your CEO or EDs e-mail. If this is your first time using the portal, your password is set to: Password1
  • If you would like additional leadership staff to join you, select “Save & Add Another Attendee”
  • If you have an assistant to help you register, please have them use your username and password.

Register here today!

Annual Conference is Fast Approaching – Register Today!

Conference is right around the corner! Have you reserved you spot to join us in San Diego? Register here: 

You won’t want to miss workshops such as:

Housing in 2020: What Do Candidates Need to Focus On
Latinos consistently rank access to quality, affordable housing opportunities as a top priority, but Latinos have struggled to regain their footing in the housing market since the Great Recession. The 2020 election presents a tremendous opportunity to discuss Latinos’ access to affordable housing, and several presidential hopefuls have already announced proposals to tackle housing challenges across the nation. In this workshop, Latino leaders will discuss housing priorities that presidential candidates should include in their campaign platforms and strategies. Participants will learn about the proposals, policies, and critical actions needed to close the wealth gap through increasing homeownership, advance new initiatives to increase housing affordability, and what presidential candidates should do to take a stand and bolster housing opportunities for Latinos.

• Judith A. Canales, Executive Director, The Southside First Economic Development Council 
• Luis Granados, Chief Executive Director, Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) 
• Barry Zigas, Director of Housing Policy, Consumer Federation of America 

“Immigration Reform: The Corpse That Will Not Die” a Fireside Chat with the Author
UnidosUS Senior Cabinet Advisor Charles Kamasaki literally wrote the book on immigration—“Immigration Reform: The Corpse That Will Not Die.” Kamasaki’s new book and this session revisit the last time a comprehensive immigration reform package passed into law and how this important history pertains to breaking the current impasse on immigration policy today.


 Charles Kamasaki, Senior Advisor to Cabinet and Author, UnidosUS


 Alfredo Corchado, Mexico Border Correspondent, Dallas Morning News

Check-out the conference schedule here: for more!

Look out for a second Affiliate digest this week with more details on conference and the many Affiliates who are contributing to the conversation. 

Get to Know San Diego Area Affiliates with our Road to San Diego Series 

Be sure to visit the UnidosUS Blog for news and stories that lift the experience, expertise, and excellence of UnidosUS Affiliates.

This week in our Road to San Diego series, we feature Community HousingWorks (CHW) and MAAC, two organizations working to give families opportunity and the means to self-sufficiency. Among the many issue areas CHW and MAAC take on, affordable homes are key to their work of improving the lives of the community they work with, and they even take it one step further. The residents at their housing communities are getting civically involved advocating with the San Diego Housing Federation (SDHF) and their program Residents United Network (RUN).

Read full blog here: Building leaders in affordable homes: Our Affiliates’ residents speak up

Join Future Changemakers at Conference – Last Day to Register is July 26th

Young leaders are at the forefront of change and progress. Our future depends on them. That's why our Annual Conference offers an encouraging and collaborative setting customized for leaders between the ages of 18-23!

There is still an opportunity to send future changemakers to this year’s San Diego Conference. Register for this year's Annual Conference here!


Opportunities and Resources

Request for Proposal (RFP): Cities for Citizenship (C4C) “America is Home Initiative” 

The National Partnership for New Americans & C4C announces the opening of C4C America is Home Request for Proposals (RFP) for Year Two! This grant program will help community partners and municipalities encourage U.S. citizenship among eligible immigrants and increase naturalization application rates. If your community-based organizations or municipality is interested in applying for the C4C America is Home Initiative, please complete the RFP here by Friday, July 19th

Raza Development Fund Affiliate 1-1 Sessions at the San Diego Annual Conference! 

Raza Development Fund will meet with Affiliates at Conference on one-on-ones to discuss your ideas, review your plans and offer practical next steps for critical decision making.  RDF can help with the development of sound strategies and offer guidance on financial options.

Saturday, Aug 3rd              2 PM – 5 PM

Sunday, Aug 4th                9 AM – 5 PM

Monday, Aug 5th                9 AM – 5 PM

Sessions will take place at Marriott Marquis – Mission Hills Room, Third Floor, South Tower. To schedule an appointment please contact Francisca Montoya at or text 602-384-3692.  Drop-ins are welcomed.   

Affiliate Casa Familiar Welcomes UnidosUS and Affiliates at the Abrazo Gala 2019 

Casa Familiar invites fellow Affiliates in honoring Janet Murguía at the 2019 Casa Familiar Abrazo Gala.

Networking Reception and Affiliate discounted rates available.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Intercontinental Hotel, San Diego |901 Bayfront Court, San Diego, CA 92101

Reception: 5PM - 7PM | Entertainment & Dinner: 7PM - 9PM

Reception, Silent Auction, Dinner & Concert (Cocktail Attire)

For questions, contact Tiernan Seaver or 619-428-1115 ext. 310


 Benefiting Casa Familiar's programs and services in San Diego County!

Defend and Advance
Weekly Legislative Outlook

Please read this week’s Congressional and Legislative Weekly Outlook for 7-15-19 and read about what to watch for this week!

Immilocal – Download the App Today

Immilocal is a tool brought to you by UnidosUS that helps users find immigration legal services close to them. This page is the only combined directory of nonprofit immigration legal service providers, as well as financial lenders which can, for example, offer financial aid for naturalization applications. In this directory, users can look for providers who can answer their questions about immigration, help with filling out an application, or find ways to pay the immigration application fees. UnidosUS is proud that many of the nonprofits listed are part of our Affiliate Network, and we are happy to have financial service providers listed in this directory as well to help meet our community’s needs.

Read more: This UnidosUS online app is the easiest way to find reliable and affordable help to become a citizen

Progress Report: Raising Children in a Climate of Fear 

For millions of young children, the overwhelming majority of whom are U.S. citizens, the general climate of fear is toxic. Research has consistently documented that sustained, chronic stress undermines learning and development.  Communities and programs serving Latino families can take intentional steps to minimize harm and to promote the positive development of young children growing up amid the climate of fear and uncertainty.

Program staff and families can consider and discuss the following ideas:

1.      Make time for conversations.

2.      Provide comfort

3.      Make time for daily exercise.

4.      Eat regular, healthy meals.

5.      Find ways to provide predictability in children’s lives.

Read full progress report here: Raising Children in a Climate of Fear: A UnidosUS Resource for Programs Serving Latino Children & Families

Additional resources: The Build Initiative has a webpage of materials on how to address immigration and trauma among young children.
Additional Resources: In Light of Planned ICE Raids

Given the feared planned ICE raids we would like to recirculate additional resources.

  • UnidosUS’s Know Your Rights Landing Page (link) + Other Partner Resources (link
  • UnidosUS’s New ImmiLocal tool with link to legal services providers within our network (link)
  • A set of talking points to underscore the impacts of family separations on children and our communities
  • Informative webinars on how to respond and document an encounter with ICE (link)
  • Our Partner United We Dream’s Hotline to report an ICE action raid: 1-844-363-1423. Texts can also be sent to 877877. Additional information:

These resources can also be accessed on the Affiliate Portal at

UnidosUS Senior Policy Advisor Carlos Guevara ( is leading work for us on this front and will update these sites as new information becomes available.  We ask that you also share back information from your communities, so that we can stay updated as developments occur around the country.  


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