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Affiliate Digest for September 25, 2019

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Affiliate Digest

September 25, 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
Affiliate Council Summer 2019 Meeting Notes

The UnidosUS Affiliate Council (AC) held its annual Summer Meeting on August 2, 2019 in conjunction with the UnidosUS Annual Conference in San Diego, CA. AC representatives received an update from the UnidosUS Ad hoc Committee of the Board of Directors on the Committee’s work to collect feedback from Affiliates on UnidosUS’s three Strategic Priorities of the Campaign for Equal Opportunity: Narrative, Scale and Leadership.

Janet Murguía, President and CEO led an overview of UnidosUS’s 2020 Empowerment Priorities. These priorities lay out what UnidosUS expects to accomplish by the end of 2020 and how we are going to collectively use our assets to 1) shape the public discourse, 2) grow the size, strength and knowledge of Latino voters, and 3) elevate Latino leaders.

The Affiliate Council also received an outline of UnidosUS’s Housing and Financial Empowerment work, including the Housing Counseling program, which primarily advises families, through more than 50 independent community-based organizations, on the home-buying process. Other activities include financial capability as well as the creation of trainings and Affordable Single-Family Housing opportunities.

Lastly, the Affiliate Council participated in the planning of the upcoming Fall Affiliate Convenings, taking place in Los Angeles, CA (October 8-9) & El Paso, TX (November 7-8).

Please click here to download a full copy of the meeting notes. 

Join us for the Fall Affiliate Convenings!

The UnidosUS Fall Affiliate Convenings provide Affiliates the opportunity to connect and exchange best practices with peers from across the country, and discuss important priorities impacting the Latino community with UnidosUS President and CEO, Janet Murguía, UnidosUS staff and Affiliate leaders.

This year, UnidosUS will host two Fall Convenings providing two different dates and locations as options for Affiliates to participate.  Based on your feedback, convenings are open to all Affiliates regardless of region so that you can choose which option works best for your schedule:


Register for Los Angeles, CA – October 8 – 9, 2019. Deadline to register is October 4, 2019!


 Register for El Paso, TX – November 7-8, 2019. Deadline to register is November 1, 2019!


At each Convening, Affiliates meet for two days and participate in Affiliate-led workshops, networking events, and leadership development trainings. We are working with your Affiliate Council representatives to develop dynamic agendas that will include Affiliate voices on becoming more effective and resilient leaders. Sessions will include:

  • Conversation with Janet Murguía: building Latino political empowerment and the UnidosUS 2020 Empowerment Priorities.
  • Integrating Advocacy into Social Services:  leveraging existing organizational structure and community trust for voter engagement and Census outreach efforts to maximize Latino civic participation.
  • Building Community Power as Community Based Organizations elevating culturally relevant leadership programs to create social change.
  • UnidosUS’s LGBTQ Youth Took-kit, Advocates, Líderes, and Allies Series (ALAS): learning about UnidosUS’s latest resource to infuse an equity and inclusion lens into your programs and curriculums.
  • Elevating Responsive and Collaborative Leadership to Local Community Needs
  • Innovative Approaches to Increasing Housing Access for Latinos
  • And more!
Today is the Last Day to Reserve Your Hotel for the Los Angeles Fall Affiliate Convening!

UnidosUS Affiliate Para Los Niños will host the Fall Convening at their location: 474 Hartford Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90017 on October 8th and 9th.

The first day will conclude with a visit UnidosUS Affiliate & 2019 LGBTQ Champion The Wall Las Memorias Memorial

In 2004, after a years-long battle with opposition, the first publicly funded AIDS monument in the nation was dedicated before thousands of supporters and community leaders. Las Memorias AIDS Monument now has over 360 names etched into it — the names of people who have died from AIDS complications.

(shuttles provided from Para Los Niños back to the Westin)

UnidosUS Community Reception (Oct. 8) 5:30pm

Participants will then proceed to the UnidosUS Community Reception at Plaza de La Raza—a cultural oasis for the Eastside neighborhoods of Los Angeles, providing year-round programs in arts education and a space for cultural enrichment. Plaza de la Raza is located at Lincoln Park which is home to The Las Memorias AIDS Monument.

Please share the invitation (linked above) with your Los Angeles area partners.

The agenda concludes at 1 p.m. on Oct. 9th


Hotel: The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites Los Angeles is located in Downtown Los Angeles, less than one mile from the Fall Affiliate Convenings. Please book your room today at the special event rate of $189.00 + tax per room per night. This special rate is only available for a limited time, Book your room by 5:00 p.m. September 24, 2019 Extended to Friday!

Address: 404 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Book your hotel here!

Join UnidosUS for the Workforce Development Forum November 19-20 in Los Angeles

The UnidosUS Workforce Development Forum is a platform for stakeholders from across the country to brainstorm and identify solutions to the challenges faced by the Latino and immigrant workforce. This year’s Forum, Latinos @ Work: Developing Talent for Today and Tomorrow, will be a unique opportunity to discuss how we can prepare our community to access the jobs of today and thrive in the jobs of tomorrow. Learn more here!


Opportunities and Resources


RFP: Opportunity for Community-based Organizations for Comprando Rico y Sano Program

UnidosUS is currently accepting proposals for Comprando Rico y Sano. With the funding support of the Walmart Foundation, UnidosUS will award five, or more, new organizations interested in implementing its Comprando Rico y Sano (Buying Healthy and Flavorful Foods) program—led by promotores de salud (community health workers) that seeks to reduce hunger and food insecurity through nutrition education and enrollment assistance in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). New subgrantees will join a shared network of existing community-based organizations and/or community health centers that have implemented the program over the past several years.

For RFP and application packet click here. Proposals are due October 4, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EDT

Call for Gallery Walk Submissions! Register for the Workforce Development Forum

The UnidosUS’s 2019 Workforce Development Forum: Latinos @ Work: Developing Talent for Today and Tomorrow offers a platform for stakeholders from across the country to brainstorm and identify strategies to strengthen the Latino and immigrant workforce.

About the Gallery Walk: The Gallery Walk is an opportunity for practitioners to showcase successful program models and share best practices! Gallery Walk proposals are due by Friday, September 27th. Read more about the criteria or to submit an entry click here!

Where: The California Endowment, 1000 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA

When: November 19-20, 2019

Register here for the forum today!



Defend and Advance
Congressional and Legislative Weekly Outlook for Septemeber 23, 2019

Read this week’s Congressional and Legislative Weekly Outlook for September 23, 2019

Affiliates in the News 

Lending Circles Can Break Barriers to Banking


Alicia Villanueva came to the United States in search of a better life for herself and for her children. When she arrived in the United States, she wanted to start her own business selling tamales, but lacked the funds necessary to get it set up.

Villanueva had participated in lending circles back in Mexico, so when she saw a flyer for one being offered at UnidosUS Affiliate Mission Asset Fund (MAF) in San Francisco, she decided to sign up. Read more here!

A pillar of pride for 100 years: We celebrate the long history of Guadalupe Centers

 “Mexican children were not allowed into certain schools, while their parents were not allowed to shop in many places. The Mexicans were also exploited in the workplace and basic services offered by area hospitals and government agencies were not granted to the Mexicans.” It was 1919, and this discrimination sparked the creation of the Guadalupe Centers, one of the first social service agencies for Latinos. Read more here!


A former building that housed Guadalupe Centers.
Congratulations to Marcos Aguilar, Semillas Sociedad Civil, Executive Director for Receiving the Global Humanitarian Award for Child Advocacy from the Motif Awards-Foundation!
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