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Affiliate Digest for November 26, 2019

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Affiliate Digest

November 26, 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
Thank you for Joining Us in El Paso for the Fall Affiliate Convening!

Earlier this November, Affiliates from El Paso welcomed 72 participants from 38 different Affiliates sites representing all six UnidosUS regions of the Affiliate Network. El Paso Affiliates,YWCA El Paso Del Norte RegionCentro de Salud Familiar La FeProject VIDA Health Center, and Project BRAVO, were exceptional host to folks joining from across the country. Coming to El Paso opened the door to the warmth of the El Paso community and gave participants a peek into the challenging times this community has encountered and the resilience that stands. Affiliates in attendance were able to hear from topics such as; building a movement of social change, partnerships in the corporate world, the leaders that are changing communities, and the different ways in which are leveraging the partnership with UnidosUS. The El Paso Fall Affiliate Convening was filled with learning opportunities, many connections were created and reinforced, and momentum was built as we move to 2020. We invite you to read more about the time spent in El Paso by checking out our blog: An emotional and inspiring convening with our Affiliate leaders in El Paso

You may find all resources including all presentation here.

Affiliate of the Year Peer Exchange Registration is Open – Join us at MEDA in San Francisco! January 23 – 24, 2020.  

At the 2019 Annual Conference, UnidosUS proudly presented the Affiliate of the Year Award to Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA). Please join us for a showcase of MEDA’s exemplary model at the UnidosUS Affiliate of the Year Peer Exchange in January happening Thursday January 23 – 24, 2020. Join us to learn more about MEDA’s multifaceted approach to addressing housing needs in the Mission District of San Francisco and how their exemplary work as a housing developer, service provider, Community Development Financial Institution (CFDI) Lender, and advocate is transforming lives.

A limited amount of travel stipends are available to Affiliates whose organizations are in good standing with membership compliance (dues, recertification, and co-branding) and that are traveling outside of the Bay Area. Executive Directors or CEOs can renew their Affiliate dues right now at the UnidosUS Affiliate Portal.

Reserve Your Spot Today!

Early Bird Registration for the 2020 UnidosUS Annual Conference Ends This Saturday, November 30th

Have you taken advantage of Early Bird registration for conference? This Saturday marks the end of early bird prices and we encourage you to take advantage and join us in Las Vegas for the nation’s largest gathering of its kind in the Latino community and the meeting ground for thousands of community leaders and activists; elected and appointed officials; members of the corporate, philanthropic, and academic communities; college students; and youth.

Register today to take advantage of the best registration deal available! From now until Saturday, November 30th, you can register for the 2020 UnidosUS Annual Conference at the lowest discounted rate ($250 for Affiliates)! Learn more about how to plan your trip and book your hotel here.

If you do not have your Affiliate ID please head to the Affiliate Portal, sign in to your profile to retrieve your Affiliate ID 


Opportunities and Resources


Webinar Invitation: Immigration Updates and Q & A this Monday, December 2nd

You are invited to join experts from UnidosUS for a December 2nd at 1:00PM (PST)/4:00PM (EST) for a webinar on federal immigration policy issues.

  • Updates on federal immigration policy issues from the immigration policy team
  • Q&A on immigration policy issues
  • Recruit participants for ongoing research on the impact of enforcement on kids and families in schools.

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Join us for “Let’s Get Counted” Webinar on December 3rd

Are you ready for Census 2020? We are pleased to announce our new UnidosUS webinar series, designed to help our Affiliates and partners maximize the Latino count and reach our hardest-to-count populations!

Please join us on December 3rd at 11:00AM (PST)/2:00PM (EST) for our first webinar where you will learn about:

Models and best practices for integrating Get Out the Count (GOTC) activities into your programs.

Key information, resources, and timelines that will help guide your Census 2020 work.

Opportunities to connect and learn from other organizations across the country

Learn about UnidosUS' upcoming Census work and opportunities.


•             Lizette Escobedo, Director of National Census Program, NALEO Educational Fund

•             Jennie Carreón, Assistant Vice President, Civic Engagement, AltaMed

•             Patricia Foxen, UnidosUS, Deputy Director, Research

Together, let’s make sure that each and every person in our community is counted in 2020! REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR HERE!

Share this With You Networks Soon!  We need Latino Census takers to make sure everyone in our community gets counted! UnidosUS has learned that while the census accepts applications on a rolling bases, it is critical to fill important jobs very soon, so please spread the word in your community about these flexible jobs—you can find an easy on-line application and further information here and please especially encourage Spanish speakers in your network to look into these positions:

Join UnidosUS for a Telephonic Town Hall on Wednesday December 4th on the ACA Open Enrollment Period

Sign-up to join us on 12/4 at 4:30PM (PST)/7:30PM (EST) to learn more about what actions you can take to get covered and stay healthy in 2020! Similar to a radio call-in program, a telephonic town hall allows you to participate in an interactive town hall meeting from the comfort of your home.

Now is the time to shop around, understand your options, and get covered by the December 15 deadline. Millions of Americans, including four million Latinos, have gained access to health coverage under the ACA. We must do as much as we can to build on our gains and make sure that every eligible member in our community who is currently uninsured gets covered.

Join us on 12/4 at 7:30PM EST for UnidosUS’s ACA Telephone Town Hall!

2020 ACA Open Enrollment  Need to Know

Here are three things you need to know:

1. This year’s Open Enrollment takes place November 1 to December 15, 2019.

- It’s important to note that some states’ deadlines may vary, so it’s critical to check the information available for your state.

2. Shop around to find the best option for you and your family.

- To explore your options and enroll, visit or or call (800) 318-2596.

3.Most people enrolling in coverage during Open Enrollment qualify for financial help.

- You may qualify for financial support to buy a plan. Click here, orhere, to see if you qualify for financial help, or call (800) 318-2596.

UnidosUS’s ACA 2020 Open Enrollment Digital Toolkit.

UnidosUS’s digital toolkit contains sample social media content in English and Spanish forFacebookTwitter andInstagram.

Since 2013, the ACA has provided 20 million Americans, including four million Latino adults and 600,000 Latino children, with access to health coverage and care. Join us in taking action to make sure our family and friends get covered!

For more information, please visit UnidosUS’s Open Enrollment 2020 Campaign page.
Join Us for a Webinar on Building a Culture of Health for Latinos: Priorities, Challenges, and Success Stories on December 10th

UnidosUS's Health team and our Affiliate La Clínica del Pueblo will be part of a national webinar to talk about the barriers that Latinos face accessing the opportunities they need to be healthy. They will explore ways in which community-based organizations are working to improve the health of the Hispanic community by addressing the social determinants of health. Together with County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, UnidosUS and La Clínica del Pueblo will be part of this webinar on December 10, 2019, at 12:00PM (PST)/3:00PM EST. You can register here.

UnidosUS Changemaker Registration is Open, Will You Join Us?

The UnidosUS Changemakers Summit brings together aspiring activists and community leaders who are committed to advocating for Latinos. After two days of learning and practicing advocacy skills in Washington, DC, the Summit ends with visits to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress. In an encouraging and collaborative setting, policy experts shared updates on the latest issues affecting Latinos, and attendees left with a better understanding of how to advocate for the things that matter to you most.

UnidosUS Affiliate Leaders (CEO/Executive Directors, Affiliate Board Members, and/or Senior Staff) that register for the All-Inclusive registration and whose organizations are in good standing with membership compliance (dues, recertification, and co-branding) may be eligible for a travel stipend. Additionally, UnidosUS organizations may be able to access up to four stipends to bring participants registered for the Youth Session. Please check out the Affiliate Portal stipend page for instructions on requesting a stipend after completing registration.

Take Advantage of the Leadership Opportunity to Serve as State Lead!

Affiliate representatives have the opportunity to serve as State Leads at the Changemakers Summit working with other members of their state's delegation to lead important meetings with legislative representatives.  UnidosUS provides support including:

·         Virtual training via webinar to help you organize your state delegation.

·         UnidosUS issue briefings and resources to schedule your visits.

·         On site preparation at Changemakers summit to prepare participants for legislative visits.


This is a great opportunity to collaborate with folks from your delegations and elevate a unified voice on behalf of the Latino community!

When you register for the UnidosUS Changemaker Summit be sure that your registration includes the Policy and Community Action session, then select that you would like to serve as a State Lead. You can contact Ana Salazar if you have questions.

To learn more go to this site: Become a State Lead!

Defend and Advance
This Week in Immigration News

We invite you to read what is happening this week in immigration news – November 21, 2019

Fight Back Against Proposed Increases to the Immigration Application Fees!

On November 14th the administration published aproposed new fee schedule that would increase fees for some of the most commonly used immigration applications by our community, putting them out of reach for many low-income immigrants. We are encouraging affiliates to comment in opposition to the proposed rule. Comments must be submitted by December 16th.

What: Proposed increases in immigration visa and naturalization fees through the federal register

Why: To suppress naturalization and legal immigration

How to help: Submit a public comment opposing the changes on behalf ofyour organization (or personally)

When: Commentdeadline is Dec. 16

Materials created by CLINIC: 

Individuals can use this online template to customize and submit comments using this link created by our partners at CLINIC:

Staff of organizations, clients, friends and family can submit individual comments. Your name and identifying information will become part of the public record. If you are uncomfortable with that, you have the option of submitting a comment anonymously through this platform by typing "anonymous" twice in the name box. Comments must be submitted in English. 

Affiliates can use this template comment to explain opposition to the proposed fee rule and addressing the changes that would most significantly impact their programs, including significant fees increase for naturalization and family-based green cards, the elimination of full and partial fee waivers, the increase in fees for DACA renewal applications, and the new fee for affirmative asylum. This template is intended for use by agencies that provide direct services to immigrants and is intended to be adapted to reflect the organization and clients’ concerns. We highly encourage agencies to tailor the comment and make it their own.

Affiliates in the News

Upholding the DREAM: DACA Students Learn about Community Advocacy
Check out this video featuring DACA students from UnidosUS Affiliates who joined the 2019 UnidosUS Annual Conference.
Read more at the UnidosUS Progress Report website where we feature the stories on education:
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