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Affiliate Digest – September 28, 2020

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Affiliate Digest – September 28, 2020

Dear UnidosUS Affiliates,


The Affiliate Digest is here with the latest webinars, resources, and publications from UnidosUS to support Affiliate organizations. 


This week’s digest highlights many of the resources available to aid UnidosUS Affiliates in your work in communities.


If you have questions or want to know more about these resources please feel free to reach out. 




Affiliate Engagement Team


In this week’s issue


·      UnidosUS 2020 LGBTQ Champion Award RFP Open

·      UnidosUS Webinar: Solutions to Escalating Housing Challenges during COVID-19

·      Affiliate Webinar: Women Forward

·       Voting Resources: UnidosUS ¡Adelante! 2020 Digital Tool Kit

·      Citizenship Resources: UnidosUS Naturalization Digital Tool Kit

·       Sign -on Letter: Support Health Equity and Accountability Act

·       Receive Updates on Paycheck Protection Program

·       EIP Resources: Webinar Recording and Tools from CFPB

·       Check out our Affiliates, Carlos Rosario and Chicano Federation of San Diego in the News!


UnidosUS Events & Opportunities

All UnidosUS Affiliates are invited to apply for the 2020 LGBTQ Champion Award!

The UnidosUS LGBTQ Champion Award recognizes an UnidosUS Affiliate organization with exceptional leadership and a commitment to the LGBTQ community. This can include organizations working with and on behalf of the LGBTQ community on initiatives that promote equity, access to services, leadership development, and civic engagement. For 2020, one Affiliate organization will be honored with the LGBTQ Champion Award. The award recipient will be recognized virtually through social media and at a virtual award ceremony during LGBTQ history month on October 27th, 2020.

The award includes a $5,000 cash award. You can access the full RFP with instructions to apply here .

UnidosUS will accept award applications submitted through our online grants management system, Fluxx.  Applications are due by Thursday, October 8th at 5:00 pm (Pacific time).

If you have any questions please reach out to Ana Salazar at  or to .

UnidosUS Senior Cabinet Advisor Charles Kamasaki's Book Wins Best Political/Current Affairs Book in English for “Immigration Reform: The Corpse That Will Not Die”

Charles Kamasaki, Senior Cabinet Advisor for UnidosUS recently won the International Latino Book Award’s first place for Best Political/Current Affairs Book in English for his book, “Immigration Reform: The Corpse That Will Not Die.”

The 2019 book details how the current debate over immigration has been influenced by the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), which marked the last time a comprehensive immigration reform bill became law. Kamasaki, one of the country’s leading immigration experts who was directly involved in the hearings and debates surrounding the landmark legislation, recounts the roles of key figures and events that went into ultimately passing the reform bill. His book draws on that history to illustrate why immigration remains a constant debate in modern political discourse.

Learn more Here

UnidosUS Webinar: Solutions to Escalating Housing Challenges during COVID-19

We invite you to join the Solutions to Escalating Housing Challenges during COVID-19: Local responses to a National Crisis, a virtual discussion of growing housing affordability challenges facing the nation and South Florida as a result of the economic and community impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  UnidosUS Affiliate of the Year Centro Campesino Farmworker Center, Inc. will present findings from a planning study on affordable housing needs in South Florida, in collaboration with the  Florida International University Jorge M. Perez Metropolitan Center. Participants will learn about what local strategies to tackle ongoing housing challenges, and the implications of these responses for the nation’s own housing crisis.  

Thursday, October 8, at 12pm ET | 11am CT | 10am MT | 9am PT

Women Forward: A Conversation on Gender-Based Violence, Health, Hope, and Justice

Tomorrow, Tuesday September 29th

8am PT | 9am MT| 10am CT | 11am ET

Tomorrow, UnidosUS Affiliate, La Clínica del Pueblo, will host Women Forward: A Conversation About Gender-Based Violence, Health, Hope, and Justice. It will focus on the importance of addressing gender-based violence, why it now matters more than ever, and how all women can be active participants in instigating positive change.

Panelists will also discuss how La Clínica conceived Entre Amigas, their women-driven program addressing gender-based violence, and the inherent gender discrepancies that have been magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2020, Entre Amigas experienced a surge in calls for victims’ services –five times as many compared to previous months.

The panel discussion will be followed by interactive Q&A.

¡Adelante! 2020

Voter Outreach Resources: UnidosUS ¡Adelante! 2020 Digital Tool Kit

Next week marks the Voter registration deadlines for 13 states. With nearly a million votes already cast, it’s important to continue ensuring the Latino community is integral to the success of the electoral process. Spread the word on voter registration using the UnidosUS Affiliate Voter Registration Resource  


Encourage your community to vote can be done in many ways we’ve outlined a few to help get you started:


Post on Social Media, we’ve made it easy,  our toolkit has many sample posts with graphics and videos ready to download and post!  We’ve included posts on the power of the Latino Vote, Become a Voter, and How to Vote in both English and Spanish. Be sure to Tag us in your post and use #AffiliatesUnidos


Latino voters: We have the power in 2020! So many of us live in battleground states that are rich in electoral-college votes. Make your voice heard. Become a voter here: #Adelante2020  #AffiliatesUnidos

¡Tu voto será contado! Puedes votar temprano, votar por correo (que es lo mismo que el voto ausente) o unirte a la fila del lugar de votación con máscaras y guantes. ¿Cuál es la mejor forma para ti? #Adelante2020  #AffiliatesUnidos


Obtain your organizations unique link to  and place the button on your website, the unique link allows us to share the data collected from your unique link back to you. 


Remind participants in your programs, webinars, and events to register and make a plan to vote.


Look through the Digital Toolkit for More Ideas


Census 2020 : Encourage Your Community to be Counted

Many UnidosUS Affiliates continue to share and educate their communities on why being counted in the census is so important. We've captured some of our Affiliate's efforts in this blog post and  tweet. Learn how other Affiliates are promoting the census to inspire your efforts by reading the blog here. 

Citizenship Resources: UnidosUS Naturalization Digital Tool Kit

The Trump administration will raise the cost of citizenship to $1,170 in October, it is important that all eligible permanent residents apply immediately for naturalization.

To make sure members of our community are not priced out of citizenship, we are happy to share with you theUnidosUS Naturalization Digital Tool Kit including a video, sample posts, and graphics you can use to raise awareness of the drastic price increase and get people to begin their applications now. Please feel free to share the toolkit with partners so they can join us in creating urgency and awareness!

Sign-on Letter for Affiliates: Support Health Equity and Accountability Act

The coronavirus pandemic has shown how important it is for all people—no matter where they were born or where they live in our country—to have easy access to affordable health care and long-standing health disparities that for so long have affected low-income people of color.

One meaningful way to address these health disparities is for Congress to advance the Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA) of 2020. In April 2020, HEAA (H.R. 6637) was introduced in the House by Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García on behalf of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC). HEAA received widespread support from more than 100 Members of Congress and 230 local, state, and national organizationsNext week, HEAA will be introduced in the Senate by Senator Mazie K. Hirono (HI). As we collectively work to respond to today’s unprecedented public health and economic crises, HEAA serves as a timely and strategic approach for Congress to provide immediate relief to hardworking Americans and move us forward in the path to eliminate long-standing health disparities magnified by COVID-19.

That is why we ask that your organization endorse HEAA TODAY. Please click here to sign on to the organizational letter of support by Wednesday, September 30th at 5pm ET. Please click here to access UnidosUS’s social media graphics to promote HEAA of 2020. For more information about HEAA, please visit UnidosUS’s HEAA Landing Page

If you have any questions, please reach out to Alberto Gonzalez at

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Yes, I want updates on the  Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) from the Small Business Administration provided small employers a loan to keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

If you would like to tell us about your experience with the loan program or receive updates on it, please sign up here. In addition to signing up here, please ensure you are also keeping communication with your lender on your specific PPP loan.

EIP Resource: Helping Clients Claim Economic Impact Payments: Guide for Intermediaries

Help People Claim Their Economic Impact Payments. People who have not claimed their Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) may need to use the IRS non-filer tool before it closes on October 15, 2020. EIPs are commonly referred to as “stimulus checks.” Most adults over 18 are eligible for $1,200 or more. You can help your clients claim the EIP and receive their payments during this challenging economic time.

UnidosUS hosted a September 25 webinar with representatives from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to share EIP tools and resources If you missed it, you can find a recording of the webinar explaining the toolkit here.  

Have more questions? CFPB is offering office hours each Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. ET through October 14th Join Microsoft Teams Meeting   +1 571-348-5774 (Toll) Conference ID: 503 140 753#

CDC’s Moratorium on Evictions: Help Spread the Word in your Community

On September 4, a nationwide halt on evictions was put in place by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to address the current public health and eviction crises.

Please help spread the word. The evictions moratorium covers nearly all rental properties, including single-family homes, mobile homes and apartments. Tenants can receive protection against eviction because of difficulty paying rent, by completing two steps: (1) signing this declaration form and (2) sending it to their landlord. Tenant declaration forms are also available in Spanish and Vietnamese.

Who is protected and what tenants need to know: Please check out helpful resources from our friends at the National Housing Law Project & the National Low Income Housing Coalition in this FAQ and fact sheet for renters.

Affiliates in The News

Chicano Federation of San Diego County: Invitation for Non-profit sector to reflect

Nancy Maldonado, CEO, Chicano Federation of San Diego County, and UnidosUS Affiliate Council Member wrote “Commentary: A call to action for the nonprofit sector”  featured in The San Diego Union-Tribune. The commentary is a reflection on the implicit role of non-profits in replicating patterns of oppression, Ms. Maldonado invites non-profit leaders to reflect on industry practices to make sure the collective work does not reinforce these systems of oppression. Read the full article here

Carlos Rosario: Adult Learners share about experience with Virtual Learning

Fall classes have arrived and Carlos Rosario’s students share some of the challenges they faced as Adult English Learners transition into Virtual Classrooms as the adapt to new technology. Students share the difficulties of dealing with work, family and school from a distance. As faculty try to prepare students with all the technology needed to be successful in this Distance Learning transition. Read full article here.

Stay Connected with UnidosUS

Protect America with your UnidosUS Face Mask (only 2 days left with guarantee)!

With your urgent gift to UnidosUS, we will continue to support our Affiliates through these incredibly tough times and every moment leading up to November 3, we will work hard to register thousands of voters and reach thousands more with get-out-the-vote and know-your-rights campaigns.

And to ensure you are safe while you exercise your right to vote, in appreciation of your gift of $30 or more by September 30 we will send you your very own UnidosUS face mask!

Show everyone you are Unidos in the fight for opportunity, progress, and the American Dream!




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