News Release

Countdown to 2020: UnidosUS and Affiliates to Intensify Efforts to Empower and Mobilize Latinos in Texas

November 8, 2019

EL PASO, Texas—UnidosUS, formerly known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization, announced with its Texas Affiliates today that it is increasing efforts to strengthen the power and influence of the Latino community. The announcement came as a response to the ongoing climate of hostility toward Latinos in the country, and specifically the El Paso shooting three months ago.

We intend to deploy the full force of our organization to lift our community up and make our voices heard at the ballot box in the 2020 election. Today I’m announcing that UnidosUS is doubling down on its voter registration efforts in Texas,” said UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía during a roundtable conversation at the Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe in El Paso, Texas, a health and human services organization and a longtime member of UnidosUS’s national Affiliate Network, composed of almost 300 community-based organizations across the country.

In the last decade, UnidosUS has registered nearly 700,000 new voters. UnidosUS is one of the top voter registration operations in Florida and is working with Texas groups in its network to replicate that highly successful model in Texas, focusing on El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley. This campaign will be done in partnership with UnidosUS Affiliates Su Clinica, Proyecto Vida Digna, YWCA El Paso del Norte Region, Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, and partner Border Network for Human Rights.

“Our commitment to empowering Texas’s Latinos goes far beyond voting. We will leverage the full power of our Affiliate Network, and our policy and program work, to advance our community’s priorities in the areas of the economy, health, education and immigration,” Murguía added.

As a network, UnidosUS and its 27 independent affiliated organizations in Texas have a collective budget of over $706 million and reach more than 246,000 residents in 11 cities. The organizations provide a range of services related to education, after-school programming, workforce training, health and nutrition services, homeownership counseling, voter registration, and immigrant integration. Together, UnidosUS and its Texas Affiliates and partners contributed to the passage of a bill that expanded full-day pre-K programs, joined a lawsuit to prevent eligible voters from getting purged from the rolls, and have pushed for better access to health care and enrollment in the ACA.

The announcement was made as part of UnidosUS’s annual Affiliate Convening, which gathered 38 organizations from across the country to elevate Latino leaders, offer solutions to social and economic problems, and build capacity to reach Latino voters.

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For more than 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit www.unidosus.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Contact:
Gabriela Gomez
news@unidosus.org
(202) 776-1732