This week, NCLR’s California Regional Office convened NCLR Affiliates from across the state for a day-long event dedicated to exploring the issues that impact Latinos most in the Golden State. The California Latino Policy Summit, held in Sacramento, brought together hundreds of advocates to hear policy presentations on the state’s newly-implemented Prop 47, payday lending proposals under consideration by the CFPB, education and health. The day was full of vibrant discussion about the policies that need to be in place to secure better and brighter futures for Latinos in the country’s most populous state.
Below are some social media highlights from the event as well as a photo gallery of attendees who told us why voting is important to them.
After introductions from NCLR leadership, attendees were welcomed by several members of the California legislature and also from Secretary of State Alex Padilla
Next up was Senate President Pro Tempore, Kevin de León, who spoke passionately about the state’s ambitious policy forecast.
Assembly Member Susan Eggman alsto stopped in to welcome attendees to Sacramento.
The final legislator to address summit attendees was Assembly Member Luis Alejo. He also presented NCLR’s VP of California Region, Delia de La Vara, and Affiliate Council Representative Jose Rodriguez with an official proclamation from the state to recognize the policy summit.
After the inspiring words from state legislators and officials, the California Latino Policy Summit got underway.
The first presentation was offered by Californians for Safety and Justice on the impact of the state’s Proposition 47, the Reduced Penalties for some Crimes Initiative.
Californians for Safety and Justice staffer Hillary Blout spoke about the potential impact of Prop 47 on Latinos and immigrants.
Be sure to visit MyProp47.org for more information.
Throughout the day, Summit attendees were encouraged to visit a photo booth outside the conference hall to let NCLR know why voting matters to them. Take a look at some of the beautiful images from Affiliates and staff.
After some lunch, the discussion moved to the issue of predatory lending and its harmful effects on Latino communities. Our Economic Policy Project policy analyst, Marisabel Torres, moderated the panel, which included members from our partners at the Center for Responsible Lending.
The session on payday lending was a spirited one that had attendees talking for the rest of the day. Be sure to visit nclr.us/ConsumerProtections for more information on our work to protect consumers from shady lenders.
The next topic Summit attendees explored was education, with a specific focus on Common Core State Standards and the federal government’s role in educating our kids.
For more information on NCLR’s education policy and program work, visit nclr.us/NCLREducation.
Before the last session of the day, attendees and staff took some time out for a little fun and posed for a group photo with their red noses. If you haven’t heard, NCLR has been picked as one of 12 charities to benefit from the Red Nose Day USA telethon, happening May 21 on NBC. The night will be full of fun and comedy, all with the intent of highlighting child poverty and what we can do to stop it. You can visit any Walgreens to get your own red nose today. Then be sure to tune in May 21 to watch the show! Check your local listings for exact times.
After some levity with red noses, it was time to settle in for the last presentation of the day, which was focused on Latino health in California. Our senior health policy analyst, Steven Lopez, moderated the session.
Leticia Cazares of San Ysidro Health Center also gave some great insight into some of the challenges health care providers in California face every day.
The last speaker of the day was Anthony Wright, who gave a rousing talk about where we must go next to further improve health outcomes for Californians.
Affiliate Council Representative Carol Ornelas closed the California Policy Summit after thanking all the speakers and attendees for convening in Sacramento for a successful event.
Great job California office!