Media Advisory

UnidosUS Roundtable to Address How Federal Budget Proposal and Tax Reform Take Aim at Arizona’s Economic Progress and Latino Families

September 18, 2017

PHOENIX—On Tuesday, September 19, UnidosUS (formerly NCLR) will hold a roundtable discussion at the Arizona Community Foundation with local leaders and UnidosUS policy experts to examine how Latino families and Arizona’s economy will fare under the proposed federal budget and tax plan that Congress will soon consider. This discussion comes at a time when efforts to undermine the safety and well-being of the Latino community face an all-time high. Between stepped-up deportation efforts and repeated attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Latino community continues to be the target of unjust and harmful policies intent on sowing fear and reversing progress.

The event will bring to the forefront the ongoing debate over tax reform and take a close look at how the current tax plan jeopardizes the economic footing of struggling families to pad the wallets of corporations and those most wealthy. Participants will also discuss how the federal budget would undermine the livelihood of Arizona’s working families through deep cuts to essential nutrition and health programs like Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and unveil findings of a new UnidosUS factsheet, “Federal Programs Lift Latinos Out of Poverty: Spotlight on Arizona.”

Media are encouraged to attend and should RSVP to Gabriela Gomez at or (202) 776-1732.


WHAT:Arizona Federal Budget and Tax Reform Roundtable
WHEN:Tuesday, September 19, 2017
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. MST
WHERE:Arizona Community Foundation
2201 E Camelback Rd, #405b
Phoenix, AZ 85016
WHO:Moderator: Martha Maurer, KTAR News
Welcome: Petra Falcon, Executive Director, Promise Arizona
Rafael Collazo, Director, Political Campaigns, UnidosUS
Albert Jacquez, Director, Policy Analysis Center, UnidosUS

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 almost 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 or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.