News Release

Community Leaders at NCLR Action Summit Mobilize for Stronger Communities, Stronger America

Affiliate and youth leaders urge Congress to reject policies promoting bigotry and division

March 31, 2017

Camila Gallardo
(305) 215-4259

WASHINGTON, DC—As part of this week’s NCLR (National Council of La Raza) Community Leaders Action Summit, Latino advocates, youth and nonprofit organizational leaders from throughout the nation had a clear message for their congressional representatives: End the assault on millions of American families and refuse to fund President Trump’s mass deportation tactics and border wall. During nearly 100 visits with members of Congress, community advocates urged their representatives to stand up for and defend policies that benefit millions of American families including humane immigration policies, affordable health care, education equity, wealth-building and civil rights.

“The NCLR Community Leaders Action Summit was an important and needed gathering of Latino leaders from throughout the nation who have witnessed first-hand how this administration’s cruel deportation policies have hurt families and communities,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía. “We made it clear to our elected leaders that the policies we support are those that protect individual civil rights, allow our children to get a good education, and position American families to build financial security and have a bright future.”

In addition to their meetings on Capitol Hill, the nearly 300 participants, including representatives from NCLR’s Affiliate Network, participated in issue briefings and trainings to advance new voter engagement tools, and design local campaigns. Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis spoke at the Summit and a cross-section of community leaders joined by Murguía met with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Participants pledged that they would make voters back home aware of their elected representatives’ positions on key issues for their communities.

“It has never been more important for Latino voices to be heard on Capitol Hill,” said Murguía. “Members of Congress cannot ignore the negative impact that their and the Trump administration’s policies are having in their districts, and need to know that the Latino community is strong and is working together against policies that run counter to American democratic values and our nation’s best interests.”

Leaders participating in the Action Summit represented communities in 25 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Through this Summit, NCLR continues to foster the leadership development of nonprofit and youth leaders from across the nation with a robust agenda that cultivates the next generation of American leaders.

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to build a stronger America by creating opportunities for Latinos. For more information on NCLR, please visit or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.