Latinos Place Economy as Number-One Concern

Attend NCLR Economic Policy Workshops to Learn How You Can Help Build a Better Future

Jar of Money --- Image by © Royalty-Free/CorbisLatinos consistently rank the health of the economy as their primary concern, especially in the past few years as our country has slowly emerged from the Great Recession. Analysts at NCLR have designed workshops for the 2014 NCLR Annual Conference about critical economic policy issues: retirement security, housing finance, banking, workforce development, federal budget, and more. Our aim is to engage in a lively discussion with Conference attendees on these important policy topics that ultimately impact all of our pocketbooks.

We hope you are coming to Los Angeles to attend the NCLR Annual Conference and that you’re as excited as we are to participate in the workshops. We need your energy, feedback, and questions to have a real success. We also hope that you learn from the excellent speakers we have lined up to share the latest policy information with our community, and discover about ways to get involved in helping build a better future for our country. A poll of Latino voters from NCLR and Latino Decisions set to be released on Monday, July 21 finds that the economic crisis is indeed still very personal for Latino families.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

9:00–10:30 a.m.
Policy Workshop: Is Washington Working for the Latino Community? An Update from the 113th Congress

While the 113th Congress is frequently described as the most partisan and least effective Congress in history, recent bipartisan efforts to pass a budget, advance immigration reform, and overhaul our housing finance system suggest that there could be substantive progress on Latino priorities heading into the midterm elections and beyond. Hear from NCLR policy experts and Congressman Tony Cardenas’ Chief of Staff about what’s happening on the Hill and in the Obama administration to move a Latino policy agenda forward.

11:00 a.m.–noon
Affiliate Lounge Session: Take it to Washington, DC: Help Shape the 2015 Latino Economic Policy Agenda

Campaign representatives from the group Latinos United for a Fair Economy would like to hear from you regarding various economic issues of high importance to the Latino community, such as funding for education, job training, and infrastructure. Your feedback will help shape the economic policy priorities included in the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda’s 2015 Latino Economic Policy Agenda.

 

conferencebanners-04Sunday, July 20, 2014

9:00–10:30 a.m.
Health and Community Family and Wealth-Building Workshop: Ready? Set? Retire! Addressing Disparities in Latino Retirement Preparedness

Two-thirds of Latino workers lack access to a workplace retirement savings plan. This workshop will share information about how Latinos utilize retirement plans now, and explore how new retirement policy proposals may impact retirement readiness among Latinos.

3:30–5:00 p.m.
Town Hall: The State of the Economy: Giving Latinos a Fighting Chance

Five years after the financial crisis, Latinos still face significant financial challenges. This town hall will discuss policies impacting access to financial services for Latinos and new immigrants. Keynote address by Senator Elizabeth Warren.


Monday, July 21

9:00–10:30 a.m.
Policy Workshop: Building the Pipeline to Good Jobs

Too many graduates of workforce development programs feel powerless against common abuses in low-wage jobs. This workshop will explore promising approaches to empower workers to stand up for their rights and improve working conditions in key industries.

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