UnidosUS program alumna and mayor of El Mirage, Arizona Alexis Hermosillo gives stirring keynote address and panel outlines our priorities at release of our 2019 Latino policy agenda.
Today, during the Plenary Luncheon at the 2019 UnidosUS Changemakers Summit, UnidosUS released Stronger Communities, Stronger America: A Latino Policy Agenda for the 116th Congress. The agenda covers the policies that should be the priority of federal lawmakers across civil rights, criminal justice, economic security, education, health and well-being, and immigration issues.
The 2018 midterm election was historic. Latinos turned out in record numbers and helped vote in a diverse Congress that is more representative of America’s diversity. And with the 2020 presidential election on the horizon, now more than ever, it’s important that policymakers work to address the unique needs of our community.
View the complete agenda here.
The Latino community has made notable gains across key areas, including health, education, and the economy. Yet, harmful policies and regulations issued under the Trump administration threaten to reverse this progress and widen inequities. Our policy agenda is being released at a key moment in time.
The Luncheon also featured a keynote speaker—Mayor Alexis Hermosillo, of El Mirage, Arizona. Hermosillo has the distinction of being the youngest-ever Latina mayor of the city of El Mirage.
Hermosillo has the distinction of having served as Far West Region Representative for the UnidosUS Youth Advisory Board and having served as summit staff for the Líderes Summit from 2012 to 2015, having helped organize the Líderes Summit in Las Vegas, NV, in addition to acting as summit staff at the New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Kansas City Conferences is subsequent years.
Hermosillo also served as the program lead for Entre Mujeres, UnidosUS’s women empowerment curriculum, at Hispanic Women’s Corporation an UnidosUS Affiliate in Phoenix. She spoke about how her experiences with UnidosUS prepared her to take on leadership in her community.