Nation’s Oldest and Largest Latino Civil Rights Organization Applauds Biden-Harris Road Map as Fulfilling Moral Obligation
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) has issued the following statement on President-elect Joe Biden’s release of a detailed plan his administration intends to start immediately after his inauguration to deal with the impact of COVID-19.
Domingo Garcia – LULAC National President
“Finally, our country can see the road back from what has been such a painful and costly crisis. Latinos and communities of color in the United States and Puerto Rico have experienced the highest impact of lives lost and people infected by the virus because we are the nation’s essential workers. LULAC agrees with the plan’s principal provisions including paid sick leave so workers who are infected are not going to their jobs to keep food on the table or a roof over their heads. Also, ramping up to 100-million vaccine shots in the first 100 days is an important milestone to shoot for especially because it includes going to where the people are, not vice-versa. As critical is the commitment to extend the moratorium on evictions for people who cannot pay their rent or mortgages because their jobs have been lost from the virus devastating our economy. These are the bread and butter issues families have been needing help with and in a few days, it will begin to arrive.”
Sindy Benavides – LULAC National Chief Executive Officer
The vision set out by President-elect Biden today is bold, necessary and LULAC is heartened to hear its details. Also, that help for our schools is being included to deal with the tremendous challenges our children have been facing during these past many months. Especially encouraging is the sense of urgency President-elect Biden is clearly conveying when he says we must act and we must act now. We now see the specifics of a concerted plan of action by a leader who is experienced and who will bring us together to see it through. Our councils are actively working daily to disseminate information and assistance which we will ramp up in the days to come so that our communities can begin to heal and recover.”
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The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org.