Dear LULAC Members,
First, let me begin by congratulating everyone on an outstanding job you did in getting out the vote. We began by turning out an unprecedented number of Latinos to go and participate in the Iowa caucuses and concluded with being a part of a tremendous movement that saw a surge of Latinos participating in the general election. It may not seem that important right now, but the mid-term elections are right around the corner and we must not let our strong Latino voter engagement momentum dissipate. More than any past election, the Latino voter surge has attracted the attention of both political parties, pundits and the media. Yet it is clear that to achieve the policy priorities of the Latino community, we must keep working on voter engagement. LULAC must continue to get out the vote in order for our voices to be heard.
Second, we must move past the general election and move forward with LULAC’s agenda for the Latino community…an agenda that has not changed. I know that there is trepidation, fear of deportation, anger and a sense of loss. Together, as one strong organization and one united community we can overcome the challenges we face. As members of this country’s greatest Latino civil rights organization, LULAC, we will lead by example and we will fight more than ever to ensure that we pass a fair immigration reform bill, work to preserve key elements of the Affordable Care Act, pass the Dream Act, expand our union to include Puerto Rico as the 51st State, create more good paying jobs, make college tuition affordable and so much more. We have requested a meeting with president-elect Donald Trump in order to sit down and inform him of our positions, get clarity on some of his positions and to begin a dialogue with him and his administration.
Our community is looking directly to LULAC for reassurance and assistance because we are a national grass roots organization based in the community. We have always been there for our people and we will continue to do so. This is what makes LULAC so unique. We are all leaders in our communities and it is time, now more than ever, that we stand up and lead. LULAC for 88 years has been that last line of defense against discrimination and injustice. YOU are the reason we are respected and admired in our communities. We all carry that proud legacy of standing up for our community and fighting for change.
I firmly believe that our finest hour is yet to come because the coming months will be a defining moment for our communities. We will remain focused on the task ahead and we will come through for our community as we always have. Never forget that we are one! We are LULAC! We are the difference makers!
Roger C. Rocha, Jr.
LULAC National President