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For Immediate Release: April 28, 2017

Contact: Laura Guzman,, 210.432.3982



The Nation's Leading Hispanic Advocacy Coalition Expands with the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures and Five Additional New Organization as Latinos Face Threats from White House and Congress


As threats to Latinos grow each day, so does Latino organizing power


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of the nation's preeminent Latino advocacy organizations, announced six new members of its coalition, one of which includes the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures. Other new members span the environmental, civic engagement, labor, and mental health sectors. This surge in NHLA's membership follows one of the most anti-Latino election cycles in over half a century.  The additional members are GreenLatinos, Mi Familia Vota, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, and the National Latina/o Psychological Association. With these new members, NHLA is now comprised of 46 national organizations and is the strongest that it has ever been.


"The six organizations joining the NHLA today represent the incredible strength and diversity of Latino advocacy in this nation. They each bring added expertise and energy that will help expand the reach and power of our coalition. This comes at a critical time as our community faces multiple threats from the Trump administration and Congress, in the form of anti-immigrant and anti-worker policies and appointments, actions that roll back environmental rules necessary for protecting our air and water from contamination, and proposals to slash funding for the arts, health care, and other important services. As threats to Latinos grow each day, so too does Latino organizing power. The voices that are joining our coalition today will help us fight these threats so that we can protect and enhance the well-being of Latinos and the nation as a whole," said Hector Sanchez Barba, Chair of NHLA and Executive Director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement.


"The further strengthening of NHLA through the addition of these new members sends a clear and strong message that Donald Trump's apparent goal of marginalizing the nation's largest minority group will not succeed," said Thomas A. Saenz, NHLA Vice Chair and MALDEF President and General Counsel. "The Latino community will be heard loud and clear in the nation's capital about preserving our nation's most essential and unifying values."


"The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), takes pride in joining the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda to address the complex issues impacting our communities. We share the coalition's values and priorities and look forward to contributing to an agenda of collective expertise and knowledge to improve the lives of Latinos.  NALAC believes in the human right to practice culture and our membership in NHLA will bring greater visibility and opportunities for Latino arts and culture," said Maria López De León, President and CEO of The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC). NALAC is the nation's leading nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latino arts field.





The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda is composed of 46 of the leading national and regional Latino civil rights and public policy organizations and other elected officials, and prominent Latinos Americans. NHLA coalition members represent the diversity of the Latino community - Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and other Latino Americans. NHLA's mission calls for unity among Latinos around the country to provide the Latino community with greater visibility and a clearer, stronger influence in our country's affairs. NHLA brings together Latino leaders to establish policy priorities that address, and raise public awareness of, the major issues affecting the Latino community and the nation as a whole. For more information, please visit:



Alianza Americas | American G.I. Forum |ASPIRA Association |Avance Inc. |Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network |Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute | Farmworker Justice | Green Latinos | Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities | Hispanic Federation | Hispanic National Bar Association | Inter-University Program for Latino Research | Labor Council for Latin American Advancement | Latino Justice PRLDEF | League of United Latin American Citizens | MANA, A National Latina Organization | Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund | Mi Familia Vota | National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures | National Association of Hispanic Federal Executives | National Association of Hispanic Journalists | National Association of Hispanic Publications | National Day Laborer Organizing Network | NALEO Educational Fund | National Association of Latino Independent Producers | National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, Inc. | National Council of La Raza | National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators | National Hispanic Council on Aging | National Hispanic Environmental Council | National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts | National Hispanic Media Coalition | National Hispanic Medical Association | National Institute for Latino Policy | National Latina/o Psychological Association | National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health | | SER Jobs for Progress National | Southwest Voter Registration Education Project | United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce | United States Hispanic Leadership Institute | United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce | U.S.- Mexico Foundation | Voto Latino



The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is a legacy organization investing in the Latino heritage of this nation. For 27 years, NALAC has built a strong foundation for the promotion of Latino arts and culture and its advocacy efforts have advanced issues of cultural equity and raised the visibility and understanding of Latino artistic and cultural expression. The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is the nation's leading nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latino arts field. In this capacity, NALAC stimulates and facilitates intergenerational dialogues among disciplines, languages, and traditional and contemporary expressions. NALAC serves thousands of Latino artists and hundreds of organizations representing a national and international community of multiple Latinidades; a network that crosses many cultures across the Latino Diaspora. For more information visit our website at or like us on Facebook.


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