LULAC End of Year Statement
The Achievements In 2022
Dear LULAC Familia and Friends,
This is the time of year when we pause to reflect on all the work we have done together to help millions of Latinos across the United States and Puerto Rico, one person and one community at a time.
LULAC is making history, thanks to you. Just look at a few of the achievements in 2022:
LULAC is the single largest Latino organization of funds raised from small and significant donations to help the victims of the Uvalde elementary school shooting. We will never forget our visits with the affected families and the joy of sharing your love and caring for them. Also, we swore in the first LULAC Council in Uvalde and placed LULAC Presidential Purple Hearts on the children, the first in our history.
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Watch the Reception for the Uvalde Victims
Read Read LULAC donates nearly $500,000 to Uvalde victims families and survivors
Read LULAC donates nearly half a million dollars to Uvalde shooting victims’ families
Equally heartwarming is to have LULAC be the organization that recently got that call about refugee hostages rescued by the FBI in Ft. Worth, Texas, and who needed our help. They had been held in horrible conditions, without clothes, hungry, cold, and scared for days when they were found. Hilda Duarte, our LULAC national chaplain, represented us all when she rushed to their aid, providing clothing, food, and shelter. Today, they are with their families.
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FBI busts alleged human traffickers in Fort Worth, rescuing 21
2022 also saw the celebration in San Juan, Puerto Rico, of the first LULAC National Convention and Exposition since the pandemic outbreak. This event demonstrated that we are strongest when we unite and reach out to touch Latinos everywhere. The months of planning and perseverance paid off as members, along with our sponsors and community allies, came together for a week of activities that showed the resilience of LULAC.
Our work also took LULAC into the halls of the Pentagon a few days ago when we met with the U.S. Navy leadership. With us were gold star parents Teri and Patrick Caserta. They have spearheaded the passage of the Brandon Act to help save servicemembers’ lives. We will not stop until that federal law, and the Vanessa Guillen Act are implemented at all U.S. military bases worldwide. This is our pledge to our communities and all Americans.
LULAC saw unprecedented growth in the Northwest, where we added Idaho, Nevada, and Wyoming to our roster of states with directors on our national board. Also, their entry enabled us to add a new national vice president to work with them in carrying out the mission of LULAC in one of the fastest-growing Latino regions of America. We welcome them and salute their hard work.
2022 will be when LULAC spoke truth to power in the statehouses, courtrooms, and centers of policy decisions. We spoke out for voter rights, defended arriving refugees, and battled for access to health care for women and services for our seniors and veterans. More than ever, we generated a historic level of media coverage thanks to your reputation as the warriors for the more than 62 million Latinos in our country.
Now we look ahead to 2023, and even bigger news is coming! Stay engaged, and we promise to inform you of the exciting changes. Enjoy the holiday season, and may peace, joy, and celebration surround you and your loved ones. Elba, the family, and I send you our warmest well-wishes.
¡Hasta La Victoria!
LULAC National President