council of la raza

anonymous asked:

I have this friend/acquaintance of less than a year who is Hispanic like me and doesn't believe in Black lives matter. She is an "all lives matter" person. Her argument is, why do black people have to exclude themselves? Native americans, muslims, and Hispanics are also discriminated against. My question is, do you think I should continue to talk some sense to her or should I just stop talking to her and being her friend altogether? I would really value your input.

Well, you are not responsible for your friend’s willful ignorance. And yes, it is willful. But if you want to help a sista out, I assume she can read and use google. That’s literally all it takes–0.65 fucking seconds.

What is it about BLM that offends people? Should marginalized people make no efforts to strive towards equality and fairness?? Historically, it’s effective to have groups that target civil rights protections of specific groups in addition to groups that broadly address everyone’s civil rights. The more, the merrier. 

For example, targeted representation, in no particular order:

  • League of United Latin American Citizens? National Council of La Raza? Hispanic lives matter.   
  • Asian American Justice Center? Asian American Institute? Asian lives matter.
  • Anti-Defamation League? American Jewish Committee? Jewish lives matter.  
  • American Arab Anti Discrimination Committee? Council on American Islamic Relations? Muslim lives matters.
  • American Indian Movement? Native American Rights Fund? Indigenous lives matter.
  • National Organization for Women? League of Women Voters? Women’s lives matter.
  • Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)? Human Rights Campaign? Queer lives matter. 
  • Children’s Defense Fund? Children’s Advocacy Center? Kid’s lives matter.
  • International Organization for Migration? National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights? Immigrant lives matter.
  • American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today (ADAPT)? American Association of People with Disabilities? Disabled lives matter.

It needs to be understood that like Black Lives Matter, none of these groups is about exclusion. They’re about all of these marginalized groups right to INCLUSION, PROTECTION and EQUALITY. None would exist if the white male supremacy of the establishment hadn’t taken very deliberate actions across history to block our civil rights. 

Does your friend know literally anything about history? How about current events? Does she care to understand, contextualize and THEN form an EDUCATED opinion?

Examples of what these groups have fought/are fighting against:

And to reiterate:

Also, friendly reminder:
How The $8 Billion Food Stamp Cut Will Affect Latino Families

The $8 billion cut will impact more than 850,000 low-income families in the next decade. These families will see their food assistance reduced by an average of $90 per month. That’s on top of a $5 billion cut that hit the program in November.

The National Council of La Raza says the $8 billion cut to the food stamps program will “exacerbate hunger” for many Latino families. It estimates that 17 percent of the more than 47 million Americans who benefit from food stamps are Latinos.

“It is an especially important lifeline for Latinos, since Latino children make up about two-fifths of all children living with hunger in this nation,” NCLR said Tuesday of the SNAP program.


Watch: Civil Rights Leaders Respond to the Orlando Nightclub Tragedy

Today, HRC President HRC President Chad Griffin was joined by other civil rights leaders outside the Human Rights Campaign’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., to respond to the horrific massacre at a Florida LGBTQ nightclub.

“While today is a day of mourning in the wake of this tragedy, I say to LGBTQ people living in every corner in this country and around this globe: Continue to be bold, be loved, and be proud,” Griffin said.

“There are mothers and fathers, spouses and partners, siblings and friends who aren’t thinking about any of that. They’re simply wishing they had just one more moment to say I love you. During this, their darkest hour, we as a nation must be their strength. We must be their comfort. And we must promise that the memory of those they lost will never, ever fade,” Griffin said.

Griffin was joined by Mara Keisling, Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality; Janet Murguía; President and CEO, National Council of La Raza; Cornell Brooks, President, NAACP; Sharon Lettman-Hicks, Executive Director, National Black Justice Coalition; Judith Lichtman, of the National Partnership for Women & Families and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Brenda Abdelall of Muslim Advocates; Jorge Amaro, of the National LGBTQ Task Force; and María Teresa Kumar, president and CEO of Voto Latino.

Watch the full video below.
Bernie Sanders: Trump comments on Mexicans an 'outrage' -
Bernie Sanders blasted Donald Trump for comments the businessman turned Republican presidential candidate made about Mexicans that have enraged Latinos.
By Tanzina Vega and Dan Merica, CNN

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, two of Clinton’s Democratic opponents, also used their speeches to the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza to knock Trump.

“Not Donald Trump, not anyone else will be successful in dividing us based on race or our country of origin,” Sanders told an enthusiastic crowd of about 400 people gathered here Monday for the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza. “Racism has plagued the United States since its inception,” Sanders said while recalling his own family history including losing family members during the Holocaust.

After the speech, Sanders told reporters that Trump’s comments were an “outrage.”

“For a major candidate for president of the United States to be throwing slurs at one group of people because of the country of origin that they came from is totally unacceptable, period.”

Sanders was asked twice whether Trump was a racist but both times he declined to answer. “I don’t want to psychoanalyze Donald Trump,” he said.

This was the second major speech Sanders has given to a national Latino group since announcing his candidacy. Last month, Sanders addressed the National Association of Latino Elected Officials in Las Vegas where many in the audience were expecting him to deliver a stronger stance on immigration reform than he had in the past.