Solidarity Strategies, 76 Words, Latino Victory, Voto Latino, and New Paradigm came together to co-host a fundraiser to help support and send aid to those affected by the recent natural disasters in Puerto Rico and Mexico.
The event included live music, drinks and food and was held at Fathom Gallery, located at 1333 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. Special guests included Representatives Ruben Gallego, Darren Soto, Nanette Barragan, and Michelle Lujan Grisham.
in solidarity with our Puerto Rican and Mexican friends who need our help.
It’s been was a very exciting and busy week for all of us! Earlier this week, Solidarity Strategies was honored to sponsor a celebration in honor of Dolores Huerta, one of the most passionate civil rights leaders of all time. She has fought tirelessly for the rights of laborers and farm workers, Latinos, women, immigrants, and members of the LGBT community and we could not be more proud to have been a part of honoring her legacy.
On Tuesday, President of Solidarity Strategies Chuck Rocha attended the CHCI Conference where he had the opportunity to train over 100 past and present CHCI interns. The training informed our future leaders on how to run for office. It was exciting to see so many young Latinos motivated and ready to run!
The 2017 CHCI Gala on Wednesday evening was a very special night for our team. We were honored to see Congressman Castro speak to the importance of upholding the DACA program and passing bipartisan legislation to protect DREAMers. The Congressman was accompanied by many of its recipients on stage, including our very own creative director, Luis Alcauter.
Our Vice President Vanessa Moyonero spoke on a panel on diversity and women in politics held by Running Start. The panel focused on talking to young women about being a strong candidate, fundraising, and creating a powerful elevator speech. We can’t wait to see them run for office!
From Dolores Huerta’s celebration and the CHCI Gala, to the Hispanic Heritage Awards and the trainings and panels, this week has demonstrated the political power that our community possesses and supported the need to continue fighting together. We want to thank everyone that has helped make this year’s Hispanic Heritage month so special!
Siempre con ustedes,
The news on DACA is devastating for our community and our firm as we are made up of immigrants and children of immigrants. We are heartbroken and disappointed in this administration’s cruel actions. Nevertheless, we cannot and will not allow Trump to break us.
Earlier this week, we were proud to be included in the Reuters article, “Immigrant ‘Dreamers’ – and their bosses – wait anxiously for Trump decision.” Our Creative Director, Luis, spoke about how DACA has benefited him, “It just empowers people to be able to find a job, to get a car, to buy a house, to move around, to contribute to their families.”
We have had several DACA recipients work at our firm and are proud of Luis, Jessica, and Juve who shared their stories on the Hill and continue to speak out. We will continue to fight for all undocumented immigrants until there is a pathway to citizenship for them.
We need you all to act now and help defend our community. Please call your Member of Congress and urge them to support the DREAM Act. For more information on how to help defend DACA, visit the website: http://defenddaca.com/ to see what events you can attend and how to take action.
Together in this fight,
This past weekend, our President, Chuck Rocha, and Vice President, Vanessa Moyonero, attended Netroots Nation in Atlanta, GA. We were proud to be able to participate in the Diversifying the Progress Movement panel which covered progressive issues across the board and long term strategies to overcome the lack of diversity within the progressive movement. And Chuck was honored to conclude the conference with the announcement that Netroots Nation will be in New Orleans, next year! If you missed the live announcement, the speech is available on the Solidarity Strategies Facebook page.
Pictured above is the complete panel: Jalisa Washington, Director of the Office of Diversity at the DCCC; Amber Goodwin, Executive Director of the Community Justice Reform Committee; Madalene Mielke, Founder and Principal of Arum Group, LLC; and Jessica Byrd, Founder of Three Point Strategies. You can watch the entire panel here.
We will win as long as we don’t give up.
See you soon,
On Tuesday, July 18th, the National Association of Diverse Consultants announced how it will work to elevate the names of consultants of color that are all too often overlooked and connect these consultants with each other in order to work together in the mostly-white field of consulting. As Senior Political Director at Latino Decisions Albert Morales put it, “We know how to fish. The problem is we are often told the lake is private.” Madalene Mielke, founder of Arum Group, made it clear that consultants of color and the LGBTQ community are “not looking for a handout; we have expertise and have been doing this work for a long time.”
President of Solidarity Strategies Chuck Rocha noted that there is still a lot of progress to be made, but thanked organizations like the DNC and the DCCC for making real efforts to diversity. On a more local level, Senior Strategist Carol McDonald of 76 Words spoke about the women, LGBTQ and people of color making their mark in their communities and cities. At every level, these consultants should receive support and mentorship. That’s why the NADC website has created a registry of political consultants, fundraisers, lobbyists, and public relations professionals.
The press conference has already made news, a sign that many are excited about NADC bringing minority consultants together. Thanks to all who could attend the conference this morning and to those who followed along on the Facebook livestream! We look forward to increasing our membership as time goes on and hope you will continue supporting the NADC. If you have not registered yourself or your firm, please do so here to join the listed professionals on the NADC website.
The National Association of Diverse Consultants & Solidarity Strategies