The daylong event was held at two locations in Denver. The morning sessions were held at the First Unitarian Society of Denver at 1400 Lafayette St. In the afternoon attendees moved to the State Capitol to meet with legislators. A plenary that included Senator Jessie Ulibarri, Representative Dominick Moreno , Representative Joe Salazar, Representative Daneya Esgar.
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Bernie Valdez Awards Dinner "Celebrando Tiempo y Cultura"
More than 300 individuals from small businesses, government agencies, civic and community organizations, and sister non-profits were in attendance at our event!
Federico Peña Lifetime Achievement Award
Fedrico Peña presenting the Federico Lifetime Achievement Award to Katherine Archuleta
The Bernie Valdez Awards Dinner
CLLARO Alianza Award & The Sheldon Steinhauser Community Service Award
Western Union receiving the CLLARO Aliaza Award Solomon Joe Juarez receiving the Sheldon Steinhauser Community Service Award
The Roger Cisneros Public Policy Award
Senator Jessie Ulibarri presenting the award to Representative Joseph Salazar
The Lena Archuleta Education Award
Lt. Governor Joe Garcia accepting the Lena Archuleta Education Award on behalf of the Colorado Department of Higher Education
Artist Workshop on Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with artist Arlette Lucero!
Inauguration of Polly Baca Social Justice Award
Latin@ Advocacy Day
Lt. Governor Garcia giving LAD the state of Latinos of Colorado.
Join our taskforce Meetings and be part of the action! All meeting will be held at the CLLARO Office!
Education Health & Health care Energy & Environment Workforce Development
2016 Schedule Coming soon!
2015 Capitol Fellows!
At the Capitol Fellowship Graduation Celebration! Thank you AT&T for another great year! Special thanks to our legislators, presenters, and facilitators!
"Florecer - To Thrive"
A group show celebrating Latino art and culture in Denver for Hispanic Heritage Month! The show features artwork (in order of images from left to right) by:Tony Ortega, Hector Palacios, Anthony Garcia Sr., Stevon Lucero, Carlos Fresquez, Justin Maes and Arlette Lucero!
Today the U.S. Supreme Court remained deadlocked on DACA and DAPA. This ruling will have a major impact on the lives of millions of families across the country, including U.S. citizen children that will remain in constant fear of having their families torn apart. This is a setback for immigrant families, but we will continue to fight back against anti-immigrant politicians, their allies, and their attacks on our families and our communities. #FightforFamilies
Here is Small Business Majority's statement on today's ruling:
Supreme Court’s Split Decision on Immigration a Setback for Entrepreneurs, Highlights Need for Full Court
Statement by Rhett Buttle, President & Managing Director of Small Business Majority, on the Supreme Court’s 4-4 ruling today on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration reform
We’re disappointed the U.S. Supreme Court released a 4-4 ruling today on United States v. Texas, which challenged the president’s executive actions on immigration reform. We believe upholding these executive actions would have helped drive new business growth and ensure small businesses have adequate access to a skilled workforce—something small business owners desperately need right now.
Having access to a qualified workforce is of paramount importance to entrepreneurs looking to grow and expand their businesses. Our scientific opinion poll found 1 in 5 small business owners who have hired immigrants say it’s because they can't find enough U.S. citizens to fill jobs. In fact, many small employers who have chosen to hire immigrants say one of the biggest challenges they face in using immigrant labor is concern about following the letter of the law.
This underscores why it’s critical to improve our immigration system as a whole and make it easier for employers to understand and comply with its requirements. In fact, two-thirds of small business owners believe we should allow more low-skilled foreign workers who might work in the agricultural, restaurant or service industries into this country legally, and a vast three-quarters agree the most appropriate solution for handling the 11 million undocumented immigrants is to create a path toward citizenship so those here illegally can become legal taxpayers, pay their fair share and contribute to the economy and work toward citizenship in the future.
Additionally, this ruling is one more example as to why we need to fill the Supreme Court vacancy as soon as possible. An eight person Supreme Court can’t function effectively, which means that crucial issues facing the small business community will remain unresolved, resulting in an uncertain business environment for entrepreneurs.
It’s crucial we repair our flawed immigration system and ensure we have a robust workforce. The Supreme Court’s split ruling is a step backwards for our nation’s small business owners.
For an interview with Rhett Buttle or small business owners on this ruling, please contact Cassie Mills at (202) 289-0957 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Small Business Majority
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Pinklining: When aggressive lending by banks and the finance industry take advantage of women's precarious economic position and marginalization to push them deeper into debt. Structural sexism and structural racism make women of color especially susceptible to pinklining.
To learn more about how predatory lending impacts women, check out the full report released just yesterday.
Our very own Executive Director, Christine Alonzo, is shining a light on predatory loan products that impede the economic advancement of low-income women of color. Women are more likely to be payday loan borrowers, which can lead to loss of access to bank accounts and the ability to pay for living expenses because of the cycle of debt.