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State Budget Crisis Prompts Latinas to Speak Out

PR Newswire



SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Latinas from throughout California will hold a public hearing today to inform lawmakers about the significant impact state budget cuts will have on their communities.

"As a driving force in California both economically and demographically, Latinas are assuming leadership roles throughout the state by advocating on behalf of programs that give promise for the future of all Californians," said Elmy Bermejo, president, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE).

HOPE has convened "Latina Action Day" to connect more than 500 Latinas from throughout California with women legislators to voice their concerns and offer solutions to the state legislature as it debates the state budget. In partnership with the Commission on the Status of Women, the California Legislative Women's Caucus and the California Elected Women's Association for Education and Research, HOPE is presenting a public hearing to clearly outline the implications that budget cuts will have on Latinas/os.

"Now more than ever is the time for Latinas to unite. We need to speak up for our children's education, health care, and economic development. It's time for the legislature to hear our concerns and listen to our proposed solutions," voiced Senator Denise Moreno Ducheny.

Latina Action Day Sacramento is an annual advocacy two-day conference designed to educate Latinas on the political process through workshop and experiential training. In addition to the public hearing, participants will honor Latina legislators and hold a legislative reception at the Capitol on Tuesday. HOPE will also sponsor a march and rally to the Capitol prior to meeting with state legislators on Wednesday.

Featured speakers at the two-day conference include Governor Gray Davis, Senator Martha Escutia, Senator Deborah Ortiz, Senator Denise Moreno Ducheny, Assemblymember Hannah Beth Jackson, Assemblymember Jenny Orpreza and Secretary of the California Department of Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, Maria Contreras-Sweet.

HOPE is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization committed to ensuring political and economic parity for Latinas through leadership, advocacy and education to benefit all communities and the status of women. Additional information about Latina Action Day and HOPE is available at http://www.latinas.org/. Hispanas Organized for Political Equality

CONTACT: Silvina Martinez, +1-530-613-3415, or Holly Harper,+1-916-705-1805, both of Perry Communications Group for HOPE

Web site: http://www.latinas.org/



Source: PR Newswire


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