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Gold Gives Back!

LOCATION — DATE

Bronx, NY – On Saturday September 15, 2018, over 80 Hermanos of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc gathered at Havana Bronx Cafe to celebrate brotherhood. The purpose of the event was to reignite the fraternal passion within a select group of Hermanos who joined the fraternity in 1982 – 2002.

The luncheon attracted Hermanos from Rhode Island to Maryland, and as far west as Texas. One dedicated Hermano who lives in Australia successfully arranged a work trip to be present for this occasion. In attendance were 6 past National Council Presidents, 4 Past Chairmen of the Board of Directors, and numerous Hermanos who have served La Fraternidad in various capacities, such as chapter Presidents, members of the Board of Directors, National Council officers or on Regional Leadership teams.

The focus of the event was to promote fraternal relevance, and to underscore how the fraternity can continue to play a role in the lives of Hermanos who are now in their 40’s and 50’s. La Unidad Para Siempre does not end when adult life begins and it can continue to inspire camaraderie and connection as our alumni age gracefully. Brotherhood evolves and this gathering was the first of many future efforts to demonstrate how the fraternity can evolve too.

During the event, a new partnership was unveiled. The fraternity, in conjunction with La Unidad Latina Service and Education Fund (SEF), announced a groundbreaking opportunity by recognizing a class of SEF donors as lifetime Hermanos. By donating $1,750 to the newly created “Gold Gives Back” fund, Hermanos will be eligible to receive a Lifetime Hermano designation, regardless of their dues-paying status. This dedicated fund through SEF allows Alumni Hermanos to make tax-deductible donations of $1,750 and to be recognized as Lifetime Active Hermanos of LUL. This restricted fund will be disbursed to LUL by SEF on a grant application basis and will only fund programs and initiatives that serve SEF’s purpose – to fulfill Las Metas of La Unidad Latina.

This announcement was received with such enthusiasm, that approximately $40,000 was pledged to SEF that day. With a sustainable financial operation, the goal is to ensure these grants serve as a catalyst for initiatives to focus on accelerating the growth of seasoned Latino leaders who strive to reach the highest rung of the ladder as community leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, professionals or as parents.

Together, LUL and SEF are committed to fulfilling this vision.

Family Separation Crisis

National — June, 2018

Our Hermandad is deeply concerned with the current administration’s decision to separate undocumented children from their families. We not only empathize with the sadness and frustration this causes for Hermanos and members of our community but stand firmly in solidarity with immigrant families. La Unidad Latina believes it is important to not remain silent when our communities are under attack. During these turbulent times, we encourage, empower, and support Hermanos’ collective action against human rights violations and the separation of children from their parents. Let us continue to unite together and tackle one of the most pressing issues of our time.

The family separation crisis is not over. Wednesday’s signed executive order does little to make immediately clear whether, or when, detained children will be reunited with their parents. It also potentially places children in more harmful spaces as adult facilities are threatening and unfit for children. Separating children from their family is not a political stance, it is inhumane. La Unidad Latina calls for a stop to all practices that hurt the physical and psychological well-being of children and urge public servants to create policies that are aligned with our values as a nation.

Hermanos and community members are encouraged to take immediate action. Below are some resources that are readily available.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional resources or how you can get involved.

LUL Stands With DACA Recipients

Nationwide — September 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Our Hermandad is deeply concerned with the decision of the current administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. We empathize with the sadness, fear, and anxiety this causes Hermanos and members of our community. There are an estimated 800,000 undocumented persons who would be deeply affected by such an action.

The provisions within DACA allow for undocumented persons to remain positive contributors to our society. Our Hermandad seeks to provide greater opportunity for all persons to pursue an education and advance our communities. To remain silent in the face of looming threats to our community would be an affront to stated values.

We are frustrated with the inability of our elected officials to propose and adopt a more permanent solution to the issues facing undocumented members of our communities. We, alongside peer organizations, invite them to the table so that we may collectively address the challenges we are facing.

To our Hermanos and community members who are DACA Recipients, we want to affirm your positive contributions to our communities. While your existence within our community is threatened, please know that we stand with and will fight for you. Please review the resources below regarding the navigation of your current circumstances:

  1. Immigrant Legal Resource Center
    Information regarding work permits, social security numbers and driver’s licenses.
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  2. Ten Practical Steps for Immigrants Post-2016

To allied Hermanos and community members we ask that you engage in this work. You can contact your United States Representative and Senator. You can urge Congress to support the 2017 DREAM Act (S. 1615) and create a comprehensive immigration plan. We have a responsibility to one another as Hermanos and community members.

In moments like these La Unidad Para Siempre extends well beyond the confines of La Fraternidad. It serves as a reminder that there is strength and hope in unity. As La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. we support our undocumented community members and those affected by their circumstances.

Closure of Epsilon Chapter

Nationwide — May 2018

For Immediate Release May 2, 2018
Contact: Cesar Escovar, National President
bod@launidadlatina.org

La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. Closes Epsilon Chapter

In the wake of an investigation conducted by the fraternity and upon careful consideration by the Board of Directors, La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. will close its Epsilon Chapter, effective immediately. As a governing body, the Board of Directors is charged with ensuring the long term vision and direction of the organization. It is through this sense of obligation that the Board was required to consider this unprecedented scenario. There was no one incident, or action, that led to this judgement.

Over the course of several months, the Board of Directors held a series of deep and carefully considered discussions. This included a comprehensive report that considered not just the challenges currently attributed to Epsilon Chapter, but its entire history, both positive and negative. After much consideration, the Board of Directors rendered a unanimous decision.

This was not an easy decision to reach. The Board of Directors, with a sense of great sorrow and loss, had to make a decision that best reflected the interests of La Fraternidad. We will work with Hermanos of the Epsilon Chapter to help facilitate the transition during this unfortunate time.

Hermanos Serve As First Responders In A Time of Crisis: Statement On Bronx Park BBQ Shooting

Bronx, New York — May 2016

 

First, we would like to say that our hearts and sympathies go out to all the victims of the shooting incident at Van Cortlandt Park on Saturday May 28th, 2016.

There have been various reports linking our fraternity to this incident. After an internal investigation, we would like to clarify a few of the facts regarding this unfortunate event.

It is our understanding that:

– The shooting in question did not occur during our cookout, but rather at an adjacent cookout a few hours after our event had officially ended.
– No fraternity member was involved in triggering the altercation that led to the shooting.
– No fraternity member was injured at any point.
– One fraternity member on the scene was an off-duty Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and provided first-aid to the injured in the immediate aftermath until more help arrived.

Several news outlets have attributed the events of that evening to our organization. Based on multiple eye witness accounts, we believe this to be incorrect. We are, however, thankful the aforementioned brother was on the scene to provide aid in such a tragic situation. We celebrate his potentially life saving actions, and believe he represented our fraternity’s values in the best possible way.

As an organization that strives to advance the communities we represent, it is our duty to provide safe environments for our events. Therefore, we have informed all of our members to fully cooperate with the authorities during their investigation, and ask that anyone with information about what transpired to please step forward and contact the appropriate authorities.

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