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Statement Regarding the Recent Mass Shootings

August 7, 2019

From the Hermanos of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity Incorporated.

The members of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. are heartbroken over the recent wave of mass shootings, which has led to the deaths and injury of dozens of individuals throughout the country. These tragedies are compounded by the notion that the shootings in El Paso, Texas were racially motivated, carried out by a domestic terrorist with white supremacist ideology that purposely targeted people of color, and specifically Latinos, people he considered “invaders” in these United States.

La Unidad Latina was founded to uplift and empower the Latino community, and we cannot stand by when there are those who want to destroy lives simply because our community exists. We condemn in the strongest terms the ideologies of white nationalism and white supremacy, and the growing anti-Latino sentiment perpetuated by those of power and privilege who are purposely scapegoating Latinos to distract others from tackling the real challenges that face this country.

La Unidad Latina believes that there is more that unites than divides the people of this great country. Our membership includes individuals from almost all 50 states and territories. It includes veterans and active service members, law enforcement, government officials and  first responders. We include teachers, doctors, lawyers and financial professionals, artists and activists, non-profit leaders and entrepreneurs. All make this country great with their innovation and dedication to service and community. Though we may differ by socioeconomic status, politics, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, or ability, we call each other HERMANO, because we understand that these very differences allow us to bring our unique experiences and skills to the table, and work together to accomplish our common goals and dreams.

We know the United States will overcome this era of fear and division. We know that our fellow countrymen will come together and see the Latino community, not as invaders needing to be attacked, but as brothers and sisters that should be embraced. We know that true patriotic Americans know to reject the hateful language and ideology infecting our national discourse. We know this because we see the good in people every single day.

Our membership will continue to work toward uplifting our community. We ask that all Americans stand with us, condemn these brutal attacks, and speak out against divisive rhetoric and ideologies. We ask that people pressure their elected representatives to do the work of the people, and make this country safer, not only from enemies abroad, but from enemies within.  We ask that the media recognize White nationalism and White supremacy for the terrorist ideology that it is, and call out those who perpetuate these ideologies, overtly or implicitly.

Our hearts go out to the families of all those whose lives were cut short in these tragic days.  We stand with you, as do the best that is this country. To our Hermanos with family in El Paso, we stand with you, Para Siempre. We ARE America, and America is us.

The Hermanos of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity Inc.

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.

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