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Engaging Latino Members of Congress

Fostering Partnerships with Latino Leaders

Congressional voices and Latino partnerships are crucial in elevating the Latino environmental profile at a national level. Chispa works closely with LCV's Congressional Champions program to highlight the leadership of Latino members of Congress and conduct briefings for members and staff about Latinos, clean energy, and climate change. Over the last year, more than 45 local and national Latino leaders joined us for events and activities, including:

  • Rep. Raúl Grijalva from Arizona
    • Rep. Grijalva, who is the ranking member on the House Natural Resources Committee, is a consistent environmental champion and has supported our efforts on many occasions. In 2013, he participated in Chispa’s press call to discuss the need for policies that address climate change, ensure clean air and water, and protect public lands for all Americans. Additionally, he issued a statement opposing an Arizona utility company’s rate hike for customers with rooftop solar —the same rate hike Chispa Arizona fought against.
    • We supported Congressman Grijalva by mobilizing our supporters to attend a forum he led in Los Angeles in 2015 on environmental policies that give low-income and communities of color tools to stand up against polluting industries.
  • Rep. Ben Ray Lujan from New Mexico
    • Rep. Lujan recently spoke with LCV’s Environmental Majority Council — a group of dedicated LCV supporters. Rep. Lujan remarked that “Chispa’s efforts in grassroots organizing are so important. You’re helping to engage Latinos who want to work on these issues by connecting their energies and passions to meaningful actions.”
    • In 2013, Rep. Lujan also joined a Chispapress call to discuss the need for policies that address climate change, ensure clean air and water, and protect public lands for all Americans.
  • Rep. Linda Sánchez from California
    • For the past two years, we have translated our signature publication, the National Environmental Scorecard, into Spanish. The Scorecard is the nationally accepted yardstick used by citizens and reporters to rate members of Congress on their environmental records.
    • Following the release of our 2013 Scorecard, Rep. Sánchez, Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, joined us on a press call to discuss the importance of action on environmental priorities in the Latino community. Congresswoman Sanchez scored 100% on the 2013 Scorecard and has an impressive score of 91% for her tenure in Congress.

GreenLatinos members with Jennifer Allen, Chispa National Director (far right); Mark Magana, LCV Board Member and GreenLatinos President (second from right); with Congressman Raúl Grijalva and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

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