La Lucha Sigue
Last month, more than 400 LatinoJustice leaders and supporters gathered at our Annual Awards Gala, the week after the election, to honor individuals and institutions helping to advance our mission and to raise critically needed funds to support our legal advocacy, education and community engagement programs. As guests traded reflections about what the results of the election might mean to Latinos and to civil rights and while considering the ways in which the incoming administration might undo six decades of civil rights gains, a feeling began to spread among the group – resolve. Everyone in the room, from community activists to corporate CEOs, understood that we cannot let the results of the recent election set the tone for this country moving forward.
We will be vigilant. We will resist. We will dig in and fight any attempts to decimate the civil rights protections so vital to the well-being of this country and the people living here.
One of the highlights of the evening was when Cesar Vargas, the DREAMer who, with LatinoJustice, helped break down barriers for undocumented attorneys to become licensed to practice law in New York State, led the audience in a chant of “Si se puede!” He brought everyone to their feet in an optimistic call to continue to fight bigotry and injustice after recalling how his mother, after the election, lifted his spirits by reminding him that “la lucha sigue (the struggle continues).”
You can watch Cesar's speech here.
LatinoJustice is steadfast in its resolve to join with our network of supporters and our peers to continue to aggressively defend the rights of all vulnerable communities. We will not stand by and let decades of progress slip away, and we hope you will continue to offer your support.
Volunteer. Share information with your friends and networks. Write to your representatives. Donate to LatinoJustice’s Justice 2017 Fund. Every action and every dollar makes a mighty difference.
Check out photos from the 2016 LatinoJustice Annual Awards Gala here.
At our 2016 gala, Cesar Vargas shared his #LJPStory with us. You can join him by sharing your story on social media with #LJPStory while tagging us. We will be gathering stories and featuring them throughout the month and into the new year.