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December 7, 2006
Contact: Tatiana Guerra, 202-434-8070

National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators Adopt Resolutions
To Ensure Equal Access and Opportunity for Hispanics

Washington, DC - The President of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, New York Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz, announced that the NHCSL Executive Committee has adopted and approved a series of resolutions that will ensure access and opportunity for the Hispanic community, as well as other disadvantaged and underserved communities. In addition, there is a resolution addressing the inhumane treatment of those in Darfur. The Resolutions were adopted at the NHCSL Annual Executive Committee Meeting which was held during its Fourth National Summit this past November in San Juan, Puerto Rico. “NHCSL remains committed to ensuring that all Hispanic families have access to education, healthcare and economic opportunities,” said Ortiz.

NHCSL adopted the following resolutions to:

· Resolution: To End Cervical Cancer in Our Lifetime states that NHCSL agrees that following breast cancer, cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women worldwide and cervical cancer is the third most common gynecological cancer among American women. With approximately 10,000 American women expected to develop cervical cancer in 2006 and an estimated 3,700 deaths (or over 10 American women per day) due to cervical cancer, according to the National Women’s Health Resource Center and the American Cancer Society.

· Resolution: End racial extermination against the ethnically distinct Black African population of Darfur
urges a commitment to justice and the protection of innocent civilians everywhere; and; Past reports have indicated that the armed forces of the government of Sudan, along with government-supported militias, committed numerous systematic attacks against the civilian populations of the African Fur, Masaalit and Zaghawa ethnic groups in the Darfur region.

· Resolution: Provide free tax filing for low-income, disadvantaged, underserved and working poor states that a program that is important to the citizens of the United States may be in jeopardy as the result of decisions being made in the United States Congress. Furthermore, over 40% of our states have banded together to find an innovative solution to meet the needs of the low income, disadvantaged, underserved and working poor taxpayers. This innovative solution, called the State Free File Alliance, has been developed over the last decade where public need and private corporate citizenship have worked together in an era of fiscal limits and new challenges.

· Resolution: The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) states that the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators agrees that the problems of missing and exploited children are grave concerns of our nation. NHCSL will join in partnership with NCMEC to support national and local efforts aimed at educating families and communities about the perils of missing and exploited children. There are nearly 800,000 children reported missing each year, and on average 2,100 children are reported missing to law-enforcement agencies each day.

· Resolution: The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the other U.S. territories in all the surveys performed in the 50 States by the U.S. Census Bureau states that the residents of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the other U.S. territories are not counted as part of those 300 million residents of the United States. Puerto Rico's exclusion from national population totals leads the Census Bureau to erroneously miscalculate the national Hispanic population total by close to 4 million, thereby minimizing the importance of Hispanics nationwide.

· Resolution: To call on the U.S Congress and FCC to draft legislation and regulation to encourage the rapid deployment of Broadband Networks without net neutrality amendments. The FCC has crafted sufficient Internet protection principles, released with the 2005 Policy Statement deregulating broadband; the exponential growth of the Internet has flourished as a result of both the government’s ‘hand’s off’ approach, ever increasing competition, and driving consumer interest. Furthermore, regulation of the Internet may interfere with future investment and innovations benefiting the health and well-being of its end user customers, including the Hispanic community.

· Resolution: Support the call for a new bottom line in reducing the harms of drugs abuse because the war on drugs has failed. Despite spending hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars and incarcerating millions of people, illegal drugs remain cheap, potent, and widely available in every community in the United States. Meanwhile, the harms associated with drug abuse – addiction; overdose; the spread of AIDS/HIV, Hepatitis and other diseases--continue to mount.

· Resolution: Condemn the Border Protection, Anti-Terrorism and Illegal Immigration Control Act (HR4437) and affirming commitment to providing a safe, healthy and dignified place to live for all residents, regardless of immigration status states that the “Border Protection, Anti-Terrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act” (HR 4437) is one of the most deplorable, anti-immigrant bills in this country’s history; and would devastatingly impact immigrant communities and by creating fear, discrimination and abuse of immigrant communities.

· Resolution: Urge Congress to Appropriate $14 million to Strengthen Support of the Sickle Cell Treatment Act and the Community Outreach Demonstration Project because Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is an inherited condition and a major health problem in the United States; and affects various ethnic groups greatly impacting American families. Furthermore, SCD affects the lives of thousands who are hampered by physical and mental limitations, as well as their psychological and emotional well-being.

The Resolutions can be found at

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