Advocacy

2020: Providing Pandemic Relief and Ensuring Democracy
2020 - Census and Voter Outreach
During 2020, LULAC Lambda supported local organizations that were providing pandemic relief. Members volunteered to assemble emergency food boxes at the Capital Area Food bank and LULAC Lambda received a grant and donated $2000 worth of household goods to Ayuda, a local immigrant services organization, for the relief efforts. We took part in demonstrations to support our African American/Black siblings. We also helped promote the 2020 Census in D.C.’s Latinx neighborhoods and registered voters in D.C. and Northern Virginia.
2019: Standing Up for New Americans
LULAC Lambda hosted Citizenship Workshops during the summer. LGBTQ+ permanent residents who were ready to become U.S. citizens were invited to hear a presentation from an immigration attorney. The attorney discussed the application process and common issues experienced by LGBTQ+ immigrants. Classes were free and available in Spanish at George Washington University and The D.C. Center. 

 In 2019, LULAC Lambda helped charter a new council in Maryland to help protect Latinx immigrants. Latinx immigrants in eastern Maryland were being harassed by law enforcement and denied resources. Local folks wanted to start a LULAC council, and after a town hall meeting with 17 people who filled out membership forms, a council was started in January 2019. LULAC Lambda provided membership funds and mentorship to new council leaders.
2019 - Citizenship Classes
2018: Investing in Youth
2018 - Youth Mentorship
LULAC Lambda began mentoring two high schools in 2018: E.L. Haynes Public Charter and Columbia Heights Education Campus. Inaugural meetings took place in the fall. LULAC Lambda sponsors met every two weeks to 1) provide professional development, 2) share Latinx history, 3) partake in community service, and 4) celebrate our culture. A total of 40 Latinx students were enrolled in the program. All seniors in the program that year graduated and were accepted into college. 

In 2018, LULAC Lambda launched its annual scholarship. One of the goals of LULAC is to increase access to education, so it encourages local councils like LULAC Lambda to sponsor scholarships. The scholarship committee looks at academic performance as well as the student’s work in social justice and community service accomplishments in the Latinx and/or LGBTQ+ community. LULAC Lambda hopes its $1,000 scholarships help D.C. students achieve their dream.
2017: Addressing poverty in our Community
Nearly 1,000 supplies were collected during the summer of 2017 to support the clients of the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Dinner Program. Coordinated by members of LULAC Lambda, 50 bags filled with shampoo, soap, toothpaste, blankets, combs, deodorant, socks and other items were assembled for the unhoused who seek food at the small church located in Columbia Heights. We also delivered a donation from fellow LULAC Council 11041 for $500. The church helps more than 100 clients per day. More than half of the population served is Latinx and immigrant who are also often undocumented with little to no access to social services. 

LULAC Lambda took part in Whitman-Walker’s Walk and 5K to End HIV in October. LULAC councils raised $875 for the event.
2017 - Sacred Heart Donation
2016: Combatting HIV in the District
2016 - Safe Sex Kits
Washington, D.C. is one of the areas hardest hit by HIV in the United States, with an epidemic on par with some developing nations. In D.C., approximately 2.7 percent of the population is living with HIV according to the CDC. D.C. has the highest AIDS diagnosis rate of any state in the nation. To help combat the spread of HIV, LULAC Lambda partnered with The D.C. Center to construct free safe-sex kits that would be distributed at bars and clubs in the D.C. metro area. LULAC Lambda regularly hosted “condom packing parties” at The D.C. Center. Members would insert a condom package, two lube packets, and safe sex instructions into a small plastic bag that sealed. More than 1,000 were assembled in a two-hour period each time we gathered at The D.C. Center throughout the year. 

At D.C. Latinx Pride hosted by the Latino GLBT History Project (now Latinx History Project), LULAC Lambda would host a table to promote safe sex packets at the event and partnered with Whitman-Walker Health to administer testing at the event.
2015: Engaging our Federal Officials and Supporting Latinx Youth
LULAC Lambda hosted a Town Hall with U.S. House Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton at the Human Rights Campaign to learn about immigration reform, affordable housing, and protections for LGBTQ+ individuals. We partnered with the Latino GLBT History Project (now the Latinx History Project) and Empodérate to help get members of the immigrant community and the transgender community to attend this event. The hour-long event was held in both English and Spanish thanks to translation equipment provided by the D.C. Office of Latino Affairs. 

In October, LULAC Lambda members joined other LULAC members from around the country to participate in National LULAC's "ACTober: Fall Advocacy Day.” LULAC members conducted advocacy visits with more than 60 congressional offices from both the U.S Senate and the U.S House of Representatives. LULAC members met with members of Congress from the Judiciary Committee, Education and the Workforce Committee, Natural Resources Committee, Energy and Commerce Committee, and members from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. 

LULAC Lambda and received funds to support the nutrition program at the Latino Student Fund in Washington D.C. The center helps tutor immigration children in the area. We also collected 100 pieces of winter clothing for Goodwill, Christmas toys and books for children enrolled at Latino Student Fund, and donated more than 300 cans of food and $200 in cash to the Food & Friends pantry.
2015 - Eleanor Holmes Norton
LULAC Lambda has also successfully passed policy resolutions at our state and national LULAC conferences.
2019
  • LULAC Opposes the Mistreatment of Transgender Asylum Seekers
  • LULAC Supports the Equality Act
  • LULAC Supports the Green New Deal
  • LULAC Supports Transgender Members of the U.S. Armed Services
  • Resolution to Advance Sexual Health & Relationships Education
2018
  • LULAC Opposes Conversion Therapy
2017
  • Affirming and Protecting the Rights of Transgender and Gender Non-conforming People
  • Pursuit of Debt-free or Tuition-free Public Postsecondary Education as a State and National Policy