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National Council of La Raza | Current Campaigns Add Your Name to the Effort to Repeal HB 56!

Current Campaigns

Add Your Name to the Effort to Repeal HB 56!

Car Manufacturing PlantWhen Alabama removed the Confederate flag from the state capitol, the world noticed.  This declaration of a new day opened the door to international investment, bringing scores of good jobs to hardworking Alabamians.  Quite simply, intolerance was bad for business, while brotherhood put Alabamians to work.

But Alabama’s new anti-immigrant law, HB 56, has set Alabama back again.

This unnecessary attack on immigrants and Latino families has left crops rotting in the fields, cut consumer demand, and created an unwelcoming business climate.  A new study by the University of Alabama shows that the state stands to lose up to $11 billion because of HB 56—an amount equivalent to seven years of state general fund expenditures.

Alabama’s major auto manufacturers all have a strong commitment to the diverse communities who buy their cars.  For Alabama workers and international manufacturers alike, it is imperative that “Made in Alabama” remain a mark of excellence to consumers around the world and that Alabama remains a stable and forward-thinking place to do business.

That is why civil and human rights and labor organizations have called upon on Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai Motor Company, and Honda to join our effort to urge Alabama legislators to repeal HB 56. 

Recently, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) partnered with this group of organizations and sent an open letter to Alabama, published in the Montgomery Advertiser.  Join the following leaders and add your name below:

Deepak Bhargava, Executive Director, Center for Community Change
J. Richard Cohen, President, Southern Poverty Law Center
Wade Henderson, President, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Mary Kay Henry, International President, SEIU
Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO, NAACP
Bob King, President, International Union, UAW
Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR

Dear Secretary Solis:

The home care workforce is 90% women and 100% denied federal minimum wage and overtime protections.

It's time to end the outdated federal regulation that treats these workers as second-class citizens by excluding them from the basic labor protections that apply to almost every other worker.

Home care workers assist older Americans and people with disabilities with activities critical to their safety and quality of life, yet 50% of these workers rely on public assistance in order to meet their own basic needs.

End the exclusion now and start treating these workers with the respect they deserve!
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