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NHCLC establishes Partnership with NAE and votes to join Nations Largest Evangelical Organization

Breaking News from the Hispanic Church

March 9, 2005 – Orlando, Florida — Rev. Ted Haggard, President of the National Association of Evangelicals addressed the Board of Directors of America’s Leading Hispanic Christian Organization, The NHCLC. In his address, Pastor Haggard, who also pastors “New Life” in Colorado Springs, Colorado, spoke of the need for the nations fastest growing church, the Hispanic Church, to join with the Anglo church in Building the Kingdom of God and preserving the Judeo Christian Values within our American Experience. Chairman Felix Posos joined President Samuel Rodriguez Jr. Dr. Gilbert Velez, Policy Director of The NHCLC and Dr. Sergio Navarrette in welcoming the alliance. “America’s Premier Hispanic Evangelical Organization will henceforth join America’s Premier Anglo Evangelical Organization in empowering our constituents, enriching our nation and enhancing the American Dream. We will join our efforts to address the moral decadence of our times, stand with gatekeepers of Truth and Justice and Most of all, exhibit the Love and Grace of Christ to the suffering and afflicted throughout our nation. “, stated Rev. Samuel Rodriguez Jr. “Never has a Hispanic Organization been give the Grace And Favor we have received. Our responsibility is to lead with Humility but with ONE VOICE of Unity and Transformation. One voice that is Prophetic and Progressive”, stated Felix Posos, Chairman of The NHCLC. “Our time has come to join with our Anglo and Afro American Brothers and Sisters in Leading revival and renewal that will affect our communiites, cities, homes and above all, our children. For their sake, we must not fail”, stated a Board member. The NHCLC will join the NAE in a joint Press Conference in early Summer. “This Historic event is unprecedented in the annals of the Latino Church”, stated Rev. Posos.

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NHCLC celebrates Conference in Nations largest Hispanic Church

Breaking News from the Hispanic Church

June, 2005 – Delegates from all around the country traveled to the border town of Laredo, Texas to join Dr. Gilbert Velez, Senior Pastor of Mercy Church and Policy Director for The NHCLC. The conference focused on Spiritual Empowerment in the Hispanic Community. Attendees were encouraged to lift the Dream of Latinos via Upper Room Empowerment.

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NHCLC participates in Department of Justice Summit on Gang Reduction

Breaking News from the Hispanic Church

June, 2005 – Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, representing the NHCLC, participated upon a formal invitation from The White House, in this unprecedented summit. Attendees discussed the Executive and Legislative initiatives developing to reduce the gang activity in our nation. Rev. Rodriguez presented to the delegates representing law enforcement, faith based organizations, national and regional leadership the programs launched by the Hispanic Church via the NHCLC. National Hispanic Christian Leadership Institute Equipping the Latino Leaders in the major 24 cities of America. NHCLC announces that in January of 2005, The NHCLC will equip, train and certify Hispanic Christian Leaders that will lead as oracles of positive transformation at the political, economic, spiritual and civic platforms of our nation. “We will see Latino Leadership arise with the spiritual fortitude, the business acumen and intellectual wherewithal to lead in the political, moral, business, academic and cultural fronts.” stated Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of The NHCLC. The top Hispanic business, political and religious figures will teach in these 24 Institutes. Fuerza Hispanic 2008 To register, via the churches, 8 Million new Latino voters Generation Fuerza A National Youth Initiative targeting Latino Young People for the purpose of reducing the Latino High School Drop out rate and the reduction of Juvenile Delinquency particularly Gang Activity participation. This Program incorporates the National Hispanic Leadership Institute in leadership transference exercises that will address precocious transitions such as teen pregnancy, high school dropout, etc.. No Child Left Behind Collaborative Relationship with the Department of Education and The White House in creating after school programs via the churches and the local CDC’s for the purpose of achieving the goals of the “No Child Left Behind” initiative. NHCLC establishes Faith Based Programs throughout the 50 states via the Latino Churches.

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Rev Ezekiel Pecina Joins National Board of NHCLC

Breaking News from the Hispanic Church

July, 2005, Abilene, TX – Rev. Ezekiel Pecina, Pastor of New Life Church in Abilene, Texas Joins National Board of NHCLC. Pastor Ezekiel Pecina was appointed to serve on the National Board of the NHCLC by the Executive Council. Rev. Pecina pastors a 1000 member strong congregation with Television and Radio programs that impact West Texas. The NHCLC welcomes Rev. Pecina.

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NHCLC President addresses General Council of Assemblies of God, Ethnic Fellowship Celebration

Breaking News from the Hispanic Church

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez Jr, President of the NHCLC, addressed delegates from all over America and Puerto Rico as one of the Featured Speakers to the Hispanic Leadership and Members of the World’s largest Pentecostal Denomination. With close to 1/2 a Million Hispanic Assembly of God Adherents, the Hispanic Fellowship represents the Nations largest Hispanic Charismatic Group. Rev. Rodriguez addressed the importance of the Hispanic Church functioning as an Unbreakable Net.

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Hispanic Speakers Bureau Inaugurated

Breaking News from the Hispanic Church

September, 2005 – The Top Hispanic Christian Oracles of Moral Clarity, Political Empowerment, and Social/Economic Mobility have made themselves available to the NHCLC. Without question, the Hispanic Speakers Bureau is available to Civic, Religious, Political and Business Forums and Communities which desire to engage the Hispanic Constituency in America. Speakers are committed to address the issues, concerns, and vision of the Hispanic community as it relates to the differentiated roles necessary for empowerment in 21st Century America.

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National Initiative to Certify Tier 1 Hispanic Leaders Announced

Breaking News from the Hispanic Church

September, 2005 – Leadership makes the difference between effectual communities and dysfunctional families. The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Institute is a Nation wide certifying Leadership Program that will identify, equip, and certify Tier 1 Hispanic Christian Leadership. “Our objective is to build and network the Civic, Business, and Spiritual Leaders of America’s largest Cities”. We desire to produce individuals with the intellectual wherewithal, spiritual fortitude, and business acumen to lead the major institutions of our cities. From school boards, to city councils, from Mayors to state and Federal legislators, from School Principals to CEO’s, we will prepare the Tier 1 Leaders of America.

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Christian Leaders Call for an end to racist rhetoric in immigration debate, may 4 service to rally faith community

(Washington D.C) Dr. Cindy Jacobs, one of America’s most prominent Evangelical leaders and President and Founder of Generals International, cannot stand idly by while a renewed racist and nativist spirit once again saturates American society under the vestiges of immigration debate.” Racism is a Sin”, declared Jacobs. “Congress has been attempting to reach an agreement on an Immigration Reform Bill for some time. This remains a deeply divisive issue both between and within the Democratic and Republican parties. Stories of racism at the border are terribly common, from people being rudely searched by our immigration officers, to pastors who feel overrun by people who have out-stripped their social services”, she added. In addition, Jacobs believes the Christian community must stand as a firewall against the racist sentiment once again prevalent in the current discourse. “After visiting with some top Hispanic leaders and listening to their concern, the consensus is that this issue will never be settled through natural means. Only God knows what needs to be done for much needed reform. Together, we are going to appeal to the Creator of the universe to adjudicate a just solution to this grievous problem”, pleaded Jacobs. As a result, Christian leaders from all major ethnic communities have issued convocation under the banner; BLEND, Christians Against Racism to take place on May 4th and 5th in Laredo, Texas at the facilities of Mercy Church, a Hispanic Mega Church. Dr. Jesse Miranda, Global Chairman of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, America’s largest Hispanic Christian Organization, sees the event as prophetic and pivotal to changing the language of the debate. “For too long the extremist have hijacked the issue of immigration and made it a rallying cry for nativism and racism. We do have a legitimate immigration situation that requires our attention. However the debate must convert to a dialogue and reason must trump rhetoric”, explained Miranda. “Racism is ultimately, a spiritual problem and it is only right the church become involved in seeking reconciliation”, he added. Dr. Jacobs will be joined by prominent Evangelical leaders such as Bishop Harry Jackson, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, Rev. Mark Gonzalez, Dr. Alemu Beefetu, Herman Matir, Will Ford III and others. Jacobs recent book the Reformation Manifesto serves as a primer for 21st Century Christianity and societal transformation addressing similar issues.

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SAVE Act perpetuates, rather than reforms, our immigration policy

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Samuel Rodriguez Jr. – San Francisco Chronicle, Op-ed

Expressions of hatred and xenophobia toward immigrants, at an all-time high, are producing widespread fear in the Latino community. Unfortunately, the echo of a hate-filled climate is now making its way through Congress. Anti-immigrant forces in the House are capitalizing on fears and stereotypes to push the SAVE Act, a bill that would throw more money at our broken immigration system instead of engaging in the hard work of meaningful reform. The SAVE Act is touted by proponents as an “enforcement” bill, but it would in fact put us on a slow, painful path toward detention and deportation. The bill is championed by hard-line groups that advocate a strategy called “deportation by attrition.” As it sounds, this philosophy espouses making the lives of immigrants and their families so difficult that they simply give up and self-deport. This approach is inhumane and unworkable for a variety of reasons. First, the SAVE Act would require local police to enforce immigration law, a policy that deters immigrants from reporting crimes and diverts police time away from serious threats to public safety. It would allocate millions of dollars for the construction of 8,000 additional detention beds for immigrants awaiting deportation. Second, the legislation drastically expands an employer verification system that is wrought with errors – 17.8 million, according to the Social Security Administration itself. Forcing employers to verify eligibility status of their workers before this database is updated could jeopardize the jobs of millions of U.S.-born and immigrant workers alike, whose information has been entered incorrectly in the system. Enforcement of our nation’s borders is essential, as is holding employers accountable for hiring undocumented workers. However, if enacted without a legalization program for workers already here, these measures would seriously threaten the livelihoods of immigrants and their children around the country. What is more, the SAVE Act does not realistically address our labor needs and makes no attempt to provide a legal workforce for employers who want to do the right thing. In an election season where vulnerable politicians fear looking soft on immigration, the SAVE Act already has a hefty 151 co-sponsors, 10 of whom are from California. In the Latino community, we regret that politicians are attempting to score political points at the expense of immigrants who have come here only to work and create a better life for their families. We can do better. At a time when all remaining presidential candidates promote humane and effective approaches to fix our immigration system, it is time that Congress recognizes that scapegoating immigrants is not the right approach. It plays to the fears of Americans, instead of our past as a nation of immigrants and our capacity to build strong communities together. This country was built on the contributions of generations of immigrants. We should not allow Congress to turn our backs on this legacy and take us down a road that would create more fear in our communities and push immigrant families further into the shadows. Our leaders should pursue legislation that embodies our best values – reuniting families, strengthening the economy and restoring the rule of law. Samuel Rodriguez Jr. is president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, America’s largest Hispanic Christian organization.

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Christians eye immigration reform

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Originally printed in the The Washington Times, May 8, 2007 By Sean Lengell

WASHINGTON-A new Christian group touting liberal immigration reform has begun an extensive nationwide advertising campaign, days before Capitol Hill lawmakers are expected to begin debate on proposed changes to U.S. immigration laws. Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, a collection of more than 100 evangelical, mainline Protestant, Roman Catholic, Hispanic and black religious and social-service groups and activists, began running full-page advertisements yesterday in Roll Call and Congress Daily legislative publications. The ads ask Congress to “enact policies that guarantee humanitarian border enforcement, family-reunification efforts, opportunities for employment and an earned path to citizenship.” The group says it initially will focus much of its efforts in five states — Florida, Arizona, Kansas, Ohio and Pennsylvania — and will spread its message through local newspaper and radio advertisements, letter-writing to lawmakers and newspapers, telephone calls and public meetings. The group also promises hundreds of lobbying visits to members of Congress by the August recess. “We are coming together today because the Bible tells us again and again about the need to care for the stranger in our midst,” said Jim Wallis, founder and president of Sojourners, an evangelical Christian ministry and key member of the coalition. The coalition’s platform, which includes an option for illegal residents to become citizens and a guest-worker program that includes “legal avenues” for workers to bring their families, is similar to legislation backed by Democrats. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, who has accused Republicans of stalling on the immigration debate, has said he will use a parliamentary maneuver on the Senate floor Wednesday to force a debate on the immigration matter on Monday. Meanwhile, a negotiating team of Democrats led by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts is working with the Bush administration and top Republicans to reach a “comprehensive” bill that is expected to include provisions derided by many Republicans as amnesty. But the longer the negotiations drag on, the more Democratic leaders fear the White House will push for a more restrictive immigration bill. The Christian group — which includes the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Church and Society, the Presbyterian Church USA’s Washington office, National Ministries of the American Baptist Churches USA and Network, a national Catholic social-justice lobby — says it isn’t advocating for a total open-border policy and says some border enforcement is necessary. “Yes, there is a problem at the borders, so let’s fix it, but with compassion and humane policies,” Mr. Wallis said. “I have yet to hear of any hotel cleaning woman from Mexico who has turned into a suicide bomber.” The group declined to say how much the campaign will cost. The Horace Hagedorn Foundation, a New York philanthropic organization, is a significant contributor, group spokesman Adam Taylor said. Mr. Taylor declined to name any other funding sources. The coalition says it will continue its campaign until the issues they are promoting become law. “As Americans, we must reject xenophobia and discrimination,” said Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. “At the end of the day, how we deal with immigrants is a diagnostic of the spiritual health of our nation.”

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