Erie House Joins Advocates for NCLR Latino Voter Summit


March 15, 2016 | Chicago, IL

National Council of La Raza (NCLR) hosted its Latino Voter Summit this week in Washington, D.C. As an NCLR Midwest affiliate member, Erie Neighborhood House sent then interim associate executive director Kirstin Chernawsky to participate in the event held in the nation’s capital on March 9–10.

“Our partnership with NCLR and its affiliate members is extremely valuable,” says Chernawsky, who yesterday was named executive director of Erie House. She attended the event alongside fellow leaders representing communities in 25 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.“We are eager to implement the ideas and resources presented at the Latino Voter Summit to strengthen our advocacy efforts at Erie House.”

Latino Voter Summit

The event included workshops for organizations serving the Latino community covering topics that ranged from civic engagement and public policy to advocacy and strategy. NCLR also highlighted its new Latinos Vote app, produced in partnership with mitú, which serves to mobilize eligible voters to register and take part in the 2016 primary and general elections.

“Now more than ever, we need to make sure the community we serve participates fully in the political process—both locally and nationally,” says Chernawsky. “If we want to continue the work of creating a more just, inclusive society, we have to make our voices heard on Election Day.”

NCLR president and CEO Janet Murguía said as much in a press release issued by her organization during the event. “It was inspiring to come together with our community leaders in committing to do everything in our power to raise our community’s voice,” Murguía was quoted in the release. “This is no ordinary election, and an extraordinary effort is required to ensure that changes happen.”

According to Murguía, issues important to NCLR include the economy and jobs, education, immigration reform, health care, criminal justice reform, and housing.

During the event, participants also took advantage of the opportunity to meet with congressional representatives in Washington to ensure concerns of the Latino community are addressed.

Erie House was named the Midwest Affiliate of the Year by NCLR last July, and the agency greatly values its partnership with the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights organization. For more information on NCLR, please visit

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Erie Neighborhood House (ENH) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that reaches 18,000 people annually, empowering them to build better lives while strengthening their communities. ENH offers Chicago’s Latinx and diverse low-income residents a range of community-based education programs. With forward-thinking leadership, ENH is committed to continuing its legacy of cost effective, award-winning programming. For more information, please visit

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