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I would like to take this opportunity to welcome back our members and friends from our summer break. While the Hispanic National Law Enforcement Association (HNLEA) in the Metropolitan Area remains a relatively new face in the Washington DC Metropolitan area landscape, the National Association has been on the front lines working on issues that most impact Hispanic Americans and other people of color for over 16 years. HNLEA’s approach has been based on developing keen insights into the issues and strategizing to reach a desired end.In other words, while many effectively spell out the concerns of people of color in our community, HNLEA specifically seeks solutions to the problems of race and class in America. Although HNLEA recognizes that both race and class are too complex for any one answer to radically change how fairly our nation treats all its citizens, equal opportunity remains our clarion call.Recently, I visited the Holocaust Museum. A quote on a wall caught my attention because I could easily relate to its message. It serves to remind us why we must stand up for what is right even if it may not be the most popular thing to do at the time.First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out because I was not a communist;Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist;Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist;Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew;Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.-Martin NiemoellerWe must continue to stand up for what is right so that things will be better for the generation that follow.At HNLEA our movement burns bright. HNLEA believes that every child should have access to a quality education and his/her family should have the ability to accumulate some level of wealth. Our methods to achieve these ends are dependent upon support from public, private, and nonprofit liaisons from our communities.It is clear that fulfilling social responsibility through direct services is already well in hand. Yet, no problem of equity in education or economic development can be solved without decision-making that is inclusive and represents the wide array of diversity in our community. Through research, partnership and resource coordination, HNLEA seeks to bring new voices to the tables that most affect our constituency -- in business, in government, and in the community.Joe PerezHNLEA, President
Hispanic National Law Enforcement Association
National Capitol Region
P.O. Box 766 Cheltenham, Maryland 20623 240-244-9189Affiliated with the United Black Police Officers Association