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Latino leaders from Voces Unidas discuss policy with Congresswoman Pettersen in Leadville

Today, Voces Unidas de las Montañas and Voces Unidas Action Fund had the opportunity to meet for the first time with recently elected Congresswoman Brittany Pettersen in Leadville, which is part of Congressional District 7.

On the heels of last month’s second annual D.C. Latino Advocacy Day (LAD) and just before the 17th annual Denver LAD of the weekend, 17 Latino and Latina leaders from the central mountains met with Congresswoman Pettersen to elevate the needs of our community and emphasize the importance of federal policies that improve the lives of all Coloradans. Because the U.S. House of Representatives was not in session during the D.C. LAD event, we were unable to meet with Congresswoman Pettersen in February.

Informed by our 2022 Colorado Latino Policy Agenda, leaders from Voces Unidas had a chance to advise the congresswoman on issues impacting rural communities like ours during the one-on-one meeting on Friday. Leaders focused policy discussion on climate action, immigration reform, increasing access to health services, and addressing the housing crisis here in Colorado.

Similar messages were conveyed to U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper by the 31 Latina and Latino leaders who represented the largest Colorado delegation of Latinos ever to advocate for federal policies at last month’s D.C. LAD.

Since 2022, the federal Latino Advocacy Day organized by Voces Unidas has quickly become an important part of our annual LAD efforts.

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