The Latino Action Network is a grassroots organization composed of individuals and organizations that are committed to engaging in collective action at the local, state and national levels in order to advance the equitable inclusion of the diverse Latino communities in all aspects of United States society.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Latino Action Network Commends New Jersey Assembly Passage of Financial Aid Bill for Dreamers

TRENTON - The Latino Action Network (LAN) praised the New Jersey Assembly for passing legislation that makes Dreamers eligible for college financial aid and scholarships offered by the State of New Jersey.

Assembly Bill A-3467 passed by a 49 to 24 vote. Members of the Latino Action Network organized a statewide campaign in the last week in an effort to secure the necessary votes. The New Jersey Senate passed the bill on March 25.

 “I commend Legislators in the Assembly voting for this bill. It is a great victory for our community,” said LAN President Christian Estevez. “I look forward to seeing Governor Murphy sign this bill into law thereby creating a brighter future for hundreds of deserving students.”

“By passing this legislation, New Jersey has directly challenged the message of anger and bigotry emanating from the Trump Administration in Washington,” Estevez added. “It says that we are a state that welcomes immigrants and embraces diversity.”

The bill was sponsored by Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic), Annette Quijano (D-Union), Mila Jasey (D-Essex, Morris), and Raj Mukherji (D-Hudson).

In 2013 LAN worked with students to push for the passage of legislation that provided for both In-State Tuition and Financial Aid for Dreamers. While In-State Tuition became law, the financial aid portion was vetoed by then Governor Christie.

The bill now goes to Governor Murphy’s desk for signature. If all falls into place Dreamers will be eligible for New Jersey financial aid in time for September and the start of the new semester.

“Dreamers deserve the same benefits as those who like them have been raised in New Jersey and are loyal to our country,” said Estevez.

LAN is a broad, statewide coalition of Latino organizations dedicated to political empowerment, the promotion of civil rights, and the elimination of disparities in the areas of education, health, and employment. It was founded in 2009.

Monday, March 26, 2018


TRENTON - The Latino Action Network (LAN) thanked members of the New Jersey State Senate for passing legislation that makes state financial aid available to DREAMers (S-699) and to the citizen children of undocumented immigrants (S-700).  In 2013 LAN worked with students to push for the passage of legislation that provided for both In-State Tuition and Financial Aid for DREAMers. While In-State Tuition became law, the financial aid portion was vetoed by then Governor Christie. 

“In 2013 we celebrated our partial victory on In-State Tuition and vowed to continue the fight for Financial Aid for DREAMers”, said LAN President Christian Estevez. “Today was a major step in the fulfillment of that promise.”

“We are on the precipice of a major victory for the DREAMers of New Jersey”, said Frank Argote-Freyre, Chair of the LAN Foundation. “These bills have been in the works for more than a decade I am so very proud to be this close to a successful conclusion.”

Both bills still have to be passed in the State Assembly before going to the governor to be signed into law. 

“Tremendous credit goes to Senate President Steve Sweeney and the bill’s co-sponsors: Senator Teresa Ruiz, Senator Nellie Pou and Senator Sandra Cunningham” said Argote-Freyre. “I also want to make note that both bills passed with bipartisan support, with S-700 passing 36-0 and S-699 passing 26-10 with the  support of Senator Declan O’Scanlan, the only Republican to vote YES on that bill”.

LAN is a broad, statewide coalition of Latino organizations dedicated to political empowerment, the promotion of civil rights, and the elimination of disparities in the areas of education, health, and employment. It was founded in 2009. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Community Forum on Marijuana Legalization

Community Forum on Marijuana Legalization

When: Thursday, February 22nd (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm)
Where: Bethany Baptist Church, 275 West Market Street, Newark

For decades, marijuana policies have devastated hundreds of thousands of our state’s families and communities. In 2013 alone, more than 24,000 marijuana possession arrests were made by law enforcement, making criminals out of otherwise law-abiding people and imposing a lifetime of punishment on those who are convicted. Marijuana laws have also been used to support biased policies like stop and frisk, racial profiling and the deportation of people of color. It’s time to right these wrongs.
Marijuana legalization is on the upcoming legislative agenda in New Jersey. At this point, it is not a question of whether marijuana will be legalized, but a question of when and more importantly, how. Until recently, marijuana legalization laws have inadequately addressed the lasting impacts of decades of harsh marijuana prohibition and punishment, but New Jersey must do better.
In order to ensure that marijuana legalization legislation in New Jersey is truly fair and equitable, legislation must be grounded in racial and social justice. Please join us on Thursday, February 22nd (snow date: 3/1) to learn more about the moral case for marijuana legalization in New Jersey and how to ensure that legalization legislation provides a level playing field and addresses past harms to the communities most impacted by marijuana prohibition.
This conversation, sponsored by the Lecture Committee of Bethany Baptist Church and the Drug Policy Alliance, will take place at Bethany Baptist Church, 275 West Market Street in Newark from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. For more details, please see the flyer below. The event is free, but space is limited, so please register now. Please help us spread the word about this important event by forwarding this email and sharing on Twitter. We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Latino Action Congratulates Assemblywoman Caride on Cabinet Appointment - Urges Appointment of Latino to Fill Vacant Assembly Seat

Assemblywoman Marlene Caride (LD 36) selected by Governor-Elect Murphy to serve as Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance.

 The Latino Action Network [LAN] today endorsed the appointment of Assemblywoman Marlene Caride [D-36th District] as the new Commissioner of the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance. The appointment marks the first major Latino appointment by Governor-Elect Phil Murphy.

“We consider this an important first step by the Governor-Elect to select a diverse cabinet and administration reflecting the demographics of New Jersey.  Assemblywoman Caride is an incredible role model and this is a proud day for the New Jersey Latino community,” said Christian Estevez, LAN President. “We expect the incoming governor to fulfill his promises to a community that strongly supported him and which makes up about 20 percent of the state’s population.”

The appointment of Caride leaves a vacancy in the State Assembly in a district with a large Latino population including the City of Passaic. During the 2011 redistricting process the LAN worked to insure that a Latino was selected in that district because of the relatively light representation of Latinos in the State Legislature.

There are currently only 3 Latino State Senators out of 40 and 7 Assembly members out of 80.

“We expect the legislative leadership in the district, and specifically Senator Paul Sarlo, to work with LAN to insure Latino representation in the 36th District,” Estevez concluded. Latinos make up 35 percent of the population of the 36th District.

The Latino Action Network was founded in 2009 to fight for political empowerment and defend civil rights.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Driver's Licenses for All Strategy Meeting - Reunión de estrategia de Licensias de Conducir para Todos: Region - Norte de NJ

Make the Road New Jersey, the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice and Wind of the Spirit invite community members to learn more about the push for licenses for all NJ residents. Please join them to discuss how this policy can benefit you and your family, and how you can be a part of the campaign to change the policy in NJ and win driver's licenses for all! We have the power to make change and drive without fear in NJ, let's win in 2018!

Please email: if you require translation in languages other than English & Spanish.


Informese sobre la campaña para proveer licensias de conducir a todas las personas que viven en NJ, sin excepciones:

- ¡Únase a nuestro taller para aprender cómo esta política puede beneficiarle a usted, a su familia y su comunidad, y cómo usted puede ser parte de la campaña para cambiar la política en NJ para obtener licencias de conducir para todos!

- ¡Tenemos el poder de hacer cambios y conducir sin miedo en Nueva Jersey, vamos a ganar licencias de conducir para todos!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Latino Action Network Congratulates Governor Elect Phil Murphy

The Latino Action Network congratulates Phil Murphy on his impressive win over Kim Guadagno in yesterday’s Gubernatorial Election.  We endorsed Ambassador Murphy because of his progressive platform and dedication to the same issues that LAN members fight for every day. Phil Murphy proved his dedication to our issues when he refused to retreat from his promise to have the backs of immigrant working families despite Kim Guadagno’s persistent attacks.

New Jersey voters had a clear choice in this election: they could vote for Kim Guadagno and a continuation of Chris Christie’s disastrous administration with some Trump-style attacks thrown in or they could vote for Phil Murphy and progressive change that is inclusive of New Jersey’s diverse communities.

Yesterday voters rejected the Trumpism adopted by the flailing Guadagno campaign by electing Phil Murphy to be New Jersey’s next governor by a whopping 14% margin.

Congratulations also go out to all the Latino Action Network members and supporters who fought the good fight against the hateful messages that were being thrown in our direction by Kim Guadagno and her campaign.  With your help we were able to go on the offensive against Kim Guadagno’s hateful and divisive attacks against our community.  We turned the table on her by raising our voices and expressing our disgust at her sharp turn to the right and making her anti-immigrant ad a liability to her campaign.  Your greatest contribution to this victory was your vote and the work you all did to get your friends and families to the polls.

At any point in this fight, our endorsed candidate could have done what many expected him to do and distance himself from the issue of protecting immigrants, but Phil Murphy did the opposite.  He doubled down on his commitment to having our backs.

The Latino Action Network looks forward to working with the Governor-Elect in the months and years to come as we take bold action together to make sure that Latino working families are afforded the opportunity to partake in the promise of this great state.  Now it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get to work on achieving the goals of our legislative agenda including the desegregation of our communities and schools; making college accessible and affordable for all; raising wages and restoring the social safety net provided by our Latino social service agencies.

Click HERE to join the Latino Action Network email list and receive our Weekly Updates and Action Alerts. 

The Struggle Continues…. 


Christian Estevez, President
Latino Action Network

Friday, October 20, 2017

Train The Trainer: Know Your Rights With Immigration

Please join the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice, CASA Freehold and the Freehold Regional Education Association for a free training for activists interested in helping community members understand their rights when interacting with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and local police. 

See flyer below for more information: