Resolution - SafeLink

WHEREAS, 22 percent of Latinos live below the poverty line and lack adequate access to basic needs, such as telecommunications services;
WHEREAS, the current and severe economic downturn has made it even more challenging for individuals and families to afford necessary services;
WHEREAS, a federal government program, Lifeline, was set up to provide discounts on telephone service to income-eligible consumers;
WHEREAS, only one-third of those eligible for Lifeline actually use the program to help pay for their telephone services;
WHEREAS, SafeLink Wireless, a first-of-its-kind program available through Lifeline, offers eligible consumers a free prepaid wireless phone and a set amount of free airtime each month;
WHEREAS, wireless phones allow freedom of mobility and the convenience of modern day calling features that translate into greater empowerment and increased opportunities for employment and education in the Latino community;
WHEREAS, LULAC has always sought to improve the quality of life and increase educational and employment opportunities for Latinos throughout our nation th rough access to basic needs, including telecommunications services;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that LULAC supports the adoption of SafeLink Wireless in California, and nationwide, so that eligible Latino residents can attain wireless phone service, and all its benefits, without the cost barrier.


Approved this 18th day of July 2009.

Rosa Rosales
LULAC National President