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ICYMI: New York Times Profiles The LIBRE Initiative

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ICYMI: New York Times Profiles The LIBRE Initiative

(Washington, D.C.) – Today The New York Times features a story on the efforts of The LIBRE Initiative to promote free markets and provide U.S. Hispanics with the tools to succeed.

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The crowd that lined up around a megachurch here last week — largely Hispanic and mostly poor — came for the Saturday services, but also for the free flu shots that were being offered in the church, and for the Thanksgiving turkeys being given away just outside.

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The group says that it genuinely wants to make a difference in the community, and offers its services to everyone, including undocumented immigrants. LIBRE has helped Hispanics get driver’s licenses in Nevada, provided English lessons in Florida and held seminars on how to start a business in Virginia.

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“At the end of the day, we want Hispanics to prosper, to be self-reliant, to achieve their full potential,” said Ivette Fernández, national director of The LIBRE Institute, which is running a pilot program to help people study for and pass G.E.D. exams.

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Since the group’s inception, LIBRE volunteers have made 4.7 million phone calls and knocked on 160,000 doors; their goal is to make three million calls this cycle.

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“Without question, with apologies to nobody, we want to influence the

policy agenda,” Mr. Garza said. “It should come with some type of messaging, everything we do, and we don’t apologize for that. We are an advocacy organization.”

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To read the full article click here: Libre, Backed by Koch Brothers, Aims to Raise G.O.P. Standing With Hispanics

For Interviews with a LIBRE representative, please contact Brian Faughnan, 703-678-4581 or Josh Rivera, 202-763-4428

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