Commitment to Racial Justice

In response to the incessant plague of racism and social injustice in our country, SER National shouts to the world that Black Lives Matter. George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor matter. To our African American employees, clients, friends, neighbors and allies – SER is listening. We are watching. We have seen the injustices you have had to bear for far too long.

SER condemns all forms of racism with more than our words. We commit to do our part in fixing what is broken and speaking for those that have been silenced. SER’s vision is “to enable the Hispanic community and other underserved populations, to fully participate in the socio-economic mainstream, achieving equal access and parity in all aspects of American society.” We strive for equality, fight on behalf of the minority populations in this country, and empower them to be their best selves. And yet, racial injustice remains.

We know there is still much for us to learn. SER commits to serving and meeting the needs of the underserved, and we pledge to listen and learn from populations that are treated with anything less than dignity. We will use our combined pain, sorrow, fear and righteous rage for true action that supports and honors the undeniable value of the Black community.

Our nation’s pledge boldly makes the claim that we are one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. It’s time we held ourselves and our leaders to this standard.

At SER, we raise our voice to join yours as one unified community. We will not be silent and will not rest until this country can not only say but live out the truth that Black Lives Matter.

Ignacio Salazar
President and CEO
SER Job for Progress National, Inc.

 

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Fall 2020 White House Internship Program

Fall 2020 White House Internship Program

Please feel free to share the opportunity to apply for the Fall 2020 White House Internship Program with the students across your communities and networks.

Fall 2020 White House Internship Program Application Deadline: Friday, May 1st by 11:59 p.m. EDT

The Fall 2020 White House Internship Program application is now open (Link to application:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/get-involved/internships/apply/).

The application portal will remain open until 11:59 PM EDT on Friday, May 1, 2020.
Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

The Fall 2020 White House Internship Program term runs from Wednesday, September 16 to
Friday, December 11, 2020. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age by the internship
program start date and must be able to commit to the full internship term to be eligible.
Additionally, applicants must be United States citizens and meet at least one of the following
criteria to apply:

– Are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college, community
college, or university (two-to-four year institution) and have completed two semesters prior to
the internship start date.

– Have graduated from an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college, community
college, or university (two-to-four year institution) no more than two years before the internship
program start date.

– Are a veteran of the United States Armed Forces who possesses a high school diploma or its
equivalent and has served on active duty—for any length of time—in the two years preceding the
internship program start date.

The White House Internship Program is highly competitive. Applicants are selected based on
their demonstrated commitment to public service, leadership in the community, and commitment
to the Trump Administration. Questions about the White House Internship Program application
can be directed to intern_application@who.eop.gov. More information, including details about
placements in the White House Internship Program and a list of frequently asked questions, can
be found on the White House website: https://www.whitehouse.gov/participate/internships.

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White House COVID-19 Updates

White House COVID-19 Updates

4/20/20 White House Briefing (Highlights below)

President Trump’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again (HERE) (Español)

 

COVID-19 Updates and Resources

www.coronavirus.gov (Español)

 

CDC YouTube Pages (VIDEOS)

#COVID-19

#COVID-19 en Español

 

Twitter

The White House- @WhiteHouse

La Casa Blanca- @LaCasaBlanca (VIDEO)

FEMA en Español @FEMAespanol

CDC en Español- @CDCespanol

IRS News- @IRSnews 

IRS en Español- @IRSenEspanol

 

White House COVID-19 Updates

4/18/20 White House Briefing (VIDEO and Highlights below)

President Trump’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again (HERE)

 

COVID-19 Updates and Resources

www.coronavirus.gov (Español)

CDC YouTube page: #COVID-19 and #COVID-19 en Español (NEW VIDEOS)

 

Twitter: @CDCespanol (VIDEO)

 

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Washington Update Special Edition – April 21

WASHINGTON UPDATE SPECIAL EDITION – April 21, 2020

The Senate on Tuesday approved roughly $484 billion in new coronavirus aid for small businesses and hospitals and more funding for testing, ending a lengthy battle over the size and contents of the package.

The agreement was passed by a voice vote after days of negotiations between congressional Democrats and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, with the talks lasting until approximately midnight on both Sunday and Monday.

The deal includes an additional $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), including $60 billion specifically for community banks and smaller lenders, as well as $75 billion for hospitals, $25 billion for testing, and $60 billion for emergency disaster loans and grants. Lawmakers are under pressure to act quickly as the coronavirus decimates large sectors of the economy where businesses have either scaled back or closed altogether.

Forty-three percent of respondents to a Pew Research Center survey released Tuesday said they have had their wages cut or lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Senate’s passage came only hours after a senior administration official confirmed the agreement had been reached and less than two hours after text of the bill began to circulate as leadership tried to “hotline” the deal to find out if it could pass it by consent, which would allow it to avoid bringing back members amid health concerns sparked by the coronavirus.

The House is expected to pass the bill on Thursday morning, with members returning to Washington for a recorded vote. President Trump threw his support behind the deal on Tuesday, an endorsement that could help the agreement avoid landmines from libertarian-minded lawmakers and fiscal conservatives.

“I urge the Senate and House to pass the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act with additional funding for PPP, Hospitals, and Testing,” Trump tweeted.

He added that once the bill is signed, he will start discussions on the “phase four” coronavirus bill, including more help for states and local governments, infrastructure, “tax incentives” and a payroll tax cut. Both chambers are expected to be out of Washington until at least May 4.

Congress faced calls to quickly replenish the PPP funds after the initial $349 billion appropriated during last month’s $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package ran out late last week amid high levels of interest from independent contractors and businesses that have been hit hard by the coronavirus.

The agreement provides $310 billion for the program as well as an additional $10 billion for administrative costs and fees.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Democrats initially tried to pass their own dueling proposals nearly two weeks ago, but both were blocked. McConnell was offering an additional $250 billion for the small-business aid program, while Democrats wanted to add an additional $100 billion for hospitals, $150 billion for state and local governments, and a boost in food stamp assistance.

McConnell took a victory lap on Tuesday, arguing that Democrats had dropped “a number of their unrelated demands” during the negotiations.

“Democratic leaders blocked the money and spent days trying to negotiate extraneous issues that were never on the table. I am grateful our colleagues have walked away from those demands and will finally let Congress act,” he said in a statement.

But Democrats argued that hospitals, many of which have seen a drop in revenue as they’ve sidelined elective surgeries, and states needed additional funding. They also wanted to reform the Paycheck Protection Program to earmark funding specifically for smaller lenders.

The rollout of the small-business program was beset by mishaps, including an overwhelmed Small Business Administration system, banks adding additional regulations to the applications and confusion about who was eligible for the funding, which was meant to provide loans and grants to businesses with fewer than 500 employees.

Lawmakers have fumed this week amid reports that chain restaurants were able to get tens of millions in loans under the program. Shake Shack, which received a $10 million loan, announced that it would return the funding amid the backlash.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who chairs the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, pledged that he would subpoena uncooperative companies as part of oversight he’ll do later this year.

“This fall, the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship will conduct aggressive oversight into the use of the PPP. If companies are not forthcoming, the Committee will use its subpoena power to compel cooperation,” Rubio said.

Democrats also homed in on getting more money for testing. Public health experts warn that ramped up, widely available testing is crucial before social distancing restrictions, put in place to try to curb the spread of the virus, are lifted.

Democrats offered their own plan to provide $30 billion for testing and the creation of a nationwide strategy.

The deal passed by the Senate includes $25 billion to “research, develop, validate, manufacture, purchase, administer, and expand capacity” for tests.

It also requires states to come up with a plan for how to test for and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus as well as a national strategy from the administration on assisting states.

 

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Update on Administration COVID-19 Efforts

Update on Administration COVID-19 Efforts

Video

Today’s White House Briefing

The President’s Good Friday and Easter Blessing

 

The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America

30 Days to Slow the Spread (PDF)

30 Días Para Desacelerar la Propagación (PDF)

For more updates, visit www.coronavirus.gov (Español)

 

Assistance for American Workers and Families

Economic Impact Payments: What You Need to Know (Español)

 

Small Business Administration (SBA)

Assistance for Small Businesses: SBA.gov/coronavirus (Español)

Paycheck Protection Program: SBA.gov/PayCheckProtection

Find an eligible lender (HERE)

 

Department of Treasury

COVID-19 Actions and Updates: Treasury.gov/cares

 

Department of Labor (DOL)

Paid Leave (HERE)

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights (Español)

Unemployment Insurance (HERE)

New OSHA Poster Aimed at Reducing Workplace Exposure to the Coronavirus (Español)

Guidance on Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for Self-Employed Workers, Independent Contractors and Gig Workers (HERE)

 

Twitter

@WhiteHouse

@LaCasaBlanca (VIDEO)

@FEMAespanol

@CDCespanol

 

Additional Spanish resources

Pagina web de enfermedad del Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

Cómo protegerse

Qué hacer si está enfermo

Síntomas

Personas que necesitan tomar precauciones adicionales

Si está enfermo

Tome Medidas para Prevenir la Exposición de los Trabajadores al Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Control de rumores del coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Orientación y recursos de préstamos para pequeñas empresas

 

How to Help

Help the effort to combat the spread of COVID-19 (HERE)

 

Video

Surgeon General Shows How to Make Your Own Face Covering

 

Follow On Twitter

Surgeon General Jerome Adams: @Surgeon_General

Administrator Jovita Carranza: @SBAJovita

U.S. Department of Treasury: @USTreasury

U.S. Department of Labor: @USDOL

 

The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America

30 Days to Slow the Spread (PDF)

30 Días Para Desacelerar la Propagación (PDF)

For the most up-to-date information, please see the CDC’s website: www.coronavirus.gov (Español)

 

Small Business Administration (SBA)

Paycheck Protection Program: SBA.gov/PayCheckProtection

Assistance for Small Businesses: SBA.gov/coronavirus (Español)

 

Treasury

COVID-19 Actions and Updates: Treasury.gov/cares

Treasury and Federal Reserve Board Announce New and Expanded Lending Programs to Provide up to $2.3 Trillion in Financing (HERE)

 

Department of Labor (DOL)

Paid Leave (HERE) and Unemployment Insurance (HERE)

Guidance on Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for Self-Employed Workers, Independent Contractors and Gig Workers (HERE)

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