La Conexion de Wood County (AKA: La Conexion)
La Conexion has received $130,000 from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) since 2017, including its most recent grant of $40,000 from the 2020-2021 grants cycle.
The CCHD absolutely forbids organizations from membership in organizations acting against Catholic teaching. In an FAQ on the USCCB website, the CCHD directly answers the question about whether grantees may be members of coalitions that oppose Catholic teachings. In answer, the CCHD firmly stated, “CCHD will not fund groups that are knowingly members of coalitions that have as part of their organizational purpose or coalition agenda, positions or actions that contradict fundamental Catholic moral and social teaching.”
La Conexion Membership in the Hispanic Federation
La Conexion is a member of the Hispanic Federation, which says on its membership page, “Together with our Member Agencies, these community-based organizations help us reach Latinos across the country to provide impactful and long-lasting support.”
The Hispanic Federation is not only pro-abortion, but its promotion of homosexuality and transgenderism borders on the pornographic.
On the Hispanic Federation’s website is a list of advocacy programs engaged in by the Federation itself. One of those program areas is “health,” wherein the Hispanic Federation states its goal to advocate for sexual and reproductive health “and rights.”:
“Hispanic Federation has taken a national leadership role in raising awareness of Latino health disparities and promoting strategies to improve Latino health as well as increasing Latinos’ access to affordable and quality healthcare.
Our portfolio is anchored by three central goals:
Scrolling down to the “Advocating for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights” portion of this page reveals that Hispanic Federation is explicitly working to promote unrestricted access to abortion, contraception, and comprehensive sex education.
The Hispanic Federation’s advocacy for abortion goes back to at least 2016, when it published an article titled “Latina Reproductive Health on Trial.” In the article, Hispanic Federation complained about medical quality standards being imposed on abortion facilities, saying that such legislation would “make it impossible to secure an abortion in” Texas. The president of the Hispanic Federation, José Calderón, commented on the attempt by Texas to restrict access to abortion, saying:
“The fact is that anti-choice activists are getting bolder and savvier in their attempts to curtail how women control their bodies … Reproductive health is critical to our families and communities and we can’t allow legislatures to circumvent the law of the land.”
In May of 2022, the Hispanic Federation directly called on Congress to pass pro-abortion legislation. In the press release, the current president and CEO of the Hispanic Federation said:
“Hispanic Federation calls on Congress to pass legislation that will uphold our reproductive rights and represent the majority of American voters who believe that access to reproductive abortion healthcare should be legal. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, it will cause immeasurable damage to our civil rights. … Hispanic Federation will continue to fight for access to comprehensive reproductive care with dignity and justice for everyone in our communities, regardless of what the Supreme Court decides.”
On June 24, 2022, the day the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the Hispanic Federation “Vowed” to fight for women’s “right” to have an abortion. Stated in the first paragraph of the press release the “Hispanic Federation condemns this decision and once again calls on Congress to immediately pass federal protections for abortion rights.” The opening line of Hispanic Federation president Frankie Miranda’s statement declares:
“We are outraged by the Supreme Court’s decision today, which ended nearly 50 years of federal constitutional protections for abortion rights.”
In addition to fully committing itself to the promotion and decriminalization of abortion, fighting to create absolute, unrestricted access to the murder of preborn children, the Hispanic Federation is also deeply committed to the promotion of the vilest forms of sexual debauchery. The Hispanic Federation runs an annual LGBTQI+ festival called “Fuerza Fest,” which is full of the most disgusting displays of degeneracy imaginable. On the Fuerza Fest website, in the upper left corner is a logo showing that it is a project of the Hispanic Federation. And on the bottom of the page, it shows that the website is the property of the Hispanic Federation and indicates the Hispanic Federation as the contact point for the program.
The “About” page for Fuerza Fest says that the annual festival was created by the Hispanic Federation in 2016.
A few screen captures from the Fuerda Fest “memories” page (which contains video of various performances throughout the years) is enough to illustrate just how thoroughly disgusting this activity is. Some of the images contained in these videos were so bad, we couldn’t put them in this report.
La Conexion is a member of the Hispanic Federation which is virulently pro-abortion and pro-LGBTQ. There is no way this organization should be receiving Catholic funding.