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The Nominees for the 2011 NCLR ALMA Awards® Announced

The Nominees for the 2011 NCLR ALMA Awards® Announced

July 28, 2011
The nominees for the 2011 NCLR (National Council of La Raza) ALMA Awards® were revealed today along with details for “Vote Your Way to VIP,” a new online voting system and contest. For the first time, fans will be able to vote for their favorites and the winners will be revealed during the one-hour primetime special airing Friday, September 16 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EDT on NBC. The nomination categories have now been repositioned as “Favorite” rather than “Best,” as a nod to the fans who will help determine who will emerge victorious at this year’s ceremony.
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NCLR Homeownership Network Learning Alliance Launches Counseling Course to Help Low-income Families

NCLR Homeownership Network Learning Alliance Launches Counseling Course to Help Low-income Families

July 28, 2011
To combat systemic barriers that prevent low-income individuals from receiving crucial financial counseling, the NCLR (National Council of La Raza) Homeownership Network Learning Alliance (NHNLA) will begin offering a financial training course to housing counselors and social service case managers who frequently work with this community. “Introduction to Client Counseling for Low-Income Families” is a three-day course designed to teach social service professionals the fundamentals of financial counseling, while training them in the one-on-one counseling approach. The new course was developed in conjunction with the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE), whose mission is to empower individual and family financial decision-making through every stage of life.
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Anatomy of an Immigration Debate: Presidential Carne Asada at NCLR

Anatomy of an Immigration Debate: Presidential Carne Asada at NCLR

July 28, 2011
Latinos are often described as a “friendly” audience for Democrats and Barack Obama. Therefore it was surprising when the President threw out some “red meat” to rev up the simpaticos at the annual convention of the National Council of La Raza in Washington, DC.
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On Arianna Huffington and The Infectious Empowerment of Story Telling

On Arianna Huffington and The Infectious Empowerment of Story Telling

July 27, 2011
Today, Arianna Huffington, the president and editor-in-chief of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group, delivered the keynote address at the Latinas Brunch of the 2011 NCLR (National Council of La Raza) Conference. Amidst a room filled with over 1,800 Latinos of all ages, nationalities and professional background, this influential social icon stood in front of us and immediately felt like one of us.
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Accomplished Leaders Honored at NCLR Awards Gala

Accomplished Leaders Honored at NCLR Awards Gala

July 27, 2011
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) presented six awards yesterday to honor individuals and organizations that have demonstrated exemplary accomplishments, both in their fields and in service to the Hispanic community and the United States. NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía congratulated the winners at the organization’s Awards Gala which was the closing event of the 2011 NCLR Annual Conference held July 23–26 in the District of Columbia.
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Immigration Tops Jobs and Economy as Most Important Issue for Latinos

Immigration Tops Jobs and Economy as Most Important Issue for Latinos

July 27, 2011
Washington, D.C.—Immigration overwhelmingly trumps both the economy and education as the most important issue for Latinos, according to a recent poll of 547 supporters and attendees at the 2011 NCLR Annual Conference. Almost half (45 percent) of all respondents chose immigration as the top issue, as opposed to jobs and the economy (25 percent), education (21 percent), and health care (6 percent).
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NCLR Denounces Legislative Proposal to Curtail President Obama’s Authority

NCLR Denounces Legislative Proposal to Curtail President Obama’s Authority

July 26, 2011
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) condemns the “Hinder the Administration’s Legalization Temptation Act (HALT Act)” (H.R. 2497) introduced by Republican Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas. The Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement of the House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing today on legislation that would eliminate President Obama’s authority to set priorities for immigration enforcement and to suspend the deportation of individuals who do not fall within the enforcement priorities.
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NCLR Presents Family Strengthening Awards to Community Organizations at 2011 NCLR Annual Conference

NCLR Presents Family Strengthening Awards to Community Organizations at 2011 NCLR Annual Conference

July 26, 2011
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) recognized three community organizations at the 2011 NCLR Annual Conference held July 23–26 in Washington, D.C., for their excellence in helping Latino families. NCLR’s Family Strengthening Awards were presented to Centro Hispano of Dane County in Madison, Wisconsin, the Women’s Center for Self Employment in San Francisco, California, and Mary’s Center in Washington, D.C., for programs that include youth initiatives, parenting classes, health services, and business training.
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NCLR otorga el premio fortalecimiento de la familia a organizaciones comunitarias en su conferencia

NCLR otorga el premio fortalecimiento de la familia a organizaciones comunitarias en su conferencia

July 26, 2011
El NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza) reconoció, en su Conferencia Anual 2011 del 23 al 26 de julio en Washington, D.C., a tres organizaciones comunitarias por la excelente ayuda que proporcionan a las familias latinas. Los premios Fortalecimiento de la Familia del NCLR se otorgaron al Centro Hispano del Condado de Dane en Madison, Wisconsin; Centro de la Mujer para el Autoempleo en San Francisco, California; y el Mary’s Center en Washington, DC, por sus programas que abarcan desde iniciativas para jóvenes, clases para padres, servicios sanitarios, hasta formación empresarial.
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NCLR President And CEO Janet Murguía to Address Media Following President Barack Obama’s Speech

NCLR President And CEO Janet Murguía to Address Media Following President Barack Obama’s Speech

July 24, 2011
Immediately following President Barack Obama’s address to the 2011 NCLR Annual Conference at Monday’s Luncheon, NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía will provide her response to the President’s speech to the media in the press overflow room.
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Home for Good Blog Carnival Roundup

Home for Good Blog Carnival Roundup

July 23, 2011
Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Home for Good Blog Carnival. We asked bloggers to join us in urging folks to send an e-postcard to U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner demanding an end to wrongful foreclosures, insisting on providing affordable homes to rent, and asking him to keep safe home ownership available.
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Building Bridges Between the LGBT and Latino Communities is Key

Building Bridges Between the LGBT and Latino Communities is Key

July 22, 2011
If you haven't heard by now, the 2010 U.S. Census revealed that the United States Hispanic population now numbers 50 million and accounts for more than half of the nation's growth. Latinos make up one of the fastest growing segments of our population and will undoubtedly play a significant role in shaping the future of the United States.
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Mary’s Center to Receive 2011 Affiliate of The Year Award at NCLR Annual Conference

Mary’s Center to Receive 2011 Affiliate of The Year Award at NCLR Annual Conference

July 22, 2011
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will present the 2011 Affiliate of the Year Award to Mary’s Center, an organization dedicated to improving access to comprehensive bilingual care for low-income, uninsured pregnant women and their children. Mary’s Center will be recognized on July 26, 2011 at the 2011 NCLR Annual Conference Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.
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Mary’s Center recibe el premio “afiliado del año” durante la conferencia anual del NCLR

Mary’s Center recibe el premio “afiliado del año” durante la conferencia anual del NCLR

July 22, 2011
El Consejo Nacional de la Raza (NCLR por sus siglas en inglés) otorgará el codiciado premio “Afiliado del Año 2011” al Mary’s Center, organización afiliada al NCLR establecida en Washington, D.C. Mary’s Center es una organización dedicada a mejorar el acceso a cuidado integral de salud para mujeres embarazadas y niños de bajos recursos y sin seguro médico. El reconocimiento se llevará a cabo durante la Gala de Premiación el 26 de julio como clausura de la Conferencia Anual del NCLR en el Hotel Marriott Wardman Park en Washington, DC.
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2011 NCLR Annual Conference Latinas Brunch Focuses on  Women in Media

2011 NCLR Annual Conference Latinas Brunch Focuses on Women in Media

July 22, 2011
Join NCLR (National Council of La Raza) for a special Latinas Brunch on Sunday, July 24 at the 2011 NCLR Annual Conference. Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, will deliver the keynote address, and 2011 NCLR ALMA Awards® Executive Producer and Host Eva Longoria will be a featured speaker. The event culminates in a panel discussion featuring some of the most influential women in English and Spanish media, including top executives from Telemundo, Time Warner, Inc., and La Opinión. The brunch is open to the press and is free of charge.
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Opening of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Met With Applause

Opening of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Met With Applause

July 21, 2011
One year ago, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act, a sweeping financial reform law designed to overhaul the nation’s financial regulatory system. And today, on the anniversary of its passage, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) congratulates the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) as it opens its doors for the first day of business.
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2011 NCLR Annual Conference to Feature President Obama, National Leaders, and Free Family Activities

2011 NCLR Annual Conference to Feature President Obama, National Leaders, and Free Family Activities

July 21, 2011
President Barack Obama will join national leaders from the business, government, and nonprofit sectors in addressing the 2011 NCLR Annual Conference to be held July 23–26 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. The NCLR Annual Conference—with TOYOTA as the title sponsor—will feature issues vital to the Latino community and all Americans: education, the economy, health care, immigration reform, and more.
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Calling All Bloggers!

Calling All Bloggers!

July 20, 2011
Are you a blogger attending the NCLR Annual Conference? If so, you won’t want to miss the inaugural NCLR Annual Conference Blogger Meetup.
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Hundreds of Latino Youth Leaders Convene at 2011 NCLR Annual Conference in the Nation’s Capital

Hundreds of Latino Youth Leaders Convene at 2011 NCLR Annual Conference in the Nation’s Capital

July 20, 2011
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will host nearly 500 Latino youth leaders at the 2011 Líderes Summit as part of the 2011 NCLR Annual Conference. The Summit will take place July 22–25 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. The youth conference will bring young people from across the country together to participate in educational peer-led workshops, artistic cultural presentations, and a youth-focused Líderes Town Hall, to be live-streamed through the NCLR website (www.nclr.org).
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Putting Food Solutions on the Table

Putting Food Solutions on the Table

July 20, 2011
One day in late March, I visited a southwestern Idaho farmworker housing complex with April Flores Mason. April is a Nutrition Services Specialist for a Migrant and Seasonal Head Start program run by Community Council of Idaho, a nonprofit organization and NCLR Affiliate that provides services to farmworker families across the state.
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