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Tweet Your Questions to the White House

Tweet Your Questions to the White House

July 06, 2011
Today at 2:00 p.m. EDT, the president will answer questions via Twitter during the first-ever White House Twitter Townhall. You can follow @Townhall to participate or go to this site that the White House has created for the event. You can also follow the conversation using the hashtag #AskObama.
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Still Getting it Wrong

Still Getting it Wrong

July 05, 2011
The recent data collected by the Office for Civil Rights, although appalling, are actually not very surprising at all. They represent the challenges and frustrations I frequently hear from our network of education providers across the country. Although it’s both sad and frustrating to be reminded that we have made such little progress over so much time, this country must remain steadfast in its commitment to provide every child with access to a quality education.
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What’s on Your Plate?

What’s on Your Plate?

July 01, 2011
I don’t know about you, but I don’t eat from a pyramid—I eat from a plate—and a plate is exactly what the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) unveiled earlier last month: its new food icon, MyPlate.
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Charter Schools - A Piece of the Education Puzzle

Charter Schools - A Piece of the Education Puzzle

July 01, 2011
Here’s the reality about charter schools in the Latino community—for many Latino students, charter schools often provide a better educational option than the nearby traditional public schools. Our experience in working with our affiliated network of charter schools demonstrates the success of these schools in developing innovative and effective strategies for teaching Latino and English language learner (ELL) students.
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NCLR & Democracia U.S.A. Join to Create Comprehensive Initiative to Engage Latinos in 2012 Election

NCLR & Democracia U.S.A. Join to Create Comprehensive Initiative to Engage Latinos in 2012 Election

June 30, 2011
With the goal of expanding the size and influence of the nation’s fastest-growing electorate—Latino voters—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) and Democracia U.S.A. (DUSA), the nation’s largest Hispanic voter registration organization, announce the formal integration of DUSA into NCLR.
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Legalizing Racial Profiling Proves Burdensome for States

Legalizing Racial Profiling Proves Burdensome for States

June 30, 2011
Throughout the past week, state-level legislative and judicial action has created an increasingly complex patchwork of immigration laws that underscore the need to address immigration reform at the national level. On Tuesday, June 28, Republican Gov. Nikki Haley signed SB 20, a draconian racial profiling law that pushed South Carolina into the all-too-crowded race to see which state can pass the most heinous piece of anti-Latino legislation. By signing SB 20 into law, Gov. Haley chose to walk down the same misguided and unconstitutional path as other states that have enacted laws that demonize immigrants and threaten the civil rights of state residents.
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Mayors Call for Immigration Reform

Mayors Call for Immigration Reform

June 29, 2011
Last week at their annual meeting, the United States Conference of Mayors passed a resolution among their members calling for comprehensive immigration reform.
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Passionate Pleas for Passage of “DREAM Act” in Senate

Passionate Pleas for Passage of “DREAM Act” in Senate

June 28, 2011
Hundreds of student activists and immigration reform advocates packed a Senate hearing room this morning to witness the first-ever Senate hearing on the “Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.”
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Delaware Latinos Unite Against Prospect of Cuts to Social Security and Health Programs

Delaware Latinos Unite Against Prospect of Cuts to Social Security and Health Programs

June 28, 2011
Current proposals to change Social Security and dismantle Medicare and Medicaid threaten to reduce the modest benefits that Latino seniors throughout the nation rely on for most of their income and their health care. This was the message delivered today at a town hall in Wilmington hosted by the Latin American Community Center (the Latin Center), NCLR (National Council of La Raza), and the Latinos for a Secure Retirement (LSR) coalition as part of the Latinos and Social Security, ¡Tu Futuro Cuenta! campaign.
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Latinos de Delaware se unen contra los posibles recortes a programas de salud y seguro social

Latinos de Delaware se unen contra los posibles recortes a programas de salud y seguro social

June 28, 2011
Los últimas propuestas de cambios al Seguro Social, Medicare y Medicaid amenazan con reducir las modestos beneficios de las que dependen las personas latinas de mayor edad del país, para gran parte de sus ingresos y cuidados de salud. Este fue el mensaje dado hoy en Wilmington en la reunión municipal, parte de la campaña Latinos y el Seguro Social, ¡Tu Futuro Cuenta!, de la que fueron anfitriones el Centro Comunitario Latinoamericano (Centro Latino), el NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza) y la coalición Latinos para una Jubilación Segura (LSR, por sus siglas en inglés).
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Responding to Restrictive Immigration Policies

Responding to Restrictive Immigration Policies

June 28, 2011
At the recent Netroots Nation conference, NCLR's Elena Lacayo talked about how to respond to restrictive immigration policies in your own state.
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Six organizations join NCLR’s affiliate network

Six organizations join NCLR’s affiliate network

June 27, 2011
Six new Affiliate members—East Austin College Prep Academy in Austin, Texas; Hispanic Services Council, Inc., in Tampa, Fla.; La Maestra Community Health Centers in San Diego, Calif.; Mariposa Dual Language Academy in Reno, Nev.; Mission Asset Fund in San Francisco, Calif.; and Neighborhood Housing Services of the Inland Empire, Inc., in San Bernardino, Calif.—have recently joined the NCLR (National Council of La Raza) Affiliate Network. With these new additions, NCLR now has 267 organizations across the United States as Affiliate members.
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Don’t Give Up on the American Dream

Don’t Give Up on the American Dream

June 24, 2011
In honor of National Homeownership Month, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) issued a joint call to action with our partners―NAACP, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, National People’s Action, National Urban League, The Opportunity Agenda, and PICO―asking Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner to use his leadership to address the housing crisis.
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The Candidate’s Guide to the Latino Vote

The Candidate’s Guide to the Latino Vote

June 24, 2011
Although we are only halfway through 2011, the 2012 election season is in full swing. The Latino community, like other voters, is waiting to hear from candidates on how they will address the critical issues that our country faces, including getting the U.S. economy back on track, creating jobs, fixing our troubled education system and enacting comprehensive immigration reform. But the campaign so far has not been promising.
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El NCLR aplaude a los senadores por presentar un proyecto de ley de inmigración

El NCLR aplaude a los senadores por presentar un proyecto de ley de inmigración

June 24, 2011
El NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza) felicita a los senadores Robert Menéndez, D-N.J., Harry Reid, D-Nev., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Richard Durbin, D-Ill., Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., y John Kerry, D-Mass., por presentar la "Ley de Reforma Integral de Inmigración de 2011", un proyecto de ley que proporciona una solución real, efectiva y humana a nuestro sistema disfuncional de inmigración.
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NCLR National Latino Family Expo Comes to the Nation’s Capital to Celebrate Hispanic Legacy

NCLR National Latino Family Expo Comes to the Nation’s Capital to Celebrate Hispanic Legacy

June 23, 2011
NCLR (National Council of La Raza)—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—will celebrate Latino heritage here in the nation’s capital by bringing the 2011 NCLR Annual Conference and the National Latino Family Expo to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area for the first time in 21 years.
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La expo nacional de la familia latina del NCLR llega a la capital de la nación para celebrar la her

La expo nacional de la familia latina del NCLR llega a la capital de la nación para celebrar la her

June 23, 2011
El Consejo Nacional de La Raza (NCLR, por sus siglas en inglés) —la organización nacional más grande de apoyo y defensa de los derechos civiles de los latinos en los Estados Unidos— celebrará la herencia hispana aquí en el área metropolitana de la capital de la nación, trayendo por primera vez en veintiún años la Conferencia Anual 2011del NCLR y la Expo Nacional de la Familia Latina.
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NCLR Applauds Senators for Introducing Immigration Bill

NCLR Applauds Senators for Introducing Immigration Bill

June 23, 2011
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) commends Sens. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Harry Reid, D-Nev., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Richard Durbin, D-Ill., Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and John Kerry, D-Mass., for introducing the “Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2011,” legislation that provides a real, effective, and humane fix to our broken immigration system.
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Stepping Out of the Shadows

Stepping Out of the Shadows

June 22, 2011
Jose Antonio Vargas is many things. Among them, a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, an out-and-proud gay man, Filipino. He is also an undocumented immigrant.
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When Champions Fall From Grace

When Champions Fall From Grace

June 22, 2011
Over the weekend, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona claimed that the wildfires raging through his state were caused by “illegal” immigrants who were looking to “signal others… keep warm and…divert law enforcement agents and agencies from them.”
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