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Meet the Emerging Leaders of Tomorrow

Meet the Emerging Leaders of Tomorrow

July 11, 2011
Last month, we announced the recipients of the fifth annual NCLR-Best Buy Emerging Latino Leaders Scholarship Program. The scholarship program awarded $25,000 to four students who were selected based on their academic achievements, leadership, and involvement in the Latino community.
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Deafening Silence

Deafening Silence

July 11, 2011
It has now been more than a year since Arizona began its assault on civil rights with the racial profiling law, SB 1070. In that time, dozens of Major League Baseball (MLB) players, members of the business community, and civil rights leaders have spoken out against the law.
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Alabama Congressman’s Offensive Statements Highlight Dangers of Hateful Anti-Immigrant Legislation

Alabama Congressman’s Offensive Statements Highlight Dangers of Hateful Anti-Immigrant Legislation

July 08, 2011
Things are getting ugly in Alabama. Last month, the Cotton State became the fourth state to pass a draconian anti-immigrant, anti-Latino law, one even harsher than Arizona SB 1070.
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NCLR Condemns Legislative Proposal to Back Down Civil Rights Protections in Education

NCLR Condemns Legislative Proposal to Back Down Civil Rights Protections in Education

July 08, 2011
Yesterday’s introduction of the “State and Local Flexibility Act” (H.R. 2445) by Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., is of grave concern to NCLR (National Council of La Raza). This bill allows states and school districts to use federal education dollars in an unrestricted manner, essentially gambling with funding for English language learners (ELLs) and low-income students.
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NCLR Partners with HUD to Highlight New Mortgage Assistance Program For Unemployed and Underemployed

NCLR Partners with HUD to Highlight New Mortgage Assistance Program For Unemployed and Underemployed

July 07, 2011
For a limited time, the Emergency Homeowners’ Loan Program (EHLP) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is providing homeowners who are unemployed or underemployed and struggling to avoid foreclosure with up to $50,000 in help to pay a portion of their monthly mortgage including missed mortgage payments or past due charges including principal, taxes, insurance and attorney fees while they search for a job.
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NCLR se une a HUD para destacar nuevo programa de asistencia hipotecaria

NCLR se une a HUD para destacar nuevo programa de asistencia hipotecaria

July 07, 2011
Por tiempo limitado, el Programa de Préstamos de Emergencia para Propietarios de Vivienda (EHLP, por sus siglas en inglés) del Departamento de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano de Estados Unidos (HUD) está ofreciendo a los propietarios de vivienda sin empleo o con sueldos reducidos, quienes luchan por evitar la ejecución hipotecaria o “foreclosure”, hasta $50,000 en ayuda para cubrir una porción de su hipoteca incluyendo pagos retrasados, recargos por pagos tardíos, el capital, impuestos, seguros y honorarios de abogados mientras buscan trabajo.
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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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