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NCLR Denounces Legislative Proposal to Mandate a Barrier to Employment

NCLR Denounces Legislative Proposal to Mandate a Barrier to Employment

June 14, 2011
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) condemns the introduction of the “Legal Workforce Act” (H.R. 2164) by Republican Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas. The legislation would require all employers in the United States to use the E-Verify program, an Internet-based system that relies on error-ridden, outdated databases to check the employment eligibility of workers. This dramatic expansion of the flawed program would have a detrimental impact on Hispanic workers who are incorrectly identified as unauthorized to work.
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NCLR Goes to Netroots! #NN11

NCLR Goes to Netroots! #NN11

June 14, 2011
Several NCLR staffers will be attending the sixth annual Netroots Nation conference this week in Minneapolis.
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Save Our Babies!

Save Our Babies!

June 13, 2011
The Latino community’s access to WIC, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children, is under immediate threat. The House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee has voted to cut WIC funding by nearly $650 million, which will result in up to 350,000 mothers, infants, and children falling off the program.
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NCLR Applauds Recognition of Top Latino Nonprofits

NCLR Applauds Recognition of Top Latino Nonprofits

June 09, 2011
In light of Hispanic Business magazine’s annual listing of the top 25 nonprofit organizations serving the Latino community in the United States, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) offers special congratulations to the 12 groups on the list that are part of the NCLR Affiliate Network. In the magazine’s recent issue, it ranked the 25 Hispanic nonprofits on the basis of annual expenditures, and it surveyed each of them about their revenues and services to provide a snapshot of the top charitable organizations serving the growing U.S. Latino population.
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El consejo nacional de la raza reconoce y aplaude a las principales organizaciones latinas sin fines

El consejo nacional de la raza reconoce y aplaude a las principales organizaciones latinas sin fines

June 09, 2011
El Consejo Nacional de La Raza (NCLR) desea felicitar a las doce organizaciones afiliadas que forman parte del grupo de veinticinco organizaciones Hispanas de mayor impacto en la nación. Estas organizaciones fueron escogidas por la revista Hispanic Business en base a sus ingresos anuales, y los servicios que ofrecen a la población latina de los Estados Unidos.
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Sec. Geithner: Help Keep Homeownership Within Reach for All Americans

Sec. Geithner: Help Keep Homeownership Within Reach for All Americans

June 08, 2011
Natural disasters, a foreclosure crisis, and a soft housing market have not been able to alter the firmly held tenet that homeownership is the cornerstone of the American Dream. June is National Homeownership Month and serves as a call to action for our nation’s leaders, who must reaffirm their commitment to sustainable homeownership and affordable rental homes near good schools and quality jobs.
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NCLR Calls On Secretary Geithner to Prioritize Solutions for Housing Crisis

NCLR Calls On Secretary Geithner to Prioritize Solutions for Housing Crisis

June 07, 2011
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will hold a telephonic press conference on Wednesday, June 8 to discuss recent efforts undertaken by the Home for Good campaign to protect the American Dream of homeownership. NCLR will be joined by representatives from leading civil rights and advocacy organizations—the National Urban League, NAACP, and the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development—who joined the campaign to address problems in the housing market that have stymied neighborhood revitalization and led to communities of color, working families, and seniors losing their homes to foreclosure.
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Leading Advocacy Organizations Call upon U.S. Leaders to Fix Housing Market

Leading Advocacy Organizations Call upon U.S. Leaders to Fix Housing Market

June 07, 2011
Homeownership is the cornerstone of the American Dream, but as the U.S. observes National Homeownership Month this June, far too many Americans are seeing their visions of ownership or affordable renting slip away. With more Americans falling out of the middle class every day and workers struggling to support their families and keep their jobs, the American Dream is increasingly at risk.
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Setting the Record Straight on the “DREAM Act”

Setting the Record Straight on the “DREAM Act”

June 06, 2011
During a visit to Ellis Island last week, Sarah Palin, who made the famed immigration entry point a stop on her One Nation bus tour, expounded on immigration and praised the contributions that immigrants have made to our country. Yet in the very next breath, Ms. Palin criticized the “DREAM Act,” saying it would upend that process by allowing students to be granted automatic citizenship.
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Refocusing Our Priorities

Refocusing Our Priorities

June 06, 2011
There was a time in this country when investing in kids was not only the right thing to do—it was also an easy decision to make. Deficits, debt, inflation, recession, and other economic challenges have always been part of our national discourse, but we’ve never skimped on a high-quality education for our nation. We’re now in danger of making that mistake.
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Elizabeth Warren Fights for Consumers, Let’s Fight for Her

Elizabeth Warren Fights for Consumers, Let’s Fight for Her

June 03, 2011
Last year, you fought to ensure that our leaders created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)—the first entity solely devoted to fighting financial crime on behalf of American families. In its developmental stages, the CFPB has already stood up on issues that are important to Latino consumers, such as new ways to make lending terms clearer and commonsense remittance disclosures that plainly detail fees.
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Voices for the Voiceless

Voices for the Voiceless

June 03, 2011
Most special interest groups can organize themselves and make sure that elected officials hear their voices on the policy issues they care about most. One group, however, stands out for being vital to our nation’s future, yet lacks the resources and power to weigh in on the issues that affect them every day and shape their future—children.
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Effective Communication with Disconnected Youth:  Unpacking the Message within the Message

Effective Communication with Disconnected Youth:  Unpacking the Message within the Message

June 02, 2011
The young person sighed as the teacher emphatically tried to communicate his point. The student’s body language reflected disenfranchisement and disconnection. Attempts to “get the point across” only resulted in a further negative reactions by the student. Was this just another classroom management issue?
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U.S. Census:  Latinos More Diverse Than Ever

U.S. Census:  Latinos More Diverse Than Ever

May 27, 2011
Earlier this month, we told you about the recent Census data showing the population boom in the Latino Community. The figures showed that the Hispanic population grew by about 15 million between 2000 and 2010. Latinos now make up 16% of the population and 23% of the under-18 population. Perhaps the most interesting fact is that the Latino community overall grew at four times the nation’s 9.7% growth rate.
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Houston’s KIPP Escalera Program Celebrates 100 Percent Graduation Rate For Class Of 2011

Houston’s KIPP Escalera Program Celebrates 100 Percent Graduation Rate For Class Of 2011

May 25, 2011
The KIPP Houston High School Escalera Scholars Program is pleased to announce that 100 percent of the program’s participating class will graduate on Tuesday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m. The program, which receives funding from Houston-based Shell Oil Company, will celebrate 25 students who have successfully earned a high school diploma and completed the NCLR (National Council of La Raza) Escalera Program: Taking Steps to Success.
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Workers Share Their Experiences in the Low-Wage Labor Market

Workers Share Their Experiences in the Low-Wage Labor Market

May 24, 2011
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) is pleased to announce the release of We Needed the Work: Latino Worker Voices in the New Economy, a collection of personal stories about the experiences of Latino, immigrant, and other workers in the low-wage labor market in the U.S.
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NCLR busca una mayor concentración nacional en torno a los niños y jóvenes  latinos

NCLR busca una mayor concentración nacional en torno a los niños y jóvenes latinos

May 23, 2011
En el foro convocado para el 25 y 26 de mayo de 2011, el Consejo Nacional de La Raza (NCLR) examinará el clima socio-político que rodea a los niños latinos de los Estados Unidos. La intención de este foro es la de reunir a los defensores de la juventud, las organizaciones políticas y agencias gubernamentales para crear una red nacional de defensa de los niños latinos.
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America’s Low-Wage Latino Workers Deserve Dignity and Respect

America’s Low-Wage Latino Workers Deserve Dignity and Respect

May 23, 2011
In this country we cherish and value hard work, believing it to be dignified and worthy of recognition and respect. In the United States labor market, millions of workers, many of whom are Latino, are working hard for low wages—holding down jobs that offer no benefits, no safety from workplace injury, and no chance of upward mobility into good-quality jobs. Over the last several decades, job quality in the U.S. has declined as employers respond to stiff global competition by reducing wages, decreasing the standard benefits offered to workers, and in some cases willfully violating labor laws and health and safety standards.
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Janet Murguía Honored for Commitment to Educational Advancement for Latinos

Janet Murguía Honored for Commitment to Educational Advancement for Latinos

May 23, 2011
NCLR is proud to announce that Janet Murguía, our President and CEO, has been awarded an honorary doctorate degree from California State University (CSU) Dominguez Hills. Murguía is committed to high-quality education for the Latino community, and her involvement in federal policy debates is aimed at increasing education opportunities for our Latino children. This conviction is also evident in NCLR’s programmatic work with our Charter School Network, the Escalera Program, and Líderes Initiative, among others. Last Friday, the College of Business and Administration recognized Murguía’s work and awarded her with an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.
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NCLR Advocates for Greater National Focus on Latino Children and Youth

NCLR Advocates for Greater National Focus on Latino Children and Youth

May 23, 2011
At a convening on May 25–26, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will examine the political and social policy climate for Latino children in the U.S. in an effort to bring together advocates from youth, policy, and government organizations to build a Latino child advocacy network. In addition to NCLR experts, speakers at the event include U.S. Representatives Judy Chu, D-Calif., and Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., Roberto J. Rodríguez from the White House Domestic Policy Council, and Dr. Martha Moorehouse from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, among others.
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