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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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NCLR panel discussion examines experiences of Latinos working  Low-wage jobs

NCLR panel discussion examines experiences of Latinos working Low-wage jobs

May 23, 2011
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) will host a panel discussion on Tuesday, May 24 at NCLR Headquarters in Washington to address widespread and often overlooked problems plaguing Latinos in the workplace. Eric Rodriguez, NCLR Vice President of the Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation will moderate a discussion among representatives from leading advocacy organizations who will examine the prevalence of issues such as wage theft, unsafe working conditions, and lack of benefits and health insurance. Panelists will also discuss policy efforts to protect workers’ rights.
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Maximizing Your Net Worth through Your Network

Maximizing Your Net Worth through Your Network

May 20, 2011
In today’s financially competitive atmosphere, a small nonprofit organization must be able to position itself in such a way that opportunities are not missed; in fact, they must be created. Although research, knowledge, recruiting the right staff, and understanding the needs of the community are certainly factors that will impact success, a key to the entire process that should not be underestimated is the business of networking. Some call it “schmoozing.” Some refer to “being in the right place at the right time.” The truth of the matter is that relationship-building is a cornerstone of any organization whose goal is to improve the well-being of the people it serves.
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Best Buy Partners with NCLR to Award $25,000 in Scholarships to Young Latino Advocates

Best Buy Partners with NCLR to Award $25,000 in Scholarships to Young Latino Advocates

May 17, 2011
The Best Buy Children’s Foundation and NCLR (National Council of La Raza) announce the recipients of the fifth NCLR-Best Buy Emerging Latino Leaders Scholarship Program. Four graduating Hispanic high school seniors will receive a total of $25,000 in scholarships to attend the school of their choice.
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Helping Latino Youth Understand Social Security

Helping Latino Youth Understand Social Security

May 17, 2011
Today, NCLR is rolling out a new campaign, the Social Security VideoQuiz, to educate Latino youth about Social Security and what it means for them and their families. Social Security supports workers when they retire or if they become disabled, and if a parent dies, the program provides benefits to the family.
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Few States Walking a Failed Path

Few States Walking a Failed Path

May 13, 2011
Despite the initial hype that anti-immigrant legislation modeled after Arizona’s SB 1070 would spread quickly through the country, state after state has rejected proposals to follow Arizona down its failed path. In the year since SB 1070 was signed, 24 states have rejected copycat legislation. Even Arizona legislators recently voted down a new set of anti-immigrant bills in response to mounting pressure from the business and civil rights leaders.
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NCLR APPLAUDS THE REINTRODUCTION OF THE “DREAM ACT”

NCLR APPLAUDS THE REINTRODUCTION OF THE “DREAM ACT”

May 11, 2011
Today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) commended Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and his colleagues for reintroducing the “Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act” and praised Reps. Howard Berman, D-Calif., Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., for reintroducing their complementary version of the legislation into the U.S. House of Representatives.
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JANET MURGUÍA, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF NCLR, RESPONDS TO PRESIDENT OBAMA’S SPEECH IN EL PASO, TEXAS

JANET MURGUÍA, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF NCLR, RESPONDS TO PRESIDENT OBAMA’S SPEECH IN EL PASO, TEXAS

May 10, 2011
NCLR applauds the fact that President Obama is using his bully pulpit to reinvigorate the push for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Coming on the heels of one of the most important national counterterrorism measures of his administration, the speech underscores the importance of this issue to the country.
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Statement From Janet Murguía, NCLR President & CEO, Regarding Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s Decision

Statement From Janet Murguía, NCLR President & CEO, Regarding Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s Decision

May 10, 2011
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s appeal to the Supreme Court over SB 1070 is an attempt to codify racial profiling in her state and marks the continuation of a political gambit that has proven disastrous for Arizona.
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Latino Leaders Unite in Sacramento to Urge Passage of the “California Dream Act”

Latino Leaders Unite in Sacramento to Urge Passage of the “California Dream Act”

May 09, 2011
More than 300 advocates from throughout the state, representing over 57 California community-based organizations, will convene on the steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento on Wednesday, May 11 and ask members of the California State Legislature to pass the “California Dream Act.”
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Mapping the Latino Population

Mapping the Latino Population

May 09, 2011
This past March, the U.S. Census Bureau released new data about the Latino population in the United States. The news was eye-opening, as Census figures showed that between 2000 and 2010, the Hispanic population grew from 35.3 million to 50.5 million, accounting for more than half of the overall national growth rate during that period.
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Nationwide Growth In the Latino Population is a Boon for the Country

Nationwide Growth In the Latino Population is a Boon for the Country

May 06, 2011
NCLR's latest publication on the growth of the Latino population is out. Currently, one in four American children is Latino, nearly three in four Hispanics are U.S. citizens, and more than nine in ten Latino children are U.S. citizens.
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Paper or Plastic? The Rise of Prepaid Cards

Paper or Plastic? The Rise of Prepaid Cards

May 05, 2011
Thanks to an increase in prepaid cards, the question of paper versus plastic no longer applies to just grocery bags. It is now a question about how you prefer to pay for daily expenses. Prepaid cards are reloadable payment cards that are issued by banks―and therefore come with certain protections and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) insurance―and carry the American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa logo.
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Janet Murguía Becomes Chair of Board of Directors for Hispanic Assoc. on Corporate Responsibility

Janet Murguía Becomes Chair of Board of Directors for Hispanic Assoc. on Corporate Responsibility

May 04, 2011
As the incoming 2011–2012 chair for the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) board of directors, Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR (National Council of La Raza), welcomes the opportunity to advocate for greater inclusion of Hispanics in corporate America. Murguía, who has served on the board since 2005, assumed the role of chair on May 3, taking the reins from Ignacio Salazar, President and CEO of SER – Jobs for Progress National, Inc
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Latinos who Rely on Social Security Feel Threatened by Proposed Cuts

Latinos who Rely on Social Security Feel Threatened by Proposed Cuts

May 03, 2011
Current proposals to change Social Security threaten to reduce the modest benefits that Latino senior citizens across the country rely on for nearly their entire livelihood. This was the message delivered today at a town hall in Philadelphia that launched the Latinos and Social Security, ¡Tu Futuro Cuenta! campaign.
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