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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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Los latinos que dependen del seguro social se sienten amenazados por los recortes propuestos

Los latinos que dependen del seguro social se sienten amenazados por los recortes propuestos

May 03, 2011
La propuesta actual para cambiar el Seguro Social amenaza reducir las modestas prestaciones con las que cuentan las personas latinas de la tercera edad en todo el país para el resto de sus vidas. Este fue el mensaje transmitido hoy en una reunión municipal en Philadelphia que lanzó la campaña Latinos and Social Security, ¡Tu Futuro Cuenta!
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Latino Worker Voices Resound on Workers Memorial Day

Latino Worker Voices Resound on Workers Memorial Day

April 28, 2011
For many Americans, today is just another day on the job. But for families who have lost loved ones to traumatic—often preventable—injuries at work, April 28 is a day of remembrance. Workers Memorial Day, which corresponds with the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), is also an occasion for workers to raise their voices for safer workplaces, fair wages, and dignity on the job.
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LEADING LATINO GROUPS TO HOLD TOWN HALL TO STRENGTHEN SOCIAL SECURITY IN PHILADELPHIA

LEADING LATINO GROUPS TO HOLD TOWN HALL TO STRENGTHEN SOCIAL SECURITY IN PHILADELPHIA

April 27, 2011
On May 3, Congreso de Latinos Unidos (Congreso), Democracia U.S.A. (DUSA), NCLR (National Council of La Raza), and Latinos for a Secure Retirement (LSR) will host a town hall to address myths and concerns about Social Security and its importance to Latino families. Members of the growing Philadelphia Latino community, local elected officials, and national Latino leaders will meet at Congreso de Latinos Unidos education and training center, located at 2800 N American Street, beginning at 1pm. The event is free and open to the public.
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NCLR RELEASES REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON  DISCONNECTED LATINO YOUTH

NCLR RELEASES REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON DISCONNECTED LATINO YOUTH

April 26, 2011
Latino youth are one of the fastest-growing segments of the population in the United States, poised to fill the workforce gap as millions of baby boomers retire over the next decade. Yet, achieving economic mobility remains out of reach for as much as 42% of Latino youth who face numerous barriers to academic and career success and are dropping out of high school at persistently high rates
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Defending America’s Housing Dream

Defending America’s Housing Dream

April 21, 2011
Homeownership is the cornerstone of the American Dream, and like all Americans, Latinos work toward that dream and a stable financial future. In recent years, however, problems in the housing market have made the dream impossible for many Latino families. In today’s tough economic and political climate, some politicians blame first-time homebuyers for the foreclosure crisis. Federal regulators are considering exorbitant down payments as a requirement for buying a home, and too many local governments are implementing restrictive ordinances designed to keep immigrants from accessing affordable and quality housing options. At this rate, the dream of homeownership may never come true for millions of Latinos.
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NCLR Hosts Discussion about Employment and Education Policies Affecting Latino Youth and the Impact

NCLR Hosts Discussion about Employment and Education Policies Affecting Latino Youth and the Impact

April 21, 2011
Latino youth are one of the fastest-growing segments of the U.S. population, poised to fill the workforce gap as millions of baby boomers retire over the next decade. Yet achieving economic mobility remains out of reach for as much as 42 percent of this group, who are often plagued by high dropout and unemployment rates. NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will host a panel discussion, “Building a Brighter Future: Serving Disconnected Youth,” with representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Education, and other nonprofits keyed into this issue to examine the challenges that disconnected Latino youth face and the policies that will promote effective intervention strategies.
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BUYER BEWARE:  LESSONS FROM ARIZONA SB 1070

BUYER BEWARE:  LESSONS FROM ARIZONA SB 1070

April 20, 2011
On the one-year anniversary of the passage of Arizona SB 1070, the nation’s most draconian immigration law, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) is hosting a briefing to release a report which finds that Arizona’s image, as well as its legal and economic woes, in the wake of SB 1070 have led nearly a dozen states to reject or reconsider similar legislation. The report, One Year Later: A Look at SB 1070 and Copycat Legislation, provides a comprehensive overview of the status of copycat bills in state legislatures.
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On Anniversary of Arizona Racial Profiling Law,  NCLR to Release Report on Copycat Legislation

On Anniversary of Arizona Racial Profiling Law,  NCLR to Release Report on Copycat Legislation

April 18, 2011
One year after Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed the “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act” (SB 1070), the nation’s most punitive immigration law, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will host a telephonic briefing on Wednesday, April 20, to release a report on how “copycat” versions of the law have fared in other states. Coming one week after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the decision to block parts of the controversial law and in the wake of Georgia passing its own Arizona-style bill, the report analyzes the economic consequences that Arizona has suffered since the passage of SB 1070, the concerns surrounding the passage of several immigration bills in Utah, and the failure of similar copycat legislation in 11 states during the 2011 legislative session.
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Elimination of Housing Counseling Program in the Federal Budget to Cause Tremendous Crisis

Elimination of Housing Counseling Program in the Federal Budget to Cause Tremendous Crisis

April 15, 2011
In the midst of the nation’s worst housing crisis, Congress and the administration have decided to eliminate all funding for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Housing Counseling Assistance Program. NCLR (National Council of La Raza), along with the NAACP, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD), and the National Urban League (NUL), will hold a telephonic press conference this coming Monday, April 18, to discuss the impact that eliminating these funds will have on all families, particularly communities of color.
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A Battle Is Won, but the Fight Goes On

A Battle Is Won, but the Fight Goes On

April 13, 2011
The fight for fair and just immigration policies was bolstered Monday when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the state of Arizona and upheld a lower court’s temporary injunction of the harsh anti-immigrant law known as SB 1070.
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NCLR Applauds Department of Health and Human Services Action Plan to Address Growing Gaps in Health

NCLR Applauds Department of Health and Human Services Action Plan to Address Growing Gaps in Health

April 13, 2011
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) enthusiastically supports the action plan released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which aims to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care for minority populations. NCLR applauds HHS for its proactive efforts to address these health challenges and would like to specifically recognize Dr. Garth Graham, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, who has worked tirelessly to integrate an agenda that eliminates racial and ethnic disparities into the plans of HHS. NCLR also praises the essential leadership of Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, in creating accountability across all key health agencies to address the growing gaps in health care for minorities.
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NCLR Hails Ninth-Circuit Decision on Arizona’s Racial Profiling Law

NCLR Hails Ninth-Circuit Decision on Arizona’s Racial Profiling Law

April 11, 2011
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) hailed today’s ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the preliminary injunction made by a U.S. federal circuit court against a controversial law in Arizona. The law, SB 1070, has been broadly condemned by national civil rights leaders for legitimizing and legalizing racial profiling and has set off protests and boycotts throughout the country.
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