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Additional Talent Added To All-Star Lineup for the 2011 NCLR ALMA Awards®

Additional Talent Added To All-Star Lineup for the 2011 NCLR ALMA Awards®

September 09, 2011
Bolstering the packed all-star lineup, NCLR is pleased to announce that Pitbull and Gloria Estefan will perform at the 2011 NCLR (National Council of La Raza) ALMA Awards®. Danny Trejo, Michael Trevino, Lauren Vélez, and Tristan Wilds will also join the long list of stars who will present at the only English-language Latino awards show on television.
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Adopting Common Standards Is Only the Beginning—We Need to Ensure Effective Implementation

Adopting Common Standards Is Only the Beginning—We Need to Ensure Effective Implementation

September 09, 2011
Success in education is necessary for upward socioeconomic mobility. However, not every student has an opportunity to access higher education. In particular, Latino and English language learner (ELL) students—large and growing populations in the U.S. school system—tend to graduate from high school without the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the demands of college and a globally competitive workforce.
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NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía Applauds President Obama For Jobs Plan

NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía Applauds President Obama For Jobs Plan

September 09, 2011
Calling President Obama’s speech on jobs a “welcome and necessary charge to Congress to tackle the unemployment crisis head on,” Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR (National Council of La Raza), urged leaders in Washington to enact policies that will directly create jobs in communities that are still reeling from the economic downturn.
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Common Standards in the Real World

Common Standards in the Real World

September 08, 2011
Yesterday we featured a blog post that highlighted the tools that NCLR has created to help parents, educators, and advocates understand and implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Today we want bring to you the teachers who are currently doing the heavy lifting that is required for CCSS to work.
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“If There’s Some Left Over, I Eat”:  What New USDA Numbers Mean for Latino Families

“If There’s Some Left Over, I Eat”:  What New USDA Numbers Mean for Latino Families

September 07, 2011
On a visit to San Antonio, I sat in a living room with Velma, a retired chef and grandmother raising six grandsons who range in age from eight to 16. Velma had agreed to be interviewed as part of NCLR’s Comer Bien story and video collection project, which features Latino families sharing their experiences putting food on the table and highlights multiple factors that affect Hispanics’ access to nutritious food.
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Florida at a Crossroads: Immigration Integration or Criminalization?

Florida at a Crossroads: Immigration Integration or Criminalization?

September 07, 2011
As the 2012 election nears, the issue of immigration reform will likely be a subject of intense debate. Several states throughout the nation, most notably Arizona and most recently Alabama, have passed controversial immigration measures that have severe civil rights implications. Several months ago, attempts to pass a similar bill in Florida failed; however, the federal government’s inability to pass a national reform bill will likely encourage proponents of the anti-immigrant bill to reignite their efforts during the next state legislative session.
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Providing the Tools for Success in the Common Standards Movement

Providing the Tools for Success in the Common Standards Movement

September 07, 2011
Here is the reality: despite being a large and growing share of the U.S. student population, only 56% of Latino students graduate with a regular diploma, compared to 77% of their White peers. This stark disparity leaves a disproportionate number of Latinos unprepared for college and unqualified for good jobs. If things don’t change, Latinos will not have the same opportunities to buy a house, afford health insurance, or send their own kids to college.
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“Helping to Do It All”:  The Role of SNAP in Keeping Latino Families’ Heads above Water

“Helping to Do It All”:  The Role of SNAP in Keeping Latino Families’ Heads above Water

September 02, 2011
Geanette’s experiences, featured in this video vignette and NCLR’s story booklet, capture both the hard struggles of millions of Latino families and some of the smart program strategies that can make those struggles easier.
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An All-Star Lineup for the 2011 NCLR ALMA AWARDS® Announced

An All-Star Lineup for the 2011 NCLR ALMA AWARDS® Announced

September 01, 2011
An all-star lineup for the 2011 NCLR (National Council of La Raza) ALMA Awards® was revealed today, which features Jessica Alba, Maria Celeste Arraras, Jake T. Austin, Benjamin Bratt, Maria Canals-Barrera, Cote de Pablo, David Henrie, Eva La Rue, Mario Lopez, Oscar Nuñez, Michael Peña, Aubrey Plaza, and Naya Rivera, as well as a live performance by Demi Lovato, for the one-hour prime time special airing Friday, September 16 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EDT on NBC. Additional presenters, performances, and talent will be announced shortly.
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Se anuncia el reparto estelar de los premios ALMA® 2011 del NCLR

Se anuncia el reparto estelar de los premios ALMA® 2011 del NCLR

September 01, 2011
Hoy fue revelado el reparto estelar de los premios ALMA® 2011 del NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza). En ese evento se presentará a Jessica Alba, María Celeste Arrarás, Jake T. Austin, Benjamin Bratt, María Canals Barrera, Cote de Pablo, David Henrie, Eva la Rue, Mario López, Oscar Núñez, Michael Peña, Aubrey Plaza, y Naya Rivera. Asimismo se contará con la actuación en vivo de la cantante Demi Lovato. El programa de una hora será transmitido en NBC en horario estelar, el viernes 16 de septiembre de las 8:00 a las 9:00 PM tiempo estándar del este (EDT). Se anunciarán en breve otros presentadores y artistas.
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Improving the Odds:  Winning the Fight to Rebuild the Latino Middle Class

Improving the Odds:  Winning the Fight to Rebuild the Latino Middle Class

September 01, 2011
America has always been a nation that prides itself on rising above adversity and beating the odds. But this Labor Day, more than two years since the end of the most punishing recession since the Great Depression, American families hoping to stay in the middle class are facing long odds.
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NCLR Urges Congress to Confirm CFPB Director

NCLR Urges Congress to Confirm CFPB Director

August 31, 2011
Earlier this summer, President Obama nominated former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to lead the recently opened Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the first federal entity solely devoted to fighting financial crime on behalf of Americans. The CFPB will be an especially crucial ally for Latino families who commonly are targets of fraud and deception through financial products such as mortgages, credit cards, money transfers, payday loans, and much more. However, until a director is appointed, the CFPB will not have the full authority to protect consumers from abusive financial products.
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Report Finds Barriers to Quality Preschool Education for Hispanic Children

Report Finds Barriers to Quality Preschool Education for Hispanic Children

August 31, 2011
The U.S. Department of Education recently released the “Race to the Top—Early Learning Challenge” application, marking a $500 million investment to improve the quality of early learning programs for children across the country. NCLR (The National Council of La Raza) applauds this effort, but urges policymakers to address the significant barriers to preschool education for young Hispanics, which continue to place them at an academic disadvantage to their non-Hispanic counterparts. NCLR has released “Preschool Education: Delivering on the Promise for Latino Children,” which provides recommendations to ensure that young Latino children enter school on track for academic success.
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NCLR Talks About Puerto Rico Kids in Live Twitter Chat

NCLR Talks About Puerto Rico Kids in Live Twitter Chat

August 29, 2011
Last Thursday, NCLR held its first-ever live Twitter chat! We talked with Nayda Rivera-Hernandez, a NCLR senior research analyst and the author of the 2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book–Puerto Rico report. You can follow Nayda @nayda4prkids on Twitter. NCLR publishes the Puerto Rico report with generous support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
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Se anunciaron los nominados para la categoría de película favorita de los premios alma® 2011 del

Se anunciaron los nominados para la categoría de película favorita de los premios alma® 2011 del

August 29, 2011
Se han revelado los nominados para la categoría de Película Favorita de los premios ALMA 2011 del NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza). Por primera vez, los fans podrán votar por su película favorita, y se dará a conocer al ganador durante el programa especial de una hora en horario estelar que se emitirá en NBC, el viernes 16 de septiembre de 8:00 a 9:00 PM tiempo estándar del este (EST).
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The Nominees for Favorite Film for the 2011 NCLR Alma Awards® Announced

The Nominees for Favorite Film for the 2011 NCLR Alma Awards® Announced

August 29, 2011
The nominees for Favorite Film for the 2011 NCLR (National Council of La Raza) ALMA Awards® were revealed. For the first time, fans will be able to vote for their favorite movie, and the winner will be revealed during the one-hour prime-time special airing Friday, September 16 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EDT on NBC.
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Connecting the Dots:  Community Safety and Latino Child Nutrition

Connecting the Dots:  Community Safety and Latino Child Nutrition

August 26, 2011
When NCLR asked José, age 20, to describe how his family, friends and neighbors shop for food in Washington, DC, the primary challenges he noted had to do with neighborhood safety and transportation. What does safety have to do with healthy eating? Everything, as José notes.
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NCLR Welcomes The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial To The National Mall

NCLR Welcomes The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial To The National Mall

August 25, 2011
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) joined with millions of Americans across the country today in celebrating this weekend’s dedication of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington; it is the first monument in our nation’s capital to honor a civil rights leader. Below are remarks from NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía, which she made at a luncheon—Honoring Civil Rights Leaders Past, Present, and Future—held today at the Washington Convention Center:
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Economic Policy: It’s Personal

Economic Policy: It’s Personal

August 25, 2011
The economic meltdown battered many Americans, but women and communities of color have long sustained the impact of an imbalanced financial market. Hard working women are deeply familiar with the enormous racial and gender wealth gap in America.
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Play Games, Have Fun and Build Financial Prowess

Play Games, Have Fun and Build Financial Prowess

August 24, 2011
Are you playing Angry Birds on your smartphone? Have you taken a break from work to play some Tetris or Bejewelled? Stopped by FarmVille while on Facebook?
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