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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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NCLR Asks Congress to Pledge to Respect the Latino Community

NCLR Asks Congress to Pledge to Respect the Latino Community

April 08, 2011
The release of the 2010 U.S. Census numbers shows that the Latino community in the United States now accounts for one out of six Americans and is becoming a stronger force politically and economically. However, many still blame Hispanics for several of the country’s woes, targeting them with vicious and inaccurate attacks. To combat these injustices, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) is asking all members of Congress to pledge to respect the Latino community
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Engaging Corporate Partners as Volunteers: Capitalizing on the Opportunity

Engaging Corporate Partners as Volunteers: Capitalizing on the Opportunity

April 06, 2011
When a small community-based organization has limited revenue and an overextended staff, it is time to think about volunteers—committed individuals who can help support the organization in ways beyond financial. Volunteers can make an important and noticeable impact in how community-based organizations function when used to the best of their potential. However, it’s a challenge for these organizations to meaningfully involve their volunteers so that they are able to receive the maximum benefit of the volunteers’ skills and knowledge.
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Transportation Sector Promising for Latino Employment Outlook

Transportation Sector Promising for Latino Employment Outlook

April 01, 2011
Latinos are contributing to and benefiting from job growth in the transportation sector, according to a monthly employment report released today by NCLR (National Council of La Raza). The report calls for the renewal of federal funding for transportation projects, with targeted investments in worker training programs to improve opportunities for low-wage and limited-English-proficient workers.
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NCLR Urges Congress to Eliminate HAMP and Redirect Efforts to Effective Foreclosure Solutions

NCLR Urges Congress to Eliminate HAMP and Redirect Efforts to Effective Foreclosure Solutions

March 29, 2011
In the midst of the devastating foreclosure crisis, families across the country continue to lose their homes at record rates with no end in sight. NCLR (National Council of La Raza) is asking lawmakers to take aggressive action to prevent the further deterioration of the U.S. economy and ensure that the billions of dollars in resources intended to resolve the foreclosure crisis reach American homeowners.
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Kansas Joins Arizona, Virginia, and Other States in Rebuffing Extreme Anti-Immigrant Legislation

Kansas Joins Arizona, Virginia, and Other States in Rebuffing Extreme Anti-Immigrant Legislation

March 25, 2011
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) hailed a vote yesterday in the Republican-led Kansas House of Representatives that dealt an overwhelming, bipartisan blow to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s efforts to enact legislation that would have legalized and legitimized racial profiling in the state. The 40-84 vote against the bill mirrored recent rejections of extreme anti-immigrant measures in other states such as in Arizona, the birthplace of such legislation, where the state Senate defeated a host of extreme proposals last week.
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Time to Move On:  Families Facing Foreclosure Need Better Solutions than HAMP

Time to Move On:  Families Facing Foreclosure Need Better Solutions than HAMP

March 24, 2011
More than one million Latino families have either lost or will soon lose their homes. In California, Hispanic-owned homes account for nearly half (48%) of all foreclosures. The rapid loss of homes among Latino and Black homeowners has increased the gap in homeownership rates between White families and families of color.
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2010 Census Results Show Increasingly Hispanic Populations in Every State

2010 Census Results Show Increasingly Hispanic Populations in Every State

March 22, 2011
The results are in and the face of America is changing. Recently released data collected by the United States Census Bureau shows that even in some surprising areas, such as Utah, Latinos are the driving force behind population growth.
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NCLR Applauds Recent Defeat of Five Anti-Immigrant Bills in Arizona

NCLR Applauds Recent Defeat of Five Anti-Immigrant Bills in Arizona

March 18, 2011
We applaud the bipartisan rejection of five anti-immigrant bills that came before the Arizona State Senate yesterday. Hopefully this signals a new day in Arizona where reasonable voices come together to solve problems rather than scapegoat the most vulnerable segment of their population.
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NCLR Announces Fifth Annual NCLR–Best Buy Emerging Latino Leaders Scholarship Program

NCLR Announces Fifth Annual NCLR–Best Buy Emerging Latino Leaders Scholarship Program

March 16, 2011
The Best Buy Children’s Foundation and NCLR (National Council of La Raza) proudly announce the launch of the fifth annual NCLR–Best Buy Emerging Latino Leaders Scholarship Program. The scholarship will award a total of $25,000 to four graduating Hispanic high school seniors throughout the United States. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 15 and winners will be announced in May 2011.
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Congress asked to Pledge Respect

Congress asked to Pledge Respect

March 16, 2011
Treat others how you want to be treated. It’s a simple rule, one most people learn by the time they turn five years old. But knowing what’s right and doing what’s right are two very different things. Unfortunately, it seems like some politicians need a refresher course.
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Peck’s Remarks on Immigrants and Feral Hogs Offensive to Kansas, Offensive to America

Peck’s Remarks on Immigrants and Feral Hogs Offensive to Kansas, Offensive to America

March 16, 2011
Kansas State Representative Virgil Peck might think he was being funny yesterday, but to Hispanics everywhere his comments are no joke. According to today’s Lawrence World Journal, Peck told his state’s House Appropriations Committee, “It might be a good idea to control illegal immigration the way the feral hog population has been controlled—with hunters shooting from helicopters.”
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Peck’s Remarks on Immigrants and Feral Hogs Offensive to Kansas, Offensive to America

Peck’s Remarks on Immigrants and Feral Hogs Offensive to Kansas, Offensive to America

March 16, 2011
NCLR today condemned a remark made by Kansas State Representative Virgil Peck (R) in which he suggested that the same helicopters used to hunt feral pigs be used to hunt undocumented immigrants. Peck stated, “It looks like to me if shooting these immigrating feral hogs works, maybe we have found a [solution] to our illegal immigration problem.” The remark was made at a hearing of the Kansas House Appropriations Committee on Monday.
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Poverty, Birth Complications, Family Problems Affect Well-Being of Children and Youth in Puerto Rico

Poverty, Birth Complications, Family Problems Affect Well-Being of Children and Youth in Puerto Rico

March 15, 2011
The 2010 KIDS COUNT – Puerto Rico Data Book, released today by NCLR, illustrates a troubling statistical portrait of children and youth in Puerto Rico through an examination of the conditions for children in each of the island’s 78 municipios. At a press briefing held today at United Way of Puerto Rico, demographic experts from NCLR and the University of Puerto Rico Graduate School of Public Health explained their mounting concerns for the well-being of children throughout the island and their prospects for the future.
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CONGRESS ASKED TO PLEDGE TO RESPECT THE LATINO COMMUNITY

CONGRESS ASKED TO PLEDGE TO RESPECT THE LATINO COMMUNITY

March 14, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC—Recent U.S. Census numbers show that the Latino community in the United States is growing and becoming an ever stronger force politically and economically throughout the country. However, many still blame Hispanics for several of the country’s woes, targeting them with vicious and inaccurate attacks. To combat these injustices, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) is asking all members of Congress to pledge to respect the Latino community
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Note to Attorneys General:  There’s Room for Improvement on Foreclosure Fixes

Note to Attorneys General:  There’s Room for Improvement on Foreclosure Fixes

March 14, 2011
Earlier last week, a term sheet being negotiated among 50 state attorneys general (AGs) and the five largest mortgage servicers was leaked to the press. It does give us a brief, if incomplete, glimpse of the high-powered conversations on which the fate of millions of homeowners rests. The document outlines a baseline standard of care. This is nice, but the leaked document lacks crucial details, which is where the devil always lies. Nor does it speak to major community needs, such as those detailed in this letter to Kamala Harris, California’s Attorney General, the most important of which is accountability.
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NCLR Releases Data Book to Highlight Status of Children in Puerto Rico

NCLR Releases Data Book to Highlight Status of Children in Puerto Rico

March 09, 2011
On Tuesday, March 15, NCLR will hold a briefing to release a new book about how children in Puerto Rico’s 78 municipios are faring in areas such as poverty, health and education. A panel of experts will analyze local data from the 2010 KIDS COUNT – Puerto Rico Data Book to determine how factors such as family structure and low birth weight can affect children in Puerto Rico and their prospects for the future
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