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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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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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