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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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Seven Organizations join NCLR’s Affiliate Network

Seven Organizations join NCLR’s Affiliate Network

March 08, 2011
Seven new Affiliate members—El Colegio Charter School, Ibero-American Action League Inc., Identity Inc., Latin American Montessori Bilingual (LAMB) Public Charter School, Latinos Progresando, Migrant Health Promotion and Scholars to Leaders Academy—have recently joined the NCLR (National Council of La Raza) Affiliate Network. With these new additions, NCLR now has 271 influential organizations across the United States as Affiliate members.
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NCLR Announces Recipients of 2011 Capital Awards

NCLR Announces Recipients of 2011 Capital Awards

March 08, 2011
Representatives Barney Frank (D–MA) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R–FL) as well as Grammy Award–winning band Ozomatli have been chosen as this year’s awardees at the NCLR Capital Awards. The Capital Awards gala is the only Hispanic event specifically dedicated to honoring members of Congress from both sides of the aisle who have shown a consistent commitment to promoting legislation and public policies that benefit Hispanic Americans in their districts and throughout the country.
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NCLR Panel Sees the Growing Latino Population as Key Influencers in the Future of American Politics

NCLR Panel Sees the Growing Latino Population as Key Influencers in the Future of American Politics

March 07, 2011
In the face of harsh anti-immigrant and anti-Latino rhetoric during the 2010 midterm elections, Latinos emerged as important political players, with Hispanic candidates proving competitive in statewide races and Latino voters affecting the balance of power in Congress. Yet with such little progress on the issues that matter to Latinos and so many candidates demonizing or neglecting the community, why did Latino voters go to the polls?
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Good Jobs Still Scarce Despite Growth in Industries with Strong Latino Representation

Good Jobs Still Scarce Despite Growth in Industries with Strong Latino Representation

March 07, 2011
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) today released an analysis of Latino employment trends showing that significant job growth is occurring in industries with strong Latino representation. However, other indicators point to a lack of job security among Latino workers, which may reflect the low quality of newly created jobs and their concerns about lack of preparedness.
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The President’s Budget:  A Step in the Right Direction

The President’s Budget:  A Step in the Right Direction

February 23, 2011
President Obama’s budget proposal adds to the current debate on how to restore our country’s fiscal health. While it is far from perfect, the president's plan reflects a serious and thoughtful approach to dealing with our deficit today while maintaining our nation’s competitiveness in the future. Like all Americans, Latinos are concerned with our swelling deficit and looking to lawmakers for real solutions that will prevent our nation’s children from shouldering our debt.
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NCLR  Receives Top Rating for Strong Financial Management

NCLR Receives Top Rating for Strong Financial Management

February 18, 2011
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) is pleased to announce that it has received a four-star rating for sound fiscal management from Charity Navigator, an independent organization that evaluates how efficiently charities use their financial resources. For the third year in a row, NCLR earned the top rating for its ability to manage and build finances to support its mission of improving opportunities for Hispanic Americans. NCLR, the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, is among only 13 percent of charities rated by Charity Navigator for exceptional fiscal responsibility for the past three years.
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President’s Budget Takes Steps to Invest in America’s Future, Reduce the Deficit

President’s Budget Takes Steps to Invest in America’s Future, Reduce the Deficit

February 16, 2011
Yesterday, President Obama released his budget for fiscal year 2012. The President’s budget begins a process on Capitol Hill that NCLR (National Council of La Raza) hopes will be a serious and thoughtful approach to dealing with our budget deficits today, while maintaining our nation’s competitiveness in the future.
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NCLR Congratulates Beatriz Otero, New Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services

NCLR Congratulates Beatriz Otero, New Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services

February 15, 2011
NCLR applauds District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray for his appointment of Beatriz “BB” Otero as the city’s new Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services. Ms. Otero, a long-time leader in the Latino community, is the founder and chief executive of CentroNía, a multicultural learning center in Columbia Heights and an active member of NCLR’s Affiliate Network.
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Civil Rights Statement on the Administration’s Report on Reforming the U.S. Housing Finance Market

Civil Rights Statement on the Administration’s Report on Reforming the U.S. Housing Finance Market

February 11, 2011
The following is a joint statement from civil rights organizations on the Obama administration’s report on reforming the nation’s housing finance market. Organizations issuing the statement include NCLR, National Fair Housing Alliance, Center for Responsible Lending, The Opportunity Agenda, NAACP, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, National Urban League, National People’s Action, the Kirwan Institute, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, PolicyLink and Poverty & Race Research Action Council.
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President Obama’s Better Buildings Initiative Holds Promise for Latino Workers, Says NCLR

President Obama’s Better Buildings Initiative Holds Promise for Latino Workers, Says NCLR

February 08, 2011
President Obama’s Better Buildings Initiative to improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings has the potential to create significant new job opportunities for many Latino workers, according to NCLR (National Council of La Raza), the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States.
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NCLR Calls for Urgent Juvenile Justice Reform

NCLR Calls for Urgent Juvenile Justice Reform

February 03, 2011
In a report released today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, called on the U.S. Congress to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 (JJDPA) in order to make our nation’s juvenile justice system stronger and increase support for prevention and rehabilitation programs.
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The Latino State of the Union - A Challenge to Lawmakers

The Latino State of the Union - A Challenge to Lawmakers

January 27, 2011
President Obama’s State of the Union address was a direct challenge to lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle to work together toward a more prosperous and globally competitive America.
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