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Decision on Voting Rights a Major Blow to One of the Most Important Acts of the Civil Rights Era

Decision on Voting Rights a Major Blow to One of the Most Important Acts of the Civil Rights Era

June 25, 2013
While the Supreme Court did not issue a ruling on Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, today it struck down in a 5–4 decision Section 4(b), a provision of the law known as preclearance that provides a formula to identify areas that have prevalent histories of voting discrimination. Despite the fact that Congress overwhelmingly passed a 25-year extension of the Voting Rights Act just a few years ago, the Court placed the burden back on Congress to develop a new formula to determine which states or jurisdictions are subject to preclearance.
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NCLR Anuncia su Conferencia Anual 2013

NCLR Anuncia su Conferencia Anual 2013

June 25, 2013
Hoy, el Consejo Nacional de La Raza (NCLR, por sus siglas en inglés) anunció lo destacado de su próxima Conferencia Anual 2013 y Feria Nacional de la Familia Latina®, el principal evento para los latinos de todo el país que se llevará a cabo, por primera vez, en New Orleans del sábado 20 de julio al martes 23 de julio en el Centro de Convenciones Ernest N. Morial.
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NCLR Provides Highlights of its 2013 Annual Conference

NCLR Provides Highlights of its 2013 Annual Conference

June 25, 2013
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) today announced highlights of its upcoming 2013 Annual Conference and National Latino Family Expo®, the premier events for Latinos across the nation, which will take place, for the first time, in New Orleans.
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NCLR: Corte Suprema Subraya La Importancia De Acceso A La Universidad Para Todos

NCLR: Corte Suprema Subraya La Importancia De Acceso A La Universidad Para Todos

June 24, 2013
Esta mañana, en un voto de 7 a 1, la Corte Suprema de los estados unidos emitió una decisión en el caso de Fisher v. University of Texas, caso que reto la constitucionalidad de los programas de diversidad en el proceso de admisión universitaria. La Corte Suprema devolvió el caso a la Corte de Apelaciones del Quinto Circuito, citando la falta de la corte menor a utilizar estándares correctos para evaluar la póliza de admisión de la Universidad de Texas.
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Supreme Court Decision Underscores Importance of Equal Opportunity in Higher Education

Supreme Court Decision Underscores Importance of Equal Opportunity in Higher Education

June 24, 2013
This morning, in a 7-1 decision, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas, a case that challenged the constitutionality of diversity programs in college admissions. The Supreme Court remanded the case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, citing the lower court’s failure to use correct standards to accurately evaluate the University of Texas’s admission policy.
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Health Measures Improve for Puerto Rico’s Children; Family and Economic Factors Challenge Prospects

Health Measures Improve for Puerto Rico’s Children; Family and Economic Factors Challenge Prospects

June 24, 2013
The “2012 KIDS COUNT – Puerto Rico Data Book,” released today by NCLR (National Council of La Raza), provides a mixed portrait of children and youth in Puerto Rico’s 78 municipios, noting the high percentage of children living in poverty yet demonstrating positive changes in key health indicators
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Indicadores de Salud Mejoran para la Niñez en Puerto Rico; Factores Económicos Amenazan su Futuro

Indicadores de Salud Mejoran para la Niñez en Puerto Rico; Factores Económicos Amenazan su Futuro

June 24, 2013
El informe NUESTROS NIÑOS CUENTAN – Puerto Rico Libro de Datos 2012, publicado hoy por el NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza por sus siglas en inglés), muestra un panorama estadístico mixto de la niñez y juventud en Puerto Rico debido al alto porcentaje de niños que viven en pobreza y la tendencia positiva en indicadores de salud clave.
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Mixed Reviews on the Well-Being of Puerto Rico’s Children in the 2013 Kids Count Data Book

Mixed Reviews on the Well-Being of Puerto Rico’s Children in the 2013 Kids Count Data Book

June 24, 2013
Education and health trends are bright spots in the 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which shows welcomed decreases in uninsured children and teen birthrates nationwide
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Panorama Mixto sobre el Bienestar de la Niñez de Puerto Rico en el Libro de Datos Kids Count 2013

Panorama Mixto sobre el Bienestar de la Niñez de Puerto Rico en el Libro de Datos Kids Count 2013

June 24, 2013
Las tendencias en educación y salud que aparecen en el Libro de Datos KIDS COUNT 2013, publicado hoy por la Fundación Annie E. Casey, son indicios positivos que muestran una disminución en las tasas de niños sin seguro médico y de nacimientos a adolescentes a nivel nacional.
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NCLR: Border Security Agreement, While Excessive, Will Move Immigration Reform Forward

NCLR: Border Security Agreement, While Excessive, Will Move Immigration Reform Forward

June 21, 2013
Today, the Senate’s bipartisan “Gang of Eight” announced an agreement on a border security amendment that has thus far been a sticking point in negotiations on the passage of S. 744 the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.”
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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

June 21, 2013
On Monday, June 24, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will release findings from a new publication about how children in Puerto Rico’s 78 municipios are faring in areas such as poverty, health and education.
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NCLR Welcomes Defeat of House Farm Bill That Would Have Cut SNAP

NCLR Welcomes Defeat of House Farm Bill That Would Have Cut SNAP

June 20, 2013
Protecting millions of vulnerable families from losing food assistance, the House of Representatives today voted down the “Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013” (H.R. 1947), known as the farm bill, which included provisions that would have cut more than $20 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) over ten years. The House had also added a number of harmful amendments to the bill that would, among other restrictions, eliminate SNAP benefits that are unused after 60 days, allow states to require drug tests for food stamp beneficiaries and prevent certain convicted felons from ever receiving benefits. NCLR (National Council of La Raza) applauds the bipartisan vote to defeat this bill and prevent drastic cuts to a program that helps millions of Latinos overcome poverty and access sufficient food.
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NCLR Publica a un Libro de Datos para Exponer la Situación de la Niñez en Puerto Rico

NCLR Publica a un Libro de Datos para Exponer la Situación de la Niñez en Puerto Rico

June 20, 2013
El lunes 24 de junio, el NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza) publicará los hallazgos de un nuevo estudio sobre la situación de la niñez en los 78 municipios de Puerto Rico en áreas como pobreza, salud y educación.
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Seven Community Organizations Join NCLR’s Affiliate Network

Seven Community Organizations Join NCLR’s Affiliate Network

June 20, 2013
Seven new Affiliate members have recently joined the NCLR (National Council of La Raza) Affiliate Network of local organizations that work with the Latino community throughout the nation.
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Siete Organizaciones Comunitarias se Unen a la Red de Afiliados del NCLR

Siete Organizaciones Comunitarias se Unen a la Red de Afiliados del NCLR

June 20, 2013
Siete miembros nuevos se han unido a la Red de Afiliados del NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza) de organizaciones locales que trabajan con la comunidad latina en todo el país.
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Congressional Budget Office Score of Immigration Bill Shows Promising Future for U.S. Economy

Congressional Budget Office Score of Immigration Bill Shows Promising Future for U.S. Economy

June 19, 2013
Today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) lauded the release of the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) score of the Senate’s immigration reform bill, “The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013” (S. 744). The nonpartisan arm of Congress charged with estimating the cost of legislation very clearly outlined that the benefits of passing immigration reform far outweigh the costs related to the bill.
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As Senate Takes Step Forward on Immigration Reform, House Takes Two Steps Back

As Senate Takes Step Forward on Immigration Reform, House Takes Two Steps Back

June 19, 2013
In an ill-advised attempt to delegate immigration enforcement to state and local authorities and criminalize aspiring Americans, the House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary yesterday passed HR 2278, the “Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act.” NCLR (National Council of La Raza) is appalled that the House Judiciary Committee would pursue legislation that aims to expand many of the wasteful and misguided interior enforcement policies, such as the failed Arizona SB 1070, that have caused fear and insecurity in communities across the country.
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NCLR Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Strike Down Arizona Voter ID Law

NCLR Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Strike Down Arizona Voter ID Law

June 17, 2013
Today, NCLR applauded the Supreme Court’s decision on Gonzalez v. Arizona, a voter ID law that would have required potential eligible voters to prove citizenship in order to register to vote.
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In House Hearing, NCLR Warns Congress Against Delegation of Authority on Immigration

In House Hearing, NCLR Warns Congress Against Delegation of Authority on Immigration

June 14, 2013
Yesterday, Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro, Director of Immigration and Civic Engagement at NCLR (National Council of La Raza), testified at a House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary hearing on H.R. 2278, the “Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement (SAFE) Act.” During the hearing, Martínez-De-Castro warned that this legislation will expand many of the wasteful and misguided interior enforcement policies that have caused fear and insecurity in communities across the country, in part, by delegating immigration enforcement duties to state and local authorities.
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NCLR Applauds Senate Action to Move Closer to Final Vote on Immigration Reform

NCLR Applauds Senate Action to Move Closer to Final Vote on Immigration Reform

June 12, 2013
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate moved one step closer to a vote on final passage of the bipartisan "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013" (S. 744), the comprehensive reform bill set to overhaul our nation’s broken immigration system.
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