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NCLR, ROC-Miami, Organize Now and SF Jobs With Justice Host Briefing on Worker Standards in Florida

NCLR, ROC-Miami, Organize Now and SF Jobs With Justice Host Briefing on Worker Standards in Florida

May 02, 2013
Today, May 2, NCLR (National Council of La Raza), ROC-Miami (Restaurant Opportunities Center), Organize Now and SF Jobs with Justice will host a telephonic press briefing to discuss Florida state legislative efforts to take away local control and undercut workers’ rights. Florida is the latest in a string of states, including Michigan, Mississippi and Wisconsin, to introduce legislation which preempts local efforts to ensure that workers are entitled to earned sick time and a living wage.
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NCLR Supports Nomination of Rep. Melvin Watt to Lead Federal Housing Finance Agency

NCLR Supports Nomination of Rep. Melvin Watt to Lead Federal Housing Finance Agency

May 01, 2013
Today, President Obama nominated Rep. Melvin Watt (D–N.C.) to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the government regulator that oversees lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which together guarantee almost half of all U.S. mortgages. NCLR (National Council of La Raza) fully supports the nomination of Rep. Watt, who has served in Congress for more than 20 years. Many of those years were spent on the House Financial Services Committee where he was one of the first members to call attention to the subprime mortgage crisis.
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NCLR Applauds Supreme Court Ruling on Alabama Immigration Measure

NCLR Applauds Supreme Court Ruling on Alabama Immigration Measure

April 29, 2013
Today, NCLR welcomed the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to block Alabama from enforcing a state law that would have allowed the arrest of individuals who transported undocumented immigrants within the state.
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At Senate Immigration Hearing, Murguía Urges Congress to Press On with Gang of Eight Bill

At Senate Immigration Hearing, Murguía Urges Congress to Press On with Gang of Eight Bill

April 22, 2013
Today, Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR (National Council of La Raza), testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on comprehensive immigration reform legislation, the second time she has been asked to testify before Congress in recent months. Murguía restated her full support for moving forward with the immigration debate and thanked the bipartisan Gang of Eight for introducing the legislation last week. The legislation, although not perfect, is a strong starting point to work from in order to pass immigration reform this year.
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NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía to Testify Before Senate on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía to Testify Before Senate on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

April 19, 2013
On Monday, April 22, Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR (National Council of La Raza), will testify at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on comprehensive immigration reform legislation. NCLR recently praised legislation introduced by the bipartisan Gang of Eight that would overhaul the nation’s immigration system.
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NCLR Urges Senate to Confirm Perez for Secretary of Labor

NCLR Urges Senate to Confirm Perez for Secretary of Labor

April 18, 2013
Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions is holding a confirmation hearing for Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice Thomas Perez, President Obama’s nominee to be the next Secretary of Labor. NCLR (National Council of La Raza) affirms its full and unwavering support of Perez, who, if confirmed, will be the only Latino in the president’s second-term cabinet.
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NCLR Hails Introduction of Gang of Eight’s Bipartisan Comprehensive Immigration Reform BIll

NCLR Hails Introduction of Gang of Eight’s Bipartisan Comprehensive Immigration Reform BIll

April 17, 2013
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) applauded both the critically important breakthrough in the push for immigration reform and the members of the bipartisan group of senators known as the “Gang of Eight”—Michael Bennet (D–Colo.), Richard Durbin (D–Ill.), Jeff Flake (R–Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R–S.C.), John McCain (R–Ariz.), Robert Menendez (D–N.J.), Marco Rubio (R–Fla.), and Chuck Schumer (D–N.Y.)—who together introduced legislation today to overhaul the nation’s immigration system.
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Latino Leaders Rally at Capitol to Urge California State Legislature to Back Immigration Reform

Latino Leaders Rally at Capitol to Urge California State Legislature to Back Immigration Reform

April 16, 2013
Earlier today, more than 300 advocates and local leaders from throughout California, representing NCLR’s (National Council of La Raza) regional network of 60 Latino-serving nonprofit organizations, rallied at the State Capitol to urge members of the California State Legislature to pass Assembly Joint Resolution 3 (AJR 3). This measure details a set of principles for repairing the nation’s broken immigration system and urges Congress and the president to use these principles as a guide as they work toward comprehensive immigration reform.
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Latino Leaders Rally in Sacramento to Urge Legislature to Back Measure Supporting Immigration Reform

Latino Leaders Rally in Sacramento to Urge Legislature to Back Measure Supporting Immigration Reform

April 11, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—More than 300 advocates from throughout the state, representing NCLR’s (National Council of La Raza) regional network of 60 Latino-serving nonprofit organizations, will convene in front of the California State Capitol on Tuesday, April 16, for a press conference and rally to urge members of the California State Legislature to pass Assembly Joint Resolution 3 (AJR 3).
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President’s Budget Proposal Is Disappointing

President’s Budget Proposal Is Disappointing

April 10, 2013
Earlier today, the White House released its proposed budget for fiscal year 2014. Although President Obama’s proposal aims to replace the harmful sequester and contains some positive features, it fails to measure up to NCLR’s (National Council of La Raza) core principles on the federal budget.
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Civil Rights Groups to Call on Colorado Legislature to Approve Bill to Help Struggling Homeowners

Civil Rights Groups to Call on Colorado Legislature to Approve Bill to Help Struggling Homeowners

April 10, 2013
On Thursday, April 11, NCLR (National Council of La Raza), the NAACP, Del Norte Neighborhood Development Corporation and community leaders will join together at the State Capitol at 2:30 p.m. CT for a press conference to call on the Colorado State legislature to pass HB13-1249, the “Colorado Housing Stabilization and Mortgage Accountability Act.”
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NCLR Praises New Rules Opening Up Critical Funding for Housing Counseling

NCLR Praises New Rules Opening Up Critical Funding for Housing Counseling

April 05, 2013
Yesterday, the Obama administration announced changes to its signature Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP)—a program which lowers monthly mortgage payments for struggling homeowners—stating that funding can now be directed to housing counseling organizations, one of the most effective interventions for preventing foreclosure. NCLR (National Council of La Raza) applauds the administration for making this critical adjustment which will help to better serve Latino communities that are still plagued with disproportionately high foreclosure rates.
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NCLR Affiliate Mary’s Center Addresses Concerns of Hyatt Hotel Workers

NCLR Affiliate Mary’s Center Addresses Concerns of Hyatt Hotel Workers

March 29, 2013
In response to work concerns at Hyatt Hotels, Mary’s Center pledged to not hold its 25th Anniversary Gala at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Washington, DC.
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NCLR Insta al Congreso y al Presidente que Reemplacen el ‘Sequester’

NCLR Insta al Congreso y al Presidente que Reemplacen el ‘Sequester’

March 27, 2013
Ayer, el Presidente firmó una resolución aprobada por el Congreso que haría el ‘sequester’—los recortes automáticos que tomaron efecto el 1 de marzo—el presupuesto de facto para el Año Fiscal 2013. El Congreso se fue de receso la semana pasada después de no haber llegado a un acuerdo sobre el presupuesto federal de ambas cámaras—el Senado y el Congreso. Mientras que nos alegramos que el gobierno pudiera evitar un cierre, el Consejo Nacional de La Raza (NCLR por sus siglas en inglés) está profundamente preocupado con las severas consecuencias para los latinos que puedan llegar como resultado de posponer una solución verdadera.
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NCLR Implores Congress and the President to Replace Sequester with Responsible Budget

NCLR Implores Congress and the President to Replace Sequester with Responsible Budget

March 27, 2013
Yesterday, the President signed a continuing resolution passed by Congress that will make the sequester—the devastating automatic budget cuts that hit on March 1—the de facto budget for Fiscal Year 2013. Congress left last week for recess after failing to reach an agreement on the federal budget proposals put forth by both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Although we are glad that a government shutdown has been averted, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) is deeply concerned about the severe consequences that “kicking the can down the road” on the budget will have for Latino families.
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Watchdog Groups Demand Full Fair-Lending Compliance in National Mortgage Settlement

Watchdog Groups Demand Full Fair-Lending Compliance in National Mortgage Settlement

March 27, 2013
On Wednesday, March 27th, a coalition made up of 109 civic groups sent a letter to Mortgage Settlement Monitor Joe Smith and the Executive Monitoring Committee highlighting concerns with the slow pace of change on the ground for hardest-hit communities and the need for greater oversight.
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NCLR Calls for Marriage Equality as Supreme Court Begins Hearing Arguments on DOMA and Proposition 8

NCLR Calls for Marriage Equality as Supreme Court Begins Hearing Arguments on DOMA and Proposition 8

March 26, 2013
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments on two cases involving marriage equality for same-sex couples; the cases examine the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8.
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NCLR Pide Igualdad Matrimonial a la Corte Suprema

NCLR Pide Igualdad Matrimonial a la Corte Suprema

March 26, 2013
Hoy, la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos comenzará a escuchar los argumentos sobre dos casos de igualdad matrimonial para parejas del mismo sexo, examinando la constitucionalidad del Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) y la Proposición 8 de California.
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Janet Murguía Joins Call for Marriage Equality on Steps of the Supreme Court

Janet Murguía Joins Call for Marriage Equality on Steps of the Supreme Court

March 25, 2013
On Tuesday, March 26, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments concerning two cases involving the legal recognition of marriage equality.
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NCLR Urges Congress to Pass a Fair and Equitable Budget

NCLR Urges Congress to Pass a Fair and Equitable Budget

March 20, 2013
This week, both the Senate and House of Representatives are expected to vote on their respective budget proposals.
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