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Survey of Latino Voters Overwhelmingly Says Needs of Families Should be Federal Budget Priority

Survey of Latino Voters Overwhelmingly Says Needs of Families Should be Federal Budget Priority

May 29, 2013
The majority of registered Latino voters in three key swing states believe high-income individuals and corporations should be paying more toward reducing the federal deficit, according to a new survey released today by NCLR (National Council of La Raza). NCLR recently conducted an informal survey of more than 4,000 registered Latino voters in Florida, Colorado and Nevada, key swing states in the last presidential election, questioning participants about their views on the ongoing federal budget debate.
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NCLR Joins Rep. Degette and Community Groups to Discuss Impact of Budget Cuts on Social Safety Net

NCLR Joins Rep. Degette and Community Groups to Discuss Impact of Budget Cuts on Social Safety Net

May 29, 2013
Tomorrow, Thursday, May 30, 2013, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will join U.S. Representative Diana DeGette (D–CO), the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and Every Child Matters Education Fund at a town hall meeting to discuss the impact of federal budget cuts.
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NCLR Applauds Nomination of Katherine Archuleta as New Director of Office of Personnel Management

NCLR Applauds Nomination of Katherine Archuleta as New Director of Office of Personnel Management

May 24, 2013
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) applauds the nomination of Katherine Archuleta to lead the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Archuleta has served as both the Chief of Staff for former Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and the National Political Director for President Obama’s reelection campaign.
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NCLR Hails Strong Bipartisan Senate Judiciary Committee Vote Approving Immigration Reform

NCLR Hails Strong Bipartisan Senate Judiciary Committee Vote Approving Immigration Reform

May 22, 2013
Today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) praised the bipartisan efforts of the Senate Judiciary Committee that resulted in the passage of S. 744: the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013.” Over the past several weeks, Judiciary Committee members reviewed and voted on hundreds of amendments, many of which threatened to weaken the core of the original proposal meant to overhaul the nation’s broken immigration system.
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NCLR Congratulates Top Latino Nonprofit Organizations

NCLR Congratulates Top Latino Nonprofit Organizations

May 16, 2013
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) praised “Hispanic Business” magazine’s recognition of the stellar work conducted by Latino nonprofits in its annual listing of the top 25 Hispanic nonprofit organizations. Twelve of those groups on the list are community organizations that belong to NCLR’s Affiliate Network.
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Latino Community March and Rally for Confirming Thomas Perez as Labor Secretary

Latino Community March and Rally for Confirming Thomas Perez as Labor Secretary

May 14, 2013
On May 15, 2013, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), CASA de Maryland, and NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will hold a march and press conference in support of confirming Thomas Perez as U.S. Secretary of Labor and calling on senators to cease their unwarranted attacks and filibuster threats against Mr. Perez.
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Comunidad Marcha a Favor de la Confirmación de Thomas Perez como Secretario del Trabajo

Comunidad Marcha a Favor de la Confirmación de Thomas Perez como Secretario del Trabajo

May 14, 2013
El 15 de mayo, 2013, el National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), CASA de Maryland, y el Consejo Nacional de La Raza (NCLR por sus siglas en inglés), patrocinarán una marcha y conferencia de prensa en apoyo a la confirmación de Thomas Perez como Secretario del Trabajo. En tales eventos les exigirán a los senadores que paren sus ataques injustificados en contra del Sr. Perez.
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NCLR Urges Improvements, Not Obstacles as Senate Markup of Immigration Bill Begins

NCLR Urges Improvements, Not Obstacles as Senate Markup of Immigration Bill Begins

May 09, 2013
Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee began its markup of the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013” (S.744), a welcome sign that immigration reform is moving forward and will hopefully bring relief to America’s 11 million undocumented aspiring citizens.
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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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