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NCLR Urges Nomination of Thomas Perez as Secretary of Labor

NCLR Urges Nomination of Thomas Perez as Secretary of Labor

March 13, 2013
NCLR announced today its support for Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, who is being considered by President Obama for Secretary of Labor, a vacancy left by former Secretary Hilda Solis.
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NCLR Mourns Passing of Iconic Political Leader Raymond Telles

NCLR Mourns Passing of Iconic Political Leader Raymond Telles

March 13, 2013
NCLR was saddened to hear of the passing of Raymond Telles, an iconic figure in Hispanic politics who was the first Mexican American elected as mayor of a major U.S. city, El Paso, Texas. Telles passed away last Friday at the age of 97.
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NCLR to Testify at House Subcommittee Hearing on the Impact of Immigration Laws on Families

NCLR to Testify at House Subcommittee Hearing on the Impact of Immigration Laws on Families

March 12, 2013
This Thursday, March 14, 2013, Clarissa Martínez de Castro, Director of Immigration and Civic Engagement, NCLR (National Council of La Raza), will testify at the U.S. House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security for a hearing on “The Separation of Nuclear Families under U.S. Immigration Law.”
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NCLR Applauds Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam’s Statement in Support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

NCLR Applauds Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam’s Statement in Support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

March 08, 2013
NCLR today expressed deep appreciation for Verizon’s endorsement of comprehensive immigration reform legislation earlier this week.
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NCLR joined by Hundreds of Community Leaders at U.S. Capitol to Call for Action on Immigration

NCLR joined by Hundreds of Community Leaders at U.S. Capitol to Call for Action on Immigration

March 07, 2013
Today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) President and CEO Janet Murguía was joined by hundreds of community leaders and activists representing 31 states, including Texas, Florida, Idaho, Tennessee and North Carolina, at an early afternoon press conference where they called for purposeful action on immigration reform.
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Cientos de LÍderes comunitarios se unen al NCLR en el Capitolio para la  Reforma Migratoria

Cientos de LÍderes comunitarios se unen al NCLR en el Capitolio para la Reforma Migratoria

March 07, 2013
Hoy, NCLR (Congreso Nacional de La Raza por sus siglas en inglés) y cientos de lÍderes comunitarios y activistas representando a más de 31 estados incluyendo a Texas, Florida, Idaho, Tennessee, y North Carolina, sostuvieron una conferencia de prensa donde instaron al congreso a tomar acción significativa en el tema de la reforma migratoria.
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Over 400 Latino Community Leaders Gather in Washington to Push for Immigration Reform

Over 400 Latino Community Leaders Gather in Washington to Push for Immigration Reform

March 05, 2013
NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía will be joined by Representative Luis Gutierrez (D–IL) at a press conference at the U.S. Capitol calling for action on immigration reform.
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Automatic Budget Cuts Will Have Devastating Effect on Communities and Families

Automatic Budget Cuts Will Have Devastating Effect on Communities and Families

March 02, 2013
Due to the failure of policymakers to reach an agreement on how to avoid the sequester, automatic budget cuts will start today, gutting critical programs for Latinos in areas such as education, housing, health care and job training.
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National Leaders to be Honored for Their Contributions to Opening Doors for the Latino Community

National Leaders to be Honored for Their Contributions to Opening Doors for the Latino Community

March 01, 2013
Nationally renowned leaders including Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, journalist and founder of Define American Jose Antonio Vargas and United We Dream will be honored on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 as NCLR (National Council of La Raza) hosts its twenty-sixth annual NCLR Capital Awards gala.
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Nation’s Top Hispanic Civil Rights Groups Join Global Boycott of Hyatt Hotels

Nation’s Top Hispanic Civil Rights Groups Join Global Boycott of Hyatt Hotels

February 26, 2013
Today, NCLR, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) joined a global boycott of Hyatt hotels in response to widespread evidence of harmful working conditions for hotel housekeepers, who are predominantly women of color, including Latinas.
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Unemployment Rates Projected to Remain High for Whites, Latinos and African Americans Through 2013

Unemployment Rates Projected to Remain High for Whites, Latinos and African Americans Through 2013

February 25, 2013
Unemployment rates are expected to show essentially no improvement for White, Latino and African American workers through 2013, a new Economic Policy Institute (EPI) report finds. In “Unemployment rates are projected to remain high for whites, Latinos, and African Americans throughout 2013,” Algernon Austin, Director of the Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy program at EPI, reviews unemployment rates by state and race. Austin finds that the African American unemployment rate will continue to exceed the overall rate in each state with sufficient sample sizes for reliable statistics, and the Latino unemployment rate will continue to exceed the overall rate in 13 out of 23 states with sample sizes large enough for estimates. The White unemployment rate is also projected to remain unchanged throughout 2013 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
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NCLR Pushes for a New Direction in Housing Policy that Works for Latinos

NCLR Pushes for a New Direction in Housing Policy that Works for Latinos

February 25, 2013
Hoping to set a new direction for federal housing policy, a bipartisan group of leading housing experts and policymakers today released a new report, Housing America’s Future: New Directions for National Policy, which details a set of principles and guidelines for creating a more resilient housing system. Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR (National Council of La Raza), was among the commissioners on the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Housing Commission who came together to discuss strategies and solutions for tackling some of the nation’s largest housing challenges. NCLR applauds the Housing Commission, under the leadership of former Sens. George Mitchell, Mel Martinez and Christopher Bond and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros, for continuing to push for solutions to this neglected but incredibly important issue.
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Nat’l Mortgage Settlement Monitor to Address Civil Rights Orgs, Community Groups

Nat’l Mortgage Settlement Monitor to Address Civil Rights Orgs, Community Groups

February 22, 2013
Calling for principal reduction and more transparency in implementation of the National Mortgage Settlement, the nation’s leading civil rights groups will host a summit with the settlement Monitor and community-based housing advocates on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
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Bipartisan Housing Commision to Release Recommendations for Future U.S. Housing Policy

Bipartisan Housing Commision to Release Recommendations for Future U.S. Housing Policy

February 22, 2013
The Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Housing Commission will release Housing America’s Future: New Directions for National Policy, a report that contains a series of ground-breaking recommendations to help set a new direction for federal housing policy. Subjects covered in the report include a new system for housing finance, affordable rental housing, rural housing, and the key demographic changes that will present unique challenges and opportunities for our nation’s housing system. The report will be released on Monday, February 25, 2013 at 11:00AM at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
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Comisión de Vivienda del Centro de Política Bipartidista Presentará  Recomendaciones

Comisión de Vivienda del Centro de Política Bipartidista Presentará  Recomendaciones

February 22, 2013
La Comisión de Vivienda del Centro de Política Bipartidista (BPC) dará a luz un reporte, Housing America’s Future: New Directions for National Policy, que contiene una serie de recomendaciones nuevas para ayudar a marcar una nueva vía para la política de la vivienda. Los temas cubiertos en el reporte incluyen un sistema de financiamiento de vivienda, vivienda de alquiler asequible, vivienda rural, y cambios demográficos claves que presentarán retos y oportunidades nuevas para el sistema de vivienda de nuestra nación.
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Cinco Organizaciones Comunitarias se Unen a la Red del NCLR

Cinco Organizaciones Comunitarias se Unen a la Red del NCLR

February 14, 2013
Cinco nuevos miembros 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: Acacia Network in Bronx, N.Y..; Chavez/Huerta K-12 Preparatory Academy in Pueblo, Colo.; Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Orange County (CCCSOC) in Santa Ana, Calif.; Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE) in Chicago, Ill.; and Vera Court Neighborhood Center (VCNC) in Madison, Wis.
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Five Community Organizations Join NCLR’S Affiliate Network

Five Community Organizations Join NCLR’S Affiliate Network

February 14, 2013
Five 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: Acacia Network in Bronx, N.Y..; Chavez/Huerta K-12 Preparatory Academy in Pueblo, Colo.; Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Orange County (CCCSOC) in Santa Ana, Calif.; Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE) in Chicago, Ill.; and Vera Court Neighborhood Center (VCNC) in Madison, Wis.
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Janet Murguía Testifies Before Senate in Favor of Pathway to Citizenship for Immigrants

Janet Murguía Testifies Before Senate in Favor of Pathway to Citizenship for Immigrants

February 13, 2013
At a hearing on immigration reform today on Capitol Hill, Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR (National Council of La Raza), will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, highlighting the need to pass comprehensive immigration reform with a roadmap to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans as its centerpiece.
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NCLR Applauds President Obama’s State of the Union Push to Protect Families

NCLR Applauds President Obama’s State of the Union Push to Protect Families

February 13, 2013
Emphasizing the ongoing unemployment crisis and dwindling resources for vital programs that serve Latino children and families, Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR (National Council of La Raza), commended President Obama’s call in last night’s State of the Union address to stop the automatic budget cuts that are scheduled to take effect on March 1, 2013. Preventing more cuts to job training, child care and education is critical, Murguía said, and cannot be done in a way that puts the middle class even further out of reach for Latino families.
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NCLR Applauds HUD’s New Anti-Discrimination Rule

NCLR Applauds HUD’s New Anti-Discrimination Rule

February 08, 2013
Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a final rule exercising the department’s authority to enforce the Fair Housing Act and create a national standard to clearly delineate discriminatory housing practices. As arbiters of this rule, HUD is responsible for identifying and eliminating housing practices that have intended or unintended discriminatory effects and create segregated housing patterns based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin.
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