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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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NCLR Report Analyzes Overlap of Emerging Green Economies and Growing Latino Workforce

NCLR Report Analyzes Overlap of Emerging Green Economies and Growing Latino Workforce

February 06, 2013
New research from NCLR (National Council of La Raza) offers a glimpse into the future of the U.S. economy by taking a closer look at the Hispanic workforce in communities with rapidly growing green economies. NCLR’s report, Bright Green: Five Metropolitan Areas Where the Latino Workforce and the Clean Economy Overlap, compares the education and occupation profiles of Latinos and green jobs in five “bright green” locales:
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Latino Advocates Convene in Texas State Capitol to Urge Action on Education and Immigration Reform

Latino Advocates Convene in Texas State Capitol to Urge Action on Education and Immigration Reform

February 05, 2013
More than 200 advocates from throughout Texas, representing NCLR’s (National Council of La Raza) regional network of 25 Latino-serving organizations, converged on the state capitol today to urge state and federal legislators to take immediate action on immigration and education reform.
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Activistas se Reunen en el Capitolio Tejano para Instar Acción sobre Educación e Inmigración

Activistas se Reunen en el Capitolio Tejano para Instar Acción sobre Educación e Inmigración

February 05, 2013
Más de 200 activistas del estado Tejano, representantes de la red regional del NCLR de más de 25 organizaciones latinas, se reunieron en el capitolio estatal hoy día para pedirles a los representantes estatales y legisladores federales que tomen acción inmediata en el tema de inmigración y la educación.
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Líderes Latinos se Reunen en Austin Para Promover Acción Urgente Para Lograr Reforma Migratoria

Líderes Latinos se Reunen en Austin Para Promover Acción Urgente Para Lograr Reforma Migratoria

January 31, 2013
Más de 150 defensores de los derechos civiles de todo el estado de Texas, representando la red regional del Consejo Nacional de La Raza (NCLR por sus siglas en inglés) compuesta por 25 organizaciones que sirven a la comunidad latina del estado, se reunirán en el Capitolio el martes, 5 de febrero, para llevar a cabo una conferencia de prensa.
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Anuncio Del Presidente Obama Impulsa Reforma Migratoria

Anuncio Del Presidente Obama Impulsa Reforma Migratoria

January 30, 2013
Después del anuncio por parte de un grupo de senadores de una propuesta bipartidista para la reforma migratoria, el Presidente Obama detalló hoy una lista de iniciativas para modificar el sistema migratorio nacional. El NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza por sus siglas en inglés) le da la bienvenida al esfuerzo proactivo por parte del Presidente sobre este importante tema, dejando claro, con acciones como esta, que el 2013 es el año de la reforma migratoria.
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Cordray Deserves a Second Run as Director of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Cordray Deserves a Second Run as Director of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

January 30, 2013
Heading into his second term, President Obama has nominated Richard Cordray to continue as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). NCLR (National Council of La Raza) fully backs Cordray for this position, as he has proven to be a strong ally for Latino homeowners since the CFPB opened its doors, fighting to end unfair banking practices and improve accountability among financial institutions.
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President’s Announcement Intensifies Momentum for Immigration Reform

President’s Announcement Intensifies Momentum for Immigration Reform

January 29, 2013
On the heels of yesterday’s unveiling of a bipartisan Senate blueprint for immigration reform, President Obama today laid out his administration’s plan for overhauling the nation’s immigration system.
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NCLR aplaude plan bipartidista del senado para la reforma migratoria

NCLR aplaude plan bipartidista del senado para la reforma migratoria

January 28, 2013
Señalando que el 2013 es el año para la reforma migratoria, un grupo bipartidista de senadores publicaron una lista de principios para reformar el sistema migratorio del país que contienen un camino hacia la ciudadanía para millones de americanos aspirantes.
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NCLR Hails Bipartisan Senate Group Blueprint for Immigration Reform

NCLR Hails Bipartisan Senate Group Blueprint for Immigration Reform

January 28, 2013
Signaling that 2013 is the year for immigration reform, a bipartisan group of senators released a set or principles for overhauling the nation’s immigration system that includes a pathway to citizenship for millions of aspiring Americans.
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NCLR Names New Legislative Affairs Director

NCLR Names New Legislative Affairs Director

January 25, 2013
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) is pleased to announce that Albert Steven Jacquez has joined the organization as its new Director of Legislative, Congressional and Political Affairs. In addition, Janis Bowdler has been promoted to Director of the Economic Policy Project, and Jennifer Ng’andu will now serve as the organization’s Director of the Health and Civil Rights Policy Projects. The recent hire and promotions within NCLR’s Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation will help elevate NCLR’s work in these strategic areas.
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MAUC y NCLR Patrocinan Exhibición Fotográfica en San Antonio para Involucrar a los Jovenes Latinos

MAUC y NCLR Patrocinan Exhibición Fotográfica en San Antonio para Involucrar a los Jovenes Latinos

January 25, 2013
Con unas tasas de obesidad desproporcionadamente altas entre los jóvenes minoritarios en San Antonio, el Mexican American Unity Council, Inc. (MAUC) y el Consejo Nacional de La Raza (NCLR) por sus siglas en inglés) están instando a la comunidad a que examinen las barreras que existen para los jóvenes latinos a vivir una vida más sana. De acuerdo con Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), el 27 por ciento de los niños negros e hispanos en Bexar County, donde está localizado la ciudad de San Antonio, son obesos, y esa tasa sigue creciendo.
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MAUC and NCLR to Host San Antonio Exhibit that Engages Latino Youth on Health and Lifestyle

MAUC and NCLR to Host San Antonio Exhibit that Engages Latino Youth on Health and Lifestyle

January 25, 2013
With obesity rates among minority youth in San Antonio disproportionately high, the Mexican American Unity Council, Inc. (MAUC) and NCLR (National Council of La Raza) are engaging the community in examining the barriers to a healthy lifestyle for young Latinos. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 27 percent of Black and Hispanic children are obese in Bexar County, in which San Antonio is located, and the obesity rate continues to climb.
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NCLR Joins Community Groups for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

NCLR Joins Community Groups for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

January 18, 2013
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will honor the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan. 21 by carrying out community service activities across the nation. NCLR staff will join local nonprofit organizations that are members of the NCLR Affiliate Network in paying tribute to Dr. King through community service projects.
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NCLR Commends President’s Thoughtful Approach to Prevent Gun Violence and Promote Community Safety

NCLR Commends President’s Thoughtful Approach to Prevent Gun Violence and Promote Community Safety

January 17, 2013
NCLR praised President Obama’s announcement of a comprehensive proposal, including 23 executive measures, aimed at curbing gun violence in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn.
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New Regulations Help Pause Foreclosures for Homeowners Seeking Loan Modifications

New Regulations Help Pause Foreclosures for Homeowners Seeking Loan Modifications

January 17, 2013
Borrowers at risk of losing their homes have been granted much-needed relief thanks to new protections aimed at preventing unnecessary foreclosures. Earlier today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced new servicing standards that specifically address the problem of dual tracking—the process of pushing families through foreclosure while they are simultaneously being considered for mortgage loan modifications. At a hearing in Atlanta today, Lot Diaz, Vice President of Housing and Community Development at NCLR (National Council of La Raza), provided testimony that praised the CFPB for making meaningful improvements to the dual tracking rule, which will help stem foreclosures in Latino communities.
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Aunque Es Prevenible, La Tasa De Cáncer Cervical Entre Las Latinas Crece

Aunque Es Prevenible, La Tasa De Cáncer Cervical Entre Las Latinas Crece

January 16, 2013
Enero es el “Mes de la Concientización del Cáncer Cervical”, y para todas las mujeres alrededor del país, esto debe de servir para recordar la necesidad de hacer una cita para un examen de Papanicolaou, dado a que el cáncer cervical es fácilmente prevenible con la ayuda de este estudio. Desafortunadamente, muchas latinas no toman el tiempo para realizarse esta simple prueba y están perdiendo la batalla en contra de esta enfermedad.
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Although Preventable, Cervical Cancer Rates for Latinas Still Soar Due to Lack of Early Detection

Although Preventable, Cervical Cancer Rates for Latinas Still Soar Due to Lack of Early Detection

January 16, 2013
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and for women across the country that should serve as an all-too-important reminder to schedule a Pap test, since Cervical cancer is easily preventable. Unfortunately, many Latinas don’t take the time to schedule this simple test and are losing the battle against this disease.
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