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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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Programa Nacional De Compra Saludable Para Apoyar A Una Comunidad Hispana Más Sana

Programa Nacional De Compra Saludable Para Apoyar A Una Comunidad Hispana Más Sana

January 15, 2013
Las enfermedades crónicas relacionadas con la falta de actividad física y la mala alimentación están afectando desproporcionadamente a la población latina. El nivel socioeconómico bajo y el fácil acceso a los alimentos baratos y poco saludables son sólo algunos de los factores que contribuyen a que muchos latinos lleven un estilo de vida poco saludable.
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National Shopping Program Aims to Support a Healthier Hispanic Community

National Shopping Program Aims to Support a Healthier Hispanic Community

January 15, 2013
Latino populations are disproportionately affected by chronic diseases related to a lack of physical activity and poor diet. Lower socioeconomic status and ready access to cheap, unhealthy foods are just some of the contributing factors that have set far too many Latinos on the path to an unhealthy lifestyle.
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NCLR Supports Mayor Villaraigosa’s Call for Swift Action on Immigration Reform

NCLR Supports Mayor Villaraigosa’s Call for Swift Action on Immigration Reform

January 14, 2013
Earlier today, Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR (National Council of La Raza), joined Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles at the National Press Club, where the mayor stressed the urgent need for Congress and the White House to pass comprehensive immigration reform this year.
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New CFPB Mortgage Rule Improves Protections for Minority Homebuyers

New CFPB Mortgage Rule Improves Protections for Minority Homebuyers

January 10, 2013
Yesterday the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued guidelines for their Qualified Mortgage (QM) regulation, which requires lenders to ensure that borrowers are able to repay loans.
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NCLR Thankful Families Spared Fiscal Cliff Tax Hikes

NCLR Thankful Families Spared Fiscal Cliff Tax Hikes

January 02, 2013
Last night, Congress approved a plan to extend tax relief for middle-and working-class families and avert the consequences of the fiscal cliff. While the deal includes some compromises and leaves sequestration to be dealt with in the next congressional session, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) supports the overall plan, which meets many of our stated principles for a fair and prosperous economy.
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Rights of LGBT Latinos “On Trial” in the Nation’s Highest Court

Rights of LGBT Latinos “On Trial” in the Nation’s Highest Court

December 12, 2012
The recent announcement that the Supreme Court of the United States will take up two cases involving same-sex marriage is of great significance to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Latinos. Millions of Latinos who identify as LGBT are not afforded the rights and opportunities available through the recognition of their marriages. Decisions in these cases—one related to a provision in the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal benefits to same-sex couples, and another involving California’s Proposition 8, a voter-approved measure that banned gay marriage—will be handed down in the coming months.
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Líderes Latinos Anuncian Campaña de Participación Cívica para Ganar una Reforma Migratoria Integ

Líderes Latinos Anuncian Campaña de Participación Cívica para Ganar una Reforma Migratoria Integ

December 12, 2012
Una nueva campaña para lograr la promulgación legislativa de una reforma migratoria integral en el 2013 fue anunciada el miércoles por líderes de organizaciones nacionales latinas de derechos civiles y sindicales. Los grupos emitieron un comunicado conjunto haciendo un llamado al Presidente Obama y al Congreso para actuar de inmediato sobre las reformas que ayudarán la economía, los trabajadores, y las familias. Las campañas masivas de participación cívica y para responsabilizar el Congreso se llevarán acabo durante el próximo año, con las calificaciones sobre el desempeño del Congreso de ser emitidas antes de las elecciones del 2014. La campaña sigue las elecciones del 2012 en lo cual un récord de 12.5 millones de latinos votaron.
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Latino Leaders Announce Civic Engagement Campaign to Win Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2013

Latino Leaders Announce Civic Engagement Campaign to Win Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2013

December 12, 2012
A new campaign to win congressional enactment of comprehensive immigration reform in 2013 was announced Wednesday by leaders of national Latino civil rights and labor organizations. The groups issued a joint statement calling on President Obama and Congress to act immediately on reforms that will help the economy, workers, and families.
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Líderes de la Comunidad Latina Anuncian Campaña de Participación Cívica

Líderes de la Comunidad Latina Anuncian Campaña de Participación Cívica

December 07, 2012
Este próximo miércoles, 12 de diciembre, líderes prominentes de la comunidad latina se reunirán para emitir su llamado al Congreso a que apruebe una reforma migratoria integral y anunciar su colaboración en una campaña nacional amplia que calificará el Presidente Obama y al Congreso en el manejo de la cuestión.
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Latino Advocacy Leaders Announce Civic Engagement Campaign

Latino Advocacy Leaders Announce Civic Engagement Campaign

December 07, 2012
This coming Wednesday, December 12, prominent Latino advocacy leaders will come together to call on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform in 2013 and to announce their collaboration on an expansive national campaign that will rate President Obama and Congress on their handling of the issue.
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NCLR Stresses a Balanced Approach to Deficit Reduction to Avoid Devastating Fiscal Cliff

NCLR Stresses a Balanced Approach to Deficit Reduction to Avoid Devastating Fiscal Cliff

December 05, 2012
In its first major post-election showdown, Congress is back on Capitol Hill to debate how to balance the federal budget and avoid the looming fiscal cliff. Today, Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR (National Council of La Raza), was joined in a telephonic press briefing by Rep. Xavier Becerra, D–Calif., Jason Furman, Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Principal Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, and Julie Rodriguez, Associate Director of Latino Affairs and Immigration for the White House Office of Public Engagement, for a discussion on how to address the country’s budget challenges with a balanced approach that protects vital programs for Latinos, which could be potentially gutted by automatic cuts.
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