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Official updates from NCLR



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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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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