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NCLR Applauds Senators for Introducing Immigration Bill

NCLR Applauds Senators for Introducing Immigration Bill

June 23, 2011
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) commends Sens. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Harry Reid, D-Nev., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Richard Durbin, D-Ill., Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and John Kerry, D-Mass., for introducing the “Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2011,” legislation that provides a real, effective, and humane fix to our broken immigration system.
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Grupos Latinos se centran en el seguro social en una reunión municipal en Delaware

Grupos Latinos se centran en el seguro social en una reunión municipal en Delaware

June 17, 2011
El martes 28 de junio, el Centro Comunitario Latinoamericano (Centro Latino), el Consejo Nacional de La Raza (NCLR, por sus siglas en inglés) y Latinos para una Jubilación Segura (LSR, por sus siglas en inglés) serán los anfitriones de una reunión municipal donde se abordarán los mitos y las preocupaciones acerca del Seguro Social, así como su importancia para las familias latinas y para el estado de Delaware. Los miembros de la creciente comunidad latina de Wilmington, funcionarios electos locales y líderes latinos a nivel nacional se reunirán a partir de las 5:30 pm en el Centro Latino, situado en el edificio Los Jardines en 1000 West 5th Street. El evento es gratuito y estará abierto al público.
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Latino Groups to Focus on Social Security in Delaware Town Hall

Latino Groups to Focus on Social Security in Delaware Town Hall

June 17, 2011
On Tuesday, June 28, the Latin American Community Center (the Latin Center), NCLR (National Council of La Raza), and Latinos for a Secure Retirement (LSR) will host a town hall to address myths and concerns about Social Security and its importance to Latino families and the state of Delaware. Members of the growing Wilmington Latino community, local elected officials, and national Latino leaders will meet at the Latin Center, located in the Los Jardines Building at 1000 West 5th Street, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
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Se renueva la biblioteca de Leadership Academy

Se renueva la biblioteca de Leadership Academy

June 15, 2011
Los Angeles Leadership Academy será la anfitriona de la ceremonia de apertura de la renovación de la biblioteca de la escuela el miércoles 22 de junio a las 11:00 AM. La celebración se realizará en la escuela secundaria situada en 234 East Avenue 33 de Los Angeles. Durante la ceremonia hablarán Mona Field, miembro de la Junta Directiva de la escuela y del Consejo Directivo de Los Angeles Community College District; Carolina Salcedo, líder de la comunidad de Lincoln Heights, cuyo hijo es alumno de Los Angeles Leadership Academy; Roger Lowenstein, fundador y director ejecutive de Los Angeles Leadership Academy; y un representante de la sucursal de Lowe’s en Burbank.
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NCLR Denounces Legislative Proposal to Mandate a Barrier to Employment

NCLR Denounces Legislative Proposal to Mandate a Barrier to Employment

June 14, 2011
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) condemns the introduction of the “Legal Workforce Act” (H.R. 2164) by Republican Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas. The legislation would require all employers in the United States to use the E-Verify program, an Internet-based system that relies on error-ridden, outdated databases to check the employment eligibility of workers. This dramatic expansion of the flawed program would have a detrimental impact on Hispanic workers who are incorrectly identified as unauthorized to work.
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NCLR Applauds Recognition of Top Latino Nonprofits

NCLR Applauds Recognition of Top Latino Nonprofits

June 09, 2011
In light of Hispanic Business magazine’s annual listing of the top 25 nonprofit organizations serving the Latino community in the United States, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) offers special congratulations to the 12 groups on the list that are part of the NCLR Affiliate Network. In the magazine’s recent issue, it ranked the 25 Hispanic nonprofits on the basis of annual expenditures, and it surveyed each of them about their revenues and services to provide a snapshot of the top charitable organizations serving the growing U.S. Latino population.
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El consejo nacional de la raza reconoce y aplaude a las principales organizaciones latinas sin fines

El consejo nacional de la raza reconoce y aplaude a las principales organizaciones latinas sin fines

June 09, 2011
El Consejo Nacional de La Raza (NCLR) desea felicitar a las doce organizaciones afiliadas que forman parte del grupo de veinticinco organizaciones Hispanas de mayor impacto en la nación. Estas organizaciones fueron escogidas por la revista Hispanic Business en base a sus ingresos anuales, y los servicios que ofrecen a la población latina de los Estados Unidos.
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NCLR Calls On Secretary Geithner to Prioritize Solutions for Housing Crisis

NCLR Calls On Secretary Geithner to Prioritize Solutions for Housing Crisis

June 07, 2011
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will hold a telephonic press conference on Wednesday, June 8 to discuss recent efforts undertaken by the Home for Good campaign to protect the American Dream of homeownership. NCLR will be joined by representatives from leading civil rights and advocacy organizations—the National Urban League, NAACP, and the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development—who joined the campaign to address problems in the housing market that have stymied neighborhood revitalization and led to communities of color, working families, and seniors losing their homes to foreclosure.
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Leading Advocacy Organizations Call upon U.S. Leaders to Fix Housing Market

Leading Advocacy Organizations Call upon U.S. Leaders to Fix Housing Market

June 07, 2011
Homeownership is the cornerstone of the American Dream, but as the U.S. observes National Homeownership Month this June, far too many Americans are seeing their visions of ownership or affordable renting slip away. With more Americans falling out of the middle class every day and workers struggling to support their families and keep their jobs, the American Dream is increasingly at risk.
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Houston’s KIPP Escalera Program Celebrates 100 Percent Graduation Rate For Class Of 2011

Houston’s KIPP Escalera Program Celebrates 100 Percent Graduation Rate For Class Of 2011

May 25, 2011
The KIPP Houston High School Escalera Scholars Program is pleased to announce that 100 percent of the program’s participating class will graduate on Tuesday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m. The program, which receives funding from Houston-based Shell Oil Company, will celebrate 25 students who have successfully earned a high school diploma and completed the NCLR (National Council of La Raza) Escalera Program: Taking Steps to Success.
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Workers Share Their Experiences in the Low-Wage Labor Market

Workers Share Their Experiences in the Low-Wage Labor Market

May 24, 2011
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) is pleased to announce the release of We Needed the Work: Latino Worker Voices in the New Economy, a collection of personal stories about the experiences of Latino, immigrant, and other workers in the low-wage labor market in the U.S.
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NCLR busca una mayor concentración nacional en torno a los niños y jóvenes  latinos

NCLR busca una mayor concentración nacional en torno a los niños y jóvenes latinos

May 23, 2011
En el foro convocado para el 25 y 26 de mayo de 2011, el Consejo Nacional de La Raza (NCLR) examinará el clima socio-político que rodea a los niños latinos de los Estados Unidos. La intención de este foro es la de reunir a los defensores de la juventud, las organizaciones políticas y agencias gubernamentales para crear una red nacional de defensa de los niños latinos.
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NCLR Advocates for Greater National Focus on Latino Children and Youth

NCLR Advocates for Greater National Focus on Latino Children and Youth

May 23, 2011
At a convening on May 25–26, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will examine the political and social policy climate for Latino children in the U.S. in an effort to bring together advocates from youth, policy, and government organizations to build a Latino child advocacy network. In addition to NCLR experts, speakers at the event include U.S. Representatives Judy Chu, D-Calif., and Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., Roberto J. Rodríguez from the White House Domestic Policy Council, and Dr. Martha Moorehouse from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, among others.
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NCLR panel discussion examines experiences of Latinos working  Low-wage jobs

NCLR panel discussion examines experiences of Latinos working Low-wage jobs

May 23, 2011
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) will host a panel discussion on Tuesday, May 24 at NCLR Headquarters in Washington to address widespread and often overlooked problems plaguing Latinos in the workplace. Eric Rodriguez, NCLR Vice President of the Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation will moderate a discussion among representatives from leading advocacy organizations who will examine the prevalence of issues such as wage theft, unsafe working conditions, and lack of benefits and health insurance. Panelists will also discuss policy efforts to protect workers’ rights.
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Best Buy Partners with NCLR to Award $25,000 in Scholarships to Young Latino Advocates

Best Buy Partners with NCLR to Award $25,000 in Scholarships to Young Latino Advocates

May 17, 2011
The Best Buy Children’s Foundation and NCLR (National Council of La Raza) announce the recipients of the fifth NCLR-Best Buy Emerging Latino Leaders Scholarship Program. Four graduating Hispanic high school seniors will receive a total of $25,000 in scholarships to attend the school of their choice.
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NCLR APPLAUDS THE REINTRODUCTION OF THE “DREAM ACT”

NCLR APPLAUDS THE REINTRODUCTION OF THE “DREAM ACT”

May 11, 2011
Today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) commended Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and his colleagues for reintroducing the “Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act” and praised Reps. Howard Berman, D-Calif., Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., for reintroducing their complementary version of the legislation into the U.S. House of Representatives.
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JANET MURGUÍA, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF NCLR, RESPONDS TO PRESIDENT OBAMA’S SPEECH IN EL PASO, TEXAS

JANET MURGUÍA, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF NCLR, RESPONDS TO PRESIDENT OBAMA’S SPEECH IN EL PASO, TEXAS

May 10, 2011
NCLR applauds the fact that President Obama is using his bully pulpit to reinvigorate the push for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Coming on the heels of one of the most important national counterterrorism measures of his administration, the speech underscores the importance of this issue to the country.
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Statement From Janet Murguía, NCLR President & CEO, Regarding Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s Decision

Statement From Janet Murguía, NCLR President & CEO, Regarding Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s Decision

May 10, 2011
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s appeal to the Supreme Court over SB 1070 is an attempt to codify racial profiling in her state and marks the continuation of a political gambit that has proven disastrous for Arizona.
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Latino Leaders Unite in Sacramento to Urge Passage of the “California Dream Act”

Latino Leaders Unite in Sacramento to Urge Passage of the “California Dream Act”

May 09, 2011
More than 300 advocates from throughout the state, representing over 57 California community-based organizations, will convene on the steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento on Wednesday, May 11 and ask members of the California State Legislature to pass the “California Dream Act.”
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Janet Murguía Becomes Chair of Board of Directors for Hispanic Assoc. on Corporate Responsibility

Janet Murguía Becomes Chair of Board of Directors for Hispanic Assoc. on Corporate Responsibility

May 04, 2011
As the incoming 2011–2012 chair for the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) board of directors, Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR (National Council of La Raza), welcomes the opportunity to advocate for greater inclusion of Hispanics in corporate America. Murguía, who has served on the board since 2005, assumed the role of chair on May 3, taking the reins from Ignacio Salazar, President and CEO of SER – Jobs for Progress National, Inc
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