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El NCLR habla de los desafíos legales de la extremista ley antiinmigrante de Alabama

El NCLR habla de los desafíos legales de la extremista ley antiinmigrante de Alabama

August 11, 2011
El viernes 5 de agosto, el NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza) se unió a un escrito de amicus curiae – expresión en Latín que significa ‘amigo de la corte’ - que apoya la demanda presentada por una coalición de grupos de derechos civiles: el Centro de Leyes sobre la Pobreza en el Sur, el Sindicato Americano de Libertades Civiles (ACLU, por sus siglas en inglés), la ACLU de Alabama, el Centro Jurídico Nacional de Inmigración, el Caucus Asiático de Leyes, y el Centro de Justicia Asiático Estadounidense, entre otros, para desafiar la extremista ley antiinmigrante de Alabama, Ley HB 56, que fue firmada en junio por el gobernador Robert Bentley (R-AL). La Coalición del Interés Hispano de Alabama (¡HICA!, por sus siglas en inglés), una organización afiliada al NCLR, es la principal demandante del caso.
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NCLR Discusses Legal Challenges to Alabama’s Extreme Anti-Immigrant Law

NCLR Discusses Legal Challenges to Alabama’s Extreme Anti-Immigrant Law

August 11, 2011
On Friday, August 5, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) joined an amicus brief supporting the lawsuit filed by a coalition of civil rights groups—Southern Poverty Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of Alabama, the National Immigration Law Center, the Asian Law Caucus, and the Asian American Justice Center, among others—challenging Alabama’s extreme anti-immigrant law, HB 56, which was signed by Gov. Robert Bentley (R–AL) in June. The Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (¡HICA!), an NCLR Affiliate, is the lead plaintiff for this lawsuit.
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Groups File Amicus Briefs to Highlight Concerns with Alabama’s Anti-Immigrant Law

Groups File Amicus Briefs to Highlight Concerns with Alabama’s Anti-Immigrant Law

August 10, 2011
On Friday, August 5, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) joined an amicus brief supporting the lawsuit filed by a coalition of civil rights groups—Southern Poverty Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of Alabama, the National Immigration Law Center, the Asian Law Caucus, and the Asian American Justice Center, among others—challenging Alabama’s extreme anti-immigrant law, HB 56, passed earlier this summer. HB 56 is the harshest anti-immigrant law in the nation, authorizing police officers to investigate the immigration status of noncriminals, requiring that schools collect information about the citizenship of their students, and making it illegal to transport an undocumented individual.
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La Escuela East Austin College Prep Será La Anfitriona De La Celebración “¡Vivan Los Libros!”

La Escuela East Austin College Prep Será La Anfitriona De La Celebración “¡Vivan Los Libros!”

August 05, 2011
La escuela East Austin College Prep Academy será la anfitriona de una celebración comunitaria el jueves 11 de agosto de las 5:00 PM a las 8:00 PM, para inaugurar su biblioteca recientemente renovada. La fiesta denominada ¡Vivan los libros! se llevará a cabo en la escuela ubicada en El Centro de Familia de Southwest Key en 6002 Jain Lane en Austin.
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East Austin College Prep Academy to Host “Viva the Books!” Celebration of Renovated Library

East Austin College Prep Academy to Host “Viva the Books!” Celebration of Renovated Library

August 04, 2011
The East Austin College Prep Academy will host a community celebration from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 11, to unveil its newly renovated school library.
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El NCLR Documenta Los Problemas Nutricionales de Los Niños Latinos

El NCLR Documenta Los Problemas Nutricionales de Los Niños Latinos

August 04, 2011
Haciendo un recuento de sus esfuerzos para llevar comida sana a la mesa, familias de Idaho, Texas y el District of Columbia hablaron con los expertos del NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza) para que éstos pudieran entender mejor los obstáculos que enfrentan los padres latinos para proveer comidas nutritivas a sus hijos.
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NCLR Documents Challenges to Latino Child Nutrition

NCLR Documents Challenges to Latino Child Nutrition

August 04, 2011
Recounting their efforts to put healthy food on the table, families in Idaho, Texas, and the District of Columbia opened a personal window for NCLR (National Council of La Raza) experts to explore the obstacles that Latino parents face in trying to provide nutritious meals for their children.
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Department of Justice Announces Lawsuit Against Alabama’s Misguided Immigration Law

Department of Justice Announces Lawsuit Against Alabama’s Misguided Immigration Law

August 03, 2011
On Monday, Aug. 1, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit to block the implementation of HB 56, an anti-immigrant law signed by Gov. Robert Bentley (R–AL) of Alabama.
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Statement of Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO, on Debt Ceiling Compromise

Statement of Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO, on Debt Ceiling Compromise

August 02, 2011
For the sake of the country, the health of our economy, and global financial stability, raising the debt ceiling was a necessary step. Although this was not the deal we believe would be best for America, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) recognizes the importance of raising the debt ceiling given that the prospect of default was far worse. However, it is deeply unfortunate and disappointing that the budget cuts contained within the compromise greatly affect the most vulnerable in our society, including low-income and Hispanic Americans.
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Se anuncian los nominados a los premios ALMA® del NCLR

Se anuncian los nominados a los premios ALMA® del NCLR

July 28, 2011
Hoy se revelaron los nominados a los premios ALMA® del NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza), junto con los detalles de un nuevo sistema de votación y concurso en línea, “Vote por VIP a su Manera (Vote Your Way to VIP)”. Por primera vez, los aficionados podrán votar por sus estrellas favoritas, y los ganadores se darán a conocer durante la emisión del programa en NBC, de una hora en horario estelar, el viernes 16 de septiembre de las 20:00 a las 21:00 horas tiempo estándar del este (EDT). Las categorías de nominación se han reposicionado como "favoritos" en lugar de "el mejor", para captar mejor la señal de asentimiento de los aficionados ayudando así a determinar quién saldrá victorioso en la ceremonia de este año.
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The Nominees for the 2011 NCLR ALMA Awards® Announced

The Nominees for the 2011 NCLR ALMA Awards® Announced

July 28, 2011
The nominees for the 2011 NCLR (National Council of La Raza) ALMA Awards® were revealed today along with details for “Vote Your Way to VIP,” a new online voting system and contest. For the first time, fans will be able to vote for their favorites and the winners will be revealed during the one-hour primetime special airing Friday, September 16 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EDT on NBC. The nomination categories have now been repositioned as “Favorite” rather than “Best,” as a nod to the fans who will help determine who will emerge victorious at this year’s ceremony.
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NCLR Homeownership Network Learning Alliance Launches Counseling Course to Help Low-income Families

NCLR Homeownership Network Learning Alliance Launches Counseling Course to Help Low-income Families

July 28, 2011
To combat systemic barriers that prevent low-income individuals from receiving crucial financial counseling, the NCLR (National Council of La Raza) Homeownership Network Learning Alliance (NHNLA) will begin offering a financial training course to housing counselors and social service case managers who frequently work with this community. “Introduction to Client Counseling for Low-Income Families” is a three-day course designed to teach social service professionals the fundamentals of financial counseling, while training them in the one-on-one counseling approach. The new course was developed in conjunction with the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE), whose mission is to empower individual and family financial decision-making through every stage of life.
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Accomplished Leaders Honored at NCLR Awards Gala

Accomplished Leaders Honored at NCLR Awards Gala

July 27, 2011
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) presented six awards yesterday to honor individuals and organizations that have demonstrated exemplary accomplishments, both in their fields and in service to the Hispanic community and the United States. NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía congratulated the winners at the organization’s Awards Gala which was the closing event of the 2011 NCLR Annual Conference held July 23–26 in the District of Columbia.
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Immigration Tops Jobs and Economy as Most Important Issue for Latinos

Immigration Tops Jobs and Economy as Most Important Issue for Latinos

July 27, 2011
Washington, D.C.—Immigration overwhelmingly trumps both the economy and education as the most important issue for Latinos, according to a recent poll of 547 supporters and attendees at the 2011 NCLR Annual Conference. Almost half (45 percent) of all respondents chose immigration as the top issue, as opposed to jobs and the economy (25 percent), education (21 percent), and health care (6 percent).
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NCLR Denounces Legislative Proposal to Curtail President Obama’s Authority

NCLR Denounces Legislative Proposal to Curtail President Obama’s Authority

July 26, 2011
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) condemns the “Hinder the Administration’s Legalization Temptation Act (HALT Act)” (H.R. 2497) introduced by Republican Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas. The Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement of the House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing today on legislation that would eliminate President Obama’s authority to set priorities for immigration enforcement and to suspend the deportation of individuals who do not fall within the enforcement priorities.
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NCLR Presents Family Strengthening Awards to Community Organizations at 2011 NCLR Annual Conference

NCLR Presents Family Strengthening Awards to Community Organizations at 2011 NCLR Annual Conference

July 26, 2011
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) recognized three community organizations at the 2011 NCLR Annual Conference held July 23–26 in Washington, D.C., for their excellence in helping Latino families. NCLR’s Family Strengthening Awards were presented to Centro Hispano of Dane County in Madison, Wisconsin, the Women’s Center for Self Employment in San Francisco, California, and Mary’s Center in Washington, D.C., for programs that include youth initiatives, parenting classes, health services, and business training.
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NCLR otorga el premio fortalecimiento de la familia a organizaciones comunitarias en su conferencia

NCLR otorga el premio fortalecimiento de la familia a organizaciones comunitarias en su conferencia

July 26, 2011
El NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza) reconoció, en su Conferencia Anual 2011 del 23 al 26 de julio en Washington, D.C., a tres organizaciones comunitarias por la excelente ayuda que proporcionan a las familias latinas. Los premios Fortalecimiento de la Familia del NCLR se otorgaron al Centro Hispano del Condado de Dane en Madison, Wisconsin; Centro de la Mujer para el Autoempleo en San Francisco, California; y el Mary’s Center en Washington, DC, por sus programas que abarcan desde iniciativas para jóvenes, clases para padres, servicios sanitarios, hasta formación empresarial.
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NCLR President And CEO Janet Murguía to Address Media Following President Barack Obama’s Speech

NCLR President And CEO Janet Murguía to Address Media Following President Barack Obama’s Speech

July 24, 2011
Immediately following President Barack Obama’s address to the 2011 NCLR Annual Conference at Monday’s Luncheon, NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía will provide her response to the President’s speech to the media in the press overflow room.
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Mary’s Center to Receive 2011 Affiliate of The Year Award at NCLR Annual Conference

Mary’s Center to Receive 2011 Affiliate of The Year Award at NCLR Annual Conference

July 22, 2011
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will present the 2011 Affiliate of the Year Award to Mary’s Center, an organization dedicated to improving access to comprehensive bilingual care for low-income, uninsured pregnant women and their children. Mary’s Center will be recognized on July 26, 2011 at the 2011 NCLR Annual Conference Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.
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Mary’s Center recibe el premio “afiliado del año” durante la conferencia anual del NCLR

Mary’s Center recibe el premio “afiliado del año” durante la conferencia anual del NCLR

July 22, 2011
El Consejo Nacional de la Raza (NCLR por sus siglas en inglés) otorgará el codiciado premio “Afiliado del Año 2011” al Mary’s Center, organización afiliada al NCLR establecida en Washington, D.C. Mary’s Center es una organización dedicada a mejorar el acceso a cuidado integral de salud para mujeres embarazadas y niños de bajos recursos y sin seguro médico. El reconocimiento se llevará a cabo durante la Gala de Premiación el 26 de julio como clausura de la Conferencia Anual del NCLR en el Hotel Marriott Wardman Park en Washington, DC.
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