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NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía Applauds President Obama For Jobs Plan

NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía Applauds President Obama For Jobs Plan

September 09, 2011
Calling President Obama’s speech on jobs a “welcome and necessary charge to Congress to tackle the unemployment crisis head on,” Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR (National Council of La Raza), urged leaders in Washington to enact policies that will directly create jobs in communities that are still reeling from the economic downturn.
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Florida at a Crossroads: Immigration Integration or Criminalization?

Florida at a Crossroads: Immigration Integration or Criminalization?

September 07, 2011
As the 2012 election nears, the issue of immigration reform will likely be a subject of intense debate. Several states throughout the nation, most notably Arizona and most recently Alabama, have passed controversial immigration measures that have severe civil rights implications. Several months ago, attempts to pass a similar bill in Florida failed; however, the federal government’s inability to pass a national reform bill will likely encourage proponents of the anti-immigrant bill to reignite their efforts during the next state legislative session.
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An All-Star Lineup for the 2011 NCLR ALMA AWARDS® Announced

An All-Star Lineup for the 2011 NCLR ALMA AWARDS® Announced

September 01, 2011
An all-star lineup for the 2011 NCLR (National Council of La Raza) ALMA Awards® was revealed today, which features Jessica Alba, Maria Celeste Arraras, Jake T. Austin, Benjamin Bratt, Maria Canals-Barrera, Cote de Pablo, David Henrie, Eva La Rue, Mario Lopez, Oscar Nuñez, Michael Peña, Aubrey Plaza, and Naya Rivera, as well as a live performance by Demi Lovato, for the one-hour prime time special airing Friday, September 16 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EDT on NBC. Additional presenters, performances, and talent will be announced shortly.
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Se anuncia el reparto estelar de los premios ALMA® 2011 del NCLR

Se anuncia el reparto estelar de los premios ALMA® 2011 del NCLR

September 01, 2011
Hoy fue revelado el reparto estelar de los premios ALMA® 2011 del NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza). En ese evento se presentará a Jessica Alba, María Celeste Arrarás, Jake T. Austin, Benjamin Bratt, María Canals Barrera, Cote de Pablo, David Henrie, Eva la Rue, Mario López, Oscar Núñez, Michael Peña, Aubrey Plaza, y Naya Rivera. Asimismo se contará con la actuación en vivo de la cantante Demi Lovato. El programa de una hora será transmitido en NBC en horario estelar, el viernes 16 de septiembre de las 8:00 a las 9:00 PM tiempo estándar del este (EDT). Se anunciarán en breve otros presentadores y artistas.
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NCLR Urges Congress to Confirm CFPB Director

NCLR Urges Congress to Confirm CFPB Director

August 31, 2011
Earlier this summer, President Obama nominated former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to lead the recently opened Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the first federal entity solely devoted to fighting financial crime on behalf of Americans. The CFPB will be an especially crucial ally for Latino families who commonly are targets of fraud and deception through financial products such as mortgages, credit cards, money transfers, payday loans, and much more. However, until a director is appointed, the CFPB will not have the full authority to protect consumers from abusive financial products.
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Report Finds Barriers to Quality Preschool Education for Hispanic Children

Report Finds Barriers to Quality Preschool Education for Hispanic Children

August 31, 2011
The U.S. Department of Education recently released the “Race to the Top—Early Learning Challenge” application, marking a $500 million investment to improve the quality of early learning programs for children across the country. NCLR (The National Council of La Raza) applauds this effort, but urges policymakers to address the significant barriers to preschool education for young Hispanics, which continue to place them at an academic disadvantage to their non-Hispanic counterparts. NCLR has released “Preschool Education: Delivering on the Promise for Latino Children,” which provides recommendations to ensure that young Latino children enter school on track for academic success.
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Se anunciaron los nominados para la categoría de película favorita de los premios alma® 2011 del

Se anunciaron los nominados para la categoría de película favorita de los premios alma® 2011 del

August 29, 2011
Se han revelado los nominados para la categoría de Película Favorita de los premios ALMA 2011 del NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza). Por primera vez, los fans podrán votar por su película favorita, y se dará a conocer al ganador durante el programa especial de una hora en horario estelar que se emitirá en NBC, el viernes 16 de septiembre de 8:00 a 9:00 PM tiempo estándar del este (EST).
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The Nominees for Favorite Film for the 2011 NCLR Alma Awards® Announced

The Nominees for Favorite Film for the 2011 NCLR Alma Awards® Announced

August 29, 2011
The nominees for Favorite Film for the 2011 NCLR (National Council of La Raza) ALMA Awards® were revealed. For the first time, fans will be able to vote for their favorite movie, and the winner will be revealed during the one-hour prime-time special airing Friday, September 16 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EDT on NBC.
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NCLR Welcomes The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial To The National Mall

NCLR Welcomes The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial To The National Mall

August 25, 2011
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) joined with millions of Americans across the country today in celebrating this weekend’s dedication of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington; it is the first monument in our nation’s capital to honor a civil rights leader. Below are remarks from NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía, which she made at a luncheon—Honoring Civil Rights Leaders Past, Present, and Future—held today at the Washington Convention Center:
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NCLR Lauds DHS Policy That Puts Public Safety First In Enforcing Immigration Laws

NCLR Lauds DHS Policy That Puts Public Safety First In Enforcing Immigration Laws

August 19, 2011
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) praised the announcement made by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding important steps that the agency will be taking to better focus immigration enforcement resources to enhance public safety. Like all law enforcement agencies, DHS has limited resources that should be used in the most effective way possible, and the process outlined today will allow the department to focus on community safety.
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NCLR Mourns Passing of D.C. Latino Leader Saul Solorzano

NCLR Mourns Passing of D.C. Latino Leader Saul Solorzano

August 18, 2011
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) mourns the passing of Saul Solorzano, the President and longtime Executive Director of CARECEN (Central American Resource Center) in the District of Columbia.
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NCLR Taps Online Gaming as New Tool for Financial Education

NCLR Taps Online Gaming as New Tool for Financial Education

August 17, 2011
A new partnership between NCLR (National Council of La Raza) and the Doorways to Dreams (D2D) Fund proves that learning how to protect your investments and save up for the future can be fun. NCLR and D2D are excited to launch a national Farm Blitz Tournament today, inviting participants to play this popular online game to help players improve their financial knowledge and enter them to win fantastic prizes. The game is available in both Spanish and English and the tournament will run through mid-September.
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El libro de datos kids count 2011 revela el impacto de la recesión en el futuro de los niños de pu

El libro de datos kids count 2011 revela el impacto de la recesión en el futuro de los niños de pu

August 16, 2011
Según los datos divulgados por la Fundación Annie E. Casey en el libro de datos 2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book, los niños de Puerto Rico enfrentan mayores riesgos que los de los Estados Unidos en los indicadores clave de salud y bienestar infantil.
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2011 Kids Count Data Book Reveals Impact of the Recession on Puerto Rico’s Children

2011 Kids Count Data Book Reveals Impact of the Recession on Puerto Rico’s Children

August 16, 2011
According to data released by the Annie E Casey Foundation in its 2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book, Puerto Rico’s children face greater risks than children in the mainland United States in key indicators of child health and well-being.
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NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía Named One of the 50 Most Influential Executives

NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía Named One of the 50 Most Influential Executives

August 16, 2011
Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR (National Council of La Raza), was recently named one of this nation’s top 50 nonprofit executives by The NonProfit Times, the leading publication for the nonprofit management sector.
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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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