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2012 was undoubtedly one of the National Council of La Raza's (NCLR) most successful years. But more importantly, this year was filled with unforgettable victories for the Latino community. We simply could not have done it without your support.

As NCLR looks forward to the future, we will continue to ardently fight to improve opportunities for Latinos, including by advocating for true immigration reform on the federal level. Your commitment to this organization enabled us to do incredible things in 2012, and in 2013 your continued support will allow us to change the future.


Here is a short look at NCLR's successes in 2012:

1. Empowering voters.

NCLR worked hard this year to empower, educate, and mobilize the Latino electorate.

2. Achieving deferred action.

NCLR advocated for President Obama to stop deporting DREAMers and succeeded! The President’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is the biggest victory for the immigrant rights movement in years. Help us gear up for passing comprehensive immigration reform in 2013.

3. Keeping families in their homes.

NCLR's Home for Good campaign mobilized for the passage of California’s Homeowners Bill of Rights—a trendsetting piece of legislation that prevents hundreds of thousands of families from being forced down a path to foreclosure. We also delivered nearly 40,000 postcards requesting that the presidential candidates prioritize sensible housing market improvements.

4. Saving the Child Tax Credit.

When Senators wanted to rob four million Latino children of the Child Tax Credit, your response was so overwhelming that CBS News called it a “firestorm.” In just two months, you and NCLR sent more than 5,000 letters to Capitol Hill urging members of Congress to do the right thing. They voted for a clean payroll tax cut that protects access to the Child Tax Credit for all taxpayers, regardless of their immigration status. Thank you!

5. Preserving health care reform for Latinos.

In 2012, NCLR worked to make the Affordable Care Act (ACA) real for Latinos and their families. We conducted advocacy with every single federal department involved in the implementation of ACA. As a result, over two-thirds of NCLR’s priority recommendations were reflected in the major rules governing the ACA. NCLR’s town halls, connecting hundreds of Hispanics with key federal officials, lifted up the voices of Latinos all the way to the steps of the Supreme Court in the days leading to their decision on the ACA. 

6. Standing with our LGBT brothers and sisters.

In a historic first, NCLR partnered with Famila es Familia to host a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workshop track at our 2012 Annual Conference. We greatly expanded our work on behalf of LGBT Latinos in 2012, including commissioning a landmark study by Social Science Research Solutions that demonstrated significant Hispanic support LGBT equality. In June, NCLR's President and CEO, Janet Murguía, and its Board of Directors endorsed marriage equality. 

7. Receiving high honors.

NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía received the 2012 Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights for her work to bring about social justice in our nation.

8. Bringing together leaders in health.

NCLR’s Institute for Hispanic Health and Health Policy Project carried out an inaugural Health Summit, “Healthy Communities for a Better Tomorrow,” in July. The summit was designed to educate, empower, and encourage NCLR Affiliates and general attendees of the NCLR Annual Conference to advocate for health issues that matter to the Latino community. 

9. Taking action across the nation.

NCLR generated 61,234 actions online in 2012. We trained nearly 400 individuals—including 150 youth—from 29 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia who conducted more than 130 congressional visits during our National Latino Advocacy Days.

10. Ensuring that our voices are heard in the media.

NCLR’s Communications department fielded a record 970 media requests this year from top media outlets including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, National Journal, The Financial Times, La Opinión, Associated Press, Univision, Radio Bilingue, PBS, CQ/Roll Call, Bloomberg, NBC Latino, FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, and ABC News.

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