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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:

    Joseph Rendeiro
    (202) 776-1566
    jrendeiro@nclr.org

    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.

    “Today’s Senate hearing marks an important milestone for our community and for our country, unequivocally sending the message that immigration reform is on track to pass before the end of 2013,” said Murguía. “It is crucial that we not only capitalize on this momentum, but also underscore the critical point that both legalization and a roadmap to citizenship must be at the core of immigration reform, as it is in the Senate’s and the president’s proposals. Anything short of citizenship that creates second-class citizens is unacceptable and directly flies in the face of American values. We hope that lawmakers on Capitol Hill swiftly begin crafting legislation that carefully considers my testimony today, so we can pass immigration reform before the end of the year.”

    Read Janet Murguía’s full testimony here.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           Contact:
    February 14, 2013                                                          Julian Teixeira
                                                                                         (202) 776-1812
                                                                                          jteixeira@nclr.org


    WASHINGTON, D.C.—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.  With these additions, NCLR now counts 271 organizations across the United States as Affiliate members.

    “The organizations in NCLR’s Affiliate Network provide vital services to Latino families across the nation.  Their unwavering commitment to our community has helped provide tremendous opportunities for Latinos in the U.S.  We welcome these new Affiliates to the NCLR Affiliate Network and are excited about working with them to continue broadening these pathways to success for future generations,” said Sonia Pérez, NCLR Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives.

    For more information about NCLR’s new Affiliate organizations:
    •    Acacia Network, Inc., Bronx, N.Y. (www.acacianetwork.org)
    •    Chavez/Huerta K-12 Preparatory Academy, Pueblo, Colo. (www.chpa-k12.org)
    •    Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Orange County (CCCSOC), Santa Ana, Calif. (www.cccsoc.org)
    •    Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE), Chicago, Ill. (www.haceonline.org)
    •    Vera Court Neighborhood Center (VCNC), Madison, Wis. (www.veracourt.org)

    NCLR’s Affiliates include 271 community organizations that provide programs and services to millions of Hispanic Americans.  Through their work, they educate children and adults, help workers prepare for jobs, teach immigrants English, register people to vote, help families buy and keep their homes and provide health services. 

    NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.  For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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    PARA DIVULGACIÓN INMEDIATA                                         PARA MÁS INFORMACIÓN:
    14 de febrero, 2013                                                                Julián Teixeira
                                                                                                  (202) 776-1812
                                                                                                   jteixeira@nclr.org


    WASHINGTON, D.C.—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. Ahora, el NCLR cuenta con 271 organizaciones como miembros afiliados en todo el pais.

    “Los grupos pertenecientes a la Red de Organizaciones Afiliadas del NCLR proveen servicios vitales a las familias Latinas en toda  la nación.  Su gran compromiso con la comunidad ha ayudado enormemente a crear oportunidades para los latinos en los Estados Unidos.  Le damos la bienvenida a estas nuevas organizaciones Afiliadas y estamos entusiasmados de trabajar con ellas para expandir  los caminos al éxito para futuras generaciones,” dijo Sonia Pérez, vicepresidenta de iniciativas estratégicas del NCLR.

    Para mas información sobre las organizaciones afiliadas del NCLR:
    •    Acacia Network, Inc., Bronx, N.Y. (www.acacianetwork.org)
    •    Chavez/Huerta K-12 Preparatory Academy, Pueblo, Colo. (www.chpa-k12.org)
    •    Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Orange County (CCCSOC), Santa Ana, Calif. (www.cccsoc.org)
    •    Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE), Chicago, Ill. (www.haceonline.org)
    •    Vera Court Neighborhood Center (VCNC), Madison, Wis. (www.veracourt.org)

    Los afiliados del NCLR incluyen a 271 organizaciones comunitarias que proveen programas y servicios a millones de hispanos estadounidenses. A través de su trabajo, educan niños y adultos, ayudan a los trabajadores a prepararse para el empleo, enseñan inglés a los inmigrantes, inscriben a nuevos votantes, ayudan a las familias a comprar y conservar sus casas, y proporcionan servicios de salud. También contribuyen a la economía de sus ciudades y estados al proveer considerable apoyo a sus comunidades y empleando a más de 24,000 personas.

    El NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza) es la organización nacional más grande de apoyo y defensa de los derechos civiles de los hispanos en los Estados Unidos y trabaja para mejorar sus oportunidades. Para más información sobre el NCLR, por favor visite www.nclr.org o síganos en Facebook y Twitter.

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  • 02/16/13--02:55: January 2013
  • NCLR kicked off 2013 with a whirlwind month centered around immigration reform. While the media seemed determined to push the narrative that gun control could derail efforts to get immigration reform passed, our immigration team worked hard to push back against those assertions. And by mid-January, the focus of most of the stories shifted to the very real efforts from both President Obama and the Senate to put forth outlines for reform.

    As we’ve seen over the last few weeks, momentum for CIR is not slowing down one bit. Thanks to everybody across all of the different teams who are helping Communications respond to media inquiries and work efficiently.

    Mainstream

    Los Angeles Times – Immigration reform could get overshadowed in Congress
    The window to pass immigration laws next year is narrowing as the effort competes with a renewed debate over gun laws and the lingering fight over taxes and the budget, according to congressional staffers and outside advocates. Key congressional committees are preparing for a package of gun control laws to be negotiated and possibly introduced in Congress during the first few months of next year. The shift would push the debate in Congress over immigration reform into the spring. Read more here…

    NBC Latino - Census might make "Hispanic" a race
    America might be a "melting pot," but identification - as an individual and as a group - matters, according to political scientist Angelo Falcon. He is urging Latino civil rights groups, academics, and Hispanics to weigh in on whether the Census changes the way Latinos identify themselves in the 2020 Census. "We're still debating what it means to be Latino - we're all over the place as a community, and people have many different positions on this stuff," says Falcon. Read more here…

    NBC Latino - Latino unemployment lowest in 4 years
    The Department of Labor released employment statistics today. Latino unemployment is at 9.6 percent, the lowest number since December 2008, according to Adriana Kugler, Chief Economist for the Department of Labor. Latino unemployment is still higher than overall U.S. unemployment, which is now at 7.8 percent. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said today that overall, the nation's lower unemployment numbers are a good sign. Read more here…

    Voxxi - Hispanic unemployment rate signals jobs for 2013 are still slim
    The Hispanic unemployment rate last month saw a relative decrease as it stands at 9.6 percent, but analysts say it doesn’t foreshadow a drastic increase in job opportunities for 2013. Officials at the Department of Labor, including Secretary Hilda Solis, indicated compared to last year it does signal a positive growth. Read more here…

    McClatchy – New poultry rule could harm workers, advocates say
    Workplace safety experts say a USDA proposal to increase line speeds at poultry plants could endanger the low-wage workers who are tasked with sorting and trimming inedible carcasses, a job that used to belong to federal inspectors. Line workers work elbow to elbow in many cases and struggle to keep up with current line speeds, said Catherine Singley, a senior policy analyst for NCLR, a civil rights and advocacy organization based in Washington. The USDA’s proposal would allow plants to increase line speeds to 175 birds per minute. Read more here…

    Washington Post - New committee will review Kennedy Center Honors selection process
    The Kennedy Center has formed a committee of artists and community leaders to review the heretofore opaque process by which winners of the annual Kennedy Center Honors are selected. “While the center has a strong track record of diversity throughout its other performance, education and arts education programs, it is important to undertake this review process to ensure the Honors reflect the diversity of those who have contributed to American culture,” Michael M. Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center, said in a statement released Monday. Read more here…

    AP – Longoria to host Latino inaugural salute to Obama
    Following an election when Latinos showed their growing political influence, a coalition of groups is coordinating a gathering of top Latino entertainers at the Kennedy Center in a series of events ahead of President Barack Obama's inauguration. Eva Longoria, George Lopez, Mario Lopez, Chita Rivera and Rita Moreno are among a group of prominent performers who will gather Sunday, Jan. 20 for "Latino Inaugural 2013: In Performance at the Kennedy Center." Details of the tribute performance were announced Tuesday. Read more here…

    Voxxi – Kennedy Center Honors: A first step for Latino inclusion
    The Kennedy Center agreed to review the Honors selection process to reflect its acknowledgement of diversity, while it was a welcome move, Latino artistic members including Felix Sanchez believe this is the first of many steps. Sanchez, who is the president of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, was one of the prime leaders concerned with the lack of inclusion of the honors show that was celebrated annually for 35 years in Washington, DC. Filmmaker George Stevens Jr. has produced the show since its creation. Read more here…

    Las Vegas Sun - Immigration’s new rival on the political agenda: gun control
    President Barack Obama promised immigration reform leaders that their cause would top his second-term agenda, making January their month. But immigration advocates are beginning to worry that their fight could slip behind a cause that wasn’t even an issue during the election: gun control. The White House was supposed to begin its push in earnest this month for immigration reform. Read more here…

    Fox News Latino - New Mortgage Rules Could Help Latinos, CFPB Says
    With the country still reeling from the aftermath of the housing crisis and the economy in a slow recovery, the federal government’s consumer watchdog group introduced a new set of rules Thursday in an attempt to rebuild a shaky housing market and to protect homeowners from defaulting on loans. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) new rules could help Latinos homeowners who have been some of those hardest hit by the housing crisis of the past few years and the goal of the Bureau's new rule is to protect consumers from risky practices that helped cause the crisis., said Moira Vahey, a spokesperson for the CFPB. Read more here…

    McClatchy - Immigration activists launch effort on legislation
    Promising a massive pro-immigration effort unlike any ever seen, a coalition of national Latino civil rights and labor organizations unveiled a national campaign Wednesday to push President Barack Obama and Congress to pass immigration legislation next year. Latinos helped deliver Obama’s re-election with near-historic turnout at the polls. Janet Murguia, the president of NCLR, said Latinos had demonstrated their political power and now expected lawmakers to address the community’s issues. Read more here…

    New York Times - Obama team crafting overhaul of immigration system
    President Obama plans to push Congress to move quickly in the coming months on an ambitious overhaul of the immigration system that would include a path to citizenship for most of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the country, senior administration officials and lawmakers said last week. Obama and Senate Democrats will propose the changes in one comprehensive bill, the officials said, resisting efforts by some Republicans to break the overhaul into smaller pieces - separately addressing young illegal immigrants, migrant farmworkers, or highly skilled foreigners - that might be easier for reluctant members of their party to accept. Read more here…

    NBC Latino – Dems and Reps inching toward immigration reform
    Right after the November elections, legislators and observers from both sides of the political aisle acknowledged the record Latino vote for President Obama was a strong mandate for immigration reform. The big question in the last few months has been whether it really will be different this time and whether we will see some bipartisan legislation before the summer. The Obama administration and those close to it say immigration reform is a top priority - and they are pushing for sooner rather than later. Read more here…

    McClatchy – LA Mayor Villaraigosa pushes immigration changes
    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, fresh off an aggressive effort to get President Barack Obama re-elected, strode into Washington this week to champion an immigration overhaul. The issue is vitally important to California, with the nation’s largest number of illegal immigrants and whose agriculture industry relies heavily on the state’s immigrant population. Read more here…

    Voxxi - It would be ‘unacceptable’ to have Obama cabinet without Latinos
    President Barack Obama speaks during his final news conference of his first term in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Hispanic leaders contend that because Latino voters played a key role in President Barack Obama’s re-elected victory, Latinos deserve to have more political power within the Obama administration and be appointed to the Obama cabinet. More than 70 percent of the Latino vote went to Obama last November, and Latinos made up a record 10 percent of the electorate, according to national exit polls. Read more here…

    New York Times - Medicaid Expansion Is Delicate Maneuver for Arizona's Republican Governor
    Gov. Jan Brewer called it "one of the most difficult decisions" of her 30 years in public service. If she chose to expand Medicaid, the federal and state program that provides health care to poor and disabled people, she risked antagonizing her conservative base, steadfast opponents of President Obama's health care law. If she did not, she risked missing a solid chance of shifting the way she is viewed by a Latino population of increasing political influence, beyond her stern positions on immigration. Read more here…

    NBC Latino - In forceful speech, Obama invokes immigration amidst strong Latino presence
    It was an Inaugural ceremony that markedly showed the growing Latino presence in American cultural and political life. The nation's first Puerto Rican Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor swore in Vice President Joe Biden. Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco wrote and delivered an Inaugural Poem whose graceful words spoke of his immigrant parents' hard work to give him a better life. Read more here…

    Voxxi - Latinos recommended for the Obama cabinet
    As President Barack Obama seeks to fill the seats of his second-term cabinet, Latino leaders are providing the president with a list of Latinos they recommend for the Obama cabinet. A coalition of 30 Latino groups recently joined under the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) to send Obama a letter, calling on the president to appoint three Latinos to his cabinet. Read more here…

    NBC Latino - Recent shootings prompt Latinos to act on gun control
    A fifteen-year-old New Mexico Latino teen who later told police he had homicidal and suicidal thoughts grabbed his parents' assault rifle from their closet and killed his mother, a brother and two sisters under the age of 9, before waiting several hours and then killing his father. Like in the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting, the New Mexico teen, Nehemiah Griego, had no history of violence. And like Newtown, Connecticut school shooter Adam Lanza, Nehemiah Griego simply took his parents' AR-15 assault rifle to kill his own family members. Read more here…

    AP - Immigration fallout from saying no to 'Obamacare'
    Governors who reject health insurance for the poor under the federal health care overhaul could wind up in a politically awkward position on immigration: A quirk in the law means some U.S. citizens would be forced to go without coverage, while legal immigrants residing in the same state could still get it. Read more here…

    Huffington Post – College Dropout Crisis Revealed In 'American Dream 2.0' Report
    An influential group of college presidents, civil rights leaders and advocates sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is highlighting what it calls a growing higher education dropout crisis and seeks to fix it in part by linking financial aid with successful graduation. Read more here…

    NBC Latino - Rubio to co-sponsor a high-skilled workers immigration bill
    Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio is co-sponsoring the first bipartisan immigration-related bill of this legislative term. According to The Hill, which obtained a draft of the bill, the Immigration Innovation Act would raise the number of visas for high-skilled immigrants such as engineers. It would also propose an "escalator" to allow visa numbers to adjust based on labor market needs. Read more here…

    ABC News - More Latinos Are Graduating - Here's Why
    The number of Hispanic students graduating from high school is rapidly rising. More than 70 percent of Latino students graduated on time during the 2009-2010 school year, according to data released this week by the Education Department. That's a jump of 10 points in just five years. "[It's] promising that high school graduation rates are up for all ethnic groups in 2010 -- especially for Hispanics, whose graduation rate has jumped almost 10 points since 2006," Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement. Read more here…

    AP – Senators reach agreement on immigration reform
    A bipartisan group of leading senators has reached agreement on the principles for a sweeping overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, including a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country. The deal, to be announced at a news conference Monday, also covers border security, non-citizen or "guest" workers and employer verification of immigration status. Read more here…

    NBC Latino - Senators: Immigration reform to come by summer
    A major breakthrough - that's how a bipartisan group of Senators called their immigration reform proposal, a plan which could lead the way to legislation by the summer. "I am the most optimistic I've been in quite some time - I recognize there are difficult challenges, but the spirit and commitment is far beyond what I've seen in a long time - and the American people support this," said Democratic New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez, one of the proposal's architects. Read more here…

    McClatchy - Senators outline paths for illegals
    A bipartisan group of eight prominent senators on Monday laid out an ambitious overhaul of the nation's patchwork immigration system that would balance tougher border enforcement with establishing a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants and new opportunities for seasonal farm workers to gain legal status. Read more here…

    Huffington Post - Immigration Reform For Mixed-Status Families Is Political And Deeply Personal
    For some couples, the morning kiss goodbye is an act as routine and emotionally involved as pulling on a winter coat or downing a cup of coffee. But when Alysa Medina says goodbye to her husband there is always something extra, often unspoken there. Read more here…

    Washington Post – How immigration reform failed, over and over
    In judging whether immigration reform will succeed, it’s helpful to know why so many past attempts by Congress and the White House to change the system have failed. Here’s a timeline of the major attempts to deal with illegal immigration and why they didn’t make the cut. Read more here…


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    PARA DIVULGACIÓN INMEDIATA                  Contacto:
    22 de febrero, 2013                                        Joseph Rendeiro
                                                                            jrendeiro@nclr.org
                                                                            (202) 776-1566

    Co-Directores de la Comisión el antiguo Líder de la Mayoría del Senado George Mitchell, antiguo Secretario de Vivienda Henry Cisneros y antiguo Senador Mel Martinez y Kitt Bond tomarán preguntas

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—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.  El reporte será publicado el lunes, 25 de febrero, 2013 a las 11:00 a.m. en el Newseum de Washington, D.C.

    Co-Directores de la Comisión el antiguo Líder de la Mayoría del Senado George Mitchell, antiguo Secretario de Vivienda Henry Cisneros y antiguo Senador Mel Martinez y Kitt Bond  revelarán las recomendaciones y tomarán preguntas. 

    El reporte es la culminación de un proceso de 16 meses que  incorporó a un espectro diverso de la comunidad de vivienda en el país.  La Comisión patrocinó numerosas discusiones, foros públicos, comisionó a investigaciones expertas, y publicó un blog donde los puntos de vistas de los proveedores de viviendas y las organizaciones de vivienda a través del país fueron intercambiadas.  Para aprender más sobre la Comisión de Vivienda de la BPC, por favor oprime aquí.

    AVISO A LA PRENSA

    QUÉ:              Publicación de Housing America’s Future: New Directions for National Policy

    QUIÉN:          BPC Housing Commission Co-Directores:
                         Antiguo Líder de la Mayoría del Senado George Mitchell
                         Antiguo Senador y Secretario Mel Martinez                                                                  
                         Antiguo Secretario Henry G. Cisneros
                         Antiguo Senador Christopher S. "Kit" Bond

    CUÁNDO:     Lunes, 25 de febrero, 2013
                        Conferencia de prensa comienza a las 11:00 a.m.

    DÓNDE:        The Newseum Knight Conference Center
                          555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 7mo piso (use la entrada de la calle 6 NW)
                          Washington, D.C. 20001       

    Para Cubrir: Miembros de la prensa quienes desean participar, por favor envíen su confirmación al: press@bipartisanpolicy.org. Se requiere la registración y la prensa podrá situarse a las 10:30 a.m. el 25 de febrero. 

    Si desea entrevistar algún Comisionado, por favor póngase en contacto con Ashley Berrang al (202) 637-1456 o aberrang@bipartisanpolicy.org.

    El NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza) es la organización nacional más grande de apoyo y defensa de los derechos civiles de los hispanos en los Estados Unidos y trabaja para mejorar sus oportunidades. Para más información sobre el NCLR, por favor visite www.nclr.org o síganos en Facebook y Twitter.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:

    Joseph Rendeiro
    jrendeiro@nclr.org
    (202) 776-1566

    Commission Co-chairs Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, Former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros and Former Senators Mel Martinez and Kit Bond to Speak and Take Questions

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—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.

    The Commission’s co-chairs - former Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell; former Senator and HUD Secretary Mel Martinez; former HUD Secretary and Mayor of San Antonio Henry G. Cisneros; and former Senator and Governor of Missouri Christopher S. “Kit” Bond - will unveil the report’s recommendations and take questions.

    The report is the culmination of a 16-month process that engaged the broad spectrum of America’s housing community. The Commission held numerous roundtable discussions, convened several regional housing forums, commissioned expert research, and hosted a blog that engaged the views of housing providers and practitioners from across the country. To learn more about BPC’s Housing Commission, click here.

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHAT:           Release of Housing America’s Future: New Directions for National Policy

    WHO:            BPC Housing Commission Co-Chairs:
                           Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell
                           Senator and Secretary Mel Martinez
                           Secretary Henry G. Cisneros
                           Senator Christopher S. "Kit" Bond


    WHEN:          Monday, February 25, 2013
                           Press conference begins at 11:00AM

    WHERE:       The Newseum Knight Conference Center
                           555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 7th Floor (Use the 6th Street NW entrance)
                           Washington, D.C. 20001

    TO COVER: Members of the press wishing to attend, please RSVP to press@bipartisanpolicy.org. Registration is required and press set up begins at 10:30AM on February 25th.

    If you are interested in scheduling interviews with any of the Commissioners, please contact Ashley Berrang at (202) 637-1456 or aberrang@bipartisanpolicy.org.

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    For Immediate Release
    Contact: Andrew Sousa
    (202) 735-0501

    Civil rights and community-based housing organizations call for increased principal reduction, more transparency in various foreclosure settlements

    WASHINGTON—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. The summit will examine how communities of color are benefitting from loan modifications, principal reduction and other measures designed to help borrowers keep their homes.

    The National Mortgage Settlement, an agreement between 49 state Attorneys General, was designed to provide up to $25 billion in relief to eligible borrowers who lost their homes to foreclosure. Joseph A. Smith, the Monitor overseeing the agreement, will discuss the recent release of the third Monitor’s report, which outlines the current status of the settlement and the type of relief that borrowers are receiving from the five servicers that were part of the settlement. A panel of representatives from community-based housing counseling organizations will discuss the impact of the National Mortgage Settlement in their communities, which have been hardest hit by deceptive mortgage lending practices, and the challenges they face in getting relief to underwater homeowners.

    The Attorneys General Settlement and Communities of Color: Exploring the Challenge and Promise of Principal Reduction
    Wednesday, February 27, 2013
    9:30 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. EST

    Constance Milstein and Family Global Academic Center
    1307 L Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20005

    Speakers and Interview Opportunities:
    Joseph A. Smith, Jr., Monitor, Office of Mortgage Settlement Oversight
    Janet Murguía, President and CEO, National Council of La Raza
    Lisa Hasegawa, Executive Director, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development
    Cy Richardson, Vice President of Housing and Community Development, National Urban League
    Drew Astolfi, State Director, Faith Action for Community Equity, Honolulu, Hawaii
    Aracely Panameño, Director of Latino Affairs, Center for Responsible Lending, Washington, DC
    Mark Seifert, Executive Director, Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People, Cleveland, Ohio

    The event is hosted by the Alliance for Stabilizing Our Communities (ASOC), a collaborative of the National Urban League, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, and the National Council of La Raza. ASOC is a multicultural coalition focused on foreclosure mitigation efforts, homebuyer counseling, and public education for low- and moderate-income individuals and communities of color. The partnership draws its strength from the 95 housing counseling organizations that are part of the NCLR, NUL, and National CAPACD affiliate networks, collectively serving nearly 115,000 families each year. 

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    The National Urban League (http://www.nul.org/www.nul.org) is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of direct service programs; and through the public policy research and advocacy activities of the National Urban League Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. Today, there are nearly 100 local Urban League affiliates in 36 states and the District of Columbia, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than two million people nationwide.
     

    The National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) was founded in 1999 with the mission to be a powerful voice for the unique community development needs of AAPI communities and to strengthen the capacity of community‐based organizations to create neighborhoods of hope and opportunity. For more information, visit our website here and follow us on Twitter: @CAPACD.

    NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:

    Joseph Rendeiro
    (202) 776-1566
    jrendeiro@nclr.org

    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.

    “NCLR commends HUD for the release of such a critical rule. This is a profound step forward in the fight against discrimination. Over the past four years, Latinos have experienced great hardship in the housing market, with disproportionately high rates of foreclosure and unnecessary barriers to purchasing and keeping their homes,” said Janis Bowdler, Director of Economic Policy at NCLR (National Council of La Raza). “Latinos are projected to account for nearly 50% of first-time homebuyers by 2020. HUD’s new rule will help ensure that policies for these future homeowners are fair and that quality, affordable housing is accessible for all.”

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:
    Joseph Rendeiro
    (202) 776-1566
    jrendeiro@nclr.org

    Bipartisan group of housing experts proposes national guidelines for housing reform

    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.

    “We’re thankful that the BPC gave us a seat at the table, because as bad as the housing crisis has been for most Americans, it’s been especially hard on Latinos families, who are struggling to stay above water,” said Murguía. “If we’re serious about stabilizing our housing market and getting our economy back on track, we must make sure that our housing policy works for Latinos, who will make up half of all homebuyers by 2020.”

    The report focuses on a wide variety of issues that are both ailing and changing the overall housing market, including the housing finance system, mortgage affordability, rental assistance, changing demographics and tax incentives and credits for homeowners. NCLR specifically lent its expertise by helping to develop a set of principles that will ensure an accessible and affordable housing market for all families, including Latinos.

    “Right now there are far too many Latinos who should be able to afford a home and access mortgage loans but can’t,” added Murguía. “We want to make sure that government guarantees to back mortgages are available to everyone who qualifies. Everybody deserves access to a good loan regardless of where they live or what language they speak.”

    The report was developed after a thorough 16-month process that included roundtable discussions, regional housing forums, expert research and an overall broad engagement strategy with local housing providers and practitioners. To learn more about the Housing Commission, please visit http://bipartisanpolicy.org/projects/housing.

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    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.

    At the end of 2012, the African American unemployment rate significantly exceeded the overall state rate in all states analyzed, and this is projected to remain the case through 2013. Five states had Black unemployment rates over 17 percent—Michigan (18.7 percent), New Jersey (17.8 percent), Illinois (17.6 percent), North Carolina (17.3 percent) and California (17.2 percent). In states in which the African American unemployment rate was low compared to other states, the rates were still high compared to the White unemployment rate. For example, at 9.5 percent, Louisiana had the lowest Black unemployment rate, yet this was roughly the same as the highest White rate of 9.3 percent in Nevada.

    Northeastern states—Rhode Island (18.2 percent), Connecticut (16.1 percent) and Pennsylvania (13.3 percent)—had the highest Latino unemployment rates among the states with sufficient sample sizes for reliable statistics. By contrast, Virginia (3.8 percent), Maryland (5.2 percent) and Nebraska (6.7 percent) had the lowest Latino unemployment rates.

    “That unemployment will remain elevated for communities of color this year is no accident,” said Catherine Singley, Senior Policy Analyst at NCLR (National Council of La Raza). “It is the result of lawmakers’ pursuit of reckless program cuts, as they rush to trim the federal budget deficit while paying no attention to a proactive jobs agenda. Latino workers and families have already paid their fair share. More cuts will further curtail hiring and leave unemployed workers and their families with fewer services, such as job training and nutrition assistance, in their time of greatest need.”

    Finally, White unemployment rates remained either essentially equal to overall state rates or significantly lower in all states, with relatively little change projected through 2013. Nevada (9.3 percent), Rhode Island (9.0 percent) and New Jersey (8.6 percent) had the highest White unemployment rates. The lowest White unemployment rates were in North Dakota (2.1 percent), Nebraska (2.9 percent) and the District of Columbia (2.9 percent). The biggest differences between the White unemployment rate and the overall rate were in the District of Columbia and Mississippi. In the District of Columbia, the White rate was 5.5 percentage points lower than the overall rate. In Mississippi, the gap was 3.3 percentage points.

    “America needs infrastructure investments to address the immediate jobs crisis and to ensure long-term economic growth,” states Austin. “It is one of the most effective policies we have to strengthen a weak economy.”

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    Groups join growing list of supporters urging Hyatt to improve substandard working conditions for housekeeping staff

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza), 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. The groups pledged to not hold any conventions, conferences, special events or major meetings at Hyatt hotels covered by the boycott. 

    UNITE HERE announced the boycott on July 23, 2012. Since then, the effort to push for the improvement of working conditions and ensure the right of workers to organize has received increasing support from more than 5,000 individuals and organizations, including the AFL-CIO, the NFL Players Association, the National Organization of Women (NOW), Feminist Majority, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Netroots Nation and Interfaith Worker Justice. To date, the boycott has cost the company more than $27 million in business.

    “The pattern of exploitation of housekeepers in Hyatt hotels is not only at odds with Hyatt’s commitment to hospitality but also inexcusable. For years, Latina housekeepers and their supporters have asked for the most basic and humane changes in the workplace to help reduce injuries and physical strain. We are joining these courageous workers in calling on Hyatt to stop this pattern of abuse and become an industry leader in respecting workers’ health and safety,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía.

    In a study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine examining a total of 50 hotel properties from five different hotel companies, Hyatt housekeepers had the highest injury rate of all housekeepers studied when compared by hotel company.

    “The too-often unseen and ignored workers who ensure a comfortable stay at hotels like Hyatt deserve respect and scrupulous adherence to their rights under law,” stated Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel of MALDEF. “The global boycott of Hyatt sends a clear statement that consumers expect hotel operators to operate consistently with well-established principles of decency and fairness.”

    “We will not stand by and allow anyone to continue to profit on the injured backs of our trabajadoras (women workers). In our research for our Trabajadoras report, data showed that hotel workers are more likely to report injuries on the job if they know they have the right to do so and are associated with organizations that will back them if they are subjected to employer retaliation. We proudly join the thousands of individuals and organizations in supporting the Hyatt trabajadoras through this global Hyatt boycott,” said Hector E. Sanchez, Executive Director for the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement.

    NCLR, MALDEF and LCLAA are calling on Hyatt to:

    • Improve working conditions and reduce physical strain for housekeepers by complying with the recommendations outlined in a letter sent to Hyatt by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on April 25, 2012.
    • Agree to the workers’ request to remain neutral when nonunion workers try to organize.
    • Settle expired collective bargaining agreements with worker representatives on terms comparable to other major hotel chains, such as Marriott, Blackstone/Hilton and Starwood.

    For more information regarding the boycott, visit www.hyatthurts.org. For media inquiries, please contact Julian Teixeira, Director of Communications, NCLR, at jteixeira@nclr.org or (202) 776-1812.

    NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.


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    Groups join growing list of supporters urging Hyatt to improve substandard working conditions for housekeeping staff

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza), 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. The groups pledged to not hold any conventions, conferences, special events or major meetings at Hyatt hotels covered by the boycott. 

    UNITE HERE announced the boycott on July 23, 2012. Since then, the effort to push for the improvement of working conditions and ensure the right of workers to organize has received increasing support from more than 5,000 individuals and organizations, including the AFL-CIO, the NFL Players Association, the National Organization of Women (NOW), Feminist Majority, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Netroots Nation and Interfaith Worker Justice. To date, the boycott has cost the company more than $27 million in business.

    “The pattern of exploitation of housekeepers in Hyatt hotels is not only at odds with Hyatt’s commitment to hospitality but also inexcusable. For years, Latina housekeepers and their supporters have asked for the most basic and humane changes in the workplace to help reduce injuries and physical strain. We are joining these courageous workers in calling on Hyatt to stop this pattern of abuse and become an industry leader in respecting workers’ health and safety,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía.

    In a study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine examining a total of 50 hotel properties from five different hotel companies, Hyatt housekeepers had the highest injury rate of all housekeepers studied when compared by hotel company.

    “The too-often unseen and ignored workers who ensure a comfortable stay at hotels like Hyatt deserve respect and scrupulous adherence to their rights under law,” stated Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel of MALDEF. “The global boycott of Hyatt sends a clear statement that consumers expect hotel operators to operate consistently with well-established principles of decency and fairness.”

    “We will not stand by and allow anyone to continue to profit on the injured backs of our trabajadoras (women workers). In our research for our Trabajadoras report, data showed that hotel workers are more likely to report injuries on the job if they know they have the right to do so and are associated with organizations that will back them if they are subjected to employer retaliation. We proudly join the thousands of individuals and organizations in supporting the Hyatt trabajadoras through this global Hyatt boycott,” said Hector E. Sanchez, Executive Director for the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement.

    NCLR, MALDEF and LCLAA are calling on Hyatt to:

    • Improve working conditions and reduce physical strain for housekeepers by complying with the recommendations outlined in a letter sent to Hyatt by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on April 25, 2012.
    • Agree to the workers’ request to remain neutral when nonunion workers try to organize.
    • Settle expired collective bargaining agreements with worker representatives on terms comparable to other major hotel chains, such as Marriott, Blackstone/Hilton and Starwood.

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    MALDEF—Founded in 1968, MALDEF is the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Often described as the “law firm of the Latino community,” MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access. For more information on MALDEF, please visit: www.maldef.org.

    For media inquiries, please contact Laura Rodriguez, Principal, MALDEF at lrodriguez@rabengroup.com or (310) 956-2425.

    The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is a national Latino organization representing the interests of over 2 million Latino(a) trade unionists throughout the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Since its inception in 1973, LCLAA has organized and advocated for the rights of workers seeking justice in the workplace and in their communities. LCLAA is a constituency group representing Latino activists and union members belonging to the AFL-CIO and the Change to Win Federation. Visit us at www.lclaa.org.

    For media inquiries, please contact Diana Villa, Communications Manager, LCLAA at dvilla@lclaa.org or (202) 508-6989.

    NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

    For more information regarding the boycott, visit www.hyatthurts.org. For media inquiries, please contact Julian Teixeira, Director of Communications, NCLR, at jteixeira@nclr.org or (202) 776-1812.        


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    Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Jose Antonio Vargas and United We Dream to be recognized at 2013 NCLR Capital Awards

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—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. The NCLR Capital Awards is a yearly bipartisan tribute to leaders who have demonstrated an on-going commitment to promoting understanding of the Hispanic community and supporting public policies that have a positive impact on Latinos.

    This year, more than 750 notable figures including government officials, business leaders and community activists will be in attendance as NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía presents the awards to the 2013 recipients.

    The only award ceremony of its kind, the Capital Awards acknowledges outstanding politicians and change-makers from both sides of the aisle who have made an indelible impact on improving opportunities for the Latino community.

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHO:   
    Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR
    Kamala Harris, California Attorney General
    Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City (video message)
    Journalist and founder of Define American Jose Antonio Vargas
    United We Dream
    Jim Avila, Senior News Correspondent, ABC News

    WHAT: 2013 NCLR Capital Awards Gala

    WHEN: Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 6:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

    WHERE:
    National Building Museum
    401 F Street, NW
    Washington, D.C. 20001

    NOTE: A terrific photo opportunity!

    FOR MORE INFORMATION: To cover, please contact Julian Teixeira, Director of Communications, at jteixeira@nclr.org or visit www.nclr.org/capawards.

    NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

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    WASHINGTON, D.C.—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. NCLR (National Council of La Raza) is outraged that these arbitrary and harmful cuts will be allowed to go into effect, at the risk of the nation’s economic security as well as the health and safety of children and vulnerable communities.

    “Hardworking families have already paid their fair share of deficit reduction. It is unconscionable to once again ask them to disproportionately shoulder the weight of more spending cuts by defunding vital programs such as foreclosure prevention and mental health assistance, which they need to get by,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR. “There is no reason that 70,000 kids should get kicked out of Head Start preschools or 600,000 poor pregnant women and their babies should have to go without nutrition assistance. We are shooting ourselves in the foot every day that we allow these cuts to continue.”

    In addition to Head Start and nutrition assistance, some of the other critical programs scheduled to be cut by 5.1% include job training, rental assistance, child care and education support for low-income public school children.

    “Massive spending cuts will do nothing but slow down our still-too-fragile economy and bring job creation to a screeching halt,” said Murguía. “The Congressional Budget Office has already put out estimates that these cuts are going to cost us 750,000 jobs this year. If policymakers are concerned about our economy and future prosperity, they should be investing in quality education, health care and job training, not cutting off access to these programs.”

    NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

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    WASHINGTON, D.C.—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. NCLR (National Council of La Raza) is outraged that these arbitrary and harmful cuts will be allowed to go into effect, at the risk of the nation’s economic security as well as the health and safety of children and vulnerable communities.

    “Hardworking families have already paid their fair share of deficit reduction. It is unconscionable to once again ask them to disproportionately shoulder the weight of more spending cuts by defunding vital programs such as foreclosure prevention and mental health assistance, which they need to get by,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR. “There is no reason that 70,000 kids should get kicked out of Head Start preschools or 600,000 poor pregnant women and their babies should have to go without nutrition assistance. We are shooting ourselves in the foot every day that we allow these cuts to continue.”

    In addition to Head Start and nutrition assistance, some of the other critical programs scheduled to be cut by 5.1% include job training, rental assistance, child care and education support for low-income public school children.

    “Massive spending cuts will do nothing but slow down our still-too-fragile economy and bring job creation to a screeching halt,” said Murguía. “The Congressional Budget Office has already put out estimates that these cuts are going to cost us 750,000 jobs this year. If policymakers are concerned about our economy and future prosperity, they should be investing in quality education, health care and job training, not cutting off access to these programs.”

    NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

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    Representative Gutierrez to join NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía at news conference

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) 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. The conference is part of the 2013 NCLR National Latino Advocacy Days, which will bring together hundreds of Hispanic leaders from 31 states, including Texas, Florida and Idaho, to urge lawmakers to pass immigration legislation that includes a roadmap to citizenship for millions of aspiring, hardworking and talented Americans. Latino leaders who have been involved in civic engagement efforts and are advocating for immigration reform will be in attendance.

    NCLR’s annual Advocacy Days brings together hundreds of leaders from Hispanic nonprofit and civic organizations throughout the United States. Many of these advocates are members of NCLR’s Affiliate Network, a group of community-based organizations partnering with NCLR to improve opportunities for the Latino community.

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHO:
    Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR
    Representative Luis Gutierrez (D–IL)
    Esther Reyes, Executive Director, Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition
    Mauricio Calvo, Executive Director, Latino Memphis

    WHAT: Immigration reform news conference

    WHEN:
    Thursday, March 7, 2013
    1:00–2:00 p.m. EST

    WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2456
    Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street SW
    Washington, D.C. 20003

    NOTE: A terrific photo opportunity!

    FOR MORE INFORMATION: To cover this event, RSVP to Julian Teixeira, Director of Communications, NCLR, at jteixeira@nclr.org.

    NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

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    Latino community leaders will join NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía at news conference

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) 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. The conference is part of the 2013 NCLR National Latino Advocacy Days, which will bring together hundreds of Hispanic leaders from 31 states, including Texas, Florida and Idaho, to urge lawmakers to pass immigration legislation that includes a roadmap to citizenship for millions of aspiring, hardworking and talented Americans. Latino leaders who have been involved in civic engagement efforts and are advocating for immigration reform will be in attendance.

    NCLR’s annual Advocacy Days brings together hundreds of leaders from Hispanic nonprofit and civic organizations throughout the United States. Many of these advocates are members of NCLR’s Affiliate Network, a group of community-based organizations partnering with NCLR to improve opportunities for the Latino community.

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHO:
    Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR
    Esther Reyes, Executive Director, Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition
    Mauricio Calvo, Executive Director, Latino Memphis

    WHAT: Immigration reform news conference

    WHEN:
    Thursday, March 7, 2013
    1:00–2:00 p.m. EST

    WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2456
    Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street SW
    Washington, D.C. 20003

    NOTE: A terrific photo opportunity!

    FOR MORE INFORMATION: To cover this event, RSVP to Julian Teixeira, Director of Communications, NCLR, at jteixeira@nclr.org.

    NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

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    Presidenta y Gerente General del NCLR y líderes hispanos instan al congreso que aprueben una ley de reforma migratoria comprensiva

    Washington, D.C.—Hoy, NCLR (Congreso Nacional de La Raza por sus siglas en inglés) y cientos de lÍderes comunitarios y activistas representando a más de 31 estados incluyendo a Texas, Florida, Idaho, Tennessee, y North Carolina, sostuvieron una conferencia de prensa donde instaron al congreso a tomar acción significativa en el tema de la reforma migratoria.

    “Las conversaciones ya han comenzado y sabemos que pronto se presentarán propuestas de ley, pero hoy queremos decirles a los miembros de la cámara y el senado que trabajen juntos para una verdadera solución y que no permitan que la política obstaculice la reforma que nuestro sistema de inmigración tanto necesita.  Mientras más esperamos, más estamos condenando a familias a separaciones dolorosas, y negándole a las personas trabajadoras y talentosas la oportunidad de integrarse y contribuir a nuestra economía,” dijo Janet Murguía, Presidenta y Gerente General del NCLR. 

    La conferencia de prensa sirvió como punto de culminación en una serie de eventos y acciones organizados por el NCLR esta semana.  El martes, la organización patrocinó los Premios Capital donde se reconoció al Alcalde Michael Bloomberg, Fiscal General de California Kamala Harris, United We Dream y el periodista y ganador del premio Pulitzer—Jose Antonio Vargas.  El miércoles, NCLR patrocinó un día completo de entrenamiento y talleres durante el evento anual Advocacy Days y hoy, jueves, después de una conferencia de prensa sostendrán reuniones con  los miembros del congreso y el senado para instar al congreso a que apruebe una solución que incluya  un camino a la ciudadanía. 

    “Necesitamos enfrentarnos al caso de aquellas personas que ya están aquí en una forma justa y efectiva.  Es inaceptable crear una clase aparte de trabajadores en nuestra nación y por eso un camino hacia la ciudadanía tiene que ser parte de la solución.  La reforma migratoria beneficiará a la economía, a nuestras familias, y a la futura competitividad,” concluyo Murguía.

    El NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza) es la organización nacional más grande de apoyo y defensa de los derechos civiles de los hispanos en los Estados Unidos y trabaja para mejorar sus oportunidades.  Para más información sobre el NCLR, por favor visite www.nclr.org/ o síganos en Facebook y Twitter.

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    NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía and Latino activists urge Congress to move comprehensive immigration reform forward

    Washington, D.C.—Today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) President and CEO Janet Murguía was joined by hundreds of community leaders and activists representing 31 states, including Texas, Florida, Idaho, Tennessee and North Carolina, at an early afternoon press conference where they called for purposeful action on immigration reform.
     
    “The conversations have begun and we know that proposals will soon be introduced, but today we are here asking members of the House and Senate to work together on a real solution and not let politics get in the way of delivering the reform our broken immigration system needs.  The longer we wait, the longer we subject families to painful separations and the longer we deny hardworking, talented people from fully integrating and contributing to our economy,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía.

    The press conference served as the culminating event in a series of events and actions organized by NCLR this week.  On Tuesday, March 5, NCLR hosted its 26th annual Capital Awards where honorees included New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, United We Dream and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas.  On Wednesday, March 6, NCLR held a full day of training and workshops during its annual National Latino Advocacy Days event, and today, following the press conference, hundreds of Latino leaders are scheduled to meet with their members of Congress to urge them to support a comprehensive solution that includes a roadmap to citizenship. 

    “We need to find a way to address the situation of those who are already here in a fair and effective way.  It is unacceptable that we create an entire underclass of workers in our nation, and that’s why a pathway to citizenship must be a part of the solution.  Immigration reform makes sense for the economy, it makes sense for our families, and it makes sense for our future competitiveness,” concluded Murguía.

    NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.  For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

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    WASHINGTON, D.C.—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) today expressed deep appreciation for Verizon’s endorsement of comprehensive immigration reform legislation earlier this week. In a letter addressed to Senator Charles Schumer and other members of the Senate’s “gang of eight,” Lowell McAdam, Verizon Chairman and CEO, noted both the importance of immigrants in helping to reignite America’s economic growth and our historic roots as a nation of immigrants and what that has meant for our country.

    “We salute Lowell McAdam and the entire Verizon family for such a strong show of support on the issue of immigration reform. Verizon’s statement is yet another indication that this issue goes far beyond one group of people or one community. A broken immigration system affects all of us, and an effective, comprehensive and sensible solution will likewise help all of us,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía.

    “Verizon has been a long-time partner of NCLR’s and we have had many thoughtful conversations on this and other issues of concern for the Hispanic community. Given that Verizon is an industry leader on so many issues, it is our hope that they can once again serve as a model to other companies when it comes to making the push for immigration reform,” Murguía concluded.

    NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

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