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    By Liany Elba Arroyo, Associate Director, Education and Children’s Policy Project 

    Yesterday, NCLR released the Latino Kids Data Explorer, a unique resource that combines information from several sources into one easy-to-use tool. Advocates, policymakers, and even parents can use this database to see how Latino and other children in their state are faring according to 27 different measures of well-being. The data make one thing clear: we have to pursue stronger policies that create opportunities for children and their families. While Latino children have made gains in several areas such as health insurance coverage and preschool attendance, the reality is that Latino children, as well as Black children, lag far behind their White counterparts in almost all measures of child well-being. This should be of great concern to us all given that Latino children, as one of the fastest-growing child populations in the country, will not only make up our future workforce but also pay the taxes that sustain our nation. If our political leaders shortchange this crucial population during the upcoming conversations on the national debt, they will end up pushing our children off a “fiscal cliff” from which they may never recover. 

    Last year, policymakers in Washington agreed on a deal to extend tax cuts until December 31, 2012. They also scheduled massive budget cuts to take place concurrently. On January 1, 2013, Americans will be hit with cuts to vital programs in education, health, housing, and job training, as well as a tax hike, unless Congress takes action. This “fiscal cliff” would cause serious harm to families and could slow down or even reverse economic growth, potentially increasing unemployment while simultaneously gutting programs intended to help struggling families. Hispanics must pay close attention to how Congress addresses this issue because the wrong approach can cause long-term damage to our community.

    Latino children, and all poor children, will face a double hit if Congress makes draconian cuts to the programs that so many of them depend on to survive. The first hit comes in the form of decreased access to our nation’s safety net and the education they need to become productive members of society. Our nation runs the risk of backtracking on the progress that Latinos have made over the last decade in graduating from high school, obtaining health insurance, and attending preschool. The number of Latino children living with mothers who have less than a high school education or live in poverty will likely rise.

    The second hit—cuts to entitlements—will not affect the current generation, but it will have an unquestionably disproportionate effect on these same children down the road. Hispanic children will enter adulthood to find our safety net in tatters. Cuts to Social Security and Medicare will be acutely felt by a poorer and potentially less healthy generation.

    As a Latina, voter, and mother, I ask myself how that is fair. How can our leaders pass the burden on to today’s children? Why would our nation’s leaders condemn young Latinos to a childhood of neglect and an adulthood of suffering? Why would they kill the American Dream for nearly one-quarter of our nation’s children? These are questions that all Latinos, and all Americans, must ask themselves. Then we must resolve to make a difference. Our community must inform itself and act to ensure that our nation’s leaders get the message: our community will not let them damn our children to a lifetime of poverty.


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    AVISO A LA PRENSA
    PARA DIVULGACIÓN INMEDIATA

      
    Conferencia de prensa sigue marcha que insta al partido Republicano desistir su esfuerzo para impedir la confirmación de Perez

    Washington D.C.—El 15 de mayo, 2013, el National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), CASA de Maryland, y el Consejo Nacional de La Raza (NCLR por sus siglas en inglés), patrocinarán una marcha y conferencia de prensa en apoyo a la confirmación de Thomas Perez como Secretario del Trabajo.  En tales eventos les exigirán a los senadores que paren sus ataques injustificados en contra del Sr. Perez.    

    El Comité de la Salud, Educación, Trabajo y Pensiones del Senado votará sobre la nominación del Sr. Perez este jueves, 16 de mayo, tres semanas después de la fecha inicial como resultado de varios plazos por parte de senadores Republicanos. 

    Individuos de la comunidad que apoyan Tom Perez se unirán a líderes latinos enfrente del Hotel St. Regis y juntos marcharán a la sede de NCLR. 
     
    Qué:
    Marcha en apoyo a la confirmación de Thomas Perez como Secretario del Trabajo
     
    Cuándo:
    Miércoles, 15 de mayo, 2013
    Marcha comienza a las 2:00 p.m. ET y la conferencia de prensa comenzará a las 2:15 p.m. ET

     
    Dónde:
    La marcha comienza en la 16 Calle entre las calles I and K, NW, Washington, DC
    Conferencia de Prensa en la sede del NCLR, 1126 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC

     
    Quién:
    Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR
    Gustavo Torres, Executive Director, CASA de Maryland
    Hector Sanchez, Chair of NHLA and Executive Director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
    Arturo Rodriguez, United Farm Workers


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

    Established in 1991, The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) brings together Hispanic leaders to establish policy priorities that address, and raise public awareness of, the major issues affecting the Latino community and the nation as a whole.  NHLA's "Confirm Tom" campaign is part of the coalition's Latino Appointments Program that is dedicated to identifying and supporting Latino candidates pursuing political and career positions in the federal government. For more information, please visit www.nationalhispanicleadership.org and follow @NHLAgenda.

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    PARA MÁS INFORMACIÓN, COMUNÍQUESE CON:
    NCLR | Julian Teixeira | jteixeira@nclr.org | (202) 776-1812 |
    CASA de Maryland | Kimberley Propeack| kpropeack@casamd.org | (301) 379-7461  |
     NHLA | Melody Gonzales | melody@nationalhispanicleadership.org | (202) 508-6917 |








     


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    MEDIA ADVISORY
    FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION

     

    March, followed by press conference to call on GOP to drop filibuster threat

    Washington D.C.—On May 15, 2013, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), CASA de Maryland, and NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will hold a march and press conference in support of confirming Thomas Perez as U.S. Secretary of Labor and calling on senators to cease their unwarranted attacks and filibuster threats against Mr. Perez.    

    The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions is scheduled to vote on Mr. Perez’s nomination on Thursday, May 16, three weeks later than initially planned due to delays prompted by Republican senators.

    Grassroots supporters of Tom Perez will join Latino leaders outside the St. Regis Hotel and march together to the headquarters of NCLR.
     
    What:
    March and rally for the confirmation of Thomas Perez as Secretary of Labor
     
    When:
    Wednesday, May 15, 2013
    March starts at 2:00 p.m. ET with press conference to follow at 2:15 p.m. ET

     
    Where:
    March starts at 16th Street between I and K Streets, NW, Washington, DC
    Press conference at NCLR Headquarters, 1126 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC
     

    Who:
    Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR
    Gustavo Torres, Executive Director, CASA de Maryland
    Hector Sanchez, Chair of NHLA and Executive Director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
    Arturo Rodriguez, United Farm Workers

     
    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.

    Established in 1991, The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) brings together Hispanic leaders to establish policy priorities that address, and raise public awareness of, the major issues affecting the Latino community and the nation as a whole.  NHLA's "Confirm Tom" campaign is part of the coalition's Latino Appointments Program that is dedicated to identifying and supporting Latino candidates pursuing political and career positions in the federal government. For more information, please visit www.nationalhispanicleadership.org and follow @NHLAgenda.

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    FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
    NCLR | Julian Teixeira | jteixeira@nclr.org | (202) 776-1812 |
    CASA de Maryland | Kimberley Propeack| kpropeack@casamd.org | (301) 379-7461  |
     NHLA | Melody Gonzales | melody@nationalhispanicleadership.org | (202) 508-6917 |


     


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      Contact:
    May 16, 2013                                                            Julian Teixeira
                                                                                     (202) 776-1812
                                                                                      jtexeira@nclr.org


    “Hispanic Business” magazine recognizes 12 NCLR Affiliates among top 25 nonprofits in 2013


    WASHINGTON, D.C.—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) praised “Hispanic Business” magazine’s recognition of the stellar work conducted by Latino nonprofits in its annual listing of the top 25 Hispanic nonprofit organizations.  Twelve of those groups on the list are community organizations that belong to NCLR’s Affiliate Network

    “We are thrilled to see ‘Hispanic Business’ showcase nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to helping communities thrive through innovative programs and services.  As trusted and valued community partners, their work is vital to our society and economy, helping to provide a bright future for our communities and Latino families,” said Sonia Pérez, NCLR Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives.  “We congratulate the top 25 nonprofits that have been recognized and are especially proud of the 12 organizations that are valued partners of NCLR as we work together to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.”

    The magazine does an annual review of organizations’ expenditures and revenues in ranking the top Hispanic nonprofits.  Each organization submitted information about their missions and services to provide an overview of the top charitable organizations serving the growing U.S. Latino population.

    At the top of the list is AltaMed Health Services Corporation, which has provided comprehensive health care services in East Los Angeles since 1969, now serving clients throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties.  The other NCLR Affiliates on the top 25 nonprofits list—in the order in which they appear—are Acacia Network in Bronx, N.Y.; Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. in Phoenix, Ariz.; Southwest Key Programs, Inc. in Austin, Texas; La Clínica de la Raza, Inc. in Oakland, Calif.; San Ysidro Health Center in San Ysidro, Calif.; Mexican American Opportunity Foundation in Montebello, Calif.; Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc. in Philadelphia, Pa.; The Unity Council in Oakland, Calif.; United Community Center in Milwaukiee, Wisc.; HELP–New Mexico, Inc. in Albuquerque, N.M. and Latin American Youth Center in Washington, D.C.

    Services provided by these organizations include health care, neighborhood development, education and job training, elder and child care, youth services, counseling, recreational cultural programs and more.  The NCLR Affiliate Network includes nearly 300 community-based organizations that provide direct services to millions of Hispanic Americans each year.

    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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    AVISO A LA PRENSA
    PARA DIVULGACIÓN INMEDIATA

      
    Conferencia de prensa sigue marcha que insta al partido Republicano desistir su esfuerzo para impedir la confirmación de Perez

    Washington D.C.—El 15 de mayo, 2013, el National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), CASA de Maryland, y el Consejo Nacional de La Raza (NCLR por sus siglas en inglés), patrocinarán una marcha y conferencia de prensa en apoyo a la confirmación de Thomas Perez como Secretario del Trabajo.  En tales eventos les exigirán a los senadores que paren sus ataques injustificados en contra del Sr. Perez.    

    El Comité de la Salud, Educación, Trabajo y Pensiones del Senado votará sobre la nominación del Sr. Perez este jueves, 16 de mayo, tres semanas después de la fecha inicial como resultado de varios plazos por parte de senadores Republicanos. 

    Individuos de la comunidad que apoyan Tom Perez se unirán a líderes latinos enfrente del Hotel St. Regis y juntos marcharán a la sede de NCLR. 
     
    Qué:
    Marcha en apoyo a la confirmación de Thomas Perez como Secretario del Trabajo
     
    Cuándo:
    Miércoles, 15 de mayo, 2013
    Marcha comienza a las 2:00 p.m. ET y la conferencia de prensa comenzará a las 2:15 p.m. ET

     
    Dónde:
    La marcha comienza en la 16 Calle entre las calles I and K, NW, Washington, DC
    Conferencia de Prensa en la sede del NCLR, 1126 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC

     
    Quién:
    Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR
    Gustavo Torres, Executive Director, CASA de Maryland
    Hector Sanchez, Chair of NHLA and Executive Director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
    Arturo Rodriguez, United Farm Workers


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

    Established in 1991, The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) brings together Hispanic leaders to establish policy priorities that address, and raise public awareness of, the major issues affecting the Latino community and the nation as a whole.  NHLA's "Confirm Tom" campaign is part of the coalition's Latino Appointments Program that is dedicated to identifying and supporting Latino candidates pursuing political and career positions in the federal government. For more information, please visit www.nationalhispanicleadership.org and follow @NHLAgenda.

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    PARA MÁS INFORMACIÓN, COMUNÍQUESE CON:
    NCLR | Julian Teixeira | jteixeira@nclr.org | (202) 776-1812 |
    CASA de Maryland | Kimberley Propeack| kpropeack@casamd.org | (301) 379-7461  |
     NHLA | Melody Gonzales | melody@nationalhispanicleadership.org | (202) 508-6917 |








     


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    MEDIA ADVISORY
    FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION

     

    March, followed by press conference to call on GOP to drop filibuster threat

    Washington D.C.—On May 15, 2013, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), CASA de Maryland, and NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will hold a march and press conference in support of confirming Thomas Perez as U.S. Secretary of Labor and calling on senators to cease their unwarranted attacks and filibuster threats against Mr. Perez.    

    The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions is scheduled to vote on Mr. Perez’s nomination on Thursday, May 16, three weeks later than initially planned due to delays prompted by Republican senators.

    Grassroots supporters of Tom Perez will join Latino leaders outside the St. Regis Hotel and march together to the headquarters of NCLR.
     
    What:
    March and rally for the confirmation of Thomas Perez as Secretary of Labor
     
    When:
    Wednesday, May 15, 2013
    March starts at 2:00 p.m. ET with press conference to follow at 2:15 p.m. ET

     
    Where:
    March starts at 16th Street between I and K Streets, NW, Washington, DC
    Press conference at NCLR Headquarters, 1126 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC
     

    Who:
    Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR
    Gustavo Torres, Executive Director, CASA de Maryland
    Hector Sanchez, Chair of NHLA and Executive Director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
    Arturo Rodriguez, United Farm Workers

     
    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.

    Established in 1991, The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) brings together Hispanic leaders to establish policy priorities that address, and raise public awareness of, the major issues affecting the Latino community and the nation as a whole.  NHLA's "Confirm Tom" campaign is part of the coalition's Latino Appointments Program that is dedicated to identifying and supporting Latino candidates pursuing political and career positions in the federal government. For more information, please visit www.nationalhispanicleadership.org and follow @NHLAgenda.

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    FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
    NCLR | Julian Teixeira | jteixeira@nclr.org | (202) 776-1812 |
    CASA de Maryland | Kimberley Propeack| kpropeack@casamd.org | (301) 379-7461  |
     NHLA | Melody Gonzales | melody@nationalhispanicleadership.org | (202) 508-6917 |


     


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      Contact:
    May 16, 2013                                                            Julian Teixeira
                                                                                     (202) 776-1812
                                                                                      jtexeira@nclr.org


    “Hispanic Business” magazine recognizes 12 NCLR Affiliates among top 25 nonprofits in 2013


    WASHINGTON, D.C.—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) praised “Hispanic Business” magazine’s recognition of the stellar work conducted by Latino nonprofits in its annual listing of the top 25 Hispanic nonprofit organizations.  Twelve of those groups on the list are community organizations that belong to NCLR’s Affiliate Network

    “We are thrilled to see ‘Hispanic Business’ showcase nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to helping communities thrive through innovative programs and services.  As trusted and valued community partners, their work is vital to our society and economy, helping to provide a bright future for our communities and Latino families,” said Sonia Pérez, NCLR Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives.  “We congratulate the top 25 nonprofits that have been recognized and are especially proud of the 12 organizations that are valued partners of NCLR as we work together to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.”

    The magazine does an annual review of organizations’ expenditures and revenues in ranking the top Hispanic nonprofits.  Each organization submitted information about their missions and services to provide an overview of the top charitable organizations serving the growing U.S. Latino population.

    At the top of the list is AltaMed Health Services Corporation, which has provided comprehensive health care services in East Los Angeles since 1969, now serving clients throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties.  The other NCLR Affiliates on the top 25 nonprofits list—in the order in which they appear—are Acacia Network in Bronx, N.Y.; Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. in Phoenix, Ariz.; Southwest Key Programs, Inc. in Austin, Texas; La Clínica de la Raza, Inc. in Oakland, Calif.; San Ysidro Health Center in San Ysidro, Calif.; Mexican American Opportunity Foundation in Montebello, Calif.; Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc. in Philadelphia, Pa.; The Unity Council in Oakland, Calif.; United Community Center in Milwaukiee, Wisc.; HELP–New Mexico, Inc. in Albuquerque, N.M. and Latin American Youth Center in Washington, D.C.

    Services provided by these organizations include health care, neighborhood development, education and job training, elder and child care, youth services, counseling, recreational cultural programs and more.  The NCLR Affiliate Network includes nearly 300 community-based organizations that provide direct services to millions of Hispanic Americans each year.

    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:
    Julian Teixeira
    jteixeira@nclr.org
    (202) 776-1812

    Committee approval is important step in realizing comprehensive reform

    Today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) praised the bipartisan efforts of the Senate Judiciary Committee that resulted in the passage of S. 744: the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013.” Over the past several weeks, Judiciary Committee members reviewed and voted on hundreds of amendments, many of which threatened to weaken the core of the original proposal meant to overhaul the nation’s broken immigration system.

    “We congratulate the Senate Judiciary Committee and Chairman Leahy for conducting a transparent and constructive process that delivered solid progress. Bipartisan efforts in the committee and solid support from the Gang of Eight helped defeat extremist measures that would have undermined real reform. With their actions, Committee members sent a strong message to the whole Senate about moving forward in a way that delivers solutions to fix our broken immigration system, and finally addresses the high economic and human costs of inaction,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR.

    The bill is expected to be heard on the Senate floor in June.

    “Moving forward, we hope that the Senate debate will focus on our nation’s urgent need for an immigration system appropriate for the 21st century—one that includes an achievable roadmap to legality and citizenship, upholds family and protects workers. Latino voters are deeply invested in this issue and are watching developments closely as this debate now moves to the Senate floor,” concluded Murguía.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:
    Julian Teixeira
    jteixeira@nclr.org
    (202) 776-1812

    Committee approval is important step in realizing comprehensive reform

    Today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) praised the bipartisan efforts of the Senate Judiciary Committee that resulted in the passage of S. 744: the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013.” Over the past several weeks, Judiciary Committee members reviewed and voted on hundreds of amendments, many of which threatened to weaken the core of the original proposal meant to overhaul the nation’s broken immigration system.

    “We congratulate the Senate Judiciary Committee and Chairman Leahy for conducting a transparent and constructive process that delivered solid progress. Bipartisan efforts in the committee and solid support from the Gang of Eight helped defeat extremist measures that would have undermined real reform. With their actions, Committee members sent a strong message to the whole Senate about moving forward in a way that delivers solutions to fix our broken immigration system, and finally addresses the high economic and human costs of inaction,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR.

    The bill is expected to be heard on the Senate floor in June.

    “Moving forward, we hope that the Senate debate will focus on our nation’s urgent need for an immigration system appropriate for the 21st century—one that includes an achievable roadmap to legality and citizenship, upholds family and protects workers. Latino voters are deeply invested in this issue and are watching developments closely as this debate now moves to the Senate floor,” concluded Murguía.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:
    Julian Teixeira
    jteixeira@nclr.org

    (202) 776-1812


    NCLR (National Council of La Raza) applauds the nomination of Katherine Archuleta to lead the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Archuleta has served as both the Chief of Staff for former Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and the National Political Director for President Obama’s reelection campaign.

    “Once again, the president has nominated a strong Hispanic candidate for a position to his administration. We are extremely pleased to see a Latina nominated,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR. “Katherine Archuleta is well respected and admired for her long career in public service as well as her many contributions not only to the Latino community, but also to our nation.”

    This makes Archuleta the second Hispanic to be nominated for a high-level appointment during the president’s second term.

    “We look forward to the Senate quickly approving her nomination and are encouraged that the president has sought out some of the Latino community’s most talented to continue taking our nation forward,” concluded Murguía.”


    NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact:
    May 2, 2013      Camila Gallardo, NCLR
        (305) 215-4259
        Damien Filer, 50+1
        (850) 212-1858

     

    MIAMI, Fla.—Today, May 2, NCLR (National Council of La Raza), ROC-Miami (Restaurant Opportunities Center), Organize Now and SF Jobs with Justice will host a telephonic press briefing to discuss Florida state legislative efforts to take away local control and undercut workers’ rights.  Florida is the latest in a string of states, including Michigan, Mississippi and Wisconsin, to introduce legislation which preempts local efforts to ensure that workers are entitled to earned sick time and a living wage.  Last week, the Florida Senate approved a measure that would strip local control from communities that have or wish to enact worker benefits, including earned sick time.  The Florida House of Representatives passed an earlier, even more egregious bill that would also ban local governments from passing living wage ordinances; it has since been amended.

    Miami-Dade County was the first county in Florida to enact a living wage ordinance in 1999.  After a hard-fought battle, Orange County voters are set to weigh in on an earned sick time ordinance on the August 2014 ballot, if the state measure does not render it moot. 

    Research has shown that earned sick time policies contribute to higher productivity and lower employee turnover.  A study conducted by the Economic Policy Institute regarding the effects of a San Francisco earned sick time measure contradicted naysayers who claimed that the law would hurt business.  In fact, since the law took effect in 2007, employment has grown more than twice as fast as in neighboring counties that lack an earned sick time policy. 

     


    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHAT:       Telephonic briefing:  “The Latest on Earned Sick Time for Florida Workers”

    WHO:    Moderator:  Stephanie Porta, Director, Organize Now

                   Speakers: 
                   •    Erica Summers, Worker, who worked while sick with typhoid and will share her personal story
                   •    Natacha Seijas, Former County Commissioner, Miami-Dade County, and champion of the Miami-Dade Living Wage, Domestic Violence and Wage Theft Ordinances
                   •    Natalie Carlier, Regional Coordinator, Florida, NCLR
                   •    Other speakers TBA

    WHEN:     Thursday, May 2, 2013
                      1:30–2:30 p.m. EDT   

    WHERE:     Participant:  (866) 952-1907
                       Conference ID:  FLORIDA
                       Program Title:  Importance of Paid Sick Leave for Florida Workers

    To RSVP for this event or get more information, call Camila Gallardo at (305) 215-4259 or email cgallardo@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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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                    Contact:
    May 29, 2013                                            Camila Gallardo
                                                                        (305) 573-7329, (305) 215-4259
                                                                        cgallardo@nclr.org


    NCLR to highlight Latino voter poll results regarding views on federal budget debate

    DENVER, Colo.—Tomorrow, Thursday, May 30, 2013, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will join U.S. Representative Diana DeGette (D–CO), the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and Every Child Matters Education Fund at a town hall meeting to discuss the impact of federal budget cuts.  Because of sequestration, drastic cuts to programs that provide educational, housing and food assistance are already placing our most vulnerable communities at risk.  The current House of Representatives budget proposal offered by Paul Ryan (R–WI), Chair of the Committee on the Budget, and passed by the House gets 66% of its budget cuts from programs that serve low-income people while cutting taxes that mainly benefit wealthy people and corporations.  Meanwhile, the budget offered by Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray (D–WA) includes new revenue, invests in the future and protects vulnerable people from cuts, which aligns more with the Latino community’s priorities.

    At the town hall session, community members, organizations and elected leadership will have an opportunity to discuss the impact of existing and proposed budget cuts and alternatives, including revenue raising proposals.  Jesus Altamirano, Regional Coordinator, NCLR, will also unveil recent NCLR poll results from registered Latino voters in three critical electoral swing states, including Colorado, which show that a majority of registered Latino voters believe high-income individuals and corporations should be paying more toward reducing the federal deficit.

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHO:            U.S. Representative Diana DeGette
                          Jesus Altamirano, Regional Coordinator, NCLR
                          Max Richtman, President and CEO, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
                          Katie Facchinello, Colorado Campaign Director, Every Child Matters Education Fund
                          Dr. Steve Berman, Director, Center for Global Health, University of Colorado School of Public Health
                          Rachel Hernandez, Social Security beneficiary
                          Daunitia Lewis, former foster care youth

    WHAT:         Town hall 

    WHEN:        Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. CDT

    WHERE:      Tennyson Center for Children
                          2950 Tennyson Street
                          Denver, CO 80212

    NOTE:           Mr. Altamirano will be available for interviews prior to and immediately following the event.  

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Please contact Camila Gallardo, Associate Director, Communications, NCLR, to arrange an interview opportunity.
     
    From the Tennyson Center:  Please be advised that due to strict HIPAA regulations and to be in compliance with our rules of confidentiality, NO PHOTOGRAPHS, VIDEOS OR RECORDINGS of any children on our campus are allowed to be taken.  Any violations of this rule will result in the person being removed from the building and the camera or recording device being confiscated.

    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
    May 29, 2013

    Contact:
    Julian Teixeira
    (202) 776-1812
    jteixeira@nclr.org

    Focus in Budget Debates Shouldn’t Be Cuts

    The majority of registered Latino voters in three key swing states believe high-income individuals and corporations should be paying more toward reducing the federal deficit, according to a new survey released today by NCLR (National Council of La Raza). NCLR recently conducted an informal survey of more than 4,000 registered Latino voters in Florida, Colorado and Nevada, key swing states in the last presidential election, questioning participants about their views on the ongoing federal budget debate.

    The key findings from the survey show that an overwhelming 92 percent of participants believe that balancing the federal budget should not place an undue burden on families or children, with more than 74 percent assigning this as a high priority. In addition, the survey also found that:
    –More than 51 percent of participants agreed that high-income individuals and corporations should pay more to reduce the deficit.
    –More than 30 percent of respondents believe that balancing the federal budget should include a combination of budget cuts and raising new revenue to invest in job creation.

    “Our survey findings echo what NCLR has been saying since this federal budget debate began—the unnecessary budget cuts that Congress is forcing upon this country are completely out of line with what voters, particularly Latino voters, want,” said Janis Bowdler, Director of Economic Policy at NCLR. “Getting our fiscal house in order shouldn’t come at the expense of children and families, who have been paying the price of deficit reduction through steep cuts to education, health care and housing programs. The very wealthy should be paying into deficit reduction, and we should be finding new ways to generate revenue instead of cutting vital services that invest in the workers and taxpayers of tomorrow—America’s Latino community.”

    In March, Congress was unable to agree upon a federal budget, which set sequestration into effect. These irrational and arbitrary budget cuts are severely hurting Latinos families and the economy, especially as more cuts are phased in over the coming months.

    “In these three states where Latino voters made and will continue to make all the difference between winning and losing an election, elected officials need to listen to their constituents and stop the budget cuts,” Bowdler added. “Come midterm and the next general election, Latino voters won’t forget who chose to play politics with our future and who chose to protect our families and our economy.”

    For a complete breakdown of the survey results, click here.

    NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.

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    PARA DIVULGACIÓN INMEDIATA

    29 de mayo, 2013

    Contacto:
    Julián Teixeira
    (202) 776-1812
    jteixeira@nclr.org


    Enfoque del debate presupuestario no debe ser los recortes

    La mayoría de los votantes latinos en tres de los estados electorales mas reñidos creen que los individuos de altos ingresos y las corporaciones deben pagar más para ayudar a reducir el déficit, de acuerdo con una nueva encuesta publicada hoy por el NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza por sus siglas en inglés). Recientemente, NCLR condujó una encuesta informal de más de 4,000 votantes latinos registrados en la Florida, Colorado, y Nevada—estados claves en la campaña electoral presidencial—sobre sus puntos de vista en el debate federal presupuestario.

    La encuesta demostró un apoyo abrumador de un 92 por ciento de encuestados que creen que balancear el presupuesto federal no debe ponerle una carga adicional a las familias o los niños; un 74 por ciento vió esto como prioridad. La encuesta también encontró que:

    • Más del 51 por ciento de los participantes estaban de acuerdo que los individuos de altos ingresos y corporaciones deben pagar más para reducir el déficit
    • Más del 30 por ciento de los encuestados creen que balancear el presupuesto federal debe incluir una combinación de recortes y aumentar ingresos para invertir en la creación de empleos

    “Nuestra encuesta refleja lo que ha dicho el NCLR desde que comenzó este debate sobre el presupuesto federal—los recortes innecesarios que el congreso nos está imponiendo no reflejan lo que los votantes latinos quieren,” dijo Janis Bowdler, Directora del Economic Policy del NCLR. “No tenemos que sacrificar el bienestar de nuestros niños y familias para poner en orden nuestro presupuesto; ya ellos están pagando el precio de reducir el déficit a través de recortes profundos a la educación, cuidado de salud, y programas de vivienda. Los muy adinerados deben ser los que están ayudando a reducir el déficit y debemos de encontrar nuevas formas para generar ingresos en vez de cortar servicios vitales que invierten en los trabajadores y los futuros contribuyentes—la comunidad hispana en los estados unidos.”

    En marzo, el congreso no pudo llegar a un acuerdo sobre el presupuesto; esto es lo que llevó al país al llamado “sequester”. Estos recortes arbitrarios e irracionales están dañando a las familias latinas y a la economía, particularmente cuando más recortes entren en vigor en los próximos meses.

    “En estos tres estados donde los votantes latinos han hecho la diferencia en campañas electorales, los oficiales electos deben de hacerle caso a sus constituyentes y parar los recortes al presupuesto,” añadió Bowdler. “En las próximas elecciones, los votantes latinos no se olvidarán quienes eligieron jugar política con nuestro futuro y quienes hicieron lo mejor para proteger a nuestras familias y a la economía.”

    Para detalles de la encuesta, por favor visite aquí.

    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.


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    May 29, 2013

    Contact:
    Julian Teixeira
    (202) 776-1812
    Email: jteixeira@nclr.org

                                                                                                              NCLR to release report that examines the financial benefits of citizenship for U.S. Latinos

    As the U.S. Senate starts to debate immigration reform, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will release a report on Tuesday, June 4, which finds that the benefits of legalization and naturalization are not just economic and social, but also financial. The report, “Latino Financial Access and Inclusion,” demonstrates that with citizenship comes greater access to financial services which boost savings and improve financial security. The report also finds that unemployed Latinos are more likely to be isolated from the banking mainstream and concerns about identity theft run high among Latino consumers, keeping some from trying new bank technologies.

    Joining NCLR at the report’s release will be industry representatives and community-based advocates who will discuss the importance of full inclusion of Latino and immigrant consumers in financial services markets. In addition, during the press conference recommendations will be given on how financial and banking services can reach underserved Latinos.

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHAT: “Creating Pathways to Economic Success: Immigration Reform and Our Financial Markets”

    WHO: Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR
    Elizabeth Garza, Managing Director, Citi Global Consumer Banking, Governance, Regulatory and External Affairs
    Janis Bowdler, Director, Economic Policy, NCLR
    Corey Carlisle, Senior Vice President, Bank Community Engagement, American Bankers Association
    Raul Raymundo, CEO, The Resurrection Project
    WHEN: Tuesday, June 4, 2013

    TIME: 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. EDT

    WHERE: National Press Club
    529 14th Street N.W., 13th Floor
    Washington, D.C. 20045

    A live stream of this event will be available on June 4, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. EDT at www.nclr.org/financialaccess.

    NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    May 30, 2013

    Contact:
    Julian Teixeira
    (202) 776-1812
    jteixeira@nclr.or

    Renewed Call for Arpaio's Resignation Comes in Wake of Landmark Court Decision That Found Maricopa County Sheriff Engaged in Rampant Racial Profiling

    One year ago, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) joined a number of Phoenix-area and Arizona organizations in calling on Sheriff Joe Arpaio to resign in the wake of a blistering U.S. Department of Justice report detailing the blatant and extensive racial profiling, harassment and abuse facing Latinos in Maricopa County. Today, NCLR renewed its call for Sheriff Joe to step down, effective immediately, following an equally scorching ruling by U.S. District Judge Murray Snow that found that the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) has in fact improperly and unconstitutionally singled out Latinos for immigration enforcement, in violation of their civil rights.

    “For years, Arpaio has defied the facts, common sense and any sense of ethics and accountability by denying these allegations. And now, after nearly a decade of story after story from Arpaio’s victims, yet another institution—this time Judge Snow and the U.S. District Court—has used the office’s own words and documents in finding that racial profiling is the law of the land in the MCSO. There are no more excuses, and there is no place left for Joe Arpaio to hide. He and his office have willfully and systematically violated the civil rights of those he swore to protect, so he must go,” stated Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR.

    “This decision is a vindication for the courageous Latinos and all others who have come forward to tell of their harassment and abuse and for those leaders who brought the stories to light and the MCSO to justice. While we applaud Judge Snow’s injunction, only a full-scale housecleaning of the MCSO—starting from the very top—will ultimately resolve this problem,” concluded Murguía.

    NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

    Contact:
    Julian Teixeira
    (202) 776-1812
    jteixeira@nclr.org

    Report highlights interesting links between naturalization and financial engagement; recommends solutions to increase Hispanic financial literacy

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—At a morning press conference today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) released a report entitled “Latino Financial Access and Inclusion in California.” The report’s findings were based on an NCLR survey of over 1,000 California Latinos conducted from January to April 2012, focusing on levels of financial engagement. Latinos continue to be among the most unbanked ethnic minorities in the United States. The report highlights the challenges confronted by the unemployed, differences in financial engagement by citizenship status and the use of bank technology by participants.

    The report found an important link between naturalization (citizenship) and increased usage of financial systems—noncitizen Latinos were less likely to engage in banking practices. The report also found that 73 percent of the participants managed to put away some savings despite the down economy and that good customer service was paramount to deciding where to bank.

    “As the Senate debates how to overhaul our nation’s immigration system, it is interesting to note the link between immigration status and engagement in our financial institutions,” stated Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR. “Many eligible immigrants have been unable to naturalize because of the cost prohibitive fees, while others may be struggling with finding a way to fully legalize their status under current law. There is no doubt that Hispanics are an increasingly critical consumer base, particularly in times of economic recovery when their full participation helps to stimulate the economy through purchases and savings. The more engaged and fully participating in our financial services they are, the more they and the nation benefit.”

    The survey also delved into the use of technology for banking purposes, finding that younger Latinos were more likely to use mobile banking technology when compared to older Latinos. Those who had a bank account were more likely to have access to the Internet than Latinos without a bank account and were more likely to have performed a financial transaction using this medium. Those who demonstrated reluctance to using the internet for this purpose were primarily concerned with the security of personal information.

    The report details a body of recommendations to increase Latino financial engagement, including expanding citizenship and economic integration, increasing account ownership through goal-based outreach and product development, promotion of personal savings and bridging the tech divide with trusted partners that can help assuage fears of privacy violations.

    “Bringing Latinos into the practice of engaging financial institutions to create savings, make purchases and manage their personal finances will be of huge benefit not just to their long-term success, but to the nation’s short- and long-term economic growth and stability. We are encouraged that through building the right partnerships and engaging in purposeful outreach and educational efforts, we will be able to effectively reach the underserved Latino community,” concluded Murguía.

    To view the survey findings and the report in its entirety, please click here.

    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
    jrendeiro@nclr.org
    (202) 776-1566

    On Thursday, June 13, Clarissa Martínez de Castro, Director of Immigration and Civic Engagement at NCLR (National Council of La Raza), will testify at a House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary hearing on H.R. 2278, the “Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement (SAFE) Act.” Martínez de Castro’s testimony will focus on the ways that this legislation will expand many of the wasteful and misguided enforcement policies that have caused fear and insecurity in communities across the country. For more details about the hearing, including an updated witness list and prepared testimony, please visit the House Judiciary Committee website.

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHAT:         House Committee on the Judiciary hearing on H.R. 2278, the “Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act”

    WHO:          Clarissa Martínez de Castro, Director of Immigration and Civic Engagement, NCLR

    WHEN:        Thursday, June 13, 2013
                          2:00 p.m.

    WHERE:      Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2141
                          45 Independence Ave, S.W.
                          Washington, D.C. 20515

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact: Julian Teixeira
    (202) 776-1812
    jteixeira@nclr.org 

    Urges senators to continue to stand strong against efforts to derail bill

    Washington, D.C.—Yesterday, the U.S. Senate moved one step closer to a vote on final passage of the bipartisan "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013" (S. 744), the comprehensive reform bill set to overhaul our nation’s broken immigration system. With a vote of 85 to 12, an overwhelming number of senators helped propel the bill forward, and a final vote on passage is expected sometime in the coming weeks.

    “We applaud the Senate for taking this critical step in moving the comprehensive immigration reform bill forward, and we recognize the important role senators and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have played in keeping the core of the bill intact,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR (National Council of La Raza).

    “Immigration reform shouldn’t be a partisan issue; there is no doubt that it is in the economic interests of our nation that we bring justice and equanimity to the laws that govern our immigration system. There are 11 million hardworking immigrants waiting in the wings to expand their contributions to our nation; therefore, it is critical that we act now,” 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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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:

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

    Yesterday, Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro, Director of Immigration and Civic Engagement at NCLR (National Council of La Raza), testified at a House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary hearing on H.R. 2278, the “Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement (SAFE) Act.” During the hearing, Martínez-De-Castro warned that this legislation will expand many of the wasteful and misguided interior enforcement policies that have caused fear and insecurity in communities across the country, in part, by delegating immigration enforcement duties to state and local authorities.

    “Rather than assert Congress’s role and responsibility to ensure we have an orderly and regulated immigration system, H.R. 2278 proposes a massive delegation of authority that is unnecessary,” said Martínez-De-Castro. “There is widespread evidence that interior enforcement of immigration laws generally, and its delegation to states and localities in particular, inherently threaten civil rights and violate other core American values. The effect of this delegation of authority will be to create a patchwork of laws that will add more chaos, not more order, to our immigration system.”

    “Congress has a responsibility to fix our immigration system. It must not abdicate that responsibility, and it must not create a situation where there are 50 different ways to apply immigration laws in our country,” added Martínez-De-Castro. “We urge the authors, and this Committee, to exercise their leadership to deliver a modernized and effective immigration system for the 21st century, and do so in a way that respects the contributions of all Americans, regardless of their accent or appearance.”

    To read the full testimony, please visit the House Judiciary Committee website.

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