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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                      Contact:
    October 17, 2013                                                                                                                       Ricky Garza
                                                                                                                                                    (202) 776-1732
                                                                                                                                                    rgarza@nclr.org

    AAMA and NCLR partner to host leadership event for Houston youth

    HOUSTON—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) and the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA) will bring together about 100 Latino youth from the Houston area on Friday, Oct. 18, for the 2013 NCLR Líderes Congreso Youth Safety and Community Summit. This convening will start at 9:00 a.m. at AAMA’s Sanchez Charter School, located at 6001 Gulf Freeway in Houston, and feature educational workshops on leadership, bullying and safe driving.

    Youth will hear from community leaders, including keynote speaker David D. Medina, Director of Multicultural Community Relations at Rice University. Additionally, representatives from CASEY, an organization focused on bullying prevention, and Eleváre, a group dedicated to humanitarian service work, will make presentations at the event. The Congreso is made possible with support from the FedEx Corporation and the Allstate Foundation.

    “The power of Lideres Congresos for young people lies in the fact that they are organized by youth, for youth. Through these leadership-building events, participants experience firsthand the process of creating positive change and gain insight into their personal ability to make a difference when faced with real needs,” said Berenice Bonilla, Líderes Initiative Manager, NCLR.

    The event will give participants the opportunity to strengthen leadership skills and network with fellow Latino youth in the Houston area. This Congreso is part of a series of conferences held throughout the U.S. as part of NCLR’s youth leadership program, Líderes Empowered.

    “For more than four decades, AAMA has been one of the most effective organizations in the country for helping Latinos become productive contributors in their communities. This Congreso supports our model of leading self, leading others and leading community. We are honored to partner with NCLR to give these leadership opportunities to our Latino youth,” said Beatrice G. Garza, President and CEO of AAMA.

    NCLR’s Líderes Initiative is a national program created to increase opportunities for Latino youth to maximize their influence as leaders in the United States. Through a wide range of leadership development and civic engagement efforts, Líderes empowers, equips and enables young Latinos to serve as agents of positive social change.

    For more information about Líderes, please contact Berenice Bonilla at bbonilla@nclr.org.

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHAT:  2013 NCLR Líderes Congreso Youth Safety and Community Summit

    WHO:    David D. Medina, Director of Multicultural Community Relations, Rice University
                 CASEY, a bullying prevention organization
                 Eleváre, a humanitarian service organization
                 100 local Latino youth participants

    WHEN:   Friday, Oct. 18, 2013
                  9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

    WHERE: Sanchez Charter School
                  6001 Gulf Freeway
                  Houston, TX 77023

    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 than 40 years, AAMA has helped Latinos achieve their potential. Through a variety of programs, AAMA has continually motivated at-risk youth to finish school and encouraged many to go to college. Today, AAMA continues to help youth and adults break the cycle of addiction and make positive choices that improve the quality of their lives.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 Contact:
    October 21, 2013                                                                  Camila Gallardo
                                                                                                 (305) 215-4259
                                                                                                 cgallardo@nclr.org

    As nation goes online to shop for insurance, how are Latinos faring?

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—This Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 1:00 p.m., NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will be joined by several members of its network of Affiliate organizations for a telephonic press briefing to discuss how Latinos have fared during the first few weeks of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Latinos are the nation’s least insured group; nearly one in three eligible Hispanics lacks health insurance.  Latinos will be a determining factor to the success of the ACA, but many will need to overcome barriers such as a lack of information about eligibility and the law’s requirements.

    Last week, NCLR announced a campaign to move enrollment forward as part of the National Hispanic Week of Action on the ACA.  The campaign, ¡Inscríbete!, will support organizations that are working to enroll Latino families in coverage plans before the March 31 deadline. 

    The afternoon press briefing will provide an initial outlook on how Latinos are navigating the new enrollment process, both nationally and state by state, and how groups are working to ensure that Latinos are enrolled in time. 

    To confirm your attendance, please contact Camila Gallardo, Associate Director, Communications, at cgallardo@nclr.org or (305) 215-4259.

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHO:    Moderator: Julian Teixeira, Communications Director, NCLR

                  Introductory remarks:  Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR

                  Panelists: 
                  Jennifer Ng’andu, Director, Health and Civil Rights Policy Projects, NCLR
                  Rachel Udow, Program Director, Migrant Health Promotion, Weslaco, Texas
                  Lori Baptista, Director of Policy, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, Inc., Union City, Calif.

    WHAT:    Telephonic press briefing -- “How Are Latinos Faring During ACA Open Enrollment?”

    WHEN:    Wednesday, October 23, 2013
                      1:00 p.m. EDT

    HOW:    Participant Dial-in: 866-952-7523
                  Conference I.D.: HEALTHCARE        

    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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    PARA DIVULGACIÓN INMEDIATA                                   Contacto:
    21 de octubre, 2013                                                         Camila Gallardo
                                                                                             (305) 215-4259
                                                                                             cgallardo@nclr.org

    Mientras que el país entra en la red para comprar seguro médico: ¿cómo va la inscripción de los latinos?

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Este miércoles, 23 de octubre a las 1:00 p.m., NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza por sus siglas en inglés) y varios grupos de la Red de Afiliados del NCLR participarán en una rueda de prensa para discutir como los latinos han progresado en estas semanas iniciales de inscripción abierta en el mercado de seguro médico.  Los latinos son el grupo menos asegurado en el país; casi uno de cada tres hispanos carece de cobertura médica.  Los latinos serán un factor determinante para el éxito de la Ley de Cuidado de Salud Asequible (ACA por sus siglas en inglés),  pero muchos tendrán que sobrellevar obstáculos como falta de información sobre la elegibilidad y los requisitos de la ley.
     
    Como parte de su participación en la Semana de Acción Hispana del ACA, el NCLR inició la campaña ¡Inscríbete! que tiene como propósito apoyar a las organizaciones que están trabajando para inscribir a los hispanos en planes de cobertura médica antes de la fecha límite del 31 de marzo.   

    La conferencia dará a conocer impresiones iniciales sobre como los latinos están navegando el nuevo proceso de inscripción al nivel estatal y nacional y como los grupos están trabajando para asegurar que los latinos obtengan la cobertura a tiempo. 

    Para confirmar su asistencia, por favor comuníquese con Camila Gallardo, Associate Director, Communications, at cgallardo@nclr.org o (305) 215-4259.

    AVISO DE PRENSA

    QUÉ:   Rueda de Prensa Telefónica- “¿Como Están Progresando Los Latinos en Las Semanas Iniciales de la Inscripción Abierta del Nuevo Programa de Seguro Médico?”

    QUIÉNES:   Moderador:  Julian Teixeira, Communications Director, NCLR

                         Bienvenidas: Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR

                         Panelistas:
                         Jennifer Ng’andu, Director, Health and Civil Rights Policy Projects, NCLR
                         Rachel Udow, Program Director, Migrant Health Promotion, Weslaco, Texas
                         Lori Baptista, Director of Policy, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, Inc., Union City, Calif.

    CUÁNDO:    Miércoles, 23 de octubre, 2013
                          1:00 p.m. EDT                      

    DÓNDE:     Rueda de Prensa Telefónica
                        Participant Dial-in:  1-866-952-7523
                        Conference I.D.:  HEALTHCARE

    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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    PARA DIVULGACIÓN INMEDIATA                                                                      Contacto:
    23 de octubre, 2013                                                                                             Camila Gallardo
                                                                                                                              (305)215-4259
                                                                                                                               cgallardo@nclr.org

    Preocupaciones sobre la elegibilidad y barreras de idioma son retos identificados por grupos trabajando en las comunidades para ayudar a inscribir a los latinos

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Hoy, el Consejo Nacional de La Raza (NCLR por sus siglas en inglés) se unió al MHP de Welasco, Texas y el Centro de Salud Tiburcio Vazquez de Union City, California, dos miembros del NCLR Red de Grupos Afiliados, en una rueda de prensa donde se discutió el estatus de las inscripciones de los latinos en los planes de seguro médico que ahora son accesibles bajo la Ley de Cuidado de Salud Asequible (ACA). Desde que paso la nueva ley, el NCLR ha trabajado con la Administración y sus agencias para ayudar a los 10.2 millones de latinos elegíbles para cobertura a través de los mercados de seguro a que se informan sobre sus opciones y se inscriban antes de la fecha límite del 31 de marzo, 2014. La semana pasada, el NCLR anunció su propia campaña, ‘¡Inscríbete!’ para ayudar a reforzar el trabajo de los grupos comunitarios que son claves en llevar el mensaje de la importancia de la inscripción a una audiencia latina diversa.

    “Como el grupo menos asegurado en el país, los latinos pueden beneficiarse enormemente de la oportunidad de comprar cuidado de salud asequible, pero tenemos que cerciorarnos que no hay obstáculos en ese camino que impida que estas personas obtengan cobertura. Los latinos son afectados considerablemente por la falta de información sobre los requerimientos y la elegibilidad y, para algunos, es la barrera del idioma. Por eso el NCLR está trabajando muy cercanamente con nuestra red de afiliadas de más de 300 grupos en 41 estados y Puerto Rico, mitad cuales se dedican a los temas de salud, para que nuestra comunidad se inscriba,” dijo Janet Murguía, Presidenta y Gerente General del NCLR.

    NCLR ha estado envuelto en varios esfuerzos para ayudar a desarrollar la implementación de manera que maximice los beneficios para las familias hispanas. Esfuerzos incluyen colaboración con organizaciones hermanas nacionales para divulgar información sobre la elegibilidad y los beneficios como este volante creado por el NCLR y una organización hermana, Families USA. NCLR ayudará a amplificar la capacidad de sus Afiliados proveyendo recursos y herramientas que incluyen una serie de conferencias sobre el web que ayudan a identificar y resolver temas que puedan servir como obstáculos para la inscripción y también trabajar con fuentes mediáticas en español para dar a conocer a la audiencia hispana cuáles son sus opciones. La interés existe—nuestras organizaciones afiliadas han reportado que en pocos días se la han agotado los volantes informativos.

    “Utilizando el modelo de Trabajador de Salud Comunitario/Promotores, hoy comenzamos a proveer asistencia en varios locales a través del Rio Grande Valley con un énfasis en llegar a esas familias que presentan dificultades,” dijo Rachel Udow, Program Director, MHP. “Estableciendo un grupo de organizaciones con el enfoque en proveer ayuda en el tema del mercado de seguros ha sido enormemente beneficioso para formar una buena fundación para el ACA en nuestra área. Hemos encontrado que patrocinar grupos de discusión y promover actividades que sirven para informar a nuestra audiencia ha sido exitoso en llegar a nuestras familias con un mensaje que toma en cuenta su realidad cultural y geográfica.”

    A pesar de estos esfuerzos, preguntas sobre la elegibilidad en familias de diferentes estatus migratorios, falta de información en el idioma español, barreras de tecnología, y preguntas sobre los impuestos y los ingresos han sido reportados por los grupos Afiliados como razones por la cual algunos latinos todavía no han tomado ventaja del período abierto de inscripción.

    “Queremos que nuestra comunidad comience ya a inscribirse y por eso estamos haciendo nuestra parte para ayudar a contestar sus preguntas sobre el proceso. Ya es hora de que tomen plena ventaja de la información y las investigaciones que tienen disponibles para considerar sus mejores opciones; sabemos que es una decisión que toma tiempo. El cuidado de salud es una base crítica para una mejor vida, lo más que podemos recalcarle esto a nuestras familias latinas y clarificar cualquier pregunta o inquietud que tengan sobre el proceso, lo más pronto nuestra comunidad puede gozar de los beneficios de un cuidado de salud de calidad,” concluyó 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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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                Contact:
    October 24, 2013                                                                                                                                 Camila Gallardo
                                                                                                                                                              (305)215-4259
                                                                                                                                                              cgallardo@nclr.org

    Eligibility concerns and language barriers on-going challenges identified by community groups working on the ground to help enroll Latinos in new health insurance plans

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) was joined by MHP of Weslaco, Texas, and Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center of Union City, Calif., two members of its vast national Affiliate Network, at an afternoon press briefing focused on Latino enrollment in the health insurance plans available through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Since the enactment of the ACA, NCLR has worked with the Obama administration and relevant agencies to help inform the 10.2 million Latinos who are eligible for coverage through the marketplaces about their options and help them enroll online before the March 31 deadline. Last week NCLR announced its own campaign, ¡Inscríbete!, to boost the work of community health groups serving as critical purveyors of information to a diverse Latino audience.

    “As the most uninsured group in the nation, Latinos stand to benefit greatly from the opportunity to purchase quality health care, yet we also need to make sure that nothing stands in the way of health coverage. Latinos are acutely affected by obstacles such as a lack of information about requirements and eligibility and, for some, a language barrier that requires a more targeted outreach effort. That’s why NCLR is working closely with our network of nearly 300 Affiliate organizations in 41 states and Puerto Rico, half of whom are involved in health-related work, to get our community online and enrolled,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR. 

    NCLR has been engaged in multipronged efforts to shape implementation to maximize outcomes for Latino families. Efforts include collaboration with national partners to disseminate core eligibility and benefits information, such as this brochure created by NCLR and partner group Families USA. NCLR will amplify the capacity of its Affiliates by providing resources, including a series of webinars that identify and troubleshoot issues that hinder successful enrollment. It will also work with online and traditional Spanish-language media to get the word out about health insurance options. The interest in getting this information is evident; community partners distributing thousands of informational brochures ran out of materials within a few days. 

    “Using the promotores de salud (community health worker) model, today we will begin providing the community with navigator assistance in both fixed and rotating locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley, with an emphasis on reaching the hardest-to-reach members of our communities,” said Rachel Udow, Program Director, MHP. “Establishing a working group of organizations with a focus on providing marketplace outreach and assistance has been key to building a strong foundation for the ACA in our area. We’ve found that hosting group discussions and promoting activities geared toward informing our audience has helped us tie the content to our local context.” 

    Even with these efforts, Affiliates have reported questions about eligibility in mixed-status families, a lack of in-language information, technology barriers and questions about income and taxes as reasons why some Latinos have not lined up to enroll. 

    “We want our community to start enrolling—that’s why we are doing our part to ensure that their questions are answered early on in this process. Now is the time for Hispanics to take full advantage of the information available to consider their best options. We realize it is a decision that takes time and may require some deliberation. Health care is a critical building block for a better life; the more we can impress this upon our community and clarify any lingering reservations about the process, the sooner uninsured Latino families can enjoy the benefits of quality health care,” 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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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                    Contact:
    October 24, 2013                                                                                                                     Joseph Rendeiro
                                                                                                                                                  jrendeiro@nclr.org
                                                                                                                                                  (202) 776-1566

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, President Obama, in remarks at the White House to a group of business, faith, labor and civil rights leaders that included NCLR (National Council of La Raza) President and CEO Janet Murguía, called on Congress to resume work on a solution to fix our country’s broken immigration system. Although the Senate passed a bipartisan bill nearly four months ago, the House of Representatives has not yet acted to pass legislation on a permanent solution for the 11 million aspiring Americans. NCLR commends the president for his push to pass immigration reform this year and implores the House to propose a workable solution that will move the legislative process forward.

    “President Obama hit the nail on the head today when he said that passing immigration reform is not only good policy but also good politics,” said Murguía. “The majority of American people want to see immigration reform reach the finish line, and with good reason. As the president said, reform will improve our economy by creating jobs, raising wages, increasing tax revenue and reducing the deficit. It will modernize our legal immigration system and enable the millions of undocumented immigrants to get right with the law by offering them an earned path to citizenship.”

    “Members on both sides of the aisle need to work together,” Murguía added. “The Senate set the example for how to reach a bipartisan compromise. America is waiting on the House of Representatives to do the same. It is clearly long past time.”

    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

    Over the weekend, Rep. Jeff Denham (R–Calif.) became the first Republican in the House of Representatives to co-sponsor H.R. 15, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,” a bill that would overhaul the nation’s outdated immigration system and provide an earned path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants. NCLR (National Council of La Raza) commends Rep. Denham for his leadership and support of his constituents, including many NCLR Affiliates in California who are calling on Congress to pass immigration reform this year and have worked tirelessly across the political spectrum to bring about change.

    “Rep. Denham has sent a bold message that immigration reform is not a partisan issue. There are many House Republicans who have expressed support for comprehensive immigration reform. The next step is to turn words into action by joining Mr. Denham in signing on to H.R 15, and then together pushing the House leadership to bring forward and pass legislation,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR. “We urge House Republicans to join him and show that Congress can deliver the solutions that our families, our country and our economy need by giving America a vote on immigration reform.”

    In addition to Rep. Denham, H.R. 15 currently has 183 Democratic co-sponsors in the House. The bill contains bipartisan-backed provisions from the Senate immigration bill as well as the border security bill passed unanimously by the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:

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

    NCLR (National Council of La Raza) today hailed the long-awaited confirmation of Katherine Archuleta as Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Ms. Archuleta was confirmed by the U.S. Senate with strong bipartisan support in a 62–36 vote.

    “Katherine Archuleta represents the best and the brightest in the Latino community. She is a richly experienced and talented professional, and I have no doubt that she will serve with distinction in one of the pivotal roles in our federal government,” stated Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR. “It is also a proud day for our community, as she is the first Latina to be named OPM director. We commend President Obama for this historic appointment.”

    “We also note that, once again, an unquestionably qualified Hispanic nominee’s confirmation process took much too long and was delayed by unnecessary and unwarranted holds,” Murguía continued. “This does a profound disservice not only to those Latino leaders who wish to serve, but to all Americans who want and deserve the best leadership our country has to offer serving at the highest levels of our government.”

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

    Campaign focuses on passing immigration reform this year


    WASHINGTON, D.C.—NCLR is proud to welcome celebrity dog behaviorist and international television personality Cesar Millan as he lends his voice for the official launch of the “Be the Difference” campaign. The new immigration-focused online campaign is asking millions of Latinos across the country to make their voices heard to help be the difference for immigration reform as Congress resumes debate on this crucial legislation.

    Millan announced his participation last month via an NCLR public service announcement (PSA) that premiered at the 2013 NCLR ALMA Awards. The PSA is now being distributed widely throughout the nation and can also be viewed on the NCLR YouTube page.

    “As a former undocumented immigrant myself, I understand the fierce desire to become a citizen and make something more of myself,” Millan said in the PSA. “Of course we come searching for a better life, but we’re here to work hard and contribute to the country that we call home.”

    Millan, who came to the United States when he was 21, is best known for his work as a dog training and behavior specialist. Despite not speaking English and having no contacts when he first arrived in the country, Millan worked his way up the professional ladder, opening Pacific Point Canine Academy and, later, the Dog Psychology Center in South Los Angeles. His hard work and dedication eventually led to the debut of his own show, “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan,” on the National Geographic Channel. Millan became a U.S. citizen in 2009.

    “Cesar Millan is a natural fit for this campaign because his story reflects the tremendous potential that millions of aspiring Americans have, and how their success strengthens our economy and our communities,” said Janet Muguía, President and CEO of NCLR. “Providing a pathway to citizenship is especially important because it enables hardworking immigrants to realize their full potential. This fall, we need Latinos across this country to ‘Be the Difference’ and send a clear message to Congress that immigration reform with a road map to citizenship is essential to the well-being of our nation. It’s time to push this legislation across the finish line.”

    About Cesar Millan
    Cesar Millan is a best-selling author, a much in demand public speaker, a branded pet care product designer/entrepreneur and, not least of all, international star of Nat Geo WILD’s “Leader of the Pack” and the iconic TV series “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan.”

    In addition to “Cesar Millan’s Short Guide to a Happy Dog,” Millan has co-authored the New York Times #1 best-seller “Cesar’s Way,” the New York Times best-seller “Be the Pack Leader,” “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan: The Ultimate Episode Guide,” “A Member of the Family,” “How to Raise the Perfect Dog” and “Cesar’s Rules.” He has also generated numerous instructional DVDs and CDs, and continues to host a popular series of seminars where attendees learn how to apply his extensive knowledge of dog psychology and rehabilitation techniques.

    In 2007, Cesar officially launched The Cesar Millan Foundation, a national nonprofit organization designed to aid and support the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of abused and abandoned dogs.

    For more information, visit www.cesarsway.com.

    About NCLR
    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 DIFUSIÓN IMMEDIATA

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

    La campaña se enfoca el tema de la aprobación de la Reforma Migratoria este año. 


    WASHINGTON, D.C.— El Consejo Nacional de la Raza (NCLR, por sus siglas en inglés) se enorgullece en dar la bienvenida a César Millán, conocida celebridad en el mundo televisivo internacional por su especialidad como entrenador de perros y sus conocimientos sobre el comportamiento de caninos. Millán une su voz para el lanzamiento oficial de la campaña “Haga la diferencia”; esta nueva campaña en línea se aboca al tema de la inmigración y solicita que millones de hispanos, a lo largo y ancho del país, hagan oír su voz y marquen la diferencia para lograr la reforma migratoria cuando el Congreso reanude el debate sobre esta legislación crucial.

    El mes pasado por medio de un anuncio de servicio público de NCLR (Public Service Announcement o PSA, por sus siglas en inglés), que se estrenó en los Premios ALMA 2013, Millán anunció su participación en esa campaña. El PSA está siendo ampliamente distribuido en todo el país y también se puede ver en línea en la página de NCLR en el YouTube.

    “Como ex inmigrante indocumentado que soy, entiendo el fuerte deseo de hacerse ciudadano y hacer algo más de uno mismo”, Millán dijo en un anuncio del servicio público recientemente lanzado para esta campaña. “Por supuesto que venimos en busca de una vida mejor, pero estamos aquí para trabajar con empeño y para contribuir en este país al que llamamos nuestro hogar”.

    Millán, que llegó a Estados Unidos cuando tenía 21 años, es conocido por su trabajo como entrenador de perros y especialista en el comportamiento de caninos. Cuando llegó a este país, a pesar de no hablar inglés y no tener ningún contacto, Millán se abrió camino hacia niveles profesionales abriendo el Pacific Point Canine Academy y, más tarde, el Dog Psychology Center en el sur de Los Ángeles. Con el tiempo, su arduo trabajo y dedicación dieron lugar a la presentación de su propio programa, The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, en el canal televisivo de National Geographic. Millán se hizo ciudadano estadounidense en 2009.

    “César Millán es exactamente la persona clave que sirve de ejemplo para esta campaña porque su historia destaca el enorme potencial de millones de personas, que viviendo en este país, aspiran ser ciudadanos estadounidenses. Esas millones de personas trajeron a este país sus talentos y cuando logran triunfar, sus éxitos fortalecen nuestra economía y nuestras comunidades”, dijo Janet Murguía, Presidenta y CEO de NCLR. “Al abrir el camino hacia la ciudadanía es más que importante ya que permite que los inmigrantes que trabajan arduamente alcancen y desarrollen su potencial. Este otoño, necesitamos que los latinos de todo el país “hagan la diferencia” y envíen un mensaje claro al Congreso para que la reforma migratoria sea el camino hacia la ciudadanía, ya que este paso es esencial para el bienestar de nuestra nación. Es hora de empujar esta legislación hacia la meta final”.

    Acerca de César Millán
    César Millán es un reconocido autor best-seller, aclamado públicamente como gran orador, diseñador y empresario que fabrica productos para el cuidado de mascotas y, no menos importante, su actuación como celebridad internacional en National Geographic WILD'S Leader of the Pack y de la icónica serie Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan.

    Además de “Cesar Millan’s Short Guide to a Happy Dog”, Millán es coautor de varios best sellers del New York Times: “Cesar’s Way”, “Be the Pack Leader”; “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan: The Ultimate Episode Guide”; “A Member of the Family”, “How to Raise the Perfect Dog” y “Cesar’s Rules”. Asimismo, Millán ha producido numerosos DVDs y CDs con instrucciones sobre su especialidad y continúa siendo el anfitrión de una popular serie de seminarios en los que la audiencia aprende cómo aplicar losconocimientos de Millán sobre psicología canina y técnicas de rehabilitación de perros.

    En 2007, Millán lanzó oficialmente The Cesar Millan Foundation, una organización nacional sin fines de lucro, con el propósito de ayudar y ofrecer apoyo para el rescate, rehabilitación y colocación de perros maltratados y abandonados.

    Para mayor información, visite www.cesarsway.com.

    El Consejo Nacional de La Raza (NCLR, por sus siglas en inglés) –la organización nacional más grande de apoyo y defensa de los derechos civiles de los hispanos en los Estados Unidos– trabaja para mejorar las oportunidades de los estadounidenses hispanos. Para mayor 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

    Earlier this week, Alabama officials agreed to a settlement with civil rights groups resulting in the permanent blockage of the major provisions in HB 56, the state’s racial profiling “papers, please” law. Law enforcement officials will no longer be allowed to stop drivers “for the purpose of ascertaining that person’s immigration status or because of a belief that the person lacks lawful immigration status.” NCLR (National Council of La Raza) is pleased that the state agreed to this solution and applauds our Affiliate, the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (¡HICA!), which served as the main plaintiff in the case against the state and has worked tirelessly to put an end to this law.

    “In light of the Supreme Court decisions on Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, we knew that HB 56 was on borrowed time,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR. “These anti-immigrant laws that breed discrimination and racial profiling are patently unconstitutional. It’s long past time that Alabama’s law, which was the harshest in the nation, goes the way of Arizona’s, South Carolina’s and Georgia’s—off the books and into history.”

    “NCLR is especially grateful to our Affiliate, ¡HICA!, which consistently spearheaded efforts in the state to push back against the law,” added Murguía. “With the help of ¡HICA!, our allies at the Southern Poverty Law Center and a coalition of other civil rights groups, we’ve once again turned the tides on racial profiling in Alabama. And although HB 56 has essentially been gutted, we will continue to monitor the situation in Alabama to ensure that law enforcement officials operate within the parameters of the agreement reached this week.”

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    Contact:

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

    Today, families who rely on SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), formerly known as food stamps, will see a substantial reduction in benefits as an automatic $5 billion cut in the program is set to take effect. The cut will reduce benefits by about 5%, costing the average family about 16 meals per month.

    “We have long opposed this cut which will result in families seeing SNAP benefits drop overnight with the prospect of more cuts to come,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR (National Council of La Raza). “On top of this cut, legislation being considered in the Senate would slash SNAP by another $4 billion, while the House of Representatives is pushing to gut the program by $40 billion. These unnecessary and downright cruel measures will only serve to cut off access to healthy food for our families.”

    SNAP is one of the most effective tools to keep children from going hungry and low-income families out of poverty in this nation. Approximately 47 million Americans rely on the program, with Latinos accounting for about 17% of participants. While some in Congress continue to push for cuts to programs such as SNAP in order to reduce the deficit, this approach is overwhelmingly unpopular with Latinos. Three out of four Hispanics oppose closing the deficit by cutting social programs such as SNAP that help the poor. Additionally, SNAP benefits the economy as a whole by helping to boost activity in the agricultural, retail, and transportation sectors.

    “Some in Congress are prioritizing arbitrary deficit reduction over feeding America’s children,” added Murguía. “Risking the health of America’s future is irresponsible. We need Congress to instead invest in our future by ensuring that children who will need SNAP in their lifetime are properly fed. Our lawmakers must avoid senseless cuts to SNAP and pass a responsible long-term budget.”

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    November 1, 2013                                                                                                Ricky Garza
                                                                                                                              rgarza@nclr.org
                                                                                                                              (202) 776-1566

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Yesterday, the Senate failed to pass the procedural vote needed to confirm Rep. Mel Watt (D–NC) as President Obama’s choice to lead the FHFA (Federal Housing Finance Agency). As an advocate for fairness in housing, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) is disappointed by this setback. 

    “Our families have waited long enough for true leadership at this crucial post,” said Eric Rodriguez, Vice President of the Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation at NCLR. “Since early in the housing crisis, Latino families have watched their neighborhoods deteriorate and their wealth vanish—a severe blow to the financial future of their children and, more broadly, the future workforce. These families deserve an effective leader such as Rep. Watt at the helm of the FHFA to revive the housing market and deliver lasting solutions.”

    Rep. Watt is a proven champion for homeowners and the middle class, with 40 years of experience as a housing and finance expert. He has served 20 years on the House Financial Services Committee and has been a fierce advocate for communities of color still reeling from the ongoing foreclosure crisis by supporting principal reduction, which adjusts mortgages down to the real value of underwater homes.

    Though the vote represents a setback, Rep. Watt’s prospects are far from over. Senate leadership may choose to bring Watt’s nomination up for a vote at a later date.

    “Congress cannot continue to stall this vote,” Rodriguez added. “For each day the FHFA lacks a confirmed director, additional hardworking families are denied much-needed mortgage relief and a chance at reasonable and affordable lending. Our lawmakers must do what is best for this country and confirm Rep. Watt.”

    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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    PARA DIVULGACIÓN INMEDIATA                  Contacto:
    5 de noviembre, 2013                                          Kathy Mimberg
                                                                                    (202) 776-1714
                                                                                    kmimberg@nclr.org

    Diez educadores fueron elegidos para el programa que fortalece el apoyo para los estudiantes latinos.

    WASHINGTON, DC – NCLR (National Council of La Raza, por sus siglas en inglés) se complace en anunciar que diez educadores de California, Colorado, Minnesota y Utah fueron elegidos como becados 2013-2014 del National Institute for Latino School Leaders (NILSL).  El NILSL, creado en el 2011 por NCLR en conjunto con el Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, es el único instituto que instruye a los administradores escolares sobre como abogar por políticas, a nivel nacional y estatal, que fortalecen la educación de los latinos y aquellos estudiantes que están aprendiendo el inglés. 

    Los becados del  NILSL tienen décadas de experiencia en educación y liderazgo al trabajar en escuelas públicas con estudiantes hispanos, la mayoría quienes están aprendiendo inglés y viven en comunidades de bajo ingresos.  El programa, diseñado para líderes de la educación de medio a alto nivel,  provee talleres enfocados en inculcar las herramientas de abogacía y comunicación necesarias para enfrentar retos importantes para la educación de la comunidad latina. También insta a funcionarios gubernamentales a que consideren las necesidades de estos estudiantes cuando estén desarrollando políticas de educación.

    “Felicitamos a los educadores que han sido seleccionados este año como becados del Instituto Nacional de Líderes Escolares Latinos (National Institute for Latino School Leaders).  Las perspectivas de estos líderes escolares excepcionales están basadas en el conocimiento y experiencias que han adquirido al trabajar con estudiantes latinos y sus familias. Sus voces van a fortalecer las acciones políticas de NCLR que ayudan a los estudiantes latinos a salir adelante.” dijo Margaret R. McLeod, Sub Vice Presidente, Educación y Desarrollo Laboral del NCLR.

    El instituto se enfoca en elevar las voces de los líderes escolares latinos trabajando para medidas de reforma, sistemas de responsabilidad y programas de calidad dirigidos a mejorar los resultados académicos de los estudiantes de la comunidad latina.  Durante este programa de nueve meses, los becados del NILSL explorarán un tema político urgente que afecta a la comunidad latina y a los estudiantes que están aprendiendo inglés. Luego presentarán un memorándum con recomendaciones a un panel de expertos nacionales. El primer taller de entrenamiento tomara lugar del 14-15 de noviembre, 2013, en Los Angeles.

    Los becados del NILSL trabajan en escuelas de organizaciones comunitarias alrededor de los Estado Unidos que pertenecen a la extensa Red de Afiliados del NCLR y que comparten una visión, misión, y propósito.  Los becarios del NILSL 2013-2014 son:  Crystal Jo Gallegos, Chavez/Huerta K-12 Preparatory Academy (Pueblo, Colo.); Ruby Lee, CLUES/Comunidas Latinas Unidas en Servicio (St. Paul, Minn.); Ricardo Mireles, Academia Avance (Los Angeles); Angelica Maria Solis, Alliance for a Better Community (Los Angeles); Janet Sue Alvarez, Para Los Niños (Los Angeles); Connie Rivas, PUC Schools (Los Angeles); Jennifer Amador Mayer-Glenn, Utah Coalition of La Raza (Salt Lake City); Kevin Jacob Myers, YPI Charter Schools (Los Angeles); Sarah Figueroa, Camino Nuevo Academy (Los Angeles); y Jill Renee Toussaint, GOAL Academy (Pueblo, Colo.).

    “El compromiso de los becados del NILSL en ayudar a levantar a sus comunidades es evidente en sus años de servicio a las escuelas públicas.  Trabajando juntos, su abogacía a favor a la comunidad hispana será aún más fuerte,” dijo McLeod.

    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:
    November 5, 2013                                            Kathy Mimberg
                                                                          (202) 776-1714
                                                                          kmimberg@nclr.org

    Ten educators chosen for program that strengthens advocacy on behalf of Latino students

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) is pleased to announce that ten educators from California, Colorado, Minnesota and Utah were selected from a competitive pool of applicants as the 2013–2014 Fellows for the NILSL (National Institute for Latino School Leaders).  NILSL, launched in 2011 by NCLR in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is the only institute that trains school administrators to advocate for national- and state-level policies that help strengthen the education of Latino students and English language learners. 

    The NILSL Fellows have decades of teaching and leadership experience working in public school settings with Hispanic students, the majority of whom are learning English and live in low-income communities.  Designed for high-potential mid- to senior-level education leaders, the program provides training sessions geared toward providing the advocacy and communication skills needed to address issues important to Latino student achievement and urge national and state officials to consider these students’ needs when developing education policies.

    “We congratulate the educators who were selected this year as Fellows for the National Institute for Latino School Leaders.  The perspectives of these exceptional school leaders are grounded in the knowledge and experience they have gained working with Hispanic students and their families.  Their voices will strengthen NCLR’s advocacy for policies that can help Hispanic students succeed,” said Margaret R. McLeod, Deputy Vice President, Education and Workforce Development, NCLR.

    The Institute is focused on elevating the voices of school leaders advocating for reform measures, accountability systems and quality programs aimed at improving the educational outcomes of students in the Latino community.  During a nine-month program, the NILSL Fellows will explore a pressing policy topic affecting Hispanic and English-learning students, culminating with their presentation of a policy memo to a panel of national experts.  The first training session will take place in Los Angeles, Calif., on November 14–15, 2013.

    The NILSL Fellows are based at schools that belong to NCLR’s extensive Affiliate Network of community organizations throughout the U.S. and share a common vision, mission and purpose.  The 2013–2014 NILSL Fellows include the following:  Crystal Jo Gallegos, Chavez/Huerta K–12 Preparatory Academy (Pueblo, Colo.); Ruby Lee, CLUES/Comunidas Latinas Unidas en Servicio (St. Paul, Minn.); Ricardo Mireles, Academia Avance (Los Angeles); Angelica Maria Solis, Alliance for a Better Community (Los Angeles); Janet Sue Alvarez, Para Los Niños (Los Angeles); Connie Rivas, PUC Schools (Los Angeles); Jennifer Amador Mayer-Glenn, Utah Coalition of La Raza (Salt Lake City, Utah); Kevin Jacob Myers, YPI Charter Schools (Los Angeles); Sarah Figueroa, Camino Nuevo Academy (Los Angeles) and Jill Renee Toussaint, GOAL Academy (Pueblo, Colo.).

    “The NILSL Fellows’ commitment to uplift the Latino community is evident in their years of service in urban public school settings.  Working together, their advocacy on behalf of Hispanic students will be stronger than ever,” said McLeod.

    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

    In a 64 to 32 vote, today the Senate passed S. 815, the “Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA),” a bill to help prevent workplace discrimination against LGBT employees. NCLR (National Council of La Raza) applauds the Senate for working in a bipartisan fashion to pass this critical piece of legislation and strongly encourages the House of Representatives to bring the bill to a vote and pass ENDA.

    “In a country that promotes the ideal that anyone can achieve success through hard work, it’s clearly unfair that LGBT employees are still being fired based on sexual orientation and gender expression,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR. “ENDA will help to right this wrong, ensuring that workers are able to fail or succeed based on their own merits, instead of on their own personal background.”

    Twenty-one states currently lack state-level workplace protections for LGBT workers, leaving those employees vulnerable to discrimination and unjust terminations. That group includes Arizona, Texas and Florida—three states with the largest percentage of Hispanic same-sex couples in the country. Both the majority of Americans and the majority of Latinos support legal protection against discrimination for LGBT individuals.

    “While many people think this kind of legal protection is already in place, the reality is that LGBT workers still live in fear of losing their jobs because of who they are, not how hard they work,” added Murguía. “Americans recognize that this is unjust. The Senate has moved this legislation forward. Now, the House of Representatives must stand up for the dignified, equal treatment of every American worker by passing this bill.”

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    November 18, 2013                                                                                                Ricky Garza
                                                                                                                                (202) 776-1732
                                                                                                                                 rgarza@nclr.org

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) is pleased to announce that Philanthropedia, a division of Guide Star, has selected NCLR as one of 15 outstanding nonprofits in the workforce development field.  More than 100 experts researched and reviewed nonprofit programs in the field and selected the NCLR Workforce Development program as one of the best in the U.S.  Guide Star is an independent organization that offers the general public and potential donors expert reviews of how financially responsible charities are performing in specific sectors. 

    Philanthropedia’s ranking of NCLR’s Workforce Development program
    identified NCLR’s leadership, national presence and civic engagement efforts as strengths that benefit the Latino community and workforce, citing NCLR’s “focused methodology and policy advocacy as evidence of their ability to improve career and employment conditions for Latinos.”  The experts also stated that NCLR’s reputation in the field and its influential conferences and meetings have an impact on other organizations that engage in workforce development issues.

    “We are proud to receive this national recognition from Philanthropedia for NCLR’s workforce development program.  We support policies and programs that help Latinos gain the education and skills needed for good jobs and ensure that all workers have safe and fair working environments,” said Margaret R. McLeod, Deputy Vice President, Education and Workforce Development, NCLR.

    NCLR’s Workforce Development programs prepare workers for lifelong economic and career advancement.  The NCLR Career Pathways Initiative targets low-skilled and limited-English-proficient adults and prepares them for high-wage, high-demand jobs in industries such as health care, manufacturing, transportation and logistics and customer service.  Together, NCLR and the community organizations that belong to the NCLR Affiliate Network serve as the link between Latino workers and businesses, educational institutions and the workforce systems.

    Philanthropedia offered the following expert assessment of NCLR’s Workforce Development programs in providing the public with an understanding of the rankings on its website:  “They offer best practices of workforce development from case management all the way to job development by use of a helpful tool from their Workforce Blog.  They have great leadership and a strong impact on Latino families.  This organization provides great resources for all to benefit from.”

    The strength of the American economy is increasingly linked to the success and strength of the Latino workforce.  Latinos are the fastest-growing segment of the American workforce, with 22.7 million Latinos at work in the United States, representing 14.8% of the labor force.  By 2050, one in three working Americans will be Hispanic.

    “Our community is vital to the U.S. workforce and economy, and NCLR will continue to advocate for more training and high-wage job opportunities for Hispanics,” said McLeod.

    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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    November 18, 2013                                                                                                        Joseph Rendeiro
                                                                                                                                        jrendeiro@nclr.org
                                                                                                                                        (202) 776-1566

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—The White House announced last week that President Obama will nominate Debo P. Adegbile, Senior Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, to serve as the next Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the Department of Justice. NCLR (National Council of La Raza) applauds the Obama administration for nominating Adegbile, whose years of service at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund make him a uniquely qualified candidate to lead the Civil Rights Division.

    “Mr. Adegbile has had a distinguished career as one of the nation’s leading civil rights attorneys, including his tireless efforts defending the Voting Rights Act before the Supreme Court on numerous occasions,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR. “In light of recent Supreme Court decisions and the persistence of voter ID laws meant to stop minorities from voting, it is more important than ever to have a proven and effective leader like Mr. Adegbile at the helm of the Civil Rights Division, where he will work to ensure the fair treatment of all Americans. Mr. Adegbile is a strong choice to fill the shoes of Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, and we encourage the Senate to swiftly confirm him.”

    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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    November 19, 2013                                                                                                                     Joseph Rendeiro
                                                                                                                                                     jrendeiro@nclr.org
                                                                                                                                                     (202) 776-1566

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Wednesday, November 20, Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR (National Council of La Raza), will participate in a tele-town hall organized by the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, in which participants will discuss budget negotiations in Congress and the effects on the Latino community. Sens. Robert Menendez (D–NJ), Chairman of the Hispanic Task Force, and Patty Murray (D–WA), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, are scheduled to participate in the town hall, which will be a listen-only event. However, NCLR representatives will available to discuss the call at the conclusion of the event. To schedule an interview with an NCLR representative, please contact Joseph Rendeiro at jrendeiro@nclr.org or (202) 776-1566.

    If you plan on participating in the briefing, you must RSVP at www.dsoc.senate.gov/events.

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHAT: Tele-town hall on budget negotiations in Congress

    WHO: Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR
    Sen. Robert Menendez (D–NJ), Chairman of the Hispanic Task Force
    Sen. Patty Murray (D–WA), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee  

    WHEN: Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 2:00 p.m. EST

    HOW:  RSVP here for dial-in information

    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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    November 19, 2013                                                                                                      Joseph Rendeiro
                                                                                                                                      jrendeiro@nclr.org
                                                                                                                                      (202) 776-1566

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—A proposed regulation sitting on the Secretary of Agriculture’s desk could substantially change the way turkeys get from the farm to the Thanksgiving table—for the worse. Experts are concerned that the regulation from the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) threatens food and worker safety by speeding up production lines in poultry processing plants without proper protections. The poultry processing and meatpacking workforce, of which a high percentage is Latino, could face greater risk of injury in an industry notorious for its hazardous working conditions. Join NCLR (National Council of La Raza) and Food and Water Watch for a discussion about the potential effects of faster line speed on workers and consumers. Attendees will also get the chance to hear from both a poultry inspector and a poultry worker.

    If you plan to attend, it is encouraged that you RSVP to Joseph Rendeiro at jrendeiro@nclr.org.

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHAT: Telephonic press conference examining safety in turkey processing

    WHO: Catherine Singley Harvey, Senior Policy Analyst, NCLR
    Esmudo Juarez Carranza, turkey processing worker, Arkansas
    Tony Corbo, Senior Lobbyist, Food and Water Watch
    Ken Ward, retired USDA inspector

    WHEN: Thursday, November 21, 2013, 1:00 p.m. EST

    HOW: Call: (866) 952-1907
    Conference ID: Regulations

    To follow along with the accompanying PowerPoint presentation, please join the meeting here.

    Meeting ID: REGULATIONS
    Password: ATTEND


    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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