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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                           Contact:
    July 10, 2014                                                                                  Ricky Garza
                                                                                                           (202) 776-1732; rgarza@nclr.org
                                                                                                           NCLR Press Office in Los Angeles
                                                                                                           (213) 743-6462

    Dora and Friends to serve as Expo ambassadors alongside other popular costumed characters who will welcome attendees to the 2014 Expo

    LOS ANGELES—Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR (National Council of La Raza), will join community leaders and popular children’s characters to open the 2014 National Latino Family Expo® at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, July 19, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Dora and her friends will serve as the official ambassadors for the Expo, one of the largest events in the country focused on resources and activities for the Latino family, with more than 200 exhibitors showcasing their products and services. From live entertainment and giveaways to free health screenings and informative demonstrations, everyone will discover something new in a fun and exciting environment that the entire family will enjoy. The Expo is open to all, and attendance is free of charge!

    The ceremony, which will also feature appearances from Snoopy, LA Galaxy mascot Cozmo, LA Kings mascot Bailey, Doki from the Discovery Channel, the GEICO Gecko and the L.A. Zoo mascot, kicks off three days of fun, free, family-oriented activities in the Expo hall. More than 200 exhibitors will be featured at the Expo’s seven pavilions, offering complimentary health screenings, live entertainment, giveaways and more.

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHO:    Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO
                  Nickelodeon’s Dora, Kate and Pablo from Dora and Friends: Into the City

    WHAT:  Ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 2014 NCLR National Latino Family Expo, offering free community health screenings, raffles and giveaways, a soccer tournament and star-studded live entertainment

    WHEN:   Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony:
                  Saturday, July 19, 10:30 a.m.
                  2014 National Latino Family Expo:
                  Saturday and Sunday, July 19–20, 2014, 10:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
                  Monday, July 21, 2014, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

    WHERE: Los Angeles Convention Center
                  West Hall A
                  1201 South Figueroa St.
                  Los Angeles, CA 90015

    A GREAT PHOTO OPPORTUNITY!

    For more information, please contact Ricky Garza at (202) 776-1732 or rgarza@nclr.org. Reporters with current press credentials can register to attend for free at http://nclr.emsreg.com/NCLR14/public/splash.aspx.

    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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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         Contact:
    July 10, 2014                                                                 Kathy Mimberg
                                                                                          (202) 776-1714
                                                                                          kmimberg@nclr.org
                                                                                          Press Office (July 18-22 only)
                                                                                          (213) 743-6462

    Experts examine challenges and best practices in Latino community to improve insurance levels and outcomes for chronic disease, obesity, hunger, cervical cancer and more

    LOS ANGELES—Medical caregivers, health educators, nutritionists, government officials and others dedicated to providing Latinos with information and resources to live healthy lives will be among the community leaders and activists who gather at the Los Angeles Convention Center for the 2014 NCLR Annual Conference. Health-related workshops will focus on activities and best practices to reach the Hispanic community with bicultural, bilingual information to help them access medical care, eat well and exercise to maintain a healthy weight, get life-saving preventative screenings, and manage chronic diseases effectively.

    In addition to the workshops, the 2014 National Latino Family Expo will offer free screenings for vision, lung health, diabetes risk, blood pressure and more. The Conference and Expo will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center July 19–22. Also, NCLR’s Health Summit will host a town hall on Tuesday, July 22, “After Health Care Reform: The Remaining Uninsured,” which will focus on lessons learned during the implementation of health insurance marketplaces through the Affordable Care Act and pathways to expand coverage to those who remain uninsured (details below).

    Hispanics suffer from health disparities including high rates of obesity (nearly 40 percent) and diabetes; 50 percent of Hispanics are more likely to die from diabetes than non-Hispanic Whites. They are the least insured group in the nation, with nearly one in three lacking coverage. As the Latino community grows to represent one-third of the U.S. population by 2050, so will the prevalence of chronic conditions that Hispanics face, such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma, obesity and their complications. NCLR is committed to expanding outreach and improving health outcomes in the Latino community, which is why health is a priority issue for this year’s Conference.

    Listed below are selected health highlights at the 2014 NCLR Annual Conference. To learn more about Conference health activities, please review the events schedule or contact Kathy Mimberg at (202) 776-1714 or kmimberg@nclr.org. Reporters with current press credentials can register to attend for free: http://nclr.emsreg.com/NCLR14/public/splash.aspx.

    HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS

    Free Health Screenings – 2014 NCLR National Latino Family Expo:
    Saturday, July 19, 2013, 10:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
    Sunday, July 20, 2013, 10:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
    Monday, July 21, 2013, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

    Health Town Hall – Tuesday, July 22 (3:00–4:30 p.m.)
    After Health Care Reform: The Remaining Uninsured

    Millions of Latinos qualify for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act and many obtained coverage during the first enrollment period. This town hall will focus on pathways to expand coverage to the remaining uninsured and the lessons learned during the implementation of the health insurance marketplaces and how they will affect efforts to expand coverage. Panelists include Dr. Robert K. Ross, President and Chief Executive Officer, The California Endowment; Florida State Senator Rene Garcia; Lori A. Baptista, Director of Policy, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center; Mayra E. Alvarez, MHA, Director, State Exchange Group, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; and Juan H. Flores, MUP, Consultant and Adviser, La Fe Policy Research and Education Center.

    HEALTH WORKSHOPS

    Saturday, July 19 (9:00–10:30 a.m.)
    ¡Conéctate! Reaching Your Audience Through Social Media

    With more than 80 percent of Latinos using social media, this technology can be a useful tool for discussing health issues that affect our community. Join us to learn how NCLR has shared important messages about cervical cancer prevention with Latinas using social media.

    Integrating Health and Wellness into School Communities
    Using an integrated service model, school staff and partnering agencies can deliver health and wellness initiatives through these community hubs to support a family’s complex needs. Experts in mental and public health, along with families who have received services, will share lessons learned from these partnerships that bridge the education and health sectors.

    Sunday, July 20
    Promotores de Salud: Bridging the Health Care Landscape for Latino Communities

    (9:00–10:30 a.m.)
    Promotores de salud, or community health workers, have played an integral role in enrolling thousands of Latinos in health insurance, assisting with health care system navigation, and providing patients with support to manage chronic diseases. salud program. Presenters include Maria Theresa Vargas, Mujeres Latinas en Acción; Cliff Clark, Migrant Health Promotion; and Juana Ballesteros, Illinois Department of Public Health.

    Mobilizing for Health: Results of Outreach to the Latino Community around the Affordable Care Act
    (Presented by Planned Parenthood Federation of America; 1:30–3:00 p.m.)

    This workshop will present the national effort led by grasstops and grassroots leaders and organizations to inform, enroll and engage the Latino community in the Affordable Care Act. Panelists include representatives from Planned Parenthood and Enroll America.

    Monday, July 21 (9:00-10:30 a.m.)
    Comprando Rico y Sano: Promoting Nutrition Education and SNAP Enrollment for Latinos

    NCLR’s Comprando Rico y Sano program uses the promotores de salud (community health workers) model to educate Latinos about healthy eating, meal preparation, smart shopping and physical activity, and to help eligible Latinos enroll in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Panelists include Crystal Requejo, Mexican American Unity Council; Mariela Estrada, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council; Lucienne Brutus, Hispanic Unity of Florida; and Claudia Barajas, Latino Community Development Agency.

    Impact of Reform on Health and Equity in Latino Communities
    This workshop will explore the impact of the Affordable Care Act on health and equity in Latino communities: affordable health care, healthier neighborhoods, and better jobs. Presenters include George R. Flores, MD, MPH, Program Manager, Prevention, The California Endowment; Richard Figueroa, MBA, Director, Health and Human Services, The California Endowment; and Carmela Castellano-Garcia, President and CEO, California Primary Care Association.

    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:
    July 10, 2014                                                                 Kathy Mimberg
                                                                                          (202) 776-1714
                                                                                          kmimberg@nclr.org
                                                                                          Press Office (July 18-22 only)
                                                                                          (213) 743-6462

    Experts examine challenges and best practices in Latino community to improve insurance levels and outcomes for chronic disease, obesity, hunger, cervical cancer and more

    LOS ANGELES—Medical professionals, health educators, nutritionists, government officials and others dedicated to providing Latinos with information and resources to live healthy lives will be among the community leaders and experts who gather at the Los Angeles Convention Center for the 2014 NCLR Annual Conference. Health-related workshops will focus on activities and best practices to reach the Hispanic community with bicultural, bilingual information to help them access medical care, eat well and exercise to maintain a healthy weight, get life-saving preventative screenings, and manage chronic diseases effectively.

    In addition to the workshops, the 2014 National Latino Family Expo will offer free screenings for vision, lung health, diabetes risk, blood pressure and more. The Conference and Expo will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center July 19–22. Also, NCLR’s Health Summit will host a town hall on Tuesday, July 22, “After Health Care Reform: The Remaining Uninsured,” which will focus on lessons learned during the implementation of health insurance marketplaces through the Affordable Care Act and pathways to expand coverage to those who remain uninsured (details below).

    Hispanics suffer from health disparities including high rates of obesity (nearly 40 percent) and diabetes and are 50 percent more likely to die from diabetes than non-Hispanic Whites. They are the least insured group in the nation, with nearly one in three lacking coverage. As the Latino community grows to represent one-third of the U.S. population by 2050, so will the prevalence of chronic conditions that Hispanics face, such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma, obesity and their complications. NCLR is committed to expanding outreach and improving health outcomes in the Latino community, which is why health is a priority issue for this year’s Conference.

    Listed below are selected health highlights at the 2014 NCLR Annual Conference. To learn more about Conference health activities, please review the events schedule or contact Kathy Mimberg at (202) 776-1714 or kmimberg@nclr.org. Reporters with current press credentials can register to attend for free: http://nclr.emsreg.com/NCLR14/public/splash.aspx.

    HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS

    Free Health Screenings – 2014 NCLR National Latino Family Expo:
    Saturday, July 19, 2013, 10:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
    Sunday, July 20, 2013, 10:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
    Monday, July 21, 2013, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

    Health Town Hall – Tuesday, July 22 (3:00–4:30 p.m.)
    After Health Care Reform: The Remaining Uninsured

    Millions of Latinos qualify for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act and many obtained coverage during the first enrollment period. This town hall will focus on pathways to expand coverage to the remaining uninsured and the lessons learned during the implementation of the health insurance marketplaces and how they will affect efforts to expand coverage. Panelists include Dr. Robert K. Ross, President and Chief Executive Officer, The California Endowment; Florida State Senator Rene Garcia; Lori A. Baptista, Director of Policy, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center; Mayra E. Alvarez, MHA, Director, State Exchange Group, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; and Juan H. Flores, MUP, Consultant and Adviser, La Fe Policy Research and Education Center.

    HEALTH WORKSHOPS

    Saturday, July 19 (9:00–10:30 a.m.)
    ¡Conéctate! Reaching Your Audience Through Social Media

    With more than 80 percent of Latinos using social media, this technology can be a useful tool for discussing health issues that affect our community. Join us to learn how NCLR has shared important messages about cervical cancer prevention with Latinas using social media.

    Integrating Health and Wellness into School Communities
    Using an integrated service model, school staff and partnering agencies can deliver health and wellness initiatives through these community hubs to support a family’s complex needs. Experts in mental and public health, along with families who have received services, will share lessons learned from these partnerships that bridge the education and health sectors.

    Sunday, July 20
    Promotores de Salud: Bridging the Health Care Landscape for Latino Communities

    (9:00–10:30 a.m.)
    Promotores de salud, or community health workers, have played an integral role in enrolling thousands of Latinos in health insurance, assisting with health care system navigation, and providing patients with support to manage chronic diseases. salud program. Presenters include Maria Theresa Vargas, Mujeres Latinas en Acción; Cliff Clark, Migrant Health Promotion; and Juana Ballesteros, Illinois Department of Public Health.

    Mobilizing for Health: Results of Outreach to the Latino Community around the Affordable Care Act
    (Presented by Planned Parenthood Federation of America; 1:30–3:00 p.m.)

    This workshop will present the national effort led by grasstops and grassroots leaders and organizations to inform, enroll and engage the Latino community in the Affordable Care Act. Panelists include representatives from Planned Parenthood and Enroll America.

    Monday, July 21 (9:00-10:30 a.m.)
    Comprando Rico y Sano: Promoting Nutrition Education and SNAP Enrollment for Latinos

    NCLR’s Comprando Rico y Sano program uses the promotores de salud (community health workers) model to educate Latinos about healthy eating, meal preparation, smart shopping and physical activity, and to help eligible Latinos enroll in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Panelists include Crystal Requejo, Mexican American Unity Council; Mariela Estrada, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council; Lucienne Brutus, Hispanic Unity of Florida; and Claudia Barajas, Latino Community Development Agency.

    Impact of Reform on Health and Equity in Latino Communities
    This workshop will explore the impact of the Affordable Care Act on health and equity in Latino communities: affordable health care, healthier neighborhoods, and better jobs. Presenters include George R. Flores, MD, MPH, Program Manager, Prevention, The California Endowment; Richard Figueroa, MBA, Director, Health and Human Services, The California Endowment; and Carmela Castellano-Garcia, President and CEO, California Primary Care Association.

    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:
    July 11, 2014                                                                                       Ricky Garza
                                                                                                                (202) 776-1732; rgarza@nclr.org
                                                                                                                NCLR Press Office in Los Angeles
                                                                                                                (213) 743-6462 (July 18-22 only)

    Líderes event will bring hundreds of young Latino leaders to 2014 NCLR Annual Conference

    LOS ANGELES—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will bring together 300 young Latino leaders from across the county at the 2014 Líderes Summit, held July 19–22 in conjunction with the 2014 NCLR Annual Conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Participants include high school and college students as well as young professionals, ages 14–26, who want to strengthen their leadership potential and learn how to become effective advocates in their communities. At the Summit, they will attend workshops, discussion forums and cultural presentations, hear from corporate and nonprofit speakers, and volunteer at a community service event at local schools on Friday, July 18.

    This year, the Líderes Summit offers two tracks: Rising Leaders for younger students (ages 14–18) and Avanzando for young people older than age 18. Attendees will explore ideas for community engagement, discuss key issues in the Latino community, build leadership and teamwork skills, get career advice, and attend events at the 2014 NCLR Annual Conference. The Latino youth leaders will learn how to start innovative programs in their home communities.

    The NCLR Líderes initiative is designed to increase opportunities for Latino youth to maximize their influence as leaders in the United States. Líderes operates on a national level to support and strengthen community-based programs and campus-based organizations serving Hispanic youth. To learn about other NCLR leadership and education opportunities for young people, please visit lideres.nclr.org.

    To cover this event, press can register for the 2014 NCLR Annual Conference, free of charge, at the press registration website. Follow Líderes-related events on Twitter at #Lideres14 and #NCLR14.

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHAT:   NCLR 2014 Líderes Summit

    WHO:    300 Latino youth leaders from across the United States

                 Speakers include:

                 Clarissa Martinez-de Castro, Deputy Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation, NCLR
                 Jose Antonio Vargas, Journalist, Filmmaker, Activist, Director of “Documented,” Founder of Define American
                 Dash Harris, Director of “Negro: The Documentary”
                 Alex Serna, Academic Program Coordinator, Youth Policy Institute
                 Vanessa Valentin, Employee Engagement Coordinator, Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement
                 Mike de la Rocha, Musician, Writer and Speaker
                 Jose Bravo, Chief Scientist, Shell
                 Noramay Cadena, Founder and Executive Director, Latinas in STEM

    WHEN:  Saturday, July 19–Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    WHERE: Los Angeles Convention Center
                  West Hall A
                  1201 South Figueroa St.
                  Los Angeles, CA 90015

    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:
    11 de Julio de 2014                                                                      Ricky Garza
                                                                                                         (202) 776-1732; rgarza@nclr.org
                                                                                                         Oficina de Prensa de NCLR en Los Ángeles
                                                                                                         (213) 743-6462 (Sólo desde 18-22 de Julio)                                                                                               

    Dora y sus Amigos actuarán como embajadores del evento y, junto a ellos, desfilarán populares personajes en sus disfraces característicos para dar la bienvenida al público que asista a la Exposición 2014

    LOS ÁNGELES—Janet Murguía, Presidenta y CEO del Consejo Nacional de La Raza (NCLR por sus siglas en inglés), se unirá a líderes comunitarios y a populares personajes infantiles en la ceremonia de apertura del corte de cinta de la Exposición Nacional NCLR 2014® para la Familia Latina que se llevará a cabo el sábado 19 de julio en el Centro de Convenciones de Los Ángeles. Dora y sus amigos actuarán como los embajadores oficiales de esta Exposición, uno de los eventos más grandes del país que enfoca recursos y actividades para la familia hispana en donde más de 200 expositores exhibirán sus productos y servicios. Cada persona que asista al evento va a descubrir algo nuevo en un ambiente divertido y emocionante donde la familia entera podrá disfrutar mucho, ya que habrá desde entretenimientos en vivo y regalos hasta exámenes gratuitos para el cuidado de la salud y demostraciones informativas. ¡La Exposición está abierta a todo público y la entrada es gratis!

    En esta ceremonia se contará además con la presencia de Snoopy, la mascota Cozmo del equipo de fútbol LA Galaxy, la mascota Bailey del LA Kings -- el equipo de hockey sobre hielo de Los Ángeles--, Doki del Discovery Channel, Gecko de GEICO y la mascota del Zoológico de Los Ángeles. De esta manera se dará comienzo a los tres días de este entretenido evento donde gratuitamente el público que asista tendrá acceso a una gran variedad de actividades orientadas hacia la familia latina en el hall de la Exposición. Más de 200 expositores estarán presentes en los siete pabellones de la Exposición, ofreciendo exámenes gratuitos para el cuidado de la salud, premios, presentaciones de figuras del mundo del espectáculo y mucho más.

    MEDIOS DE COMUNICACIÓN

    QUIÉNES: Janet Murguía, Presidenta y CEO del NCLR
                      Dora, Kate y Pablo de Nickelodeon del programa Dora y sus amigos: En la ciudad

    QUÉ:        Ceremonia inaugural del corte de cinta de la Exposición Nacional para la Familia Latina NCLR 2014, donde gratuitamente se ofrecerán actividades que incluyen exámenes de salud, rifas y premios, un torneo de fútbol y presentaciones en vivo de grandes estrellas del entretenimiento.

    CUÁNDO: Ceremonia de apertura con el corte de cinta:
                      Sábado, 19 de julio, a las 10:30 a.m.
                      Exposición Nacional para la Familia Latina 2014:
                      Sábado y domingo, Julio 19–20, 2014, de 10:30 a.m. a 6:00 p.m.
                      Lunes, 21 de julio, 2014, de 10:00 a.m. a 3:00 p.m.

    DÓNDE:    Los Angeles Convention Center
                      West Hall A
                      1201 South Figueroa St.
                      Los Angeles, CA 90015

    ¡UNA GRAN OPORTUNIDAD PARA TOMAR FOTOS!

    Para más información, se ruega ponerse en contacto con Ricky Garza en el teléfono (202) 776-1732 o rgarza@nclr.org. Los periodistas con credenciales válidos de prensa pueden registrarse para asistir gratuitamente a los eventos en http://nclr.emsreg.com/NCLR14/public/splash.aspx.

    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 en los Estados Unidos– trabaja para mejorar las oportunidades de los estadounidenses hispanos. Para mayor información sobre el NCLR, por favor visite http://www.nclr.orgwww.nclr.org o síganos en Twitter y Facebook.


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            Contact:
    July 11, 2014                                                                                   Camila Gallardo
                                                                                                            cgallardo@nclr.org
                                                                                                            (305) 215-4259
                                                                                                            NCLR Press Office in Los Angeles
                                                                                                            (213) 743-6462 (July 18-22 only)
     

    From discussions on Common Core to youth leadership training, Conference events focus on improving the state of education for America’s Latinos

    LOS ANGELES—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will host its 2014 Annual Conference from July 19 through July 22 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, where improving the state of Latino education will be a central topic of discussion. California is home to the nation’s largest Latino population, and young Hispanics represent the majority of students enrolled in the state’s public schools. As the Latino demographic has continued to grow throughout the country, it has become even more critical to ensure that students are receiving a high-quality education, training and skills that will help them move on to higher education and a career.

    Currently, only 73% of Latino students graduate from high school on time with a traditional diploma, compared to 86% and 88% of their White and Asian peers, respectively. This low graduation rate undercuts the increasing demand in the United States for highly educated and trained individuals who can compete in today’s global economy. The economic benefits of educational achievement for Latino children are clear—preparing Latino students today will translate into a better-prepared workforce that can handle the increasingly demanding and competitive job market of tomorrow. Closing the performance gap for Latino students’ stands to increase the nation’s GDP by billions of dollars.

    The 2014 NCLR Annual Conference has exciting and informative education-related events occurring throughout, including but not limited to hands-on-educator focused trainings, discussions on the implementation and benefits of Common Core State Standards (CCSS), discussions of juvenile justice and the education system, a community service event that involves the beautification and technology retrofitting of local schools, and much, much more. Below are highlights of some of those key events:

    STEM Town Hall
    Aprender Es Triunfar: “Underwater Robots” in the Community, Classroom, and Movies
    When: July 19, 2014, 3:00–4:30 p.m.

    The underrepresentation of Latino students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers is in large part due to a lack of access to opportunities that can foster access to a profession. The bad news is that Latinos represent just 7% of the STEM workforce. The good news is that this number can increase dramatically because Latinos now compose 22% of the K–12 student population. However, this will happen only if schools, parents, businesses, and communities step up and support Latino students in embracing STEM education. In this town hall, join the discussion on why engaging more Latinos in STEM is pivotal to our national prosperity and what methods are working across the country.

    Moderator
    José Díaz-Balart, News Anchor, Telemundo

    Panelists
    Noramay Cadena, Founder and Executive Director, Latinas in STEM
    Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
    Denise Devora, PhD, Associate Program Officer, STEM, Educate Texas
    Kris Gutiérrez, PhD, Professor, Curriculum & Instruction—Literacy (C&I); Educational Psychology & Learning Sciences (EPSY); University of Colorado Boulder
    Angelica Hernandez, STEM college graduate and DREAMer
    Mary Mazzio, Director and Writer, Underwater Dreams

    Early Childhood Education Town Hall
    Closing the Word Gap: Increasing Vocabulary among Young Latino Children
    When: July 21, 2014, 3:00–4:30 p.m.

    By age four, children in poor and immigrant families have been exposed to far fewer words than children in professional and working-class households. This lack of early experience with language makes it more likely that these children will begin school at a disadvantage, making them struggle to keep up for the rest of their academic careers. Daily activities as simple as reading a story before bedtime will expand a child’s vocabulary, and this town hall will explore many other methods. Research experts, business leaders, elected officials, and community advocates will discuss successful efforts around the country, like Univision’s Pequeños y Valiosos, that support Latino parents’ efforts to eliminate the word gap and better prepare their children for school.

    Moderator
    Enrique Acevedo, Anchor, Noticiero Univision

    Panelists
    Sylvia Acevedo, Chair, Early Learning Subcommittee, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics; Co-Founder and CEO, CommuniCard, LLC; Cofounder and President, Advancing America, LLC
    Eugene Garcia, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University
    Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Distinguished Faculty Fellow, Department of Psychology, Temple University
    Andrea Riquetti, Director, Providence Talks, Mayor’s Office, City of Providence, RI
    Renata Soto, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Conexión Américas; Member, NCLR Board of Directors

    Workshop
    Step Up to College, Step Into a Career: NCLR’s Campaign for the Effective Implementation of the Common Core State Standards
    When: Tuesday, July 22, 10:30 a.m.–Noon

    The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are changing the landscape of education by setting clear and consistent academic expectations for students at each grade level. By raising expectations for all students, the CCSS will level the playing field of education, improving learning outcomes for grades K–12 and increasing access to higher education without the need for remedial education. To ensure successful implementation of the CCSS, NCLR has embarked on a state-based campaign in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, and New York.

    Presenters
    Cristina Pacione-Zayas, Education Director, Latino Policy Forum
    Vanessa Ramos, Senior Director of Policy, Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc.
    Nolan V. Rollins, President and CEO, Los Angeles Urban League

    Workshop
    Líderes Summit Special Discussion: Juvenile Justice Reform
    Tuesday, July 22, 10:30 a.m.–Noon

    Too many Latino and Latina youth are involved in the criminal justice system. This discussion will highlight structural and legal reasons for this disparity in sentencing, while also providing positive examples of how the Los Angeles Independent School District has responded to the efforts of local student advocates to change harmful policies such as “willful defiance.” In addition, this discussion will share positive examples of young people who have changed their lives for the better after being involved in the criminal justice system and the work that many schools are doing to make their schools more positive, nurturing, and supportive to all students.

    Opening Remarks
    Paul Saldaña, NCLR Board of Directors

    Presenter
    Mike de la Rocha, musician, writer, and speaker in the fields of criminal justice, spirituality, and self-development

    For more information about NCLR’s education-focused events at the 2014 NCLR Annual Conference, please contact Camila Gallardo at cgallardo@nclr.org or (305) 215-4259.

    Reporters with current press credentials can register to attend for free at http://nclr.emsreg.com/NCLR14/public/splash.aspx.

    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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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 Contact:
    July 9, 2014                                                                         Kathy Mimberg
                                                                                                 (202) 776-1714
                                                                                                  kmimberg@nclr.org

    How are Latinos faring with prevention and management of conditions that affect daily life?

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Tuesday, July 15, at 1:00 p.m. EDT, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will host a telephonic press conference to release a report that examines the challenges in preventing and managing chronic diseases in the Latino community. With support from Boehringer Ingelheim and in partnership with public health consulting firm John Snow, Inc. (JSI). NCLR gathered information about the rates of chronic disease among the Latino community, the barriers and motivators faced in prevention and management efforts and the roles of health care providers and community resources in helping Latinos manage these conditions.  The report, “An Inside Look at Chronic Disease and Health Care among Hispanics in the United States,” is based on written surveys and focus groups of patients at community-based health centers across the country that belong to the NCLR Affiliate Network.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 133 million Americans—nearly half of the adult population—live with at least one chronic illness that affects their daily lives; chronic disease accounts for seven in ten deaths in the U.S. each year. The management of these conditions, many of which are largely preventable, consumes more than 75% of American expenditures on health care. With obesity rates of nearly 40%, Hispanics are at greater risk of developing diabetes and other chronic health conditions than non-Hispanic Whites. They are 50% more likely to die from diabetes and have three times the rate of new HIV infections when compared with non-Hispanic Whites.

    As the Latino community grows to represent one-third of the U.S. population by 2050, so will the prevalence of chronic conditions that Hispanics face, such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma, obesity and their complications. While many Latinos were recently able to obtain health insurance for the first time thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Hispanics remain the nation’s least insured group, with nearly one in three lacking coverage. Given that the rates and cost of chronic disease will continue rising as our nation’s population ages, addressing chronic diseases among Hispanics is key to improving our nation’s health and making effective use of resources.

    To confirm your attendance, please contact Kathy Mimberg at (202) 776-1714 or kmimberg@nclr.org.

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHO:      Delia Pompa, Senior Vice President, Programs, NCLR
                    Manuela McDonough, MPH, CPH, Associate Director, Institute for Hispanic Health, NCLR
                    Rodolfo R. Vega, PhD, Senior Consultant, John Snow, Inc. (JSI)
                    Amparo Nuñez, Project Director, Puentes de Salud, Hispanic Services Council

    WHAT:    Telephonic press conference to release new report

    WHEN:   Tuesday, July 15, 2014
                    1:00 p.m. EDT

    WHERE: Participant Call-in: 1 (866) 952-1907
                    Conference ID: HEALTH
                    Program Title: Chronic Disease Among Latinos

    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:
    14 de julio, 2014                                                                                                                   Ricky Garza, NCLR
                                                                                                                                               (202) 776-1732; rgarza@nclr.org 
                                                                                                                                               Adriana Zyskowski, YPI
                                                                                                                                               (323) 274-5472; azyskowski@ypiusa.org

     

    CIENTOS DE VOLUNTARIOS CELEBRARÁN EL DÍA DE SERVICIO COMUNITARIO DEL NCLR EN LOS ANGELES
    Aprovechando el espíritu del voluntariado, dos escuelas del condado de Los Angeles recibirán la tan necesaria renovación

    LOS ANGELES—El viernes 18 de julio, el NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza) se unirá a Bank of America y a dos miembros locales de la Red de Afiliados del NCLRInstituto de Política Juvenil (YPI, por sus siglas en inglés) y Servicios de Salud de AltaMed– para reunir a cientos de voluntarios en un día de servicio comunitario. El evento tendrá lugar de 9:00 AM a 1:30 PM en la escuela secundaria de Berendo y la escuela Charter Monseñor Oscar Romero. Este proyecto se llevará acabo conjuntamente con la Conferencia Anual 2014 del NCLR del 19 al 22 de julio en el Centro de Convenciones de Los Angeles.

    Los padres y los estudiantes de las escuelas serán parte de los más de 400 voluntarios que se espera ayuden con las renovaciones de las escuelas, que incluirán: jardinería, limpieza general, pintura de las aulas, instalación de estantes y la restauración completa de los servicios de tecnología. Dentro de estos servicios están el cableado de las aulas, asegurar el exceso de cables y restablecer el acceso Wi-Fi gratuito para las computadoras portátiles en el aula. Además, los voluntarios trabajaran en equipo con los estudiantes para guiarlos en la creación de presentaciones sobre una variedad de temas con el objetivo de mejorar sus habilidades artísticas, de oratoria y presentación. El evento culminará con una emocionante rifa y ceremonia de entrega de premios para reconocer el voluntariado de seis familias de la comunidad.

     

    AVISO DE PRENSA
    **Fabulosas imágenes**

    QUÉ: Evento de servicio comunitario del NCLR en la escuela Charter Monseñor Oscar Romero y la escuela secundaria de Berendo.

    QUIÉNES: De 400 a 600 voluntarios del Instituto de Política Juvenil, AltaMed, Bank of America, iniciativa Líderes del NCLR, Programa de                               AmeriCorps del NCLR, estudiantes y padres

                       Oradores:
                       Janet Lamkin, presidenta de Bank of America, California
                       Dr. Efraín Garza Fuentes, vicepresidente de Recursos Humanos de Talent
                       Acquisitions, AltaMed
                       Dixon Slingerland, director ejecutivo, Instituto de Política Juvenil
                       Yvette King-Berg, directora ejecutiva, las escuelas Charter del YPI
                       Rosa Trujillo, directora, la escuela secundaria de Berendo
                       Rogelio Quintanar, director, Programa de AmeriCorps, NCLR

    CUÁNDO:  Viernes 18 de julio, 2014
                     9:00 AM – 1:30 PM tiempo del Pacífico (PDT)

    DÓNDE:    Escuela secundaria de Berendo y escuela Charter Monseñor Oscar Romero
                     1157 S Berendo Street
                     Los Angeles (90006)

    Para obtener más información, por favor póngase en contacto con Ricky Garza del NCLR llamando al (202) 776-1732 o en el correo electrónico rgarza@nclr.org, o con Adriana Zyskowski de YPI llamando al (323) 274-5472 o en el correo electrónico azyskowski@ypiusa.org. La oficina de prensa del NCLR estará abierta del 18 al 22 de julio y puede llamar al (213) 743-6462.

    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:
    July 14, 2014                                                                                                                  Ricky Garza, NCLR
                                                                                                                                         (202) 776-1732; rgarza@nclr.org
                                                                                                                                         Adriana Zyskowski, YPI
                                                                                                                                         (323) 274-5472; azyskowski@ypiusa.org

     

    HUNDREDS OF VOLUNTEERS TO MARK NCLR COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY BY RENOVATING LOS ANGELES AREA SCHOOLS
    In the spirit of volunteerism, two L.A. County schools will get a much-needed facelift

    LOS ANGELES—On Friday, July 18, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will partner with Bank of America and two local members of the NCLR Affiliate NetworkYouth Policy Institute (YPI) and AltaMed Health Services—to bring together hundreds of volunteers for a day of community service. The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Berendo Middle School and Monseñor Oscar Romero Charter School. The service project is being held in conjunction with the 2014 NCLR Annual Conference on July 19–22 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

    Parents and students from the schools will be among the more than 400 expected volunteers who will help tackle renovations on the schools’ grounds, including landscaping, general cleanup, painting classrooms and installing shelves, as well as full restoration of technological services. Technological support will include rewiring classrooms, securing excess cables and resetting Wi-Fi access on classroom laptops. Also, volunteers will team up with students and guide them through creating presentations on a variety of subjects to refine their artistic, public speaking and presentation skills. The event will culminate in an exciting raffle and award ceremony to recognize six families for their volunteerism in the community.

     

    MEDIA ADVISORY
    **Great Visuals **

    WHAT:    NCLR community service event at Monseñor Oscar Romero Charter School and Berendo Middle School

    WHO:     400–600 volunteers from Youth Policy Institute, AltaMed, Bank of America, NCLR’s Líderes Initiative, the NCLR AmeriCorps Program;                     students and parents

                 Speakers:
                  Janet Lamkin, President, Bank of America California
                  Dr. Efraín Garza Fuentes, Human Resources, Vice President, Talent Acquisitions,
                  AltaMed
                  Dixon Slingerland, Executive Director, Youth Policy Institute
                  Yvette King-Berg, Executive Director, Youth Policy Institute Charter Schools
                  Rosa Trujillo, Principal, Berendo Middle School
                  Rogelio Quintanar, Program Director, NCLR AmeriCorps Program

    WHEN:  Friday, July 18, 2014
                 9:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m. PDT

    WHERE: Berendo Middle School and Monseñor Oscar Romero Charter School
                  1157 S Berendo Street
                  Los Angeles (90006)

    For more information, please contact Ricky Garza at NCLR at (202) 776-1732 or rgarza@nclr.org, or Adriana Zyskowski at YPI at (323) 274-5472; azyskowski@ypiusa.org. The NCLR Conference Press Office will be open July 18-22 and can be reached at (213) 743-6462.

    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:
    July 11, 2014                                                                                   Camila Gallardo
                                                                                                            cgallardo@nclr.org
                                                                                                            (305) 215-4259
                                                                                                            NCLR Press Office in Los Angeles
                                                                                                            (213) 743-6462 (July 18-22 only)
     

    From discussions on Common Core to youth leadership training, Conference events focus on improving the state of education for America’s Latinos

    LOS ANGELES—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will host its 2014 Annual Conference from July 19 through July 22 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, where improving the state of Latino education will be a central topic of discussion. California is home to the nation’s largest Latino population, and young Hispanics represent the majority of students enrolled in the state’s public schools. As the Latino demographic has continued to grow throughout the country, it has become even more critical to ensure that students are receiving a high-quality education, training and skills that will help them move on to higher education and a career.

    Currently, only 73% of Latino students graduate from high school on time with a traditional diploma, compared to 86% and 88% of their White and Asian peers, respectively. This low graduation rate undercuts the increasing demand in the United States for highly educated and trained individuals who can compete in today’s global economy. The economic benefits of educational achievement for Latino children are clear—preparing Latino students today will translate into a better-prepared workforce that can handle the increasingly demanding and competitive job market of tomorrow. Closing the performance gap for Latino students’ stands to increase the nation’s GDP by billions of dollars.

    The 2014 NCLR Annual Conference has exciting and informative education-related events occurring throughout, including but not limited to hands-on-educator focused trainings, discussions on the implementation and benefits of Common Core State Standards (CCSS), discussions of juvenile justice and the education system, a community service event that involves the beautification and technology retrofitting of local schools, and much, much more. Below are highlights of some of those key events:

    STEM Town Hall
    Aprender Es Triunfar: “Underwater Robots” in the Community, Classroom, and Movies
    When: July 19, 2014, 3:00–4:30 p.m.

    The underrepresentation of Latino students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers is in large part due to a lack of access to opportunities that can foster access to a profession. The bad news is that Latinos represent just 7% of the STEM workforce. The good news is that this number can increase dramatically because Latinos now compose 22% of the K–12 student population. However, this will happen only if schools, parents, businesses, and communities step up and support Latino students in embracing STEM education. In this town hall, join the discussion on why engaging more Latinos in STEM is pivotal to our national prosperity and what methods are working across the country.

    Moderator
    José Díaz-Balart, News Anchor, Telemundo

    Panelists
    Noramay Cadena, Founder and Executive Director, Latinas in STEM
    Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
    Denise Devora, PhD, Associate Program Officer, STEM, Educate Texas
    Kris Gutiérrez, PhD, Professor, Curriculum & Instruction—Literacy (C&I); Educational Psychology & Learning Sciences (EPSY); University of Colorado Boulder
    Angelica Hernandez, STEM college graduate and DREAMer
    Mary Mazzio, Director and Writer, Underwater Dreams

    Early Childhood Education Town Hall
    Closing the Word Gap: Increasing Vocabulary among Young Latino Children
    When: July 21, 2014, 3:00–4:30 p.m.

    By age four, children in poor and immigrant families have been exposed to far fewer words than children in professional and working-class households. This lack of early experience with language makes it more likely that these children will begin school at a disadvantage, making them struggle to keep up for the rest of their academic careers. Daily activities as simple as reading a story before bedtime will expand a child’s vocabulary, and this town hall will explore many other methods. Research experts, business leaders, elected officials, and community advocates will discuss successful efforts around the country, like Univision’s Pequeños y Valiosos, that support Latino parents’ efforts to eliminate the word gap and better prepare their children for school.

    Moderator
    Enrique Acevedo, Anchor, Noticiero Univision

    Panelists
    Sylvia Acevedo, Chair, Early Learning Subcommittee, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics; Co-Founder and CEO, CommuniCard, LLC; Cofounder and President, Advancing America, LLC
    Eugene Garcia, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University
    Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Distinguished Faculty Fellow, Department of Psychology, Temple University
    Andrea Riquetti, Director, Providence Talks, Mayor’s Office, City of Providence, RI
    Renata Soto, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Conexión Américas; Member, NCLR Board of Directors

    Workshop
    Step Up to College, Step Into a Career: NCLR’s Campaign for the Effective Implementation of the Common Core State Standards
    When: Tuesday, July 22, 10:30 a.m.–Noon

    The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are changing the landscape of education by setting clear and consistent academic expectations for students at each grade level. By raising expectations for all students, the CCSS will level the playing field of education, improving learning outcomes for grades K–12 and increasing access to higher education without the need for remedial education. To ensure successful implementation of the CCSS, NCLR has embarked on a state-based campaign in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, and New York.

    Presenters
    Cristina Pacione-Zayas, Education Director, Latino Policy Forum
    Vanessa Ramos, Senior Director of Policy, Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc.
    Nolan V. Rollins, President and CEO, Los Angeles Urban League

    Workshop
    Líderes Summit Special Discussion: Juvenile Justice Reform
    Tuesday, July 22, 10:30 a.m.–Noon

    Too many Latino and Latina youth are involved in the criminal justice system. This discussion will highlight structural and legal reasons for this disparity in sentencing, while also providing positive examples of how the Los Angeles Independent School District has responded to the efforts of local student advocates to change harmful policies such as “willful defiance.” In addition, this discussion will share positive examples of young people who have changed their lives for the better after being involved in the criminal justice system and the work that many schools are doing to make their schools more positive, nurturing, and supportive to all students.

    Opening Remarks
    Paul Saldaña, NCLR Board of Directors

    Presenter
    Mike de la Rocha, musician, writer, and speaker in the fields of criminal justice, spirituality, and self-development

    For more information about NCLR’s education-focused events at the 2014 NCLR Annual Conference, please contact Camila Gallardo at cgallardo@nclr.org or (305) 215-4259.

    Reporters with current press credentials can register to attend for free at http://nclr.emsreg.com/NCLR14/public/splash.aspx.

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

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    PARA DIVULGACIÓN INMEDIATA                                                                                       Contacto:
    14 de julio, 2014                                                                                                                   Ricky Garza, NCLR
                                                                                                                                               (202) 776-1732; rgarza@nclr.org 
                                                                                                                                               Adriana Zyskowski, YPI
                                                                                                                                               (323) 274-5472; azyskowski@ypiusa.org

     

    CIENTOS DE VOLUNTARIOS CELEBRARÁN EL DÍA DE SERVICIO COMUNITARIO DEL NCLR EN LOS ANGELES
    Aprovechando el espíritu del voluntariado, dos escuelas del condado de Los Angeles recibirán la tan necesaria renovación

    LOS ANGELES—El viernes 18 de julio, el NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza) se unirá a Bank of America y a dos miembros locales de la Red de Afiliados del NCLRInstituto de Política Juvenil (YPI, por sus siglas en inglés) y Servicios de Salud de AltaMed– para reunir a cientos de voluntarios en un día de servicio comunitario. El evento tendrá lugar de 9:00 AM a 1:30 PM en la escuela secundaria de Berendo y la escuela Charter Monseñor Oscar Romero. Este proyecto se llevará acabo conjuntamente con la Conferencia Anual 2014 del NCLR del 19 al 22 de julio en el Centro de Convenciones de Los Angeles.

    Los padres y los estudiantes de las escuelas serán parte de los más de 400 voluntarios que se espera ayuden con las renovaciones de las escuelas, que incluirán: jardinería, limpieza general, pintura de las aulas, instalación de estantes y la restauración completa de los servicios de tecnología. Dentro de estos servicios están el cableado de las aulas, asegurar el exceso de cables y restablecer el acceso Wi-Fi gratuito para las computadoras portátiles en el aula. Además, los voluntarios trabajaran en equipo con los estudiantes para guiarlos en la creación de presentaciones sobre una variedad de temas con el objetivo de mejorar sus habilidades artísticas, de oratoria y presentación. El evento culminará con una emocionante rifa y ceremonia de entrega de premios para reconocer el voluntariado de seis familias de la comunidad.

     

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    QUÉ: Evento de servicio comunitario del NCLR en la escuela Charter Monseñor Oscar Romero y la escuela secundaria de Berendo.

    QUIÉNES: De 400 a 600 voluntarios del Instituto de Política Juvenil, AltaMed, Bank of America, iniciativa Líderes del NCLR, Programa de                               AmeriCorps del NCLR, estudiantes y padres

                       Oradores:
                       Janet Lamkin, presidenta de Bank of America, California
                       Dr. Efraín Garza Fuentes, vicepresidente de Recursos Humanos de Talent
                       Acquisitions, AltaMed
                       Dixon Slingerland, director ejecutivo, Instituto de Política Juvenil
                       Yvette King-Berg, directora ejecutiva, las escuelas Charter del YPI
                       Rosa Trujillo, directora, la escuela secundaria de Berendo
                       Rogelio Quintanar, director, Programa de AmeriCorps, NCLR

    CUÁNDO:  Viernes 18 de julio, 2014
                     9:00 AM – 1:30 PM tiempo del Pacífico (PDT)

    DÓNDE:    Escuela secundaria de Berendo y escuela Charter Monseñor Oscar Romero
                     1157 S Berendo Street
                     Los Angeles (90006)

    Para obtener más información, por favor póngase en contacto con Ricky Garza del NCLR llamando al (202) 776-1732 o en el correo electrónico rgarza@nclr.org, o con Adriana Zyskowski de YPI llamando al (323) 274-5472 o en el correo electrónico azyskowski@ypiusa.org. La oficina de prensa del NCLR estará abierta del 18 al 22 de julio y puede llamar al (213) 743-6462.

    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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                                                                                                                                         (202) 776-1732; rgarza@nclr.org
                                                                                                                                         Adriana Zyskowski, YPI
                                                                                                                                         (323) 274-5472; azyskowski@ypiusa.org

     

    HUNDREDS OF VOLUNTEERS TO MARK NCLR COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY BY RENOVATING LOS ANGELES AREA SCHOOLS
    In the spirit of volunteerism, two L.A. County schools will get a much-needed facelift

    LOS ANGELES—On Friday, July 18, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will partner with Bank of America and two local members of the NCLR Affiliate NetworkYouth Policy Institute (YPI) and AltaMed Health Services—to bring together hundreds of volunteers for a day of community service. The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Berendo Middle School and Monseñor Oscar Romero Charter School. The service project is being held in conjunction with the 2014 NCLR Annual Conference on July 19–22 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

    Parents and students from the schools will be among the more than 400 expected volunteers who will help tackle renovations on the schools’ grounds, including landscaping, general cleanup, painting classrooms and installing shelves, as well as full restoration of technological services. Technological support will include rewiring classrooms, securing excess cables and resetting Wi-Fi access on classroom laptops. Also, volunteers will team up with students and guide them through creating presentations on a variety of subjects to refine their artistic, public speaking and presentation skills. The event will culminate in an exciting raffle and award ceremony to recognize six families for their volunteerism in the community.

     

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    WHAT:    NCLR community service event at Monseñor Oscar Romero Charter School and Berendo Middle School

    WHO:     400–600 volunteers from Youth Policy Institute, AltaMed, Bank of America, NCLR’s Líderes Initiative, the NCLR AmeriCorps Program;                     students and parents

                 Speakers:
                  Janet Lamkin, President, Bank of America California
                  Dr. Efraín Garza Fuentes, Human Resources, Vice President, Talent Acquisitions,
                  AltaMed
                  Dixon Slingerland, Executive Director, Youth Policy Institute
                  Yvette King-Berg, Executive Director, Youth Policy Institute Charter Schools
                  Rosa Trujillo, Principal, Berendo Middle School
                  Rogelio Quintanar, Program Director, NCLR AmeriCorps Program

    WHEN:  Friday, July 18, 2014
                 9:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m. PDT

    WHERE: Berendo Middle School and Monseñor Oscar Romero Charter School
                  1157 S Berendo Street
                  Los Angeles (90006)

    For more information, please contact Ricky Garza at NCLR at (202) 776-1732 or rgarza@nclr.org, or Adriana Zyskowski at YPI at (323) 274-5472; azyskowski@ypiusa.org. The NCLR Conference Press Office will be open July 18-22 and can be reached at (213) 743-6462.

    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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    15 de julio de 2014                                                                                             Camila Gallardo
                                                                                                                            (305) 215-4259
                                                                                                                            cgallardo@nclr.org

     

    ESTUDIO DEL NCLR SEÑALA BARRERAS A LA BUENA SALUD PARA LOS HISPANOS Y LA NECESIDAD DE TENER MEJORES SERVICIOS DE PREVENCIÓN Y APOYO
    El creciente predominio de enfermedades crónicas, el alto costo de la atención de la salud y las proyecciones sobre el envejecimiento del sector hispano presentan desafíos para tener una fuerza laboral y una población latina más saludable

    WASHINGTON, DC y RIDGEFIELD, CONN- En un informe publicado hoy, el Consejo Nacional de La Raza (NCLR, por sus siglas en inglés) examina los desafíos que enfrentan los millones de hispanos que viven con una o más condiciones crónicas de salud que afectan su vida cotidiana. El estudio "An Inside Look at Chronic Disease and Health Care among Hispanics in the United States" puso de manifiesto el alto porcentaje de enfermedades crónicas y obesidad entre los hispanos encuestados, ya que casi la mitad de ellos padecen de enfermedades crónicas clasificaron su estado de salud como pobre o aceptable. El estudio reveló que a pesar de que los hispanos tienen acceso a la atención médica, todavía enfrentan numerosos obstáculos vinculados a la asequibilidad de seguros médicos, estatus migratorio e idioma, para que puedan mantener un buen estado de salud y manejar bien sus enfermedades crónicas. De los encuestados, el 25 por ciento había visitado una sala de emergencias de un hospital en los últimos 12 meses; hecho que resulta siendo costoso y no puede reemplazar el acceso regular de atención médica que necesitan las personas con condiciones crónicas de salud.

    "Los latinos se encuentran dentro del segmento de la población estadounidense de crecimiento más rápido y en 2050 representará casi un tercio de todos los trabajadores de los Estados Unidos. La capacidad de nuestra nación para satisfacer las demandas económicas del futuro está estrechamente vinculada a la salud de ese segmento de la población. Tener acceso a seguros de salud, atención médica de alta calidad y la debida información son vitales para mejorar sus vidas", dijo Delia Pompa, Vicepresidenta de Programas del NCLR.

    El informe elaborado por NCLR contó con el apoyo de Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. y la colaboración de la empresa consultora de salud pública John Snow, Inc. (JSI). Las encuestas escritas y los grupos focales se llevaron a cabo con pacientes de los centros comunitarios de salud para hispanos en los EE.UU. que pertenecen a la Red de Afiliados de NCLR. Las principales conclusiones de esta investigación son las siguientes:

    Una elevada tasa de enfermedades crónicas y mala salud. El sesenta por ciento de los encuestados dijeron que un médico les informó que tenían una enfermedad crónica y predominaba un alto porcentaje de comorbilidad.

    Altas tasas de sobrepeso y obesidad, factores clave de riesgo para contraer enfermedades crónicas. Alrededor del 75 por ciento de los encuestados tenían sobrepeso o eran obesos, pero entre ellos sólo alrededor de dos tercios (64,3 por ciento) habían sido informados por un médico que tenían sobrepeso. Tres de las cuatro principales enfermedades crónicas de los encuestados afectados por el peso sufrían hipertensión, diabetes y condiciones relacionadas con la artritis.

    Desconexión con el sistema de atención de la salud. Las barreras representadas por la pobreza, la discriminación y bajos porcentajes de seguros de salud se veían agravadas por factores adicionales que los hispanos tienen que enfrentar: estatus migratorio, falta de confianza en el sistema de salud y factores culturales vinculados al idioma. Alrededor de un tercio de los encuestados respondieron tener dificultades para obtener información de salud en español, siendo español el idioma preferido entre el 74 por ciento de los encuestados. En casi todos los grupos de discusión, los participantes dijeron tener temores a consecuencias no intencionadas vinculadas a inmigración, lo que dificulta el acceso al cuidado de la salud en sus comunidades.

    El informe del NCLR señala la necesidad de elaborar un diseño y su implementación a gran escala para remediar el problema. La respuesta es elaborar una iniciativa de salud pública sostenida que tenga un enfoque, lingüístico y culturalmente apropiados, sobre el tema de la obesidad y que se ocupe de la prevención y control de enfermedades crónicas a través de la comunicación y la educación sobre la salud. Esa iniciativa debe estar basada en la comunidad y hecha conforme a las necesidades de las familias latinas. Otras recomendaciones incluyen lo siguiente: contar con mejores materiales bilingües referentes al cuidado de la salud, invertir en organizaciones de salud comunitarias que apoyan a la población hispana, aumentar la formación cultural competente de los proveedores de atención de salud y fortalecer los programas de promoción dentro de la comunidad latina. El NCLR también está interesado en aumentar los esfuerzos para inscribir a los latinos en el seguro de salud asequible. Junto con el lanzamiento de este informe, se adjuntó una infografía sobre la salud de los hispanos.

    "La investigación subraya claramente la necesidad de ampliar los programas, tales como el de los promotores de salud del NCLR. Los promotores deben ser trabajadores de la salud de la comunidad que puedan proveer fuentes de información confiables, materiales de educación, cultural y lingüísticamente adecuados, y brindar el apoyo necesario. Es fundamental lograr un mayor alcance a través de este tipo de programas si queremos enfrentar estos desafíos reales para la salud ", dijo Manuela McDonough, Directora Asociada del Instituto para la Salud Hispana del NCLR.

    Los investigadores señalan que a medida que la población latina vaya envejeciendo, se espera tener que enfrentar el predominio de enfermedades crónicas y que, por ello, la proporción resultante de los costos médicos aumente. Se proyecta que en 2060, los hispanos conformen el 38 por ciento de la población nacional de personas mayores de 65 años y que se necesiten más servicios de atención médica. "Se debe prestar más atención para atender las consecuencias del envejecimiento de la población hispana. Para ello, se deben ampliar rápidamente acciones de mayor eficacia que enfoquen la prevención y control de las enfermedades crónicas comunes en la comunidad hispana, como lo son la diabetes, las enfermedades del corazón y la obesidad ", dijo James Maxwell, PhD, Director de Investigación y Política, JSI.

    Las disparidades de salud hacen que el manejo de las enfermedades crónicas en la comunidad latina sean temas de gran importancia. Según un informe de 2010 de los Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades, más del 14 por ciento de los hispanos sufrían dos o más enfermedades crónicas concurrentes; fuente que revela un aumento de casi el 2 por ciento en comparación con los datos de 2000.

    "Estamos orgullosos de apoyar esta investigación clave para entender mejor las necesidades de salud de la comunidad latina", dijo Keri Yale, Directora de Apoyo al Paciente y Relaciones Profesionales de Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. "Al identificar las barreras que existen para la prevención y la atención médica, se pueden diseñar programas que aborden estos problemas y se pueda ayudar el trabajo de los proveedores de atención de salud de la comunidad latina para que sus integrantes lleven vidas más saludables".

    La salud de los hispanos será un tema clave de la agenda de la Conferencia Anual de NCLR 2014 a llevarse a cabo del 19 al 22 den julio en Los Ángeles. Además de ofrecerse al público asistente exámenes gratuitos de la visión, salud pulmonar, riesgo de diabetes, presión arterial y más, habrá casi una docena de talleres y un centro de información donde panelistas realizarán mesas redondas para debatir el problema de las enfermedades crónicas, el modelo de promotores de salud y su proyectada extensión comunitaria, campañas para inscribir a los latinos en el seguro de salud a través de la Ley de Asistencia Asequible y otros temas. Para tener más información sobre las actividades referentes a la salud de la Conferencia, sírvase revisar el calendario de eventos, o póngase en contacto con Camila Gallardo al (305) 215-4259 o cgallardo@nclr.org. Los periodistas con credenciales válidos de prensa pueden registrarse para asistir gratuitamente a los eventos http://nclr.emsreg.com/nclr14/public/mediaregistration.aspx.

    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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    July 15, 2014                                                                                                       Kathy Mimberg
                                                                                                                               (202) 776-1714
                                                                                                                               kmimberg@nclr.org

     

    NCLR STUDY NOTES BARRIERS TO LATINO HEALTH AND
    CALLS FOR BETTER OUTREACH AND PREVENTION

    Increasing prevalence of chronic conditions, high cost of health care and projected aging present challenges to healthier Latino population and workforce

    WASHINGTON, D.C. and RIDGEFIELD, CONN.—In a report released today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) examines the challenges faced by millions of Latinos who live with one or more chronic conditions that affect their daily lives. “An Inside Look at Chronic Disease and Health Care among Hispanics in the United States” documents a high rate of chronic disease and obesity among the Latinos surveyed, with nearly half of those with a chronic condition reporting their health as poor to fair. The study found that even though Latinos are accessing health care, they still confront many barriers—including affordability, immigration status and language—to maintaining their health and managing their chronic diseases. Of those surveyed, 25 percent had visited a hospital emergency room in the past 12 months, which is costly and cannot take the place of regular access to medical care for those with chronic conditions.

    “Latinos are among the fastest-growing segment of the American population and will represent nearly one-third of all U.S. workers by 2050. The ability of our nation to meet the economic demands of the future is closely tied to the health of this community. Affordable health insurance and access to high-quality medical care and information is vital to improving their lives,” said Delia Pompa, Senior Vice President, Programs, NCLR.

    The report was produced by NCLR with support from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and in partnership with public health consulting firm John Snow, Inc. (JSI). Written surveys and focus groups were held with patients at Latino-serving community-based health centers across the U.S. that belong to the NCLR Affiliate Network. Key findings of this research include:

    A high rate of chronic disease and poor health. Sixty percent of survey respondents were told by a doctor that they have a chronic disease, and comorbidities were highly prevalent.

    Extreme rates of overweight/obesity, a key risk factor for chronic conditions. About 75 percent of survey respondents were either overweight or obese, but among them only about two-thirds (64.3 percent) had been told by a doctor that they were overweight. Three of the four major chronic diseases experienced by respondents—hypertension, diabetes, and arthritis-related conditions — are affected by weight.

    A disconnect with the health care system. Barriers posed by poverty, discrimination and low rates of health insurance were compounded by additional factors that Latinos face: immigration status, a lack of trust in the health system and language/cultural issues. About one-third of respondents reported difficulty in getting health information in Spanish, the preferred language among 74 percent of those surveyed. In nearly all of the focus groups, participants perceived that the fear of unintended immigration consequences is a deterrent for health care access in their communities.

    In the report, NCLR calls for the design and implementation of a large-scale, sustained public health initiative that focuses on linguistically and culturally appropriate obesity and chronic disease prevention and management via communications and community-based health education tailored to Latino families. Additional recommendations include improved bilingual health materials, investments in community health organizations that serve Latinos, an increase in culturally competent training for health care providers and stronger peer support programs within the Hispanic community. NCLR is also interested in expanded efforts to enroll Latinos in affordable health insurance. An infographic on Latino health was released with the report.

    “The research clearly underscores the need to expand programs such as NCLR’s promotores de salud, community health workers who are trusted sources of information and who provide culturally and linguistically appropriate education and support. Increased outreach through these types of programs is critical if we are to take on these real health challenges,” said Manuela McDonough, Associate Director, Institute for Hispanic Health, NCLR.

    The researchers note that as the Latino population ages, the prevalence of the chronic conditions they suffer from and the resulting proportion of medical costs are expected to increase. In 2060, Hispanics are expected to make up 38 percent of the nation’s population age 65 and older and to require more health care services. “More attention needs to be devoted to the consequences of aging on the health of the Latino population. Efforts must be rapidly expanded to prevent and more effectively manage common chronic diseases among the Latino community—diabetes, heart disease and obesity,” said James Maxwell, PhD, Director of Research and Policy, JSI.

    Health disparities make chronic disease management in the Latino community especially important. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 14 percent of Hispanics had two or more concurrent chronic diseases in 2010, a nearly 2 percent increase since 2000.

    “We are proud to support this critical research to better understand the health needs of the Latino community,” said Keri Yale, Director, Patient Advocacy and Professional Relations, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. “By identifying the barriers to prevention and care, we can design programs to address these issues and help the Latino community work with their health care providers to lead healthier lives.”

    Latino health will be a key agenda item at the 2014 NCLR Annual Conference on July 19–22 in Los Angeles. In addition to free screenings available to the public for vision, lung health, diabetes risk, blood pressure and more, almost a dozen workshops and a town hall will feature panel discussions on chronic disease, the promotores de salud community outreach model, campaigns to enroll Latinos in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act and other topics. To learn more, please review the events schedule or contact Kathy Mimberg at (202) 776-1714 or kmimberg@nclr.org. Reporters with press credentials can register to attend for free at http://nclr.emsreg.com/nclr14/public/mediaregistration.aspx.

    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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                                                                                                                                   (202) 776-1732; rgarza@nclr.org
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                                                                                                                                   Concourse 153 A&B
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    NCLR AND LATINO DECISIONS TO RELEASE NEW POLL ON LATINO ATTITUDES ABOUT ECONOMY, JOBS AND HOUSING
    Results to be revealed during a press conference at 2014 NCLR Annual Conference, which will include economy-focused workshops and a townhall featuring Sen. Elizabeth Warren

    LOS ANGELES—In the wake of the damaging recession, Latino workers and entrepreneurs are helping to fuel the resurgence of the American economy. But even though they are the fastest-growing segment of the American workforce, Hispanics still struggle with a number of economic issues related to poverty, unemployment and housing. At the 2014 NCLR Annual Conference, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) and Latino Decisions will release a new poll that measures how the Latino community is weathering the tough economy and its outlook on the future. Join Latino Decisions Co-Founder Matt Barreto, NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía and Eric Rodriguez, Vice President of Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation at NCLR, at a press conference where they will discuss the challenges that Latinos encounter when it comes to issues such as finding employment, earning livable wages, buying a house and saving for retirement. Press will have call-in capability.

    Attendees at the 2014 NCLR Annual Conference, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, are also invited to delve deeper into issues surrounding Latinos and the economy at a number of free workshops, as a well as an economy-focused townhall featuring Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.).

    PRESS CONFERENCE

    WHO:     Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR
                  Eric Rodriguez, Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation, NCLR
                  Matt Barreto, Co-Founder, Latino Decisions

    WHAT:   Release of New Poll on Latinos and the Economy
    WHEN:   Monday, July 21, 2014, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. PDT (2:00 EDT)

    WHERE: Los Angeles Convention Center
                  Press Room
                  Concourse 153 A&B

    HOW:     Call: (866) 952-1908
                  Conference Title: Latinos and the Economy
                  Conference ID: Economy

    TO RSVP: Please contact Joseph Rendeiro via email at jrendeiro@nclr.org.

     

    FEATURED ECONOMY RELATED EVENTS

    Workshop—The 113th Congress: The Landscape and Forecast on Latino Priorities
    Saturday, July 19, 9:00–10:30 a.m.
    In this workshop, NCLR analysts will explain how efforts like passing a budget, advancing immigration reform and overhauling our housing finance system relate to the Latino community.

    Workshop—Ready? Set? Retire! Addressing Disparities in Latino Retirement Preparedness
    Sunday, July 20, 3:30–5:00 p.m.
    In this workshop, panelists will share the latest information on proposed reforms to our private retirement system and how they might impact the Latino community.

    Townhall—The State of the Economy: Giving Latinos a Fighting Chance
    Sunday, July 20, 3:30–5:00 p.m.
    Hear from Senator Warren about how she has paved the way for the creation of federal policies designed to help low-income families access financial services, followed by a panel of local experts and policymakers who are working in this field.
    Keynote Speaker
    Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator (D–Mass.)
    Emcee
    Monica C. Lozano, Chair, Board of Directors, U.S. Hispanic Media Inc.
    Panelists
    Gary Acosta, Co-Founder and CEO, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP)
    Luis Granados, Executive Director, Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)
    José Cisneros, Treasurer, City and County of San Francisco

    Featured Session—Latina Entrepreneurship in the Digital Age
    Sunday, July 20, 1:30–3:00 p.m.
    Media dynamo Nely Galán brings an all-star lineup of Latina executives from Google, Twitter and Comcast to learn about the power of the Internet to drive self-advancement.

    Workshop—Explore Options for Avoiding Foreclosure
    Sunday, July 20, 9:00–10:30 p.m.
    In this workshop, participants will learn about programs that aid in mortgage modification, refinancing, deferred payment and transitioning out of their home while avoiding foreclosure.

    Workshop—Empowering Today’s Latino Students for Tomorrow’s Global Economy
    Sunday, July 20, 9:00–10:30 p.m.
    During this session, participants will examine strategies for providing access to bilingual resources, linking subjects to real-world applications and preparing students with the problem-solving skills necessary for tomorrow’s jobs.

    Workshop—Building the Pipeline to Good Jobs
    Monday July 21, 9:00–10:30 p.m.
    This workshop will explore approaches to empower workers to stand up for their rights and improve working conditions in key industries.

    Reporters with current press credentials can register to attend for free at http://nclr.emsreg.com/nclr14/public/mediaregistration.aspx.

    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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    July 16, 2014                                                                                                            Joseph Rendeiro
                                                                                                                                   (908) 380-7114; jrendeiro@nclr.org
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                                                                                                                                    Concourse 153 A & B
                                                                                                                                    (213) 743-6462 (Open July 18)

     

    REP. LUIS GUTIÉRREZ TO JOIN 2014 NCLR ANNUAL CONFERENCE TO HIGHLIGHT NEED FOR IMMIGRATION SOLUTIONS
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Archbishop José H. Gomez and activist Jose Antonio Vargas among the speakers at highlighted events

    LOS ANGELES—The current humanitarian emergency at the U.S. border with children fleeing violence from Central America has once again placed immigration at the center of a national debate as lawmakers attempt to work toward a solution. While advocates are calling on lawmakers to provide relief for these children, 11 million aspiring Americans still need relief as well, as House Republican leadership has failed to act on immigration reform. The 2014 NCLR Annual Conference, which will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, will focus heavily on immigration as key leaders answer questions concerning the landscape of immigration reform, the actions President Obama could take to provide administrative relief for families threatened by deportation and the urgent need for lawmakers to aid the child refugees at the U.S. border.

    PRESS AVAILABILITY

    Press Q&A Session
    Press Office
    Concourse 153 A & B
    Saturday, July 19, 2:30–3:30 p.m.

    Luis Gutiérrez, U.S. House of Representatives (D–IL)
    Marielena Hincapié, Executive Director, National Immigration Law Center
    Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR
    Alexia Rodriguez, Vice President, Immigrant Youth Services, Southwest Key Programs, Inc.

    FEATURED EVENTS

    Panel Discussion: The Battle for Immigration: Legislation, Executive Action, and Unaccompanied Children
    Saturday, July 19, 9:00–10:30 a.m.
    Moderator
    León Krauze, Anchor, Univision KMEX-TV Channel 34
    Panelists
    Marielena Hincapié, Executive Director, National Immigration Law Center
    Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro, Deputy Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation, NCLR
    Alexia Rodriguez, Vice President, Immigrant Youth Services, Southwest Key Programs, Inc.

    National Affiliate Luncheon
    Los Angeles Convention Center West Hall B
    Saturday, July 19, 12:30–2:30 p.m.

    Emcee
    Michelle Valles, Co-Anchor, “Today in LA,” NBC4 Southern California
    Invocation
    Most Reverend José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles
    Welcome Remarks
    Hon. Eric Garcetti, Mayor, City of Los Angeles
    Featured Speakers
    Luis Gutiérrez, U.S. House of Representatives (D–IL)
    Mel Martínez, Former U.S. Senator (R–FL)

    Screening of “Documented” with Q&A Session
    Saturday, July 19, 2:45–4:45 p.m.
    Presenter
    Jose Antonio Vargas, Journalist, Filmmaker and Immigration Activist

    Interfaith Weekend Mass—Calling for Compassion for Refugee Children
    Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels
    555 W Temple St
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
    Sunday, July 20, 2:45–4:45 p.m.

    Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR
    U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

    Monday Luncheon
    Los Angeles Convention Center West Hall B
    Monday, July 21, 12:30–2:30 p.m.

    Keynote Speaker—President’s Message
    Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR

    Reporters with current press credentials can register to attend for free at http://nclr.emsreg.com/nclr14/public/mediaregistration.aspx.

    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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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:

    Ricky Garza
    (202) 776-1732; rgarza@nclr.org
    NCLR Press Office in Los Angeles
    (213) 743-6462 (Open July 18)

    LOS ANGELES—Attendees at the 2014 NCLR (National Council of La Raza) Annual Conference are invited to participate in A Night OUT with NCLR: Celebrating LGBT Champions and Allies, the annual LGBT reception honoring leading advocates and organizations within the LGBT Hispanic community. This year’s reception, presented by Prudential and sponsored by AT&T, Hilton and American Airlines, will honor award-winning actor, producer and activist Dan Guerrero, son of Chicano music legend Lalo Guerrero. Throughout his accomplished career, Guerrero has fiercely worked to bring more positive Latino images to the screen as a casting director, writer and, for the past 15 years, as a producer of diverse network and cable television programming. He has also been an outspoken supporter for LGBT rights, personally sharing his own experiences examining his identities as member of both the LGBT and Latino communities in his critically acclaimed autobiographical play “¡Gaytino!”

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHO:        Dan Guerrero, actor, producer, activist
                       Catherine Pino, Board member, NCLR

    WHAT:       A Night OUT with NCLR: Celebrating LGBT Champions and Allies

    WHEN:      Sunday, July 20, 2014, 5:30–7:30 p.m. PDT

    WHERE:    JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
                        Platinum Ballroom, Salon A-C
                        900 W Olympic Blvd.
                        Los Angeles, CA 90015

    TO RSVP: Please contact Joseph Rendeiro via email at jrendeiro@nclr.org.

    Reporters with current press credentials can register to attend for free at http://nclr.emsreg.com/nclr14/public/mediaregistration.aspx. 

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    Contact:

    Ricky Garza
    (202) 776-1732; rgarza@nclr.org
    NCLR Press Office in Los Angeles
    Concourse 153 A&B
    (213) 743-6462 

    LOS ANGELES—From the hardworking family buying their first home to the small business owner growing her market share, access to financial services can make the difference between moving ahead and getting stuck in a rut. At the 2014 NCLR (National Council of La Raza) Annual Conference, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) will discuss the critical need for federal policies designed to help low-income families access financial services. Warren is a renowned expert on, and a staunch advocate of, the American consumer, including Latinos and immigrants, and has worked throughout her distinguished career to keep the American financial system accessible and accountable to all Americans. Attendees at this year’s economy town hall will also have the chance to hear from a panel of Latino experts and policymakers who work every day to help families access the financial services they need to achieve their goals and move forward.

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    Town Hall—The State of the Economy: Giving Latinos a Fighting Chance
    Sunday, July 20, 3:30–5:00 p.m.
    Keynote Speaker
    Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator
    Emcee
    Monica C. Lozano, Chair, Board of Directors, U.S. Hispanic Media Inc.
    Panelists
    Gary Acosta, Co-Founder and CEO, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP)
    Luis Granados, Executive Director, Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)
    José Cisneros, Treasurer, City and County of San Francisco

    Reporters with current press credentials can register to attend for free at http://nclr.emsreg.com/nclr14/public/mediaregistration.aspx.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

    Today, President Obama signed an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. NCLR (National Council of La Raza) applauds the administration for taking this bold move to guarantee workplace protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Americans, many of whom are Latino. Numerous polls, including a survey commissioned by NCLR, show that the Hispanic community overwhelmingly supports legal protections for LGBT workers. 

    “NCLR has long held the belief that the workplace should be a level playing field where people can succeed or fail based on their own merits,” said Eric Rodriguez, Vice President of the Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation at NCLR. “Unfortunately, far too many states in this country do not have the types of protections in place that would prevent employers from firing a person simply because of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity. While the president’s action today is a critical step toward remedying this injustice, much more needs to be done. In order to ensure that all LGBT Americans are treated equally within the workplace, the House of Representatives must pass a long-overdue legislative solution that extends beyond federal contractors—the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.”

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                               Contact:
    July 21, 2014                                                                                       Joseph Rendeiro
                                                                                                               (202) 776-1566
                                                                                                              jrendeiro@nclr.org

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Award-winning actor, producer and activist Dan Guerrero was recognized as this year’s honoree at NCLR’s (National Council of La Raza) annual LGBT reception during the 2014 NCLR Annual Conference in Los Angeles. A Night OUT with NCLR: Celebrating LGBT Champions and Allies was presented by Prudential Financial and sponsored by AT&T, Hilton Worldwide and American Airlines. NCLR Board member and previous honoree Catherine Pino was on hand to recognize Guerrero for his advocacy efforts on behalf of the LGBT community, as well as his work to bring more positive Latino images to the screen as a casting director, writer and producer of diverse network and cable television programming.

    “My career has been a blessing, allowing me to pursue my passion for the arts and create space to uplift the voices of LGBT Latinos so that the arts can continue to be a vehicle for social change,” said Guerrero. “I am humbled and honored to receive this award, and proud to be associated with an organization like NCLR, which has invested so deeply in advancing the lives of Latinos, including our LGBT hermanos y hermanas.”

    In 2006 Guerrero premiered his critically acclaimed autobiographical play, ¡Gaytino!, which looks at the interconnection of his dual identities as part of both the Latino and the LGBT communities. The play has received fantastic reviews as he has performed it across the country at venues in Los Angeles, New York City and Washington, D.C. He also began teaching a course, “Gaytino: Performance and the Power of One,” at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was recently appointed as UCLA Regents’ Lecturer for the 2014–2015 school year in both the LGBT and Chicano Studies departments.

    “For decades, Dan Guerrero has pushed to acknowledge and celebrate both Latino and LGBT culture on stage and on television, shining the spotlight on the diverse talent that is often overlooked within both communities,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR. “We’re proud to recognize Dan not only for his remarkable career in entertainment, but also for his activism and outspoken support of LGBT rights.”

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

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