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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:

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

    Late today, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it will delay enforcement of minimum wage and home care protections for nearly two million home care workers, 21 percent of whom are Latino. The new regulation takes effect on January 1, 2015, but DOL says it will not enforce the rule until July. NCLR (National Council of La Raza) urges DOL to work diligently during the next six months to assist states in complying with the federal regulations.

    “Home care workers have endured 40 years of exclusion from minimum wage and overtime protections,” said Eric Rodriguez, Vice President of the Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation at NCLR. “States like California and New York, which are adequately prepared to raise workers’ wages, should not hesitate to act. The next six months will be critical for the remaining states to effectively implement these long-overdue wage standards. We expect DOL to use every resource at its disposal to guide states swiftly into compliance to bring dignity to care work.”

    One year ago, NCLR, along with civil rights and public health allies, celebrated the historic victory for home care workers, who won expanded coverage under federal minimum wage and overtime protections after being unjustly excluded since 1974. Home care work is the fastest-growing job in the U.S., projected to grow by 71 percent between 2010 and 2020. Most home care workers are the primary breadwinners for their families, but turnover in the industry is high because of substandard wages. In a recent poll by NCLR and Latino Decisions, 70 percent of Latinos reported that they are not earning enough to meet their basic needs.

    In response to DOL’s stated plan to “exercise discretion” in enforcement during the second half of the year, from July 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015, NCLR was firm in its call to DOL to ensure fair pay for home care workers.

    “We look forward to working with DOL to ensure proper monitoring and enforcement of these wage standards that are so important to Hispanic home care workers,” concluded Rodriguez.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:

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

    EVA LONGORIA AND MARIO LOPEZ TO CO-HOST THE “2014 NCLR ALMA AWARDS®”

    More stars confirmed including: Enrique Iglesias, Jacob Vargas, Daisy Fuentes,
    Tony Gonzalez, Mia Maestro, Robert Rodriguez, Diane Guerrero, Rafael Amaya,
    Jorge Gutierrez, Melissa Fumero, Terry Crews and Stephanie Beatriz

    Featuring a performance by Café Tacvba

    One-hour prime-time special to air live on MSNBC and mun2
    Friday, Oct 10 at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST

    LOS ANGELES—More incredible talent have been added to the star-powered roster for the 2014 NCLR ALMA Awards. The National Hispanic Heritage Month event—a live telecast on MSNBC and mun2—celebrates America’s favorite Latinos in the entertainment industry, television, film and music. New announcements include:

    CAFÉ TACVBA will be the featured performance in the live show broadcast. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the legendary Mexico City-based quartet that has been widely hailed as the world’s most influential Latin alternative band. Comprised of Rubén Albarrán, Emmanuel “Meme” del Real, José “Joselo” Rangel and Enrique “Quique” Rangel, the group’s distinctive approach to music as true art grows out of a unique fusion of their Mexican culture with elements of always-evolving progressive rock and other global influences.

    After forming in Mexico City, Café Tacvba quickly won over fans nationwide with their self-titled debut album. That devoted following quickly expanded across all of Latin America and the United States with the release of their now iconic 1994 album “Re,” which “Rolling Stone” has called “the greatest Latin Rock album of all-time.” For an unrivaled 25-year career as leaders of their genre, NCLR will also mark their special anniversary with the presentation of the NCLR ALMA de Tú Mundo Award during the NCLR ALMA Awards Pre-Show, livestreamed on Telemundo.com.

    Award for Outstanding Service to Cause and Community: TONY GONZALEZ
    Popular NFL analyst and record-holding athlete Tony Gonzalez (Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons) will be recognized for distinction in service, where he matches his on-field talents with an equal passion for community service. Gonzalez supports the Shadow Buddies Foundation, an organization that provides emotional support through education to hospitalized children, and El Viento Foundation, an institute that enriches the lives of children and young adults through long-term relationships based upon trust, respect, learning and skill building.

    NCLR ALMA Vanguard Award: DAISY FUENTES
    A pioneer in entertainment and media, Daisy Fuentes was MTV’s first Latina (and fully bilingual) VJ, host of several entertainment and music shows and courted by fashion and beauty companies to be their spokesperson. Fuentes positioned herself as a trendsetter and redefined mainstream ideas of beauty style, injecting her culture and identity as a Cuban American and Latina into her work. Fuentes also actively champions many important causes, including breast cancer awareness and children’s health charities.

    Ricardo Montalban Award for Lifetime Achievement: CHARO
    Recognized the world over by her trademark expression, “cuchi-cuchi,” Charo took America by storm, dazzling audiences with her virtuoso guitar playing and making them laugh with her famous accent and bubbly personality. As a media personality, she appeared on many hit television shows, including “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,” “Sonny and Cher” and “The Carol Burnett Show,” and had more guest appearances on the long-running comedy “The Love Boat” than any other star. As a humanitarian, activist and entertainer, Charo demonstrates an ability to effect change for causes that touch the hearts of millions.

    ALMA’s 15/Los Quince
    New members of ALMA’s 15 have been confirmed, including: Jorge Gutierrez (Director, “Book of Life”), Jessica Carrillo (Telemundo, “Al Rojo Vivo”) and Christian Acosta (Latinogossip.com).

    With programming on multiple platforms, the “mun2 All Access: Road to the ALMAs 2014 Special,” featuring exclusive celebrity interviews, kicks off the ALMAs at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST. Telemundo.com will livestream the NCLR ALMA Awards Pre-Show with additional Telemundo.com live digital coverage at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST. The awards show and post-show will stream live on MSNBC.

    The special will be produced by Flavio Morales, Sergio Alfaro and John Ehrhard, executive producers of Latino-led Big Vida Entertainment. Also serving as executive producers are Longoria and NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía. Kelly Brock serves as producer.

    Advertising sponsors for this year’s show include Comcast, Chevrolet, ConAgra Foods, McDonald’s, Prudential, State Farm and Wells Fargo. Target returns as the Red Carpet Sponsor. Encore presentations of the “2014 NCLR ALMA Awards” will air throughout Hispanic Heritage Month on mun2, and exclusive content will be available for Comcast On Demand and on Telemundo.com/ALMA.

    To read about previously announced ALMA Awards talent, click here. For additional information, including announcements about the host, presenters and performers at this year’s ceremony, visit www.almaawards.com or follow the show using our handle on Twitter: @almaawards, and on Instagram: instagram.com/almaawards, or with the hashtag #ALMA14.

    About NCLR
    NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. The NCLR ALMA Awards presentation is an integral part of that mission: a national prime-time television network entertainment special with the cause of showing how diversity strengthens our country and how inclusion strengthens the American entertainment industry. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and on Twitter.

    About Comcast Corporation:
    Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

    About Comcast Cable:
    Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings. Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

    About MSNBC
    MSNBC is the premier destination for in-depth analysis of daily headlines, insightful political commentary and informed perspectives. Reaching more than 95 million households worldwide, MSNBC offers a full schedule of live news coverage, political opinions and award-winning documentary programming—24 hours a day, seven days a week. Viewers can find more information on MSNBC’s programming at www.tv.msnbc.com.

    About mun2
    NBCUniversal’s Hispanic cable network mun2 offers a thrilling mix of original dramas, exclusive premium sports, blockbuster movies, must-see live events and strategic acquisitions. Mun2 is the home for current and unique content produced and presented for the fastest-growing audience, U.S. Hispanics. The network’s content can also be found in its award-winning website, mun2.tv, and across various digital distribution platforms.

    About Telemundo.com
    Telemundo, a division of NBCUniversal Hispanic Enterprises and Content, is a world-class media company, leading the industry in the production and distribution of high-quality Spanish-language content across its multiplatform portfolio to U.S. Hispanics and audiences around the world. Telemundo’s multiple platforms include the Telemundo Network, a Spanish-language television network featuring original productions, theatrical motion pictures, news and first-class sports events, reaching U.S. Hispanic viewers in 210 markets through its 16 owned stations, broadcast and MVPD affiliates; Telemundo Digital Media, which distributes Telemundo’s original content across digital and emerging platforms including mobile devices and www.telemundo.com; an owned and operated full-power station in Puerto Rico that reaches 99% of all TV households in that DMA; and Telemundo Internacional, the international distribution arm that has positioned Telemundo as the second-largest provider of Spanish-language content worldwide by syndicating content to more than 100 countries in more than 35 languages.

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    For Immediate Release
    May 28, 2014
    Contact: See below
    Twitter: #CIRscores

    Latino Leaders Preview House Scores

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—The immigration reform stalemate on Capitol Hill, caused by the GOP leaders’ inaction on the issue, is bringing down score card ratings of House members in the 2014 National Immigration Score Card issued Wednesday by national Latino groups.

    The preliminary score card ratings for all 435 House members were disclosed during a telephonic press conference by leaders of the Hispanic Federation, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) and Voto Latino. Each of these organizations is active in civic engagement campaigns that include citizenship drives, voter registration and mobilization and immigration advocacy.

    House members also received letters notifying them that they can improve their scores by passing immigration reform with an earned path to citizenship before the final 2014 National Immigration Score Card is issued in July and delivered to Latino communities and interested parties across the U.S. this summer.

    The score card ratings to date are based on immigration related House votes that have been taken during 113th Congress. While many members have stated support for commonsense immigration reform with a path to citizenship, the failure of House leaders to call for a floor vote on a comprehensive reform plan has brought down the scores of many members.

    “This score card allows Latinos and all Americans to learn more about Congress members’ legislative records on the important issue of immigration reform,” said José Calderón, president of the Hispanic Federation. “It should serve as a wake-up call to those members of Congress who are not helping to advance the cause of just and pragmatic reform. Failure in leadership on immigration will certainly not go unnoticed by our community.”

    “Our community is being disproportionately devastated by the broken immigration system that this Congress refuses to fix. This preliminary score card shows that most in Congress are clearly failng us on immigration right now,” said Hector Sanchez, Executive Director of LCLAA. “Latinos can no longer tolerate more excuses on why reform has not passed. There is still an opportunity for the members to improve their standing before our final score card is released in July. I urge all members of the House of Representatives to support immigration reform and urge the House leadership to call for a vote today.”

    “In 2016, Latinos will again be an ethnic group which both Republicans and Democrats will aggressively court," said Brent Wilkes, national executive director, LULAC. "It is critical that our community be well versed on which members of Congress fought for immigration reform and which did not. This score card will enable voters to look past election year rhetoric and use this information to enable them to cast an informed vote on candidates related to this issue.”

    "The scores of many members would be higher if the GOP leadership, which controls the House, would let the full House take a vote on commonsense immigration reform with a path to citizenship," said Ben Monterroso, executive director of Mi Familia Vota. "The score card should remind Congress that our community does not forget those who turn their backs on us, and Congress is sadly mistaken if it thinks it can ignore the Latino community."

    “These scores reflect that House Republicans are not only failing the Latino community, but they also suggest that the GOP may never again graduate to the White House,” said Janet Murguia, President and CEO of National Council of La Raza.

    “The GOP is on the verge of losing an entire generation of voters – Millennials,” said María Teresa Kumar, President and CEO, Voto Latino. “They forget the same thing happened to Democrats in the 1980s. History is repeating itself, and the GOP must course-correct to avoid the consequences of inaction.”

    The Senate was scored at the end of 2013 after passing immigration reform. It’s time for the House to do its job, the leaders said.

    The final scores for House members will be based on the following criteria:

         Co-Sponsorship of H.R. 15, Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (List of co-sponsors)

         Signature on Discharge Petition for H.R. 15, Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (Current signatures on 113th Congress Discharge Petition Number 0009)

         A recorded “NO” vote on Rep. Steve King’s Amendment to H.R. 2217, Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill (Roll Call Number 208, 113th Congress, 1st Session)

         A recorded “NO” vote on the “ENFORCE Act of 2014” H.R. 4138 (Roll Call Number 124, 113th Congress, 2nd Session)

         A recorded “NO” vote on the Faithful Execution of the Law Act of 2014, H.R. 3973 (Roll Call Number 129, 113th Congress, 2nd Session)

         A recorded “YES” vote on the Nadler amendment A No. 2 to the “ENFORCE Act” (Roll Call Number 121, 113th Congress, 2nd Session)

         A recorded “YES” vote on the Deutch amendment to H.R. 2217 (Roll Call Number 198, 113th Congress, 1st Session)

         Public statements in support of immigration reform with an earned path to citizenship in the House of Representatives.

    For more information, contact:

    HISPANIC FEDERATION: Joshua Silvia, jsilvia@hispanicfederation.org, 202-641-7186
    LCLAA: Victor Baten, vbaten@lclaa.org, 202-508-6989
    LULAC: Paloma Zuleta, pzuleta@lulac.org, 202-812-4477
    Mi Familia Vota Education Fund: Gebe Martinez, gebem@mifamiliavota.org, 703-731-9505
    NCLR: Joseph Rendeiro, jrendeiro@nclr.org, 202-776-1566
    Voto Latino: Jimmy Hernandez, jimmy@votolatino.org, 305-720-0699

    Follow us on Twitter: #CIRscores

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    The mission of the Hispanic Federation is to empower and advance the Hispanic community. The Hispanic Federation provides grants and services to a broad network of Latino non-profit agencies serving the most vulnerable members of the Hispanic community and advocates nationally with respect to the vital issues of education, health, immigration, economic empowerment, civic engagement and the environment. For more information, please visit www.hispanicfederation.org.

    The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is the leading national organization for Latino(a) workers and their families. LCLAA represents the interest of more than 2 million Latino workers in the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), The Change to Win Federation, Independent Unions and all its membership. Visit LCLAA on the web at www.lclaa.org, on Facebook and Twitter.

    The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 900 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org.

    Mi Familia Vota Education Fund is a national nonprofit organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through increased civic participation by promoting citizenship, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota is one of the premiere Latino civic engagement organizations in the country with operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas. Visit online: www.mifamiliavota.org | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube |

    National Council of La Raza—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.

    Voto Latino is a nonpartisan organization that empowers Latino Millennials to claim a better future for themselves and their community. United by the belief that Latino issues are American issues and American issues are Latino issues, Voto Latino is dedicated to bringing new and diverse voices to develop leaders by engaging youth, media, technology and celebrities to promote positive change. To learn more about Voto Latino, visit www.VotoLatino.org. Also engage Voto Latino on Facebook at www.facebook.com/VotoLatino, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/VotoLatino, on Instagram at www.instagram.com/VotoLatino, and on Google+ at www.google.com/+VotoLatino.


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:

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

    EVA LONGORIA AND MARIO LOPEZ TO CO-HOST THE “2014 NCLR ALMA AWARDS®”

    More stars confirmed including: Enrique Iglesias, Jacob Vargas, Daisy Fuentes,
    Tony Gonzalez, Mia Maestro, Robert Rodriguez, Diane Guerrero, Rafael Amaya,
    Jorge Gutierrez, Melissa Fumero, Terry Crews and Stephanie Beatriz

    Featuring a performance by Café Tacvba

    One-hour prime-time special to air live on MSNBC and mun2
    Friday, Oct 10 at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST

    LOS ANGELES—More incredible talent have been added to the star-powered roster for the 2014 NCLR ALMA Awards. The National Hispanic Heritage Month event—a live telecast on MSNBC and mun2—celebrates America’s favorite Latinos in the entertainment industry, television, film and music. New announcements include:

    CAFÉ TACVBA will be the featured performance in the live show broadcast. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the legendary Mexico City-based quartet that has been widely hailed as the world’s most influential Latin alternative band. Comprised of Rubén Albarrán, Emmanuel “Meme” del Real, José “Joselo” Rangel and Enrique “Quique” Rangel, the group’s distinctive approach to music as true art grows out of a unique fusion of their Mexican culture with elements of always-evolving progressive rock and other global influences.

    After forming in Mexico City, Café Tacvba quickly won over fans nationwide with their self-titled debut album. That devoted following quickly expanded across all of Latin America and the United States with the release of their now iconic 1994 album “Re,” which “Rolling Stone” has called “the greatest Latin Rock album of all-time.” For an unrivaled 25-year career as leaders of their genre, NCLR will also mark their special anniversary with the presentation of the NCLR ALMA de Tú Mundo Award during the NCLR ALMA Awards Pre-Show, livestreamed on Telemundo.com.

    Award for Outstanding Service to Cause and Community: TONY GONZALEZ
    Popular NFL analyst and record-holding athlete Tony Gonzalez (Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons) will be recognized for distinction in service, where he matches his on-field talents with an equal passion for community service. Gonzalez supports the Shadow Buddies Foundation, an organization that provides emotional support through education to hospitalized children, and El Viento Foundation, an institute that enriches the lives of children and young adults through long-term relationships based upon trust, respect, learning and skill building.

    NCLR ALMA Vanguard Award: DAISY FUENTES
    A pioneer in entertainment and media, Daisy Fuentes was MTV’s first Latina (and fully bilingual) VJ, host of several entertainment and music shows and courted by fashion and beauty companies to be their spokesperson. Fuentes positioned herself as a trendsetter and redefined mainstream ideas of beauty style, injecting her culture and identity as a Cuban American and Latina into her work. Fuentes also actively champions many important causes, including breast cancer awareness and children’s health charities.

    Ricardo Montalban Award for Lifetime Achievement: CHARO
    Recognized the world over by her trademark expression, “cuchi-cuchi,” Charo took America by storm, dazzling audiences with her virtuoso guitar playing and making them laugh with her famous accent and bubbly personality. As a media personality, she appeared on many hit television shows, including “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,” “Sonny and Cher” and “The Carol Burnett Show,” and had more guest appearances on the long-running comedy “The Love Boat” than any other star. As a humanitarian, activist and entertainer, Charo demonstrates an ability to effect change for causes that touch the hearts of millions.

    ALMA’s 15/Los Quince
    New members of ALMA’s 15 have been confirmed, including: Jorge Gutierrez (Director, “Book of Life”), Jessica Carrillo (Telemundo, “Al Rojo Vivo”) and Christian Acosta (Latinogossip.com).

    With programming on multiple platforms, the “mun2 All Access: Road to the ALMAs 2014 Special,” featuring exclusive celebrity interviews, kicks off the ALMAs at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST. Telemundo.com will livestream the NCLR ALMA Awards Pre-Show with additional Telemundo.com live digital coverage at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST. The awards show and post-show will stream live on MSNBC.

    The special will be produced by Flavio Morales, Sergio Alfaro and John Ehrhard, executive producers of Latino-led Big Vida Entertainment. Also serving as executive producers are Longoria and NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía. Kelly Brock serves as producer.

    Advertising sponsors for this year’s show include Comcast, Chevrolet, ConAgra Foods, McDonald’s, Prudential, State Farm and Wells Fargo. Target returns as the Red Carpet Sponsor. Encore presentations of the “2014 NCLR ALMA Awards” will air throughout Hispanic Heritage Month on mun2, and exclusive content will be available for Comcast On Demand and on Telemundo.com/ALMA.

    To read about previously announced ALMA Awards talent, click here. For additional information, including announcements about the host, presenters and performers at this year’s ceremony, visit www.almaawards.com or follow the show using our handle on Twitter: @almaawards, and on Instagram: instagram.com/almaawards, or with the hashtag #ALMA14.

    About NCLR
    NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. The NCLR ALMA Awards presentation is an integral part of that mission: a national prime-time television network entertainment special with the cause of showing how diversity strengthens our country and how inclusion strengthens the American entertainment industry. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and on Twitter.

    About Comcast Corporation:
    Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

    About Comcast Cable:
    Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings. Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

    About MSNBC
    MSNBC is the premier destination for in-depth analysis of daily headlines, insightful political commentary and informed perspectives. Reaching more than 95 million households worldwide, MSNBC offers a full schedule of live news coverage, political opinions and award-winning documentary programming—24 hours a day, seven days a week. Viewers can find more information on MSNBC’s programming at www.tv.msnbc.com.

    About mun2
    NBCUniversal’s Hispanic cable network mun2 offers a thrilling mix of original dramas, exclusive premium sports, blockbuster movies, must-see live events and strategic acquisitions. Mun2 is the home for current and unique content produced and presented for the fastest-growing audience, U.S. Hispanics. The network’s content can also be found in its award-winning website, mun2.tv, and across various digital distribution platforms.

    About Telemundo.com
    Telemundo, a division of NBCUniversal Hispanic Enterprises and Content, is a world-class media company, leading the industry in the production and distribution of high-quality Spanish-language content across its multiplatform portfolio to U.S. Hispanics and audiences around the world. Telemundo’s multiple platforms include the Telemundo Network, a Spanish-language television network featuring original productions, theatrical motion pictures, news and first-class sports events, reaching U.S. Hispanic viewers in 210 markets through its 16 owned stations, broadcast and MVPD affiliates; Telemundo Digital Media, which distributes Telemundo’s original content across digital and emerging platforms including mobile devices and www.telemundo.com; an owned and operated full-power station in Puerto Rico that reaches 99% of all TV households in that DMA; and Telemundo Internacional, the international distribution arm that has positioned Telemundo as the second-largest provider of Spanish-language content worldwide by syndicating content to more than 100 countries in more than 35 languages.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:
    Camila Gallardo
    cgallardo@nclr.org

    (305)215-4259

    Responses demonstrate strong bipartisan Latino support for Medicaid expansion, minimum wage increase and equal pay laws for women


    MIAMI—On the eve of the Florida gubernatorial debate between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist, a poll commissioned by NCLR (National Council of La Raza) and the National Council of La Raza Action Fund (NCLRAF) demonstrates that 37 percent of Latino voters in Florida are still undecided about whom they will cast their ballot for in the race for governor. According to the poll of registered Latino voters, approximately 40 percent plan to vote for Charlie Crist, while 23 percent indicated they would vote for incumbent Gov. Rick Scott.

    Approximately 18 percent of the state’s electorate is Hispanic, making them a critical voting bloc in statewide contests. The poll, conducted by Latino Decisions between September 26 and October 3, 2014, demonstrates that Latinos are energized about voting this November—in fact, 73 percent of those polled indicated they were certain that they would turn out this election.

    “While undecided in the state’s top ticket contest, Latino voters are certainly energized to turn out and vote this November,” said Loren McArthur, Deputy Director of Civic Engagement for NCLR. “This provides a great opportunity for campaigns to reach out to Latinos and engage with them on the issues they feel are most critical to the community—which according to respondents of the poll were the economy, immigration and health care.”

    Health care was a top-tier priority for Hispanic Floridians who indicated strong support for the expansion of Medicaid in the state. Despite increased coverage through the Affordable Care Act, many Floridians fall into the insurance coverage gap because Florida has refused to accept federal funding to expand their Medicaid program. Approximately 34 percent of those polled still do not have health insurance. According to the poll, almost 80 percent of Latino voters believe the state should accept federal funding to expand Medicaid, while approximately 66 percent said that they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who supports Medicaid expansion. Sixty-nine percent of Latino voters think the governor should use executive authority to expand Medicaid if the legislature fails to act on its own, including 54 percent of Republican Latinos.

    Inaction on immigration has also been a rallying issue for Latino voters. Nearly eight times as many respondents believe that the lack of progress on immigration reform makes it more important to show up to the polls, compared to those who say it is a reason for sitting out of this election. Indeed, 22 percent of participants listed immigration as the most important issue this election, although fixing the economy remained the top priority for voters (24 percent). The poll showed overwhelming support for increasing the minimum wage (64 percent) and equal pay laws for women (94 percent).

    “Latino voters’ policy priorities are clear, and it is also evident from what we’ve seen in the poll that Latinos continue to be issue-based voters” said Matthew McClellan, Executive Director of NCLRAF. “It’s up to both candidates to now clarify exactly where they stand on critical issues to Florida’s Hispanic community, like Medicaid expansion and immigration reform—it could make all the difference in some of the state’s most contested races,” concluded McClellan.

    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.

    The National Council of La Raza Action Fund (NCLR Action Fund) works to expand the power and influence of the Latino community to shape public policy and opinion in ways that strengthen the nation and improve the social, civic and economic well-being of Hispanics through grassroots and national advocacy and lobbying. For more information about the NCLR Action Fund, please visit www.nclraf.org or follow along on Twitter.

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

    Más artistas confirman su participación y ellos son: Enrique Iglesias, Jacob Vargas, Daisy Fuentes, Tony Gonzalez, Mia Maestro, Robert Rodriguez, Diane Guerrero, Rafael Amaya, Jorge Gutierrez, Melissa Fumero, Terry Crews y Stephanie Beatriz

    Con la actuación de Café Tacvba

    Especial de una hora de transmisión en vivo en horario estelar por MSNBC y mun2
         Viernes, 10 de octubre a las 10 p.m. (hora del Este) y 7 p.m. (hora del Pacífico)


    LOS ANGELES— Se ha confirmado la actuación de otros increíbles talentos que se agregan a la lista de estrellas en la presentación de los Premios ALMA 2014 del NCLR. Este evento coincide con el Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana, que será televisado en vivo en MSNBC y mun2, para celebrar en los Estados Unidos las celebridades latinas favoritas en la industria del entretenimiento, la televisión, el cine y la música. El nuevo anuncio sobre este evento incluyen los siguientes participantes:

    CAFÉ TACVBA hará sus presentaciones en vivo durante el transcurso del programa de este evento. Este año se cumple el 25o. aniversario de este legendario cuarteto de la Ciudad de México que ha sido ampliamente aclamado como la banda alternativa latina más influyente del mundo. Compuesto por Rubén Albarrán, Emmanuel "Meme" del Real, José "Joselo" Rangel y Enrique "Quique" Rangel, este es un cuarteto extraordinario con un enfoque musical muy especial que surgió logrando una fusión única de su cultura mexicana con elementos progresivos del rock y de otras influencias musicales.

    Después de haberse formado en la Ciudad de México, Café Tacvba rápidamente ganó su público de fans de todo el país con su álbum titulado "Café Tacvba". Ese público de seguidores se expandió rápidamente a través de toda América Latina y Estados Unidos con el lanzamiento de "Re" -- su icónico álbum de 1994 -- que los "Rolling Stones" llamaron el "mejor álbum del rock latino de todos los tiempos". En su inigualable carrera de 25 años como líderes en su género, el NCLR también marcará su especial aniversario con la presentación del Premio ALMA del NCLR "Tu Mundo". Este premio se otorgará en el programa previo a la presentación de los premios ALMA 2014 que se transmitirá en vivo a través de Telemundo.com.

    PREMIO POR SU EXCEPTIONAL SERVICIO A LA CAUSA Y A LA COMUNIDAD: TONY GONZÁLEZ
    Popular analista de la NFL y reconocido atleta por sus récords, Tony González (de los Kansas City Chiefs y los Atlanta Falcons) será reconocido por su excepcional prestación de servicios, donde fusiona su talento en la cancha con igual pasión que con su aporte a la comunidad. González colabora con la Fundación Shadow Buddies, una organización que brinda apoyo emocional a través de la educación a niños hospitalizados, y con la Fundación El Viento, un instituto que enriquece las vidas de los niños y jóvenes estableciendo relaciones a largo plazo que se basan en la confianza, el respeto, el aprendizaje y el desarrollo de destrezas.

    PREMIO ALMA VANGUARDIA DEL NCLR: DAISY FUENTES
    Una pionera en los medios de comunicación y la industria del entretenimiento, Daisy Fuentes fue la primera latina (completamente bilingüe) de MTV que actuó como anfitriona de varios programas de entretenimiento y de música y, a la vez, fue cortejada para ser la portavoz de varias empresas abocadas a la moda y productos de belleza. Daisy Fuentes se posiciona a sí misma como una creadora de tendencias y redefine ideas convencionales sobre estilos, inyecta en su trabajo su cultura e identidad como latina y como cubana-americana. Fuentes también defiende activamente muchas causas importantes, entre ellas la concientización sobre el cáncer de mama y la misión de organizaciones benéficas sobre la salud de los niños.

    PREMIO RICARDO MONTALBÁN POR SU TRAYECTORIA ARTÍSTICA: CHARO
    Reconocida en el mundo entero por su famosa expresión "cuchi-cuchi", Charo arrasó al público estadounidense como una virtuosa en su guitarra y haciéndole reír con su famoso acento y descollante personalidad. Como personalidad de los medios de comunicación, Charo apareció en muchos exitosos programas de televisión, tales como: "The Tonight Show con Johnny Carson", "Sonny y Cher" y "The Carol Burnett Show", y su actuación en la comedia de larga duración "The Love Boat"que cualquier otra estrella de este país. Como humanitaria, activista y artista, Charo demuestra tener una gran capacidad para efectuar cambios por causas que tocan los corazones de millones de televidentes.

    PREMIO ALMA LOS QUINCE
    Los nuevos miembros que componen este grupo que han confirmado su participación son: Jorge Gutiérrez (Director, "Book of Life"), Jessica Carrillo (Telemundo, "Al Rojo Vivo") y Christian Acosta (Latinogossip.com).

    Con la programación de múltiples plataformas de mun2, se iniciará el evento dando la bienvenida y entrevistando a grandes personalidades en el programa "Especial de la Alfombra Roja de los Premios ALMA 2014 del NCLRL" a las 7 pm (hora del Este) y a las 4 p.m.(hora del Pacífico). Telemundo.com transmitirá el espectáculo previo a la entrega de los premios ALMA 2014 con la cobertura adicional de Telemundo a las 9 p.m. (hora del Este) y 6 pm (hora del Pacífico). Tanto el espectáculo de los premios como el programa siguiente referido también a los premios se transmitirán en vivo por MSNBC.

    Esta presentación especial será producida por Flavio Morales, Sergio Alfaro y Juan Ehrhard, productores ejecutivos de Big Vida Entertainment. También se cuentan como productoras ejecutivas a Eva Longoria y Janet Murguía - Presidenta y CEO de NCLR- y Kelly Brock en la categoría de productor.

    Los anunciantes del espectáculo este año son: Comcast, Chevrolet, ConAgra Foods, McDonald, Prudential, State Farm, y Wells Fargo. Target nuevamente fue el patrocinador de la Alfombra Roja. Las presentaciones del espectáculo de los "Premios ALMA 2014 del NCLR" se retransmitirán durante todo el Mes de la Herencia Hispana en mun2 y habrá exclusivo contenido a través de los servicios disponibles en Comcast Video On Demand y en Telemundo.com/ALMA.

    Si con antelación quisiera obtener más información sobre los talentos que se presentarán en el programa de los premios: presione aquí. Para obtener información adicional, incluyendo los anuncios de los anfitriones, presentadores y artistas de la ceremonia de este año, visite www.almaawards.com o siga el espectáculo en:Twitter en @almaawards, y en Instagram: instagram.com/almaawards, o con la hashtag #ALMA14.

    Acerca de NCLR

    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 que trabaja para mejorar sus oportunidades. La presentación de los Premios ALMA NCLR es una parte integral de esa misión: un programa especial de entretenimiento a nivel nacional emitido en cadena de televisión en horario estelar con una causa: demostrar cómo la diversidad fortalece nuestro país y cómo la inclusión fortalece la industria del entretenimiento estadounidense. Para obtener más información sobre el NCLR, por favor visite www.nclr.org o síganos en Facebook y en Twitter.

    Acerca de Comcast Corporation

    Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, DMDSK) es una compañía global de medios y tecnología compuesta por dos empresas: Comcast Cable y NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable es el proveedor de mayor alcance de la nación que ofrece servicios de video, telefonía e Internet de alta velocidad de la nación a los clientes residenciales bajo la marca XFINITY y ofrece también estos servicios a empresas. NBCUniversal ofrece la difusión de noticias, entretenimientos y deportes; las cadenas de televisión NBC y Telemundo; operaciones de producción de televisión, grupos de estaciones de televisión, Universal Pictures y Universal Parks y Turismo. Para más información visite: www.comcastcorporation.com.

    Acerca de Comcast Cable
    Comcast Cable es el proveedor de mayor alcance de la nación que ofrece servicios de video, telefonía e Internet de alta velocidad a los clientes residenciales bajo la marca XFINITY y ofrece también estos servicios a empresas. Comcast ha invertido en tecnología para construir una red avanzada que ofrece velocidades más rápidas de banda ancha, y a los clientes provee vídeos personalizados y manejos para comunicaciones dentro del hogar. Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK) es una compañía global de medios comunicación y tecnología. Para más información visite www.comcastcorporation.com.

    Acerca de MSNBC
    MSNBC es la red de televisión de mayor prestigio que ofrece el análisis profundo de los titulares de los diarios, comentario sobre política y perspectivas informadas. Llegando a más de 95 millones de hogares a nivel mundial, MSNBC ofrece una programación completa de noticias en vivo, opiniones políticas y documentales las 24 horas del día, siete días a la semana. Los televidentes pueden encontrar más información sobre la programación de MSNBC en www.tv.msnbc.com.

    Acerca de mun2
    Esta es la red hispana de cable de NBCUniversal que ofrece una mezcla emocionante de originales dramas, deportes exclusivos, películas de gran taquilla, eventos en vivo y adquisiciones estratégicas. Mun2 es la red de contenido actual y único elaborado y presentado para la audiencia de hispanos estadounidenses, la audiencia de mayor y más rápido crecimiento en esta nación. El contenido de la red también se puede encontrar en su galardonado sitio web mun2.tv, y a través de diversas plataformas de distribución digital.

    Acerca de Telemundo.com
    Telemundo, una división de NBCUniversal Hispanic Enterprises and Content, es una compañía de medios de difusión mundial que lidera la industria, producción y distribución de contenido de alta calidad en español a través de su portafolio de multi-plataformas para los hispanos en EE.UU. en 210 mercados a través de sus 16 estaciones locales, difusión y afiliados de MVPD. Telemundo Media Digital distribuye el contenido original de la estación de Telemundo a través de plataformas digitales y emergentes incluyendo dispositivos móviles y www.telemundo.com; una estación de alta potencia en Puerto Rico que alcanza el 99% de todos los hogares en esa región; y Telemundo Internacional, una rama de distribución internacional que ha posicionado a Telemundo como el segundo mayor proveedor de contenido en Español en todo el mundo a trvés de sus transmisiones en más de 100 países en más de 35 idiomas.


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    October 14, 2014                                                                                          Julian Teixeira
                                                                                                                          jteixeira@nclr.org
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    Special honors presented to Guillermo del Toro, the film “Cesar Chavez,” the cast of “Orange Is the New Black,” Charo, Daisy Fuentes, Café Tacvba and Pitbull 

    Featuring special segments by Al Madrigal, NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía on the set of “Parks and Recreation” and performance by legendary rock band Café Tacvba

    One-hour prime-time special aired live on MSNBC
    Friday, September 27 at 10 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. PDT


    LOS ANGELES—Leading Latina actress and activist Eva Longoria returned as co-host of the “2014 NCLR ALMA Awards,” joined again by actor and television personality Mario Lopez. The barrier-breaking awards show, a National Hispanic Heritage Month event that celebrates America’s favorite Latinos in the entertainment industry, television, film and music, sponsored by Comcast/NBCUniversal/Telemundo, was broadcast live on MSNBC as a one-hour prime-time special on Friday, October 10, at 10 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. PDT and will continue to feature complementary programming on mun2 and on digital platforms including Telemundo.com.

    This being the 15th edition of the ALMAs, NCLR launched “ALMA’s 15/Los Quinces,” a group of 15 “ambassadors” for the NCLR ALMA Awards. ALMA’s 15 shared unique moments from the past 15 shows as well as the value and impact ALMA is having through recognizing and celebrating diversity and inclusion in American entertainment and media.

    “The NCLR ALMA Awards is a one-of-a-kind tribute to the spirit of Latinos in television, film and music,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía. “The ALMA Awards represent and highlight the countless contributions Latinos make to the entertainment industry and to our communities. I want to applaud and thank our broadcast partner Comcast Corporation for working with NCLR to shine a light on the impact of our community’s talent in entertainment, and also for their commitment to sharing our stories to diverse audiences. We are grateful to the incredible talent who came out this evening to help us celebrate our shared Hispanic heritage.”

    This year’s show featured a lively performance by CAFÉ TACVBA, the world’s most influential Latin alternative band. A moving tribute was given to the 2014 Hispanic recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, featuring surviving honoree Sergeant Santiago J. Erevia. Murguía was featured in a special segment broadcasted from the set of the NBC hit show “Parks and Recreation” with Aubrey Plaza.

    “Comcast/NBCUniversal/Telemundo is proud of our continued partnership with the 2014 NCLR ALMA Awards, said David Cohen, Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation. “This year’s live simulcast on MSNBC and mun2, the All Access Red Carpet Special and After the ALMAs with Alex Wagner and José Díaz-Balart are a celebration of the achievements and contributions of Latinos in the arts and entertainment industry during Hispanic Heritage Month. Our commitment to advancing Latinos in front of and behind the camera is strong, and we hope that these positive images and stories inspire the next generation of Latino artists and entertainers.”

    In keeping with the theme of connecting celebrities to causes, celebrity guests were asked to participate in several initiatives, including tweeting about NCLR’s top priority of mobilizing the Latino vote for the November 4 election, pledging to end child hunger #childhunger and recording a PSA to raise awareness about the need to invest in education instead of prisons #dothemath.

    The “2014 NCLR ALMA Awards” honorees this evening included:
    • Anthony Quinn Award for Industry Excellence: GUILLERMO DEL TORO
    • Special Achievement in Television: The Cast of “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK”
    • Special Achievement in Film: “CESAR CHAVEZ”
    • Special Achievement in Music: PITBULL

    Additional awards were given to the following:
    • Outstanding Commitment to Cause and Community: TONY GONZALEZ
    • NCLR ALMA Vanguard Award: DAISY FUENTES
    • Ricardo Montalban Award for Lifetime Achievement: CHARO
    • NCLR ALMA de Tu Mundo: CAFÉ TACVBA

    Presenters included:
    Rafael Amaya
    Tom Arnold
    Stephanie Beatriz
    Terry Crews
    Jorge Bernal
    José Díaz-Balart
    Daisy Fuentes
    Melissa Fumero
    Jorge Gutierrez
    Enrique Iglesias
    Mia Maestro
    Ron Perlman
    Michael Peña
    Aubrey Plaza
    Yarel Ramos
    Robert Rodriguez
    Bryan Singer
    Zoe Saldaña
    Alexa Peña Vega

    ALMA’s 15
    1. Christian Acosta
    2. Maria Canals Barrera
    3. Jessica Carrillo
    4. Cast of “Devious Maids” (Ana Ortiz, Judy Reyes, Edy Ganem)
    5. Daisy Fuentes
    6. Jesse Garcia
    7. Jorge Gutierrez
    8. Constance Marie
    9. Michael Peña
    10. Alexa Peña Vega
    11. Fatima Ptacek
    12. Gina Rodriguez
    13. Robert Rodriguez
    14. Wilmer Valderrama
    15. Jacob Vargas

    The 2014 NCLR ALMA Awards telecast—a National Hispanic Heritage Month event—celebrated America’s favorite Latino talents in the entertainment industry, television, film and music. The special was produced by Flavio Morales, Sergio Alfaro and John Ehrhard, executive producers of Latino-led Big Vida Entertainment. Longoria and Murguía also served as executive producers. Kelly Brock, Delia de la Vara and Leroy Martinez are producers.

    Advertising sponsors for this year’s show included Comcast, Chevrolet, ConAgra Foods, McDonald’s, Prudential, State Farm and Wells Fargo. Target returned as the Red Carpet Sponsor. Encore presentations of the “2014 NCLR ALMA Awards” will air throughout Hispanic Heritage Month on mun2, and exclusive content will be available for Comcast On Demand and on Telemundo.com/ALMA.

    For additional information, including announcements about the host, presenters, attendees and performers at this year’s ceremony, visit www.almaawards.com or follow the show using our handle on Twitter: @almaawards, and on Instagram: instagram.com/almaawards, or with the hashtag #ALMA14.


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                                                                                                                                   (202) 776-1812
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    WASHINGTON, D.C.—The more than 120,000 voters who make up Kansas’s Latino electorate are poised to play a deciding role in the state’s tight races for U.S. Senate and governor. As it stands, the margin of victory in both races is currently less than the total percentage of Latino voters in the state. However, to make a difference, Latinos must show up on Election Day.

    Join NCLR (National Council of La Raza) and its Kansas City Affiliate El Centro as they call on Kansas’s Latino community to get out the vote. With just three weeks left before the election, the time is now to make our voices heard and show that while Latinos may be an emerging population in Kansas, they are politically powerful.

    To RSVP for the event, contact Julian Teixeira at jteixeira@nclr.org or (202) 776-1812.

    Media Advisory

    Who:                      Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR
                                    Irene Caudillo, President and CEO, El Centro Inc.
                                   Jessica Alvarez, College student and first time voter, Rockhurst College

    What:                     Kansas City “Get Out the Latino Vote” convening

    When:                    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. CDT

    Where:                   South Branch Library
                                   3104 Strong Ave.
                                   Kansas City, Kansas 66106

    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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    Camila Gallardo
    (305) 215-4259
    cgallardo@nclr.org

    As Election Day nears, health care policy experts, community leaders and elected officials to discuss the current state of health care access for Latinos

    SAN ANTONIO—On Friday, October 24, 2014 from noon to 2 p.m., NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will join Senator José Rodríguez and the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce in hosting a roundtable forum focused on the state of Latino health access. The Affordable Care Act has expanded health care coverage for Texas Latinos, who ranked at the top of the list of uninsured Americans; Latinos comprise about 50 percent of the state’s uninsured population.

    While the implementation of the Affordable Care Act is helping Latinos bridge this coverage gap by offering a variety of options through the Health Insurance Marketplace, many are still not able to afford or qualify for these options. With more than six million uninsured, Texas has the highest rate of uninsured people in the United States. Expanding Medicaid would have allowed for more than one million Texans to access care. Texas’ decision to opt out of Medicaid expansion means a significant number of the state’s residents—including almost 600,000 Latinos—will not qualify for coverage through the Medicaid program.

    Latinos comprise a significant portion of the Texas’ labor force; 10 million Latinos reside in the state, the second-largest Hispanic population in the country. Health coverage expansion is critical to the state’s economic growth. Expanding opportunities for health insurance coverage helps ensure a healthy and robust labor force while reducing high-cost expenditures that come as a result of seeking emergency medical treatment.

    Just weeks before Election Day, the forum will provide an opportunity for community members to get informed on an issue critical to Latinos in Texas.

    The event is open to the press; those wishing to cover the health forum should contact Camila Gallardo at cgallardo@nclr.org or (305) 215-4259.

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHO:

    Sonia Troche (Moderator)
    Texas Regional Director, NCLR

    The Honorable José Rodríguez
    Chairman, Senate Hispanic Caucus

    The Honorable Veronica Escobar
    El Paso County Judge

    Salvador Balcorta
    CEO, Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe

    J. Eric Evans
    CEO, Sierra Providence Health Network

    Irma Estrada, RN
    Faculty Associate, Nurse Educator, TTUHSC

    Marybeth Stevens
    Assistant Vice President, External Affairs and Public Relations, El Paso Electric
    Chair, Government Relations Division and Health Care Council, GEPCC

    James N. Valenti, FACHE
    President and CEO, University Medical Center of El Paso

    WHAT:       Latino Health Care Access, a Roundtable Forum

    WHEN:      Friday, October 24, 2014
                       Noon to 2 p.m.

    WHERE:   Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
                      Medical Education Building (MEB), Room 1200
                      5001 El Paso Drive
                      El Paso, TX 79905

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    Camila Gallardo
    cgallardo@nclr.org
    (305)215-4259

    KANSAS CITY, Kan.—Tight races for U.S. Senate and governor have positioned Kansas’s growing Latino electorate to be a deciding factor in the upcoming midterm elections. NCLR (National Council of La Raza) President and CEO Janet Murguía traveled to Kansas City, Kan. today to urge the state’s Hispanic community to vote in November. Murguía was joined at the event by Irene Caudillo, President and CEO of El Centro Inc., and Representative Louis Ruiz, both of whom echoed the call to get out the vote. Latinos currently account for 5.5 percent of the state’s electorate, or about 120,000 voters. As it stands, the margin of victory in both races is currently less than the total percentage of Latino voters in the state.

    “In order to translate our growing numbers into political clout, we must make sure that every eligible Hispanic registers to vote and that every registered Latino voter in Kansas casts a ballot on Election Day,” said Murguía. “In these especially close races, Kansas’s Hispanic electorate is not an afterthought; it’s a kingmaker.”

    Over the last decade, the Hispanic population in Kansas has skyrocketed, exceeding growth estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau. In fact, between 2000 and 2010, the number of Latinos in the state jumped by 60 percent. Just over 300,000 Latinos currently reside in the state. To highlight this emerging Hispanic community, NCLR will hold the 2015 NCLR Annual Conference in Kansas City next July.

    “The Hispanic population may still be relatively small in Kansas, but we are politically powerful,” said Caudillo. “In November, we will be the difference and send a clear message to Kansas’s politicians that the issues that matter to our community cannot be ignored.”

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                                                                                                                           cgallardo@nclr.org
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    Local political leadership, economic, health care and policy experts provide critical insight as Election Day nears


    EL PASO, TEXAS—Today at noon, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) joined Sen. José Rodríguez and the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce at a roundtable forum to discuss the impact of expanded health care coverage and the remaining coverage gaps that have disproportionately affected Latinos in Texas. The state has the nation’s largest population of uninsured Americans; nearly one-quarter of its residents—including 1.2 million children and 3 million Latinos. While many of Texas’ Latinos have been able to obtain coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, thousands of others remain uninsured because they fall within the Medicaid coverage gap—they cannot afford traditional insurance and do not qualify for Medicaid because the state has, thus far, refused to accept federal funding to expand the program and guidelines for eligibility.

    Eligibility for Medicaid in Texas is already one of the nation’s most restrictive—to qualify, a working family of four must make less than $4,500 in yearly income.

    “Despite expanded access to health care coverage through the Insurance Marketplace, we still have a critically large population that is unable to obtain coverage because they fall within this coverage gap,” said Sonia Troche, Texas Regional Director, NCLR. “This is an issue that Latino voters are looking closely at—they want to see state leadership step up and find a coverage solution for some of our community’s most vulnerable.”

    According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly 600,000 Hispanics who would have qualified for Medicaid will be denied coverage as a result of the state’s rejection of federal funding to help expand the program’s eligibility requirements. Given the statistically higher rate of chronic diseases among Latinos, that population is particularly vulnerable to the effects of the coverage gap. Supporters of Medicaid expansion include a cross-section of health, community and business leaders.

    “The more we can do to convey the opportunity we are missing for all Texans to benefit from expanded health care access, which residents elsewhere in the country already are benefitting from, the better. NCLR and our local leadership did a great job explaining the issue during this important and informative event,” said Rodríguez.

    Today, NCLR also sent letters to both Texas Gubernatorial candidates, Greg Abbott (R) and Wendy Davis (D), highlighting the need for expanded healthcare access for Latinos in the state and underscoring the importance of Medicaid expansion and its overall benefits to the health of the state’s residents as well as its recovering economy. Studies have shown that expanding Medicaid in the state would be critical in to state’s long-term economic recovery and prosperity—healthier workers help increase productivity and output. According to the same Kaiser study, had the state expanded Medicaid in 2012, it would have led to a surplus of $270 billion. Health care has been a priority issue for Hispanic voters, particularly in states like Texas, where Latinos have been so disproportionately impacted.

    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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                                                                                                                         (305) 215-4259
                                                                                                                          cgallardo@nclr.org


    Growing electorate poised to impact upcoming midterm elections

    ATLANTA—On Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. EDT, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) and GALEO (Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials) will be joined by Matt Barreto, Principal and Co-Founder of Latino Decisions, one of the nation’s top Latino polling firms, on a telephonic briefing for reporters to highlight the growing influence of the Hispanic electorate in the Peach State and its potential impact on the upcoming midterm elections. 

    The number of registered Hispanic voters in Georgia grew from 26,000 in 2000 to 140,000 in 2012, a whopping 438 percent increase. Latinos current represent 4 percent of the state’s eligible electorate; while that percentage may not seem significant, the candidates in the state’s gubernatorial race are separated by less than two percentage points. Even tighter is the race for U.S. Senate, where candidates hold less than a one-percentage-point difference among likely voters. With these razor-thin margins, Latinos are poised to impact electoral outcomes.

    NCLR and GALEO have launched nonpartisan get-out-the-vote efforts in the weeks leading up to Election Day to encourage Hispanic voters to turn out. The efforts are targeted at Hispanic drop-off voters—those who tend to only vote during presidential election years. This outreach involves phone, direct mail and canvassing efforts.

    Press wishing to participate in the Georgia Latino vote briefing should contact Camila Gallardo at cgallardo@nclr.org or (305) 215-4259.

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHO:                         Loren McArthur, Deputy Director, Civic Engagement, NCLR
                                     Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director, GALEO
                                     Matt Barreto, Principal and Co-Founder, Latino Decisions

    WHAT:                       Discussion on Georgia’s Latino electorate

    WHEN:                      Wednesday, October 29, 2014
                                     11:00 a.m. EDT

    WHERE:                     Dial (866) 952-7524 or (785) 424-1829
                                       Conference ID: Georgia
                                       Program Title: Georgia’s Latino Vote

    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
    June 19, 2014
    Contact: See below

    WASHINGTON, DC – National Latino and AAPI leaders released the following statement today after House Republicans elected Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California as Majority Leader. McCarthy represents a largely farmworker district that is 35% Latino and 5% Asian American and Pacific Islander. The election comes on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Senate passage of S.744, a comprehensive immigration reform bill that passed with a vote of 68 to 32. The following is a statement by national Latino and AAPI organizations:

    “With his ascension up the House GOP leadership ladder, McCarthy now has an opportunity to lead his party’s conference toward a broad, pragmatic solution favored by a majority of voters across the U.S. and in his district. As McCarthy once said, ‘We’re all up for office every two years; we should be very reflective of what America thinks.’ "

    “The new Majority Leader can either schedule a House floor vote on workable immigration reform or he can kill the best chance in decades to fix the immigration system and miss a big opportunity to work with Latino, AAPI, and immigrant communities. Our communities and our country need a response now.”

    Recently, the leaders of six national Latino and four Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) groups issued preliminary congressional scorecards that showed the GOP leadership -- including McCarthy -- failing Latino and AAPI communities on the critical issue of immigration reform. Final scores will be released in July, with a renewed commitment to educate Latino, AAPI and all interested communities on who has led on immigration reform and who has obstructed progress on this critical issue.

    The organizations issuing the scorecards include: Hispanic Federation, Labor Council of Latin American Citizens, National Council of La Raza, Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, Voto Latino, National Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, Japanese American Citizens League, National Korean American Service and Education Consortium, and OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates.

    Contacts:
    NAKASEC: Diana Bui dbui@nakasec.org 202-670-1622
    Hispanic Federation: Joshua Silvia, jsilvia@hispanicfederation.org, 202-641-7186
    LCLAA: Victor Baten, Vbaten@lclaa.org, 202-508-6989
    LULAC: Jossie Sapunar, jsapunar@lulac.org, 202-833-6130
    Mi Familia Vota: Lizette Escobedo lizettee@mifamiliavota.org, 858- 583-5014
    NCLR: Joseph Rendeiro, jrendeiro@nclr.org, 202-776-1566


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              Contact:
    October 27, 2014                                                                                 Joseph Rendeiro
                                                                                                              (202) 776-1566
                                                                                                              jrendeiro@nclr.org


    WASHINGTON, D.C.—At their fall meeting this past weekend, the NCLR (National Council of La Raza) Board of Directors voted unanimously to urge owner Dan Snyder and the entire Washington NFL organization to drop the name and images offensive to millions of Native Americans.

    “Our brothers and sisters in the Native American community have been clear and consistent in their call to change both terms and images that they consider demeaning. As an organization committed to fairness and equality for all, NCLR fully supports these efforts,” stated NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía.

    NCLR has previously joined with the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights—a coalition of 200 organizations representing diverse communities to promote and protect civil and human rights for all people in the United States—in its efforts to insist on a name change for the football organization. One of the leaders of that effort, Jacqueline Johnson Pata, Executive Director of the National Congress for American Indians (NCAI), addressed the NCLR Board on the matter. Pata is a member of the Raven/Sockeye Clan of the Tlingit Tribe and is the sixth Vice President for the Central Council of the Tlingit-Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.

    “The Latino community well understands that words matter and that they can denigrate, disparage and dehumanize. We should treat all people with the respect and dignity they deserve. We will continue to work with our friends and partners in the Native American community and with the Leadership Conference until justice is served in this matter,” Murguía concluded.

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

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    Contact:
    October 29, 2014                                                                       Camila Gallardo
                                                                                                       cgallardo@nclr.org
                                                                                                       (305) 215-4259

    ATLANTA—Today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) and GALEO (Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials) were joined by Latino Decisions in a morning briefing for reporters to discuss the potential impact of Latino participation in the upcoming elections. The number of registered Hispanic voters in Georgia grew from 26,000 in 2000 to 140,000 in 2012, a 438 percent increase. Latinos currently represent 4 percent of the eligible electorate in that state, while current polling averages show that less than 1 percent separates the Senate candidates and less than 2 percent separates the gubernatorial candidates.

    “The Latino vote has been growing faster in Georgia than in almost any other state, and politicians of both parties need to wake up and face the demographic reality of their state,” said Matt Barreto, co-founder of Latino Decisions. “With two extremely close elections forecast in Georgia this year, there is a very real chance that the Latino vote will decide races for Senate and governor. Take note of the Latino vote in Georgia, because it will only continue to increase.”

    NCLR is partnering with GALEO to reach out to Latinos in Georgia and mobilize Hispanic voter turnout on November 4. This nonpartisan effort is aimed at building Latino participation and increasing the community’s ability to positively influence the political process. The groups are contacting more than 20,000 potential Latino voters in Georgia by phone, direct mail and canvassing. NCLR has also begun airing nonpartisan Spanish language radio ads urging Latinos to turn out to the polls next Tuesday.

    “There’s a lot at stake for Latinos this election, and while some may feel frustrated by the lack of action on issues like immigration, a powerful way to break that gridlock and make progress on these issues is by growing the Hispanic electorate,” said Loren McArthur, Deputy Director of Civic Engagement at NCLR. “In Georgia, Latino voters can absolutely make a difference in this November’s elections.”

    Many issues of top concern for the Hispanic community—jobs, the economy, minimum wage, health insurance and equal pay—will be impacted by this year’s congressional and state elections. Millions of Latinos, for example, remain uninsured; meanwhile, lawmakers in 24 states, including Georgia, have rejected federal funding to expand Medicaid, denying insurance to nearly one million low-income Latinos across the country.

    “Latino voters in Georgia are excited about participating in the midterm elections this year,” McArthur continued. “Hispanics recognize the power that we have and will vote to ensure our community gets the respect it deserves. Latino voters have been paying attention to the elections this year and are committed to making a difference by voting.”

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

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                          Contact:
    October 29, 2014                                                                             Camila Gallardo
                                                                                                          (305) 215-4259
                                                                                                          cgallardo@nclr.org

    PERRIS, Ca.—On Thursday, October 30, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will join Affiliate organization Training Occupational Development Educating Communities (TODEC) Legal Center in hosting a Latino issues forum just days before the November elections. The forum will discuss priority issues for the Latino community on a national level including education, health care, immigration reform and disparities in the criminal justice system. As the elections near, Latinos in California will play a significant role in helping to determine the state’s local and national leadership; the forum will be a key opportunity for potential voters to become informed ahead of casting their votes November 4. California’s voter registration laws and GOTV efforts will also be discussed at the morning forum. 

    NCLR has focused on Latino voters this year in an effort to increase turnout rates—Hispanics are less likely to turn out during midterm elections compared to presidential election years. Through a targeted vote-by-mail and phone outreach program in several counties including Kern, San Bernardino, San Diego, Tulare, Los Angeles and Orange, more than 100,000 potential voters were reached by mail or phone.

    The event is open to the press; those wishing to cover the forum should contact Camila Gallardo at cgallardo@nclr.org or (305) 215-4259.

    MEDIA ADVISORY

            WHO:                    Moderator: TODEC
                                         Welcoming Remarks: Congressman Mark Takano 
                                         Panelists:
                                         Pedro A. Silva, Organizer and Field Strategist, Civic Engagement and Field Campaigns, NCLR (Common Core State Standards) 
                                         Danny Montes, Civic Engagement Strategist, NCLR (Criminal Justice) 
                                         Rafael Valles, Department of Labor (Labor Rights) 
                                         Additional speakers to include representatives from TODEC 

             WHAT:                 California Latino Voter Issues Forum

             WHEN:                 Thursday, October 30, 2014
                                          6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

             WHERE:               TODEC Legal Center:
                                          234 S D Street
                                          Perris, CA 92570

    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:
    November 3, 2014                                                                                    Camila Gallardo
                                                                                                                      cgallardo@nclr.org
                                                                                                                      (305) 215-4259


    WASHINGTON, D.C.—One day away from the midterm elections, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) is urging all eligible Latino voters to exercise their right to vote in this, and every future, election. NCLR is conducting nonpartisan get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts touching more than 300,000 eligible Latino voters in 10 states, including California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina and Texas.

    “Our message to Latino voters is simple: Our community needs our vote. We have to continue growing our political power so our community’s aspirations are taken into account and our contributions to our country are respected,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía. “Voting is a civic duty and an important tool. We have to show politicians that Latino voters are a force to be reckoned with in every election.”

    In 2012, Latino voters represented 10 percent of the electorate and proved to be a decisive factor in electoral outcomes across the nation. The number of Latinos registered and voting has more than doubled in the last 20 years and is expected to grow by nearly 18 percent in 2014, compared with the last midterm election. This double-digit growth will continue over the next decade at least, and is occurring not only in states traditionally associated with Latino populations, but nationwide. Between 2000 and 2010, Midwest states experienced the highest growth rate in Hispanic citizen voting-age population, followed by the North East, the South and the West. In addition to Latinos already eligible to register to vote, an average of 900,000 Hispanic U.S.-born citizens will turn 18 and become eligible to vote every year between now and 2028. For example, the number of registered Hispanic voters in Georgia grew from 26,000 in 2000 to 140,000 in 2012, a 438 percent increase. Latinos currently represent 4 percent of the eligible electorate in that state, while current polling averages show that less than 1 percent separates the Senate candidates.

    NCLR’s nonpartisan GOTV activities include direct mail, phone calls, door-to-door canvassing and radio.

    Although these numbers suggest that candidates should reach out to Latino voters, polling shows that party outreach to Hispanic voters, whether by Democrats or Republicans, has been lackluster. The same polling indicates that many Hispanics are casting their vote to support their community rather than a candidate.

    If you are interested in setting up an interview with an NCLR expert on voting and elections, please contact Camila Gallardo at cgallardo@nclr.org or (305) 215-4259.

    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:

    Katy Green
    650-464-1545

    **** Press Conference and Poll Release in Three Installments****
    First Poll Installment on Top Issues Now Available

    2014 LATINO ELECTION EVE POLL: LATINOS NATIONWIDE SAY IMMIGRATION TOP VOTING ISSUE; PLURALITY VOTING TO SUPPORT LATINO COMMUNITY RATHER THAN PARTY

    Key Results Now Available for Huge Latino Voter Poll Nationwide and in 10 States

    Washington, D.C.—An election eve poll of nearly 5,000 Latino voters nationwide and in key 2014 states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Nevada, North Carolina and Texas) provides new insights into Latino voter behavior in the 2014 elections. Below are select results on key issues released as part of the first installment of the election eve poll.

    Additional national and state data will be released as the polls close in each state tonight; check www.latinovote2014.com for updates throughout the evening.

    The remaining questions will be released at a press conference on Wednesday at 12:30 pm Eastern. Reporters may obtain a copy of this data under embargo starting at 9am on Wednesday. The embargo lifts at 12:30pm that day. To obtain the embargoed results, email katy@newpartners.com.

    For now, here is the data from our 1p.m. Eastern release:

    IMMIGRATION THE TOP ISSUE FACING THE LATINO COMMUNITY: National: A plurality of 45 percent of Latino voters nationwide said immigration reform was the most important issue facing the Latino community that politicians should address; 34 percent ranked the economy or job creation first, while 21 percent mentioned education/schools, and 17 percent said health care. (For state by state results click here.)

    LATINOS #1 REASON TO VOTE? TO SUPPORT THE LATINO COMMUNITY, NOT EITHER PARTY: A plurality of Latino voters nationwide, 37 percent, said they were voting in 2014 to “support the Latino community,” while 34 percent said they were voting to support the Democratic candidate and 16 percent said they were voting to support the Republican candidate. (For state by state results click here.)

    TWO-THIRDS OF LATINOS SAY IMMIGRATION WAS THE MOST/ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES IN VOTING DECISIONS: A combined two-thirds of Latino voters nationwide (67 percent) said that the issue of immigration was either the most important issue in their decision to vote and their candidate preference (33 percent said “the most”) or “one of the important issues” (34 percent). An additional 19 percent said immigration was “somewhat important” while only 9% said immigration was “not really important” to their voting decisions. (For state by state results click here.)

    58 percent OF LATINO VOTERS NATIONWIDE KNOW AN UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT: Underscoring the personal relevance of the immigration debate for many respondents, 58 percent of Latino voters nationwide report knowing an undocumented immigrant, while 35 percent of Latino voters did not. (For state by state results click here.)

    The poll was conducted by Latino Decisions. The original sponsors for the poll are America’s Voice, Latino Victory Project, and NCLR (National Council of La Raza, and they have been joined by the following partners: AFL-CIO, Mi Familia Vota, NALEO Educational Fund and People For the American Way.

    See below for more information on the data that will be released this evening and tomorrow, and check www.latinovote2014.com for updates throughout the night.

    WHAT: 2014 LATINOELECTION EVE POLL OF VOTERS NATIONWIDE AND IN 10 STATES: FL, GA, NC, IL, TX, KS, CO, NV, AZ, CA

    WHEN:

    HORSERACE NUMBERS: November 4th Between 7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT-11pm ET/8pm PT: Information on how Latinos voted in Senate, House and Gubernatorial races and on key state propositions will become available as polls close in each respective state

    MAIN EVENT/FULL RELEASE OF DATA: November 5th at 12:30pm ET/9:30am PT: National Press Club Fourth Estate Restaurant, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C. (please arrive by 12:15 pm to pick up lunch; event will start promptly at 12:30 pm). Livestream will be available here.

    Additional Information on Wednesday’s National Press Club Event (lunch will be provided):

    PRESENTERS:

    • Matt Barreto, Co-Founder, Latino Decisions
    • Gary Segura, Co-Founder, Latino Decisions

    They’ll be joined by the following speakers:

    ORIGINALSPONSORS: 

    • Henry R. Muñoz III, Co-Founder,Latino Victory Project
    • Janet Murguía, President and CEO, National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
    • Frank Sharry, Executive Director, America’s Voice

    PARTNERS:

    • Ben Monterroso, Executive Director, Mi Familia Vota
    • Laura Maristany, Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs, NALEO EDUCATIONAL FUND
    • Randy Borntrager, Political Director, People For the American Way
    • Representative from the AFL-CIO

    Wednesday’s event will be available via livestream here. Note you will be able to ask a question by following the prompts at this URL.

    RSVP: If you plan on attending Wednesday’s press conference or would like to receive a copy of the data under embargo, please send an email to katy@newpartners.com.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                           Contact:
    November 5, 2014                                                                          Julian Teixeira
                                                                                                          (202) 776-1812
                                                                                                          jteixeira@nclr.org

     

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Wednesday, Nov. 12, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will host a briefing for reporters where expert panelists examine the enrollment landscape for Latinos and discuss their efforts to encourage Latinos to renew their coverage or enroll in health insurance for the first time under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Experts from NCLR will be joined by a representative from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and partner organizations including Families USA to address enrollment barriers for Latinos—the group with the highest uninsurance rate in the nation—and how they are being addressed prior to the launch of the second ACA enrollment period, which runs from Nov. 15, 2014 to Feb. 15, 2015.

    Recent data released by the U.S. Census Bureau show that between 2012 and 2013, the number of uninsured Latinos declined slightly, from 15.6 million to 15.3 million. However, the Hispanic uninsurance rate in 2013 was 28.4 percent, significantly higher than the rate for Whites (10.2 percent) and nationwide (14.5 percent). Panelists will address the factors that contribute to high uninsurance in the Latino community.

    Please join us for this panel discussion—which is open to reporters only—at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Lunch will be provided for reporters in attendance. RSVP to Julian Teixeira at jteixeira@nclr.org or (202) 776-1812.

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHAT:    Latino enrollment under the ACA: challenges and opportunities

    WHEN:   Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
                   12:00–1:00 p.m.

    WHERE:   NCLR Headquarters
                      1126 16th Street, N.W.
                      Washington, D.C. 20036

    WHO:       Delia Pompa, Senior Vice President, Programs, NCLR
                     Alejandra Gepp, Associate Director, Institute for Hispanic Health, NCLR
                     Sinsi Hernández-Cansio, Director of Health Equity, Families USA
                     Steven Lopez, Manager, Health Policy Project, NCLR
                     Mayra Alvarez, CMS, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
                     Representative from local community group (TBD)

    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:
    November 5, 2014                                                                           Joseph Rendeiro
                                                                                                              (202) 776-1566
                                                                                                              jrendeiro@nclr.org

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Latinos turned out to vote, driven by concerns about jobs, education, health care and, in particular, immigration. Throughout the past year, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) and many partners worked diligently to mobilize the Hispanic electorate, registering approximately 120,000 new voters and contacting more than 300,000 eligible Hispanic voters in California, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Iowa, Georgia and Colorado.

    Despite the continued growth of the Hispanic electorate, overall neither party is doing an effective job at engaging Latino voters. In the Latino election eve poll conducted by Latino Decisions, less than half of Latino voters thought that the Democratic Party truly cares about the Hispanic community, and only 22 percent thought that the Republican Party truly cares. A plurality of Latino voters said they were voting to support the Hispanic community rather than the Republican or Democratic candidate.

    Earlier today, NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía joined Latino Decisions and partner organizations for a press briefing to discuss the Latino vote.

    “There are three clear lessons from this election,” said Murguía. “Number one, to the Republicans: There will never again be an electoral map and, more importantly, an electorate as favorable to the Republican Party as in 2014. In 2016 the demographics of the Electoral College will come home to roost for Republicans. If they continue on this trajectory, Republicans will have elected their last president for the foreseeable future. Latino voter priorities must be reflected in Republican policy priorities.

    “Number two, to the Democrats: They must lean in. They should not take our community for granted. The visible failure of some Democrats to stand with the Latino community proved costly with our electorate. Democrats need to embrace, not avoid, Latinos’ policy priorities.

    “Number three, to the president: He needs to act boldly to bring relief to the millions facing deportation and family separation. Every modern president has used this authority. The Hispanic community has waited far too long and expects him to fulfill his promise.”

    In 2016, many states with the largest numbers of electoral votes will also have the largest Latino populations. There will also be six Senate races in the next election in states where Latinos constitute at least 15 percent of the electorate, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois and Nevada.

    “In 2016, the road to the White House will once again run through Latino neighborhoods,” added Murguía. “We are heading into an election cycle where our community will have the power to decide who will be the next president of the United States. We take that responsibility seriously, and we are confident that our community will act in the best interest of our country.”

    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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