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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                          Contact:
    June 8, 2015                                                                                                    Joseph Rendeiro
                                                                                                                             (202) 776-1566
                                                                                                                             jrendeiro@nclr.org

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—More than 300 students and their parents from throughout the Washington, D.C., area convened at the National Museum of Natural History on Sunday to celebrate a successful first year of the Children Investigating Science with Parents and Afterschool (CHISPA) program. Funded by the National Science Foundation, CHISPA was developed through a collaboration with NCLR (National Council of La Raza), ASPIRA Association and a network of 11 science museums located in cities with growing Latino populations. The four-year project aims to encourage science exploration among Latino students after school, increase parental engagement in science education, and connect families with local science resources and museums.

    “We were thrilled to celebrate a successful year of implementation of this program with our final CHISPA Family Museum Day here in Washington, D.C.,” said Peggy McLeod, Deputy Vice President of Education and Workforce Development at NCLR. “What we find is that when we actively engage Latino students and parents in these family science days, they are left wanting to come back and learn even more. This is a truly unique program that includes the essential element of parental engagement, which helps to ensure that every member of the family is actively learning and participating.”

    Nineteen NCLR Affiliates in six states participate in CHISPA, which has reached more than 800 students to date. The program was based on the Afterschool Program Exploring Science (APEX) model, developed by the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, which includes more than 30 lessons that offer opportunities for indoor and outdoor investigations to engage children in grades K–5 throughout the school year. The curriculum tackles concepts such as processes that shape the Earth, environmental science, forces of motion and space science. Through NCLR’s Padres Comprometidos con CHISPA program, parents are given the opportunity to learn more about the American education system and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields of learning.

    “Careers in STEM are likely to be in high demand as we look toward the future of the American workforce,” added McLeod. “Encouraging young students to explore museums, ask questions and search for solutions will ensure that they develop a thirst for knowledge and an appetite for exploration. Hopefully they will continue to embrace science throughout their schooling and into their professional lives. We are excited to continue CHISPA over the next three years and.”

    For more information on STEM education at NCLR, please contact Juliana Ospina Cano at jospina@nclr.org.

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

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                Contact:
    June 9, 2015                                                                                        Kathy Mimberg
                                                                                                              kmimberg@nclr.org
                                                                                                              (202) 776-1714

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—With summer vacation on the horizon, this can be a particularly vulnerable time for the nation’s children, as many will lose access to free or reduced-priced balanced meals offered during the school year. As hard-working parents struggle to make ends meet financially, ensuring that children can obtain healthy, affordable food remains an important issue. “Profiles of Latino Health: A Closer Look at Latino Child Nutrition,” a new series of fact sheets from NCLR (National Council of La Raza), focuses on the health and well-being of Latino children whose families struggle to put food on the table. Topics include Latino child hunger, obesity, household expenditures on food and participation in federal nutrition assistance programs that combat hunger and poor nutrition, particularly during these vulnerable months.

    “This profile series is one of the tools NCLR is using to raise awareness about the nutrition landscape for Latino children and families and the disparities that exist. One key takeaway is that child hunger, obesity, poverty, and lack of access to healthy food do not occur in isolation. With the school year ending, now is an appropriate time to remind ourselves that hunger and nutrition issues do not take a vacation,” said Steven T. Lopez, Manager, Health Policy Project, NCLR.

    Key findings from the first three briefs in “Profiles of Latino Health” include:
    • Nearly one in four Latino families struggle with food insecurity.
    • Latino households spend a greater share of their income on food than White households.
    • Latino children experience overweight and obesity at higher rates than other racial and ethnic groups.

    “Latino youth are among the hungriest children in America and need greater access to nutritious food. It is shameful that one in three Hispanic children in this great nation lives with hunger, and far too many do not get proper nutrition. Instead of cutting benefits to poverty-stricken families, as some states are doing, we must put policies and programs in place that reach every corner of every community, ensuring that all children have the food they need to thrive,” said Delia Pompa, Senior Vice President of Programs, NCLR.

    Nine more briefs on Latino child nutrition issues will be posted weekly at www.nclr.org. In addition, NCLR offers information through previous “Profiles of Latino Health” series, health tips and recipes, connections to NCLR Affiliates that help people apply for nutrition programs, and facts on school and summer meals in English and Spanish.

    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:
    10 de junio de 2015                                                        Kathy Mimberg
                                                                                          kmimberg@nclr.org
                                                                                          (202) 776-1714

    EL HAMBRE NO TOMA VACACIONES DE VERANO: NCLR DESTACA EL HAMBRE Y LA NUTRICIÓN INFANTIL EN SU NUEVA SERIE DE SALUD DE LOS LATINOS

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Con las vacaciones de verano en el horizonte, este periodo puede ser especialmente arriesgado para los niños del país, ya que muchos perderán el acceso a las comidas balanceadas que se ofrecen durante el año escolar gratis o a precio rebajado. La inscripción en el Programa Nacional de Servicios de Alimentos–que llena este vacío al proveer alimentos gratis o a precio rebajado cuando no hay clases en el verano– es baja y genera la preocupación de que muchos niños pasarán hambre este verano innecesariamente. La nueva serie de hojas informativas del NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza), “Profiles of Latino Health: A Closer Look at Latino Child Nutrition (Perfil de la salud de los latinos: un examen detenido sobre la nutrición de los niños latinos)”, se enfoca en la salud y bienestar de los niños latinos cuyas familias luchan por llevar comida a la mesa. Entre los temas están el hambre de los niños latinos, la obesidad, el gasto del hogar en alimentación y la participación en los programas federales de asistencia nutricional, especialmente durante estos meses de verano.

    “Mediante esta serie, el NCLR está aumentando la concientización con respecto al panorama de nutrición de los niños latinos y sus familias, así como sobre las disparidades que existen. La conclusión es que el hambre, la obesidad, la pobreza y la falta de acceso a alimentos saludables no ocurren de manera aislada. Ahora que termina el año escolar, es el momento ideal para recordarnos que el hambre y la mala nutrición no se van de vacaciones”, dijo Steven T. López, gerente del proyecto de política de salud del NCLR.

    Entre los hallazgos clave de los primeros tres informes de “Profiles of Latino Health” están los siguientes:
    • Aproximadamente una de cada cuatro familias latinas lucha con la inseguridad alimentaria.
    • Los hogares latinos gastan una mayor parte de sus ingresos en alimentos que los hogares blancos.
    Los índices de sobrepeso y obesidad de los niños latinos son más altos que los de otros grupos étnicos o raciales.

    “Los niños latinos están entre los más hambrientos de Estados Unidos y necesitan tener mayor acceso a alimentos nutritivos. Es vergonzoso que en este gran país, uno de cada tres niños hispanos viva con hambre y muchísimos más no reciban una alimentación adecuada. En lugar de cortar los beneficios a las familias sumidas en la pobreza, como algunos estados están haciendo, deberíamos implementar políticas y programas que lleguen a cada rincón de cada comunidad, asegurándonos de que todos los niños tengan los alimentos que necesitan para crecer sanos”, dijo Delia Pompa, vicepresidenta sénior de programas del NCLR.

    Se publicarán semanalmente nueve informes más sobre la nutrición de los niños latinos en www.nclr.org. Además, el NCLR ofrece información mediante sus series previas de “Profiles of Latino Health”, consejos de salud y recetas, conexiones a los afiliados del NCLR que ayudan a las familias con la solicitud de los programas de nutrición y hechos sobre las comidas de la escuela y de verano en inglés y español.

    El NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza) es la organización nacional más grande de apoyo y defensa de los derechos civiles de los estadounidenses de origen hispano 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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    June 10, 2015                                                                                                Camila Gallardo
                                                                                                                        cgallardo@nclr.org
                                                                                                                        (305) 215-4259

     

    NCLR FORUM SPOTLIGHTS CALIFORNIA PROGRAMS
    FOR YOUNG LATINOS

    Comprehensive approach can address challenges and build on natural resilience of at-risk youth

    LOS ANGELES—At a forum held today by NCLR (National Council of La Raza) and AltaMed Health Services, experts in education and social services discussed innovative programs in California that are helping at-risk Hispanic youth develop the experience, skills and road map they need for a successful, productive future. NCLR and AltaMed panelists were joined by young Latinos from the NCLR Líderes Avanzando program to share their perspectives on how a comprehensive, culturally appropriate approach to after-school and mentoring programs, internships, job training, and college counseling is strengthening the next generation of Latino citizens.

    “Latino youth—like other youth of color—need to see that real opportunities exist and that society not only has a place for them, but also has a vested interest in their long-term well-being and success. The ability of Latinos to thrive is vital to the future of our nation, as they represent tomorrow’s leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs, ,” said Dr. Patricia Foxen, Deputy Director of Research at NCLR. “It was striking to see in our research in Los Angeles how much mentoring and after-school programs can help young Latinos overcome difficult circumstances and build good lives for themselves.”

    The research Foxen conducted for the NCLR study, Resilient Latino Youth: In Their Own Words,” included Latinos in Los Angeles who had participated in AltaMed youth programs. The report shows how young, second-generation American Latinos who struggled with poverty, discrimination or disengagement became contributing members of society in spite of these obstacles. The programs that these young people credited with making a difference in their lives have the following attributes in common:

    •  They offer a comprehensive array of services that incorporate strong mental health and social-emotional expertise, adult guidance and mentoring, and safe communities.
    • They are culturally sensitive, tapping into the strong sense of pride that young Latinos have in their bilingual, bicultural background, and taking into consideration the various styles of acculturation of parents and children in immigrant families.
    • They are community based, with professional staff who are from or are familiar with the community, embrace input from families and offer parental engagement programs that address issues faced by immigrant families.

    Members of NCLR’s Líderes Avanzando youth program discussed the workshops and other activities that support students through graduation, including summer internships while in college, exposure to various career paths and leadership experience in industries with low Hispanic representation such as financial services and banking. Another program, the NCLR Escalera Program, provides critical community-based interventions to youth and families living in poor immigrant neighborhoods. Through mentoring and other activities, Escalera promotes career exploration, skills and leadership development, personal development, academic support and overall well-being.

    “Latinos, who now constitute the majority of residents under the age of 18 in California, are essential to our state’s future. Many are growing up in poor, marginalized neighborhoods, and the most effective way to prepare these young people for productive lives is through policies and programs that help them overcome the specific challenges they face. California is serving as an incubator for positive youth development that can stand as a model to the rest of the nation,” said Delia de la Vara, Vice President, California Region, NCLR. She pointed to policies that give young people a second chance, such as Proposition 47, a state ballot referendum approved by voters last November to reclassify nonserious, nonviolent property and drug crimes from felonies to misdemeanors.

    As states throughout the nation consider ways to make their communities safer and help troubled youth in the juvenile justice system get a fresh start in life, programs with comprehensive services will emerge as leaders in the field. Many in California already are models of culturally sensitive efforts to build on the strengths of young Hispanics. NCLR’s recent report exploring this issue, “Resilient Latino Youth: In Their Own Words,” can be found at www.nclr.org.

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

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    10 de junio de 2015                                                                                  Camila Gallardo
                                                                                                                  cgallardo@nclr.org
                                                                                                                  (305) 215-4259

    FORO DEL NCLR RESALTA LOS PROGRAMAS DE CALIFORNIA DIRIGIDOS A LOS JÓVENES LATINOS
    Un enfoque integral puede tratar las dificultades y aprovechar la resiliencia natural de los jóvenes en riesgo

    LOS ANGELES—Hoy, un foro organizado por el NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza) y AltaMed ofreció observaciones y análisis de expertos en educación y servicios sociales quienes hablaron sobre los programas innovadores de California que ayudan a los jóvenes hispanos en riesgo a desarrollar la experiencia, las aptitudes y el plan que necesitan para un futuro productivo y exitoso. Se unieron a los panelista del NCLR y de AltaMed los jóvenes latinos del programa Líderes Avanzando para compartir sus perspectivas sobre cómo el enfoque integral y culturalmente adecuado de los programas extracurriculares y de tutoría, la capacitación laboral y la orientación universitaria está fortaleciendo a la próxima generación de hispanoamericanos.

    “La juventud latina –como todo joven– necesita ver que las verdaderas oportunidades existen y que la sociedad no sólo tiene un lugar para ellos, sino que también tiene un gran interés en su bienestar y éxito a largo plazo. La capacidad de prosperar de los latinos es vital para el futuro de nuestro país, ya que representan a los líderes, innovadores y empresarios del mañana”, dijo la Dra. Patricia Foxen, directora adjunta de investigación del NCLR. “En nuestra investigación en Los Angeles fue asombroso ver lo mucho que los programas extracurriculares y de tutoría pueden ayudar a los jóvenes latinos a superar circunstancias difíciles y a construir una buena vida para sí mismos”.

    La investigación conducida por Foxen para el estudio del NCLR, “Resilient Latino Youth: In Their Own Words” (La resiliencia de la juventud latina: en sus propias palabras)”, incluyó a latinos de Los Angeles que habían participado en los programas de AltaMed. El informe muestra
    cómo los jóvenes estadounidenses de origen hispano de segunda generación que lucharon con la pobreza, la discriminación o la desvinculación se convirtieron en seres productivos que contribuyen a la sociedad a pesar de estos obstáculos. Los programas a los que estos jóvenes dan crédito de hacer la diferencia en sus vidas tienen en común los siguientes atributos:

    • Ofrecen una serie completa de servicios que incorporan una fuerte experiencia en salud mental y socioemocional, orientación y tutoría impartidas por adultos y comunidades seguras.
    • Consideran el punto de vista cultural y se conectan con el gran orgullo que sienten los jóvenes latinos por sus raíces biculturales y bilingües. Asimismo, toman en cuenta los diferentes estilos de aculturación de los padres y niños de las familias inmigrantes. 
    • Están basados en la comunidad y con personal profesional procedente de la comunidad o familiarizado con ella, acogen sugerencias de las familias y ofrecen programas de participación de los padres que abordan los problemas que enfrentan las familias inmigrantes.

    Los miembros del programa Líderes Avanzando del NCLR hablaron de los talleres y otras actividades que sirven para apoyar a los estudiantes hasta la graduación, incluyendo las pasantías de verano mientras asisten a la universidad, la exposición a diversas carreras y experiencias de liderazgo en industrias con una representación baja de hispanos, tales como el sector de servicios financieros y el bancario. Otro programa, Escalera del NCLR, proporciona intervenciones comunitarias cruciales para los jóvenes y las familias que viven en los barrios de inmigrantes pobres. A través de la tutoría y otras actividades, Escalera promueve la exploración de las profesiones, el desarrollo de las aptitudes y del liderazgo, el desarrollo personal, el apoyo académico y el bienestar general.

    “Los latinos actualmente constituyen la mayoría de los residentes menores de 18 años de edad de California y son imprescindibles para el futuro de nuestro estado. Muchos crecen en barrios pobres y marginados, y la forma más eficaz de prepararlos para una vida productiva es mediante políticas y programas que los ayuden a superar las dificultades específicas que enfrentan. California está sirviendo como incubadora para el desarrollo positivo de los jóvenes y puede ser un modelo para el resto del país”, dijo Delia de la Vara, vicepresidenta de la región de California del NCLR. También señaló políticas que le dan una segunda oportunidad a los jóvenes, tal como la Proposición 47, un referéndum estatal aprobado por los votantes el pasado noviembre para reclasificar ciertos delitos no graves y no violentos sobre bienes ajenos y drogas a delitos menores.

    Así como todos los estados del país examinan formas para hacer sus comunidades más seguras y ayudar a los jóvenes con problemas en el sistema de justicia juvenil a iniciar una nueva vida, los programas con servicios integrales serán de gran importancia en el campo. En California, muchos ya son el modelo de los esfuerzos que consideran el contexto cultural para desarrollar los puntos fuertes de los jóvenes hispanos. El informe reciente del NCLR que explora este tema, “Resilient Latino Youth: In Their Own Words”, se puede encontrar en www.nclr.org.

    El NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza) es la organización nacional más grande de apoyo y defensa de los derechos civiles de los estadounidenses de origen hispano 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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    June 15, 2015                                                                                               Joseph Rendeiro
                                                                                                                          (202) 776-1566
                                                                                                                          jrendeiro@nclr.org

    With the proven success of immigration relief for youth, the fight for reform continues

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today marks the three-year anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides undocumented youth who have grown up in the United States the opportunity to obtain temporary relief from deportation. Since its implementation, DACA has helped more than 664,600 young people continue and expand their contributions to their communities while bringing a measure of stability to families across the country. Building on DACA and expanding deferred action will allow recipients to earn higher wages, resulting in an increase to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) by $230 billion over the next 10 years, according to the Center for American Progress.

    “The success of this hard-won victory gives us a glimpse of what is possible when commonsense solutions prevail. DACA has generated economic benefits while keeping families together,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR (National Council of La Raza). “Living without the constant fear of deportation empowers more people to pursue higher education, enter the workforce, contribute to our economy and create a brighter future for this nation. DACA has been one of the only successful and sensible immigration policies to come out of Washington in decades.”

    “It is long past time for Congress to make the benefits of sensible immigration solutions permanent for our country. It is unconscionable that a minority in Congress continues to deny the nation this progress to settle a score with the president. By blocking the expansion of DACA and similar relief for parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents, they deny the economic benefits that these programs will generate for their states,” added Murguía. “We have seen firsthand how DACA has changed people’s lives by allowing them contribute to our nation. That is why the Latino community remains steadfastly committed to keeping families together and advancing our national interest through real reform.”

    For information about how to apply for DACA, which remains unchanged, visit www.nclr.org. For the most up-to-date information about changing immigration laws, policies and news, download Immigo, a free app designed for anyone working with immigrants. The app, which works with iPhone and Android devices, can be downloaded from the Apple iTunes and Google Play stores.

    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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    June 15, 2015                                                                                                                        Julian Teixeira
                                                                                                                                                 jteixeira@nclr.org
                                                                                                                                                 (202) 776-1812

    NCLR TO ANNOUNCE EXCITING LINEUP OF SPEAKERS AND ENTERTAINMENT FOR UPCOMING ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN KANSAS CITY

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Thursday, June 18 at 11:00 a.m. in the City Council chambers of Kansas City, Mo., NCLR (National Council of La Raza) President and CEO Janet Murguía will be joined by Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo and City Manager Troy Schulte at a morning press conference to announce an exciting lineup of speakers and entertainment that will be featured at the 2015 NCLR Annual Conference and National Latino Family Expo®. The organization’s signature event will be held this year at the Kansas City Convention Center from Saturday, July 11 through Tuesday, July 14 and is expected to draw tens of thousands of participants from the local area and from states across the nation.

    This year, the event kicks off with the National Latino Family Expo, one of the nation’s largest events focused on resources and activities for the Latino family. The Expo averages around 200 exhibitors who showcase their products and services. In addition, live entertainment, giveaways, free health screenings and cooking and exercise demonstrations offer attendees something new in a fun, exciting and family-friendly atmosphere.

    The NCLR Annual Conference has become the nation’s largest annual gathering of Latino leaders, advocates, elected officials, business executives and change-makers whose work impacts the Latino community. Through a series of workshops, town halls and presentations, participants engage in discussions about a range of issues critical to the Latino community such as the 2016 elections, education, immigration, workforce development, health care and housing. Featured speakers from past Conferences have included President Barack Obama, COO of Facebook Sheryl Sandberg and President and Editor-in-Chief of AOL Huffington Post Media Group Arianna Huffington.

    To RSVP for the press conference or for additional information about the 2015 NCLR Annual Conference and National Latino Family Expo, please contact Julian Teixeira at jteixeira@nclr.org or (202) 776-1812.

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHAT:  Kickoff press conference announcing lineup of featured guests and entertainment at the NCLR Annual Conference and National Latino                      Family Expo

    WHEN: Thursday, June 18, 2015
                11:00 a.m. (CT)

    WHERE: City of Kansas City, Mo.
                  City Hall
                  414 E. 12th Street, 26th floor
                  Kansas City, MO 64106

    WHO:   Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR
                Cindy Circo, Mayor Pro Tem, Kansas City, Mo.
                Troy Schulte, City Manager, Kansas City, Mo.

    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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    June 18, 2015                                                                                 Julian Teixeira
                                                                                                         (202) 776-1812
                                                                                                          jteixeira@nclr.org


    Countdown to Kansas City begins

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) today announced highlights of its upcoming 2015 Annual Conference and National Latino Family Expo®, the preeminent events for NCLR and Latinos across the nation, which will take place in Kansas City, Mo., from Saturday, July 11 through Tuesday, July 14 at the Kansas City Convention Center. This Conference will also celebrate Kansas City, Kansas native Janet Murguía, who this year celebrates 10 years as President and CEO of the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization.

    Every year, NCLR’s Annual Conference and National Latino Family Expo gather the nation’s most influential and prominent voices in the Latino community, as well as those who support NCLR’s efforts to expand opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Among those in attendance are community leaders, activists and volunteers; elected and appointed officials; and leaders of the corporate, philanthropic and academic communities. At Conference attendees have the ultimate opportunity to learn about current issues impacting Latinos and hear from prominent leaders in the arenas of immigration, voting, education, civil rights, health, workforce development and youth leadership.

    “NCLR is excited to have Kansas City host our annual gathering. As a native of the area, I have witnessed firsthand how the Latino community has grown and diversified. Hosting our Conference here highlights their presence in my beloved hometown. Whether they are contributing to the cultural panorama, boosting the economy or influencing state and local elections, Latinos are making their impact felt in Kansas City,” said Murguía.

    The 2015 NCLR Annual Conference will feature more than 50 workshops, four town halls, the Latinas Brunch, the NCLR Awards Gala and multiple networking opportunities. Toyota is the Conference Title Sponsor, UPS is the National Latino Family Expo Title Sponsor and Sprint is the Host City Sponsor.

    “There is no better investment than to truly champion our Hispanic community, and that’s why we are proud to support an organization that aligns with our values and helps empower people through education and access to information that matters,” said Debby Ballard, Director of Community Affairs at Sprint. We hope that together with NCLR we can provide the necessary resources for our Latino families, business owners and leaders to make a difference in the community and to keep on building our version of the American Dream.”

    This year’s Conference features a list of impressive speakers, including Mayor Sly James of Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Mark Holland of Kansas City, Ks., presidential candidate and former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D–Mo.), U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, among many more.

    “As a proud partner of NCLR since 2002, Toyota is glad to be once again a title sponsor of this year’s NCLR Annual Conference,” said Patricia Salas Pineda, Vice President of Toyota’s Hispanic Business Strategy and a member of the NCLR Corporate Board of Advisors. “We have tremendous respect for the important work that NCLR does nationwide and look forward to participating in this important gathering of Hispanic leaders.”

    “UPS has been a committed partner to NCLR for more than 30 years, and is proud to be the presenting sponsor of their National Latino Family Expo,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “Our diverse workforce has nearly 435,000 employees globally and we consider it our greatest company strength. UPS promotes diversity and inclusion for all, striving to create opportunity for underserved and under-represented segments of society around the world.”

    The NCLR Annual Conference also brings some of the best entertainment in the Latino community. This year we are excited to include Grammy Award winner Pedro Fernández, Grammy Award nominee Frankie Negrón and comedian Cristela Alonzo among the talented lineup.

    In addition, all attendees and the Kansas City community are invited to visit the National Latino Family Expo, one of the largest events in the country focused on resources and activities for the whole family, with more than 100 exhibitors showcasing their products and services. From live entertainment and giveaways to health screenings and informative demonstrations, everyone will discover something new in a fun and exciting environment. The Expo, which is free and open to all, will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center from Saturday, July 11 through Monday, July 13.

    The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dora and Diego of Nickelodeon, and Hallmark’s Hoops and Yoyo will all be present at this year’s Expo. Visitors can also participate in COPA-NCLR, a dynamic soccer tournament that will be played on the same futsal court used by Sporting Kansas City; meet alumni of the Kansas City Royals and try their hand at pitching; visit the NFL Play 60 course with the Kansas City Chiefs; and attend autograph signings with known figures in sports and entertainment. Another highlight of the National Latino Family Expo is the Health and Fitness/Tu Salud Pavilion, where participants can receive a variety of free health screenings, including dental, cholesterol and vision, to name a few.

    Learn more about the 2015 NCLR Annual Conference in Kansas City or register today.

    To obtain media credentials for the 2015 NCLR Annual Conference, visit: http://www.nclr.org/index.php/events/nclr_annual_conference/

    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 us on Facebook and Twitter.

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    June 15, 2015                                                                                                                        Julian Teixeira
                                                                                                                                                 jteixeira@nclr.org
                                                                                                                                                 (202) 776-1812

    NCLR TO ANNOUNCE EXCITING LINEUP OF SPEAKERS AND ENTERTAINMENT FOR UPCOMING ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN KANSAS CITY

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Thursday, June 18 at 11:00 a.m. in the City Council chambers of Kansas City, Mo., NCLR (National Council of La Raza) President and CEO Janet Murguía will be joined by Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo and City Manager Troy Schulte at a morning press conference to announce an exciting lineup of speakers and entertainment that will be featured at the 2015 NCLR Annual Conference and National Latino Family Expo®. The organization’s signature event will be held this year at the Kansas City Convention Center from Saturday, July 11 through Tuesday, July 14 and is expected to draw tens of thousands of participants from the local area and from states across the nation.

    This year, the event kicks off with the National Latino Family Expo, one of the nation’s largest events focused on resources and activities for the Latino family. The Expo averages around 200 exhibitors who showcase their products and services. In addition, live entertainment, giveaways, free health screenings and cooking and exercise demonstrations offer attendees something new in a fun, exciting and family-friendly atmosphere.

    The NCLR Annual Conference has become the nation’s largest annual gathering of Latino leaders, advocates, elected officials, business executives and change-makers whose work impacts the Latino community. Through a series of workshops, town halls and presentations, participants engage in discussions about a range of issues critical to the Latino community such as the 2016 elections, education, immigration, workforce development, health care and housing. Featured speakers from past Conferences have included President Barack Obama, COO of Facebook Sheryl Sandberg and President and Editor-in-Chief of AOL Huffington Post Media Group Arianna Huffington.

    To RSVP for the press conference or for additional information about the 2015 NCLR Annual Conference and National Latino Family Expo, please contact Julian Teixeira at jteixeira@nclr.org or (202) 776-1812.

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHAT:  Kickoff press conference announcing lineup of featured guests and entertainment at the NCLR Annual Conference and National Latino                      Family Expo

    WHEN: Thursday, June 18, 2015
                11:00 a.m. (CT)

    WHERE: City of Kansas City, Mo.
                  City Hall
                  414 E. 12th Street, 26th floor
                  Kansas City, MO 64106

    WHO:   Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR
                Cindy Circo, Mayor Pro Tem, Kansas City, Mo.
                Troy Schulte, City Manager, Kansas City, Mo.

    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:
    June 18, 2015                                                                                 Julian Teixeira
                                                                                                         (202) 776-1812(202) 776-1812
                                                                                                          jteixeira@nclr.org


    Countdown to Kansas City begins

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) today announced highlights of its upcoming 2015 Annual Conference and National Latino Family Expo®, the preeminent events for NCLR and Latinos across the nation, which will take place in Kansas City, Mo., from Saturday, July 11 through Tuesday, July 14 at the Kansas City Convention Center. This Conference will also celebrate Kansas City, Kansas native Janet Murguía, who this year celebrates 10 years as President and CEO of the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization.

    Every year, NCLR’s Annual Conference and National Latino Family Expo gather the nation’s most influential and prominent voices in the Latino community, as well as those who support NCLR’s efforts to expand opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Among those in attendance are community leaders, activists and volunteers; elected and appointed officials; and leaders of the corporate, philanthropic and academic communities. At Conference attendees have the ultimate opportunity to learn about current issues impacting Latinos and hear from prominent leaders in the arenas of immigration, voting, education, civil rights, health, workforce development and youth leadership.

    “NCLR is excited to have Kansas City host our annual gathering. As a native of the area, I have witnessed firsthand how the Latino community has grown and diversified. Hosting our Conference here highlights their presence in my beloved hometown. Whether they are contributing to the cultural panorama, boosting the economy or influencing state and local elections, Latinos are making their impact felt in Kansas City,” said Murguía.

    The 2015 NCLR Annual Conference will feature more than 50 workshops, four town halls, the Latinas Brunch, the NCLR Awards Gala and multiple networking opportunities. Toyota is the Conference Title Sponsor, UPS is the National Latino Family Expo Title Sponsor and Sprint is the Host City Sponsor.

    “There is no better investment than to truly champion our Hispanic community, and that’s why we are proud to support an organization that aligns with our values and helps empower people through education and access to information that matters,” said Debby Ballard, Director of Community Affairs at Sprint. We hope that together with NCLR we can provide the necessary resources for our Latino families, business owners and leaders to make a difference in the community and to keep on building our version of the American Dream.”

    This year’s Conference features a list of impressive speakers, including Mayor Sly James of Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Mark Holland of Kansas City, Ks., presidential candidate and former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D–Mo.), U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, among many more.

    “As a proud partner of NCLR since 2002, Toyota is glad to be once again a title sponsor of this year’s NCLR Annual Conference,” said Patricia Salas Pineda, Vice President of Toyota’s Hispanic Business Strategy and a member of the NCLR Corporate Board of Advisors. “We have tremendous respect for the important work that NCLR does nationwide and look forward to participating in this important gathering of Hispanic leaders.”

    “UPS has been a committed partner to NCLR for more than 30 years, and is proud to be the presenting sponsor of their National Latino Family Expo,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “Our diverse workforce has nearly 435,000 employees globally and we consider it our greatest company strength. UPS promotes diversity and inclusion for all, striving to create opportunity for underserved and under-represented segments of society around the world.”

    The NCLR Annual Conference also brings some of the best entertainment in the Latino community. This year we are excited to include Grammy Award winner Pedro Fernández, Grammy Award nominee Frankie Negrón and comedian Cristela Alonzo among the talented lineup.

    In addition, all attendees and the Kansas City community are invited to visit the National Latino Family Expo, one of the largest events in the country focused on resources and activities for the whole family, with more than 100 exhibitors showcasing their products and services. From live entertainment and giveaways to health screenings and informative demonstrations, everyone will discover something new in a fun and exciting environment. The Expo, which is free and open to all, will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center from Saturday, July 11 through Monday, July 13.

    The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dora and Diego of Nickelodeon, and Hallmark’s Hoops and Yoyo will all be present at this year’s Expo. Visitors can also participate in COPA-NCLR, a dynamic soccer tournament that will be played on the same futsal court used by Sporting Kansas City; meet alumni of the Kansas City Royals and try their hand at pitching; visit the NFL Play 60 course with the Kansas City Chiefs; and attend autograph signings with known figures in sports and entertainment. Another highlight of the National Latino Family Expo is the Health and Fitness/Tu Salud Pavilion, where participants can receive a variety of free health screenings, including dental, cholesterol and vision, to name a few.

    Learn more about the 2015 NCLR Annual Conference in Kansas City or register today.

    To obtain media credentials for the 2015 NCLR Annual Conference, visit: http://www.nclr.org/index.php/events/nclr_annual_conference/

    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 us on Facebook and Twitter.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                  Contact:
    June 25, 2015                                                                                          Camila Gallardo
                                                                                                                     (305) 215-4259
                                                                                                                     cgallardo@nclr.org


    Ruling ensures moderate-income enrollees continue to receive tax credits

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a 6-to-3 decision today, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the federal government’s assertion that all individuals who purchase health insurance through the federal or state exchanges should receive premium tax-credit subsidies if they meet eligibility requirements. In the case of King v. Burwell, the plaintiffs had challenged the law, claiming that the provision was written in a way that only extended the tax credits and cost-sharing reductions to enrollees in states that had established their own exchanges. In the 34 states that have not set up their own exchanges, including Texas and Florida, two states with large numbers of Latino voters and families, about nine million people risked losing their subsidies.

    “Today's decision is a victory for the health and safety of our country. It means that millions of Americans, including Latinos, will continue receiving critical financial help to purchase a quality, affordable plan through the insurance marketplace. But the job is not done and our work continues, since one in four Latinos is still uninsured. We know that the successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act is something our community needs and supports,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR (National Council of La Raza).

    Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, millions of Americans, including more than four million Latinos, have obtained quality, affordable health coverage. The law has benefited millions more by ensuring that individuals with preexisting conditions can no longer be turned down for coverage, providing preventive benefits such as screenings for diabetes and high cholesterol with no cost sharing and allowing young adults to remain on their parents’ insurance plans until age 26.

    “Given today's decision, it’s time to stop trying to repeal or weaken the law and instead start working on substantively building on the gains we’ve made. There remain millions more eligible people waiting to benefit, including limited-English-proficient individuals and those from mixed-immigrant-status households,” concluded Murguía.

    NCLR stands with other civil rights and health equity organizations in affirming the critical role the ACA has played in improving the lives of millions of Americans, including millions of 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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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact:  
    June 25, 2015   Ricky Garza
    rgarza@nclr.org
    NCLR Press Office in Kansas City
        (202) 776-1732 (816) 513-5539
          (July 10–14 only)


    NCLR’S NATIONAL LATINO FAMILY EXPO®
    INVITES YOU TO AN INFORMATIVE & FUN WEEKEND EXPERIENCE

    More than 100 exhibitors, prizes and giveaways, and health screenings all free of charge

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will celebrate the influence of the growing Latino community at the 2015 NCLR National Latino Family Expo July 11–13 in Kansas City, Mo. Home to a strong Latino community with more than a century of history, Kansas City will play host to this exciting event held alongside the 2015 NCLR Annual Conference at the Kansas City Convention Center. The entire family is invited to a weekend of educational and engaging activities for adults and children alike, all free of charge.

    Featuring more than one hundred exhibitors, the NCLR National Latino Family Expo will feature complimentary health screenings, opportunities for visitors to get involved in NCLR’s advocacy work, giveaways, and more. At the Health/Tu Salud Pavilion, Expo visitors will have access to free vision, dental, diabetes, and blood pressure screenings, along with cooking demonstrations. This year, the Expo’s KC Experience Pavilion is bringing back the popular Copa NCLR youth soccer tournament, taking place at the official mobile field of KC Sporting, Kansas City’s professional soccer team. 

    At the NCLR Family/Familia Pavilion, visitors can learn more and get involved in NCLR’s advocacy work for the Latino community at the Advocacy Central booth. Attendees also have the opportunity to network and discover career and educational opportunities at the Career and Education/Tus Oportunidades Pavilion. At the Community/El Barrio Pavilion, visitors can meet with housing and financial counselors to review attendees’ credit reports and address housing challenges, made possible with support from the U.S. Treasury Department.

    In addition to these exciting events, the Expo will feature a host of local musical talent and popular costumed characters, including Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer and Diego along with Donatello and Leonardo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, courtesy of Viacom. Doki from the Discovery Channel and the GEICO Gecko will join mascots from KC Sporting and the Kansas City Chiefs, along with the Kansas City Chiefs cheerleaders. Pitching and batting stations will be available from the Kansas City Royals. 

    The NCLR National Latino Family Expo, title-sponsored by UPS, is a unique and exciting gathering focused on providing activities and resources for the Latino family that are open to the public and free of charge. Composed of six themed pavilions, the Expo offers resources and activities designed to educate, entertain and empower Latino families.

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHAT:   2015 NCLR National Latino Family Expo, offering live entertainment, free health screenings, raffles and fun prizes. Admission is free.
    WHEN:   Saturday, July 11, 2015, 10:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
    Sunday, July 12, 2015, 10:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
    Monday, July 13, 2015, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
    WHERE:   Kansas City Convention Center
    Bartle Exhibit Hall AB
    301 W 13th Street
    Kansas City, MO 64105
         

    NOTE:  Parking is available for a fee on a first-come, first-served basis at Barney Allis Plaza Parking Garage (also known as Municipal Auditorium Parking Garage).

    Enter from Central or Wyandotte Streets between 12th and 13th Streets.

    Great photo opportunities!

    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/nclr15/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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    PARA DIFUSIÓN INMEDIATA                                                        Contacto:
    25 de junio de 2015                                                                        Camila Gallardo
                                                                                                         (305) 215-4259
                                                                                                         cgallardo@nclr.org


    Su decisión asegura que las personas inscritas y que tengan bajos ingresos podrán continuar recibiendo créditos fiscales

    WASHINGTON, D.C.— Hoy con una votación de 6 a 3, la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos falló a favor de la medida de la ley ACA (Ley de Cuidado de Salud Asequible) que hace posible que las personas elegibles reciban créditos tributarios para poder costear el pago de sus seguros médicos. En el caso de King v. Burwell, los demandantes impugnaron la ley alegando que la disposición legal fue escrita de una manera que sólo ampliaba los subsidios fiscales y reducía los costos compartidos a las personas inscritas en los estados que tenían establecidos su propio sistema de intercambio. En los 34 estados donde no están establecido ese sistema de intercambio, incluyendo Texas y Florida -- dos estados donde hay un gran número de votantes latinos y sus familias-- alrededor de nueve millones de personas corrían el riesgo de perder sus subsidios.

    "La decisión de hoy es una victoria para la salud y la seguridad de nuestro país. Esto significa que millones de estadounidenses, incluidos los latinos, continuarán recibiendo ayuda financiera para comprar un plan de seguro médico asequible y de calidad por intermedio del mercado de seguros. Pero el trabajo no está terminado todavía y nuestro trabajo continúa, ya que uno de cada cuatro latinos aún no tiene seguro médico. Sabemos que la exitosa implementación de la Ley de Cuidado de Salud Asequible es algo que nuestra comunidad necesita y a la cual debemos ofrecer nuestro apoyo", dijo Janet Murguía, presidenta y CEO del Consejo Nacional de La Raza (NCLR, por sus siglas en inglés).

    Desde 2010 cuando se aprobó la Ley de Cuidado de Salud Asequible (ACA por sus siglas en ingles), millones de estadounidenses, entre ellos más de cuatro millones de latinos, han obtenido seguros médicos de calidad a bajo precio. La ley ha beneficiado a más millones garantizando que no se les niegue cobertura médica a personas con condiciones de salud preexistentes, proporcionándoles beneficios preventivos sin costo alguno, tales como pruebas de detección de la diabetes y el colesterol alto, y permitiendo que los jóvenes permanezcan en los planes de seguro médicos de sus padres hasta cumplir los 26 años de edad.

    "Teniendo en cuenta el fallo de hoy de la Corte Suprema, ahora es el momento de dejar de tratar de derogar o debilitar la ley y, por lo contrario, empezar a trabajar afirmativamente para llevar adelante los logros que hemos alcanzado. Quedan aún millones de personas elegibles que esperan poder beneficiarse, incluidas las personas con limitados conocimiento de inglés y aquellas que provienen de hogares con estatus migratorio mixto ", concluyó Murguía.

    Junto a otras organizaciones de derechos civiles y aquellas que abogan por la equidad de la prestación de servicios médicos, el Consejo Nacional de la Raza afirma que la Ley de Cuidado de Salud Asequible ha desempeñado un importante papel para mejorar la vida de millones de estadounidenses, incluyendo la de millones de latinos.

    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 más información sobre NCLR, visite www.nclr.org o síganos en Facebook y Twitter.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            Contact:
    June 25, 2015    Joseph Rendeiro
        (202) 776-1566
        jrendeiro@nclr.org 

    SUPREME COURT DECISION A VICTORY FOR
    AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, in the case of Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, the Supreme Court upheld the principle of disparate impact, which is used under the Fair Housing Act to invalidate housing laws and policies that have discriminatory effects, even if the discrimination that occurred was unintentional. NCLR (National Council of La Raza) applauds today’s decision, which upholds 40 years of legal precedent allowing the use of disparate impact to root out discrimination.

    “Today the Supreme Court reaffirmed essential protections for not only Latinos, but all Americans under the Fair Housing Act,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR. “Regardless of whether they were explicitly designed to discriminate, laws that in practice restrict housing opportunities or create obstacles to fair housing based on people’s race, gender or religion are unfair, and they should be eliminated.”

    Approximately three million cases of housing discrimination are reported each year. Research conducted by NCLR over the past decade shows that Latinos are still discriminated against at almost every level of the housing industry. Latinos and other minority families are frequently shown different homes than Whites in specific neighborhoods, regardless of income; are less likely to receive helpful financing information to make home buying easier; are often provided different terms or conditions for sale or rental of a home; and disproportionately receive higher-cost home loans.

    “The Fair Housing Act is an important tool for preventing discrimination and expanding opportunity,” added Murguía. “The community in which we live plays a significant role in determining where our children can attend school, whether grocery stores have healthy, fresh food and what types of decent-paying jobs are available. Today’s decision strengthens the Hispanic community and will allow Latinos to live the American Dream, building their lives in the neighborhoods and homes they desire.”

    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:
    June 25, 2015     Joseph Rendeiro
        (202) 776-1566
        jrendeiro@nclr.org 

    NCLR APPLAUDS INTRODUCTION OF “VOTING RIGHTS ADVANCEMENT ACT”

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Yesterday, members of the House of Representatives and the Senate introduced the “Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015” (VRAA), legislation that would require federal monitoring of changes to voting practices in states with a history of discriminating against minority voters. The Supreme Court left millions of eligible voters without protection from voting rights discrimination two years ago when it struck down the federal review provisions of the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder. The VRAA, introduced by Sens. Chris Coons (D–Del.), Dick Durbin (D–Ill.) and Patrick Leahy (D–Vt.) and Reps. Judy Chu (D–Calif.), John Lewis (D–Ga.), Linda Sanchez (D–Calif.) and Terri Sewell (D–Ala.), not only restores essential voting rights protections but also expands the use of federal review to ensure the integrity of the voting franchise in the context of America’s increasingly diverse electorate.

    “The troubling Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder eliminated critical voting rights protections, leaving too many voters, including Latinos, vulnerable to discrimination in the election process. In fact, in the two years since that decision, we have seen an uptick in measures designed to make it harder for eligible Americans to vote. It is clear that we have not yet put our history of voter suppression or discrimination behind us,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR (National Council of La Raza). “We thank these members of Congress for their commitment to ensuring that everyone’s vote is counted, regardless of where they live. NCLR fully supports this sensible legislation, which protects the legitimacy of our democracy. We urge Congress to swiftly pass this bill to avoid the ramifications of holding the first presidential election without voting rights protections in place since passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965.”

    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:
    26 de junio, 2015     Julián Teixeira
        (202) 776-1812
        jteixeira@nclr.org

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Hoy día, como resultado de una decisión de 5 a 4, la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos ha confirmado la legalidad del matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo, garantizando a las parejas de gays y de lesbianas el derecho a contraer matrimonio a través de toda la nación. NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza o NCLR por sus siglas en inglés) aplaude esta decisión y la considera una victoria monumental para la igualdad de trato y de justicia para todos.

    “La decisión, que se ha emitido hoy, da por terminada de una vez por todas un tipo de injusticia que han sufrido millones de estadounidenses,” comentó Janet Murguía, presidente y CEO del NCLR. “ Nos complace observar como la Corte Suprema concuerda con la mayoría de los estadounidenses que creen que las parejas de la comunidad LGBT merecen igualdad de trato, beneficios y protecciones bajo la ley”.

    Un estudio, que fue publicado en el año 2012 por el NCLR, encontró que los hispanos son tan tolerantes como los estadounidenses (y hasta más tolerantes) hacia la comunidad LGBT. Cerca de la mitad de todos los latinos encuestados apoya el matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo, mientras que el 60 por ciento apoya las uniones civiles. Igual que ha sucedido en la población total, desde que se publicó el estudio los latinos han aumentado su apoyo al matrimonio entre parejas del mismo sexo y han demostrado un alto grado de apoyo hacia las protecciones legales creadas para evitar los crímenes de odio y la discriminación laboral hacia los individuos de la comunidad LGBT.

    El NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza) es la organización nacional hispana 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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    June 26, 2015    Joseph Rendeiro
        (202) 776-1566
        jrendeiro@nclr.org

     

    SUPREME COURT DECISION A VICTORY FOR
    AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, in a 5-to-4 decision, the Supreme Court affirmed the legality of same-sex marriages, granting gay and lesbian couples across the nation the right to marry. NCLR (National Council of La Raza) applauds this decision, which is a monumental victory for equal treatment and justice for all.

    “The decision handed down today ends once and for all an injustice that millions of Americans have endured,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR. “We are pleased to see that the Court agrees with the majority of Americans who believe that LGBT couples deserve equal rights, benefits and protections under the law.”

    A 2012 study released by NCLR found that Hispanics were as tolerant as their fellow Americans, if not more tolerant, toward the LGBT community. Nearly half of all Latinos polled supported gay marriage, while about 60 percent supported civil unions. Similar to the overall population, Latinos have since increased their support for same-sex marriage and show high support for legal protections for hate crimes and job discrimination toward LGBT individuals.

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

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    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Yesterday, Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner (R–Wis.) and Bobby Scott (D–Va.) introduced the “Safe, Accountable, Fair and Effective (SAFE) Justice Act of 2015,” bipartisan legislation aimed at reforming the federal criminal justice system. NCLR (National Council of La Raza) applauds the congressmen, as well as the bill’s Republican and Democrat co-sponsors, including Reps. Luis Gutiérrez (D–Ill.) and Tony Cárdenas (D–Calif.), for putting forward a comprehensive solution that will ensure greater fairness in policing and sentencing and reduce recidivism by focusing on strategies to rehabilitate criminals.

    “Today we have more people incarcerated than any other country in the world. Far too many young Latinos are in prison for minor offenses when they could be in programs that help them turn their lives around,” said Eric Rodriguez, Vice President of the Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation, NCLR. “We need a better criminal justice system, one that protects the public from threats, offers judges an opportunity to direct nonviolent offenders to community-based treatment and intervention programs and gives those who deserve a second chance an opportunity to turn their lives around and become contributing members of society.

    “It’s encouraging to see Republicans and Democrats coming together to address reforms in the criminal justice system. This bill builds on important sentencing reforms we’ve advanced in California. We applaud the sponsors of this legislation for their efforts and encourage Congress to pass this much-needed reform.”

    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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    June 29, 2015    Julian Teixeira
        (202) 776-1812
        jteixeira@nclr.org 

     

    NCLR HAILS DECISION BY NBC AND UNIVISION TO CUT TIES WITH
     DONALD TRUMP

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) hailed NBC’s decision this afternoon to end its business relationship with Donald Trump after Trump made numerous references to Mexican immigrants that were both highly inaccurate and highly objectionable in his remarks announcing his presidential campaign on June 16, which prompted a national outcry. The NBC decision follows Univision’s statement last week that it will not air the Miss USA pageant.

    “NBC deserves an enormous amount of credit for reaffirming what their company stands for and, as importantly, what it does not stand for. We know that this was not an easy choice for NBC and its parent company, Comcast, nor was it easy for Univision, and they will have NCLR’s full support going forward. We applaud those in both companies who worked so diligently behind the scenes to address this issue and ultimately make this difficult decision. It was the right thing to do,” stated NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía.

    “And for all those who will argue that Mr. Trump’s First Amendment rights have somehow been violated, nothing could be further from the truth. Trump has every right to hold these opinions, however reprehensible and just plain false they may be, and he has every right to express them, even as offensively as he did. But no one is immune from others exercising their own First Amendment rights to criticize or object to those opinions. And no one has a ‘right’ to a television show. Trump has had ample opportunity to correct his misstatements. He has chosen not to. The responsibility for what has happened to Trump is his and his alone,” concluded Murguía.

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

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    November 5, 2014                                                                           Joseph Rendeiro
                                                                                                              (202) 776-1566
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    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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