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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:
    Julian Teixeira
    news@nclr.org

    NCLR Press Office (July 10–14)
    (816) 513-5539

    Media Notice: Covering Democratic Presidential Candidates at the 2015 NCLR Annual Conference

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.—On Monday, July 13, Democratic presidential candidates former Sec. Hillary Clinton, former Gov. Martin O’Malley and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D–Vt.) will address Latino advocates and community leaders at the 2015 NCLR (National Council of La Raza) Annual Conference, which is being held July 11–14 at the Kansas City Convention Center.

    The Kansas City Convention Center is located at 301 W. 13th Street in Kansas City, Mo. The NCLR Press Office is in Room 2215C. Below is the schedule of events for Monday, including the special procedures for press check-in and equipment. Press check-in on Monday will take place at the Wyandotte Avenue entrance near 16th Street.

    If you plan to attend Monday’s events, please make sure you have completed NCLR press registration, which is available free of charge to all reporters with current media credentials. In addition, if you are planning to specifically attend the Monday Luncheon featuring Martin O’Malley and Hillary Clinton, you must RSVP separately to news@nclr.org.

    MONDAY MEDIA LOGISTICS

    8:30–9:30 a.m. Press with camera equipment must check in at the entrance on Wyandotte Avenue near 16th Street. Press must set up equipment before 9:30 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom, where the luncheon will be held.

    10:15–10:30 a.m. The Special Session with Senator Bernie Sanders will be held in Room 2505. Camera equipment set up in the Grand Ballroom cannot be used for this session. You must bring separate equipment in order to cover this event.

    11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. All press (with or without camera equipment) will be escorted from the press check-in area at the Wyandotte Avenue entrance near 16th Street into the Grand Ballroom. Doors will be closed with no admittance after 12:30 p.m.; no exceptions allowed.

    1:00 p.m. Martin O’Malley will deliver remarks.

    3:00 p.m. Hillary Clinton will deliver remarks.

    If you are unable to attend but would still like to watch events during the 2015 NCLR Annual Conference, feel free to watch via livestream.

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

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          Contact:
    July 15, 2015                                                                  Kathy Mimberg
                                                                                          (202) 776-1714
                                                                                          kmimberg@nclr.org

    Community-based nonprofit recognized by NCLR for outstanding service to Latino and low-income communities in California’s Central Valley

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.—At an Awards Gala yesterday that concluded the 2015 NCLR (National Council of La Raza) Annual Conference in Kansas City, NCLR presented the Affiliate of the Year Award to El Concilio, a nonprofit organization working to improve the quality of life for Latinos and other underserved communities in California’s Central Valley. For 47 years, El Concilio has helped Latinos and low-income families by providing a comprehensive array of services that include education, health care, wealth-building and civic engagement.

    “For nearly half a century, El Concilio has shown a steadfast commitment to the people of California’s Central Valley, empowering thousands of families to overcome challenges and realize their full potential. Under the leadership of Jose R. Rodriguez, El Concilio has been smart, strategic and successful in leveraging multiple platforms to promote civic participation and speak up on behalf of California’s Latino families. For their deep commitment to engaging and educating the Latino community, we are pleased to recognize this outstanding organization as NCLR’s 2015 Affiliate of the Year,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR.

    The Affiliate of the Year Award, sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund, is the most distinguished honor bestowed upon an NCLR Affiliate for its exemplary efforts in collaborating with NCLR to achieve positive, meaningful, long-term change for Latino communities. Ford Fund is the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company.

    “Ford Motor Company Fund has established an unwavering legacy of supporting the Latino community,” said Joe Avila, Manager of Community Outreach, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “We are proud to support El Concilio and recognize their work with a $25,000 cash award. Organizations like El Concilio have enhanced the quality of life for Latinos in the U.S. and we enthusiastically encourage them to continue their outstanding service, which will ultimately lead to a better future for all Americans.”

    Established in 1968, El Concilio is the largest Latino nonprofit in the Central Valley and serves an estimated 16,000 people every year with services that include preschool education, case management, rural home health visits, transportation to medical services, and legal assistance to seniors and immigrants. Since 1985, El Concilio has been a strong partner in NCLR’s efforts to expand Latino participation in the electoral process, including by contributing to NCLR’s largest voter registration drive to date, which registered more than 123,000 citizens in 2014. That year, El Concilio registered 1,200 people and leveraged its network, clients and partners to reach over 3,000 people as part of its get-out-the-vote efforts.

    “On behalf of El Concilio, we are honored that NCLR has selected El Concilio as the 2015 Affiliate of the Year. For the past 47 years, El Concilio has been operating programs and providing services to Latinos and underserved communities to improve their quality of life. We are grateful that NCLR has recognized the impact of our work in the Central Valley of California. While we are humbled, we are also inspired to continue our efforts to make a difference in the lives of those we serve,” said Jose R. Rodriguez, President and CEO, El Concilio.

    In addition to honoring El Concilio with a $25,000 cash award, NCLR also recognized regional awardees from its Affiliate Network. Each honoree was presented with a $5,000 cash award on Monday, July 13, at the NCLR Affiliate Leadership Breakfast. The 2015 Regional Awardees include:

    Houston Gateway Academy (Houston, TX), Texas Affiliate of the Year
    GOAL Academy (Pueblo, CO), Far West Affiliate of the Year
    Erie Neighborhood House (Chicago, IL), Midwest Affiliate of the Year
    Centro Hispano Daniel Torres (Reading, PA), Northeast Affiliate of the Year
    Hispanic Unity of Florida (Hollywood, FL), Southeast Affiliate of the Year

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

    About the Ford Motor Company Fund
    Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, invests more than $8 million a year in scholarships and other education initiatives. In addition to Ford Driving Dreams, Ford Fund educational programs include Ford Blue Oval Scholars, Ford Next Generation Learning, Ford College Community Challenge and the Ford STEAM Lab. Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. For more than 60 years, Ford Motor Company Fund has operated with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. The award-winning Ford Driving Skills for Life program teaches new drivers through a variety of hands-on and interactive methods. Innovation in education is encouraged through national programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. Through the Ford Volunteer Corps, more than 25,000 Ford employees and dealers work on projects each year that better their communities in more than 40 countries. For more information, visit www.community.ford.com.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           Contact:
    July 15, 2015                                                                   Camila Gallardo
                                                                                           (305) 215-4259
                                                                                           cgallardo@nclr.org

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Last night NCLR (National Council of La Raza) honored Hispanic leaders and organizations that have demonstrated exemplary accomplishments in their fields and in service to the Latino community in the United States. NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía recognized the honorees at the organization’s annual Awards Gala, celebrating with thousands of Latino activists and community leaders and bringing to a close the 2015 NCLR Annual Conference, which was held July 11–14 at the Kansas City Convention Center.

    This year’s honorees include El Concilio, a nonprofit organization based in Stockton, Calif., and member of the NCLR Affiliate Network; Dr. Juliet V. Garcia, former President of the University of Texas at Brownsville and current Executive Director of the University of Texas Institute of the Americas; Luis Garden Acosta, Founder and President of El Puente, a Brooklyn-based community and youth development organization; Mandalit Del Barco, an award-winning journalist and NPR correspondent; Octavio (Cookie) Rojas Rivas, a celebrated Major League Baseball player, coach, and manager; and Tony Salazar, former Chair and current member of the NCLR Board of Directors.
    “It gives me great pleasure to recognize such a remarkable group of individuals and spotlight the strides they have made to drive meaningful, positive change for our Latino community. Their work and vision stand as the hallmarks of true leadership and echo the need to maximize the role of Latinos to ensure the continued growth and prosperity of our great nation,” said Murguía.

    El Concilio, recipient of the NCLR Affiliate of the Year Award, was established in 1968 and is the largest Latino nonprofit in California’s Central Valley. The organization serves an estimated 16,000 people every year with services that include preschool education, case management, rural home health visits, transportation to medical services, and legal assistance to seniors and immigrants. Since 1985, El Concilio has been a strong partner in NCLR’s efforts to expand Latino participation in the electoral process and contributed to NCLR’s largest voter registration drive to date, which registered more than 123,000 citizens in 2014. That year, El Concilio registered 1,200 people and leveraged its network, clients and partners to reach over 3,000 people as part of their get-out-the-vote efforts.

    The Affiliate of the Year Award is the most distinguished honor bestowed upon an NCLR Affiliate for its exemplary efforts in collaborating with NCLR to achieve positive, meaningful, long-term change for Latino communities.

    Dr. Juliet V. Garcia was honored with the Graciela Olivarez La Raza Award. A pioneering educator, Garcia is the first Mexican American woman to serve as president of a U.S. college or university and has devoted her life’s work to making higher education accessible for all students. As president of the University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB), and in her previous tenure as president of Texas Southmost College (TSC), a community college in the Rio Grande Valley, Garcia oversaw the launch of an innovative partnership between TSC and UTB designed to help students with a seamless transition from community college to a four-year institution, an initiative that has been extremely successful. Under her leadership, UTB’s full-time student enrollment more than doubled and the number of baccalaureate and master’s degrees awarded increased significantly.

    NCLR presents the Graciela Olivarez La Raza Award annually to an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to promoting the interests of Hispanic Americans.

    The Maclovio Barranza Award for Leadership was presented to Luis Garden Acosta for his work at the helm of El Puente. Established in 1982, El Puente has been a prominent force in the push for peace and justice on the south side of Williamsburg, a predominantly Latino neighborhood. Under Acosta’s leadership, the organization has transformed into a true champion for social justice, spearheading major initiatives designed to bridge health, the environment, education and the arts into one holistic, goal-oriented membership for community members of all ages. Chief among these projects has been the launch of El Puente’s Academy for Peace and Justice, the first school focused on human rights in the United States and environmental justice, as well as the “Green Light District,” an initiative geared toward transforming the city of Williamsburg to America’s model neighborhood for community health and environmental wellness. A graduate of St. Mary’s Seminary and Harvard Medical School, Acosta’s diverse career paths as public health researcher, educator, hospital director and disc jockey have been instrumental in rooting his passion for social action and human rights activism—and more importantly—his unwavering commitment to empower the Latino community.

    The Maclovio Barraza Award for Leadership recognizes those who have worked for the betterment of the Hispanic community at the grassroots level and whose leadership has served as a source of strength and support to the Hispanic community.

    Mandalit Del Barco received the Ruben Salazar Award for Communications. Born in Lima, Peru, Del Barco is an accomplished fourth-generation journalist and Fulbright fellow, best known for her work on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “Morning Edition,” “Weekend Edition” and “Alt.Latino.” Through an extensive and versatile career in journalism, Del Barco’s insightful news coverage has helped drive a national conversation on the most pressing issues today, including police and prisons, immigration, and race relations. Her international resume has proven equally impactful, lending coverage to the devastating aftermath of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake and a raw, investigative light on immigrant smugglers in Mexico and street gangs in Central America. Driven by a desire to uplift the next generation of women and journalists through NPR’s Next Generation Radio, Global Girl and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Del Barco has and continues to make measurable strides in raising the profile and visibility of Latinos—in and outside of the newsroom.

    The Ruben Salazar Award for Communications is given to an individual who has dedicated his or her professional life to portraying issues, concerns and/or news relevant to contemporary Hispanic America and promoting the positive contributions that Latinos have made to U.S. society.

    The Roberto Clemente Award for Sports Excellence went to Octavio Victor Rojas Rivas, better known as Cookie Rojas. A former second basemen and outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals, Rojas’s impressive career spans multiple teams and roles. Born in Havana, Cuba, Rojas proved a tremendous talent from a young age, signing his first professional contract at the age of 17. His steady career climb through the minor leagues led to his debut as a major league second baseman in 1962 and reached a career high in his being named the first non-American-born player to a hit a home run for the American League in an All-Star Game. Since retiring, Rojas has leveraged his talent and expertise to serve as coach and scout for the California Angels, New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays, among other teams. His continued involvement off the field is best reflected in his role as board member of the Baseball Assistance Team, a nonprofit that helps former Major League, Minor League and Negro League players through financial and medical hardships. For his illustrious career, Rojas was inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame.

    The Roberto Clemente Award for Sports Excellence is presented to an individual renowned in the world of sports and committed to the advancement of Hispanic Americans.

    The Raul Yzaguirre President’s Award was presented to Tony Salazar, former NCLR Board Chair and rotating member of the Board. Under his tenure, Salazar became a driving force behind NCLR’s growth, helping to shape everything from NCLR’s policy strategies to institutional finances and serving an instrumental role in the development of the organization’s housing and community development work. His tenacious spirit and vision helped lay the groundwork for success and guided NCLR during challenging financial periods. Leveraging an extensive background in finance and housing, Salazar has been a principal at McCormack Baron Salazar, one of the largest low-income housing developers in the nation. His dedicated service to Latinos and vested interest in their success has also fueled his leadership roles as Executive Director of the Kansas City Neighborhood Alliance, a community development agency that included several NCLR Affiliates, and his service on countless national and regional boards.

    The Raul Yzaguirre President’s Award is presented each year to an individual or organization that has shown outstanding support for NCLR’s mission, goals and philosophy.

    The NCLR Awards Gala was co-sponsored this year by Eli Lilly and Company, Ford Motor Company, UPS, and Walmart.

    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:
    July 16, 2015   Kathy Mimberg
        (202) 776-1714
        kmimberg@nclr.org

    NCLR Recognizes TODEC Legal Center with Affiliate Award for Advocacy

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.—At a luncheon held Monday, July 13, at the 2015 NCLR Annual Conference, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) honored TODEC (Training Occupational Development Educating Communities) Legal Center with the Affiliate Award for Advocacy. Based in Perris, Calif., TODEC is a grassroots community-based organization that promotes self-sufficiency in immigrant communities throughout Southern California, administering programs in naturalization, education, health and civic engagement.

    “Over the past year, TODEC has successfully merged their advocacy efforts on issues such as immigration, health care access and education with their electoral work to educate and empower Latino voters in their community,” said Eric Rodriguez, Vice President of the Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation, NCLR. “They have used targeted strategies including congressional meetings, public rallies, voter registration drives and others to effectively engage the community and grassroots leadership on a number of issues critical to Latino immigrant communities in California. We applaud TODEC for their unwavering dedication to advocating on behalf of the Latino community and thank them for their valuable partnerships with NCLR over the past year.”

    During the 2014 NCLR National Latino Advocacy Days, TODEC served as a state lead for California and a key partner during the California Latino Policy Issues Summit, engaging in training sessions and meeting with members of Congress. TODEC also registered nearly 300 new voters as part of the Latino Empowerment and Advocacy Project.

    TODEC joined NCLR in organizing phone banks to generate thousands of calls to legislators in support of immigration reform and led a rally with Representatives Luis Gutiérrez (D–Ill.) and Mark Takano (D–Calif.) to elevate the support in California for immigration reform. During the Health for All campaign, TODEC joined NCLR in efforts to provide health care access for people in vulnerable communities.

    “We are greatly humbled and honored to be receiving NCLR’s Affiliate Award for Advocacy,” said Luz Gallegos, Community Programs Director, TODEC Legal Center. “Advocacy and civic engagement have always been the driving engines of TODEC. We will continue raising the voices of our community and building our community’s political power.”

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

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    Contact:
    July 16, 2015   Camila Gallardo
        (305)215-4259
        cgallardo@nclr.org 

    NCLR: Senate ESEA Bill Fails to Provide Critical Protections for Nation’s Students

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today the “Every Child Achieves Act” (ECAA), a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) formerly known as No Child Left Behind, passed 81-17 in the Senate. Since its enactment in 1965, ESEA has been a pillar of the nation’s civil rights framework, ensuring all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, or income level, have the resources and support for academic success. NCLR (National Council of La Raza) does not support final passage of this bill because it removes civil rights protections for our nation’s most vulnerable students.

    “We applaud the bipartisan work to improve programs for English learners, expand access to early childhood education, and strengthen parental engagement and notification. However, we are deeply disappointed that the ECAA bill does not provide critical protections for Latino students and English learners. By failing to require timely interventions when our students are not meeting academic goals, this legislation does not live up to the ESEA’s intended purpose,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía.

    Today, Latino children make up one-quarter of the nation’s K–12 enrollments and their academic success is integral to the nation’s economic prosperity. Though Latino high school graduation rates have dramatically improved, Hispanics still lag behind their White counterparts in reading and mathematics testing and their college completion rates are noticeably lower.

    “In the coming weeks we’ll be talking to and hearing from our community about this important legislation and we look forward to working with the president and congressional leadership to make improvements to strengthen accountability provisions, address the limitations of the federal role and promote resource equity. We cannot support the bill unless these core priorities are addressed. It is imperative that Congress move beyond the rhetoric of ‘fixing NCLB,’ and instead focus on getting ESEA right,” concluded Murguía.

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

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                       Contact:
    July 17, 2015                                                              Joseph Rendeiro
                                                                                       jrendeiro@nclr.org
                                                                                       (202) 776-1566

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Thursday, July 23, 2015, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will host a briefing at which Dr. Michael Cornfield of The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management will present data on voter attitudes toward undocumented immigrants that were collected during the latest bipartisan GWU Battleground Poll of 1,000 registered voters. At this briefing, the political implications of this poll will be discussed by NCLR’s Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro, scholar and journalist Edward Schumacher-Matos, and Republican consultant Katie Packer Gage.

    To RSVP for the press briefing, please contact Joseph Rendeiro at jrendeiro@nclr.org or (202) 776-1566. Reporters outside of Washington, DC, can call (1-877) 876 9177 to participate by phone; the conference ID is “Immigrants.” Reporters who plan to call in will be provided with login information to view data presented during the briefing.

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHAT:    Briefing on political implications of new data from GWU on voter attitudes toward undocumented immigrants in the United States

    WHEN:    Thursday, July 23, 2015
                    10:30 a.m. EDT

    WHERE:  NCLR Headquarters
                     Raul Yzaguirre Building
                     1126 16th Street, NW, Suite 600
                     Washington, DC 20036

                     Call-in phone number: (1-877) 876 9177
                     Conference ID: Immigrants

    WHO:      Dr. Michael Cornfield, Associate Professor of Political Management, and Research Director, Global Center for Political Engagement, The George Washington University
                    Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro, Deputy Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation
                    Edward Schumacher-Matos, Public Policy Fellow, Latin American Program, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
                    Katie Packer Gage, Principal, Burning Glass Consulting, and former Deputy Campaign Manager for the Mitt Romney 2012 presidential campaign

    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:
    17 de julio de 2015                                                           Joseph Rendeiro
                                                                                              jrendeiro@nclr.org
                                                                                             (202) 776-1566

    NCLR presentará una Sesión Informativa de un Nuevo Sondeo en GWU sobre las Actitudes de los Votantes hacia los Inmigrantes Indocumentados

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—El jueves 23 de julio de 2015, el NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza) llevará a cabo una sesión informativa en la que el Dr. Michael Cornfield, de la Graduate School of Political Management del George Washington University (GWU), presentará información sobre las actitudes de los votantes con respecto a los inmigrantes indocumentados. La información se recopiló durante el último sondeo bipartidista “GWU Battleground Poll” con una muestra de 1,000 votantes registrados. En esta sesión informativa, Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro del NCLR, el investigador y periodista Edward Schumacher-Matos y la asesora Republicana Katie Packer Gage discutirán las implicaciones políticas de este sondeo.


    Para confirmar su participación, por favor póngase en contacto con Joseph Rendeiro enviando un correo a jrendeiro@nclr.org o llamando al (202) 776-1566. Los periodistas que no se encuentran en Washington, DC, pueden participar vía telefónica llamando al (1-877) 876 9177; el identificador de la conferencia es “Immigrants”. Se les proveerá una clave de acceso para ver datos durante la presentación a aquellos reporteros que confirmen que utilizarán esta línea durante la sesión.

    AVISO DE PRENSA

    QUÉ:         Sesión informativa sobre las implicaciones políticas de los datos recientes de GWU sobre las actitudes de los votantes con respecto a
                             los inmigrantes indocumentados en los Estados Unidos

    CUÁNDO:   Jueves 23 de julio de 2015
                         10:30 AM EDT

    DÓNDE:     Oficinas principales de NCLR
                       Raúl Yzaguirre Building
                       1126 16th Street, NW, Suite 600
                       Washington, DC 20036

                       Teléfono a llamar: (1-877) 876 9177
                       Identificador de la conferencia: Immigrants

    QUIÉNES:   Dr. Michael Cornfield, Associate Professor of Political Management, and Research Director, Global Center for Political Engagement,
                           The George Washington University
                         Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro, Deputy Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation
                         Edward Schumacher-Matos, Public Policy Fellow, Latin American Program, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
                         Katie Packer Gage, Principal, Burning Glass Consulting, and former Deputy Campaign Manager for the Mitt Romney 2012
                             presidential campaign

     

     

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

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                      Contact:
    February 26, 2015                                                                                        Ricky Garza
                                                                                                                         (202) 776-1732
                                                                                                                         rgarza@nclr.org

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) announced the addition of six community-based organizations to its Affiliate Network. The new members joining the existing network of nonprofit providers that work with the Latino community throughout the nation include Con Mi MADRE in Austin, Texas; ConnectFamilias in Miami, Fla.; Esperanza Health Centers in Chicago, Ill.; Neighborhood Housing Services of San Antonio, Inc. in San Antonio, Texas; Voces in Battle Creek, Mich.; and Youth Policy Institute Charter Schools (YPICS) in Los Angeles, Calif. These new members raise the number of NCLR affiliated organizations to 266 nationwide.

    “For more than 40 years, NCLR has partnered with community organizations across the country that provide vital services to help Latinos gain a good education, high-wage jobs and access to health care and homeownership opportunities,” said Sonia Pérez, NCLR Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives. “The NCLR Affiliate Network is the backbone of our organization, allowing us to disseminate information, learn about issues facing Latinos throughout the nation and collaborate with partners who generate opportunities that strengthen families and communities. We welcome these six organizations to our national network and look forward to collaborating with them to advance our work on behalf of Latinos.”

    For more information about NCLR’s new Affiliate organizations:
    • Con Mi MADRE (www.conmimadre.org)
    • ConnectFamilias (www.ConnectFamilias.org)
    • Esperanza Health Centers (www.esperanzachicago.org)
    • Neighborhood Housing Services of San Antonio, Inc. (www.nhsofsa.org)
    • Voces (www.vocesbc.org)
    • Youth Policy Institute Charter Schools (www.ypics.org)

    NCLR’s Affiliates include 266 community organizations that provide programs and services to millions of Hispanic Americans and use their expertise to give voice to issues facing Latinos. Through their work, these nonprofits provide educational tools for children and adults, prepare workers to enter the labor force, facilitate the integration of immigrants into schools and the workforce, register people to vote, provide health services and help families purchase and stay in their homes.

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


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                       Contact:
    July 17, 2015                                                              Joseph Rendeiro
                                                                                       jrendeiro@nclr.org
                                                                                       (202) 776-1566

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Thursday, July 23, 2015, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will host a briefing at which Dr. Michael Cornfield of The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management will present data on voter attitudes toward undocumented immigrants that were collected during a bipartisan nationwide poll conducted by George Washington University. At this briefing, the political implications of this poll will be discussed by NCLR’s Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro, scholar and journalist Edward Schumacher-Matos, and Republican consultant Katie Packer Gage.

    To RSVP for the press briefing, please contact Joseph Rendeiro at jrendeiro@nclr.org or (202) 776-1566. Reporters outside of Washington, DC, can call (1-877) 876 9177 to participate by phone; the conference ID is “Immigrants.” Reporters who plan to call in will be provided with login information to view data presented during the briefing.

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHAT:    Briefing on political implications of new data from GWU on voter attitudes toward undocumented immigrants in the United States

    WHEN:    Thursday, July 23, 2015
                    10:30 a.m. EDT

    WHERE:  NCLR Headquarters
                     Raul Yzaguirre Building
                     1126 16th Street, NW, Suite 600
                     Washington, DC 20036

                     Call-in phone number: (1-877) 876 9177
                     Conference ID: Immigrants

    WHO:      Dr. Michael Cornfield, Associate Professor of Political Management, and Research Director, Global Center for Political Engagement, The George Washington University
                    Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro, Deputy Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation
                    Edward Schumacher-Matos, Public Policy Fellow, Latin American Program, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
                    Katie Packer Gage, Principal, Burning Glass Consulting, and former Deputy Campaign Manager for the Mitt Romney 2012 presidential campaign

    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:
    17 de julio de 2015                                                           Joseph Rendeiro
                                                                                              jrendeiro@nclr.org
                                                                                             (202) 776-1566

    NCLR presentará una Sesión Informativa de un Nuevo Sondeo en GWU sobre las Actitudes de los Votantes hacia los Inmigrantes Indocumentados

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—El jueves 23 de julio de 2015, el NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza) llevará a cabo una sesión informativa en la que el Dr. Michael Cornfield, de la Graduate School of Political Management del George Washington University (GWU), presentará información sobre las actitudes de los votantes con respecto a los inmigrantes indocumentados. La información se recopiló durante un sondeo bipartidista nacional realizado por GWU. En esta sesión informativa, Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro del NCLR, el investigador y periodista Edward Schumacher-Matos y la asesora Republicana Katie Packer Gage discutirán las implicaciones políticas de este sondeo.


    Para confirmar su participación, por favor póngase en contacto con Joseph Rendeiro enviando un correo a jrendeiro@nclr.org o llamando al (202) 776-1566. Los periodistas que no se encuentran en Washington, DC, pueden participar vía telefónica llamando al (1-877) 876 9177; el identificador de la conferencia es “Immigrants”. Se les proveerá una clave de acceso para ver datos durante la presentación a aquellos reporteros que confirmen que utilizarán esta línea durante la sesión.

    AVISO DE PRENSA

    QUÉ:         Sesión informativa sobre las implicaciones políticas de los datos recientes de GWU sobre las actitudes de los votantes con respecto a
                             los inmigrantes indocumentados en los Estados Unidos

    CUÁNDO:   Jueves 23 de julio de 2015
                         10:30 AM EDT

    DÓNDE:     Oficinas principales de NCLR
                       Raúl Yzaguirre Building
                       1126 16th Street, NW, Suite 600
                       Washington, DC 20036

                       Teléfono a llamar: (1-877) 876 9177
                       Identificador de la conferencia: Immigrants

    QUIÉNES:   Dr. Michael Cornfield, Associate Professor of Political Management, and Research Director, Global Center for Political Engagement,
                           The George Washington University
                         Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro, Deputy Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation
                         Edward Schumacher-Matos, Public Policy Fellow, Latin American Program, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
                         Katie Packer Gage, Principal, Burning Glass Consulting, and former Deputy Campaign Manager for the Mitt Romney 2012
                             presidential campaign

     

     

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

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                       Contact:
    July 17, 2015                                                              Joseph Rendeiro
                                                                                       jrendeiro@nclr.org
                                                                                       (202) 776-1566

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Thursday, July 23, 2015, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will host a briefing at which Dr. Michael Cornfield of The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management will present data on voter attitudes toward undocumented immigrants that were collected during a bipartisan nationwide poll conducted by George Washington University. At this briefing, the political implications of this poll will be discussed by NCLR’s Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro, scholar and journalist Edward Schumacher-Matos, and Republican consultant Katie Packer Gage.

    To RSVP for the press briefing, please contact Joseph Rendeiro at jrendeiro@nclr.org or (202) 776-1566. Reporters outside of Washington, DC, can call (1-877) 876 9177 to participate by phone; the conference ID is “Immigrants.” Please use this link to view data presented during the briefing: http://connexevent.adobeconnect.com/immigrants/.

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHAT:    Briefing on political implications of new data from GWU on voter attitudes toward undocumented immigrants in the United States

    WHEN:    Thursday, July 23, 2015
                    10:30 a.m. EDT

    WHERE:  NCLR Headquarters
                     Raul Yzaguirre Building
                     1126 16th Street, NW, Suite 600
                     Washington, DC 20036

                     Call-in phone number: (1-877) 876 9177
                     Conference ID:  Immigrants
                     Live Event Link:   http://connexevent.adobeconnect.com/immigrants/

    WHO:      Dr. Michael Cornfield, Associate Professor of Political Management, and Research Director, Global Center for Political Engagement, The George Washington University
                    Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro, Deputy Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation
                    Edward Schumacher-Matos, Public Policy Fellow, Latin American Program, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
                    Katie Packer Gage, Principal, Burning Glass Consulting, and former Deputy Campaign Manager for the Mitt Romney 2012 presidential campaign

    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:
    17 de julio de 2015                                                           Joseph Rendeiro
                                                                                              jrendeiro@nclr.org
                                                                                             (202) 776-1566

    NCLR presentará una Sesión Informativa de un Nuevo Sondeo en GWU sobre las Actitudes de los Votantes hacia los Inmigrantes Indocumentados

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—El jueves 23 de julio de 2015, el NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza) llevará a cabo una sesión informativa en la que el Dr. Michael Cornfield, de la Graduate School of Political Management del George Washington University (GWU), presentará información sobre las actitudes de los votantes con respecto a los inmigrantes indocumentados. La información se recopiló durante un sondeo bipartidista nacional realizado por GWU. En esta sesión informativa, Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro del NCLR, el investigador y periodista Edward Schumacher-Matos y la asesora Republicana Katie Packer Gage discutirán las implicaciones políticas de este sondeo.


    Para confirmar su participación, por favor póngase en contacto con Joseph Rendeiro enviando un correo a jrendeiro@nclr.org o llamando al (202) 776-1566. Los periodistas que no se encuentran en Washington, DC, pueden participar vía telefónica llamando al (1-877) 876 9177; el identificador de la conferencia es “Immigrants”. Para ver los datos durante la presentación, por favor visite: http://connexevent.adobeconnect.com/immigrants/.

    AVISO DE PRENSA

    QUÉ:         Sesión informativa sobre las implicaciones políticas de los datos recientes de GWU sobre las actitudes de los votantes con respecto a
                             los inmigrantes indocumentados en los Estados Unidos

    CUÁNDO:   Jueves 23 de julio de 2015
                         10:30 AM EDT

    DÓNDE:     Oficinas principales de NCLR
                       Raúl Yzaguirre Building
                       1126 16th Street, NW, Suite 600
                       Washington, DC 20036

                      Teléfono a llamar: (1-877) 876 9177
                      Identificador de la conferencia: Immigrants
                     
    Enlace para ver los datos:  http://connexevent.adobeconnect.com/immigrants/

    QUIÉNES:   Dr. Michael Cornfield, Associate Professor of Political Management, and Research Director, Global Center for Political Engagement,
                           The George Washington University
                         Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro, Deputy Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation
                         Edward Schumacher-Matos, Public Policy Fellow, Latin American Program, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
                         Katie Packer Gage, Principal, Burning Glass Consulting, and former Deputy Campaign Manager for the Mitt Romney 2012
                             presidential campaign

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

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact: 
    July 21, 2015   Joseph Rendeiro
        jrendeiro@nclr.org
        (202) 776-1566

    NCLR Highlights Importance of Waiting to Collect Social Security Benefits
    New infographic commemorates National my Social Security Week

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—In honor of National my Social Security Week, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) today released an infographic highlighting the advantages of waiting to collect Social Security benefits. Latinos in the United States are living longer than ever with greater life expectancies than both their Black and White counterparts. Because of this, Social Security benefits play an even more critical role in helping older Latinos attain lifelong economic security. In addition, Latinos are more likely than other seniors to rely on Social Security as their sole source of retirement income given that two-thirds of Latinos work for employers that do not offer retirement plans.

    “During National my Social Security Week, we are working to inform the Latino community about the additional benefits they can receive if they decide to wait to retire for just a few more years,” said Eric Rodriguez, Vice President of the Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation, NCLR.

    For most people, full retirement age is 66 or 67; however, workers are allowed to begin collecting Social Security benefits as early as age 62. Those who collect benefits early will be penalized and have their monthly benefits reduced. Those who wait to collect will see their benefits increase by up to 8 percent every year after age 62. Workers have the option to begin collecting at full retirement age or can wait up to age 70 to begin collecting, boosting their monthly payments even higher as demonstrated in NCLR’s newly released infographic.

    “It’s important that Latino families have the right information to make an informed decision about retirement and their economic future. We are hoping that through this infographic and other tools we have provided the Latino community, including NCLR’s publication ‘Latinos and Social Security: How to Maximize your Benefits,’ we will continue to reach Latinos far and wide with the message that it really does pay to wait,” concluded Rodriguez.

    For more information about how to maximize your Social Security benefits, please read the NCLR brochure “It Pays to Wait” (“Vale la pena esperar”).

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

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    Contact:
    July 21, 2015   Julian Teixeira
        (202) 776-1812
        jteixeira@nclr.org

    NCLR Partners with TPO to Raise Awareness through
     Innovative Mobile Service

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) is partnering up with The People’s Operator (TPO), a different kind of mobile phone operator, to raise support and awareness for its mission to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.

    “We’re excited to be partnering with NCLR to deliver goodness with every connection by giving TPO subscribers the option to help raise support for the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States.” said Mark Epstein, CEO, The People’s Operator.

    The partnership will see TPO encouraging its customers to learn more about NCLR and suggesting new customers direct 10 percent of their monthly cell phone bill to the organization’s initiatives.

    “It’s an honor to be selected to be part of the TPO partnership,” said Ivelisse Fairchild, CFRE, Vice President of Resource Development, NCLR. “Together we can work to help improve the lives of Hispanic Americans in the United States.”

    NCLR joins a range of TPO partners who are taking part in the company’s mission to raise support for causes using its mobile service to deliver goodness with every connection. TPO will be working with NCLR to raise support for its initiatives by tapping into TPO’s platform, which offers customers the chance to give 10 percent of their monthly cell phone bill to the cause of their choice.

    Mobile users who want to find out more about where they can sign up to TPO and start giving their 10 percent to NCLR can visit www.tpo.com or follow TPO on Facebook and Twitter.

    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.

    About TPO
    The People’s Operator (TPO) was founded on the idea that mobile could be used to change lives for the better. Customers with TPO not only get the best deals, high-quality mobile service and great customer service—they can also direct 10 percent of their monthly mobile spend to the cause of their choice, at no extra cost to them.

    TPO launched in the UK in 2012 and expanded to the U.S. in July 2015. Since its UK launch, TPO customers have directed funds to hundreds of causes including The Trussell Trust, Emerge UK and the Children’s Heart Foundation. In the U.S., TPO has partnered with a range of causes including NCLR. Under the direction of TPO Chairman and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, TPO has also developed the TPO Community, an online community to expand the global network of mobile phone customers who share in the common belief of supporting causes.

    Connect with TPO at www.facebook.com/tpous and @TPOus, or find out more at www.tpo.com

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    PARA LA DIFUSIÓN INMEDIATA

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

    Nueva gráfica conmemora la Semana Nacional de mi Seguro Social

    WASHINGTON, D.C.— En honor a la Semana Nacional de mi Seguro Social el Consejo Nacional de la Raza, NCLR (por sus siglas en inglés), ha emitido una gráfica que ilustra las ventajas que tiene esperar para recibir los beneficios del Seguro Social. Los latinos en los Estados Unidos viven más tiempo que nunca antes y tienen una expectativa de vida más alta que la de las personas blancas y negras. Por este motivo, los beneficios del Seguro Social tienen una importancia cada vez mayor en ayudar a los latinos de edad avanzada a obtener seguridad económica para toda la vida. Los latinos son más propensos que otras personas mayores a depender del Seguro Social como su única fuente de ingresos debido a que dos tercios de los latinos trabajan para compañías que no ofrecen un plan de retiro.

    “Durante la Semana Nacional de mi Seguro Social, trabajamos para informar a nuestra comunidad latina acerca de los beneficios adicionales que pueden recibir si deciden esperar tan solo unos años más” dijo Eric Rodríguez, vicepresidente de la oficina de Investigación, Defensa y Legislación (Research, Advocacy and Legislation) del NCLR.

    Para la mayoría de las personas, la edad del retiro completo es entre los 66 y los 67 años de edad; sin embargo, se les permite a los trabajadores comenzar a recibir los beneficios del Seguro Social tan temprano como a los 62 años de edad. Aquellas personas que deciden comenzar a recibir sus beneficios temprano enfrentan una penalidad y sus beneficios mensuales se reducen. Las personas que deciden esperar para recibir sus beneficios podrán ver como sus beneficios aumentan por hasta un 8 por ciento cada año después de haber cumplido los 62 años de edad. Loa trabajadores pueden escoger entre recibir los beneficios una vez cumplan con la edad de retiro completa o esperar hasta los 70 años de edad para comenzar a recibir los beneficios. Como se demuestra en la ilustración que ha hecho pública el NCLR, esto aumenta sus pagos mensuales aún más.

    “Es importante que las familias latinas tengan acceso a la información correcta para que puedan tomar decisiones informadas acerca del retiro y de su futuro económico. Esperamos que esta ilustración y otras herramientas que hemos proveído a la comunidad tal como la publicación de NCLR titulada en inglés ‘Latinos and Social Security: How to Maximize your Benefits,’ ( Los hispanos y el Seguro Social: Cómo maximizar sus beneficios) continúen llegando a todos los latinos con el mensaje de que verdaderamente vale la pena esperar”, concluyó Rodríguez.

    Para más información sobre cómo maximizar sus beneficios de Seguro Social favor de leer el documento del NCLR “It Pays to Wait” (“Vale la pena esperar”).

    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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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact:
    July 23, 2015    Joseph Rendeiro
        (202) 776-1566
        jrendeiro@nclr.org


    Briefing Highlights Positive Voter Attitudes Toward Undocumented Immigrants
    Candidates using anti-immigrant rhetoric are out of sync with electorate

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—At a briefing hosted today by NCLR (National Council of La Raza), a panel of immigration and political experts and scholars discussed the implications of new data released by The George Washington University (GW) which show that most U.S. voters have positive views of undocumented immigrants when it comes to their character, motivation and impact on our nation. Participating in the forum were NCLR immigration expert Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro, GW Associate Professor Michael Cornfield, scholar and journalist Edward Schumacher-Matos, and Republican consultant Katie Packer.

    “Among American voters today, there is a substantial, multidimensional and widespread favorable attitude toward undocumented immigrants,” said Dr. Cornfield, Associate Professor of Political Management and Research Director, Global Center for Political Engagement, The George Washington University. “Political strategists and policymakers should take these majority attitudes into serious consideration.”

    According to the new GW analysis, “Broad Sympathies and Borderline Myths,” most American voters consider undocumented immigrants in a positive light, agreeing that they are “family and community oriented” (71 percent), and “filling jobs Americans don’t want” (67 percent). A majority of those surveyed disagreed that undocumented immigrants “are ‘cheaters’ here just to help themselves” (59 percent), “belong to gangs and commit many crimes” (56 percent), or “threaten our traditional American culture” (56 percent).

    “We have seen Donald Trump types throughout American history make such vile comments and for a while it appeals to people’s fears,” said Schumacher-Matos, a public policy scholar at The Wilson Center. "In the 19th century, it appealed to a populist movement that proudly called itself the ‘Know-Nothings’ and who accused Irish Catholic immigrants of being apelike and criminals. But sooner or later, as this poll shows, the vast majority of Americans catch on."

    “The findings show that the majority of voters disagree with Donald Trump’s offensive remarks, and that demonizing immigrants will not win the White House,” said Martínez-De-Castro, Deputy Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation, NCLR. “The vast majority of Americans are in a much more pragmatic place than Congress on this issue, and they believe immigrants make valuable contributions to our nation.”

    Our study of GOP primary voters in early states along with general election voters in swing states indicates that the strongest candidate is one who supports a multistep path toward legal status for undocumented immigrants, along with much stronger border security,” said Katie Packer of Burning Glass Consulting. “This combination of accountability and compassion is the sweet spot for a majority of American voters.”

    Broad Sympathies and Borderline Myths” examines attitudes across age groups, region and party affiliation on issues related to work, social benefits, crime, commitment to family and community, and religion, among others. Participants were asked if they agreed or disagreed with positive and negative statements often heard about undocumented immigrants. The analysis, authored by Dr. Cornfield, Dr. F. Christopher Arterton and Jamie P. Chandler of GW’s Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM), was based on data collected from 1,000 registered voters during a GW bipartisan nationwide poll conducted May 3–6, 2015, and has a margin of error of +/– 3.1 percent.

    The full presentation from the briefing is available 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.

    About the GW Graduate School of Political Management
    George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, founded in 1987 and located in the heart of Washington, DC, is the first and foremost school of applied politics and advocacy. For more information on GSPM, please visit gspm.gwu.edu or follow along on Facebook and Twitter. For media inquiries, please contact John Brandt, Associate Director for Media Relations, GSPM, at Johnbrandt@gwu.edu or (202) 994-3199.
     


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    PARA DIVULGACIÓN INMEDIATA   Contacto:
    23 de julio de 2015   Joseph Rendeiro
        (202) 776-1566
        jrendeiro@nclr.org

    En Sesión Informativa Se Destacan las Actitudes Positivas de los Votantes
    con Respecto a los Inmigrantes Indocumentados

    Los candidatos con un discurso antiinmigrante no están en sincronía con el electorado

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Hoy en una sesión informativa organizada por NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza), un panel compuesto por eruditos y expertos en inmigración y política habló de las implicaciones de los nuevos datos publicados por The George Washington University (GW, por sus siglas en inglés). Estos muestran que la mayoría de los votantes de EE.UU. tiene un punto de vista positivo de los inmigrantes indocumentados en lo que respecta a su carácter, motivación e impacto en nuestro país. Entre los participantes del foro estuvieron la experta en inmigración del NCLR Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro, el profesor asociado de GW Michael Cornfield, el erudito y periodista Edward Schumacher-Matos y la asesora Republicana Katie Packer.

    “Hoy en día, entre los votantes estadounidenses hay una actitud fuerte, multidimensional y generalizada a favor de los inmigrantes indocumentados”, dijo el Dr. Cornfield, profesor asociado de gestión política y director de investigación del Centro Global de Participación Política de la Universidad George Washington. “Los estrategas políticos y formuladores de políticas deberían tomar muy en serio esta actitud mayoritaria”.

    Según este nuevo análisis, “Broad Sympathies and Borderline Myths”, la mayoría de los votantes estadounidenses ven de manera positiva a los inmigrantes indocumentados y coinciden en que están “orientados a la familia y la comunidad” (71 %) y que “hacen trabajos que los estadounidenses no quieren hacer” (67 %). La mayoría de los entrevistados no estuvieron de acuerdo en que los inmigrantes indocumentados “aquí son ‘tramposos’ solo para ayudarse a sí mismos” (59 %), “pertenecen a bandas y cometen muchos crímenes” (56 %) o “amenazan la cultura tradicional estadounidense” (56 %).

    “Hemos visto a lo largo de la historia de los Estados Unidos gente del estilo de Donald Trump hacer comentarios infames y por un rato atrae el miedo de la gente”, dijo Edward Schumacher-Matos, erudito de política pública del Centro Wilson. “En el siglo 19, atrajo un movimiento populista que se hacía llamar con orgullo ‘Los ignorantes (Know-Nothings)’ y que acusaron a los inmigrantes irlandeses católicos de ser incivilizados y criminales. Pero tarde o temprano, como lo muestra este sondeo, la gran mayoría de los estadounidenses cae en la cuenta”.

    “Los hallazgos muestran que la mayoría de los votantes no está de acuerdo con los comentarios ofensivos de Donald Trump y que satanizar a los inmigrantes no lleva a ganar la carrera hacia la Casa Blanca”, dijo Martínez-De-Castro, vicepresidenta adjunta de la oficina de investigación, acción política y legislación del NCLR. “La gran mayoría de los estadounidenses es mucho más pragmática en este asunto que el Congreso y cree que los inmigrantes hacen contribuciones importantes a nuestro país”.

    Nuestro análisis sobre los votantes Republicanos en las elecciones primarias en los estados con votación temprana, al igual que los votantes en las elecciones generales en los estados oscilantes, indica que el candidato más fuerte será el que apoye un camino de múltiples pasos hacia la legalización de los inmigrantes indocumentados, así como una mayor seguridad fronteriza”, dijo Katie Packer de Burning Glass Consulting. “Esta combinación de responsabilidad y compasión es el punto ideal para la mayoría de los votantes estadounidenses”.

    El estudio “Broad Sympathies and Borderline Myths” examina las actitudes de distintos grupos de edad, región y filiación partidista con respecto a los temas relacionados con el empleo, los beneficios sociales, el crimen, el compromiso con la familia y la comunidad, entre otros. Se les preguntó a los participantes si estaban o no de acuerdo con las declaraciones positivas y negativas que se escuchan frecuentemente sobre los inmigrantes indocumentados. El análisis, escrito por el Dr. Cornfield, el Dr. F. Christopher Arterton y Jamie P. Chandler de la Facultad de Gestión Política de la Universidad George Washington (GSPM, por sus siglas en inglés), se basó en la información recopilada durante un sondeo bipartidista a nivel nacional realizado por la Universidad de George Washington con una muestra de 1,000 votantes registrados. Dicho sondeo se llevó a cabo del 3 al 6 de mayo de 2015 y su margen de error es más o menos del 3.1 por ciento.

    La presentación completa de la sesión informativa se encuentra disponible en www.nclr.org.

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

    Sobre la Facultad de Gestión Política de GW
    La Facultad de Gestión Política de la Universidad de George Washington, fundada en 1987 y ubicada en el corazón de Washington, DC, es la primera y principal facultad de política aplicada y defensa. Para más información visite gspm.gwu.edu o síganos en Facebook y Twitter.
    Para preguntas de medios, por favor póngase en contacto con John Brandt, director asociado de relaciones con los medios de la Facultad de Gestión Política, enviando un correo a Johnbrandt@gwu.edu o en el teléfono (202) 994-3199.

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  • 08/04/15--08:58: Media Spotlight - July 2015
  • Mainstream News

    The New Yorker—American Limbo
    Olga Flores, the seventh of eleven siblings, was born in a small town in the central Mexican state of Hidalgo thirty-nine years ago. “There was no work,” she told me recently. “The only thing for a woman to do was to get married, have children, and cook for her whole life.” Read more here…

    Washington Post— The mainstream response to Donald Trump affirms Latino political power
    It took a while for Edgar Galicia to realize that maybe Donald Trump had done him a favor. As it turns out, Trump’s disparaging comments about Mexicans have been a morale boost to Latinos who consider the sharp public rebuke of the billionaire Republican presidential candidate evidence that they are a rising force in the United States. Read more here…

    Bloomberg News—At La Raza's Democratic Forum, Donald Trump Is the Piñata
    Democratic presidential rivals Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, and Hillary Clinton all spoke at the National Council of La Raza’s annual conference on Monday, but the most talked-about candidate in the Kansas City Convention Center was Republican contender Donald Trump, whose recent comments about Mexican immigrants were cited again and again as offensive, uninformed, and motivational for Latino organizers. Read more here…

    Kansas City Star—As the La Raza conference guest list shows, Hispanics are being courted by politicians
    Jackie Saavedra, 23, may represent the most important class of voter in the nation next year. She’s young, Hispanic — and independent. Read more here…

    Wall Street Journal—Hillary Clinton Takes Sharper Tone in Criticizing Donald Trump
    Three of the Democratic 2016 presidential rivals who are still seeking to define their candidacies found a unifying theme on Monday: bashing Donald Trump. Read more here…

    ABC News— Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump: 'Basta! Enough!'
    Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton slammed Donald Trump today over immigration in a passionate address to an influential Hispanic advocacy organization. “I have just one word for Mr. Trump: Basta! Enough!” she said, referencing comments about Mexican immigrants from the Republican candidate’s announcement speech. Read more here…

    Politico—Democrats attack Trump as they woo Hispanic voters
    Not one Republican presidential hopeful bothered — or dared — to show up at this annual gathering of influential Latino activists.
    But one of them was very much in the room: a certain real estate mogul who’s been spending his summer bashing Mexican immigrants. Read more here…

    Kansas City Star—Clinton, Sanders, O’Malley talk immigration reform, economic equality to La Raza in Kansas City
    Three candidates seeking the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination spoke to the nation’s largest Latino advocacy group Monday in Kansas City, but — unsurprisingly, perhaps — it was GOP candidate Donald Trump, who wasn’t there, who drew the most attention. Read more here…

    The Hill—Sanders: Trump won't be successful 'dividing us' on race
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a Democratic presidential candidate, name-checked Republican contender Donald Trump in a speech Monday, criticizing his recent comments on immigration. "No one, not Donald Trump, not anyone else, will be successful in dividing us based on race or on our country of origin," Sanders said at the National Council of La Raza's annual conference in Kansas City. Read more here…

    The Guardian—'He's not wanted': immigration activists to protest at Donald Trump border visit
    Donald Trump will be met by over a thousand protesters when he lands in Texas to visit the US-Mexico border on Thursday, according to the League of United Latin American Citizens (Lulac). Read more here...

     

    Spanish Language News

    EFE— Indocumentados despiertan apoyo en mayoría de votantes
    Los inmigrantes indocumentados que viven en Estados Unidos despiertan apoyo en todo tipo de votantes, aunque encuentran sus mayores defensores en el electorado joven y demócrata, según una encuesta de la Universidad George Washington. Read more here…

    Univision—El Consejo Nacional de la Raza recibe a precandidatos en Kansas City
    Tres precandidatos demócratas hablarán este lunes ante cientos de activistas hispanos en la conferencia anual del Consejo Nacional de la Raza (NCLR por sus siglas en inglés). Read more here…

    Univision— Ven imposible que Trump pueda deportar a los 11.3 millones de indocumentados
    La reciente afirmación del precandidato presidencial republicano Donald Trump, de que si llega a la Casa Blanca deportará a todos los indocumentados y luego permitiría que solo “los buenos” regresen dentro de un proceso expedito, dejó con la boca abierta a muchos. Read more here…

    La Opinión— Aspirantes demócratas dan su palabra de apoyo a inmigrantes
    Los aspirantes a la candidatura presidencial demócrata en las elecciones de 2016 Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley y Bernie Sanders se comprometieron con los inmigrantes y a favor de una reforma migratoria en la Conferencia Anual del Consejo Nacional de La Raza (NCLR), que se celebra en Kansas City. Read more here…

    Hola Ciudad— Clinton participará en la conferencia anual del Consejo Nacional de la Raza
    La precandidata demócrata a las elecciones presidenciales de 2016 Hillary Clinton participará el próximo 13 de julio en Kansas City en la conferencia anual del Consejo Nacional de la Raza (NCLR), informó hoy esa organización. Read more here…


    Online News

    MSNBC— NCLR head: Trump isn’t talking substantively about immigration
    José Díaz-Balart and Janet Murguía of the National Council of La Raza discuss Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the criticism Trump has received over his controversial comments about some Mexican immigrants. Read more here…

    NBC News—Bernie Sanders: Trump's Immigration Comments 'An Outrage'
    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Monday said Donald Trump's remarks about Mexican immigrants are "an outrage" and "totally unacceptable," but stopped short of calling the Republican a racist. Read more here…

    Huffington Post—Martin O'Malley: 'Real Problem' With Republicans Goes Beyond
    Donald Trump is "a hate-spewing character" and the rest of the GOP field isn't much better, Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley said Monday. Read more here…

    Kansas City Public Radio (KCUR 89.3)—La Raza Panel Drills Down On Health Disparities
    Something as simple as schoolyard gates can play a role in improving the health of low-income communities. At least that’s what activists in California’s San Joaquin Valley found, according to Genoveva Islas, director of Cultiva La Salud, a Fresno-based organization whose name means “cultivate health” in Spanish. Read more here…

    Latin Post—The Hispanic Electorate Will Choose the Next President: GOP May Need Support of Nearly Half of Latino Voters to Win Presidency in 2016
    In 2016, the GOP will have to work harder than ever before to seize the enough of the Latino vote to win the presidency, requiring the support of nearly half the Latino vote, according to new estimates. The hard math may explain why some Republican candidates aren't even trying. Read more here...


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       Contact:
    August 6, 2015      Joseph Rendeiro
        (202) 776-1566; jrendeiro@nclr.org
        Jennifer Molina
        jmolina1@americanprogressaction.org

    Website Launches to Encourage Millions of Latinos to Support Proposed Federal Rule on Overtime Pay

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Millions of Latino workers fighting for fair wages have a new tool at their disposal: MisHorasExtras.org, a Spanish language companion site to FixOvertime.org, which allows users to weigh in on a new proposal to expand federal overtime pay protections. The proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Labor, which would raise the overtime threshold to $50,440 per year in 2016, could help increase pay for nearly 2.1 million Latinos

    If the proposed rule is implemented, all salaried workers who earn about $50,000 per year or less will be compensated at 1.5 times their regular rate for working beyond the standard 40-hour workweek. MisHorasExtras.org represents a collaboration between NCLR (National Council of La Raza), the Center for American Progress Action Fund, and the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). The site seeks to give Spanish speakers the opportunity to submit comment letters on the proposed overtime ruling to Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez before the September 4 deadline.

    “This online tool makes it easy for our community to speak directly to Secretary Perez about the importance of overtime protections,” said Eric Rodriguez, Vice President of the Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation at NCLR. “Millions of Americans, including many Latinos, work well beyond 40 hours a week but barely make enough to afford basic needs. This proposed rule will help ensure that hardworking Americans are being fairly compensated for the extra hours that they put in on the job, while helping lift many struggling families out of poverty and into the middle class.”

    Today, only about 8 percent of salaried workers are covered by overtime protections, in stark contrast to nearly 62 percent who were covered in 1975. Analysis from EPI predicts about 13.5 million workers will benefit from the proposal, including almost 7 million women, 6 million parents, 2.1 million Latinos and 1.5 million Blacks.

    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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    PARA DIVULGACIÓN INMEDIATA    Contacto:
    6 de agosto de 2015   Joseph Rendeiro
        (202) 776-1566; jrendeiro@nclr.org
        Jennifer Molina
        jmolina1@americanprogressaction.org

    Se lanza un sitio web para Instar a Millones de Latinos a que Apoyen
    la Propuesta Federal sobre el Pago de Tiempo Extra

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Los millones de trabajadores latinos que han luchado por un sueldo justo tienen a su disposición una nueva herramienta: MisHorasExtras.org, la versión en español del sitio FixOvertime.org, que permite a los usuarios considerar la nueva propuesta del gobierno de ampliar la medida de protección de pago por tiempo extra. La propuesta del Departamento del Trabajo de EE.UU., que subiría el umbral de pago por tiempo extra a $50,440 al año en 2016, ayudaría a incrementar lo que cobran casi 2.1 millones de latinos.

    Si se implementa la propuesta, todos los trabajadores asalariados que ganan alrededor de $50,000 o menos al año, podrán cobrar el tiempo extra que trabajen mas allá del estándar de 40 horas por semana. El sitio MisHorasExtras.org es el resultado de la colaboración del NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza), del Fondo de Acción del Centro para el Progreso Americano y del Instituto de Política Económica (EPI, por sus siglas en inglés). El sitio quiere dar a los hispanohablantes la oportunidad de someter sus cartas con sus comentarios sobre la propuesta de Thomas Pérez, secretario de trabajo, antes de la fecha límite del 4 de septiembre.

    “Esta herramienta en línea le permite a nuestra comunidad hablar directamente al secretario Pérez sobre la importancia de las medidas de protección del pago de tiempo extra”, dijo Eric Rodríguez, vicepresidente de la Oficina de investigación, acción política y legislación del NCLR. “Millones de estadounidenses, entre ellos muchos latinos, trabajan más de 40 horas semanales, pero su salario apenas les alcanza para pagar por las necesidades básicas. Esta propuesta ayudará a garantizar que los trabajadores estadounidenses cobren justamente por el tiempo extra que trabajan y por consiguiente, ayudaría a que muchas familias en apuros salgan de la pobreza y pasen a formar parte de la clase media”.

    Actualmente, sólo el 8 % de los asalariados está cubierto por las protecciones de pago de tiempo extra, cuando en 1975 cerca del 62 % lo estuvo. Un análisis de EPI predice que alrededor de 13.5 millones de trabajadores se beneficiarían con esta propuesta, incluyendo a casi 7 millones de mujeres, 6 millones de padres, 2.1 millones de latinos y 1.5 millones de negros.

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

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