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    PARA DIVULGACIÓN INMEDIATA                                                  Contacto:
    2 de julio de 2015                                                                            Ricky Garza
                                                                                                          (202) 776-1732
                                                                                                          rgarza@nclr.org

     

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—El NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza) anunció hoy que cuatro organizaciones comunitarias se unieron a la Red de Afiliados del NCLR, que consiste de casi 300 organizaciones que trabajan con la comunidad latina en todo el país. Los nuevos miembros son: El Paso Community Action Program Project BRAVO, Inc. de El Paso, Texas; I-Lead Charter School de Reading, Penn.; Promise Arizona de Phoenix, Ariz.; y Unidos Now de Sarasota, Fla.

    “Estamos muy contentos de dar la bienvenida a estas cuatro organizaciones que ayudan a ampliar la voz de nuestra comunidad a través de la nación”, dijo Sonia Pérez, vicepresidenta senior de iniciativas estratégicas del NCLR. “Estos nuevos miembros proporcionan servicios esenciales – en las áreas de educación, capacitación laboral y otros – que juegan un papel clave en la vida de miles de familias latinas que están luchando por alcanzar el sueño americano y vivir vidas productivas y exitosas. Además, son líderes que fomentan la participación de los latinos en los temas cívicos y en la política pública. Estamos contentos de poder trabajar en conjunto para abrirle paso a las oportunidades y ayudar a realizar la potencial de nuestra comunidad”.

    Para obtener más información sobre estas organizaciones, visite sus páginas de Internet:
    • El Paso Community Action Program Project BRAVO, Inc. (www.projectbravo.org)
    • I-Lead Charter School (www.i-leadcs.org)
    • Promise Arizona (www.promiseaz.org)
    • Unidos Now (www.unidosnow.org)

    La Red de Afiliados del NCLR está formada por 268 organizaciones comunitarias que proporcionan programas y servicios a millones de estadounidenses de origen hispano y que utilizan su experiencia para dar voz a los retos que enfrentan los latinos. A través de su labor, estas organizaciones no lucrativas proporcionan herramientas educativas para niños y adultos, preparan a los trabajadores para el empleo, facilitan la integración de los inmigrantes en la escuela y la fuerza laboral, inscriben a nuevos votantes, proporcionan servicios de salud, ayudan a las familias a comprar y conservar sus casas y promueven políticas que apoyan el bienestar de las familias latinas.

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

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 Contact:
    July 2, 2015                                                         Ricky Garza
                                                                               (202) 776-1732
                                                                               rgarza@nclr.org

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) announced today that four new community-based groups have joined the NCLR Affiliate Network, which has nearly 300 member organizations that work with the Latino community throughout the nation. The new members to the national network include El Paso Community Action Program Project BRAVO, Inc. in El Paso, Texas; I-Lead Charter School in Reading, Penn.; Promise Arizona in Phoenix, Ariz.; and Unidos Now in Sarasota, Fla.

    “NCLR is delighted to welcome to our national network these four organizations that serve Latino families and elevate the voice of our community in their states,” said Sonia Pérez, NCLR Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives. “These new members uplift youth and families who are striving for the American Dream by providing the critical services that support a productive and successful life: a good education, job training, housing and financial security, among others. America was built by hardworking, visionary leaders like those among NCLR’s Affiliate member organizations. We look forward to working closely with them to continue effectively creating opportunities and advancing the potential and aspirations of our community.”

    For more information about NCLR’s new Affiliate organizations:
    • El Paso Community Action Program Project BRAVO, Inc. (www.projectbravo.org)
    • I-Lead Charter School (www.i-leadcs.org)
    • Promise Arizona (www.promiseaz.org)
    • Unidos Now (www.unidosnow.org)

    NCLR’s Affiliates include 268 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, help families purchase and stay in their homes, and promote policies that support the well-being of Latino families.

    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 2, 2015   Julian Teixeira
        (202) 776-1812
        jteixeira@nclr.org

    Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton to Speak at
    2015 NCLR Annual Conference

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.—On Monday, July 13, Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will address an audience of 2,000 Latino advocates and leaders at the 2015 NCLR (National Council of La Raza) Annual Conference, held at the Kansas City Convention Center.

    “We are thrilled that Secretary Clinton will join us to speak to the thousands of Latino community leaders who will gather in Kansas City next week,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR. “We look forward to hearing about her vision for the country and her thoughts on the issues of greatest concern to our community.”

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHO:      Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to address attendees of the 2015 NCLR Annual Conference
       
    WHERE:  Grand Ballroom
      Kansas City Convention Center
      301 West 13th Street
      Kansas City, MO 64105 
       
    WHEN:  Monday, July 13, 2015
       
    WHO:  Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton

    A full list of events and workshops at the 2015 NCLR Annual Conference, to be held July 11–14 in Kansas City, is available online. Press registration is open to reporters with media credentials, free of charge; attendance is limited to reporters who obtain an NCLR press pass. Further details regarding logistics to follow.

    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 6, 2015   Julian Teixeira
        (202) 776-1812; 
        jteixeira@nclr.org

    Democratic Presidential Candidate Martin O’Malley to Give Monday Keynote Speech at 2015 NCLR Annual Conference

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.—On Monday, July 13, Democratic presidential candidate and former governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley will address Latino advocates and leaders from throughout the nation at the 2015 NCLR (National Council of La Raza) Annual Conference. He will speak at the Monday Luncheon, held 12:30–2:45 p.m., in the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center. The event will also feature remarks from U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro and Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure.

    Governor O’Malley is expected to address issues vital to Latinos and all Americans: jobs and the economy, civil rights, immigration, education and more. A full list of events and workshops at the 2015 NCLR Annual Conference, to be held July 11–14 in Kansas City, is available online. Press registration is open to reporters with media credentials, free of charge; attendance is limited to reporters who obtain an NCLR press pass.

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHAT:  Keynote address at 2015 NCLR Annual Conference Monday Luncheon 
       
    WHERE: Grand Ballroom
      Kansas City Convention Center
      301 West 13th Street
      Kansas City, MO 64105
       
    WHEN: Monday, July 13, 2015
      12:30–2:45 p.m. CT
       
    WHO: Democratic presidential candidate and former governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley 

     

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

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    PARA DIVULGACIÓN INMMEDIATA                                  Contacto:
    6 de julio de 2015                                                               Ricky Garza
                                                                                              (202) 776-1732; rgarza@nclr.org
                                                                                              Oficina de Prensa de NCLR (del 10 al 14 de julio)
                                                                                              (816) 513-5539

    COMUNICADO DE PRENSA
    Para el sábado 14 de julio de 2015

    La Conferencia Anual de NCLR 2015 se Inicia con la Apertura de la Feria Nacional para la Familia Latina®. Este Evento Contará con la Presencia de Miguel Almaguer, Periodista Corresponsal de NBC, y los Discursos de Bienvenida Estarán a Cargo del Gobernador Jay Nixon y los Alcaldes Sly James, Jr. y Mark Holland

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.- La Conferencia Anual del Consejo Nacional de La Raza 2015 y la Feria Nacional de la Familia Latina 2015 comenzarán el próximo sábado 14 de julio. Durante estos eventos el público podrá escuchar los discursos del Sr. Jay Nixon, Gobernador de Missouri; el Alcalde de Kansas City, Mo., Sr. Sly James, y el Alcalde de Kansas City, Ka., Sr. Mark Holland. Este fantástico evento de entretenimiento ofrecerá increíbles oportunidades para tomar fotos ya que cabe mencionar que se contará con la presencia de algunas de las estrellas emergentes de la comunidad latina en la música y la comedia, entre ellas: Cristela Alonzo, Nick Guerra, y Frankie Negrón.

    El evento de mayor relieve del sábado tendrá lugar en uno de los pabellones de la feria para tratar el tema de la educación superior. Actuará como moderado de la reunión el periodista Miguel Amalguer, corresponsal de noticias nacionales de NBC, y la apertura e este evento estará cargo de la Dra. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, presidenta y CEO de la Fundación Robert Wood Johnson. Se invita a todos los medios de comunicación acreditados a que se unan a nosotros para participar de una mezcla de eventos informativos y de entretenimiento. El registro de periodistas es gratis y está abierto a los miembros de la prensa que deseen asistir a la Conferencia; la lista completa de eventos y talleres estará disponible en línea.

    *** GRAN OPORTUNIDAD PARA TOMAR FOTOS ***

    Apertura de la Feria Nacional de la Familia Latina
    Kansas City Convention Center Exhibit Hall
    10:00 am.
    Únase a Janet Murguía, Presidenta de NCLR, , así como a Dora la Exploradora de Nickelodeon, uno de los personajes televisivos más queridos de la nación, y a las Tortugas Ninja durante la ceremonia de apertura para dar comienzo a la Feria Nacional de la Familia Latina 2015, el espectáculo más grande de este país para el consumidor latino.

    Taller
    Una Historia No Contada: Abusos de Tácticas Extremas de la Fuerza Policial y Pérdidas de Vida de Hispanos
    Kansas City Convention Center, Room 2207
    10:45 am-12: 15 pm
    Durante este taller se abordará el tema de las experiencias vividas por los latinos debido a los abusivos métodos de la fuerza policial y los pasos necesarios para restablecer la confianza entre la policía y la comunidad latina. El público podrá escuchar a líderes en el campo y obtener materiales de referencia sobre las interacciones de los hispanos con el sistema de justicia penal.

    Almuerzo con los Afiliados Nacionales
    Kansas City Convention Center Grand Ballroom
    12: 45-2: 45 p.m.
    Este año, la Dra. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey pronunciará el discurso principal de este almuerzo y durante el mismo se contará con la presencia del Gobernador Jay Nixon, el Alcalde Sly James, Jr. y el Alcalde Mark Holland .quienes pronunciarán discursos de bienvenida a los comensales. El Representante Emanuel Cleaver II (D-Mo.) estará a cargo de la invocación del este encuentro.

    Pabellón
    Entre y Quédese para Participar en la Discusión Interactiva con la Comunidad sobre Educación

    Kansas City Convention Center, Room 2505
    3: 00 pm a 4: 30 pm
    Esta es la primera discusión interactiva de NCLR en la que el galardonado periodista Miguel Almaguer será el moderador y durante el transcurso del evento se tratarán los múltiples desafíos que enfrentan los estudiantes latinos que terminan su escuela primaria e ingresan en las instituciones de educación superior. Se invita que el público escuche los retos que vivieron los estudiantes latinos que por primera vez asistieron a la universidad y a otras personas que personifican la comunidad latina para lograr el Sueño Americano a través de la educación. Los asistentes a esta discusión podrán escuchar a Fernando Rojas, que siendo hijo de inmigrantes mexicanos se graduó con las mejores calificaciones de su curso (distinción de Co-Valedictorian) en la Fullerton Union High School de California,y por ello, fue aceptado por ocho universidades de la Ivy League. Durante la sesión, la audiencia participará de una encuesta en vivo.

    Bienvenido a Kansas City
    Una Noche de Comedia

    Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th Street
    5: 30pm a-8: 30 pm
    Únase a Cristela Alonzo y Nick Guerra, dos latinos que están conquistando rápidamente el mundo de la comedia en una noche que promete un sin fin de carcajadas y diversión.

    Bienvenido a Kansas City
    ¡Concierto en Vivo!

    The Kansas City Power & Light District
    9: 00 pm a 11:00 pm
    Frankie Negrón, cantante del pop latino pop -- nominado al Premio Grammy -- trae el ritmo de salsa para el "corazón de América" con su explosivo espectáculo que con seguridad hará saltar de sus asientos a su público. El concierto también contará con la actuación de Making Movies; la afamada banda de Kansas City conocida por integrar ritmos latinos durante sus conciertos.

    ¡GRAN OPORTUNIDAD PARA TOMAR FOTOS!

    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:
    July 6, 2015                                                                                   Ricky Garza
                                                                                                          (202) 776-1732; rgarza@nclr.org
                                                                                                          NCLR Press Office (July 10–14)
                                                                                                          (816) 513-5539

    DAILY PRESS ADVISORY
    For Saturday, July 11, 2015

    NCLR Annual Conference Kicks Off with Opening of National Latino Family Expo®, NBC’s Miguel Almaguer, and Welcoming Remarks from Governor Jay Nixon and Mayors Sly James, Jr. and Mark Holland

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The 2015 NCLR (National Council of La Raza) Annual Conference and National Latino Family Expo kicks off Saturday with exciting photo opportunities; remarks from Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri, Mayor Sly James, Jr. of Kansas City, Mo., and Mayor Mark Holland of Kansas City, Kan.; and fantastic entertainment featuring some of the Latino community’s rising stars in music and comedy, including Cristela Alonzo, Nick Guerra, and Frankie Negrón.

    Highlights for Saturday include a town hall on higher education moderated by NBC News National Correspondent Miguel Amalguer and a keynote address by Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. We encourage all credentialed media to join us for a blend of entertaining and informative events. Press registration is open for Conference, free of charge, and a full list of events and workshops is available online.

    ***GREAT PHOTO OPPORTUNITY***
    National Latino Family Expo Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
    Kansas City Convention Center Exhibit Hall
    10:00 a.m.
    Join NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía as well as Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer, one of the nation’s most beloved television characters, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at a ribbon cutting ceremony to open the 2015 National Latino Family Expo, the largest Latino consumer show in the nation.

    Workshop
    An Untold Story: Abusive Policing and Lost Latino Lives

    Kansas City Convention Center, Room 2207
    10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
    This workshop will address Latinos’ experiences with extreme policing and the steps needed to restore trust between police and the Latino community. Attendees will hear from leaders in the field and get background materials on Hispanics’ interactions with the criminal justice system.

    National Affiliate Luncheon
    Kansas City Convention Center Grand Ballroom
    12:45–2:45 p.m.
    Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey will deliver the keynote address at this year’s luncheon, which will also feature welcoming remarks from Governor Jay Nixon, Mayor Sly James, Jr. and Mayor Mark Holland. Rep Emanuel Cleaver II (D–Mo.) will deliver the invocation.

    Town Hall
    Getting In. Staying In: An Interactive Community Discussion on Education

    Kansas City Convention Center, Room 2505
    3:00–4:30 p.m.
    NCLR’s first-ever interactive town hall—moderated by award-winning journalist Miguel Almaguer—will engage Latinos in the multiple challenges students face moving from K–12 to higher education. Come hear from first-time college students and others who personify the Latino community’s achievement of the American Dream through education, including Fernando Rojas, the 2015 Co-Valedictorian of Fullerton Union High School in California, who will share his experience being the son of Mexican immigrants and earning acceptance letters to eight Ivy League schools. Audience participants will take part in a live poll during the session.

    Welcome to Kansas City/Bienvenidos a Kansas City
    A Night of Comedy

    Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th Street
    5:30–8:30 p.m.
    Join Cristela Alonzo and Nick Guerra, two Latinos who are quickly conquering the world of comedy, for a night that promises raucous laughter and endless fun.

    Welcome to Kansas City/Bienvenidos a Kansas City
    Live in Concert!

    The Kansas City Power & Light District
    9:00–11:00 p.m.
    Grammy Award–nominated Latin pop singer Frankie Negrón will bring salsa to the “heart of America” for a high-energy performance that is sure to get concertgoers out of their seats. The concert will also feature a performance from hometown band Making Movies, known for their alternative sound with Latin-infused beats.

    GREAT PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES!

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

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    PARA DIVULGACIÓN INMMEDIATA                                                  Contacto:
    7 de julio de 2015                                                                               Ricky Garza
                                                                                                            (202) 776-1732; rgarza@nclr.org
                                                                                                            Oficina de Prensa de NCLR (del 10 al 14 de julio)
                                                                                                            (816) 513-5539

    COMUNICADO DE PRENSA
    Para el domingo 12 de julio de 2015

    El Día Domingo Durante la Conferencia Anual de NCLR se Presentarán: Rosie Ríos, Tesorera de los Estados Unidos; el Congresista Emanuel Cleaver II; la Familia Murguía y varias Líderes Latinas

    KANSAS CITY, MO.- Rosie Ríos, Tesorera de los Estados Unidos; Emanuel Cleaver II (Congresista Demócrata por Missouri); Linda Alvarado, CEO de Alvarado Construction y copropietaria de los Colorado Rockies; y Mónica Lozano, Presidenta de US Hispanic Media, se unirán a la familia Murguía y a otras líderes latinas para dirigirse al público que asista el día 12 de julio a la Conferencia Anual NCLR 2015.

    Los eventos de mayor importancia del día domingo incluyen el Almuerzo de Líderes Latinas en el que se presentarán Linda Alvarado y Líderes Latinas que formaron parte de la Junta Directiva de NCLR. Asimismo habrá una sesión de jóvenes líderes con Janet Murguía, Presidenta y CEO de NCLR y con tres de sus hermanos; y durante ese mismo día en uno de los pabellones habrá una reunión para tratar el tema sobre el estado de la desigualdad económica actual en nuestra nación. A continuación se listan los eventos de mayor relieve y se invita a todos los medios de comunicación acreditados a que participen con nosotros de esta celebración en la que habrá diversas actividades informativas y de entretenimiento. El registro de periodistas es gratis y está abierto a los miembros de la prensa que deseen asistir a la Conferencia; la lista completa de eventos y talleres estará disponible en línea.

    Feria Nacional para la Familia Latina®
    Kansas City Convention Center Exhibit Hall
    10:30 am-6:00 pm

    Para disfrutar de la emocionante Feria Nacional para la Familia Latina 2015, la feria más grande para el consumidor latino en este país, el público tendrá la oportunidad de participar de actividades familiares gratuitas, tales como exámenes de salud, demostraciones de cocina y conocer y saludar a celebridades y a mascotas disfrazadas, como Dora La Exploradora y Diego de Nickelodeon y las Tortugas Ninja de Viacom. También quienes asistan a esta feria podrán participar en nuestro propio torneo de fútbol.

    Almuerzo con Líderes Latinas
    Cinco Décadas de Empoderamiento de las Mujeres Latinas: Celebrando las Líderes de NCLR

    Kansas City Convention Center Grand Ballroom
    11 am-1:00 pm

    NCLR celebra el décimo aniversario de la primera mujer presidenta y CEO de nuestra organización y para ello, Renata Soto, Directora entrante a la Junta de Directores de NCLR, se unirá a Janet Murguía para que junto a las ex directoras de esa junta, Andrea Bazán, Rita DiMartino y Mónica Lozano, presenten a la audiencia sus experiencias y reflexiones sobre lo que las llevó a ocupar sus funciones en NCLR. A la vez, las panelistas asesorarán a la nueva generación de líderes latinas de asociaciones sin fines de lucro. Linda Alvarado será la disertante principal quien hablará sobre el estilo latino de liderazgo.

    Paabellón
    La Gran División Económica: La Importancia de la Desigualdad

    Kansas City Convention Center, Room 2505
    1: 30 pm -3:00 pm

    Mónica Lozano será la anfitriona de una mesa redonda sobre la recuperación continua de la nación desde la Gran Recesión y el crecimiento de la desigualdad de ingresos; hecho por el cual el progreso económico para los latinos sea cada vez más difícil. Rosie Ríos será la disertante principal del panel, en el que también participarán el Congresista Emanuel Cleaver II y María Pesqueira, Presidente de Mujeres Latinas en Acción.

    Sesión Especial de la Presidenta
    Perfiles en Liderazgo y Servicios Comunitarios: Una Reunión Familiar

    Kansas City Convention Center, Room 2103C
    1: 30-3:00 pm

    Janet Murguía hablará a más de 400 jóvenes líderes en la Cumbre de Líderes de NCLR, junto a tres invitados especiales: el Honorable Carlos Murguía de la Corte Federal de Distrito para el Distrito de Kansas; Ramón Murguía, Abogado y Fiduciario de la Fundación W K. Kellogg; y la Honorable Mary H. Murguía de la Corte de Apelaciones del Noveno Circuito. Los hermanos Murguía relatarán sus experiencias como líderes y los servicios que prestaron a la comunidad --como también los valores que heredaron de sus padres -- y sus logros desde sus humildes comienzos en su ciudad natal de Kansas City, Kan.

    Taller
    Lo que Debe Saber sobre Cambios de la Acción Ejecutiva sobre Inmigración

    Kansas City Convention Center, Room 2207
    3: 30-5:00 pm

    Expertos en el tema de la inmigración ofrecerán una actualización sobre el estado del bloqueo a la aplicación de la acción ejecutiva y lo que los defensores y proveedores de servicios pueden hacer ahora para proteger a las personas y ayudar a mantener unidas a las familias hispanas.

    Taller
    En sus marcas? Listos? Retirense! Preparando a los Latinos para el Retiro

    Centro de Convenciones de Kansas City, Salon 2206
    3:30pm-5:00pm

    Expertos del Departamento de Tesoro de los Estados Unidos, Prudential, El Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, y el NCLR compartirán los resultados de nuevas investigaciones sobre la experiencia financiera de los hispanos y como los latinos se pueden mejor preparar para el retiro.

    Recepción para los Aliados y miembros de LGBTQ: Una Velada Nocturna con NCLR
    Room 2104B
    5: 00 pm-7:00 pm

    Venga a celebrar con NCLR y otros defensores la reciente decisión del Tribunal Supremo sobre el matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo; una victoria decisiva para los derechos civiles en los Estados Unidos.

    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 wwhttp://www.nclr.org o síganos en Facebook y Twitter.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         Contact:
    July 7, 2015                                                                                   Ricky Garza
                                                                                                         (202) 776-1732; rgarza@nclr.org
                                                                                                         NCLR Press Office (July 10–14)
                                                                                                         (816) 513-5539

    DAILY PRESS ADVISORY
    For Sunday, July 12, 2015

    U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II, Murguía Family and Latina Leaders to Address NCLR Annual Conference on Sunday

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Rosie Rios, Treasurer of the United States; Representative Emanuel Cleaver II (D–Mo.); Linda Alvarado, CEO of Alvarado Construction and Colorado Rockies Co-owner; and Monica Lozano, Chair of U.S. Hispanic Media, will join the Murguía family and other Latina leaders in addressing participants of the 2015 NCLR (National Council of La Raza) Annual Conference on Sunday, July 12.

    Highlights for Sunday include the dynamic Latinas Brunch featuring Linda Alvarado and Latina Chairs of the NCLR Board of Directors, a youth leadership session with NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía and three of her siblings, and a town hall on the state of economic inequality in our nation today. Key events are listed below and we encourage all credentialed media to join us for a diverse mix of entertaining and informative activities. Press registration is open for Conference, free of charge, and a full list of events and workshops is available online.

    National Latino Family Expo®
    Kansas City Convention Center Exhibit Hall
    10:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

    Come enjoy the excitement of the 2015 National Latino Family Expo, the largest Latino consumer show in the nation, with free family-friendly activities such as health screenings, cooking demonstrations and meet-and-greets with celebrities and costumed mascots, including Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer and Diego and Viacom’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Participants can also play in our very own soccer tournament.

    Latinas Brunch
    Five Decades of Latina Empowerment: Celebrating NCLR Women Leaders

    Kansas City Convention Center Grand Ballroom
    11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

    As NCLR commemorates the tenth anniversary of our first female President and CEO, incoming NCLR Board Chair Renata Soto will join Janet Murguía for a discussion with former Board Chairs Andrea Bazán, Rita DiMartino and Monica Lozano. Panelists will reflect on what led them to NCLR, memories from their tenures as Board Chairs, and advice they have for the new generation of Latina nonprofit leaders. Keynote speaker Linda Alvarado will also speak to leadership, Latina style.

    Town Hall
    The Great Economic Divide: Why Inequality Matters

    Kansas City Convention Center, Room 2505
    1:30–3:00 p.m.

    Monica Lozano will host a panel discussion on the nation’s continued recovery from the Great Recession and the growth of income inequality that has made economic advancement increasingly difficult for Latinos. Rosie Rios will serve as the featured speaker on a panel that also includes Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II and Maria Pesqueira, President of Mujeres Latinas en Acción.

    President’s Special Session
    Profiles in Leadership and Service: A Family Affair

    Kansas City Convention Center, Room 2103C
    1:30–3:00 p.m.

    Janet Murguía will talk with the more than 400 youth leaders at the NCLR Líderes Summit, along with three special guests: The Honorable Carlos Murguía, U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas; Ramon Murguía, Attorney and W.K. Kellogg Foundation Trustee; and The Honorable Mary H. Murguía, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The siblings will share how leadership and community service—as well as the values of their hardworking parents—have been central to their work and accomplishments in their journey from humble beginnings in their hometown of Kansas City, Kan.

    Workshop
    What You Need to Know about Administrative Relief

    Kansas City Convention Center, Room 2207
    3:30–5:00 p.m.

    Immigration experts will provide an update on the status of the lawsuit blocking the implementation of administrative relief and address what advocates and service providers can do now to protect individuals and help keep families together.

    Workshop
    Ready? Set? Retire! Preparing Latinos for Retirement

    Kansas City Convention Center, Room 2206
    3:30–5:00 p.m.

    Experts from the U.S. Department of Treasury, Prudential, the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council and NCLR will share new findings about the financial experience of Hispanics and ways to improve Latino retirement readiness.

    LGBTQ and Allies Reception: A Night OUT with NCLR
    Kansas City Convention Center, Room 2104B
    5:00–7:00 p.m.

    Come celebrate with NCLR and other advocates the recent Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage that returned a decisive victory for civil rights in the United States.

    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 8th, 2015    Ricky Garza
        (202) 776-1732; rgarza@nclr.org
        NCLR Press Office (July 10–14)
        (816) 513-5539

     

    Community Service Project to Kick off NCLR Annual Conference
    In Kansas City

    NCLR, El Centro, Bank of America and Heartland Habitat for Humanity to restore classrooms and playground at local school

    KANSAS CITY, Ks.—On Friday, July 10, 2015, volunteers from El Centro, NCLR (National Council of La Raza), Bank of America and Heartland Habitat for Humanity will come together at the Academy for Children in Kansas City, Ks., a dual-language preschool program, for a day of service. The project, supported by Bank of America and Heartland Habitat for Humanity, is taking place on the eve of the 2015 NCLR Annual Conference, which kicks off Saturday, July 11, at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Mo., and features the National Latino Family Expo®, the largest Latino-consumer focused event in the nation.

    “We are extremely proud to have this collaborative effort as part of our kickoff to the NCLR Annual Conference in Kansas City. We are grateful to Bank of America for supporting this effort and bringing volunteers to lend a hand in making Academy for Children a safer and more beautiful place for the children who attend the preschool, as well as the community members who utilize the varied services offered by our Affiliate El Centro at this location,” said Enrique Chaurand, Deputy Vice President, Integrated Marketing and Events, NCLR. “Habitat for Humanity has always been a steadfast partner in expanding homeownership opportunities for Latinos, and we are happy to once again partner with them in beautifying this deserving community.”

    During the day of service, volunteers will paint and restore two classrooms at the school, construct an outdoor classroom and install a fence that will provide added security for the Academy’s students. More than 100 volunteers are expected to work on the three projects, which are expected to be completed by the day’s end.

    “We’re delighted to partner with NCLR and Heartland Habitat for Humanity for a day of service at El Centro’s Academy for Children,” said Jack Ovel, Kansas City Market President, Bank of America. “It’s a great way for the community to unite for the greater good, supporting youth and economic success in Kansas City.”

    “El Centro appreciates those who have decided to give up a portion of their day to volunteer at our Academy for Children, providing some much-needed refurbishments both inside and out. We are humbly proud of our Academy and the dual-language pre-K education offered to the community to get children ready and eager for kindergarten,” said Irene Caudillo, President and CEO of El Centro. “With volunteers from NCLR, Bank of America and Heartland Habitat for Humanity, we know we can enhance our educational setting for our children. By serving in these projects, all volunteers become part of the national showcase of NCLR, along with showing the nation how Kansas City works together and cares for the community in which we live.”

    Members of the media are welcome to attend any portion of the event. Ricky Garza
     (202) 776-1732; rgarza@nclr.org GREAT PHOTO OPPORTUNITY!

    The National Latino Family Expo will run throughout the weekend and is free and open to the public. The NCLR Annual Conference will offer town halls and workshop tracks that feature prominent political, civic and community leaders covering diverse issues including education, health care, immigration and workforce development, among many others.

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHAT:     Community day of service: restoration of classrooms and playground 
         
    WHERE:   El Centro Academy for Children
        1330 S. 30th Street
        Kansas City, KS 66106
         
    WHEN:   Friday, July 10, 2015
        8:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

    8:30–8:45 a.m.
    Opening/Welcome, Irene Caudillo (President/CEO, El Centro)
    Tom Lally (President and CEO, Heartland Habitat for Humanity)
    NCLR representative (TBD)

    8:45 a.m.–Noon
    Volunteers conducting community service projects

    Noon–1:00 p.m. Lunch break (School Gymnasium)
    Presentation of grant check to Heartland Habitat for Humanity from Bank of America

    1:00–1:45 p.m.
    Final push to complete projects

    1:45–2:00 p.m.
    Closing remarks and thank you to volunteers
    (School Gymnasium)
    Irene Caudillo (President/CEO, El Centro)
    Tom Lally (President and CEO, Heartland Habitat for Humanity)
    Angela Garcia Lathrop (Community Affairs Executive, Bank of America)

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

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    PARA DIVULGACIÓN INMEDIATA                                             Contacto:
    8 de julio de 2015                                                                       Ricky Garza
                                                                                                      (202) 776-1732; rgarza@nclr.org
                                                                                                      Sala de prensa del NCLR (10 a 14 de julio)
                                                                                                      (816) 513-5539

    AVISO DIARIO DE PRENSA
    Para Martes 14 de julio de 2015

    La secretaria de Comercio Penny Pritzker, la delegada de FCC Mignon Clyburn y Jess George de Google hablan el martes en la Conferencia Anual del NCLR

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.—El martes 14 de julio, último día de la Conferencia Anual 2015 del NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza), los asistentes tendrán la oportunidad de escuchar hablar a Janet Murguía, presidenta y directora general del NCLR, y a otros ponentes sobre los asuntos importantes para la comunidad latina, que incluyen la economía del país, la tecnología y la policía comunitaria. Entre los ponentes estarán la secretaria de Comercio de EE.UU. Penny Pritzker; Mignon Clyburn, delegada de la Comisión Federal de Comunicaciones (FCC); Jess George, gerente de impacto comunitario de Google; y el oficial Octavio Villalobos del Departamento de Policía Metropolitana de Kansas City, que hablará a los jóvenes líderes latinos.

    La conferencia que durará cuatro días culminará con la Gala de los Premios del NCLR el jueves por la noche. A continuación se encuentra la lista de los eventos más destacados que tendrán lugar el martes. Por otro lado, pedimos a los miembros de la prensa con credenciales que se unan a nosotros en esta amalgama de entretenimiento y eventos informativos. El registro de la prensa está abierto para la Conferencia y no tiene costo. Asimismo, la lista completa de los eventos y talleres se encuentra disponible en línea.

    Taller
    Policía comunitaria en Kansas City: un enfoque compasivo

    Sala 2102A del Centro de Convenciones de Kansas City
    10:30 AM – mediodía

    Más de 400 jóvenes de la Cumbre Líderes del NCLR escucharán hablar a Octavio Villalobos
    sobre cómo Westside Community Action Network ha reducido el crimen en Kansas City en un 67% y cómo utiliza la compasión en lugar de la fuerza para crear verdaderos lazos entre la comunidad y los muchos jornaleros del área.

    Taller
    Una Nueva Bienvenida Americana: Reduciendo las Barreras a la Integración de los Inmigrantes

    Sala 2206 del Centro de Convenciones de Kansas City
    10:30 AM – mediodía

    Este taller explorará el progreso que se ha hecho desde que el presidente Obama anunció las acciones ejecutivas en torno a la inmigración el pasado noviembre y las barreras que aún existen a la naturalización. Oficiales de la Administración, expertos en el campo de inmigración, y un oficial local de asuntos migratorios discutirán como podemos hacer la ciudadanía más accesible para millones de personas calificadas y como mejor integrar a los inmigrantes a nuestras comunidades.

    Almuerzo
    Grand Ballroom del Centro de Convenciones de la Ciudad de Kansas
    12:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

    Janet Murguía dará su mensaje como presidenta y oradora principal del almuerzo, que también contará con la presencia de Penny Pritzker. Kris Ketz, reportero de KMBC 9 News, será el maestro de ceremonias.

    Reunión municipal
    Abriendo el portal de la tecnología a las familias

    Sala 2505 del Centro de Convenciones de Kansas City
    3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

    El poder de la tecnología para mejorar la calidad de vida y crear oportunidades en varios frentes –salud, educación y empleo– para los latinos será el enfoque de esta reunión donde participarán Mignon Clyburn, Jess George y Karla Monterroso de CODE2040. Roy Burstin, director general de mitú Network, será el moderador.

    Gala de Premios: homenajeando a los nuestros
    Grand Ballroom del Centro de Convenciones de la Ciudad de Kansas
    7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

    ¡Vengan a disfrutar el cierre de la Conferencia Anual 2015 del NCLR! En este evento, el NCLR otorgará a seis individuos y organizaciones los premios por los logros ejemplares y el servicio a la comunidad latina, que incluyen a El Concilio, Inc.; la Dra. Juliet V. García, directora ejecutiva del Instituto de las Américas de la Universidad de Texas; Mandalit del Barco, periodista de NPR West; Luis Garden Acosta, fundador y presidente de El Puente; Cookie Rojas, exjugador y entrenador de las Grandes Ligas de Béisbol; y Tony Salazar, presidente de McCormack Baron Salazar.

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

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                              Contact:
    July 8, 2015     Ricky Garza
        (202) 776-1732; rgarza@nclr.org
        NCLR Press Office (July 10–14)
        (816) 513-5539

    DAILY PRESS ADVISORY
    For Tuesday, July 14, 2015

    Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and Google’s Jess George to Address NCLR Annual Conference on Tuesday
     

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.—On Tuesday, July 14, the last day of the 2015 NCLR (National Council of La Raza) Annual Conference, attendees will hear NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía and other speakers address key issues in the Latino community today, including our nation’s economy, technology and community policing, among others. Speakers will include U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker; Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission (FCC); Jess George, Community Impact Manager, Google; and Officer Octavio Villalobos of the Kansas City Metropolitan Police Department, who will speak to Latino youth leaders.

    The four-day conference will conclude with the NCLR Awards Gala on Tuesday evening. Highlights are listed below and we encourage all credentialed media to join us for a blend of entertaining and informative events. Press registration is open for Conference, free of charge, and a full list of events and workshops is available online.

    Workshop
    Community Policing in Kansas City: A Compassionate Approach

    Kansas City Convention Center, Room 2102A
    10:30 a.m.–Noon

    More than 400 youth from the NCLR Líderes Summit will hear from Octavio Villalobos about how the Westside Community Action Network has reduced crime in Kansas City by 67 percent and uses compassion rather than force to build real bonds with the community and the many day laborers in the area.

    Workshop
    A New American Homecoming: Reducing Barriers to Immigrant Integration

    Kansas City Convention Center, Room 2206
    10:30 a.m.–Noon

    This workshop will explore the progress made since President Obama announced his executive actions on immigration last November and address remaining barriers to naturalization. Administration officials, experts in the field, and a local immigrant affairs officer will discuss how we can make citizenship more accessible for millions and help new citizens integrate into our communities.

    Tuesday Luncheon
    Kansas City Convention Center Grand Ballroom
    12:30–2:30 p.m.

    Janet Murguía will deliver her president’s message as the keynote speaker at this luncheon, which will also feature Penny Pritzker. Kris Ketz, Anchor, KMBC 9 News, will serve as emcee.

    Town Hall
    Opening the Portal of Technology to Latino Families

    Kansas City Convention Center, Room 2505
    3:00–4:30 p.m.

    The power of technology to improve the quality of life and create opportunities for Latinos on various fronts—such as health, education and jobs—will be the focus of this town hall with Mignon Clyburn, Jess George, and CODE2040’s Karla Monterroso. Roy Burstin, CEO of mitú Network, will moderate the discussion.

    Awards Gala: Honoring Our Own
    Kansas City Convention Center Grand Ballroom
    7:00–9:30 p.m.

    Come enjoy the exciting conclusion of the 2015 NCLR Annual Conference! NCLR will present awards for exemplary accomplishments and service to the Latino community to six individuals and organizations, including El Concilio, Inc.; Dr. Juliet V. Garcia, Executive Director, University of Texas Institute of the Americas; Mandalit del Barco, Journalist, NPR West; Luis Garden Acosta, Founder and President, El Puente; Cookie Rojas, former Major League Baseball player and coach; and Tony Salazar, Principal, McCormack Baron Salazar.

    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 8, 2015      Joseph Rendeiro
        (202) 776-1566
        jrendeiro@nclr.org 

    NCLR Applauds New HUD Rule to Promote Fair Housing and Expand Opportunities for Latinos

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) introduced a long-awaited rule that would address housing discrimination and segregation in communities across the country. As NCLR (National Council of La Raza) has documented in numerous reports, Latinos are still discriminated against at almost every level of the housing industry.

    This rule strengthens the mandate under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) to affirmatively further fair housing and requires communities that use federal taxpayer funds to collect data on how their neighborhoods fare. To help communities achieve this goal, HUD provided a robust data tool that helps jurisdictions capture poverty rates and racial makeup, among other factors, to more accurately assess patterns of racial bias in housing. Communities will also be required to publically report these data and set goals, which will be monitored, to combat segregation and discrimination.

    NCLR applauds HUD and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro for this much-needed rule, which will help communities identify barriers to fair housing and hold them accountable for finding solutions.

    “For Latino families, who are among the most vulnerable to fair housing violations, strong regulations that combat systemic discrimination are essential to expanding opportunities and promoting healthier, safer and more diverse communities. Persistent segregation in communities often prevents low-income people and people of color from accessing quality schools, transportation and jobs,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR. “This strong rule from HUD will help address the growing racial and ethnic inequalities in this country by ensuring that all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, family status or disability, may choose where they want to live.”

    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 9, 2015                                                               Julian Teixeira
                                                                                      (202) 776-1812
                                                                                      jteixeira@nclr.org

    NCLR also welcomes new executive officers and Board members

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) is pleased to announce that Renata Soto, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Nashville-based nonprofit Conexión Américas, has been elected Chair of the NCLR Board of Directors. She has served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors since 2012 and is the first Central American and Tennessean to fill the position.

    “Through her exemplary work at Conexión Américas, Renata has built a reputation as a fierce advocate for Latinos and a valuable asset for the Nashville community with the leadership skills and vision to achieve everything that she sets out to accomplish,” stated Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO. “Conexión Américas has become a model for nonprofits across the country thanks in part to Renata’s determination to help Latinos achieve the American Dream. We are excited to welcome Renata as the new Chair of the Board of Directors at NCLR, a position in which she will certainly leave her stamp on the organization.”

    Under the leadership of Soto, who co-founded the organization in 2002, Conexión Américas has flourished as a premiere nonprofit in the Nashville area, using a comprehensive approach to promote the social, economic and civic integration of Latino families. The organization currently assists nearly 6,000 families annually through its nationally recognized programs that help Latino families and individuals learn English, pay taxes, start a business, become homeowners, and help their children succeed in school and go to college. Soto was also instrumental in the creation of Casa Azafrán, which houses Conexión Américas and a number of other nonprofits, serving as a community gathering place and social services hub for Nashville residents. Last year, President Obama held a town hall on immigration at Casa Azafrán.

    “I’m delighted to become the new Chair of the NCLR Board of Directors,” Soto said. “I have worked closely with NCLR for many years and look forward to continuing to partner with Janet, the Board, staff and affiliated community-based organizations to create greater opportunities for Hispanic Americans. This is an exciting time as we head toward the 2016 elections with growing recognition of the importance of Latinos to the future of our great nation.”

    Soto has also helped to ensure that Nashville remains a vibrant and inclusive community as a founding member of the Nashville for All of Us coalition, which helped defeat an “English-only” referendum in 2009. She has been repeatedly honored for her leadership and commitment to the Nashville community, earning her induction into the YWCA Academy for Women of Achievement in 2012 and receiving recognition as the 2013 “Nashvillian of the Year” from the Nashville Scene. She was recently selected for the 2015 Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship.

    In addition to Soto, the members of the NCLR Board of Directors’ Executive Committee are:
    • Maria S. Salinas, Vice Chair (Los Angeles)
    • Catherine Pino, Secretary (Falls Church, Va.)
    • Beatriz Olvera-Stotzer, Treasurer (Los Angeles)
    • Jorge A. Plasencia, Immediate Past Chair (Miami)
    • Janet Murguía, President and CEO (Washington, D.C.)

    The Members at Large are:
    • Luis Avila (Phoenix)
    • Sergio Gonzalez (Miami)
    • Dr. Edwin Meléndez (New York)
    • J. Walter Tejada (Arlington, Va.)

    The NCLR Board also welcomed several new members:
    • Ruby Azurdia-Lee, President, CLUES (Minneapolis)
    • John Esquivel, retired Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer and Associate General Counsel, Shell Oil Company (Houston)
    • Michael G. Johnson, Chief Human Resource Officer and Vice President of Human Resources–Global Employee Services, UPS (Atlanta)
    • Celena Roldán-Moreno, Executive Director, Erie Neighborhood House (Chicago)
    • Rossana Rosado, Distinguished Lecturer, John Jay College (New York)

    NCLR’s Board is a 24-member body composed of elected officials and representatives of community-based organizations, the corporate sector and academia. Board members reflect the diversity of Hispanic nationality groups and the geographic distribution of the U.S. Hispanic population. By mandate, the Board must include equal representation of men and women.

    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:
    8 de julio de 2015                                                                                Ricky Garza
                                                                                                                (202) 776-1732; rgarza@nclr.org
                                                                                                                Sala de prensa del NCLR (Julio 10–14)
                                                                                                                (816) 513-5539

    NCLR, El Centro, Bank of America y Habitat for Humanity restauran las aulas y el patio de recreo de una escuela local

    KANSAS CITY, Ks.—El viernes 10 de julio de 2015, voluntarios de El Centro, NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza), Bank of America y Habitat for Humanity se darán cita para un día de servicio comunitario en la Academy for Children en Kansas City, Ks., una escuela preescolar de dos idiomas. El proyecto, respaldado por Bank of America y Habitat for Humanity, se llevará a cabo en la víspera de la Conferencia Anual del NCLR. Dicha conferencia inicia el sábado 11 de julio en el Centro de Convenciones de Kansas City, Mo., siendo su atractivo principal la Feria Nacional de la Familia Latina, el evento enfocado al consumidor latino más grande del país.

    “Estamos sumamente orgullosos de que este esfuerzo de colaboración sea parte de la inauguración de nuestra Conferencia Anual del NCLR en Kansas City. Agradecemos a Bank of America su apoyo y la participación de sus voluntarios para echar una mano y hacer que Academy sea un lugar más seguro y bello para los niños de preescolar y para la comunidad que utiliza los servicios que ofrece nuestro afiliado El Centro, en ese lugar”, dijo Enrique Chaurand, vicepresidente adjunto de mercadotecnia y eventos integrados del NCLR. “Habitat for Humanity siempre ha sido un socio firme en ampliar las oportunidades de propiedad de la vivienda para los latinos y estamos muy contentos de volver a colaborar con ellos en el embellecimiento de esta comunidad que tanto lo merece”.
    Durante este día de servicio comunitario, los voluntarios pintarán y restaurarán dos aulas de la escuela, construirán una aula exterior e instalarán una valla que proporcionará seguridad adicional para los estudiantes de Academy for Children. Se estima que más de 100 voluntarios trabajarán en el proyecto que se espera completar al final del día.

    “Estamos encantados de colaborar con NCLR y Habitat for Humanity el día de servicio comunitario en la Academy for Children de El Centro”, dijo Jack Ovel, presidente del mercado de Kansas City de Bank of America. “Es una gran manera de unir a la comunidad en aras del bien común, apoyar a la juventud y el éxito de Kansas City”.

    “El Centro agradece a todos aquellos que han decidido voluntariamente dar parte de su tiempo para ayudar con las reformas tan necesarias del interior y exterior de nuestra Academy for Children. Humildemente, nos sentimos orgullosos de nuestra escuela y de la educación preescolar en dos idiomas que ofrece a la comunidad para preparar a los pequeños para el Jardín de Niños”, dijo Irene Caudillo, presidenta y directora general de El Centro. “Con los voluntarios del NCLR, Bank of America y Habitat for Humanity, sabemos que podemos mejorar el entorno escolar de nuestros niños. Con su participación en este proyecto, todos los voluntarios forman parte del escaparate nacional del NCLR y muestran a todo el país cómo Kansas City trabaja unida y se preocupa por la comunidad en la que vivimos”.

    Son bienvenidos los miembros de la prensa que deseen asistir al evento. Se pueden poner en contacto con Ricky Garza llamando al (202) 776-1732 o enviando un correo a rgarza@nclr.org.

    ¡GRAN OPORTUNIDAD PARA TOMAR FOTOS!

    La Feria Nacional de la Familia Latina se llevará a cabo durante el fin de semana, está abierta al público y la entrada es gratuita. La Conferencia Anual del NCLR ofrecerá reuniones municipales y talleres donde estarán presentes importantes líderes políticos, civiles y comunitarios que cubrirán diversos temas, que incluyen la educación, el cuidado de salud, la inmigración y el desarrollo de la fuerza laboral, entre otros.

    AVISO DE PRENSA

    QUÉ:              Día de servicio comunitario: restauración de aulas y patio de recreo

    DÓNDE:         El Centro Academy for Children
                           1330 S. 30th Street
                           Kansas City, KS 66106

    CUÁNDO:      Viernes 10 de julio, 2015
                           8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
                           8:30 AM – 8:45 AM

    Apertura y bienvenida: Irene Caudillo (Presidenta y directora general de El Centro)
    Tom Lally (Presidente y director general de Heartland Habitat for Humanity)
    Representante de NCLR (Por determinarse)

    8:45 AM – mediodía
    Voluntarios realizando proyectos de servicio comunitario

    Mediodía – 1:00 PM Almuerzo (Gimnasio de la escuela)
    Entrega del cheque de subvención de Bank of America a Habitat for Humanity

    1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
    Último empuje para terminar el proyecto

    1:45 PM – 2:00 PM
    Palabras de cierre y agradecimiento a los voluntarios
    (Gimnasio de la escuela)
    Irene Caudillo (Presidenta y directora general de El Centro)
    Tom Lally (Presidente y director general de Heartland Habitat for Humanity)
    Ángela García Lathrop (Ejecutiva de asuntos comunitarios de Bank of America)

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

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         Contact: 
    July 9, 2015   July 9, 2015
        (202) 776-1812; jteixeira@nclr.org
        NCLR Press Office (July 10–14)
        (816) 513-5539 

    Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders to Address
     2015 NCLR Annual Conference

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.—On Monday, July 13, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D–VT) will address Latino advocates and leaders from throughout the nation at the 2015 NCLR (National Council of La Raza) Annual Conference. He will speak at a special session in Room 2505 of the Kansas City Convention Center.

    Sanders is expected to address issues vital to Latinos and all Americans: jobs and the economy, civil rights, immigration, education and more. A full list of events and workshops at the 2015 NCLR Annual Conference, to be held July 11–14 in Kansas City, is available online. Press registration is open to reporters with media credentials, free of charge; attendance is limited to reporters who obtain an NCLR press pass.

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHAT:     Special session at the 2015 NCLR Annual Conference
         
    WHERE:   Kansas City Convention Center
        Room 2505
        301 West 13th Street
        Kansas City, MO 64105
         
    WHEN:   Monday, July 13, 2015
        10:15 a.m. CDT
         
    WHO:   Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders
         

    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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  • 07/11/15--09:12: NCLR Announces Immigo 2.0
  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    Contact:
    July 11, 2015   Julian Teixeira
        (202) 776-1812
        jteixeira@nclr.org 


    NCLR Announces Immigo 2.0
    Additional features added to the successful app designed to
    support immigrant integration

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) unveiled Immigo 2.0, an updated version of its innovative mobile app designed to inform service providers and organizations working in the immigrant integration field with the most up-to-date information about immigration law and policy.

    The updated version of the Immigo app has several new features and enhancements, such as the ability to email, tweet and share content from the app with others; the option to print information from the app wirelessly; and advanced search options for the Find Legal Help feature, which allows users to search for local lawyers with specialties such as naturalization and narrow results by languages spoken.

    “Immigo 2.0 includes enhancements that we are excited to bring to the app’s users,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR. “Immigo will continue to be an incredible resource and valuable tool to all those working with immigrant communities. I want to thank Verizon for its long-standing partnership and support of Immigo, a one-of-a kind application providing technology solutions that are helping NCLR’s Affiliates.”

    “From education to immigration reform, we proudly support the outstanding work NCLR does every day on behalf of Latino children and families nationwide. At Verizon innovation with purpose is at the heart of what we do and why we invested in the creation of the Immigo app. We are truly excited about the significant impact that the Immigo app will have for strengthening the Latino community today and for years to come,” said Emilio Gonzalez, Executive Director for Verizon Strategic Alliances.

    By building on the app’s already easy-to-use features, Immigo will continue to serve as a comprehensive resource for anyone who works with immigrant communities. The app, which is currently available for free on Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, provides users with information about state and federal regulations and resources associated with immigration, as well as changes and updates to immigration law and policy. Additional features include a daily immigration news feed and geolocation technology that allows users to find nearby, trusted providers of immigration legal services.

    “We’re excited to partner with NCLR to launch the next-generation Immigo app,” said Matthew Burnett, Director of the Immigration Advocates Network (IAN). “New features and content will allow advocates to connect immigrants to quality legal information and trusted referrals at a time when fraud and misinformation in immigrant communities is rampant.”

    The application was made possible by NCLR with support from Verizon; it was developed in partnership with IAN and Pro Bono Net.

    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 11, 2015   Kathy Mimberg
        (202) 776-1714
        kmimberg@nclr.org

    NCLR Presents San Francisco and Kansas City Affiliates with Family Strengthening Award at the 2015 NCLR Annual Conference

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.—At the National Affiliate Luncheon held today at the 2015 NCLR Annual Conference in Kansas City, Mo., NCLR (National Council of La Raza) recognized two community-based organizations that belong to the NCLR Affiliate Network for their outstanding efforts to empower Latino families and broaden opportunities available to them. This year’s awardees are Mission Asset Fund in San Francisco and Guadalupe Centers, Inc. in Kansas City, Mo.

    “We are honoring Mission Asset Fund and Guadalupe Centers at the 2015 NCLR Annual Conference for work that has transformed the lives of young Latinos and their families. Their dedication and success strengthen our entire community,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR. “We applaud these exemplary organizations and their innovative approach to helping the Hispanic communities in Kansas City and San Francisco gain access to safe credit and affordable health care.”

    Presented annually, the NCLR Family Strengthening Awards honor two NCLR-affiliated community-based organizations for their commitment to bolstering the success and strength of the Hispanic community through a combination of programs and services. Each recipient receives a $5,000 cash award to further their work in the community and their partnership with NCLR.

    Founded in 2007, Mission Asset Fund works to create a fair financial marketplace for hardworking and low-income families who lack the access and resources to reach their financial goals. The organization was recognized for its innovative Lending Circles program, a zero-interest credit-building social loans program designed to help weave low-income families into the financial mainstream. The program enables participants to build credit scores and credit histories and achieve financial stability.

    “We are thrilled to be chosen as this year’s recipient of the NCLR Family Strengthening Award,” said Jose Quinonez, CEO of Mission Asset Fund. “This recognition from NCLR helps us pave the way toward a fair financial marketplace for hardworking families in the U.S. Together, we expand access to thousands of credit invisibles across the country, ensuring they aren’t stuck with predatory loans from payday lenders and instead are building on the strengths of their community to take the next financial steps in their lives.”

    Established nearly a century ago in 1919, Guadalupe Centers, Inc. in Kansas City, Mo., is the oldest operating community-based organization for Latinos in the United States. Enhancing the quality of life for Hispanics through a comprehensive set of educational, social, recreational and cultural services, Guadalupe Centers, Inc. is improving the lives of Latino families. The group was recognized for its launch of the Guadalupe Educational Systems, a charter school program that provides a rigorous and enriching learning experience for Latino K–12 students. Through this program, Guadalupe Centers, Inc. is helping remedy the educational gaps affecting Kansas City Latinos and empowering young students to reach their full potential.

    "Throughout 96 years of service, Guadalupe Centers, Inc. has provided educational programs for the Latino community. We appreciate the collaboration with NCLR in these endeavors and are honored to receive this recognition,” said Cris Medina, CEO, Guadalupe Centers, Inc.

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


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    PARA DIVULGACIÓN INMEDIATA   Contacto:
    11 de julio de 2015   Kathy Mimberg
        (202) 776-1714
        kmimberg@nclr.org

     

    El Consejo Nacional de La Raza Otorga Premios por el Fortalecimiento de la Familia a Afiliados de San Francisco y Kansas City Durante la Conferencia Anual NCLR 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.-Durante el Almuerzo Nacional de Afiliados celebrado hoy durante la Conferencia Anual de NCLR en Kansas City, Mo., el Consejo Nacional de La Raza (NCLR, por sus siglas en inglés) reconoció a dos organizaciones de la comunidad que pertenecen a la Red de Afiliados de NCLR por sus destacados esfuerzos para empoderar a las familias latinas y ampliar sus oportunidades. Las organizaciones premiadas de este año son: Mission Asset Fund en San Francisco y Guadalupe Centers, Inc. en Kansas City, Mo.

    "En la Conferencia Anual NCLR 2015 rendimos homenajes a Mission Asset Fund y a Guadalupe Centers porque con su trabajo han transformado la vida de jóvenes latinos y sus familias. Su dedicación y éxito fortalecen toda nuestra comunidad ", dijo Janet Murguía, presidenta y CEO de NCLR. "Aplaudimos a estas ejemplares organizaciones ya que con su innovador enfoque ayudan a las comunidades hispanas de Kansas City y San Francisco para tener acceso al crédito seguro y al cuidado de salud asequible".

    Cada año se otorgan Premios por el Fortalecimiento de la Familia a dos organizaciones comunitarias, afiliadas a NCLR, por su exitoso compromiso con la comunidad hispana al ofrecer una combinación de programas y servicios. Cada una de estas organizaciones recibe un premio en efectivo de $5,000 para continuar su trabajo en la comunidad y su asociación con NCLR.

    Fundado en 2007, Mission Asset Fund trabaja para crear un mercado financiero justo para las familias trabajadoras y de bajos ingresos que carecen de acceso y recursos para alcanzar sus metas financieras. La organización fue reconocida por su innovador programa de Lending Circles, un programa de préstamos establecido a cero interés que se diseñó para ayudar a que las familias de bajos ingresos pudiesen integrarse al mundo de las finanzas prevalecientes. El programa permite que los participantes puedan tener un buen puntaje para su historial crediticio y de esa manera lograr su estabilidad financiera.

    "Nos sentimos muy felices de que este año nos hayan elegido para recibir el Premio al Fortalecimiento de la Familia NCLR", dijo José Quiñonez, Director General de Mission Asset Fund. "Este reconocimiento de NCLR nos ayuda a allanar el camino hacia un mercado financiero justo para las familias trabajadoras de los EE.UU. Con la colaboración de NCLR hemos ampliado el acceso a miles de créditos invisibles en todo el país, asegurando que quienes solicitan los créditos no queden atrapados por prestamistas que otorgan préstamos a intereses abusivos y, en su lugar, establezcan fuertes bases en su comunidad para luego seguir avanzando financieramente en sus vidas".

    Fundada hace casi un siglo, en 1919, Guadalupe Centers, Inc. en Kansas City, Missouri, es la organización de base comunitaria más antigua que trabaja para ayudar a los latinos en los Estados Unidos. Guadalupe Centers Inc. mejora la calidad de vida de las familias hispanas a través de un amplio conjunto de servicios educativos, sociales, recreativos y culturales. El grupo fue reconocido por haber lanzado los Sistemas Educativos de Guadalupe, un programa de escuela autónoma que proporciona una experiencia de aprendizaje riguroso y enriquecedor para estudiantes latinos desde Kindergarten hasta el Grado12. A través de este programa, Guadalupe Centers, Inc. ayuda a remediar las carencias educativas que afectan a los latinos de Kansas City y al mismo ha ayudado a potenciar la capacidad de los jóvenes estudiantes.

    "A lo largo de sus 96 años de servicio, Guadalupe Centers, Inc. ha ofrecido programas educativos para la comunidad latina. Agradecemos la colaboración que hemos recibido de NCLR y nos sentimos muy honrados que hayan reconocido nuestros esfuerzos", dijo Cris Medina, Director General de Guadalupe Centers, Inc.

    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:
    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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    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 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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    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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    August 6, 2015      Joseph Rendeiro
        (202) 776-1566
        jrendeiro@nclr.org 

    On 50th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act, NCLR Urges Congress to Restore Vital Voting Protections

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act (VRA), landmark legislation which would serve as the single most important tool for eradicating and preventing widespread voting discrimination against minority voters. For decades, the VRA blocked states from establishing discriminatory voting laws and practices until the Supreme Court struck down the act’s federal review provisions two years ago in Shelby County v. Holder. As we reflect on the 50th anniversary of this historic piece of legislation, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) calls on Congress to restore and expand upon vital voting protections for minority communities by passing the “Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015,” legislation that would require federal monitoring of changes to voting practices in states with a history of discriminating against minority voters.

    “Fifty years after the VRA was passed, this nation has returned to a dangerous point in the road with regard to voting rights. The decision in Shelby County v. Holder could wipe away five decades of progress that this country has made toward eliminating voter suppression laws and ensuring that voting practices in this country do not prevent minorities from casting a ballot,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR. “In 2015 alone, over 100 bills imposing voter restrictions were introduced in more than 30 states throughout the nation. Although these bills are wholly unnecessary and violate our citizens’ rights, it will be undeniably tougher to strike them down without a fully restored VRA.”

    In 2014, there were more than 25 million Hispanic eligible voters in the United States, with another 900,000 U.S.-born Hispanics turning 18 and becoming eligible to vote every year. According to the Census Bureau, nearly one-third of Hispanic eligible voters live in jurisdictions that were required under the VRA to undergo federal review of changes to voting practices.

    “If we are to remain a nation that prides itself on ensuring that our citizens have the right to fully participate in the electoral process, then we must strengthen voting protections for groups, such as Latinos, who have historically been disenfranchised,” added Murguía. “Our precious right to vote is the basic foundation upon which our democracy is built; we cannot regress to a time when people were turned away at the ballot box because of the color of their skin.”

    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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    August 12, 2015   Julian Teixeira
        (202) 776-1812
        jteixeira@nclr.org 

    Rep. Linda Sánchez Joins Latino Community Forum to Discuss Expiring Tax Credits for California’s Working Families
    Leaders call on Congress to make antipoverty tax credits part of business tax deals this fall

    LOS ANGELES—Although the economy is improving, many of California’s working families still aren’t earning enough to meet their basic needs. In fact, more than 40 percent of Latinos nationwide earn poverty-level wages. On Wednesday, August 19, at 10:30 a.m. PDT, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) and the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF) will host a community forum to discuss the need for Congress to protect vital refundable tax credits that lift 9.4 million Americans out of poverty each year. This fall, Congress will debate renewing or making permanent tax credits for businesses and has the opportunity to also save key provisions of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC), which collectively benefitted more than 113,000 households in California’s 38th district in 2013. Participants will discuss the impact of tax credits for working families on employment, poverty, education and family.

    Media interested in attending the event should RSVP to Joe Rendeiro at jrendeiro@nclr.org or call (202) 776-1566.

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHAT:         Community Forum on the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit
         
    WHO:    Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (D–CA)
        Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR
        Delia de la Vara, Vice President, California Region, NCLR
        Martin Castro, Executive Director, MAOF
        Teresa Palacios, Executive Director, Eastmont Community Center
         
    WHEN:    Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 10:30 a.m. PDT
         
    WHERE:   Mexican American Opportunity Foundation
        401 North Garfield Ave., Montebello, CA 90640
         

    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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    13 de agosto, 2015    Julián Teixeira
        (202) 776-1812
        jteixeira@nclr.org
         

    Rep. Linda Sánchez Se Une a Foro Comunitario Donde se Discutirán los Créditos Tributarios para Familias Trabajadores en California
    Líderes instan al Congreso federal para que estos créditos tributarios anti-pobreza sean parte de sus negociaciones sobre los impuestos en otoño

    LOS ANGELES—Aun cuando la economía ha mejorado, muchas familias trabajadoras californianas no tienen suficientes ingresos para cumplir sus necesidades básicas. De hecho, más del 40 por ciento de los latinos a nivel nacional devengaron ingresos que apenas los mantienen al nivel de la pobreza. El miércoles, 19 de agosto, a las 10:30am PDT, el NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza por sus siglas en inglés) y el Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF) patrocinarán un foro comunitario para pedir que el Congreso proteja créditos tributarios reembolsables que son vitales y ayudan a sacar a más de 9.4 millones de americanos de la pobreza cada año. Este otoño, el Congreso tendrá que decidir si se harán permanentes los créditos tributarios para los negocios, y tendrá además la oportunidad de salvar provisiones claves del Crédito Tributario de Ingreso (Earned Income Tax Credit o EITC) y el Crédito Tributario por Niños (Child Tax Credit o CTC), que colectivamente beneficiaron a más de 113,000 hogares en el distrito número 38 de California en el 2013. Los participantes discutirán el impacto de los créditos tributarios en las familias en torno al empleo, la pobreza y la educación.

    La prensa interesada en asistir el evento deben de confirmar su asistencia con Joe Rendeiro a jrendeiro@nclr.org o llamar al (202) 776-1566.

    AVISO DE PRENSA

    QUE:      Foro Comunitario del Crédito Tributario de Ingreso y el Crédito Tributario por Niños  
           
    QUIEN:    Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (D–CA)  
        Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR  
        Delia de la Vara, Vice President, California Region, NCLR  
        Martin Castro, Executive Director, MAOF  
        Teresa Palacios, Executive Director, Eastmont Community Center  
           
    CUANDO:    miércoles, 19 de agosto de 2015, 10:30 a.m. PDT  
           
    DONDE:   Mexican American Opportunity Foundation  
        401 North Garfield Ave., Montebello, CA 90640  

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

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    August 19, 2015     Joseph Rendeiro
        (202) 776-1566
        jrendeiro@nclr.org


    NCLR, MAOF and Eastmont Community Center Join Rep. Linda Sánchez in Urging Congress Not to Leave Working Families Out of Upcoming Tax Deals

    LOS ANGELES—Today, Rep. Linda Sánchez (D–CA) joined NCLR (National Council of La Raza) President and CEO Janet Murguía and NCLR Affiliates Mexican American Opportunity Fund (MAOF) and Eastmont Community Center at a community forum where they called on Congress to include tax credits for workers in upcoming debate on the issue. Congress is expected to resume negotiations on renewing or making permanent business tax credits set to expire this fall. At the forum, Sánchez urged her colleagues in Congress to also protect key provisions of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC), which benefit 50 million Americans and would expire in 2017.

    “If lawmakers are willing to help businesses recover in this economy, then they should be able to also support hardworking American families. Businesses, after all, also need consumers able to buy and spend in order to thrive,” said Murguía. “Millions of working families depend on these tax credits to keep them out of poverty; ensuring that American workers keep more of what they earn must take priority in Washington.”

    In 2009, Congress strengthened these refundable tax credits, which are only available to working people, in order to reach lower-income earners. Together, they now lift more than 9 million people out of poverty nationwide, including about 5 million children. In fact, in California alone, these tax credits lifted more than a million people out of poverty, while adding an estimated $7.3 billion to the state’s economy in 2012.

    “EITC and CTC are two of America’s most powerful proven antipoverty and work support programs in the tax code,” said Sánchez. “Together, they help hardworking American families make ends meet and lift nearly 5 million out of poverty. As Congress takes up expiring tax provisions for large businesses this fall, I will continue to fight to give hardworking families in my district and across the country peace of mind knowing they can count on these programs for support. I am proud to stand with NCLR and the Mexican American Opportunity Fund to demand these policies be made permanent.”

    Allowing key provisions of these pro-work tax credits to expire at the end of 2017 would cut off part or all of the EITC and CTC to 50 million Americans, pushing 16 million people in low- and modest-income working families deeper into poverty. Latinos would be hit especially hard. An estimated 4 million Latino working families with 9 million children stand to lose an average of more than $900 each.

    “We can see that the economic recovery hasn’t been felt equally by all and it is low-income earners who are still struggling the most,” said Teresa Palacios, Executive Director, Eastmont Community Center. “Many hardworking Americans are holding multiple jobs and still living paycheck to paycheck. The consequences of losing out on these tax credits would be devastating to Latino families in California and across the country.”

    “It would be foolish to think that the economic problems that existed in 2009 when these provisions were added to the EITC and CTC have been wiped away in 2015,” added Martin Castro, Executive Director, MAOF. “Congress took the right course of action in 2009. They should renew their commitment to our workforce and continue to support these measures that are keeping working Americans out of poverty.”

    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:
    19 de agosto, 2015    Joseph Rendeiro
        (202) 776-1566
        jrendeiro@nclr.org 

     

    NCLR, MAOF y Eastmont Community Center Juntos con la Rep. Linda Sánchez Instan al Congreso que No Dejen a las Familias Trabajadoras Fuera de las Negociaciones Sobre los Créditos Tributarios

    LOS ANGELES—Hoy, la Rep. Linda Sánchez (D–CA) se unió a la Presidenta y Gerente General del NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza por sus siglas en ingles), Janet Murguía, y los grupos Afiliados del NCLR, el Mexican American Opportunity Fund (MAOF) y el Eastmont Community Center, en un foro comunitario donde instaron al Congreso que incluyan créditos tributarios para los trabajadores en sus negociaciones sobre el tema. El Congreso continuará las negociaciones este otoño sobre la renovación o permanencia de créditos tributarios para los negocios que cumplen su fecha límite en los próximos meses. Sánchez instó a sus colegas en el Congreso que también protegieran provisiones claves del Crédito Tributario de Sueldo (conocido como EITC) y el Crédito Tributario por Niños (CTC), los cuales benefician a más de 50 millones de americanos y que expiran en el 2017.

    “Si los legisladores están dispuestos a ayudar a los negocios en esta economía en recuperación, deben de hacer lo mismo con las familias trabajadoras americanas. Después de todo, los negocios necesitan que los consumidores compren y gasten para tener éxito,” dijo Murguía. “Millones de familias trabajadoras dependen de estos créditos tributarios para no llegar al nivel de la pobreza; asegurar que los trabajadores americanos se lleven más de su sueldo a casa debe ser prioridad en Washington.”

    En el 2009, el Congreso fortaleció estos créditos tributarios reembolsables, que solo son disponibles para los trabajadores, para llegar a los trabajadores de bajos ingresos. Juntos, hoy en día ayudan a mantener a más de 9 millones de personas fuera de la pobreza a nivel nacional, incluyendo a alrededor de 5 millones de niños. De hecho, en California, estos créditos han ayudado a más de un millón de personas, que sin ellos caerían en la pobreza, y a la misma vez han contribuido alrededor de $7.3 mil millones a la economía estatal en el 2012.

    “EITC y el CTC son dos de los programas anti-pobreza y de apoyo laboral más poderosos en nuestro sistema de impuestos,” dijo Sánchez. “Juntos, ayudan a las familias americanas trabajadoras sobrevivir y sacan a más de 5 millones de la pobreza. Mientras el Congreso discute las provisiones de las leyes de impuestos este otoño, continuaré luchando para darle la seguridad a las familias trabajadoras en mi distrito y en todo el país de que estos programas continuarán. Estoy orgullosa de unirme al NCLR y al Mexican American Opportunity Fund para instar a que estas políticas sean permanentes.”

    Si estas provisiones se vencen a finales del 2017, causaría la reducción o eliminación de parte o todo del EITC y el CTC para 50 millones de americanos. Además resultaría en que 16 millones de personas de bajo o moderado ingreso se hundan más profundamente en la pobreza. Los latinos se verían particularmente afectados. Aproximadamente 4 millones de familias trabajadoras latinas con 9 millones de niños perderían más de $900 por familia.

    “Vemos que la recuperación económica no ha sido igual para todos y han sido las personas de menos ingresos las que siguen sufriendo,” dijo Teresa Palacios, Directora Ejecutiva, Eastmont Community Center. “Muchos trabajadores americanos tienen múltiples trabajos y siguen viviendo de cheque en cheque. Las consecuencias de no tener estos créditos tributarios serían devastadoras para las familias latinas en California y a través del país.”

    “Sería imprudente pensar que los problemas económicos que existían en el 2009, cuando se añadieron estas provisiones a el EITC y la CTC, han desaparecido en el 2015,” añadió Martin Castro, Director Ejecutivo, MAOF. “El Congreso tomó un curso positivo de acción en el 2009. Ellos deben de renovar su compromiso con nuestra fuerza laboral y continuar apoyando estas medidas que ayudan a mantener a los trabajadores americanos fuera de la pobreza.”

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

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    NCLR: Affordable Housing Goals Set by FHFA Do Not Go Far Enough to Help Homebuyers

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Yesterday, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released a final version of its affordable housing goals for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, both government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs). The goals are benchmarks to ensure GSE-backed loans and rental housing units remain affordable for underserved markets. Unfortunately, the goals presented will not go far enough to ensure greater access to affordable credit for low-income communities such as Latinos. NCLR (National Council of La Raza) is deeply disappointed that the FHFA has not made a stronger push for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to uphold the principles of fair, equitable and nondiscriminatory access to consumer credit, which could help creditworthy Latino families locked out of the housing market.

    “Every day, housing counseling agencies in the NCLR Homeownership Network set families up for success as they seek to purchase their first home,” said Lindsay Daniels, Manager of the Wealth-Building Initiative at NCLR. “Despite their expert advice and support, our housing counselors see extremely low numbers of new homeowners. Latino families simply cannot meet the high down payment, credit score, and interest rate requirements that dominate the mortgage market right now. The GSEs have a mandate to provide access to affordable credit and sustainable lending, but the rules presented yesterday do not go far enough to reach those objectives.”

    The GSEs were built in part to help qualified families access safe loans that would otherwise be difficult to find in the private market. Now more than ever, Latino families need a fair system to help them recover the vast amount of wealth that was lost in the housing crisis. Unfortunately, they are still paying more for credit. More than 40 percent of Hispanic households with mortgages report paying interest rates above 5 percent, compared to less than one-third of White households. Both the administration and Congress should seize every opportunity to make homeownership affordable. NCLR is ready to work with lawmakers to reform the housing finance system in a way that works for all Americans.

    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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    August 27, 2015    Joseph Rendeiro
        (202) 776-1566
        jrendeiro@nclr.org 

    NCLR and NHLA Praise Ruling in Favor of Home Care Workers

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) are celebrating a unanimous ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that upholds the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) regulation to extend federal minimum wage and overtime protections to home care workers. Earlier this year, both groups joined a number of civil rights and women’s rights organizations to file an amicus brief supporting the regulation. The court’s August 21 ruling overturns a legal challenge to DOL’s regulation, finalized September 2013, that would benefit two million workers who care for the elderly and people with disabilities in their homes. Approximately 21 percent of the home care workforce is Latino.

    “The Court’s decision reaffirms what we know to be true: that DOL was well within its authority to grant these vital protections to home care workers,” said Eric Rodriguez, Vice President of the Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation at NCLR. “This is a clear signal that states should act quickly to implement these long-overdue wage standards.”

    Home care is a multibillion-dollar industry that is projected to keep growing as the U.S. population ages. The Department of Labor projects that by 2020, the home care industry will add 1.3 million jobs, a growth rate of 70 percent—much faster than the growth rate of 14 percent for all occupations. Poverty-level wages undermine the economic security of workers and their families and do not equate with the value home care workers provide. Yet, due to a historic exclusion from protection under the Fair Labor Standards Act, most home care workers earn very low wages. The national average wage for home care workers is $9.70 per hour.

    “The U.S. Court of Appeals decision is a victory for hardworking Latinas and Latinos who deserve fair pay for the many hours of dedicated work they provide,” said Hector Sanchez, Chair of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda and Executive Director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement. “Latinas in particular are overrepresented in the home care industry but they do not receive a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work. This court ruling will help correct a longstanding injustice for hundreds of thousands of Latina workers, enabling them to better provide for themselves and their families.”

    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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    Buzzfeed— National Council Of La Raza President: Trump’s Wall Will Be Between The GOP And Latino Voters
    Pointing to an assault against a Hispanic man last week allegedly inspired by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, National Council of La Raza (NCLR) president Janet Murguia said the GOP’s embrace of Trump and lurch to the right on birthright citizenship and immigration could damage them in 2016 with Latino voters. Read more here…

    MSNBC— Trump takes credit for immigration debate on GOP stage
    Janet Murguía, president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza, joins Andrea Mitchell to talk about how immigration emerged as a top campaign issue at Thursday’s debate. Read more here…

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    National Journal— College Alone Does Not Close the Wealth Gap for Blacks and Latinos
    Everyone says a college degree is the path to prosperity. For White and Asian families, that's largely still true. Higher education not only brings with it better pay and more stability; it also creates a buffer against the negative effects of recessions and other short- and long-term economic pitfalls. Read more here…

    Politico— Trump organization seeks peace with Hispanic media
    Donald Trump’s organization is quietly reaching out to a Hispanic media group with a very un-Trump-like request: Let’s meet and make peace. Read more here…

    Al Jazeera— Police killings of Latinos spark less outrage than when victims are black
    On July 21, 2012, police here killed Manuel Angel Diaz, an unarmed, 25-year-old man, when he ran away as officers approached. The next day, 21-year-old Joel Acevedo was killed by police after he allegedly fired shots at them. Read more here…
     

    Spanish-Language News

    Univision— Congresista pide mantener programas tributarios que benefician a familias de bajos recursos
    La congresista demócrata por California Linda Sánchez aseguró en Los Ángeles su intención de luchar por mantener y ampliar los beneficios de impuestos para familias de bajos recursos y pequeños negocios, durante un foro del Consejo Nacional de La Raza (NCLR). Read more here…

    EFE—Debate dejó frustración y desencanto entre los defensores de los inmigrantes
    El debate entre los diez candidatos republicanos mejor posicionados para competir por la Presidencia dejó frustración y desencanto entre líderes y activistas defensores de los inmigrantes que oyeron llamados a reforzar el control de la frontera y nada que valore la aportación de los inmigrantes. Read more here...

    La Opinión— Murguía: Retórica de Trump refleja ansiedad ante cambio demográfico
    Para Janet Murguía, presidenta de una de las organizaciones latinas más importantes del país, el Concilio Nacional de la Raza (NCLR), la popularidad de Donald Trump y la fuerte retórica contra los mexicanos y los inmigrantes revelan solo una cosa: ansiedad entre algunos grupos ante el rápido cambio demográfico de la nación. Read more here…

    Telemundo— Debate sobre “ciudades santuarios” es político y un retroceso, según expertos
    Activistas hispanos cuestionaron la arremetida contra las llamadas “ciudades santuario” al considerarla un retroceso y una táctica de candidatos republicanos para ganar votos y polarizar aún más el debate migratorio en la antesala de las elecciones presidenciales de 2016. Read more here…

    La Opinion— Lucharán por créditos impositivos que benefician a familias trabajadoras
    Leticia Martín Chavez es mama soltera de tres hijos y a pesar de tener dos trabajos (cocinera en Carl Jr´s y cuidadora en el hogar), sus ingresos a menudo no alcanzan para lo más esencial. Read more here…

    El Clasificado— “Las familias dependen de los créditos fiscales”
    Hay dos créditos tributarios que están en riesgo de muerte y que son vitales para miles familias trabajadoras. “Estos programas han ayudado a que 9.4 millones de personas salgan del nivel de pobreza cada año. Tienen un impacto real en las familias. Read more here…
     

    Online News

    MSNBC— Trump: End birthright citizenship
    Laura Vazquez of the National Council of La Raza joins Frances Rivera to discuss Donald Trump’s immigration reform plan, and what it would mean for those impacted. Read more here…

    Huffington Post— Jeb Bush Immigration Proposal Falls Flat With Many Latino Groups
    Many Latino groups and immigrant rights activists found little to like in a six-point immigration proposal released by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Monday, ahead of the Republican presidential candidates' forum in New Hampshire. Read more here…

    Fox News Latino — Latino groups say Kelly Osbourne’s comments were ‘unfortunate’ but a learning experience
    Kelly Osbourne caused a social media storm Tuesday after her remark about Latino immigrants cleaning toilets on “The View,” with many people calling it racist. While many took to Twitter to voice their outrage, some Latino groups looked at the broader message they say Osbourne was trying to get across, and gave her credit for bringing a hard truth to light. Read more here...

    Safety+Health Magazine — Why are workplace injuries and deaths increasing among Latino employees?
    Juan Carlos Reyes was 35 years old when he died. Reyes was working four stories above ground at a hotel construction site in Texas when his work platform became unstable. He fell to the ground and was later pronounced dead at the scene. Read more here...

    C-SPAN— Immigration Policy
    Panelists talked about immigration policy issues in the 2016 presidential campaign. Topics included border security, immigration enforcement, immigrant workers, and President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. Read more here…


     


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                        Contact:
    September 3, 2015     Camila Gallardo
        (305)215-4259
        cgallardo@nclr.org
        Donté Donald, Demos: (212) 485-6062
        Michael McDunnah, Project Vote: (202) 905-1397
        Stacie Royster, Lawyers’ Committee: (202) 662-8317
        Beth Huffman, Dechert LLP: (215) 994-6761


    Ninth Circuit Hands Victory to Voting Rights Groups in Public Assistance Voter Registration Case

    Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a decision reinstating a case challenging the State of Nevada’s failure to provide federally required voter registration services to its low-income citizens. The case, brought by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the NAACP Reno/Sparks Branch, and NAACP Las Vegas, had been thrown out by the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.

    “The right to vote is fundamental in our democracy, without a vote you really have no voice. Today, NCLR applauds the Courts’ reversal of the district court’s complaint and look forward to presenting our case to ensure that eligible citizens are able to vote. Our nation’s future depends on an informed and participatory electorate. Over 900,000 Latinos turn 18 each year and become eligible to vote and we want to ensure that their right to participate in this democracy isn’t limited,” said Eric Rodriguez, Vice President, NCLR

    Voting rights groups Demos, Project Vote, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which represented the plaintiffs along with the law firms Dechert LLP and Woodburn and Wedge, applauded the decision.

    “Today’s decision is a victory for low-income voters in Nevada and the community groups that serve them,” said Brenda Wright, Vice President for Legal Strategies at Demos. “The Ninth Circuit’s decision recognizes the fundamental importance of access to the courts in protecting the right to vote. We are pleased that the Ninth Circuit has rectified a miscarriage of justice by reinstating our clients’ voting rights claims.”

    In its opinion, the Court rejected Nevada’s argument that the plaintiffs—organizations that conduct voter registration drives in low-income communities throughout the State—were not harmed by the state’s violations of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) and therefore lacked “standing” to challenge them.

    “The Court recognized that Nevada is answerable to community groups that have been forced to pick up the slack for the State’s failure to fulfill its legal obligations,” said Sarah Brannon, Director of Project Vote’s Government Agency Voter Registration Program.

    "The Ninth Circuit’s decision brings greater vitality and effectiveness to the NVRA by affirming that grassroots membership organizations such as the NAACP and the National Council of La Raza can bring claims on behalf of themselves and their members across the country,” stated Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President and Chief Executive Officer. “We applaud the court’s decision and look forward to continuing the fight to protect the voting rights and opportunities of all Americans."

    Today’s decision also reversed the lower court’s ruling that the plaintiffs had not provided the state sufficient notice of the NVRA violations before initiating the lawsuit.

    “We are thrilled that the Court confirmed that the nation’s leading civil rights organizations have standing to enforce the voting laws, and look forward to ensuring that voter registration is made readily available to all Nevada citizens,” said Neil Steiner, a Dechert partner who argued the case pro bono on behalf of the plaintiffs.

    The Ninth Circuit’s decision directs that the case be reassigned to a different district judge, finding that reassignment is necessary to “maintain the appearance of justice.”

    “The Court of Appeals has explained in detail why the district judge was wrong to have dismissed this lawsuit in 2012. We look forward now to ensuring that the clients of Nevada’s public assistance agencies receive the voter registration opportunities required by federal law in the 2016 election cycle and beyond,” said Jon Greenbaum, Chief Counsel of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

    The case, which was originally filed in June 2012, now goes back to the District Court in Nevada, where the plaintiffs will have an opportunity to prove their claims at trial.


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    PARA DIVULGACIÓN INMEDIATA                                                Contacto:
    15 de septiembre de 2015                                                              Kathy Mimberg
                                                                                                        (202) 776-1714
                                                                                                        kmimberg@nclr.org


    En San Antonio el foro tratará el tema cómo el lugar donde vivimos, trabajamos y jugamos tiene un impacto en la salud y cuáles son las prácticas innovadoras que pueden mejorar la salud de los latinos

    SAN ANTONIO—El Consejo Nacional de la Raza (NCLR, por sus siglas en inglés) auspiciará la Cumbre sobre la Salud en San Antonio, del 22 al 23 de septiembre, para tratar el tema cómo el entorno urbano —las áreas donde vivimos, trabajamos y jugamos —afecta la salud de los hispanos. Expertos en salud, activistas de la comunidad, y funcionarios gubernamentales se reunirán para desarrollar una agenda sobre los problemas referentes al acceso al seguro de salud y la atención médica y el papel de los promotores de salud (trabajadores de la comunidad abocados al tema de la salud) como agentes de cambio. El foro se llevará a cabo en el Grand Hyatt San Antonio, ubicado en 600 E. Market Street.

    El tema central del foro es exponer cómo la salud de una persona se ve afectada por el entorno urbano donde vive. Por ejemplo, la inaccesibilidad a senderos, sendas para bicicletas y aceras puede fomentar hábitos sedentarios lo que contribuye a la obesidad, enfermedades cardiovasculares, diabetes y algunos tipos de cáncer. Hoy en día, aproximadamente dos tercios de los estadounidenses tienen sobrepeso y casi el 40% de los latinos son obesos.

    La cumbre NCLR ofrecerá a los participantes lo siguiente: (1) información sobre los problemas de salud de los hispanos en las áreas donde viven, (2) modelos sobre las mejores prácticas sobre temas que abarcan desde al aumento de acceso para conseguir alimentos frescos . en los barrios latinos hasta la inscripción de los latinos en seguros de salud disponibles mediante la Ley de Cuidado de Salud Asequible y (3) capacitación de defensores para reducir las barreras existentes y mejorar la salud de los hispanos.

    El foro reunirá a expertos provenientes de diferentes instituciones, tales como la Oficina para la Salud de las Minorías del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de los Estados Unidos (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Heart Association y Planned Parenthood Federation of America, entre otras. Disertantes de organizaciones locales incluye miembros de la Red de Afiliados de NCLR, tales como el Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, El Paso, Texas; GOAL Academy, Pueblo, Colorado; San Ysidro Health Center, San Diego; y Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Chicago. Otros oradores representarán los siguientes centros de salud: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, University of California at Davis, the Transamerica Center for Health Studies, y National Association of Community Health Centers.

    La inscripción para la Cumbre NCLR sobre la Salud e información para el alojamiento de los participantes se pueden encontrar en www.nclr.org. El evento es presentado por Eli Lilly and Company. Para más información, se ruega ponerse en contacto con Kathy Mimberg en el teléfono (202) 776-1714 o kmimberg@nclr.org.

    AVISO DE PRENSA

    QUÉ:                   Cumbre NCLR sobre la Salud referente al entorno urbano y su efecto sobre la salud de los latinos

    CUÁNDO:           22 al 23 de septiembre de 2015

    DÓNDE:               Grand Hyatt
                                 600 E. Market Street
                                 San Antonio, Texas 78205

    QUIÉNES:          Organizaciones y expertos especializados en el tema de la salud, grupos comunitarios y otros invitados de Texas y de otros estados mencionados anteriormente.

    El Consejo Nacional de La Raza–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:
    September 15, 2015                                                     Kathy Mimberg
                                                                                       (202) 776-1714
                                                                                       kmimberg@nclr.org


    Forum in San Antonio will address how where we live, work and play has an impact on health and how innovative practices can improve Latino health outcomes

    SAN ANTONIO—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will host a Health Summit September 22–23 in San Antonio to address how our built environment—the areas where we live, work and play—affects Latino health. Health experts, community activists and government officials will come together for an agenda that explores issues such as access to health insurance and medical care, the effect of housing on health, and the role of promotores de salud (community health workers) as agents of change. The forum will take place at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio, located at 600 E. Market Street.

    The summit’s focus reflects how a person’s health is affected by his or her surroundings. The inaccessibility of walking paths, bicycle lanes and sidewalks, for example, can foster sedentary habits which contribute to obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some types of cancer. Today, approximately two-thirds of Americans are overweight and nearly 40% of Latinos suffer from obesity.

    The NCLR Health Summit will provide participants with: (1) information about Latino health issues related to where they live, (2) best-practice models on topics ranging from increasing access to fresh produce in Hispanic neighborhoods to enrolling Latinos in health coverage available under the Affordable Care Act, and (3) advocacy training to address barriers to health and improve Latino health outcomes.

    The summit will feature experts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Heart Association and Planned Parenthood Federation of America, among others. Speakers from local organizations include members of NCLR’s Affiliate Network, such as Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, El Paso, Texas; GOAL Academy, Pueblo, Col.; San Ysidro Health Center, San Diego; and Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Chicago. Other speakers will come from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the University of California at Davis, the Transamerica Center for Health Studies, and the National Association of Community Health Centers.

    Registration for the NCLR Health Summit and lodging information can be found at www.nclr.org. The event is presented by Eli Lilly and Company. For more information, please contact Kathy Mimberg at (202) 776-1714 or kmimberg@nclr.org.

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHAT:         NCLR Health Summit on how our built environment affects Latino health

    WHEN:        September 22–23, 2015

    WHERE:      Grand Hyatt
                         600 E. Market Street
                         San Antonio, Texas 78205

    WHO:          Health organizations and experts, community groups, and others from Texas and throughout the United States as described above

    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:
    September 15, 2015     Joseph Rendeiro
        (202) 776-1566
        jrendeiro@nclr.org 

    NCLR: Earning Citizenship Benefits Every American
    To celebrate Citizenship Day, NCLR highlights the benefits of citizenship and provides tips throughout the week to help make naturalization more accessible

    Washington, D.C.—Aspiring Americans infuse new ideas and fresh talent into our economy, starting their own businesses, creating new jobs and increasing earnings for all American workers. Immigrants who are eligible to become U.S. citizens can benefit the economy even more by completing the naturalization process and earning full U.S. citizenship. As we look forward to Citizenship Day this Thursday, September 17, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) urges all eligible candidates to begin the naturalization process.

    Naturalized immigrants often see an increase in their individual earnings by as much as 15 percent, which in turn generates greater economic growth and higher tax revenues that benefit all Americans. The U.S. is home to approximately 9 million permanent residents who are eligible to become citizens today. If all current permanent residents naturalized, they would add between $37 billion and $52 billion to the U.S. economy over 10 years.

    “Completing the naturalization process has a ripple effect of benefits to families and to our nation that’s not just limited to improving the economy,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR. “Citizenship provides a sense of stability for immigrant families that enables them to become bigger contributors to society. By becoming grounded in a community, people are encouraged to work to improve where they live and to participate in our great American democracy by registering, voting and even by running for office. Citizenship is what makes us all Americans.”

    For more information about how to become a U.S. citizen, visit
    www.nclr.org/index.php/issues_and_programs/immigration/resources/immigrant_integration/.

    Follow the NCLR blog and social media channels all week to learn more about the benefits of citizenship, resources that can help make the naturalization process more affordable and accessible, and next steps that lawmakers should take to better help immigrants integrate into American society. NCLR will also release new analysis of legislation aimed at streamlining the naturalization process and better integrating immigrants into American society.

    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:
    September 17, 2015      Camila Gallardo
        (305) 215-4259
        cgallardo@nclr.org

    Congressional Inaction Threatens to Keep Latino Working Families in Poverty

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Yesterday the U.S. Census Bureau released new data that showed that income and poverty rates in the Latino community barely budged from last year. Hispanic households had a median income of $42,491 in 2014, a number just slightly higher than 2013, when the median income was $40,337. Data from the Census showed a slight drop in the poverty rate among Latinos to 23.6 percent in 2014 from 24.7 percent the previous year. However, the rate remains too high and is almost twice that of the general population (14.8 percent).

    While there is no statistical difference in the data reported in 2013 and 2014, the newer Census numbers demonstrate that Latinos continue to face real challenges to financial progress and that too many in our community, including 5.7 million children, continue to live in poverty,” said Samantha Vargas Poppe, Associate Director, Policy Analysis Center, NCLR.

    With poverty disproportionately burdening the Latino community, prevention policies are vital. These include the federal minimum wage and refundable tax credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC). However, Congress has yet to take action to boost the federal minimum wage or make permanent the 2009 expansion of the EITC and CTC set to expire in 2017. The enhanced EITC and CTC helped lift 10 million Americans out of poverty in 2014. If these improvements are not maintained, roughly five million working Latino families will lose an average of $1,000 each and 16 million Americans will be pushed into or deeper into poverty. In addition, raising the federal minimum wage to $12 per hour would help boost the income of about 8.5 million Latino workers.

    “Congress has an opportunity to act on several fronts that will have an indelible impact on helping lift Latinos and other Americans out of poverty. Raising the minimum wage and saving tax credits for working families would place them on a smoother path to gaining financial security,” continued Vargas Poppe.

    Find out more about the latest data from the U.S. Census and what it reveals about Latinos in an NCLR fact sheet.

    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:
    September 22, 2015   Camila Gallardo
        cgallardo@nclr.org
        (305) 215-4259

    NCLR Marks National Voter Registration Day with Message to Eligible Latinos:
    Defeat bigotry on the campaign trail—register and vote!

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, as the nation commemorates National Voter Registration Day, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) is urging eligible Latinos across the United States to register early online or at local government agencies or participating community-based organizations, including many NCLR Affiliates. NCLR will be launching its full voter registration campaign this fall.

    “Latinos are part of the fabric of America, and our active participation helps ensure the electorate accurately reflects the nation and those elected lead responsibly. Our voices are critical, particularly as we see the presidential campaign season unfold, with some candidates intent on demonizing the Latino community and awakening a virulent nativist streak in our society. The best way to defend our community from bigotry, and to be true to our nation’s motto, E Pluribus Unum, is to register and vote,” said Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro, Deputy Vice President, NCLR.

    Between 2008 and 2012, the number of Latinos registered to vote grew by two million (from 11.6 million to 13.7 million). According to recent projections, that number is expected to grow to 16.7 million in 2016. Part of this growth is fueled by the nearly one million Latino citizens turning 18 every year, and community efforts to register them and other Latino citizens of voting age. Nearly 10 million Latino voting-age citizens were unregistered in 2012, making voter registration efforts a critical component in the electoral growth of this community.

    “We have already proven to be a critical factor in the winning equation for the White House and many races across the country, and our growth potential is still considerable. Bringing even more eligible Latinos onto the voter rolls and into the voting booth will strengthen the message that our community needs to be engaged meaningfully by candidates, and that candidates need to provide solutions rather than incite hatred if they want to win elections,” continued Martínez-De-Castro.

    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:
    September 23, 2015   Kathy Mimberg
        (202) 776-1714
        kmimberg@nclr.org

    NCLR SUMMIT HIGHLIGHTS COMMUNITY ADVOCACY AS CRITICAL TO IMPROVING LATINO HEALTH
    San Antonio forum focuses on innovative efforts throughout nation to build healthy communities

    SAN ANTONIO—Public health experts, community leaders and government officials came together at the NCLR (National Council of La Raza) Health Summit in San Antonio September 22–23 to discuss ways to improve Latino health outcomes and address how the built environment—the places we live, work and play—affect our health. Speakers shared ideas and best practices on such issues as helping those newly insured under the Affordable Care Act find medical care, working with grocery stores to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and advocating for healthier options in housing and schools.

    “The places where we live affect our quality of life—particularly our mental and physical health. A neighborhood that has no sidewalks or parks, or that has poor air quality, for example, discourages physical activity and can damage health. We must empower communities to address barriers to good health so more people can exercise, eat right and get the medical care they need,” said Delia Pompa, Senior Vice President, Programs, NCLR.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), how communities are designed and built contributes to public health challenges like asthma, obesity and heart disease, all prevalent conditions among Latinos. Communities that advocate for changes such as requiring school bus drivers to turn off their engines when idlingcan improve air quality and reduce medical emergencies for people with asthma. Neighborhoods with sidewalks and bike trails offer more opportunities for exercise and make it easier for people to maintain a healthy weight and reduce their risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

    San Antonio, which is nearly two-thirds Latino, is located in Bexar County, where CDC data show that 65 percent of the adults are overweight or obese. To bring down obesity levels, the city has launched a bike share program, worked with restaurants to develop healthier menu items, installed more fitness equipment in public spaces and strengthened physical education resources in schools. From 2010 to 2012, obesity rates in San Antonio and Bexar County dropped from 35.1 percent in 2010 to 28.5 percent.

    “We commend the work of our colleagues here in San Antonio for helping residents become healthier and more active. Change is hard, but communities that create opportunities to engage people in good nutrition and regular exercise are going to see better health outcomes. Through the NCLR Health Summit, we were able to spotlight real-world examples of community advocacy that have changed people’s lives for the better,” said Pompa.

    Participants heard from Cara James, Director of the Office of Minority Health, Center for Medicaid/Medicare Services at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Jose Plaza, National Director for Latino Engagement, Enroll America, among others. In addition to sessions on grassroots and digital advocacy, representatives from community-based organizations shared lessons learned in how to provide health information and services to Latinos. Among other topics, community health care experts presented on the following:

    • Using the promotores de salud (community health workers) model to effectively educate Latinos on such issues as diabetes, nutrition and depression
    • Working with school communities to positively impact health, emphasizing Latino cultural strengths and providing services to the entire family
    • Being culturally sensitive and appropriate by offering information and services in multiple languages and presenting it in ways that these diverse communities can identify with

    Please visit the NCLR website to learn more about Latino health and nutrition and access the Health Summit agenda and the newly released “NCLR 2015 Profiles of Latino Health” series. For more information or to interview one of NCLR’s health experts, please contact Kathy Mimberg at kmimberg@nclr.org or (202) 776-1714.

    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:
    23 de septiembre de 2015   Gaby Gomez
        (202) 776-1732
        ggomez@nclr.org


    LA CUMBRE NCLR ENFATIZA QUE ES CLAVE MEJORAR LA SALUD DE LOS LATINOS
    El foro de San Antonio remarcó los esfuerzos innovadores que se realizan en toda la nación para construir comunidades saludables

    SAN ANTONIO—Expertos, líderes y funcionarios gubernamentales especializados en el tema de la salud pública se reunieron en San Antonio, durante los días 22 y 23 de septiembre, para la conferencia Cumbre NCLR sobre la Salud a fin de encontrar mejoras para la salud de los latinos y tratar el tema sobre las edificaciones del entorno --los lugares donde vivimos, trabajamos y jugamos. Los disertantes compartieron ideas y las mejores prácticas que existen para ayudar a que las personas que recientemente se inscribieron en el sistema de seguros de la Ley de Asistencia Asequible encuentren atención médica, se aumenten las posibilidades de conseguir tiendas que vendan frutas y verduras frescas, y abogar por opciones más saludables para las viviendas y las escuelas de la población hispana.

    "Los lugares donde vivimos afectan nuestra calidad de vida, sobre todo nuestra salud mental y física. Un barrio donde no hay aceras ni parques o tiene mala calidad del aire, desalienta la actividad física de sus residentes y hasta puede dañar su salud. Debemos tratar de capacitar mejor las comunidades para que solucionen las barreras existentes que impiden a que un número mayor de personas puedan comer bien, hacer ejercicios físicos y obtener la atención médica que necesitan ", dijo Delia Pompa, Vicepresidenta Sénior de Programas de NCLR.

    Según los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC, por sus siglas en inglés), el mal diseño y la mala construcción de las comunidades son factores que inciden en la salud pública agravando problemas relacionados con el asma, la obesidad y las enfermedades cardiacas y son todas estas condiciones las que prevalecen entre los latinos. Las comunidades que abogan la implementación de cambios, por ejemplo, exigir que los conductores de autobuses escolares apaguen los motores de los buses cuando no están en marcha, puesto que ese cambio mejoraría la calidad del aire y reduciría las emergencias médicas para los asmáticos. Los barrios con aceras y senderos para bicicletas ofrecen más oportunidades para el ejercicio físico y facilitan a que la gente pueda mantener un peso saludable y reducir los riesgos referentes a enfermedades cardiacas, accidentes cerebro-vasculares y diabetes.

    San Antonio -- donde cerca de dos tercios de sus residentes son hispanos -- está situada en el condado de Bexar, y los datos de los CDC muestran que el 65% de los adultos de esta área tienen sobrepeso o son obesos. Para reducir los niveles de obesidad, la ciudad puso en marcha un programa compartido para el uso de bicicletas, trabajó con los restaurantes para que ofrecieran menús de comida más saludable, instaló más equipos de gimnasia en los espacios públicos y recomendó que se enfatizara la educación física en las escuelas. Desde 2010 a 2012, las tasas de obesidad en San Antonio y el condado de Bexar disminuyeron de 35,1% en 2010 a 28,5% en 2012.

    "Elogiamos el trabajo de nuestros colegas aquí en San Antonio por haber ayudado a que los residentes lleven una vida más saludable y más activa. El cambio es duro, pero las comunidades que hacen participar a la gente para que se alimenten mejor y que con regularidad hagan ejercicios físicos logran mejorar su salud. A través de la Cumbre de Salud NCLR, hemos podido enfatizar ejemplos del mundo real que ayudan a que las comunidades mejoren la vida de sus residentes", dijo Pompa.

    Durante el foro Cara James, Directora de la Oficina de Salud de las Minorías, Centro de los Servicios de Medicaid y Medicare, del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de los Estados Unidos, y José Plaza, Director Nacional de Latino Engagement, Enroll America, se dirigieron a la audiencia. Además de las sesiones del foro donde se mostraron materiales digitales sobre sistemas de apoyo y defensa de las comunidades, los representantes de organizaciones de base comunitaria compartieron con el público lecciones aprendidas sobre la manera de proporcionar información sobre la salud y los servicios a la población hispana. Entre otros temas, los expertos en el cuidado de la salud de la comunidad presentaron lo siguiente:

    • Utilizando el modelo para los promotores de salud (trabajadores de la salud de la comunidad), educar de manera eficaz a los latinos sobre temas tales como la diabetes, la nutrición y la depresión.
    • Trabajar con las escuelas de la comunidad para enseñarles cómo mejorar la salud, enfatizando temas positivos de la cultura de los hispanos y proveer servicios a toda la familia.
    • Ofrecer información y servicios en varios idiomas, apropiados a la sensibilidad y cultura de la población, y presentar los temas de manera que estas diversas comunidades puedan identificarse

    Por favor, visite el sitio web de NCLR (NCLR website) para aprender más sobre la salud y la nutrición de los latinos y acceder a la agenda de la Cumbre de la Salud y a la serie recientemente publicada "NCLR 2015 Profiles of Latino Health". Para obtener más información o para entrevistar a uno de los expertos en salud de NCLR, por favor póngase en contacto con Gaby Gomez en ggomez@nclr.org o (202) 776-1732.

    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:
    September 25, 2015   Camila Gallardo
        (305) 215-4259
        cgallardo@nclr.org

    Don’t Let Important Tax Credits Expire
    Groups, Miami Mayor call for action on expiring tax credits that help nearly half of
    Miami-Dade County residents

    MIAMI—Today NCLR (National Council of La Raza), the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado joined together at a noon press conference to urge Congress to protect tax credits for working families that affect 46 percent of Miami-Dade County residents. Expansions of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) are set to expire in 2017, harming the economic well-being of one million low-income Floridians. In 2012, the EITC added $5.1 billion to Florida’s economy and roughly $1 billion to Miami-Dade County’s, according to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities.

    If Congress lets key provisions of these pro-work tax credits expire at the end of 2017:

    • Five million Latino working families with nine million children stand to lose an average of more than $1,000 each.
    • Fifty million Americans, including 25 million children, will lose part or all of their EITC or CTC.
    • More than one million Florida families would fall into, or deeper into, poverty.

    Together, the CTC and EITC help lift 9.4 million people out of poverty every year, including five million children—more than one million in Florida. Married couples and families with more than two children would lose part of their EITC if not renewed, and many newlyweds would face a stiff marriage penalty (or a bigger marriage penalty). A married couple with three children and earnings of $35,000 would see their EITC shrink by roughly $1,200.

    “We must urge Congress to act in the best interests of America’s hardworking families. Letting these critical tax credits expire will pull the financial rug right from under millions of families, pushing many of them into poverty," said Jared Nordlund, Florida Senior Strategist, NCLR.

    Congress will soon vote to make certain tax credits for businesses permanent, including the Research and Development credit. The groups today called on Congress to pair any action on tax credits for business with those for working families, providing Americans more security about their financial futures.

    “As a business leader, I am glad to hear that our elected officials are thinking ahead because a number of important tax credits for businesses need to be renewed before they expire at the end of this year. As Senators Rubio and Nelson consider making some of these tax credits permanent, they should do the same for tax credits that help working families who are just as important to strengthening our economy,” said Liliam M. López, President and CEO of the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

    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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