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@ lolasanti : Vice President Biden, by far, was my favorite part if the entire #NCLR12 conference! #LeadtheWay ##Obama2012 @Obama2012

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"More than 1.3 million have served in the armed forces. More than 2,789 have been wounded. Don't tell me you're not ready. It's much, much too important to remain silent. We need your help, and we need it now. God bless our troops." - VP Joe Biden

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"That's middle class. To be able to dream, to be anything you aspire to be." -- VP Joe Biden at #nclr12

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Mitt Romney quiere que le mostremos nuestros papeles (migratorios) pero no quiere enseñarnos los de él. (vicepresidente Joe Biden en conferencia de NCLR).

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Sobre el #DreamAct #JoeBiden: "El pueblo estadounidense apoya a los soñadores, tengo fe en este pueblo, confío en su corazón" #NCLR12

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"Imagine, literally imagine, what the Supreme Court would look like after 4 years of a Romney presidency. Imagine what it would mean for civil rights; for voting rights."

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Son ustedes el sector menos representado del pueblo estadounidense, dice Biden.

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El vicepresidente de Estados Unidos Joe Biden dice que hablar dwspues de Antonio Villaraigosa es peligroso... Y que no ha tenido mejor amigo politico que Antonio.

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Janet Murguia, introducing VP Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, says the Vice President has 'a Latino heart' at #nclr12

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@ NCLR : In a few minutes, VP Joe Biden will be speaking at the #NCLR12 Conference, watch LIVE http://t.co/Lgh3Qq4j

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“A dark cloud was lifted for thousands of our young people.” – Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, on President Obama’s June decision to grant limited deportation relief to some young, undocumented immigrants at NCLR.

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“Racial profiling is un-American and violates our most deeply help principles.” - Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, on the portion of SB1070 that the Supreme Court allowed to stand.

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"Don't forget that he [Romney] called Arizona's law a model for the nation... And most importantly don't forget that his core immigration policy remains the self-deportation of 11 million people." - Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, on Gov. Mitt Romney at NCLR

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“We know that America is better than Arizona’s law SB 1070.” -Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at NCLR.

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“For too long we’ve seen too many young people talented young people forced to live in the shadows, they were forced to defer their dreams not because of something they did but because of our country’s misguided immigration policies.” – Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, on President Obama’s June decision to grant limited deportation relief to some young, undocumented immigrants at NCLR.

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@ NCLR : @Villaraigosa: We need #immigration reform, but the #GOP has turned its back on the #Latino community. #NCLR12

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"Racial profiling is un-american, it violates our most deeply held principles." -- L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

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''We the People' means everyone.. Those with papers and those without'- Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

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@ NCLR : @Villaraigosa: A fierce determination to succeed burns within DREAMers. #NCLR12

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Antonio Villarraigosa, alcalde de Los Angeles: somos el pueblo, gracias por creer en este país. Vine a Las Vegas para celebrar (las) victorias recientes de las últimas semanas para la comunidad.

Una nube negra se levantó para centenares de miles de jovenes latinos con el anuncio se Obama de suspender sus deportaciones.

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@ lmyerslvrj : .@villaraigosa #LA mayor @nclr before @joebiden, touting veep as protector of middle class "He gets it. We believe in civil rights." #nclr12

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“There have always been fights between the voices of inclusion and the voices of exclusion."-- Joe Biden

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“You’re the fastest-growing population. You now make up more than 16 percent of the population." -- Joe Biden

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Sgt. Alvanez earned his citizenship in a war zone, receiving 2 Purple Hearts for wounds received will serving in Afghanistan. Would you risk as much for U.S. citizenship?

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Honoree Sgt. Alejandro Jose Alvanez reminds his fellow immigrants, "Even though we were not born here, we must defend it and serve it as if we were."

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“Mitt Romney wants you to show your papers, but he won’t show us his.

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“When his father, George Romney, was a candidate was for President in 1968, he released 12 years of tax returns because, as he said, ‘One year could be a fluke, perhaps done for show.’

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Maggiano speaking at #nclr12 on federal programs to make homes affordable and avoid foreclosure: "It is for your children and grandchildren that we're doing this."

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Janet Murguía, la enérgica y apasionada president del Concilio Nacional de La Raza, parece haber tomado las leyes antiinmigrantes aprobadas por distintos estados, especialmente la SB1070 de Arizona, personalmente.

“¿Están ustedes cuestionando mi patriotismo? Tengo en mi familia a cuatro abogados, dos jueces federales, una hermana en el tribunal del Noveno Circuito de Apelaciones, y me dicen eso porque ¿tengo un acento?”

Lágrimas de furia llenaron los ojos de la veterana líder, que encabeza la mayor organización hispana de derechos civiles del país desde 2004.

El lunes, durante su alocución central en un almuerzo multitudinario y con la presencia de los líderes de las organizaciones latinas más importantes del país, Murguía completó su respuesta.

Uno a uno, fue presentando a sus familiares allí sentados: jueces, maestros, estudiantes… la flor y nata de la familia latina estadounidense, a cuyo término remató diciendo:

[Con que] “¿Quieren ver nuestros papeles? Los hallarán en las urnas, el día de las elecciones. Nuestra comunidad no será intimidada. No nos enmudecerán”. Reproduciendo un lema de las luchas sindicales, indicó “no nos moverán”, para terminar, en español: “¡Ahora es nuestro momento!”

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@ ABC_PolicyLA : 'How do we close the wealth gap for the Latino community?' - Maria Cabildo @elaccOrg #housing #NCLR12 #LeadtheWay

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  • Vice President Joe Biden

    Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. is the 47th and current Vice President of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama. A Democrat, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Biden" target="_hplink">he was a United States Senator from Delaware</a> from January 3, 1973 until his resignation on January 15, 2009, following his election to the Vice Presidency.

  • Suze Orman

    Susan Lynn "Suze" Orman is an American financial advisor, author, motivational speaker, and television host. Orman was born in Chicago and received her B.A. in social work. She worked as a waitress in Berkeley, California before becoming a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch. In 1983 she became the vice-president of investments at Prudential Bache Securities and in 1987 founded the Suze Orman Financial Group.

  • Richard Trumka

    Richard Louis Trumka is an organized labor leader in the United States. He was <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Trumka" target="_hplink">elected President of the AFL-CIO on September 16, 2009</a>, at the labor federation's convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He served as the Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO, from 1995 to 2009, and prior to that was President of the United Mine Workers from 1982 to December 22, 1995. Mr. Trumka was named in Esquire Magazine's 2011 Americans of the Year.

  • Rich Cordray

    Richard Cordray is an American politician, who is serving as the Director of the United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which officially began operating in July 2011. Before that he was Attorney General of Ohio. On July 17, 2011, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Cordray" target="_hplink">President Barack Obama announced</a> he would nominate Cordray to lead the United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. On January 4, 2012, the White House announced that it would make a controversial recess appointment of Cordray to the post.

  • Eric Holder

    Eric Himpton Holder, Jr. is the 82nd and current Attorney General of the United States and the first African American to hold the position, serving under President Barack Obama. Holder is the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Holder" target="_hplink">first sitting member of the Cabinet</a> of the United States to be held in Contempt of Congress by the House of Representatives, for withholding documents related to the ATF gunwalking scandal.

  • Maria Hinojosa

    Maria Hinojosa is a Mexican American broadcast journalist. She was (2005-2010) Senior Correspondent for the PBS news magazine, NOW on PBS. She is <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Hinojosa" target="_hplink">currently also the host of her own show on PBS</a>, Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One, an interview talk show that features one-on-one interviews with a diverse group of guests, including actors, writers, activists, and politicians. Hinojosa's first journalism experience was as host of a Latino radio show while she was a student at Barnard College, where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Latin American studies.

  • John Berry

    Morrell John Berry is an <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Berry_(administrator)" target="_hplink">American administrator and director</a> of the United States Office of Personnel Management. He held posts in the U.S. Treasury Department, the Smithsonian Institution, and the U.S. Department of the Interior until 2000, and worked as director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the National Zoological Park until 2009, when he was nominated by President Barack Obama as director of the United States Office of Personnel Management. Berry took office after being confirmed by the United States Senate in April 2009, becoming responsible for managing the human resources of the federal government.

  • Representative Shelley Berkley

    Rochelle "Shelley" Berkley is the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelley_Berkley" target="_hplink">U.S. Representative for Nevada's 1st congressional district</a>, serving since 1999, and a candidate for U.S. Senate. She is a member of the Democratic Party.

  • Shaun Donovan

    Shaun L.S. Donovan is the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaun_Donovan" target="_hplink">United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development</a>, serving in the cabinet of President Barack Obama. Prior to this he headed the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. On December 13, 2008, in his weekly national radio address, President-elect Barack Obama announced that he would appoint Donovan to his cabinet. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate through unanimous consent on January 22, 2009 and sworn-in on January 26.

  • Nely Galán

    Born as Arnely Alvarez in Santa Clara, Cuba. Her parents moved to Teaneck, New Jersey in 1965 when she was two years old. During high school Galán submitted an article to Seventeen magazine which was so impressive she was asked to be a guest editor and led to a permanent position. At the age of 22,<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nely_Gal%C3%A1n" target="_hplink"> Galan embarked on her career in entertainment</a> as the nation's youngest station manager for WNJU TV Channel 47 in New York. Owned by Jerry Perenchio and Norman Lear, the station became the launchpad for what is now the Telemundo Network.

  • José Díaz-Balart

    A Cuban-American journalist and television anchorman. He is currently the anchor for Noticiero Telemundo, the network's news program as well as the network's <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jose_Diaz-Balart" target="_hplink">Washington DC-based public affairs Sunday morning program Enfoque</a>. Sometimes described as the Brian Williams of Telemundo, Diaz-Balart delivers news that affects the Latino community. In August 1996 he made history by becoming the first Cuban-American to host a network news program when he became anchor for the CBS News program This Morning. He co-hosted Telemundo Network's first morning news and entertainment show, "Esta Mañana," as well as its public affairs show "Cada Día."

  • Maria Celeste Arrarás

    Maria Celeste Arrarás is a Puerto Rican journalist and actress and the host and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar%C3%ADa_Celeste_Arrar%C3%A1s" target="_hplink">producer of Spanish language news program</a> Al Rojo Vivo Con Maria Celeste.

  • Intocable

    A Tejano/Norteño musical group from Zapata, Texas that was started by friends Ricky Muñoz and René Martínez in the early 90's.

  • Sandra Cisneros

    Sandra Cisneros is an American writer best known for her acclaimed first novel The House on Mango Street (1984) and her subsequent short story collection Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories (1991). Her work <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandra_Cisneros" target="_hplink">experiments with literary forms and investigates</a> emerging subject positions, which Cisneros herself attributes to growing up in a context of cultural hybridity and economic inequality that endowed her with unique stories to tell. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and is regarded as a key figure in Chicana literature.

  • Taboo

    Jaime Luis Gómez who is <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taboo_(rapper)" target="_hplink">better known by his stage name Taboo</a>, is an American singer, actor, and rapper best known as a member of the group The Black Eyed Peas.

  • Wilson Cruz

    Wilson Cruz, born Wilson Echevarría, is an American actor, known for playing <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilson_Cruz" target="_hplink">Rickie Vasquez on My So-Called Life</a> and the recurring character Genito on Noah's Arc. As an openly gay person of Afro-Puerto Rican ancestry, he has served as an advocate for gay youth, especially gay youth of color.

  • A.B. Quintanilla

    Abraham Isaac Quintanilla III who is better known as A.B. Quintanilla III or simply A.B. Quintanilla, is an <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A.B._Quintanilla" target="_hplink">American songwriter, record producer and musician</a>. He is the older brother of "The Queen of Tejano music" Selena. Along with Selena, his other sister Suzette, and his father Abraham, he became a member of Los Dinos in 1980 which would later include Selena's husband Chris Pérez as a guitarist. As a member of Los Dinos, A.B. would play bass guitar, produce and write songs for Selena which became successful singles such as "Como La Flor", "Amor Prohibido" and "No Me Queda Más".



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