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The National Council of La Raza (NCLR)—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Through its network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations, NCLR reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. To achieve its mission, NCLR conducts applied research, policy analysis, and advocacy, providing a Latino perspective in five key areas—assets/investments, civil rights/immigration, education, employment and economic status, and health. In addition, it provides capacity-building assistance to its Affiliates who work at the state and local level to advance opportunities for individuals and families.

Founded in 1968, NCLR is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCLR serves all Hispanic subgroups in all regions of the country and has regional offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, and San Antonio, as well as state operations in Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and New Jersey.

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I Have Nothing to Hide: Government Surveillance Does Not Concern Me

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 4:08 PM

By Irasema Garza, J.D., Policy Advisor, NCLR Policy Analysis Center

The old adage that nothing is certain in life except for death and taxes is no longer entirely correct. With the advent of new and emerging technologies, we can add government surveillance to the list. Our daily activities are routinely...

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Competing for the Latino Vote in Texas Part II: The Democrats' Dilemma

(4) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 3:54 PM

By Loren McArthur, Deputy Director, Civic Engagement, NCLR

This two-part blog series explores the challenges and opportunities that a rising Hispanic electorate presents to both the GOP and Democrats. You can read Part I here.

The conventional narrative is that Democrats need only wait for...

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Competing for the Latino Vote in Texas

(10) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 6:06 PM

By Loren McArthur, Deputy Director, Civic Engagement, NCLR

The Latino vote is a rising force in American politics, and Texas, with its 36 electoral college votes, is one of the states where the expanding Hispanic electorate has the potential to transform the political map. Hispanics currently comprise 38...

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On Immigration Reform: Enough With the Excuses

(23) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 10:32 AM

Latinos, Republicans and editorial pages are pushing back on the excuses made by House Republican leadership.

We have heard Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Cantor and Majority Whip McCarthy hem and haw over whether they are going to introduce legislation for months. First they were only going to move legislation forward...

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Low Expectations But High Hopes Remain for Action in 2014

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 7:23 AM

By Eric Rodriguez, Vice President, NCLR Policy Center

Last Tuesday, President Obama laid out an agenda for 2014 that aimed high but remained grounded in reality. In order to get anything done on a grand scale, the president must work with a Congress that has produced very little in recent...

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The Latino Vote Can Make a Difference in the 2014 Elections

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 4:22 PM

By Loren McArthur, Deputy Director of Civic Engagement, NCLR

The 2012 elections were a powerful demonstration of the growing electoral influence of Latinos. Hispanic voters comprised 10 percent of the total vote -- making them a decisive factor in electoral outcomes across the nation and helping to create a mandate...

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Three Things to Know About Cervical Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 12:08 PM

By Marcela Vargas, Project Coordinator, Institute for Hispanic Health, NCLR

The New Year is here and everyone is trying to stick to their New Year's Resolutions. I have had countless conversations with friends about their decisions to eat healthier and go to the gym more often. In fact, many New...

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With Rep. Watt Confirmed as FHFA Director, We Look Forward to True Relief for Homeowners

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 10:51 AM

By Eric Rodriguez, Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation, NCLR

In a major win for homeowners, ending months of congressional stalemate, the Senate voted today to confirm Representative Mel Watt (D-NC) as Director of the Federal Housing and Finance Agency (FHFA). Rep. Watt's confirmation brings fresh...

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Borinqueneers Deserve Their Gold Medals

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 2:11 PM

By Rafael Collazo, Director of Political Campaigns, NCLR

Veterans Day is a special day on the calendar for me. It brings to mind the amazing lives of my two abuelos: Alfredo Gonzalez and Rafael Collazo. Both men grew up with modest means in Puerto Rico in the early part of...

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Join Cesar Millan in Calling on Congress to Pass Immigration Reform!

(2) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 4:18 PM

Former undocumented immigrant, Cesar Millan, The Dog Whisperer, wants you to tell Congress the time for immigration reform is now!

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Note to Congress: Immigration Reform Is Waiting for You

(15) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 5:20 PM

Budget negotiations may be far from over and there is still plenty at stake for the Latino community as Congress considers whether to implement the next round of sequestration cuts. But, at the very least, the government is finally open again and Congress can get back to work.

At the...

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Will the Housing Market Be a Casualty of the Government Shutdown?

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 8:23 PM

What's one way to sabotage the already struggling housing market recovery that millions of Americans desperately need? Why, a government shutdown, of course.

As we head into the second week of the government shutdown, little progress has been made beyond pointless offers to fund specific programs with piecemeal bills. Realistically,...

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Low-Wage Latino Workers Just Want to Do the Right Thing

(14) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 8:52 PM

Want a reality check on today's employment situation? Ask someone making less than $50,000 per year.

We asked Latino voters about their priority issues right before the election last year and found that while immigration reform was important to them, in today's economy low-wage workers are concerned with...

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Latino Poverty Remains Too High Three Years Into Recovery: Latinos Want Good Jobs, Not Cuts

(9) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 11:59 AM

By Leticia Miranda, Senior Policy Advisory, Economic Security Policy, NCLR

This week the Census Bureau released its latest round of data on how many Americans are living in poverty. The data show that an improving economy has not translated into less poverty or higher incomes. According to the...

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Put Meals Before Political Deals

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 5:00 PM

By Zoila Sanchez, Health Policy Analyst, Health Policy Project, NCLR

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on 1 Beans Greens Market at GCIthe "Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act," making an unprecedented move to separate the nutrition portion of the Farm Bill...

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Immigration Reform Is Alive and Well

(49) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 9:28 AM

By Laura Vazquez, Senior Immigration Legislative Analyst, NCLR

A colleague recently came back to NCLR from maternity leave and asked me what is happening with immigration reform. "When I left there was momentum, and now the news reports say it's dead," she told me. I smiled warily....

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Sequestration Dampens Hopes for Future Small Business Owners

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 4:51 PM

By Elena Vasconez, Director, Business Development, Mi Casa Resource Center

2013-09-10-MiCasaPicture_1.jpgThere are few things more American than the entrepreneurial spirit of our country. That spirit is what inspires people to innovate and create some of the world's most important products...

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Our Shared Sacrifice Threatens Our Shared Success

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 5:00 PM

Labor Day, for some, signals a three day weekend and perhaps the unofficial end of summer. But for many households across America, Labor Day has become more than a just another day off of work because millions remain jobless.

Sadly there are 11.5 million people that cannot...

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Why the 'California Homes and Jobs Act of 2013' Is Needed

(2) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 6:47 PM

Last year, we and our Affiliate Network worked feverishly to get the California Homeowner Bill of Rights passed and signed into law. The work was hard and the hours were long, but ultimately we prevailed. When Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed the bill, he instantly gave California one...

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October 1: A New Opportunity to Take Care of Yourself

(2) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 10:31 AM

By Jennifer Ng'andu, Director, Health and Civil Rights Policy Project, NCLR

In Spanish, the phrase cuidaté tells someone "to take care of yourself" It also lets them know you care for them. In the 2.5 years since passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a number of the law's measures...

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