NEW BOOK FORCES FOR GOOD EXPLORES WHAT MAKES GREAT NONPROFITS GREAT
NCLR is among the 12 highest-impact nonprofits selected from a survey of nearly 3,000 nonprofit CEOs and 60 in-depth interviews, explains new book FORCES FOR GOOD: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits
Washington, DC – The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) has been selected as one of America’s best nonprofits by a survey of nearly 3,000 nonprofit CEOs and 60 expert interviews conducted for the new book Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits to be published today by Jossey-Bass.
“We are honored to be in the company of such respected institutions as the 12 organizations profiled in this book. Forces for Good is both a source of information and an inspiration for all nonprofits seeking to have impact in their work,” stated Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO.
Longtime nonprofit consultants Leslie Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant used rigorous research to identify and study the most successful nonprofits. They surveyed thousands of nonprofit leaders, conducted in-depth expert interviews, and analyzed reams of data just to select the 12 organizations featured in their book. They then studied these groups for several years to uncover their secrets to success. The practices they discovered provide a new roadmap for anyone seeking to change the world.
What the authors discovered in the course of their research surprised them, and flies in the face of conventional wisdom. The secret? Great nonprofits spend as much time working with institutions outside their four walls as they do managing their own internal operations. They use the power of leverage to become greater forces for good. This landmark book reveals the six powerful practices of these high-impact nonprofits:
Work with government and advocate for policy change;
Harness market forces and see business as a powerful partner;
Convert individual supporters into evangelists for the cause;
Build and nurture nonprofit networks, treating other groups as allies;
Adapt to the changing environment; and
Share leadership, empowering others to be forces for good.
In addition to studying NCLR, the authors’ quest took them to the following high-impact nonprofits:
America’s Second Harvest, which annually distributes over 2 billion pounds of emergency food to more than 25 million Americans.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which has aided massive policy gains for low-income families in areas ranging from the EITC to food stamps.
City Year, whose young leaders last year completed more than 1.4 million hours of service in mentoring, tutoring, and educating children in school.
Environmental Defense, which virtually eliminated acid rain and created new models for addressing climate change.
Exploratorium, which has served as a model for interactive museums around the world and has catalyzed a worldwide hands-on science education movement.
Habitat for Humanity, which has housed over a million poor people.
The Heritage Foundation, considered by some to be America’s most influential think tank, which helped produce a conservative majority in Congress.
National Council of La Raza, which has the largest network of service providers to, and is the leading advocate for, millions of Hispanic Americans in the U.S.
Self-Help, which has saved families billons annually by fighting predatory lending, and has provided over $4.5 billion in financing to help borrowers build wealth through ownership of a home or business.
Share Our Strength, which has raised over $200 million to fight hunger.
Teach For America, which has reached more than 2.5 million students, made teaching in public schools cool, and created a vanguard for education reform.
YouthBuild USA, which has produced over 15,000 units of low-income housing while helping low-income youth gain leadership and job skills.
Research for this book was sponsored by the Center for Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and by the Aspen Institute’s Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy Program. A number of additional foundations and individuals provided financial support to the project. Steve Case, the founder of AOL, and now a philanthropist, wrote the foreword to the book—which has received early positive reviews from a number of thought-leaders in the sector. For more details about the methodology, research, or sponsors of the book, please visit: www.forcesforgood.net
At a time when the social sector has grown to more than $1 trillion, understanding what leads to impact is essential. Whether you’re a nonprofit leader, philanthropist, business executive, board member, volunteer—or simply interested in changing the world—this book will inspire you to be a stronger force for good.
Leslie Crutchfield is a managing director of Ashoka: Innovators of the Public, a philanthropic advisor, and a research grantee of the Aspen Institute’s Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy Program.
Heather McLeod Grant is an advisor to the Center for Social Innovation at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and to leading nonprofits and foundations.
IMMIGRATION RAIDS CREATE ECONOMIC DISTRESS AND EMOTIONAL TRAUMA FOR CHILDREN, NEW REPORT FINDS
Washington, DC– A new report released today by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and the Urban Institute found that for every two people detained in immigration enforcement operations, one child is left behind. Two-thirds of these children are U.S. citizens and a similar share is under age ten.
The report, Paying the Price: The Impact of Immigration Raids on America’s Children, details the consequences of immigration enforcement operations on children’s psychological, educational, economic, and social well-being. It also outlines the heavy burden that workplace raids are placing on communities, school systems, social service providers, and religious institutions, which have acted as first responders for families in these incidents.
“The local governments and communities we studied did not have adequate resources to deal with children’s needs in the aftermath of the raids,” said Randy Capps, a demographer with the nonpartisan Urban Institute. “At the same time, the federal government did not have in place policies and procedures that explicitly consider the protection of children.”
A team of researchers from the nonpartisan Urban Institute studied three communities that experienced large-scale worksite raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents within the past year: Greeley, Colorado; Grand Island, Nebraska; and New Bedford, Massachusetts. A total of 912 people were arrested and 506 children were directly affected.
NCLR funded the study to obtain an independent, objective assessment of how recent immigration actions have affected the children of immigrants.
“That we are putting the youngest, most vulnerable members of our society at profound risk is something that must be taken into consideration in any policy decision. This report clearly demonstrates that it may be years before we know the full effect of the worksite raids on these children and the long-term costs to our society,” stated Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO.
The study found that the raids forced schools, child care providers, and extended families to act swiftly as important safety nets for children. On the day of the raids in all three sites, for example, the school districts made sure that children were not dropped off to empty homes or left at school overnight.
“Strong extended networks of families and friends took on significant caregiving and economic support responsibilities for children with parents arrested in the raids,” said Urban Institute researcher Rosa Maria Castañeda. “These resourceful networks were effective in ensuring that no children were left alone or taken into the custody of the state.”
Additional findings from the report include:
ICE’s processing and detention procedures – especially the lack of telephone access and the holding of many detainees outside their home states – made it difficult for detainees to contact their families or other caregivers to arrange for child care.
The vast majority of children remained with a second parent, but some were without their single parent or both parents following the raid. For example, in Grand Island, 17% of children affected had both parents arrested.
The resources of extended families and friends were depleted quickly, and support from the nonprofit sector generally lasted for only three or four months. Yet, some parents remained in detention for up to six months, and it took even longer for some parents to have their immigration cases adjudicated.
Children experienced the emotional trauma of their parents’ sudden absence, often personalizing the cause of the separation and feeling abandoned or fearful that their parents could be abruptly taken away from them.
In all three cities, affected families hid in their houses and were reluctant to open the door to visitors offering assistance for weeks after the initial raid.
Mental health experts noted that children’s and parents’ fears and the events surrounding the raids led to depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, separation anxiety, and suicidal thoughts in children.
The report makes a series of recommendations for policy-makers, local officials and service providers, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement to ensure that children are protected when raids occur. These recommendations include:
ICE should assume that children will be affected whenever adults are arrested in worksite enforcement operations and should develop a consistent policy for handling detained parents.
Congress should provide oversight of immigration enforcement activities to ensure that children are protected and should also consider providing resources to school systems and local agencies that respond to children’s needs.
Schools should develop systems to ensure that children have a safe place to go in the event of a school-hours raid.
Social services and other public agencies should prepare plans to respond to immigration raids and develop outreach strategies to assure parents and other caregivers that it is safe to seek emergency assistance and support for children under such circumstances.
In light of the report, NCLR has asked Congress to hold hearings as soon as possible regarding the status of children in the aftermath of raids.
THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF LA RAZA DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED IN SENATE'S FAILURE TO PASS THE “DREAM ACT”
Washington, DC – The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S., today expressed profound disappointment over the U.S. Senate’s failure to move ahead with debate on the “DREAM Act.”
“Senators who voted against the ‘DREAM Act’ today are in effect telling thousands of young people that they should give up their hopes and dreams,” said Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO. “These are our nation’s best and brightest and without action from Congress they will have no future. NCLR refuses to watch from the sidelines as the educational opportunities for these students waste away.”
The “DREAM Act” was derailed today by a 52-44 procedural vote. The Senate required 60 votes to move forward to full debate on this legislation.
“It is unconscionable that senators who are steadfastly opposed to any immigration reform used a procedural maneuver to kill this legislation,” continued Murguía. “I am particularly disappointed that the White House opposed this legislation. But the American people should take heart in the fact that the majority of the Senate continues to support the ‘DREAM Act’.”
Polls consistently show that the American people want Congress to fix our broken immigration system. The “DREAM Act” represents a commonsense policy response for a small group of children who have grown up in the U.S. and have known no other country. It has received bipartisan support from the majority of senators since it was introduced six years ago. Yet, thousands of young people continue to live in a legal limbo due to Congress’s inaction.
“Congress has had enough time to debate this legislation on the merits. The time to pass the ‘DREAM Act’ is now,” concluded Murguía. “NCLR applauds Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) for being such a champion on behalf of these children and it is our hope that through his leadership the ‘DREAM Act’ will be approved by this Congress soon.”
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Oct 24, 2007
URBAN INSTITUTE AND NCLR TO RELEASE REPORT ON THE IMPACT OF IMMIGRATION RAIDS ON AMERICA’S CHILDREN
Washington, DC – The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, and the Urban Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization, will release a report on Wednesday, October 31, which examines how recent immigration enforcement actions have affected children of immigrants. The report, Paying the Price: The Impact of Immigration Raids on America’s Children, will be released at a briefing at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Commissioned by NCLR, the Urban Institute report is the first comprehensive assessment of the social, economic, and psychological effects of immigration raids on children, families, and the institutions that support them, including community and religious organizations, child care providers, and school systems. The report profiles three communities that experienced large-scale worksite raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) within the past year: Greeley, Colorado; Grand Island, Nebraska; and New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Wednesday, October 31, 11:00 a.m.
National Press Club, Holeman Lounge 529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor Washington, DC
Report release on the impact of immigration raids on children
Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO Miriam Calderón, Associate Director, NCLR Policy Analysis Center Randy Capps, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute Rosa Maria Castañeda, Research Associate, Urban Institute William H. Bentley, President, Voices for America’s Children Steve Joel, Superintendent, Grand Island (Neb.) School District
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Sep 26, 2007
NCLR GRAVELY DISAPPOINTED IN EXCLUSION OF LEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM HEALTH BILL
Urges Senate, House Leadership to Address the Issue
Washington, DC – Today, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S., voiced its deep disappointment in the continued exclusion of legal immigrants from a House-passed bill reauthorizing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), H.R. 976 and continued to urge House and Senate leadership on both sides of the aisle to address this glaring inequity.
“When Congress debates the vital issue of expanding access to health care for the nation’s children, it is inexcusable to exclude a significant group of vulnerable children,” said Janet Murguía, NCLR’s President and CEO. “We cannot celebrate an expansion of health coverage when so many of our children are left behind.”
It has been more than a decade since a bipartisan group of advocates and legislators began calling for removal of a five-year bar to federally-funded Medicaid and SCHIP placed upon legal immigrant children and pregnant women; over that time the Immigrant Children’s Health Improvement Act (ICHIA) has attracted significant bipartisan support, and has been approved by both the House and the Senate during different Congresses. ICHIA was added to the House version of the SCHIP reauthorization, though it was struck from the final conference report approved by House and Senate negotiators.
“Those who argue that this bill expands health coverage to children have not explained why they have excluded legal immigrant children, nor have they said how they will correct this injustice,” concluded Murguía.
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Sep 25, 2007
SENATORS MENENDEZ AND SALAZAR AND REPRESENTATIVES GRIJALVA AND HINOJOSA JOIN NCLR PRESIDENT MURGUÍA AND PARENTS IN URGING CONGRESS TO SAVE EVEN START
Washington, DC – At an event today at the U.S. Capitol, Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Ken Salazar (D-CO) and Congressmen Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX) joined Janet Murguía, President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), and parents and educators from California and the District of Columbia in support of Even Start, the family literacy program designed to help the lowest-income parents of young children in the U.S. gain literacy, parenting, and job skills. The program will be eliminated if Congress does not approve funding this year.
“Even Start has helped thousands of parents improve their job and English skills and get jobs that better support their families,” said Murguía. “The true marker of Even Start’s success should be the voices of the families and educators who have experienced firsthand how Even Start’s family literacy programs have turned their lives around.”
The event also featured an exhibit of postcards addressed to the Senate from Even Start families from across the country. These postcards testify to how Even Start has successfully helped low-income families; view them at www.nclr.org/evenstartpostcards.
The federal budget for the Even Start Family Literacy Program has been cut by 60% over the last three years which has forced many Even Start programs throughout the country to shut their doors, reducing educational opportunities to nearly half the number of families as were served in 2005. Legislation passed by the House of Representatives earlier this year provides a slight boost to Even Start funding, but a bill in the Senate proposes to eliminate it.
Even Start is also the only Department of Education program that provides early literacy instruction to infants and toddlers; research shows that this is a critical time period for building a reading foundation. And, it complements the goals set forth in the No Child Left Behind Act by focusing on giving parents the necessary tools to serve as their children’s first teachers and to get involved in their children’s education. Most Even Start families have annual incomes under $9,000, and nearly half (46%) of Even Start families nationwide are Latino.
Many states have consistently documented the program’s successes. For example, in California, Even Start third-grade students – the vast majority of whom are English language learners (ELLs) – outperformed all students and other ELL students on the California Achievement Test in reading.
“I want to thank Senators Menendez and Salazar and Congressmen Grijalva and Hinojosa for their support of Even Start families and for their leadership in Congress to make sure that the poorest, most disadvantaged families in our nation have the chance at the American Dream,” said Murguía.
For more information about the Even Start Family Literacy Program, please visit www.nclr.org or call Erika Beltran or Laura Anduze at (202) 785-1670.
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Sep 21, 2007
SENATOR MENENDEZ, SENATOR SALAZAR, REP. GRIJALVA, AND REP. HINOJOSA TO JOIN NCLR PRESIDENT MURGUÍA AND PARENTS IN URGING CONGRESS TO SAVE EVEN START
Washington, DC – Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Senator Ken Salazar (D-CO), Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), and Representative Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX) will join NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía, parents, and educators from California and the District of Columbia at a press briefing Tuesday, September 25, to urge Congress to continue Even Start, the family literacy program parents credit with helping to significantly improve their lives. The event, which will take place beginning at 11 a.m. in Room H-122 of the U.S. Capitol, will also feature an exhibit of postcards from hundreds of Even Start families from across the country.
These postcards testify to how Even Start has helped turn lives around for families who once lacked job skills, had low levels of education, or struggled to learn English. Families will deliver these testimonials to Congress on Tuesday; they can also be viewed at www.nclr.org/evenstartpostcards.
The federal budget for the Even Start Family Literacy Program, which provides states with grants to help the lowest-income parents of young children in the U.S. gain literacy, parenting, and job skills, has been cut by 60% over the last three years. It will be eliminated if Congress does not approve federal funding of $99 million. Legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives provides a slight boost to Even Start funding, but a bill in the U.S. Senate proposes to eliminate it.
Even Start is the only program authorized under the No Child Left Behind Act that focuses on giving parents the necessary tools to serve as their child’s first teacher. Nearly half (46%) of Even Start families nationwide are Latino. Most families have annual incomes under $9,000.
NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía
U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
U.S. Senator Ken Salazar (D-CO)
U.S. Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ)
U.S. Representative Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX)
Susan Henry, Executive Director, National Even Start Association
Linda Arias, Director, Even Start Program, San Diego, CA
Luz Maria Ochoa, Even Start Family Liaison, San Diego, CA
Maria Del Socorro Sanchez de Garcia and Jesús Garcia, Even Start parents, Alameda County, CA
Berta Perez, former Even Start parent, Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care, Washington, DC
Briefing and presentation of postcards to Congress in support of federal funding for the Even Start Family Literacy Program.
Tuesday, September 25, at 11:00 a.m.
Room H-122, U.S. Capitol
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Sep 13, 2007
NCLR PRESIDENT AND CEO TO ADDRESS THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HISPANIC REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS CONVENTION IN ORLANDO
Washington, DC – On Tuesday, September 18, Janet Murguía, President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), will speak at the Latina Leaders Breakfast at the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) Convention in Orlando, Florida from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. NCLR, the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S., is dedicated to opening the door to the American Dream to the nation’s 44 million Latinos and ensuring that Latino families have the chance to build wealth through homeownership.
All members of the media interested in scheduling an interview with Janet Murguía, please contact Marie Watteau, Associate Director of the Office of Public Information, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 785-1670.
Latina Leaders Breakfast at the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals Convention featuring NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía
Tuesday, September 18, 7:30-8:45 a.m.
Disney’s Contemporary Resort, 4600 North World Dr., Lake Buena Vista, FL Nutcracker Rooms 1 and 2
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Sep 12, 2007
NAHREP, NCLR ISSUE REPORT ON MORTGAGE LENDING CRISIS AND ITS IMPACT ON HISPANIC COMMUNITY
Groups issue recommendations to policymakers and lending industry as well as tips for consumers
WASHINGTON, DC – The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) today released “Saving Homes, Saving Communities: Latino Brokers Speak Out on Hispanic Homeownership,” a joint report offering analysis on the impact of predatory lending practices on Hispanic homeownership and an insider’s view on ways to reduce and discourage such practices. The report’s findings and recommendations were derived from roundtable discussions with 56 NAHREP members, who are practicing mortgage professionals in six U.S. cities with high concentrations of Hispanic homeowners.
Some of the contributing factors of predatory lending practices identified by the participants include insufficient licensing standards, a lack of continuing education and flexible mortgage products, and unequal broker compensation rates for different types of loans.
“Hispanics are the only minority group in the United States whose homeownership rate is steadily climbing, but this growth comes with the price of predatory lending practices,” said NAHREP President and CEO Tim Sandos. “This report clearly demonstrates the need for industry stakeholders to take decisive steps to ensure that real estate professionals in the Latino community and beyond promote responsible lending and protect vulnerable borrowers.”
“Homeownership represents the ultimate symbol of the American Dream, but Hispanics are too often the victims of predatory lending practices that prevent them from realizing this dream,” added NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía. “Policymakers and the industry as a whole need to take action to end such tactics from the marketplace so that all Americans are equally protected when buying a home.”
The authors of the report make recommendations to policymakers and industry stakeholders to help eliminate abusive lending and to create a fair and efficient marketplace for vulnerable borrowers.
Strengthen enforcement and licensing standards for all originators.
Create a clear ethical standard by which all mortgage originators will be held.
Create market incentives to prompt the development of affordable home loan products.
For industry stakeholders:
Make affordable loan products more competitive and accessible in the home lending market.
Set the borrower up for success by making loans they can afford to repay.
Partner with counseling providers to educate borrowers on homeownership.
About NAHREP The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) was established in September 1999 with the mission of increasing the sustainable Hispanic homeownership rate by empowering the real estate professionals that serve the community. Today, NAHREP is a non-profit trade association of approximately 15,000 members in 48 states and 52 affiliate chapters. NAHREP members are real estate agents, brokers, loan officers, mortgage brokers, title officers, escrow officers, appraisers, and insurance agents from diverse cultural backgrounds. The organization’s driving force is the belief in equal access to homeownership for all Americans. Their intention, as trusted advisors, is to help more Hispanic families achieve the American dream by delivering knowledgeable, ethical, culturally sensitive bilingual services to the community.
About NCLR 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 (CBOs), 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 at the state and local level to advance opportunities for individuals and families.
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Sep 7, 2007
NAHREP, NCLR RELEASE HISPANIC HOMEOWNERSHIP REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO CURB PREDATORY LENDING PRACTICES
Washington, DC – The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) will hold a tele-conference on Wednesday, September 12, 2007 to announce the findings of a joint report on Hispanic homeownership and their recommendations to curb predatory lending practices that impact Latinos. Based on roundtable discussions across the country with practicing mortgage industry professionals who serve the Hispanic community, the joint report identifies the factors contributing to predatory lending practices and ways to help eliminate them. The report also issues recommendations to policymakers, industry professionals and consumers to create a level playing field for homeownership opportunities for the 44 million Hispanics in the United States.
Tele-conference to unveil NAHREP-NCLR joint report on Hispanic homeownership and recommendations to curb predatory lending practices
Tim Sandos, NAHREP President and CEO Janis Bowdler, NCLR Senior Housing Policy Analyst
Wednesday, September 12, 2007 1:00 p.m. EST
Dial-in number: 800-311-9402 Code: 46740
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Aug 15, 2007
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF LA RAZA ANNOUNCED FAMILY STRENGTHENING AWARD WINNERS
Winners Honored at 2007 NCLR Annual Conference in Miami
Washington, DC – The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S., announced the recipients of the third annual NCLR-Annie E. Casey Foundation Family Strengthening Awards (FSA). NCLR presents these awards in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a national foundation that works to build better futures for disadvantaged children and their families in the United States.
The following five NCLR Affiliates were recognized for their exemplary programs that strengthen Hispanic families: Conexión Américas of Nashville, Tennessee; Dallas Concilio of Hispanic Service Organizations of Dallas, Texas; El Hogar del Niño of Chicago, Illinois; Luz Social Services, Inc. of Tucson, Arizona; and Tiburcio Vásquez Health Center (TVHC) of Union City, California.
“These programs are a concrete example of the work hundreds of Latino community-based organizations do every day to reach out to families in the Hispanic community, assist them in strengthening their ability to provide and care for their children, and help to create solutions to the challenges that they face,” stated Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO. “We are so proud of the work of these NCLR Affiliate partners and excited to see their efforts recognized by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.”
All of the awardees have demonstrated exemplary dedication to families in their communities by offering programs that meet their educational, housing, employment, health, and advocacy needs. The organizations were honored at the National Affiliate Luncheon on Saturday, July 21 during the NCLR Annual Conference in Miami, Florida. In addition, each organization received $10,000 to fund their award-winning programs and joined other Latino community-based organizations at a workshop, which was opened to the public, to showcase and demonstrate their best practices.
Conexión Américas addresses some of the most pressing challenges and opportunities created by recent demographic changes in Tennessee. The ENLACES Information, Referral and Support Services program connects Latino families with information, resources, support networks, and tools needed to address immediate, midterm, and long-range challenges.
Dallas Concilio of Hispanic Service Organizations enhances the quality of life of Hispanics in Dallas through community partnerships. Families are served directly through its education and health programs while housing, employment, advocacy, counseling, food, and legal services are addressed by its partner organizations. The Community Health program provides Latino families with linguistically appropriate health and nutrition education and referrals to affordable health care services.
El Hogar del Niño, serving Chicago’s Pilsen and Little Village residents, provides comprehensive bilingual/bicultural early childhood development programs. The Toddler/2-3-Year-Old Childcare Center addresses the educational, developmental, cognitive, and social needs of young children, while the entire family benefits from a comprehensive network of services including employment, education, emergency food and energy assistance, and family reading programs.
Luz Social Services, Inc. delivers culturally competent prevention, education, and health services to the Latino community in Tucson, AZ. The Luz Southside Coalition program focuses on parenting and financial literacy classes, reducing teen suicide and juvenile delinquency, and mobilizing the community to advocate against alcohol advertising and liquor licensing.
TVHC delivers multicultural and linguistically appropriate health care services to underserved communities in Southern Alameda County. The Promotores/as de Salud program focuses on health as the building block for the social and emotional development of families. Its promotores increase awareness of health issues and ensure that families tap into TVHC’s network of resources.
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Aug 10, 2007
NCLR CALLS ON BUSH ADMINISTRATION TO RECONSIDER DISCRIMINATORY MEASURES IN IMMIGRATION PACKAGE
Murguía Urges President Bush to Meet with Hispanic Leadership on Reversal of Position
Washington, DC – The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S., expressed deep concerns over the Bush Administration’s recently unveiled immigration plan. The measures include increasing the use of state and local law enforcement in enforcing federal immigration laws, expanding raids at workplace sites, and implementing new Social Security “no match” regulations that could put millions of Americans at risk of losing their jobs.
“Today the Bush administration put forth a set of measures disguised as immigration enforcement which amounts to an assault on the civil rights of all Hispanic Americans,” stated Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO.
“The package of measures announced today will result in the racial profiling of all working Latinos. In effect, what these measures will do is impose a substantial burden on a subset of our citizens which is based entirely on the color of their skin, their accent, or their name,” continued Murguía.
“Frankly,” Murguía added, “this plan is such a dramatic shift from President Bush’s previous strong support of the need for comprehensive immigration reform that it seems to be a complete reversal of his position. I call on President Bush to meet with leaders of the Hispanic community to explain how this package of discriminatory measures squares with his stated desire for immigration reform that is consistent with American values.”
“Finally, Congress should not escape accountability. Congressional opponents of real immigration reform have been targeting legal immigrants and even U.S. citizens in recent debates. The distinction between undocumented and legal immigration and between immigrants and Latinos has been deliberately blurred. It is the responsibility of congressional leaders to halt the scapegoating, do their job, and fix our nation’s broken immigration system,” concluded Murguía.
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Aug 2, 2007
NCLR APPLAUDS HOUSE PASSAGE OF THE CHAMP ACT
Bill Would Greatly Expand on Latino Children’s Access to Health Care
Washington, DC – Today, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S., praised the members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted to pass the “Children’s Health and Medicare Protection Act” (CHAMP Act, H.R. 3162). The bill contains numerous provisions that would expand Latino children’s access to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), including a long overdue restoration of health coverage access to legal immigrant children and pregnant women.
“We are grateful that the bill maximizes coverage for children, including legal immigrants. Though an anti-immigrant amendment attempted to mischaracterize the immigrant issue in the debate, we are glad to see that fairness prevailed,” said Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO. “We have every expectation that final legislation, when reconciled with the Senate bill, will include these important provisions.”
The legal immigrant provisions, which have long had bipartisan support, survived an attack on immigrants which is part of a recent backlash against Latino priorities, including those affecting legal immigrants and U.S. citizens.
“We thank the many members of Congress, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, particularly Representatives Hilda Solis (D-CA) and Xavier Becerra (D-CA), for recognizing the unfairness of leaving legal immigrant children and pregnant women behind,” praised Murguía. “With the passage of the CHAMP Act, they demonstrated their commitment to ensure equal health access opportunities for all of America’s children.”
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Jul 26, 2007
NCLR PRAISES JUDGE’S RULING IN HAZLETON CASE
Anti-Immigrant Ordinance is Unconstitutional
Washington, DC – The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) commended a federal judge in Scranton, Pennsylvania, after he ruled against the City of Hazleton in a landmark challenge to a local anti-immigrant ordinance (Lozano v. City of Hazleton). The ordinance was an extreme measure that would have resulted in racial profiling, discrimination, and denial of benefits to legal immigrants. Today’s ruling sends a clear message that the Hazleton ordinance and similar measures around the country will not be allowed to stand.
“The proponents of this ordinance exploited the issue of immigration for political gain. They knew the proposal was not an effective way to resolve the immigration issue, and they knew it would be challenged in court. Today’s ruling makes it clear that attempting to regulate immigration at the local level creates enormous problems for the entire community, and runs afoul of the law,” stated Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO.
The failure of the U.S. Congress to enact responsible and practical immigration reform has resulted in an environment in which states and localities across the country attempt to regulate immigration through local laws. “While we are all legitimately frustrated by Congress’s inaction, we must not abandon reason and sensibility,” stated Murguía. “Unfortunately, immigration cannot be regulated state by state, and local attempts have tremendous negative impacts on immigrant communities and U.S. citizens alike. We are hopeful that today’s ruling will convince cities contemplating similar legislation to abandon their efforts and put pressure on Congress to do its job.”
“Congress failed to act earlier this year, but the Latino community remains hopeful that fair and reasonable immigration reform can and will pass,” Murguía continued. “The American people have been clear that we want a solution to our broken immigration system. The Latino community will continue to oppose ineffectual and harmful anti-immigrant measures at the state and local level, and pressure our representatives in Washington, DC to reject destructive ‘enforcement-only’ proposals and pass effective immigration reform.”
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Jul 25, 2007
NCLR AND AECF MAKE PUERTO RICO’S CHILDREN COUNT IN NEW REPORT ON CHILD WELL-BEING
San Juan, Puerto Rico – The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S., today joined with the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) to announce that this year’s national KIDS COUNT Data Book will include data on children living in Puerto Rico, a first for the acclaimed book which has been published since 1990. The data show that children in Puerto Rico face higher levels of risk on nine of ten key indicators of child well-being.
“The KIDS COUNT Data Book is the gold standard for all those interested in data on the status of children in this country. The inclusion of Puerto Rico not only is a welcome and much-needed addition, but also will ensure that the urgent needs of Puerto Rico’s children are taken more fully into account,” stated Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO.
Among the report’s findings:
In 2005, there were an estimated one million children in Puerto Rico. This represents a larger child population than that of about half the states in the United States.
The child poverty rate (55%) in Puerto Rico was nearly three times that of the U.S. (19%) as a whole in 2005. The child poverty rate is defined as the percentage of children living in families whose annual incomes fall below $19,806 for a family of two children and two adults.
The percentage of low birth weight babies (11.5%) and the share of babies born to teen mothers (62 births per 1,000 females ages 15-19) are higher than the U.S. overall average.
The rate of deaths among children ages 1-14 in Puerto Rico (17 per 100,000) is slightly lower than the national rate (20 per 100,000).
NCLR has housed the KIDS COUNT – Puerto Rico Project for the last five years and has contributed to reducing the information gap by publishing several reports, providing information free of charge through an online database, and engaging in multiple initiatives regarding children on the Island.
“KIDS COUNT provides a great opportunity to raise awareness, shape policy, and discuss current social policy concerns based on solid information in order to help improve the lives of families,” concluded Murguía.
NCLR TO PRESENT 2007 NCLR/FORD MOTOR COMPANY AFFILIATE OF THE YEAR AWARD TO CENTRONÍA AT NCLR ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN MIAMI, FL
Regional Winners Also to be Recognized at 2007 NCLR Annual Conference
Miami, FL – The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S., will present the 2007 NCLR/Ford Motor Company Affiliate of the Year Award to CentroNía, a 20-year-old community-based educational organization in Washington, DC. CentroNía, a member of NCLR’s network of nearly 300 Affiliates and a leader in bilingual education and family support services, will be honored at the 2007 NCLR Annual Conference Awards Gala on Tuesday, July 24, in Miami, Florida. In addition to the award, CentroNía will receive a $25,000 grant.
“CentroNía is an exceptional institution. Its work provides vital educational services for children and youth and helps strengthen Latino families and the surrounding community. It demonstrates a true commitment in fulfilling a mission of service and is a model for other community-based organizations,” said Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO.
CentroNía, an exemplary center for learning and family services, offers programs that address early childhood education, youth development, and family support needs in the Washington, DC, community. CentroNía’s programs include early childhood, preschool, tutoring for school-aged children, summer programs, family literacy, and workforce training for adults. In 2004, CentroNía opened the DC Bilingual Public Charter School to expand educational opportunities to children in early preschool to fifth grade.
“We are extremely honored to receive this award. Being recognized as the NCLR Affiliate of the Year validates our work with the Latino community. Now, more than ever before, is the time to expand the programs of organizations like ours to areas with new and expanding Latino populations. CentroNía is committed to providing a continuum of educational programs to children, youth, and families for the next 20 years and beyond, so that together we can continue to grow, learn, and lead,” said Beatriz Otero, CentroNía President and CEO.
Presented annually, the Affiliate of the Year Award is an opportunity for NCLR to honor an Affiliate for exemplary work in positively impacting the local community and for supporting NCLR’s policy and programmatic initiatives. Generous support from the Ford Motor Company makes this recognition possible.
NCLR also selects four Affiliates as regional honorees to receive a $5,000 grant for their outstanding work in specific geographical areas. The 2007 regional honorees are AltaMed Health Services Corporation from Los Angeles, CA (California); Southwest Key Program from Austin, Texas (Central region); Asociación de Puertorriqueños en Marcha from Philadelphia, PA (Eastern region); and Northwest Communities Education Center from Granger, WA (Western region).
For more information about NCLR or the Affiliate of the Year Award, please contact Jacqueline Pacheco at email@example.com or (786) 276-2932; or visit www.nclr.org.
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