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The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is a non-profit, and non-partisan, ethno-centric, political advocacy group in the United States. Its stated focus is on reducing poverty and discrimination, and improving opportunities for Hispanics. According to the organization's website, it is "the largest constituency-based national Hispanic organization, serving all Hispanic nationality groups in all regions". To this end, the NCLR does research, disseminates information through reports, press releases, and its website, provides expert testimony, and lobbies for causes important to Hispanics. To fund programs, the NCLR partners with philanthropic organizations, such as the Ford Foundation, and corporations, such as Citigroup and Wal-Mart. The NCLR serves its constituency by means of affiliations with almost 300 community organizations. The NCLR is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and maintains eight regional offices. 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The NCLR grew out of efforts to form a national civil rights organization that would advocate for Mexican Americans. In the early 1960s, the National Organization for Mexican American Services (NOMAS), persuaded the Ford Foundation to fund a study of Mexican Americans. The Foundation went further, hiring consultants such as Ernesto Galarza to draw conclusions from the data and make recommendations on ways to improve conditions for Mexican American communities.[2] Civil rights or positive rights are those legal rights retained by citizens and protected by the government. ...

The Southwest Council of La Raza formed in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1968, after meetings between regional organizers. Financial support from the Ford Foundation, the National Council of Churches, and the United Auto Workers allowed the SWCLR to get off the ground, and the organization received 501(c)(3) status later that year.[3] Nickname: Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country United States State Arizona Counties Maricopa Incorporated February 25, 1881 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Phil Gordon (D) Area  - City  515. ... Official language(s) English Spoken language(s) English 74. ... The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (usually identified as National Council of Churches, or NCC) is an association of 35 Christian faith groups in the United States with 100,000 local congregations and more than 45,000,000 adherents. ... The United Auto Workers (UAW), headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, officially the United Automobile, Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers of America International Union, is one of the largest labor unions in North America, with more than 500,000 members in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico organized into approximately 950 union... 501(c) is a provision of the United States Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. Â§ 501(c)), listing twenty-eight types of non-profit organizations exempt from some Federal income taxes. ...

In 1972, the SWCLR lost federal funding for refusing to endorse Richard Nixon during his reelection campaign.[2] Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. ... Presidential electoral votes by state. ...

In 1973, the SWCLR became a national organization, changed its name to the National Council of La Raza, and moved its headquarters to Washington, D.C. Early disagreements among the leadership led the Ford Foundation to threaten to withhold funding, resulting in President Henry Santiestevan's resignation and the election of Raul Yzaguirre.[4] Raul Humberto Yzaguirre (sometimes spelled Izaguirre. ...

In 1973, the NCLR bylaws were amended to require equal representation of women on the board of directors.[5]

Beginning in about 1975, the NCLR began expanding its focus to include the issues of non-Mexican American Latinos. This policy was officialized in 1979. By 1980, the NCLR was funded almost entirely by the federal government. When the Reagan Administration slashed social funding, the NCLR was forced to cut back the scale of its operations. As a result, the organization began focusing on national policy and concentrating its efforts in Washington, D.C. After the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act, state governments exerted more control over the disbursement of welfare funds, which led to the development of the NCLR's Field Advocacy Project to influence decisions at the state and local levels. The ethnonym Mexican-American describes United States citizens of Mexican ancestry (14 million in 2003) and Mexican citizens who reside in the US (10 million in 2003). ... // The term Latino is a linguistic identity that refers to an individual that has significant ancestry from a nation-state where a Latin derived language is spoken or is the offical language of the government. ... President Reagan, with his Cabinet and staff, in the Oval Office (February 4, 1981) Headed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1989, the Reagan Administration was conservative, steadfastly anti-Communist and in favor of tax cuts and smaller government. ... The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA, Pub. ... Welfare is financial assistance paid by taxpayers to groups of people who are unable to support themselves, and determined to be able to function more effectively with financial assistance. ...

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The NCLR is often criticized by commentators for allegedly espousing separatist or irredentist sentiments.[6] “Separatists” redirects here. ... irredentism is position advocating annexation of territories administered by another state on the grounds of common ethnicity and/or prior historical possession, actual or alleged. ...

Anti-illegal immigration websites, such as American Patrol Report and The American Resistance, accuse the NCLR of encouraging illegal immigration to the United States, and the latter hosts an exhaustive list of companies and organizations that donate to the NCLR.[7] For the 1983 Genesis song, see Illegal Alien (song) Illegal immigration refers to immigration across national borders in a way that violates the immigration laws of the destination country. ... The American Patrol is an organization that claims to advocate soverignty, law, order, and the removal of illegal aliens that are criminals and/or terrorists. ...

Some critics, including conservative talk radio host George Putnam, consider the NCLR exclusionary in its approach to civil rights, citing a comment made by Janet Murguía at an award ceremony for U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales: "We are going to put our [Latino] people first".[8] Ths article deals with conservatism as a political philosophy. ... Talk radio is a radio format which features discussion of topical issues. ... George Putnam (born July 14, 1914 in Breckenridge, Minnesota) is an American television news reporter and talk show host. ... The United States Attorney General is the head of the United States Department of Justice concerned with legal affairs and is the chief law enforcement officer of the United States government. ... Alberto Gonzales (born August 4, 1955), is the 80th and current Attorney General of the United States. ...

The most powerful person to criticize the NCLR was Republican congressman Charlie Norwood of Georgia's ninth district. In a December 2005 edition of the conservative publication Human Events, Representative Norwood criticized congressional earmarking of four million dollars for NCLR housing initiatives. He said that "we ought not to send taxpayer's money to people who absolutely advocate perhaps using that money for the country not to follow the law of the land and not to secure our country's borders."[9] Charles Whitlow Norwood Jr. ... Human Events is a weekly conservative magazine founded in 1944. ...

On September 20, 2006, Representative Norwood issued a press release calling the NCLR a "radical [...] pro-illegal immigration lobbying organization that supports racist groups calling for the secession of the western United States as a Hispanic-only homeland" and accusing the organization of undermining "the ability of state and local police to fight criminal illegal aliens."

The NCLR immediately issued a press release to refute Norwood's claims and to demand an apology. He offered to extend an apology on seven conditions:

  1. Denounce and sever all ties with MEChA and any other organizations with which they are now or have ever been associated or funded which held to the racist doctrines published by MEChA.
  2. Denounce the statement "For La Raza to do [sic]. Fuera de La Raza nada" [“For the community everything, outside the community nothing”] as repugnant, racist, and totally incompatible with American society or citizenship.
  3. Repudiate all claims that any current American territory rightfully belongs to Mexico.
  4. Acknowledge the right of all Americans to live wherever they choose in the United States, and that no section or region of this country should be segregated by race or ethnic heritage.
  5. Commit to sponsorship of nationwide educational programs to combat racism and anti-Semitism in the Hispanic community.
  6. Seek neutral, third party supervision to ensure that all community and individual assistance programs offered by La Raza and groups supported by La Raza are accessible to all Americans, regardless of race or ethnicity, and that participation in those programs is fully compliant with Equal Opportunity laws.
  7. Acknowledge the internationally recognized borders of the United States, the right of the citizens of the United States to determine immigration policy through the democratic process, and the right of the United States to undertake any and all necessary steps including military action to effectively enforce immigration law and defend its borders against unauthorized entry.

The NCLR responded to Norwood's conditions apology in a point-by-point press release defending its policies, which it claims have never been racially or ethnically exclusionary, never supported and does not endorse the notion of a “Reconquista” or “Aztlán,” and has never used, and unequivocally rejects, the motto “Por La Raza todo, Fuera de La Raza nada.”[10] It also disputes the charge that it supports illegal immigration, constantly reiterating its support for effective and reasonable border security and immigration-law enforcement. In a speech in San Diego, NCLR CEO Janet Murguía stated: "First, as a sovereign nation, the United States has the right to determine who comes and who stays. . . [It also] has a right to consider enforcement at a variety of levels, including border enforcement, interior enforcement, and workplace enforcement. . . We support enforcement... [because] as Americans, we recognize it's the right thing to do."[11] For the fictional robot, see Mecha. ...

See also

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  1. ^ http://www.nclr.org/section/leadership_janet_murguia_bio
  2. ^ a b National Council of La Raza. "Detailed History"
  3. ^ http://www.philanthropy.com/free/articles/v17/i07/07003401.htm
  4. ^ National Council of La Raza. "Transition to a National Organization"
  5. ^ National Council of La Raza. "Formation of the Southwest Council of La Raza"
  6. ^ Hymowitz, Craig. "Birth of a Nation:At the Ford Foundation ethnicity is always job 1". Investigative Journalism Project of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture.
  7. ^ The American Resistance. "Contributors to The National Council of The Race"
  8. ^ Putnam, George. "One Reporter's Opinion – The Attorney General and La Raza", NewsMax, 2005-03-11. Retrieved on 2006-08-25. 
  9. ^ Carpenter, Amanda (2005-12-02), "GOP Congress Earmarks $4 Million for Leftist Pro-Illegal Alien Group", Human Events
  10. ^ National Council of La Raza (2007). The Truth About NCLR: NCLR Answers Critics. Press release. Retrieved on 2007-03-24.
  11. ^ Janet Murguía (2005-05-06). "REMARKS OF JANET MURGUÍA, NCLR PRESIDENT AND CEO AT THE CHICANO FEDERATION LUNCHEON MAY 6, 2005" (PDF). National Council of La Raza. Retrieved on 2007-03-23.

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External links

  • Official site
  • NCLR Q&A
  • Video Documentary on the National Council of La Raza (Voices of Vision)



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