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March 06, 2007

Delegations from 120 Community Groups to Participate in NCLR National Advocacy Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, March 5, 2007
Contact: Marie Watteau or Jacqueline Pacheco (202) 785-1670

LATINO ORGANIZATIONS URGE CONGRESS TO BUILD STRONGER COMMUNITIES AND A STRONGER AMERICA

Washington, DC - On March 7-8, more than 250 Latino advocates representing 120 community-based Latino organizations from 32 states and the District of Columbia will meet with members of Congress on issues of importance to the Latino community and on how to build stronger communities and a stronger America.

As participants in the National Council of La Raza's (NCLR) National Issue Briefing and Advocacy Day, the community representatives will give voice to the concerns and goals shared by many of the 42 million Hispanics in the U.S. Latinos are a growing proportion of the U.S. electorate, and their registration and voting rates are growing at a faster rate than those of other racial/ethnic groups; the 2006 midterm elections saw an increase of 16% in new Latino registered voters since the 2004 elections, signaling a need to address the concerns of the growing Latino electorate. Participants will discuss issues critical to strengthening Latino communities, such as early childhood education, health care, financial literacy, housing, comprehensive immigration reform, voting rights, and youth violence prevention.

The community representatives are available for media interviews and photo opportunities. For more information, please call Marie Watteau or Jacqueline Pacheco at (202) 785-1670.

MEDIA ADVISORY

WHO: NCLR will host community groups from 32 states and the District of Columbia
WHEN: Wednesday and Thursday, March 7-8
WHERE: U.S. Capitol and House/Senate Buildings, Washington, DC
WHY: With more than 42 million Hispanics living in the U.S., Latinos constitute 14% of the population and are a significant and growing presence in the school system, the workforce, and the broader fabric of American economic and social life. NCLR and its Affiliates urge Congress to act now to build stronger communities and a stronger America.

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