In a speech in Washington this week, President Obama said that income inequality is the “defining challenge of our time.” Speaking at the Arts and Recreation Center in the low-income southeast Washington neighborhood of Anacostia, the president underscored an issue that has repeatedly ranked at the top of concerns Americans have about the future and their own upward mobility. Indeed, Latinos have said in poll after poll that the economy is their top priority as well and agree, as the president pointed out, that the “basic bargain at the heart of the economy has frayed.” President Obama said that his last three years in office would be dedicated to addressing the ever-widening income gap.
Watch the president’s whole speech below followed by a look at income inequality by the numbers:
A look at some of the statistics related to income inequality, some of which the president outlined, are revealing and provide some insight into the challenge that lay ahead. Continue reading →
Our President and CEO, Janet Murguía, joined MSNBC’s Chris Hayes last night on his prime time news program, “All In.” The topic was on Speaker Boehner’s new staffer, Rebecca Tallent, who will be overseeing his immigration efforts. Check out the whole interview below.
This year, gift-giving is not just for the family. By giving to NCLR, you are making a gift to millions of Latinos who you have yet to meet. On this #GivingTuesday, give a gift to your neighbor and make a new amigo.
NCLR’s programming ensures that Latinos have access to opportunities that will enrich their lives. Most recently, thanks to our new national campaign, ¡Inscríbete!, we’ve been working to guarantee that all who are eligible for health insurance get covered.
The House: The House will reconvene Monday afternoon to consider three bills under suspension of the rules. The most notable among these is a measure by Rep. Howard Coble (R-N.) that would extent an existing law for ten years requiring guns to be manufactured with metal components to ensure they can be detected by X-ray machines and security devices. On Tuesday the House will take up nine more minor bills under suspension of the rules that relate to the Transportation Security Administration and natural resources issues. The remainder of the week, the House will consider the Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act (H.R. 1105) sponsored by Rep. Robert Hurt (R-Va.) and may also take-up a patent troll bill sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA).
The Senate: The Senate is in recess, returning December 9th.
White House: On Monday, the president will deliver remarks from the White House in observance of World AIDS Day. On Tuesday, Mr. Obama will welcome President Santos of Colombia to the White House. On Wednesday, the president will deliver remarks on the economy at the Center for American Progress. On Thursday, he will host a Hanukkah reception at the White House. The president and the First Family on Friday will attend the National Christmas Tree Lighting also at the White House. Continue reading →
As we reflect this week on the things for which we are thankful, I think of the terrific teachers at my son’s public school who have strengthened his understanding of our nation’s history as a community of immigrants. Recently, I had the pleasure of participating in a yearly event that his Social Studies teachers developed that truly brings America’s “salad bowl” history to life for their students, who represent a diverse mix of race, ethnicity, religion and family income levels.
After weeks of investigating where turn-of-the-century migrants came from and why they left their home countries to start a new life far from everything that was familiar, the students had chosen their roles and were ready for “Ellis Island Day.” They adopted new names, researched and wrote narratives, and memorized details of background, family, and religion in order to answer questions from immigration agents and gain U.S. citizenship. Their work culminated in a full school day devoted to the Ellis Island experience, during which teachers and parent volunteers acted as agents, doctors, and judges who reviewed their documents, assessed each immigrant’s case, and decided whether to approve or deny citizenship applications. Continue reading →
By Marcela Vargas, Project Coordinator, Institute for Hispanic Health, NCLR
This week is Thanksgiving, and like many of you, I’m getting ready to head home and spend the holiday with my extended family. November is best known for Thanksgiving, but there are other causes worth recognizing this month. November is also National Alzheimer’s Diseases Awareness Month and National Caregiver Awareness Month.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Latinos are 1.5 times more likely to get Alzheimer’s than non-Hispanic Whites. A few reasons for this are the higher rates of risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol that exist in our community. This is particularly troubling because the older Hispanic adult population is growing faster than older adults of other races and ethnicities, according to the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCA). With a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s and a rapidly growing population, it’s important to educate ourselves about how we can recognize and help our loved ones manage this disease. Continue reading →
Yesterday, President Obama gave a speech in San Francisco further expressing his support for immigration reform and outlining what needs to happen for us to get there. During the speech, Mr. Obama also gave a shoutout to the Fast for Families protest happening on the National Mall, telling them to stay strong in the fight.
We thank the presdident for his enduring support of this important fast and for his committment to see immigration through. We especially thank Eliseo Medina of SEIU and the other fasters who have made this great sacrifice in the name of families and immigration reform.
Watch the full video of the president’s speech below: