Week Ending December 6, 2013
This week in immigration reform: the Fast for Families continues in front of the Capitol, drawing new fasters, media attention, and a visit from the President; Speaker Boehner signals his intentions to work on reform in 2014 by hiring an immigration expert; a new survey shows once again that the American public supports immigration reform that includes a road to citizenship; and NCLR, its Affiliates, and partner organizations hold roundtables, conduct phonebanks, and march and rally for reform. NCLR kept the community informed this week in a number of media appearances, among them All In with Chris Hayes, NBC Latino, Univision, California News Service, New America Media, Cronkite News Service, and VivirLatino. Continue reading
With so much at stake for the Latino community, as well as all Americans, NCLR is committed to ensuring that those eligible can maximize the full benefits of the Affordable Care Act.
Recently, the federal government announced that it had extended the deadline to enroll in a health plan. In order to have insurance coverage that would start on January 1, 2014, consumers now have until December 23, 2013 to enroll. We have revised our “Key Dates” resource in English and Spanish for consumers as they continue along the road to enrollment.
However, it’s important to know that states operating their own Marketplaces are allowed to set their own enrollment deadlines and some will keep the original December 15, 2013 deadline. So it’s important for you to know the deadline of the state you live in.
We encourage you to not delay. Act now. Understand your options. Ask questions and get clarification. And then enroll so you can ring in the New Year with insurance coverage.
Relatively strong job growth in November pushed the Latino unemployment rate to its lowest level in five years. Today’s Monthly Latino Employment Report from the National NCLR shows that the Latino unemployment rate for November was 8.7 percent thanks to an increase in the number of Latino jobseekers who found work last month. The overall U.S. unemployment rate also declined to 7.0 percent.
Download the full Monthly Latino Employment Report or read it below.
Kudos to the Carlos Rosario International Public School, a member of the national NCLR Affiliate Network in Washington, DC! The school won an award for its outstanding adult education programs from the Migration Policy Institute’s (MPI) National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy. MPI recently announced that Carlos Rosario was one of four winners of its 2013 E Pluribus Unum Prizes for exceptional immigrant integration initiatives. As an award recipient, the school will receive a $50,000 grant.
“This is terrific news. The Carlos Rosario International Public School is a culturally vibrant learning center that has helped thousands of immigrants gain the work skills they need to find good jobs and build stable lives in Washington, DC,” said Sonia Pérez, NCLR Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives. Continue reading
The latest installment in our Instagram Q&A video series on the Affordable Care Act answers a question from Diana in California. Thanks for sending in your submission, Diana!
Question: By when do I need to register college age individuals, graduating the coming fall 2014, and losing college sponsored health insurance?
Want us to answer your questions about the new health care law? All you have to do is fill out this mobile-friendly form. We’ll take it from there! Keep those questions coming!
Visit our YouTube channel for a more detailed response to this question.
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.
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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.
Over 10.2 million Latinos are eligible for health coverage. Can you help us inform them? Support NCLR and give the gift of health!