This Week We Honor Advocates for the Latino Community

NCLR Capital Awards
A view of the NCLR Capital Awards at the National Building Museum.

NCLR is at the forefront of issues that impact Hispanics. At the NCLR Capital Awards tomorrow we’ll honor outstanding government leaders and change-makers from both sides of the aisle who consistently stand out for their efforts to improve opportunities for the Latino community nationwide.

This year marks the 26th annual NCLR Capital Awards where honorees represent an array of issue areas that NCLR advocates for including immigration, housing, and education. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will receive anaward for his work to promote comprehensive immigration reform and his efforts to unite mayors, corporate leaders and others throughout the country to improve the nation’s immigration policies, opening doors to hard-working newcomers. California Attorney General Kamala Harris will be honored for her role in supporting homeowners during the housing crisis.  Harris, a champion of the National Mortgage Settlement, also introduced the Homeowners Bill of Rights into California State Legislature and helped protect thousands of homeowners across her home state.  Her efforts promote our work in educating, supporting and empowering Hispanic families as they work to become and remain homeowners as another facet of achieving the American dream.

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Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer-prize winning author and immigration advocate, along with the youth-led organization, United We Dream will each be honored with the NCLR Public Service Award.  Vargas, best known for his essay that debuted in The New York Times Magazine unveiling his status as an undocumented immigrant, continues to serve as a symbol of the need for immigration reform and the DREAM Act.  United We Dream courageously organizes youth and supporters who are dedicated to ensuring equal access to higher education for all, regardless of their immigration status.

The twenty-sixth annual NCLR Capital Awards will be hosted by Jim Avila of ABC News, and will take place at the historic National Building Museum.  Follow the conversation on Twitter with @NCLR and #NCLRCAPS13, and don’t miss video and photo highlights of this incredible evening by visiting www.nclr.org/events.

 

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