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(NCLR)-the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the Unites States-that provides information on issues of importance to Latinos. Each email contains one action item, followed by updates on what's happening with other issue areas. Take a look below and make your voice heard on Capitol Hill! An Uneven Start for Latino Families On May 7, with the release of his fiscal year 2010 budget, President Obama revealed a lack of investment in Latino parents, family literacy, and English language learners. The William F. Goodling Even Start Family Literacy program was eliminated from the budget, making it more difficult for Hispanic parents to reach their educational goals, increase their job skills, and improve the school readiness of their young children. The Even Start program directly addresses many of the educational challenges faced by Latino families through effective family literacy instruction that enables parents to be active participants in their children's education. During this economic downturn, when Hispanic families are most in need, it is appalling to see that the new administration is proposing the elimination of such an essential program. Take action and tell President Obama how disappointed you are that he gave an uneven start to Latino families. This month in... Wealth-BuildingNCLR testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity to express the importance of thorough, one-on-one counseling for Latino families making decisions about homeownership. (Scroll to two hours, 18 minutes to watch NCLR's testimony.) HealthTo truly improve Latinos' health outcomes, we must change the way that health care is provided to patients. Check out our latest resource, a set of principles for patient- and family-centered care that we developed with a broad coalition of health care advocates who want to make sure that your health care is coordinated, culturally and linguistically appropriate, and integrated with the community. Juvenile JusticeThanks to all of you who supported the "Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2009" (S. 678). We generated hundreds of letters to Congress about the importance of reducing crime by addressing its root causes and protecting youth in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. This legislation will also take steps to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the justice system. If you didn't send a letter, you haven't missed your chance: send a letter today! Employment and Economic PolicyThe unemployment rate for Latinos in April was 11.3%, compared to 8.9% nationally. NCLR created a web page to help you access more information about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Please visit www.nclr.org/recoveryact. ImmigrationA hearing in the Senate highlighting the urgent need for comprehensive immigration reform affirmed that momentum is growing around the issue. In addition, last week Senator Feinstein (D-CA) and Representatives Putnam (R-FL) and Berman (D-CA) reintroduced the "Agricultural Jobs, Opportunity, Benefits, and Security Act (AgJobs)" (S.1038 and H.R. 2414), which provides an earned legalization program for farmworkers, as well as reform to the agricultural guest worker program. Thanks to advocates like you, 67 call-in parties were hosted in more than 27 states as part of "Reflection and Action: A National Call-In for Immigration Reform." Thank you!
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