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On March 19, 2015, NCHO president Cruz Reynoso will be awarded the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association’s Lifetime Civil Rights and Justice Award at a gala at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco. Professor Reynoso, along with Judge Luis Garcia and NCHO founder Mario G. Obledo, founded the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association in 1971.

On January 31, 2015, NCHO board members Cruz Reynoso and Sigrid Irias attended the first anniversary celebration of the Sergio C. Garcia Foundation in Sacramento, California.

On January 15, 2015, NCHO president Cruz Reynoso was the keynote speaker in Knoxville, Tennessee, for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Commemorative Commission.

On November 25, 2014, The Recorder published an article by NCHO board member Sigrid Irias urging the provision of low cost legal services by California attorneys.

On November 18, 2014, NCHO board member Sigrid Irias presented a free workshop in Spanish on employment law basics; the workshop was offered at no cost for Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs, and was co-sponsored by Mission Asset Fund and Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco.

During the summer of 2014, the NCHO co-sponsored an introductory Latin course for law student members of San Francisco minority bar associations; co-sponsors were San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association and Charles Houston Bar Association for the third year that this class has been offered free of charge in San Francisco. Students from USF, U.C. Hastings, Golden Gate, and Santa Clara University law schools have participated. NCHO board member Sigrid Irias teaches the class.

In July 2014, NCHO President Cruz Reynoso was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. Details here: http://www.mcca.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=Feature.showFeature&FeatureID=496

In June 2014, the NCHO and the Woodland Unified School District entered into a memorandum of understanding through which the NCHO is supporting the district’s after school program for elementary students to provide volunteer mentors and tutors. This MOU was the result of several meetings with the school district, and Professor Reynoso has been the inaugural volunteer, assisting a second grade student in the program. Those interested in volunteering should contact NCHO board member Sigrid Irias at sigrid.irias@iriaslaw.com.

On June 5, 2014, the NCHO participated in a panel discussion at a meeting of the Assembly Select Committee on Campus Climate, one of several civil rights organizations invited by the legislative committee to comment on campus climate and safety issues; board member Sigrid Irias presented on behalf of the NCHO. The final report by the Committee, which was the culmination of meetings held throughout the state, was issued in October 2014.

On March 20, 2014, NCHO president Cruz Reynoso swore in the board of the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association in San Francisco.

On February 1, 2014, NCHO president Cruz Reynoso swore in California’s first recognized undocumented attorney on the steps of the state’s capital.

The Mario G. Obledo National Coalition of Hispanic Organizations extends its profound gratitude to the community for your continued support of the Coalition and its work. Your support has been extremely important and has played a crucial part in helping us accomplish a great deal on behalf of the communities we serve.

We have continued to focus on supporting and providing mentorship for the Latino community, and being a vocal advocate of fairness and civil rights in the context of education, health, immigration, and the economy.

  • In May 2013, Cruz Reynoso, NCHO president, moderated a panel at U.C. Davis entitled “Realizing the Dream: Immigration Reform in 2013”
  • On May 10 and 11, 2013, Professor Reynoso was at the University of California at Riverside to meet with Latino students, and to address the importance of Latinos pursuing graduate school. During his visit he was the keynote speaker at a dinner sponsored by the Inland Empire Scholarship Fund, attended by over 100 Latino students.
  • On September 21, 2012, the Sacramento Bee published an op ed piece by Professor Reynoso urging passage of the TRUST Act.
  • In June 2012, Professor Reynoso delivered the keynote address at a fundraiser for La Raza Centro Legal, a community-based legal organization dedicated to empowering Latino, immigrant and low-income communities of San Francisco to advocate for their civil and human rights.
  • Professor Reynoso has spoken extensively with the media concerning the battle of Sergio C. Garcia to be admitted to practice law in California.
  • In March 2012, Professor Reynoso and NCHO Executive Director Keda Alcala-Obledo both attended to support a fundraiser in San Francisco benefitting the San Francisco Mexican Museum, to further this educational institution’s quest for a new and permanent home in San Francisco. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has now approved the Mexican Museum Project at its future home at Yerba Buena Gardens.
  • Continuing Project – With legitimate knowledge of the ramifications of diabetes and honoring Dr. Mario G. Obledo, NCHO President Emeritus and Founder, NCHO Executive Director Mrs. Keda Alcala-Obledo continues to speak on the ramifications of diabetes. NCHO continues its work with the presentation of the “Diabetes Awareness, Prevention and Control Project”. The project seeks to educate the Hispanic community and other communities regarding the deadly consequences of this deadly disease.
  • Continuing Project – The Latino community in the United States remains to be focus of attention. The immigration issue remains at the forefront and has the attention of every American, as well as people throughout the world. NCHO continues its’ National presence in regard to immigration.
  • Continuing Project – NCHO has been active supporting JERICHO. JERICHO’s purpose has been to protect the interests of people living in poverty in California by equipping concerned citizens with advocacy tools for systemic change.
  • Continuing Project – NCHO continues its travel into Mexico meeting with Mexican Officials; Governors, Attorney Generals, Mayors, among others governors officials, discussing humanitarian issues dealing with the US-Mexico border. Focused is concentrated on children and elderly.
  • Continuing Project – In honor of NCHO founder Dr. Mario G. Obledo, our Executive Director Mrs. Keda Alcala-Obledo continues to be involved with health care issues. NCHO as been instrumental providing testimony in-regard to diabetes and issues concerning elder care.

The needs of the Latino community continue to be numerous. The Mario G. Obledo National Coalition of Hispanic Organizations, counts on your support and contributions to continue addressing these issues. Even with all that has been accomplished, there is still much that needs to be done. NCHO extends its appreciation for your continued support.