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The recipient of a $30 million grant as part of President Obama’s “promise zone” initiative is an affiliate of the radical National Council of La Raza, WND has learned.
A group called the Youth Policy Institute, or YPI, was approved by the Obama administration as the lead agency for Los Angeles when the city was selected by the White House and Department of Education two years ago to receive “promise zone” grants.
With little fanfare, YPI was awarded a $30 million grant in January 2012 as the “promise zone” recipient for Los Angeles.
The organization is slated to receive potentially tens or even hundreds of millions more, with the “promise zone” program pledging up to $500 million in grants over 10 years to help revitalize central Los Angeles neighborhoods.
Promise Zone is Obama’s signature education and anti-poverty program aimed at transforming schools and communities “into vibrant centers of opportunity and excellence.”
Unreported by the news media is that the Youth Policy Institute is an affiliate of the National Council of La Raza, or NCLR.
La Raza, which means “The Race, supports amnesty for illegal aliens. Among its affiliates are chapters of the radical MEChA – Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán or Chicano Student Movement of Aztlán – which promotes the “Reconquista” movement. The movement calls for the “liberation” of Aztlan, the mythical ancestral home of the Aztecs, which MEChA regard as Colorado, California, Arizona, Texas, Utah, New Mexico and parts of Oregon.
La Raza is directly tied to the White House. Cecilia Munoz, former senior vice president of La Raza, now serves as director of the White House Domestic Policy Council with specific focus on immigration issues.
La Raza itself highlighted its relationship with YPI in a press release in January boasting about the Obama administration grant.
“NCLR Affiliate Helps Secure Critical Investments for Struggling Los Angeles Communities,” read the title of the La Raza press release.
The release stated: “As part of an initiative to increase economic activity and expand opportunities in impoverished areas throughout the country, President Obama awarded a federal Promise Zone designation to the city of Los Angeles and their lead partner, the Youth Policy Institute, an NCLR (National Council of La Raza) Affiliate.”
According to the release, the central Los Angeles neighborhoods to receive the grant “include many predominantly Latino areas.”
YPI is funded by La Raza, while YPI utilizes La Raza to finance AmeriCorps members working in eight Los Angeles schools. AmeriCorps is a national service organization.
There is also a relationship between La Raza and YPI charter schools, with scores of La Raza fellows teaching in the charter schools.
The National Council of La Raza advocates “comprehensive immigration reform,” calling for “the 12 million undocumented people in our country to come forward, obtain legal status, learn English, and assume the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.”
Former La Raza president Raul Yzaguirre reportedly declared in the 1990s that U.S. English, an organization dedicated to adopting the English language as the official language U.S. language, “is to Hispanics as the Ku Klux Klan is to blacks.”
The Obama administration’s “promise zone” grant to YPI first came under scrutiny last month when the Daily Caller broke the story the organization failed to disclose in IRS forms it spent $140,000 lobbying the White House and other federal agencies.
The extensive Daily Caller piece did not mention YPI’s ties to La Raza.
The Daily Caller revealed YPI’s executive director, Dixon Slingerland, served as a financial bundler for Obama’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, raising nearly $750,000. His name also popped up on White House visitor logs a dozen times since 2009, the Daily Caller reported.
The report comes amid concern from some Los Angeles politicians about the transparency of the “promise zone” selection process and questions as to how YPI was chosen as the official L.A. recipient.
With research by Brenda J. Elliott.