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The National Democratic Ethnic Coordinating Council (“The Ethnic Council”) is an important part of the Democratic Party, uniting people across all ethnic, racial, national origin, and religious identifications. The Council draws on America’s common heritage as a nation of immigrants committed to democracy, human rights, peace, opportunity, fairness, and freedom—and exemplifies the spirit of the Democratic Party’s proud and lasting tradition of community development, opportunity, and empowerment.

The Democratic Party’s Ethnic Council stands for the immigrant heritage of America and gained its strength as far back as the 1930s by becoming the voice of working Americans. We have not outgrown these fundamental ideas.

Our Ethnic Council is a broad coalition of recognized leaders representing Democratic networks that are organized among all backgrounds, faiths, ethnicities, and demographic or geographic origins. The Ethnic Council serves as the forum for coordination, cooperation, and consensus building among these diverse groups, as well as the vehicle for the public assertion and advancement of their shared aspirations.

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We Can’t Wait: Obama administration to lower student loan payments for millions of borrowers
October 25, 2011
The new "Pay As You Earn" proposal will allow about 1.6 million students the ability to cap their loan payments at 10 percent starting next year, and the plan will forgive the balance of their debt after 20 years of payments.
The President announces new housing initiatives that benefit american homeowners
October 24, 2011
The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced a series of changes to the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) in an effort to attract more eligible borrowers who can benefit from refinancing their home mortgage.
The President broadens the conversation on immigration reform
August 15, 2011
In August, leaders from a variety of ethnic communities – from Irish, to Polish, to Macedonian and many others met at the White House to discuss this important issue.