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Thursday, May 25th, 2017

How Trump’s policies can stall advances in Latino higher education

*This is worth reading for the sake of going beyond the Tweets to see how the Trumpian proposals will affect us in our daily lives. Planning on going to college? Trump could make that difficult. This is a good recap of how. VL By Amilcar Guzman,  Inside Higher Ed (5.5 minute read)  In recent years,

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Let White People Appropriate Mexican Food—Mexicans Do It to Ourselves All the Time

*A couple of White women traveled to Mexico and brought back tortilla recipes that they got from Mexican women in markets and restaurants. They started selling the tortillas from their food cart and all hell broke loose...

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Another Way That Teachers Matter For Latino Kids

*Science tells us that ethnic and racial minority kids do better in more diverse schools. The question before us is if the educational leadership in the White House believes in this kind of science. VL By Ana Valdez...

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Life Expectancy for Latinos Differs by 20 Years in Some US Counties

*The difference in life expectancy has to do with obesity, lack of exercise, high blood pressure, and smoking, but socioeconomic factors are important too. What can you do? Use this information to push for health-promoting policies. VL NewsTaco...

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Stand up Texas, and fix redistricting

*What happens in Texas regarding voting district lines could well define what happens to gerrymandering across the country. This is an important case for all voters and candidates. VL By Al Kauffman, NewsTaco (6.5 minute read)  ...

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Home builders can’t find enough workers

*It’s become harder for undocumented construction workers to find jobs, so now it’s taking longer for homes to be built, and it’s getting more expensive because of Trump’s tariffs on Canadian lumber. VL By Kathryn Vasel, CNN...

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Without More Census Funding, Disadvantaged Communities Risk Being Overlooked Most

*This story has been flying under the radar, with all the attention going to the Trumpian antics. But we need to shine a constant light on it because it will have a deep effect on Latino politics...

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Awareness of controversial Arizona immigration law influenced male students’ classroom behavior

*Take this as a microcosm of the effect that Trumpism will have on Latino children. There is palpable fear and anxiety in schools, the kids are being affected. VL NewsTaco EDUCATION MONDAY By PhysOrg (3.5 minute read)...

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Law Enforcement Officials Take On DACA Students’ Roles In Colorado Play

*Thanks to our friend Tom Cosgrove for pointing us to this wonderful story! VL By WBUR (6 minute read)    “Do You Know Who I Am?” is a one-act show featuring autobiographical monologues written and performed by youth...

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Serrano Avocado Salsa For Tacos Al Pastor

*You should know by now that you aren’t going to get a simple recipe from Adán Medrano. This is a quick history and culture lesson that traces the origin of tacos al pastor to a middle eastern...

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Eugenics in the Trump Era

*To understand eugenics is to understand some of the motivation in the Trump White House. It cloaks raw bigotry in scientific terms and fills public discussions with dog-whistle racism. Please, don’t just click “like” and feel like...

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

¡Feliz Aniversario! The Smithsonian Latino Center Enters its Third Decade

*Twenty years ago the Smithsonian Latino Center was an act of courage. Today it’s a necessity. It’s a pillar of national Latino storytelling. There are plans for a permanent home on the National Mall in Washington. VL...

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

How to finally increase the Latino vote so we finally make a difference, maybe

*Don’t let the headline fool you. Ray gives us a serious list of specific things that need to be done in order to increase Latino political participation. It boils down to transformation, personal and community-wide. VL By...

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Trump administration sends NAFTA renegotiation letter to Congress

The interesting thing about this has nothing to do with international trade or U.S. relations with Mexico. It’s that even though Trump said he was willing to renegotiate NAFTA, now that he’s moving on that willingness he...

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