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Friday, May 27th, 2016

Why the Mexico-U.S. economic relationship is so vital

*Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture was in Dallas yesterday, and his remarks about the commercial ties between his country and the U.S. reminds us of the reality we should remember, as Mercedes Olivera wrote to me, “every time Trump speaks.” VL By Mercedes Olivera, Dallas Morning News Every day, about $1.5 billion in goods and services goes

Friday, May 27th, 2016

This is the Nahuatl Word That Had a Spelling Bee Champ Tripping

*I think I may have been able to spell it, under pressure. Not when I was 13 years old though. VL By Yra Simón, Remezcla At the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee – where kid geniuses show...

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

NewsTaco Podcast, Episode 9: Film Maker Carlos Sandoval, A Class Apart

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco Documentary film maker Carlos Sandoval has a knack for doing deep-dives into issues and events that frame the U.S. Latino experience. He was in San Antonio for a screening of his film “A...

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Why Hollywood Can’t Put Real-Life Mexicans on TV

*There’s a very good point in the second layer of this story, about how the use of the word “pocho” revealed a telling lack in decision-making Hollywood. The fact that there was no one in the network...

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Anti-Trump protesters at Trump rally throw rocks, bottles at Albuquerque police

*I’m interested, do you think the images of mayhem and Mexican flags helps the Trump casue? VL By Kayla Epstein and Katie Mettler, Washington Post ALBUQUERQUE — What began as an assembly of about 1,000 peaceful protesters...

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

‘Get off the stage!’ Crowd yells at commencement speaker after she uses Spanish, mentions Trump

*Where do you fall on this, if any place at all? She spoke a few words about holding Donald Trump accountable, she spoke a few words in Spanish, and she spoke at length about the work of...

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Big crowds of Trump supporters, protesters expected

*This happens tonight. Trump will be met by Latino protesters in Albuquerque, they plan to be many, angry and loud. VL By Matthew Reichbach, New Mexico Political Report (3.5 minute read)  The Albuquerque Police Department told media they are...

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

This weekend in Washington, the Smithsonian explores cultural crosslines

*The Smithsonian is putting on a celebration of mestizage. The fancy word is “intersectionality,” it’s about where we all come together and cross paths, from an Asian point of view. VL By Eduardo Diaz, Director Smithsonian Latino Center (3.5...

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Border higher ed gains began with a lawsuit

*There’s nothing glamourous about this, no clever social media tag to make it stick. This is about the work to bring higher education to the Texas-Mexico, where the Latino population hovers around 90 percent. for that alone...

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Two Videos Reveal Stark Contrasts in How Clinton and Trump Appeal to Hispanics

*The difference is noticeable. Trump’s first address to a Latino group is on a hand-held mobile device, in his jet, with terrible audio and his usual shoot-from-the-hip rambling. It comes across as an afterthought. Clinton was highly...

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Washington Perspective: I Love Lucy should be required for all candidates

*Bill Valdez thinks all presidential candidates (read here Donald Trump) should be required to watch I Love Lucy reruns, where Latinos aren’t depicted wearing sombreros, sleeping under a cactus. VL By Bill Valdez, NewsTaco (4 minute read)...

Friday, May 20th, 2016

George Lopez, Edward James Olmos And Jackie Cruz On The First Latino They Saw On TV

*This is kinda’ cool, like a game. Who was the first Latino I saw on TV? It was Desi Arnaz, on I Love Lucy. On a U.S.-made film it was Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez. I liked Pedro better because...

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

State by State, Communities Push Back Against Voter Restrictions

*Some facts to consider: there are 22 states that have some form of voter restriction in place; in 15 states this will be the first presidential election with these restrictions in place; 31 percent of the electorate...

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Latino, Other Lawmakers Oppose GOP Requiring Use of ‘Alien,’ ‘Illegal Alien’

*Remember how Rep. Joaquin Castro had written a letter suggesting that the federal government stop using the term “illegal alien,” and how the Library of Congress decided it would no longer use the term as a bibliographical...

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