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Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Despite what he says, Donald Trump stokes fear against Latinos

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco This won’t come as a surprise to Latinos who’ve been following the presidential election.  Donald Trump doesn’t like us, despite the many times he says we love him, believe me. This is where I need to make a full-stop to clarify what I’m not saying. I’m not saying we’re Trump’s victims, this

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Once again, Hispanics were considered for VP. Once again, they’re expecting to be passed over.

*I was thinking this very same thing. Once again . . .  There was a lot of hope for possible Latino VP picks, but it was mostly inside the Latino community. Cynical me says that was the...

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Aaron Sanchez: Day 1 & 2 of the GOP Convention

*Aaron does some fact checking and counter-pointing on the 2016 RNC. VL By Aaron Sanchez, Comentary & Cuentos Day 1: Make America Safe Again Monday July 18, 2016 was the first day of the Republican National Convention. ...

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

White House Won’t Punish Julián Castro

*And this happened. VL By Abby Livingston, The Texas Tribune U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro looks to be off the hook with the White House after the U.S. Office of Special Counsel found that Castro...

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Texas Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act, Court Rules

*I know it’s not dancing cats on Facebook, or ridiculous memes about cribbed political speeches, but this is a BIG deal. VL By Jim Malewitz, Texas Tribune Texas’ voter identification law violates the U.S. law prohibiting racial discrimination...

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Family Of Latino Teen Killed By Undercover Cops Will Sue

*This case has been obscured by cribbed speeches and political circuses. Nineteen year-old Pedro Villanueva was shot and killed by undercover California Highway Patrol officers. The police shooting happened when the troopers followed the youth’s pick-up into...

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

The similarity of words between Melania Trump, Michelle Obama, My Little Pony and Borges

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco Half-way through my first cup of coffee this morning, while I read the latest account and critique of Melania Trump’s plagiarized RNC speech, I remembered Pierre Menard. My favorite college literature professor was a Chilean...

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Julian Castro Found To Have Violated Hatch Act In Katie Couric Interview

*You have to be careful when it’s political hunting season and there’s an opposition target on your back. Although, the OSC is non-partisan. VL By Adrian Carrasquillo, BuzzFeed A report prepared by the U.S. Office of Special...

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Mexicans Ain’t White: The Gus Garcia Story

*This is a worthy read, well worth the time invested (it’s only 7 minutes) because not much is known these days about the brilliant jurist Gus C. Garcia, and more needs to be known. He spearheaded the...

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Being a barber is about more than cutting hair

*I like stories like this one, that find the extraordinary in what we think of as ordinary. They provide texture to our community. VL By Ray Salazar, The White Rhino (5.5 minute read) Fred Castillo knows that...

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Waiting for My José Julio and Sylvia Stamps

*I had no idea who José Julio Sarria was. But I do now. He was a Latino who transformed his community. Thanks to Eduardo Diaz for writing about him. VL By Eduardo Diaz, Director Smithsonian Latino Center (4 minute...

Friday, July 15th, 2016

I am not the new white

*Classism among U.S. Latinos? You bet. VL By David Gayton, The Dily Californian (4 minute read) A few weeks back, while walking through downtown Santa Barbara with a good friend, I witnessed an unsettling interaction between a homeless...

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

the Latino daily – Your Thursday morning brief

Photo courtesy of USPS It’s official. The United States Postal Service unveiled its Jaime Escalante commemorative stampWednesday at the League of United Latin American Citizens convention in Washington, D.C. NBC News’s Patricia Guadalupe writes: “Escalante, a teacher...

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Why Trump and Bernie didn’t catch on with Latino voters

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (4 minute read) Roberto Suro, professor of Communications at USC and Director of the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, wrote a good piece for Politico titled Clinton’s Latino Firewall, where he explains how the...

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