Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Latino immigrants changing the face of rural populations

*I remember helping to organize voter registration drives in Aspen and Telluride. Even back in 2004 Latinos there were service workers, invisible to the “mainstream” community. VL By PennState News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Over the last two decades Latino immigrant populations in the United States have experienced significant growth in areas that had little

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Attention Presidential candidates: Hispanic voters want homeownership!

*Yeah, it’s not all about immigration (although attitudes about immigration reflect how politicos value Latinos). Latinos have many concerns and housing is but one. What do you consider the top Latino issues going into 2016? VL By...

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Almost a third of U.S. poor are Hispanics

*These are the most recent numbers, complied by the U.S. Census Bureau. Not good news, but the timing of the report is good, given the schedule of the presidential debates. It would be good to hear the...

Friday, September 4th, 2015

August unemployment report shows small change for Latinos

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco The Bureau of Labor Statistics this morning released its employment report for the month August. The total nonfarm payroll employment for the nation increased by 173,000 jobs, which was less than expected by...

Friday, September 4th, 2015

The missing paycheck: Research reveals new evidence on the racial wage gap

*Apropos of the Pope’s visit. If you’re Catholic, how does this pan out in your parish? VL By Nicole Sotelo, National Catholic Reporter You may not think about the paychecks of people who work at your parish,...

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Katrina New Orleans

*Sam describes a “wild-west” of labor law in the immediate aftermath of hurricane Katrina, where Latino contractors were “stiffing” Latino immigrant workers. As always with Sam Quiñones, this is a very good read. VL By Sam Quiñones,...

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Young Latinos Have Quickest Rebound After Recession

*Certainly good news, but,wow, 16 percent of 18 and 19 year-old Latinos were neither in school nor working in 2014. Unemployment for young Latinos is 19 percent; it was 32 percent from 2010 to 2014. As the...

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Latinos are a large part of Dallas’ growing poverty problem

*In Dallas, Texas, Latinos are 40 percent of the population, and 52 percent of the city’s poor.  The city’s Mayor has formed a task force that, as Mercedes Olivera tells us, is trying to tackle this problem by suggesting...

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Latinos Deserve Full Economic Citizenship

*There’s good information here, couched in a blatant ad for MasterCard, but the point is a good one. I may have written a different headline, and I would have tried to dissuade the use of “economic citizenship”...

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Unauthorized Immigrants Paid $100 Billion Into Social Security Over Last Decade

*A couple of things; I’ve been seeing “unauthorized immigrant” used more and more in news stories. I have no problem with it, just an observation. As far as the Social Security numbers are concerned, they don’t surprise...

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

The Story of Mexican Coke Is a Lot More Complex Than Hipsters Would Like to Admit

*Do you drink Mexican Coca-Cola? Why? Apparently, if you do it to make a statement in favor of Mexican farmers, you’re not helping. If you’re doing it because it’s healthier … it’s not. If you drink it...

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Keeping up with the Gomezes: Why marketers should pay attention to the ‘Latino Spring’

*Very interesting piece. It takes the effort involved in changing the U.S. Latino narrative and puts it directly in the hands of national commercial brand managers. It puts the onus on them to discover the true identity...

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Puerto Rico on brink of debt default

*This has been like watching a train go off its rails in slow motion. The effect, though, will be felt by Puerto Ricans and its creditors at full force. VL Victor Suarez, chief of staff for Puerto...

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Aspiring Latino Farmers Face Struggles Starting Farms

*Latino farmers get little, if any, recognition. But their struggle is difficult in an already difficult field. This story is from Nebraska where the number of Latino farmers is dwindling. The problem is the difficulty in getting...

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