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Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Is there a place for the Mexican flag in U.S. political protests?

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco “Protesters chose to bring out the Mexican flag to demonstrate their culture and not their nationality.” -David B. Villanueva, 23, of Chicanos Unidos in Santa Ana, quoted in the Los Angeles Times. The group participated in the anti-Trump demonstration this past Thursday in Orange County, California. If you weren’t there in person

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Latino activists vow more Trump protests as tensions heighten

* Well, that’s ominous . . . The California primary is June 7, so there are 5 weeks for protesters to organize. If the past is prologue, it’s going to be intense. VL By Cindy Carcamo, Richard...

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Koch network’s organization accused of exploiting Latinos

*One of the claims is that the Koch brothers are funding events – turkey giveaway’s, flu shots, English classes – in order to gather Latino voter data. VL By Rafael Bernal, The Hill A liberal group on...

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Diluting the Latino Vote in CA’s Central Valley

*It’s an uphill battle without a strong Voting Rights Act. But MALDEF, chips away at gerrymandering one district at a time. VL By Marcus Castro, South Kern Sol/New America Media  BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – One of the nation’s leading...

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Trump can’t get to the White House without the Latino vote

*As Donald Trump solidifies his place as the GOP presidential nominee, let’s keep this in mind. VL By Enrique Acevedo, Fusion Over the past two decades the Latino vote has grown into an influential force in presidential politics....

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Orange County activists want to unite Arabs and Latinos to build political voting influence

*Here’s something different. Think it’ll work? VL By Erika Aguilar, KCBX Santa Ana high school cultural ethnics and history teacher Ben Vazquez, 45, invites guests on the food tour in Little Arabia to try some of Kareem’s...

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Will Hispanic Millennials Vote?

*Boomer parents, millennial kids, Hillary v Bernie, it happens in the Latino community as well. VL By Pricilla Alvarez, The Atlantic (2 minute read) The Hispanic population is looking young. Millennials make up roughly a quarter of...

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Racial Awakening, Pride And Fear: One Latino Perspective On ‘The Obama Effect’

*This is the kind of story that needs to face outward. It was published by an NPR program called Code Switch, so hopefully non-Latinos get to hear it and read it. It’s what we mean by changing...

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Washington Perspective: How Trump pulled the curtain to reveal a devil’s bargain

*I’ve read many characterizations of Donald Trump, and this one, where Bill Valdez compares him to Toto from the Wizard of Oz, is the best. He says Trump pulled back the curtain and the GOP got the...

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Is email a cause to question the attack on Julián Castro?

Victor Landa, NewsTaco I get that there are some people who don’t like the way Julián Castro is running specific parts of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. I understand that they think he could do better or do...

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Trump’s Latino employees come out against Trump

*Orale. Seventy-five percent of the construction workers on the Trump Tower in Washington DC are Latino. For most of them “It’s just part of the job. It’s a way to earn money.” VL By Joan Faus, El Pais...

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Progressive’s attack on Julián Castro is really about big-tent muck

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (4 minute read) Before it became a headline Joe Velazquez’s resignation letter from the Board of Directors of the American Family Voices organization circulated widely among Latino activist, organizer, and pol networks. I...

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Sotomayor: US High Court Needs More Diversity, in Many Ways

*Check it out. President Obama makes a political chess move, nominates Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, then Justice Sonia Sotomayor goes to the Brooklyn Law School to talk about the need for diversity on the court. Gotta love...

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Will Latino Millennials Upend the Democratic Establishment?

*Forty-four percent of millennials are Latino. What’s more, Latino millennials are 18 percent of the California electorate. The is the quintessential story of Latinos transforming the U.S. Also, millennials favor Bernie Sanders by a 2:1 margin. VL...

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