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 are people of color. What’s the condition of voting rights in your state? VL By Peter Schumann, New

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Family Wants Answers After Teen Killed By Texas Police Officer

*This has been going on for a couple of days while the media has been mesmerized by the presidential election. An unarmed 16 year-old Latino was killed by an off duty police officer who pursued the victim...

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Stop ignoring the police killings of Latinos

*This is a very good read, it delves into the history of police violence against Latinos and the reasons that it doesn’t get the same media attention as police shootings against blacks. It’s a comprehensive piece, worth...

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Adios Underworld Pioneer Sana Ojeda – I think

*Sam Quiñones always writes fascinating stuff. This time he tells us the latest about California’s Latino criminal underground. The history of California’s criminal groups is a part of the history of Latinos in the West coast. VL...

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Media Should Keep In Mind Importance Of Gun Violence Prevention For Latino Voters

*There’s a not-so-obvious upside to the President’s action on gun control, he’s using the bully pulpit to steer attention away from the NRA’s domination of the narrative and the headlines. It also provides space to raise the...

Monday, January 4th, 2016

L.A. Murder – Not The Real Story Any More

**Some reassuring news hidden behind Los Angeles murder stats. Context makes the difference in urban settings, along the border, anywhere that numbers are used to paint pictures. VL By Sam Quiñones, A Reporter’s Blog It would have...

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

San Bernardino attack: Enrique Marquez to remain in custody, judge rules

*The friend of the San Bernardino shooters, accused of purchasing some of the weapons used in the December 2 massacre, has been deemed by a judge to pose a continuous threat to the community. VL By Joel Rubin,...

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

The unarmed Latinos killed by police in 2015

*This year to date, the count is 16 unarmed Latinos kiilled by police. The count is a raw number, it doesn’t explain circumstances. Still, I think Al Día News is doing needed reporting. VL By Max Marin,...

Monday, December 7th, 2015

In San Bernardino: A womb provides the perfect cover

*Sam Quiñones sounds off on the San Bernardino killings, terrorism, gun laws and fanaticism, then he parallels them to L.A Street gangs, dope addicts and an ominous tale by Dostoyevsky. Read, and you’ll see why we’ve long...

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Chicago Public Schools students judge Mayor Emanuel’s Laquan McDonald speech

*Ray Salazar, Chicago High School English teacher and frequent NewsTaco contributor, took the event of the Laquan McDonald shooting and turned it into a writing and judgement lesson. He gives us his insight and a sample of...

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Latin American mercenaries, bankrolled by United Arab Emirates, join Yemen proxy war

*The Latin American mercenary program was started by Blackwater founder Erik Prince, but has been taken over by the Emirati military. Apparently the Colombian mercenaries are valued because they are battle-tested, having fought leftist guerilla forces. The...

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

What my 10-year-old son will learn about justice from Laquan McDonald’s murder

*The police shooing of Laquan McDonald in Chicago last year happened blocks from where Ray Salazar teaches, a stone’s throw from where he worked as a teenager. He wathced the video released by the Chicago PD; his dilemma...

Monday, November 16th, 2015

The California student killed in Paris saw herself as a driven, independent Mexican American

*This isn’t to minimize the death toll. There were 129 people killed, more than 350 wounded in Paris. An attack of such brutality should bring us closer to our common humanity, as this attack has. But knowing that...

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Latino voters favor gun restrictions

*This survey is two years old, but it’s the most recent poll of Latino attitudes on gun control. VL By Adrian Pantoja, Latino Decisions The grim statistics and on-going stories about children, men and women killed by...

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