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Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Why term ‘la raza’ has complicated roots in US

*Maybe NCLR changed its name becasue it was too hard to explain outside the Mexican-American community. They could have used this article years ago. VL By Russell Contreras, The Associated Press (4.5 minute read)  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The National Council of La Raza announced this week that it was changing its name to UnidosUS,

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

The Forgotten History of Latino Riots

*Why you should red this: Because it’s a conversation we need to have. Because there’s an inner dynamic that pits the “good immigrant” narrative against the perception of Latinos as passive. Because there’s an underlying tension of...

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Six Texas Lawsuits Trump Could Impact (or Not) in 2017

*Why you should read this: The story may be from of Texas, but the lawsuits listed will have a national impact on voting rights, civil rights, immigration and the environment. VL By Melissa del Bosque , Naveena Sadasivam, Gus Bova, and...

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

What do you do when you get time to state your case with an incoming president and he sends his c-team?

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (2 minute read)  That’s what happened yesterday to a group of Latino leaders who gathered in Michigan for an audience with president-elect Trump’s transition team. To be fair, I don’t think the representatives...

Monday, December 26th, 2016

Translations, TV show connect a city’s Hispanic community

*Here’s a small story from a small corner of the country, but it’s an example of how one person can lift a Latino community, even in unlikely South Dakota. VL By Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press (4...

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Wendy Carrillo, whose mother brought her to the country from El Salvador illegally, enters race for Becerra seat

*Carrillo is running for the seat to be vacated by Rep. Xavier Becerra. Former Assembly Speaker John A. Perez and Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez have announced their candidacy for the same seat. VL By Sarah D. Wire, Los Angeles Times (1.5...

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Latino leaders seek meeting with President-elect Donald Trump

*Trump can’t act like he didn’t say all the things he said during the campaign. The push-back should be forceful. VL By Bill Lambrecht,  Hearst/San Antonio Express News WASHINGTON — Latino leaders fearful of Donald Trump and worried...

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Don’t let Latino victories be lost in the election night dismay

*Latinos scored some important victories on Tuesday. Here’s some good news to chew on. VL By Miguel Solis, Dallas Morning News (3 minute read)  The first message I received after Donald Trump won the presidential election was from...

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Maricopa County voters oust Sheriff Joe Arpaio

*Twenty-four years of the “toughest sheriff in America” came to an end last night. Voters in Maricopa County, Arizona, rejected Arpaio’s years of tough immigration stances and his racial profiling. VL By Michael Kiefer and Rebekah L. Sanders,...

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Eric Trump poses for a photo with woman wearing a ‘Latina against Trump’ shirt, has no idea

*. . . the benefits of being bilingual. VL By Dianne de Guzman, San Francisco Chronicle (3 minute read) The photo probably seemed like a good idea, at the time. Eric Trump, son of Republican presidential candidate Donald...

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Meza had knack for getting people to move in same direction

*Choco Meza was a national Democratic Party stalwart and a long-time San Antonio political leader. VL By Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express News (4 minute read) Up until the last two weeks of her life, Choco Meza...

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Former New Mexico justice, founder of Hispanic rights group dies

*So much of U.S. Latino politics stands on the shoulders of people like Sosa. I found this telling: he died in the adobe house where he was born. His father built the house in Las Cruces, NM....

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Five Points On The Big Court Losses For GOP Vote Suppressors

*This is a good list. The voter suppression wave that gained strength after Shelby v Holder is starting to break. Things are starting to pick up for November. VL By Tierney Sneed, Talking Points Memo Voting rights...

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Two Latino women seeking election to the Georgia General Assembly

*First, the headline is a copy of the original Atlanta Journal-Constitution headline – I would have gone with Latinas. Second, WOOT! VL By David Wickert, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported recently, Brenda Lopez of Norcross...

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