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” as a gimmick for clicks. Still, the numbers speak for themselves. Payroll cards, in general, are worth a

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...

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Do Latino Neighborhoods Have More to Fear from Gentrification?

*A fascinating read! It turns out that traditional Latino neighborhoods are more prone to gentrification because new white residents are less likely to move into a neighborhood that has a majority of black people. VL By Daniel...

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

U.S. Economy Adds 223,000 Jobs; Unemployment at 5.3%

*The unemployment numbers are out a few days earlier than usual this month due to the Fourth of July holiday. , the May number was 6.7. . There were 1.3 million Latinos who remain on the labor...

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Fading American Dream for Texas Latinos

By Juan H. Flores and Dr. Rogelio Saenz, NewsTaco The American Dream is fading for many Latino families today and for their children tomorrow.  This is especially true in Texas where many Latinos face significant barriers to building...

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Surviving the Drought in California: Farm Workers Struggle to Put Food on the Table

*”If there’s no water, there’s no work. This is huge problem for a mother.” – Enedina Bibanco, California farmworker. VL By Dyan Ruiz and Joseph Smooke, New America Media We went to the heart of the Central...

Monday, June 8th, 2015

California Farmworker: Picking Peas Should Bring a Better Life

*I hope you read beyond the headline. It’s a worthy read, a first person account of working in the fields, picking peas, for a miserable wage. Rosalia Martinez is a Triqui native, from Oaxaca, Mexico. VL  ...

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Economy added 280,000 jobs in May, Latino unemployment at 6.7 percent

*This appears to be good news on almost all counts. The overall unemployment number increased slightly, to 5.5 percent, but economists see it as a positive development because it includes a higher number of people who have...

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Thousands of Farmworkers in California Can’t Make a Living

*”In northern San Diego County, many strawberry pickers sleep out of doors on hillsides and in ravines.” This is beyond reprehensible. VL By David Bacon, New America Media NAM editor’s note: California farmworkers once made a decent living...

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Latinos, African-Americans in retail jobs paid less and promoted less frequently than whites

* VL By Associated Press/Fox News Latino WASHINGTON (AP) –  African-American and Latino cashiers, salespeople and first-line managers are paid less, are less likely to be promoted off the floor and more likely to be poorer than...

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