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April 2010 Blog Posts (23)

Latino Leaders: A new political force in Minnesota



There is a common joke in Minnesota that says that years ago a person was considered ethnically diverse in this state if they were Norwegian instead of Swedish. Not so long ago, it was rare in Minnesota to see Latinos in positions of political power. Not too many years ago it was rare to even see a Latino in Minnesota. But in the

past few years we have seen true progress in Latino political power in Minnesota. Recently, this progress was… Continue

Added by News on April 27, 2010 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Immigration Reform: Lindsey Graham takes ball, goes home



"I'VE got some political courage, but I'm not stupid," Lindsey Graham said in an interview Saturday with the Washington Post's Juliet Eilperin. He was explaining his decision to pull his support from the climate-change bill he had helped author with John Kerry and Joe Lieberman, in protest over the Democrats' decision to move immigration reform first. Mr Graham was willing to put himself on the line in supporting a climate-change bill, he said,… Continue

Added by News on April 27, 2010 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Latino Coalition Welcomes Newt Gingrich to Keynote Economic Summit in Washington

The Latino Coalition (TLC) is honored to announce that former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich will deliver keynote remarks at its annual Economic Summit and Procurement Event, to be held in Washington, DC, on May 5th. Gingrich's presence at the event caps off a distinguished roster of presenters that includes congressional leaders from both political parties, captains of industry and Hispanic opinion makers.



The two-day summit will gather Hispanic entrepreneurs… Continue

Added by News on April 26, 2010 at 4:32pm — No Comments

What Arizona immigration law might mean for midterm elections

On Friday Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law what most everyone agrees is the most restrictive immigration law in the country. The law, which allows local police to stop and demand proof of citizenship from anyone suspected of being an illegal resident, has been assaulted and hailed by the opposite sides of the immigration debate.



The law is bound to have a profound impact on communities like El Mirage, Ariz., a Latino-heavy “Immigration Nation” Patchwork Nation community in… Continue

Added by News on April 26, 2010 at 4:22pm — No Comments

Local Latinos keep Denver green

Denver is a hub for green initiatives. No matter where you turn in the city, suburbs and towns all around, people in Colorado are on the green wagon. Latinos in particular, who haven’t always been thought to be involved or even welcomed in the green conversation, have been harvesting their seeds and watching them sprout too.



Many have wondered if environmentalism or being green is only a luxury for the elite. Irma Muñoz, native of south Los Angeles started a non-profit organization,… Continue

Added by News on April 21, 2010 at 3:29pm — No Comments

Why 'Ugly Betty' Was a Really Big Deal



The remarkable "Ugly Betty" ended its five-season, primetime run last Thursday night, and the TV landscape's a lot flatter for the loss. Say what you will about the ABC dramedy's quality over the past couple seasons.



The show featured a cast of brown-skinned characters that were unprecedented in primetime television. The series featured smart and strong Latinas, a powerful Black woman and even an undocumented father from Mexico. Not to… Continue

Added by HispanicPro on April 21, 2010 at 3:18pm — No Comments

Education secretary ponders how to keep Hispanics in college

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Monday that he wanted his department to help cut dropout rates and boost college enrollment for Hispanic Americans.The push for scholastic equality comes as President Barack Obama tries to improve the nation's educational system so that by 2020 the U.S. leads the world with its percentage of college graduates, as Duncan reiterated at a gathering of Hispanic college administrators.



The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that a quarter of the country's… Continue

Added by HispanicPro on April 21, 2010 at 3:08pm — No Comments

Dem Rep Gutierrez: Latinos might stay home



As we saw during the final stages of the health-care debate, Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D) isn't shy about taking his complaints public (he said he was going to vote against the health bill before eventually voting for it).



And now he's taking aim at President Obama's immigration policies, suggesting that Latino voters might not participate in the upcoming midterm elections -- if the administration and Democratic congressional… Continue

Added by HispanicPro on April 21, 2010 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Obama falters on immigration reform promises



Advocates for illegal immigrants fear the White House is doing the bare minimum to appease Latino voters before midterm elections as it focuses on other issues.



A White House commitment to overhaul the nation's immigration system this year is collapsing, with the Obama administration undecided about the best way to proceed on an issue the president had identified as a top priority.Immigration advocates who meet regularly with White House… Continue

Added by HispanicPro on April 21, 2010 at 2:43pm — No Comments

La Casa Norte Challenges Chicagoans to Give Up Time for Community Service

La Casa Norte, a leader in serving homeless youth and families in need from the Humboldt Park community, has issued a challenge to Chicagoans to get involved in “National Volunteer Week” - April 18 thru April 24 - by donating time to benefit those who are homeless or at risk for it. “There can be no doubt that we live in difficult times,” says Sol Flores, Executive Director, La Casa Norte. “The staggering numbers of families affected by joblessness, homelessness, and other difficulties… Continue

Added by News on April 20, 2010 at 4:08pm — No Comments

Old Town School of Folk Music Folk & Roots MAIN STAGE Artists Announced

OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK MUSIC presents...



The 13th ANNUAL

CHICAGO FOLK & ROOTS FESTIVAL 2010

SATURDAY, JULY 10th & SUNDAY, JULY 11th



Noon to 10:00pm in WELLES PARK -… Continue

Added by News on April 20, 2010 at 3:49pm — No Comments

Latino growth hurts GOP

As San Bernardino County becomes increasingly Latino, the political fortunes of the Republican Party have dimmed. While the percentage of immigrants in the county has more than doubled over the past three decades, the share of the Republican vote in presidential elections has continued to drop, according to a new study.



"The immigrant influx in California has politically realigned the state," said the study's author, James Gimpel, a government professor at the University of Maryland,… Continue

Added by News on April 18, 2010 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Latinos honored for service to Denver's community



Dozens of spectators packed the newly renovated Woodbury Branch Library on Saturday to honor three people for service to Denver's Latino community. Florence "Flo" Hernandez-Ramos, KUVO host of Cancion Mexicana, accepted the ninth annual Lena L. Archuleta Community Service Award. Denise Maes, now the director of operations for Vice President Joe Biden, was inducted into the Cesar Chavez Leadership Hall of Fame along with community activist and… Continue

Added by News on April 18, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

How Do Students and Professionals Afford Their MBAs? The National Society of Hispanic MBAs’ Scholarship Program

How Do Students and Professionals Afford Their MBAs? The National Society of…

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Added by Jori Psencik on April 16, 2010 at 4:15pm — No Comments

Recession not stopping Latino influence on area economy

The recession took a bite out of Idaho's economy in 2009 but did not stop the growth of Latino economic influence, say officials with Idaho Department of Labor.Latino buying power grew in all counties in south-central Idaho to more

than $425 million, according to estimates provided to the department by the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia.



Gooding, Lincoln and Twin Falls counties reported increases of less than one percentage point, while Jerome… Continue

Added by News on April 11, 2010 at 10:45am — No Comments

Vatican picks a Latino to lead Los Angeles Archdiocese

The Vatican's choice of a Mexican-born archbishop, Jose Gomez of San Antonio, as the next prelate of Los Angeles reflects the formal acknowledgment of a remarkable, decades-long shift in the center of gravity of the U.S. Roman Catholic Church -- from Northeast to Southwest, from Eurocentric to Latino-dominated.

The 58-year-old Gomez has the potential to reshape the Archdiocese of Los Angeles over most of the next two decades, assuming he can successfully steer it past the shoals of a… Continue

Added by News on April 11, 2010 at 10:35am — No Comments

Success of Hispanic College Students Is Key for Florida



The level of Florida’s economic competitiveness over the long term will depend on the degree of preparation of Hispanic university students, according to a report released Tuesday at Miami Dade College.The state’s economic health, in the near term, and the strengthening of human capital will, in large measure, rest on the academic success of Latino college students, MDC president Eduardo Padron said.Padron, along with several experts, presented… Continue

Added by News on April 7, 2010 at 8:59am — No Comments

Latinos outpace whites in graduation rates at Western Oregon University

Cristal Sandoval says she's on course to become the first person in her family to earn a college degree, in part because of the financial support, tutoring and guidance she's received during her years at Western Oregon University. "They taught me how to prepare with study skills and how to organize my time," said the 21-year-old senior. Western's support programs for Latino students, she said, "are definitely key to my success."



They also help explain why the college completion rate… Continue

Added by News on April 6, 2010 at 12:34am — No Comments

Losing Latino Christians, not Catholics

The March 2010 report on Latino Catholic identify deserves to be treated as a sociological survey and not just a catchy headline. Yes, this most recent edition of the American Religious Identification Surveys (ARIS) says that fewer Latinos call themselves Catholics than ever before, but it also explodes a set of popular myths perpetuated by the media.

In fact, closer examination of these statistics on Latinos provides a challenge rather than a threat to Catholic America. Instead of… Continue

Added by News on April 6, 2010 at 12:25am — No Comments

Could Austin be home to national Latino museum?

Austin would make a fine home for a national Latino museum, according to a coalition of politicians, consultants and academics, and they're hoping a federal commission exploring such an institution will agree.The Austin group is making an early, long-shot bid to land a Latino museum that could draw hundreds of jobs and bring national

prestige.

Planning is still in the early stages, and the museum's creation is years away; the commission is exploring the scope of a Latino museum and… Continue

Added by News on April 6, 2010 at 12:14am — No Comments

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