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June 2009 Blog Posts (48)

Chicago Tango Week Festival 2009

Enjoy the festival of Argentine Tango Dance and Music: Chicago Tango Week

Skokie, IL – DoubleTree Hotel and Conference Center Chicago North Shore



THE 2ND ANNUAL CHICAGO TANGO WEEK WILL TAKE PLACE FROM JULY 1-6; PRESENTING THE FINEST CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY ARGENTINE TANGO MAESTROS AND MUSIC BY INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED ELECTROTANGO BAND OTROS AIRES FROM ARGENTINA AT AN OUTDOOR DANCE SUMMERDANCE, GRANT PARK.



The DoubleTree… Continue

Added by Maria Alferov on June 29, 2009 at 12:12pm — No Comments

Hispanic activist charged with voter fraud

A Hispanic activist in California has been charged with voter fraud for allegedly registering to vote with a Los Angeles address while living in Orange County.



The California secretary of state announced the charges Wednesday against Nativo Lopez, 57, of Santa Ana, the Los Angeles Times reported. Lopez was charged in Los Angeles County with fraudulent registration, fraudulent voting, document fraud and perjury.… Continue

Added by News on June 28, 2009 at 2:28pm — No Comments

MillerCoors pact to serve Hispanics

MillerCoors pledged Friday to increase economic opportunities for Hispanics through an agreement with the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility.



Through the joint agreement, MillerCoors and the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility promise to increase and enhance economic opportunities for Hispanics through increased participation in key corporate initiatives such as leadership and work force development, procurement and supplier diversity, marketing and… Continue

Added by News on June 28, 2009 at 2:23pm — No Comments

Focusing on Hispanic Eyecare

If you are having difficulties with your eyesight or need a complete eye exam, which eyecare professional should you visit? The answer may not be as crystal clear as it seems because there are various types of eye care professionals, such as opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists, and all of them play an important role in contributing to proper eyecare.



The American Optometric Association (AOA) and its members are committed to… Continue

Added by News on June 25, 2009 at 11:01am — No Comments

Quartet of Latina professors at Cal State San Bernardino file grievance

The state Attorney General's Office is investigating a grievance filed by four Latina professors at Cal State San Bernardino that a glass ceiling in the College of Education blocks them from advancement and leadership positions.



No women of Latin origin are among the faculty administrators on the campus, they say, although university President Al Karnig denied it. In addition, the women cite enrollment figures they say show Latinas make up about 25 percent of the students at the… Continue

Added by News on June 24, 2009 at 7:38pm — No Comments

Demography that threatens the GOP

Demography is not destiny, or so the Republicans had better hope.



In the aftermath of President Obama's biggest Democratic win in 44 years, population and political trends threaten the future of the Grand Old Party.



Obama has assembled what Atlantic Media political director Ron Brownstein calls a "coalition of the ascendant" — the fastest-growing racial, ethnic and ideological groups in the country. They include Hispanic voters, suburbanites and younger voters.… Continue

Added by News on June 24, 2009 at 7:18pm — No Comments

Wal-Mart Foundation Provides $1.65 Million for ASPIRA to Address U.S. Latino Dropout Rate

The ASPIRA Association announced a $1.65 million grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation to significantly expand its ASPIRA Clubs, a Latino youth leadership dropout prevention model to stem the exceedingly high dropout rate among our nation's youth.



The dropout rate among Latino youth, at over 40 percent, is the highest of any group in the country; triple the rate of white students. In many U.S. inner-city schools, the dropout rate is over 80%. Almost half of Latinos over the age of 25… Continue

Added by News on June 24, 2009 at 7:11pm — No Comments

Join the Discussion! NCLR Presents a Town Hall on the Economic Road to Recovery

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, is thrilled to present the 2009 NCLR Annual Conference on July 25–28 at McCormick Place West in Chicago, Illinois. These four powerful days will revolve around our theme “A New Era of Responsibility: Community, Unity, Purpose.”



In addition to nearly 60 workshops, the NCLR Annual Conference also offers… Continue

Added by News on June 24, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Local doctor serves a large Hispanic community

Dr. Elizabeth Hernandez is an example of tenacity, perseverance and a fighting spirit.



An example of fighting spirit, tenacity, and perseverance without a doubt is Doctor Elizabeth (Liz) Hernandez, who relies on life experiences to achieve early success. At her young age she is a role model for the Latino community.



Hernandez has a Bachelors’ degree in Psychology, plus a double doctorate in Clinical Psychology, and Industrial and… Continue

Added by News on June 21, 2009 at 3:01pm — No Comments

Under siege: Life for low-income Latinos in the South

In Tennessee, a young mother is arrested and jailed when she asks to be paid for her work in a cheese factory.



In Alabama, a migrant bean picker sees his life savings confiscated by police during a traffic stop.



In Georgia, a rapist goes unpunished because his 13-year-old victim is undocumented.



These are just a few examples of the injustices that confront Latino immigrants as they struggle to gain a foothold in the… Continue

Added by News on June 21, 2009 at 2:36pm — No Comments

'Recession in our community is business as usual', says Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President



AN INTERVIEW WITH CHARLES RAMOS, PRESIDENT, BALTIMORE HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE



Charles Ramos is the current President of the Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He is also the President and CEO of CR Dynamics, a customer relationship management services company based in Baltimore, MD. Charles believes that Hispanic businesses in Baltimore not only can weather today’s economic woes, but are poised to thrive in the years to… Continue

Added by News on June 21, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

GOP can reclaim the Hispanic vote

Recently in the media a couple of articles have been printed that paint a pretty bleak picture of the prospects of the GOP winning back Hispanic voters (“Republicans Sound Alarm on Hispanic Voter Gap,” May 18; “RNC Hiring Chafes Top Hispanics,” May 20, http://www.politico.com). I was quoted in both articles and felt it necessary to expand on my remarks and add some observations.



While it is true that many Hispanic Republican leaders are… Continue

Added by News on June 21, 2009 at 2:25pm — 1 Comment

Half of teen pregnancies in Larimer County among Hispanics

Half of all teenage pregnancies in Larimer County between 2005 and 2007 occurred among the female Hispanic population, and officials say cultural differences may be a contributing factor.



From 2005 to 2007, 126 of the 251 pregnancies in women ages 15 to 17 occurred within the female Hispanic population in Larimer County. Hispanics make up 10 percent of the population in Larimer County.



The birth rate for Hispanic teenagers in… Continue

Added by News on June 21, 2009 at 2:14pm — No Comments

What does it mean to be called a Hispanic?

With the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the U.S. Supreme Court, conversations quickly turned into debates about race and, in particular, about the term ‘Hispanic’ and what it means, or may not mean, to be called a Hispanic.



Many newspaper articles, television editorials, and blogs about Sotomayor question whether or not it is even relevant that she is Hispanic. Is she a Hispanic, a Latino, a Puerto Rican, or just an American? There… Continue

Added by News on June 21, 2009 at 2:10pm — No Comments

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien to Attend the NCLR Annual Conference This Summer!

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is proud to welcome Soledad O’Brien to the 2009 NCLR Annual Conference in Chicago on July 25–28 at McCormick Place West. An anchor and special correspondent for CNN Worldwide, O’Brien has produced and participated in award-winning documentaries covering various issues the world over.



O’Brien has also been the recipient of several awards, most notably the George Foster Peabody Award for her work with… Continue

Added by News on June 18, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

LATINA Style Magazine will honor Nancy C. Andrade, President of Mexifeast Foods Inc. as "LATINA Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 of Chicago"

LATINA Style Magazine, a magazine for the contemporary Hispanic woman, will honor Nancy C. Andrade, President of Mexifeast Foods, Inc. as the "LATINA Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 of Chicago " as a part of its 11th annual LATINA Style Business Series (LSBS). The event will take place Thursday, June 18, 2009 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Macy’s located at 111 N State St. Chicago , IL 60602 .



The Business Series, unique to LATINA Style… Continue

Added by News on June 18, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

‘Adelante Chicas’ picks up $135K grant

Adelante Mujeres, a Forest Grove non-profit that helps low-income Latino families gain job skills, has received a $135,000 grant from United Way of the Columbia-Willamette.



The funds will benefit Adelante Chicas, a program of Adelante Mujeres that reaches out to girls being raised by parents new to the U.S. or who may not have the support to address the challenges their daughters face as young Latina women.



United Way is funding projects that seek to improve high school… Continue

Added by News on June 18, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Hispanic foods moving out of the ethnic aisle

After moving to the U.S. 10 years ago, Juana Carabarin still wanted to cook Mexican food for her family but often didn't have time to go to specialty shops for the ingredients.



Now the Publix grocery in Norcross, Ga., near her home carries products used in Mexican cuisine — including corn husks for tamales, chilis in the spice aisle, chorizo and queso fresco in the refrigerator case and some branded items. And she no longer has to make do… Continue

Added by News on June 18, 2009 at 9:55am — No Comments

Hispanic Leaders Link Census Boycott, Immigration Reform

One Christian Hispanic leader's appeal to Latinos to boycott the 2010 Census count is sending other Hispanic leaders into a panic.



The Rev. Miguel Rivera, chairman of the Washington-based National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders, has called on Hispanics not to participate in the Census. He wants to use it as a club to force Congress to move ahead on comprehensive immigration reform. So far, there has been little action on the issue, despite the hopes of Latino groups… Continue

Added by News on June 18, 2009 at 9:39am — No Comments

Lost in translation: Latinos and the bilingual divide

What's best for Latino students who struggle with English? Should they be taught through bilingual education or are English-only programs the way to go? The answer for a school district in Charlotte, N.C., seems to be a strong combination of both.



At the Collinswood Language Academy (kindergarten through sixth grade) students spend half their day learning subjects like math and science in Spanish and the other half being taught history and social studies in English. The program has… Continue

Added by News on June 18, 2009 at 9:33am — No Comments

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