February 2009 Blog Posts (43)

The detrimental effects of English-only laws

Demoting importance of Spanish language undermines diversity

Immigrant integration is the order of the day. It is a topic that makes some uncomfortable, others angry and many baffled by the seriousness it inspires in some. Strong waves of immigration in recent decades in the U.S. have raised the concern of the decay of the apparent core American values.

The Bush Administration formed a sub-division within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security called the Task Force on… Continue

Added by News on February 28, 2009 at 12:39pm — No Comments

Nell Soto dies at 82; California state senator championed

Nell Soto, who worked in citrus groves as a Depression-era child and rose to become a California state senator and among the first Latino officials to fight for environmental protection, died Thursday. She was 82.

Soto, one of the first Latino women elected to statewide office from the Inland Empire, died at Woods Health Services in La Verne of complications from a stroke suffered in December.

She retired from public office last… Continue

Added by News on February 28, 2009 at 12:32pm — No Comments

Ramirezes form a portrait of U.S. Latinos

When "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams" producers looked for faces to illustrate their upcoming weeklong series on Latinos in the United States, they found one portrait in a well-known Waukesha family.

Waukesha County Circuit Judge Ralph Ramirez, his mother, Margaret, and his oldest daughter, Alicia, were interviewed for hours this month, with film shot in their homes, in Ramirez's court and in the Fitchburg store where Alicia recently started her new management job after… Continue

Added by News on February 28, 2009 at 12:28pm — No Comments

Garcia backs out of serving as rodeo parade grand marshal

When the Houston rodeo holds its annual parade this morning, there will be one grand marshal — Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. But there were supposed to be two.

Sheriff Adrian Garcia said he accepted the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s invitation to serve as co-grand marshal but backed out after learning that some minority leaders were planning to assail the rodeo’s treatment of Hispanics and African-Americans.… Continue

Added by News on February 28, 2009 at 12:25pm — No Comments

What Obama’s Share of the Hispanic Vote Means

As Richard Nadler writes, when the Republican party assesses the 2008 election, it needs to take a close look at the Hispanic vote. There is no disagreement that we can and must do a better job of reaching Hispanic voters.

There is a disagreement, however, between those who believe support for “comprehensive” immigration reform should be a part of these efforts, and those who believe that such support would both constitute a dramatic departure from conservative principles and be… Continue

Added by News on February 28, 2009 at 12:22pm — No Comments

Latinos Fuel Chattanooga Population Growth

A new report by the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies has found that Chattanooga's growing population has been fueled by a rising number of Latinos, young children and adults between the ages of 45 and 64 years old.

The report, Demographic Change in the Chattanooga Region, is based on information from the Census Bureau, the U.S. Postal Service, building permits, school enrollment data and other information collected and analyzed by the Ochs Center as part of the 2008 State of… Continue

Added by News on February 27, 2009 at 12:35am — No Comments

Increase in Latino federal prison population reveals flaws in immigration policy

Our immigration laws are out of whack. And they are clogging our federal prisons with nonviolent folks who are guilty of nothing more than living, working and raising families here without proper documentation.

A Pew Hispanic Center study released in mid-February documents how Latinos now make up 40 percent of the estimated 200,000 prisoners in federal penitentiaries, triple their share of the total U.S. adult population and disproportionate to their representation in state and local… Continue

Added by News on February 27, 2009 at 12:32am — No Comments

Karma Yacht Sales Takes Leadership Position in Speaking out against proposed Bill (HB0451) - Illinois State Luxury Goods Tax

February 23, 2009 (Chicago, IL) – Today, Karma Yacht Sales, LLC initiated a grass roots campaign on behalf of the Marine Sailboat Dealers and Sailing Community of Illinois in speaking out against proposed bill (HB0451). The campaign seeks to educate Illinois lawmakers on the effect of the proposed bill and its impact to retail businesses. The proposed bill seeks to impose a five percent luxury tax on a broad range of consumer products including automobiles over $60,000, watercraft exceeding a… Continue

Added by News on February 25, 2009 at 3:00am — No Comments

US Senate Confirms Hilda Solis As Labor Secretary

California Rep. Hilda Solis won Senate confirmation to be labor secretary on Tuesday, ending her rocky two-month nomination process.

Solis faced tough questioning from the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee in her confirmation hearing last month. Republicans on the committee pressed Solis on her support for controversial card check legislation and her connection to a union-backing organization. Throughout the process,… Continue

Added by News on February 24, 2009 at 5:13pm — 1 Comment

Racial profiling concerns, record number of federal prosecutions for immigration offenses leave a community feeling under siege

There's but one plausible explanation for the arrest of 24 Hispanic men by federal immigration agents outside a Fells Point convenience store in 2007 - racial profiling. A recently released videotape and government documents detailing the incident provide a vivid look at how easily law enforcement can run amok when officers are only interested in making their numbers look good.

The officers were agents of the U.S. Homeland Security Department's Immigration and Customs Enforcement… Continue

Added by News on February 24, 2009 at 1:15pm — No Comments

'Boot camp' targets Latina entrepreneurs

Each Wednesday inside a room in a Lake Avenue office building, Virginia Campos watches as about 40 Latina entrepreneurs come together.

They are bakers, unemployed women, home cleaners, business executives (like Campos), media consultants, bankers and accountants.

And they are all there for a reason: to understand how to make it on their own.

"That's right ... meda, it's a sisterhood," Campos said on a recent Wednesday, as she took a quick breather from the third… Continue

Added by News on February 24, 2009 at 1:08pm — No Comments

Hispanics not represented in many suburban city councils, school boards

In Pasadena, nearly half of the total population and 80 percent of the school kids are Hispanic.

But Carmen Orozco is the first – and only – member of the Pasadena ISD Board.

On the Pasadena City Council, there are no Hispanics at all.

And that’s not uncommon in Houston’s suburbs.

In some cities around Houston where Hispanics make up 25 to 50 percent of the population, there is no one like them on their councils.

School boards have the same… Continue

Added by News on February 24, 2009 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Black professionals feel left out in Fort Myers

In the five years she has lived in Fort Myers, attorney Kristyn Whitlow has seen myriad black professionals come and go.


Whitlow said black professionals typically leave Fort Myers two or three years after relocating here.

"They look around, and they don't see any other black professionals and they leave," Whitlow said. "It's not uncomfortable for me because I'm used to being the only black, but I know it bothers other black… Continue

Added by News on February 24, 2009 at 12:33pm — No Comments

Growing Hispanic community impacting business

The Hispanic population is growing rapidly, and census figures estimate that by 2025, Hispanics in Illinois will make up nearly 17 percent of the state’s population, a surge of more than 1.2 million people since 1995.

With that growth comes a demand for Hispanic businesses, as second and third generation families choose products and services that complement their culture.

Adrian Soto sees this shift first-hand. His parents were immigrants and he, like many other young… Continue

Added by News on February 24, 2009 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Courage, Mr. Holder

Lecturing a conscript conclave of Justice Department bureaucrats, Attorney General Eric Holder called America a "nation of cowards" last week for not spending more time talking about race.

Reading his speech, however, one recalls the sage counsel of Pat Moynihan to President Richard Nixon in 1970: This whole subject might benefit from a long period of "benign neglect."

One point Holder did allude to, without specifics, was this:… Continue

Added by News on February 24, 2009 at 11:49am — No Comments

ASU cited for top institutions among Latinos

Arizona State University was cited several times among the top 25 institutions in the United States in “The Condition of Latinos in Education: Fact Book 2008” by Excelencia in Education.

ASU was ranked number 24 among the top 25 colleges and universities enrolling Latinos during the 2006-07 academic year. The university also came in at number 24 for the top 25 institutions awarding bachelor’s degrees to Latinos.

In engineering, ASU was ranked 17th for the top 25… Continue

Added by News on February 24, 2009 at 12:15am — No Comments

Dream deferred for many Latinos

Open almost any urban newspaper to the foreclosure notices and you’ll find the list heavy with Hispanic names. Times are tough for Americans of every demographic, but for Latinos they are grimmer still.

Is this the end of the Latino-American Dream? The answer, in Spanish and English, is “no.”

President Obama has unveiled a $75 billion plan that includes helping homeowners who are behind in their monthly payments but could keep up if their mortgage terms were eased a bit.… Continue

Added by News on February 24, 2009 at 12:08am — No Comments

Latinos Tell Census: Count on Us

Creating trust and assuring confidentiality are the biggest challenges facing the U.S. Census Bureau in gathering an accurate count of Latinos for the decennial population count next year.

Those were among the key points raised at a briefing on the 2010 census organized Wednesday by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) in Washington, D.C. Latinos have been under-counted in previous census counts and efforts by LULAC and other national Latino organizations are aimed at… Continue

Added by News on February 17, 2009 at 12:38am — No Comments

Local Latinos Feel Stress of Down Economy

Today's economy is putting a strain in many people's pocket books. Several Latino families are finding themselves cutting back on many expenses including their regular check ups at the doctor's office.

Maria Gonzalez watches her spending very closely. "It's a drastic change," said Gonzalez. READ FULL STORY & VIDEO

Added by News on February 17, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

UC shift opening door for diversity

A controversial new policy at the University of California will open the country's premier public university system to a wider array of applicants, creating campuses that could be less Asian and more white, with a few more blacks and a modest climb in the number of Latinos.

In overhauling its eligibility requirements, the UC has eliminated SAT "subject tests" and agreed to consider lower-ranking students. The plan would broaden the socioeconomic and racial diversity of the applicant… Continue

Added by News on February 16, 2009 at 11:57pm — No Comments

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