May 2009 Blog Posts (53)

TOP 10 Reasons Sonia Sotomayor Will Be Best Supreme Court Judge

By Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Published on LatinoLA: May 27, 2009

10. She's Latina, so she's used to being lied to by experts.

9. Like other Justices, she already has the shoes and purse to match the gown.

8. She hates baseball owners as much as the fans do.

7. Grew up the Housing Projects, so the other Justices will be afraid of her and give her the best parking space.

6. As a Catholic, she's used to listening to boring… Continue

Added by Al Carlos Hernandez on May 28, 2009 at 6:16pm — No Comments

The 2009 NCLR Annual Conference to Offer Innovative Workshops and New Philanthropy Track

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, “A New Era of Responsibility: Community, Unity, Purpose,” in Chicago, Illinois on July 25–28 at McCormick Place West.

This year, the NCLR Annual Conference will offer nearly 60 thought-provoking workshops along 12 tracks that range from Community… Continue

Added by News on May 27, 2009 at 11:48pm — 1 Comment

UC Santa Cruz students launch hunger strike over budget cuts

More than 100 students and staff from UC Santa Cruz gathered at the foot of campus Tuesday to launch a hunger strike aimed at urging administrators to reverse course on budget cuts that opponents say disproportionately affect students of color.

About two dozen people, some attending the noon rally organized by the nascent Students of Color Collective, pledged not to take nourishment until a long list of demands is met. The demands include… Continue

Added by News on May 27, 2009 at 9:35pm — No Comments

Report notes rise of ‘second generation’ of Hispanic children

More than half of the nation’s 16 million Hispanic children are the U.S.-born sons or daughters of at least one foreign-born parent, the Pew Hispanic Center says in advance of a report due out Thursday on the rise of this second generation of Latino children.

Their foreign-born parents typically came to the United States in the immigration wave from Mexico, Central America and South America that began around 1980.

The newest… Continue

Added by News on May 27, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Grappling with San Diego's Latino high school dropouts

Over the past month educators at the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) have been trumpeting new state statistics that indicate a dramatic cut in the number of high school dropouts. Though this is good news, we shouldn't ignore the growing "Latino achievement gap" in the region.

Changing the status quo on student retention is critical, as teenagers that fall through the cracks will dramatically diminish our region's economic growth and… Continue

Added by News on May 27, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Hispanics dominate a traditional workforce

Seafood processing is full of tough jobs, many of which are cold, slimy, repetitious - and even dangerous, for those wielding fillet knives.

Some tasks, such as extracting the cooked meat from Dungeness crab legs, are just plain tedious. But they need to be done fast to preserve the product and get it to the market quickly.

Highly-specialized local workers get the hardest jobs done swiftly - and somehow make it look… Continue

Added by News on May 27, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Hispanics Placing Their Oral Health at Risk by Cutting Back on Routine Dental Care

Results from a 2008 Gallup-Healthways poll(1) show that 42 percent of Hispanics have not visited the dentist in the past 12 months, even though the American Dental Association recommends having regular dental check-ups and cleanings. In contrast, 29 percent of all Americans responded that they did not see a dentist in the prior year.

As reported by USA Today, according to Gallup, over half of those making less than $2,000 a month reported… Continue

Added by News on May 27, 2009 at 8:50pm — No Comments

Hispanic theologian chosen for Vatican ambassador

A Hispanic Roman Catholic theologian who was an adviser to Barack Obama's presidential campaign will be nominated to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, the White House announced Wednesday.

Miguel H. Diaz, 45, an associate professor of theology at St. John's University and the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota, would be the first Hispanic to serve as ambassador to the Vatican since the United States and the Holy See established full diplomatic ties in 1984. Diaz… Continue

Added by News on May 27, 2009 at 8:41pm — No Comments

For Hispanics, Court Pick Sets Off Pride, and Some Concerns

The lunch crowd at El Palacio de Los Jugos on Tuesday could not agree on the appropriate level of excitement. Cubans, Colombians, Dominicans — they all said they were pleased to hear Judge Sonia Sotomayor accept her selection for the United States Supreme Court with a speech that included the rolling “r’s” of her Puerto Rican roots.

But do not assume that Judge Sotomayor’s identity will define her, said Luis Home, 35, a Colombian-American… Continue

Added by News on May 27, 2009 at 7:54am — No Comments

Sotomayor nominated to high court — first Hispanic


President Barack Obama named federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor as the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice on Tuesday, praising her as "an inspiring woman" with both the intellect and compassion to interpret the Constitution wisely.

Obama said… Continue

Added by News on May 26, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Cultural Challenges and Personal Sacrifices: Is the Journey Worth it for Hispanic Women in Hi-Tech?

Talking to my friend Nevada Flores* about her decision to leave her comfortable engineering job reminded me of one of our scary trips into the Cuyamaca Mountains outside San Diego. An avid hiker, she once suggested that we follow a dubious side trail down a steep canyon. In play as in work, Nevada is always ready to rationally assess the possibility of advancement versus failure. On the trail as on the job, her primary concern is to rapidly identify… Continue

Added by News on May 25, 2009 at 11:06am — No Comments

WNUA signs off jazz for Hispanic format

On Friday, after jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis finished his 9 a.m. show, the station introduced a Spanish format that Clear Channel management characterized as Spanish hot adult contemporary.

For promotional purposes, the station now will be referred to as "Mega 95.5," but no new call letters have been announced. The new playlist will range from Juanes and Mana to Enrique Iglesias and Paulina Rubio.

After axing scores of staff… Continue

Added by News on May 25, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Mexico’s Salinas May Seek Hispanic Banking Customers in U.S.

Banco Azteca, controlled by Mexican billionaire Ricardo Salinas, says the financial crisis offers the bank a chance to enter the U.S. market and lure Hispanic customers.

The bank is considering bringing its core products -- money transfers, loans of less than $300 and life insurance for $4 a week -- to California, Salinas said in an interview yesterday in San Diego. Hispanics make up a third of the state’s population of about 37 million, according to the U.S. Census… Continue

Added by News on May 25, 2009 at 10:59am — No Comments

Exhibition tells story of Latinos in major league baseball

When Juan Marichal came to this country to play baseball more than half a century ago, he remembers being a lonely, frightened teenager.

"It was a very difficult time," he said Friday. "When you come [to] a country where you didn't know the language, you didn't know the culture . . . it's tough, especially at that age."

At the time, only one Dominican player had reached the major leagues -- and he was discovered on a playground… Continue

Added by News on May 25, 2009 at 10:55am — No Comments

Obama needs to give economic help to blacks and Latinos

President Obama needs to do more to stimulate the economy.

Too many Americans are hurting.

Last month, the national unemployment rate hit a high of 8.9 percent, with close to 13.7 million people unemployed.

For blacks and Latinos, the situation is even more dire. Black unemployment reached 15 percent, while the rate for Hispanics was 11.3 percent.

Given the high levels of poverty that already afflict black and Latino communities, these unemployment… Continue

Added by News on May 21, 2009 at 8:51am — No Comments

Celebrating Hispanic entrepreneurs: Speakers push economic development

Hispanic entrepreneurs play a vital role in the El Paso economy and account for about 80 percent of small businesses in the Sun City, said organizers and participants at the first Celebrating Hispanic Entrepreneurship Conference at UTEP Tuesday.

Eastsider Penelope Serdan-Williams, who is working on a master's degree at the University of Texas at El Paso in intelligence and national security, was one of about 150 people who attended the… Continue

Added by News on May 21, 2009 at 8:48am — No Comments

OSU professor shares story of Latino comics

Rocketo is a futuristic superhero who discovers lost cultures and civilizations. Paco Ramone is a street savvy break-dancer who uses sound and music to defeat his enemies. Ohio State professor Frederick Aldama hopes that these characters can teach people about a range of subjects: from the historic representation of Latino characters to how the brain interprets stories and ideas.

Aldama's new book, "Your Brain On Latino Comics: From Gus Arriola to Los Bros Hernandez," includes 21… Continue

Added by News on May 21, 2009 at 8:40am — No Comments

GOP's immigration position driving Latinos from party

It wasn't too long ago that Latinos played down the immigration issue. A quick search for poll results from 12 or so months ago will show that Latinos concurred that immigration was fourth or fifth on a scale of importance. Education, jobs and healthcare were consistently the top three concerns.

Now, 12 months later, the media bells have been tolling for the Republican Party that, if you are to believe the reports, is in the desperate throws of its demise. And Latinos are said to be… Continue

Added by News on May 21, 2009 at 8:37am — No Comments

Hispanic groups quietly press for Supreme Court pick

When it comes to its membership, the history of the Supreme Court's 220 years falls short of many historic firsts: All but two of the 110 justices over the centuries have been men; all but two have been white.

Now, many in the Hispanic community say it is long past due one of their own should sit on the most prestigious bench. They may soon get the chance.

President Barack Obama is just days, perhaps, from naming his choice to… Continue

Added by News on May 18, 2009 at 7:03pm — No Comments

Hispanic population boom fuels rising U.S. diversity

The nation is becoming even more diverse: More than one third of its population belongs to a minority group, and Hispanics are the fastest-growing segment.

The U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday that the minority population reached an estimated 104.6 million -- or 34 percent of the nation's total population -- on July 1, 2008, compared to 31 percent when the Census was taken in 2000. Nearly one in six residents, or 46.9 million people,… Continue

Added by News on May 18, 2009 at 6:59pm — No Comments

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