May 2011 Blog Posts (23)

Living with Schizophrenia: A Misunderstood and Stigmatized Illness

“Living with Schizophrenia: A Call for Hope and Recovery” is a half-hour documentary film that tells the story of three people who are living meaningful lives with schizophrenia, a chronic and potentially disabling brain disorder.  Visit to view the documentary trailer.  The film sets out to increase understanding and to reduce the fear and stigma often associated…


Added by Crystal T on May 31, 2011 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Cities strive to embrace growing Hispanic Shops

Vicente Diaz easily saw the benefits of joining Valley Junction's Main Street program.

"You get your name out there, people refer customers to you," said Diaz, 42, who opened the West Des Moines bakery Let Them Eat Cake nearly five years ago. "You definitely get more business."

But getting other Hispanic-owned businesses to join Iowa's Main Street program has… Continue

Added by HispanicPro on May 30, 2011 at 6:07pm — No Comments

Wine industry aims to attract more Latinos

Research shows that wine consumption among Latinos has dramatically increased in the last few years, and wine makers are taking notice.

Part of what's pushing the increase in consumption is sheer demographics, with Hispanics accounting for more than half of the U.S. population increase over the last decade. Another factor is a cultural shift among the more…


Added by HispanicPro on May 30, 2011 at 6:02pm — No Comments

Barack Obama will visit Puerto Rico, Fortuno says

For the first time in thirty-five years a sitting U.S. President will step foot in Puerto Rico. President Barack Obama has accepted an invitation to visit Puerto Rico next month, a trip that would make him the first sitting president to come to the U.S. Commonwealth in decades, the island's governor said Tuesday.

The president, who campaigned in Puerto Rico for the…


Added by HispanicPro on May 30, 2011 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Larger Latino numbers play big role in redrawing California's districts

State's Latino population surges – political power, too

California's Latino population grew nearly three times as much as the state as a whole in the past decade, making it home to more than a quarter of the nation's Latinos, according to a new Census Bureau report.

While the Golden State's population grew by 10 percent in the past decade, the…


Added by HispanicPro on May 30, 2011 at 5:27pm — No Comments

Salvadorans now fourth largest Latino group in U.S.

Salvadoran-Americans are now the fourth-largest Latino group in the United States, according to 2010 census figures released Thursday.

Those whose roots extend to El Salvador, one of the smallest and densest countries in the Western Hemisphere, now number more than 1.6 million in the United States, and nearly half reside in California. The latest tally means…


Added by HispanicPro on May 26, 2011 at 7:44pm — No Comments

Hispanic population surpasses Amish in Lancaster County, U.S. Census data show

Lancaster’s rolling hills are steeped in the traditions of the Amish — their plain dress and humility as much a tourist lure as their quilts and pies.

But, as an iconic symbol, this Lancaster image could need a revision. Instead of Zerbe’s potato chips, think chicharrones. Egg casserole? How about chilaquiles. Pulled pork? Did someone say lechón asado?…


Added by HispanicPro on May 24, 2011 at 10:15am — No Comments

Latino Community Grew Almost 40% in Hawaii Over Last Decade

It's a great place to have more members of La Raza--especially if you can couchsurf with 'em for vacation.

According to U.S. Census demographic data released Thursday, Hawaii's Latino population grew 37.8 percent from 2000 to 2010.

When New York City-born Puerto Rican José Villa arrived in Hawaii 25 years ago, there were few fellow Latinos. But when…


Added by HispanicPro on May 24, 2011 at 10:07am — No Comments

Station that provides free radio for Bilingual Latinos is at risk

A community radio station in Chicago that provides a unique opportunity for young bilingual Latinos to get free training in radio runs the risk of disappearing for lack of funds.

Radio Arte de Chicago, which began broadcasting 14 years ago in the Latino neighborhood of Little Village, "is a sinking ship," one of the young volunteers that work on its…


Added by HispanicPro on May 24, 2011 at 10:01am — No Comments

Our American Dream: For Black Hawk Helicopter Pilot Commander Marisol Chalas, the Sky is No Limit

The Black Hawk helicopter is a four-bladed, two engine, versatile Army fighting machine—and for Commander Marisol Chalas, it’s her pride and joy.

“Thanks to my persistence, I have touched the sky,” she recalls a statement she holds dear to her heart.…


Added by HispanicPro on May 24, 2011 at 9:50am — No Comments

From home ownership to foreclosure: Latinos hit hard by mortgage crisis

At the end of May 2007, Jorge Sanchez loaded his cousin's pickup truck and moved his young family from an apartment into a house in Fitchburg. The house was just three years old. Its light brown siding was accented by a bright red front door. A park sat invitingly down the street.

That was six years after Sanchez and his wife, Minerva Abrajan, natives of…


Added by HispanicPro on May 22, 2011 at 10:01am — No Comments

Lifting Latinos, One Grant at a Time

Aida M. Alvarez, a former Clinton administration official, has called the Bay Area home since 2002. Today, as chairwoman of the Latino Community Foundation, she brings her varied experience to the region's leading Hispanic philanthropy.

After graduating from Harvard University, the Puerto Rico native worked as a reporter in New York, then became a banker on…


Added by HispanicPro on May 20, 2011 at 7:38am — No Comments

Peru boasts second best macroeconomic environment in Latin America

According to the Latin Business Index, low inflation and strong economic growth put Peru in second place among other Latin America countries, reports Andina.

The Latin Business Index measures the business environments in 18 countries in Latin America by five major factors and 32 subcategories, including the macroeconomic environment, corporate and political…


Added by HispanicPro on May 16, 2011 at 11:21pm — No Comments

She thrives on connecting Napa's Latino population

“I hope the coffee is not too strong for you,” Rejane Brito said. Too strong? This was Brazilian coffee, which she’d especially brought to the office to energize an early-morning meeting.

Like the coffee, Brito hails from Brazil, and for the past year and a half, she’s been bringing her own style of energy to a nonprofit that has been quietly growing in Napa.…


Added by HispanicPro on May 16, 2011 at 10:28pm — No Comments

Businesses Still Learning How To Tap Into Growing Latino Buying Power

ShareDiscussDownloadThe buying power of Latinos in the U.S. has more than doubled in the last 10 years. That economic clout grew even during the most recent recession. But many businesses are still learning how to tap into the Latino market.

The intersection of cultures was recently on display at a business expo in Kennewick, Washington. Jessica Robinson…


Added by HispanicPro on May 16, 2011 at 8:20pm — No Comments

UI student to honor father at commencement

Antonio Cortez spent his working life picking lemons and onions for minimum wage, joined by his children in the summers to make ends meet.

A farm laborer from Mexico and later California, he had no formal education but made sure his children did.

On Sunday, the youngest of his 10 children will walk across the University of Illinois Assembly Hall…


Added by HispanicPro on May 15, 2011 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Hola future America

Buck's Shoes has been around a long time.

On an elaborate sign stretching across its front door the business proudly boasts "Purveyors of Fine Footwear and Accessories".

The store fittingly sits on Main Street.

That's Main Street, Fremont, Nebraska.

It's one of America's historic streets - part of a National Trust campaign to hold on and…


Added by HispanicPro on May 12, 2011 at 1:02am — No Comments

College Affordability at Risk for Latino, African American & American Indian Youth

The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA today released two studies showing that college affordability in California is at risk and financial aid is urgently needed.

Across the board students are found to be working too many hours to keep up with their studies and a huge proportion (30%) of those surveyed may abandon their studies and hopes of getting a college degree. The lowest income students are now getting a smaller share of the CSU’s State University Grant… Continue

Added by HispanicPro on May 11, 2011 at 11:28pm — No Comments

Numbers rise, culture thrives

Ten years ago, Wal-Marts in the Midlands didn’t have entire aisles devoted to Hispanic foods.

For most, Taco Bell was the closest thing to a tacqueria.

There were no art shows or poetry contests featuring creative Latinos.

But that has changed as Hispanics moved to the Midlands by the thousands to take advantage of job opportunities. Those…


Added by HispanicPro on May 11, 2011 at 11:18pm — No Comments

Hispanic Americans Less Likely to Recognize Signs and Symptoms of Stroke

While stroke, heart disease and other cerebrovascular diseases are the fourth leading cause of death in Hispanics – stroke and heart disease account for one in four deaths among Hispanic men and one in three deaths among Hispanic women - findings suggest that a stroke knowledge deficit is more pronounced among this population. In recognition of Stroke Awareness Month, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is working to increase awareness of the signs and symptoms of stroke and the… Continue

Added by HispanicPro on May 11, 2011 at 10:57pm — No Comments

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