August 2009 Blog Posts (58)

Unemployment in California hits post-World War II high

California's jobless rate reached a fresh post-World War II high in July, climbing to 11.9%, a sobering reminder that though the nation's deep downturn may be nearing its end, the state's employment woes are far from over.

Golden State employers cut their payrolls by 35,800 jobs in July, according to figures released Friday by the state Employment Development Department. That's a significant improvement over monthly losses that averaged 76,000 over the first half of the year.… Continue

Added by News on August 22, 2009 at 5:58pm — No Comments

What Health Care Reform Means for Latinos

Health care reform plans don’t include any kind of public coverage for undocumented immigrants. President Barack Obama has even said that including the undocumented would create "a lot of resistance."

But this hasn’t stopped opponents, including anti-immigrant lobbyist groups like the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), from denouncing supposed "loop holes" in the proposals that they say would benefit the… Continue

Added by News on August 22, 2009 at 5:49pm — No Comments

WH Tailors Health Reform Message for Hispanics

The White House is expanding its push for health care reform to Hispanics with a Spanish-language version of its "Reality Check" health care Web site.

The site provides all of the videos featured on the English version, with the option of adding Spanish subtitles. There is one more video from Luis Miranda, the director of Hispanic media for the White House, who in Spanish introduces the site and lays out President Obama's arguments for… Continue

Added by News on August 18, 2009 at 11:55pm — No Comments

Ted Cruz: A GOP bid in Texas to win the Hispanic vote

If a golden résumé meant automatic election, Ted Cruz could start measuring the drapes in the Texas attorney general’s office.

The son of a Cuban immigrant, Mr. Cruz, 38, has degrees from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. He was a champion college debater, clerked for Chief Justice William Rehnquist, and has argued eight cases before the US Supreme Court. Among his victories in the high court, he defended the constitutionality of… Continue

Added by News on August 18, 2009 at 11:51pm — No Comments

Reasons Minority Test Scores Lag Behind

A recent AP article showed that a gap in achievement scores still exists between whites and blacks. This is true for all minorities, including Hispanics. According to the Education Department report cited in the article, unprecedented efforts to improve minority achievement have failed.

Experts say the problem stems from entrenched familial factors such as skipping breakfast, watching too much television, and reading less. Growing up in a poor family and working in an underprivileged… Continue

Added by News on August 17, 2009 at 11:22pm — No Comments

Freight Management Firm Sued for Not Hiring Non-Hispanics

A nationwide freight management company violated federal law by refusing to hire non-Hispanics, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charged in a lawsuit filed this week.

According to EEOC, from around Oct. 1, 2002, through June 30, 2004, Fort Smith, Ark.-based Propak Logistics Inc. engaged in unlawful employment practices by refusing to hire an entire class of people for non-management positions at its Shelby, N.C., facility because of their non-Hispanic national origin.… Continue

Added by News on August 17, 2009 at 11:11pm — No Comments

Disgruntled Hispanic Parishioners Shut Priest Out of His Church

A group of Hispanic parishioners stopped a Catholic priest from saying Mass at a North Carolina church because “he doesn’t treat Mexicans well,” The Fayetteville Observer said Monday.

The Rev. Walter Ospina, who is from Colombia, was unable Monday to enter St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Red Springs, where most of the Hispanics are Mexicans drawn to the area by jobs in the pork-processing industry.

Around 150 parishioners closed the church doors and posted a sign asking… Continue

Added by News on August 17, 2009 at 10:15pm — No Comments

Hispanics' roles add to social studies debate

Scratch Henry Cisneros, but add Dolores Huerta, Dr. Hector P. Garcia, Sandra Cisneros, Henry B. Gonzalez and Irma Rangel to the list of important Hispanic figures that Texas school children might be discussing in the future.

State education leaders are still in the early stages of writing new curriculum standards for social studies that will shape future history and geography books.

And by the time those new textbooks arrive in fall 2013, a majority of the children… Continue

Added by News on August 17, 2009 at 10:12pm — No Comments

Latinos tackle Alzheimer’s

When Eugenio Ramirez heads out to the Latino Geriatric Center each morning, he says he's going to the capital, San Juan, for the day. In the afternoon he says he's going home to Vega Alta, the small coastal village where he grew up.

Eugenio Ramirez Jr., the son he lives with in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood, can't tell whether his father really thinks that he's still in Puerto Rico, the same way he can't tell whether he really thinks… Continue

Added by News on August 17, 2009 at 10:07pm — No Comments

Lawrence mayoral race draws field of 10

Who should lead the city over the next four years has become a central question in Lawrence as 10 candidates are battling to succeed incumbent two-term mayor Michael J. Sullivan.

Sullivan is prohibited from running again by a city term-limits rule. A Sept. 22 preliminary will cull the field to two for the Nov. 3 city election.

The size of the field, the open seat, and the prospect that Lawrence could become the first Massachusetts community to elect a Latino mayor are all… Continue

Added by News on August 17, 2009 at 9:54pm — No Comments

Nike mentors give Latino youth a career boost

Seven Latino students at Portland Community College’s Rock Creek campus are getting a jolt of business savvy from Nike workers, one meeting and piece of advice at a time.

As part of a mentoring program that partners the Nike Latino and Friends Network with students from the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), each of the students – all first-generation college scholars from migrant-worker backgrounds – work with a Nike employee at… Continue

Added by News on August 16, 2009 at 10:48pm — No Comments

Latin America Deciding What To Do With $17.3 Bln IMF Windfall

Latin America's eight largest economies in coming weeks will receive about $17.3 billion from the International Monetary Fund, as the multilateral agency seeks to boost global reserves.

Governments across the region are at different stages of deciding what to do with the windfall which, although it's been on the radar for many months, has only just been formally approved by the IMF board of directors.

The payments, to be made on Aug. 28 and Sept. 9, will be issued by the… Continue

Added by News on August 15, 2009 at 10:21am — No Comments

Innovation Key to Meeting Needs of Latino Shoppers

The 5th annual Hispanic Retail 360 Summit concluded here on Tuesday with a dynamic panel of retailers discussing best practices and innovation in addressing the needs of Hispanic shoppers.

Led by business strategist Art Turock, the panel included representatives from three major regional grocery chains, an award-winning independent and the largest electronics superstore chain in the nation.… Continue

Added by News on August 15, 2009 at 10:09am — No Comments

Focus sharpens on Saratoga's Latinos

Bety Hernandez walks horses by day at the Saratoga Race Course and watches over them by night. She has worked behind the scenes for nine summers at the track, sending money home to Mexico to support her mother in Guadalajara. Tuesday, Hernandez was the center of attention when she received the "best of show" award for a photograph she entered in the exhibit, "Vision, A Look at Life Behind the Scenes."

When she accepted the award, Hernandez said in Spanish, "It's very important for… Continue

Added by News on August 15, 2009 at 10:01am — No Comments

Sam's Tests a Big-Box Bodega

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is experimenting with a new Latino-themed warehouse store as it hunts for U.S. growth, despite a mixed history at ethnic forays by other retailers.

The Más Club, which opened in Houston on Thursday, aims to satisfy the yearnings of recent immigrants for the familiar foods of home -- in American-style bulk sizes. The Sam's Club spinoff is part of a broader effort by the retailer to target the nation's fast-growing Latino… Continue

Added by News on August 12, 2009 at 8:50am — No Comments

Latinos know racial profiling

If you think it's embarrassing for an African-American to have to identify himself to the police while in his own house, imagine how humiliating it is for U.S.-born Latinos to have to prove their citizenship in their own country.

With racial profiling in the news lately, it's worth noting that America's largest minority has to endure the practice, too — but with a twist. Not only, according to several studies, do Latinos get pulled over by police and have their cars searched at a… Continue

Added by News on August 12, 2009 at 8:38am — No Comments

Latinos Wait For Health Care Reform While Illegal Immigrants Face Care Decisions

The health care needs of an estimated 6.8 million undocumented and uninsured immigrants "has become the third rail in the debate over health-care reform," The Chicago Tribune reports. Some health care advocates have proposed broadening the proposals before Congress to include this population, but "fierce opposition has kept the idea off the table."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has "emphasized that illegal immigrants would not be covered under the current proposals." And the… Continue

Added by News on August 12, 2009 at 8:31am — No Comments

Latinos won't forget GOP no votes on Sotomayor

During his recent HBO special, "Tall, Dark and Chicano," comedian George Lopez tore a hole in the Big Tent. Incensed that 31 Senate Republicans had voted against Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court, Lopez informed the GOP that it would never again get the votes of Latinos. In fact, he said, given changing demographics, Republicans might as well get used to losing in the years to come because "you won't win a ... pie-eating contest."

That's harsh, but fair. Republicans… Continue

Added by News on August 11, 2009 at 11:54pm — No Comments

Obama assassination, killing of Latinos in latest batch of Atwater councilman's e-mailed 'jokes'

Violent and racist e-mail jokes alluding to the assassination of President Barack Obama, the killing of Latinos and violence against black people were forwarded by Atwater City Councilman Gary Frago during the last six months, according to more than 200 new e-mails obtained by the Sun-Star from the city of Atwater.

The councilman, who forwarded the newly obtained e-mails to city staff and a county supervisor, among others, has been under… Continue

Added by News on August 11, 2009 at 11:47pm — No Comments

At Mexico summit, Obama says immigration reform will have to wait

Locked in a healthcare debate that is claiming much of his energy, President Obama acknowledged that a push to overhaul the nation's immigration system will have to wait until 2010 and even then will prove a major political test.

Obama suggested it would be too ambitious to aim for passage of new immigration laws before the end of the year, at a time when he will be confronting "a pretty big stack of bills."… Continue

Added by News on August 11, 2009 at 9:44pm — No Comments

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