August 2010 Blog Posts (18)

Fed Study: Immigrants Don’t Steal American Jobs

One of the major complaints against immigration — both legal and illegal — is that non-Americans take jobs that could be occupied by citizens during a time of high unemployment. But immigrants actually boost incomes and productivity over time, according to a paper released Monday by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. The study’s author found immigration has no “significant” effect on the number of jobs available to U.S.-born workers.

The main reason, economist Giovanni Peri… Continue

Added by News on August 31, 2010 at 11:36pm — 1 Comment

United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Announces Next Generation of Leadership

Nina Vaca, a nationally recognized business leader and Founder, Chairman and CEO of Dallas-based Pinnacle Technical Resources, has been named Chair of the Board of Directors of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC). The USHCC also appointed Jeanette Prenger, Founder and President of ECCO Select Corporation, as Vice Chair. For the first time in the history of the USHCC, these two critical, leadership positions will be held by two… Continue

Added by News on August 31, 2010 at 11:31pm — No Comments

Women, Hispanics, African Americans Use the Most Cell Phone Minutes, Says Nielsen Study

A recent study by Nielsen looked at a year of phone bills from 60,000 people and discovered that women, Hispanics and African Americans text and talk the most out of everybody. Nielsen reports that African-Americans use the most voice minutes – on average over 1,300 per month. The next in line for the title of 'most chatty' are Hispanics, with 826 minutes a month. Asians and Pacific Islanders use 692 minutes on average, while white people use… Continue

Added by News on August 30, 2010 at 11:08am — No Comments

Education Investments: A Sure Thing in Shaky Times

The cliché is true. "Education is the gateway to opportunity" has been said so many times that it's almost an empty expression. But it's still very true. Earning an education is the greatest investment a person can make, and adhering to that axiom has paid off for millions of Americans, including myself. As individuals, as a community and as a country -- we can all agree that keeping Americans equipped with knowledge and skills is of the highest importance.

But, today, what once was… Continue

Added by News on August 30, 2010 at 10:28am — No Comments

Location, nearby developments drive minority-owned firms

Northwest Austin is an economic hub that encourages minority-owned businesses perhaps more so than any other area of Greater Austin because of its proximity to The University of Texas, development in Round Rock and Cedar Park, a blend of affordable and upscale housing and a diverse and growing workforce.Ryan Robinson, City of Austin demographer, said cities that are not as culturally diverse as Austin are not as sustainable and integrating diversity into Austin’s social fabric has become a… Continue

Added by News on August 27, 2010 at 10:53am — No Comments

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Getting More Hispanics To The Top

With the economic future more uncertain than ever, it is critical that our pool of potential leaders be as large and varied as possible. But it isn't at the moment. Hispanics are greatly underrepresented. They compose nearly 16% of the total U.S. population and will account for more 60% of population growth over the next 40 years. They are younger than the general population, with an average age of 27.4 compared with 36.8 for the population as a whole.

Thus the future of our country's… Continue

Added by News on August 23, 2010 at 3:32pm — No Comments

Latinas and the High Cost of Birth Control

After Jersey Garcia welcomed her first baby earlier this year in a planned pregnancy, she was shocked to learn that, despite having health insurance through her employer, she couldn't afford to resume her birth control. The IUD had been her reliable form of birth control for years, but she was told she must pay $800 in fees beyond what her health

insurance covers. Switching to the birth control pill was also not affordable; the pill will cost her up to $480 per year in insurance…


Added by News on August 23, 2010 at 3:24pm — No Comments

New Orleans rebuilding has drawn Latino population

Five years after Hurricane Katrina, the ongoing rebuilding of the Big Easy has created a community of Latino immigrants in this famously insular city, redrawing racial lines in a town long defined by black and white.The change began within weeks of the storm that decimated homes and upended lives in one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history.

The number of black residents dropped as many left for other Louisiana cities, Texas and beyond.Officially, the percentage of Hispanics… Continue

Added by News on August 23, 2010 at 3:04pm — No Comments

Hispanic immigrants hopeful about life in US

Daily life for Marlen Lopez sounds anything but easy: The undocumented worker cleans offices to pay her bills and hasn't seen her 8-year-old son since she left El Salvador three years ago. Yet Lopez is happy with her job, hopeful about the future and confident her son will one day graduate from college in the United States. For the 33-year-old Lopez, as for many other Hispanic immigrants, optimism about life in the U.S. appears to be partly a… Continue

Added by News on August 19, 2010 at 11:48am — No Comments

Convicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich defends himself in Spanish

As he turned to the cameras, something he likes to do, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich told Spanish-lanuage reporters, "No culpable."That means not guilty. But he was found guilty of one count of lying to the FBI and could face a $250,000 fine and up to five years in jail.Only one juror stood in the way of him being convicted of trying to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat, and I think he should face a retrial.

But I'd like to weigh in… Continue

Added by News on August 19, 2010 at 10:24am — No Comments

Moctesuma Esparza aims to bring more movie screens to Latino audiences

On the walls of his office on the second floor of the Los Angeles Center Studios, veteran filmmaker and Latino activist Moctesuma Esparza displays posters from some of the dozens of movies and TV series he has produced in his career. There are banners from the 1988 film "The Milagro Beanfield War"; "Selena," the story of the slain Tejano singer; and the HBO film "Walkout," about the 1968 Chicano student walkouts in East Los Angeles to protest… Continue

Added by News on August 19, 2010 at 9:52am — No Comments

Foreclosures in state hit Latino homes hardest

A review of the damage wreaked on California communities by the housing bust shows that Latino households suffered nearly 50 percent of the foreclosures and that loan defaults are concentrated in the state's Central Valley.

That area, which includes the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys, features six of the top 10 California metro areas for foreclosure concentrations, according to the Center for Responsible Lending, which released a comprehensive report Tuesday.

No California… Continue

Added by News on August 19, 2010 at 9:11am — No Comments

Harry Reid doesn't speak for all Latinos

On behalf of all Hispanics, let me just say this: Muchas gracias, Harry Reid. I was glad to hear that the Senate majority leader is willing to relieve me and every other Latino in the United States of the crushing burden of having to think for ourselves and make our own political decisions. Reid is kindly offering to do all the heavy lifting for America's largest minority and decide whether we should vote Republican or Democrat. And, to make things easier, as far as the Nevada Democrat is… Continue

Added by News on August 16, 2010 at 9:45am — No Comments

Faith-based program teaches Latinas practical English and citizenship skills

Teacher Cathy Martin, 21, of Reading, stood in front of her class at First Presbyterian Church, 37 S. Fifth St., and made her seven students stand, too. Martin, a Mennonite and a senior studying English-as-a-second-language, or ESL, at Lancaster Bible College, flapped her arms like a bird and said the word, fly. She asked her adult female students, all Latinas from Puerto Rico, Mexico and Honduras, to mimic her motion, repeating "fly, fly, fly." She did the same thing combining the appropriate… Continue

Added by News on August 16, 2010 at 9:38am — No Comments

Young Hispanics less likely to be Catholic

A name like Maria or Jose isn't a solid clue anymore that the person who answers to it will worship in a Catholic church on Sundays.An Associated Press-Univision poll finds that younger Latinos, as well as those who speak more English than Spanish, are much less likely to identify as Catholics than older Hispanics who mostly speak Spanish.

The poll of 1,500 Latino adults also found significant divisions on social issues such as same-sex unions and abortion, along lines of age, language… Continue

Added by News on August 12, 2010 at 11:02am — No Comments

Rubio Blasts Reid For Hispanic Comment

A prominent Hispanic Republican criticized Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) Wednesday for questioning how Latinos could side with the GOP. Marco Rubio, Florida’s Republican Senatorial candidate, said during an interview with Fox News that the agenda the Majority Leader is setting will ultimately drive Latinos away from the Democratic party.

“The number one issue in the Hispanic community in America is economic empowerment,“ Rubio, who is of Cuban descent, said. “I believe a… Continue

Added by News on August 12, 2010 at 10:57am — No Comments

Many US Hispanics turn to Spanish TV, radio

An Associated Press-Univision poll finds many English-speaking Hispanics turn frequently to Spanish-language TV and radio, drawn by a cultural connection and some concerns that English-language media portray them negatively.

The poll says about 4 in 10 Latinos who spoke mostly English spent time each day — typically several hours — checking out Spanish media.About 35 percent of mainly English-speaking Latinos also say English media portray Hispanics mostly in a negative way. That is… Continue

Added by News on August 12, 2010 at 10:49am — No Comments

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