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Villaraigosa addresses perceived tensions between blacks and Latinos

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Monday said Latinos and African Americans must "face up to" existing racial strains over jobs, language differences and violent crime by addressing the underlying causes of those tensions, primarily poverty and the lack of opportunity. READ FULL STORY

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Voters United by Heritage but Not Always by Opinion

It’s not often that a documentary makes the case for its own spuriousness, but in a sense that’s what “Latinos ’08” eventually does. That may sound like a criticism, but it’s intended as a compliment: this zippy little film about the Hispanic vote in the current American presidential election isn’t afraid to turn conventional wisdom on its head, including the conventional wisdom that there is even such a thing as a Hispanic vote.… Continue

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Latinos Ready to Make the Difference in Battleground States

A new survey confirms that the outcome in some of those battleground states may be decided by Latino voters turning out in record numbers. READ FULL STORY

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Vote For Who You Are Not

When democratic operative Paul Begala made a donation to the Obama campaign this year, he wrote in the memo field of the check "for negative campaigning only." As much as candidates and voters complain about negative ads, the ads persist because, as Begala knows, they work.READ FULL STORY

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Orchestra Works To Change Complexion Of American Orchestras

Although minorities have made tremendous strides in many other fields, African-Americans and Latinos make up only 1.7 to 1.8 percent of professional American orchestras. Rather than wringing its hands over the situation, the Sphinx Organization is addressing the problem directly. READ FULL STORY

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Former Republican chair has distorted view of Hispanics

With regard to the recent controversy over Fernando C de Baca's racist comments on Hispanics not supporting an African-American person for president, it is obvious that C de Baca considers himself a white Hispanic and appears to be making the assumption that all Hispanics in New Mexico are white as well. READ FULL STORY

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Lewisville Votes Down English As Official Language

The city council voted down the English-only proposal Monday night. More than 120 people packed City Hall for the vote.

The crowd was divided on two controversial proposals on the table.

One sought to make English the official language of Lewisville. The other was aimed at banning bilingual city documents, except those required by state and federal low. The council looked at eliminating translations for 20 documents that were considered non-essential to life and health.… Continue

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If we can help someone, we should

A former PTA president and mother of four, Josephine Mercado had a full-time career as an attorney in New York City, working first for the city government and then for a private firm that took on civil lawsuits. But she gave up the courtroom and what could have been a lucrative career to become a community organizer -- focusing from the beginning on health issues that affected Hispanics.… Continue

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Hispanics fuel growth in Greenville schools

Three elementary schools -- Alexander, Berea and Monaview -- now have more Hispanics than whites or blacks. One student comes from a family of Cuban "boat refugees" who survive on $625 a month. Another is from a remote area of Guatemala and speaks only the Mayan Indian language.

Alexander Elementary School is a cultural melting pot, not only of black, white and Hispanic students, but also of a blend of subcultures from across Latin America.… Continue

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Obama, McCain set sights on Hispanic voters

On a muggy afternoon, more than 3,000 immigrants, most of them Hispanic, wave flags, cheer and weep as they swear to protect and defend the United States of America as its newest citizens.

Moments later, dozens of volunteers from the Democratic and Republican parties swoop down on the new citizens as they file out of their citizenship ceremony in a Miami auditorium, competing to sign them up to vote. It's a scene that is being played out… Continue

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Meeting The Needs Of Hispanic Girls With Hip Chicas

As Lazaro Fuentes, CEO and creative director of the Hip Chicas brand, tells Gamasutra, 50 percent of kids born in America since 2004 are Hispanic. And while there's plenty of culturally-focused content for young kids -- Dora The Explorer, Handy Manny, and Maya and Miguel, among others, there's a "gaping hole" for Latino content aimed at 'tweens. READ FULL STORY

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Shakira anuncia respaldo a Obama

La cantante colombiana Shakira anunció su respaldo a la candidatura presidencial del demócrata Barack Obama, a quien consideró la persona capaz de "restaurar la paz y la confianza" mundial en Estados Unidos, de acuerdo con un comunicado divulgado por su agente de prensa. READ FULL…

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Are Latinos leaving? Evidence shows numbers shrinking

Ask anyone on Atlanta Highway if Latinos are leaving Hall County, and there will not be one moment of hesitation in between the question and its affirmation.

Staples of the local Latino community - day laborers, managers of grocery stores and rental properties, owners of travel companies and retail shops - all say it is obvious that there are fewer Latinos in Hall County today than there were six months ago. READ FULL… Continue

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Obama edges ahead in key state of Colorado

cartoon taped to the door of Barack Obama's campaign headquarters in Fort Collins, Colorado's fifth largest city, depicts a young man with a clothespin over his nose. The caption says, "I registered because the economy stinks." READ FULL STORY

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'Extreme' design for El Paso teen's 15th

Like many teen girls, El Pasoan Sydny Gonzalez was dreaming of her ideal quinceañera a year ago.

What she didn't know at the time was that a television show celebrity would help her plan that dream event, set for Friday at the Camino Real Hotel.

Eduardo Xol, known for being the design expert on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," selected Gonzalez as Miss 15A of 2008. 15A, Xol's gift and planning quinceañera site online (, helped design her… Continue

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Domestic Violence Shelters in Hispanic Areas of the U.S. Receive Cash Infusion During Economic Downturn

As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, dozens of domestic violence shelters in heavily Hispanic areas across the U.S. are receiving an influx of badly-needed cash during the current economic downturn. The cash infusion is coming from the foundation started by the late Mary Kay Ash. Shelters helping battered women in all 50 states are receiving a total of $3 million from the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation's (MKACF) annual grants.… Continue

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Latino Health: What the Numbers are Telling Us

With September coming to an end, it marks the end of Latino Health Awareness Month. Several events took place all across California to raise awareness and knowledge about the health issues affecting the Latino community. Many of these activities were sponsored by the Network for a Healthy California ( and included park festivals and healthy cooking demonstrations. Latino Health Awareness Month marks a time to reflect not only on your personal health… Continue

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Conflict ensues after student senate gives funds for conference

Conflict ensued Thursday at the Student Senate meeting, over the funding for Gamma Alpha Omega's Latina Awareness Conference.

Gamma Alpha Omega presented a request for $3,544 in order to fund the remaining amount of the conference's costs.

The conference, which is scheduled for Oct. 25, has an expected attendance of 200 students.

Due to the low expectancy rate, many senators expressed concerns regarding the attendance-to-amount-funded ratio, said Houston junior… Continue

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Candid Barack Obama urges Hispanic voters to flex their muscles

Barack Obama's appeal was unusually direct. "I want you to start voting your numbers," the Democratic presidential candidate urged the crowd of 10,000 gathered in the New Mexican town of Española. "Start flexing your muscles."

Obama's entreaties reflect a cause for optimism and concern in the Democratic camp in New Mexico, Colorado and Nevada. All are targets for Obama, and all are states in which a large Hispanic population could make the difference. But turnout is the key. If the… Continue

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Nevada's Hispanics weigh in on Decision '08

With the election 34 days away, presidential hopefuls are certainly looking to the Silver State for support.

Political experts say Nevada could be decided by a razor-thin margin, so whichever wins the Hispanic vote, could win the state.

More Hispanics are also defining their stance on the candidate's decisions on faith and finances.

Tibbi Ellis, with Latinas for (John) McCain, said she's winning over women by telling them; when it comes to teenagers and abortion,… Continue

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