November 2009 Blog Posts (33)

Latino Culture Night goes Peruvian

Flashing smiles and donning sequin skirts, dancers swayed to the beat of folkloric Peruvian music at the third Latino Culture Night.

Camaradas, the Chicana/o Latina/o Graduate and Professional Student Association, sponsored the exploration of Peruvian culture through poems, music, food and traditional dances on Nov. 18 in the CUB.

Rodrigo Gonzalez-Abraham, a co-chair for Camaradas, said it is important to have events like these to educate students about different… Continue

Added by News on November 30, 2009 at 11:10pm — No Comments

Lt. Governor pick Maldonado faces uphill battle

It took almost eight years, but California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger finally recognized the one state senator who has been at his side throughout his tenor, Senator Abel Maldonado. Nominating Maldonado to finish the Lt. Governor’s term vacated when John Garamendi was elected to Congress this November, is a good selection, but one that is making political leaders on both sides very uncomfortable. The key will be for Maldonado to receive… Continue

Added by News on November 30, 2009 at 10:17pm — No Comments

New Poll Shows Strong Support For Obama, Congress Among Latinos

Support for President Obama and the Democratic Congress has dipped a bit this year, according to a new poll commissioned by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation out this week. But it's unlikely the declining support will cause Obama or the Democrats to lose any sleep -- 74% of respondents said they approve of the job Obama is doing (down from 81% in April) and just 23% said they disapprove of the way Obama is doing his job.

For Congress, the… Continue

Added by News on November 30, 2009 at 10:13pm — No Comments

Latina culture is becoming a staple of some Girl Scout troops

Within the brightly colored orange-and-burgundy Montebello Apartments complex, Teresa Puga gathers her troop of Girl Scouts.

Just like other young girls, an overwhelming majority wear Hannah Montana T-shirts, which transforms the complex's community room into a sea of pink and purple.

But instead of planning a bake sale or a trip to the local roller skating rink, Puga, 55, teaches the girls how to punto de cruz, or cross-stitch.… Continue

Added by News on November 27, 2009 at 10:55pm — No Comments

Bust, like the boom, is straining schools

Enrollment in Northern Virginia schools has skyrocketed throughout the past decade, fueled first by boom times and lately by the economic downturn.

In the expanding exurbs of Loudoun County, enrollment has topped 60,000, nearly doubling since 2000. Prince William County schools enrolled 3,000 more students this year, 2,000 more than officials had projected. Fairfax County recorded a record 172,000 schoolchildren this year as voters approved a $232 million bond measure for new… Continue

Added by News on November 27, 2009 at 4:27pm — No Comments

Unacculturated Hispanics more likely to contract HIV/AIDS

Hispanics in Los Angeles County who are not adapted to American culture are more likely to contract the HIV virus, which causes AIDS, according to a study conducted by UCLA researchers.

The 600 Hispanics surveyed were recruited from L.A. County sexually transmitted disease clinics, community-based organizations, and needle exchange programs, said Enrique Rivero, a UCLA spokesman.

The researchers, who are attached to UCLA's Division of General Internal Medicine and Health… Continue

Added by News on November 27, 2009 at 4:21pm — No Comments

Cincinnati Hispanic Chamber impugns accelerator’s ‘minority’ tag

Cincinnati business leaders formed the Minority Business Accelerator in the aftermath of the 2001 riots with the goal of helping to grow sizable, black-owned businesses so they, in turn, could create jobs and new wealth in the black community.

Now local Hispanic business leaders have asked the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber to broaden the scope of the MBA to include other minorities, too. If the chamber refuses, the name should be changed… Continue

Added by News on November 27, 2009 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Dobbs: One Latinos' 'greatest friends'

Dobbs Calls Himself Latinos’ ‘Greatest Friend,’ Denies Tying Leprosy To Undocumented Immigrants

Today in an interview with Maria Celeste on Telemundo’s Al Rojo Vivo, ousted CNN anchor Lou Dobbs denied ever erroneously claiming that undocumented immigrants are bringing leprosy to the United States. Instead he attacked Celeste for bringing up reports that he aired on his show in the past. From interview (translated from… Continue

Added by News on November 24, 2009 at 4:24pm — No Comments

Troubled young Latinas in therapy embrace ancient Mexican wisdom

Nancy Villagran and her mother weren’t getting along, but that wasn’t the worst of it.

“I was running away from home,” said the petite 14-year-old Mexican-American from Gilroy. “My mother and father weren’t getting along, and I had depression.’’

She’s back home now, and the whole family is in therapy, thanks to a special research project that introduces troubled young Latinas to the culture and wisdom of their Mexican ancestors.… Continue

Added by News on November 23, 2009 at 11:12pm — No Comments

As Races Blend, Political Groups Face A Recount

Barack Obama's presidential campaign was one of several successful, modern-day political campaigns to break through racial barriers. Is this an indication that our nation is experiencing a generational shift toward political color blindness?

In Atlanta, long a nucleus of black political power, a December runoff election could result in the election of a white mayor for the first time in 30 years. Are the tenets of racial identity politics, or appealing to voters solely on the basis… Continue

Added by News on November 23, 2009 at 9:49pm — No Comments

Hispanics getting fast Web access to go

U.S. Hispanics are among the most avid users of smartphones and other mobile high-speed Internet devices, according to a report released today by The Hispanic Institute, a nonprofit based in our nation's capital.

According to the institute, about 53 percent of the nation's 48 million Hispanics use mobile broadband technology, compared with 33 percent of whites.

"Broadband access is closely aligned with economic advancement and a wide array of social benefits," Gus West,… Continue

Added by News on November 23, 2009 at 9:45pm — No Comments

Latinos, blacks take harder hit amid recession

Latinos and African-Americans in Massachusetts and across the country are facing high unemployment rates that could spiral to levels not seen in decades as the jobless economic recovery drags on, analysts and urban community advocates say.

At the same time, some big-city mayors and community activists complain that the $787 billion federal stimulus package that the Obama administration promised would preserve or create jobs has not put a… Continue

Added by News on November 23, 2009 at 9:44pm — No Comments

Latinos account for nearly half of county's swine flu deaths

Nearly half of the people who have died of swine flu in San Diego County were Latinos, county health officials said.

But it's not their ethnicity that is putting them at risk of contracting and dying from the swine flu, health officials say.

Other health and social factors may be to blame.

Although Latinos make up only a quarter of the county's 3 million residents, they account for 15 of the 33 deaths that were reported in the county as of Friday, according to… Continue

Added by News on November 23, 2009 at 9:40pm — No Comments

Where the Public Stands on Immigration Reform

Recently the Obama administration announced that it will push for legislation next year to overhaul the nation's immigration system. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that the administration will argue for what she called a "three-legged stool" including stricter enforcement, a "tough and fair pathway to earned legal status" for undocumented immigrants already in the U.S., and a more efficient process for legal immigration.

How is the public likely to react to this… Continue

Added by News on November 23, 2009 at 9:11pm — No Comments

Latin America Can Deal Better With Financial Shocks

One of the biggest lessons of the global financial and economic crisis has been the improvement in Latin America's ability to cope with external shocks, said Gabriel Torres, senior analyst at Moody's Investors Service, on Thursday.

The region as a whole is exiting the crisis without any "serious impact" on its debt numbers, Torres said at a conference held by Moody's in Buenos Aires.

Countries such as Brazil and Chile have seen their sovereign ratings upgraded during the… Continue

Added by News on November 21, 2009 at 6:38pm — No Comments

Detroit Students Gain Competitive Edge Through Youth Entrepreneurship Training



Detroit-area high school junior and seniors will hone their entrepreneurship skills and learn to turn hobbies into profitable ventures at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USCHCC) Foundation Regional BizFest competition. The Detroit BizFest is part of a series of entrepreneurial training camps in partnership with Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor… Continue

Added by HispanicPro on November 19, 2009 at 10:25am — No Comments

Prizes Awarded to Outstanding Hispanics in New York

Hispanics who have distinguished themselves in different fields such as music, politics, technology, banking, business and education were honored at the 8th Annual Latino Trendsetter Awards Gala, presented by Defining Trends Magazine at U.N. headquarters in New York.

Legendary musician and composer Willie Colon, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and author and activist Laura Posada, wife of the New York Yankees’ Jorge Posada, were… Continue

Added by News on November 18, 2009 at 1:18am — No Comments

Ore. universities recruiting Latino students

Oregon's public universities are trying to attract more Latino students.

In 2007, Latinos made up nearly 12 percent of the 12th-grade class, but less than 6 percent of freshmen in the university system.

The Oregonian newspaper reports that Western Oregon University in Monmouth is a leader in the recruitment effort. Since 2004, Latino enrollment has risen by 73 percent to 451 students, the biggest percentage increase in the university system.

John Minahan,… Continue

Added by News on November 17, 2009 at 10:55pm — No Comments

Latino Purchasing Power Grows

The purchasing power of Hispanics is growing at a rate nearly three times as fast as that of the general population in Arizona and nationwide, said an Arizona State University business expert who has studied the market for 14 years.

Even though Hispanic spending is slowing because of the downturn in the economy, overall, it continues to grow because the number of Hispanics is rising and they are rapidly approaching a majority status in many parts of the country, said Loui Olivas,… Continue

Added by News on November 17, 2009 at 10:33pm — No Comments

The Other Fight in Health Reform: Immigrants' Access to Medical Coverage

Outrageous, incredible, unbelievable.

We’ve heard these words quite a lot from reproductive rights groups and pro-choice advocates, still in shock over the U.S. House of Representatives’ decision to pass an amendment banning most abortions from all public and privately funded health plans in the insurance exchange. The idea that women would have to plan for an unplanned pregnancy is ludicrous and simply a red herring as anti-choice advocates attempt to make Roe null and… Continue

Added by News on November 17, 2009 at 10:08pm — No Comments

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