December 2008 Blog Posts (42)

Spine defect more likely in Hispanics

In Illinois, Latina/Hispanic women are twice as likely as any other race or ethnicity to have a baby born with a birth defect involving the spine.

That's why they will be the focus of National Folic Acid Awareness Week, which will be observed next Monday through Jan. 11

"We need to educate all women, especially Latinas, that folic acid can help prevent birth defects of the brain and spine, said Adriane Griffen, chair of the national Council on Folic Acid.… Continue

Added by News on December 30, 2008 at 3:03pm — No Comments

Crystal clear: Student now sees her Latina self

Crystal Perez never tried to hide her Mexican heritage.

Perez, a University of Wisconsin-Parkside senior studying communications, speaks Spanish fluently especially at home, where she still celebrates her family’s cultural traditions, such as Las Posadas and Tres Reyes, or the Three Kings during the Christmas season.

But in school, at work, and at just about every social setting outside her home Perez was just “Crystal” to her… Continue

Added by News on December 30, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Hispanics bolster Border Patrol

Growing up along the Texas border, Edward Caballero remembers fearing the green-uniformed agents of the U.S. Border Patrol.

Now, the 32-year old Caballero — a former schoolteacher in the Rio Grande Valley — is one of thousands of new agents who have swelled the force's ranks to more than 18,000, a product of an historic recruitment blitz.

And unlike the Border Patrol of his youth, which was overwhelmingly Anglo, the expanded border agency is now 54 percent minority.… Continue

Added by News on December 30, 2008 at 2:53pm — No Comments

People making news :Nancy Andrade of Mexifeast Foods Inc.

Nancy C. Andrade is President and General Counsel of Mexifeast Foods, Inc. Ms. Andrade is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago with a B.A. in Political Science and law degree from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Andrade began her career in the food industry while practicing law at a large Chicago law firm. Ms. Andrade was one of only four Latino attorneys at that time and happened to be the only attorney of Mexican ancestry. Being the… Continue

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Latino groups weather increasing college obstacles

With budget cuts straining California's public colleges and universities, some are worried about the effects on Latinos, who are particularly difficult to recruit to higher education in the best of times.

The California State University system, where more than one-quarter of students are Latino, plans to cut enrollment by 10,000 next year. Although the university still plans to guarantee entry to the vast majority of qualified California residents, the plan could discourage students… Continue

Added by News on December 28, 2008 at 9:31pm — No Comments

Insiders Say Richardson Is Well Equipped to Guard U.S. Interests at Commerce

With his choice of New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson as commerce secretary, President-elect Barack Obama broke with tradition, putting a longtime public servant in a position that has recently been held by private-sector executives.

Richardson, who was one of Obama's rivals for the Democratic nomination, has spent almost his entire career in prominent government roles -- as a governor, congressman, United Nations ambassador and energy secretary. Obama cited the range of Richardson's… Continue

Added by News on December 28, 2008 at 9:24pm — No Comments

Boy Scouts see Hispanics as key to boosting ranks

As it prepares to turn 100, the Boy Scouts of America is honing its survival skills for what might be its biggest test yet: drawing Hispanics into its declining — and mostly white — ranks.

"We either are going to figure out how to make Scouting the most exciting, dynamic organization for Hispanic kids, or we're going to be out of business," said Rick Cronk, former national president of the Boy Scouts, and chairman of the World Scout Committee.

The venerable Scouts remains… Continue

Added by News on December 28, 2008 at 9:15pm — No Comments

Room at the Top for More Diversity

Diversity within the group of men -- and still only men -- who have been president of the United States will change significantly when Barack Obama is sworn in next month.

But when he looks across the highest level of civil servants managing the government, he'll see a mixed bag when it comes to improving the diversity of the federal Senior Executive Service. A new report by the Government Accountability Office says representation of women… Continue

Added by News on December 28, 2008 at 8:10pm — No Comments

Hoy ViveloHoy Chicago: La Depresion y Navidad en Chicago

La depresión y la Navidad en Chicago

Rebecca Sánchez

22 de diciembre, 2008

Para quienes festejan la Navidad, las luces resplandecientes, la música alegre y la comida festiva suelen inspirar paz, armonía y esperanza. Para muchos latinos es la época más bonita del año. Desafortunadamente, esta Navidad no será así para algunos en nuestra comunidad. El 2008 fue un año complejo y estresante. El país e Illinois atraviesan dificultades como la recesión, el alto desempleo y la… Continue

Added by Rebecca Sanchez on December 23, 2008 at 2:06pm — No Comments

Valley’s Latino consumers appear to buck national economic slowdown

Valley’s Latino consumers appear to buck national economic slowdown

It's a week till Christmas, and Itzel Garcia is looking to buy a gift for her daughter.

Armed with a gift card, she decides for a dress at Union Gap's Macy's store. The 19-year-old Garcia says that though there's a recession, she still feels she has to buy gifts for her friends and relatives.

"I guess you still need to buy, you still need to shop around,"… Continue

Added by News on December 22, 2008 at 11:34pm — No Comments

Why some women's groups are miffed at Obama

What's made up of five women, four African-Americans, three Latinos, two Republicans and two Asians, including a Nobel Prize winner?

The answer: President-elect Barack Obama's Cabinet.

Obama is taking the big-tent approach to governing and wanted a Cabinet that stretches the tent wide.

"I think people will feel that we followed through on our commitment to make sure that this is not only an administration that is… Continue

Added by News on December 22, 2008 at 11:29pm — No Comments

Efforts Seek To Encourage Hispanics To Become Bone/Stem Cell Donors, Increase Number Of Hispanic Children In Clinical Trials

The Asian American Donor Program is launching a new initiative that seeks to register more Hispanic marrow/stem cell donors, New America Media reports. In the last 19 years, the program has been working to expand the availability of potential marrow/stem cell donors in the Asian community, and more recently has targeted Hispanics. AADP holds roughly 300 bone marrow/stem cell drives annually nationwide (Avila, New America Media, 12/14).… Continue

Added by News on December 22, 2008 at 11:24pm — No Comments

Minorities now majority in Dodge City

New Census numbers show whites no longer in majority in Dodge City and Liberal

Hispanic people now account for slightly more than half of Dodge City's population, leaving non-Hispanic whites in the minority, according to new Census figures.

The Hispanic segment of Dodge City's population has risen to 53.6 percent since 2000, while non-Hispanic whites dropped to about 41 percent, the figures show. Blacks now account for 1.5 percent of… Continue

Added by News on December 22, 2008 at 11:21pm — No Comments

Economy stirring illegal immigration tempest?

Rising unemployment leaves both citizens, aliens battling for jobs

News reports around the country tell of illegal aliens struggling to find work in a slumping economy and some workers thinking about returning home; but at least one analyst is warning that "hostility" between unemployed citizens and out-of-work immigrants is more likely to strike first.

Jim Gilchrist is founder of the Minuteman Project, an organization that… Continue

Added by News on December 22, 2008 at 11:06pm — No Comments

Three Hispanics among hopefuls for Salazar post

Henry Solano, former U.S. attorney for Colorado, has let Gov. Bill Ritter know he's interested in being appointed to the U.S. Senate.

Solano is at least the third prominent Hispanic the governor is considering to succeed U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., who will step down early next year, when he becomes Interior secretary.

The other Hispanics are Salazar's brother, U.S. Rep. John Salazar, of the San Luis Valley, and former Denver… Continue

Added by News on December 22, 2008 at 10:55pm — No Comments

Hispanic professionals inspired to organize in Farmers Branch

A little more than two years after this city of 27,750 put itself in the national spotlight by trying to ban illegal immigrants from renting apartments, life for Hispanics has changed in Farmers Branch.

Among working-class Hispanics, there are rumors that the city "doesn’t want us." They are jittery around police, and some know families that have moved out since the city started trying to prohibit illegal immigrants from renting in… Continue

Added by News on December 22, 2008 at 10:37pm — No Comments

Iowa needs Latinos in government

Iowa has never elected any Latinos as state senators or representatives even though the population represents the largest minority group in the state.

With major issues such as illegal immigration before lawmakers, local civil rights advocates say Latino representation is crucial to help better link a key segment of the population with the rest of the state. More importantly, the representation would lead to better laws that would be beneficial for the entire state, they say.… Continue

Added by News on December 16, 2008 at 8:13am — No Comments

U.S. labor market is losing Latinos

Some 234,000 working-age Latinos who immigrated to the United States between 1990 and 1999 no longer are part of the American labor force, a new report says.

Those workers left the work force over the past year as the economy slid into recession, according to an analysis released Monday by the Washington, D.C.-based Pew Hispanic Center. READ FULL ARTICLE

Added by News on December 16, 2008 at 8:09am — No Comments

Rep. Gutierrez takes himself out of Senate race

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez said he’s taken himself out of the running to fill the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

“The Senate selection process has been tainted, and it is clear that we need a new process to fill the seat that will represent Illinois in the U.S. Senate,” Mr. Gutierrez said in a statement. “I will not be a candidate in that process but rather look forward to returning to the House and continuing my fight for comprehensive immigration… Continue

Added by News on December 16, 2008 at 8:06am — No Comments

Census figures show number of Hispanics in Lehigh Valley climbing

Attracted by reasonable rents, a lower cost of living and relative quiet, Anthony Rodriguez moved to Allentown three years ago from Queens, N.Y., to start his own floral business. It didn't hurt that the city has a sizable Hispanic community.

''It's great because we get along with each other,'' said Rodriguez, 32. ''Spanish people help Spanish people.'' READ FULL STORY

Added by News on December 16, 2008 at 7:41am — No Comments

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