He urged new spending and accountability, linking his priorities to the success of the economy.
President Obama on Tuesday sharply criticized the U.S. public school system and outlined a strategy to reward good teachers and fire bad ones, establish uniform academic achievement standards and increase spending on the first and final stages of a person's education.
In a speech to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Obama called on teachers unions, state education… Continue
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Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee (HPGM) will host a leadership conference to provide Hispanic professionals with valuable tools to enhance leadership skills and expand their professional networks.
“These resources can help set Latinos apart in this competitive, shrinking job market,” said Yvonne Brodsky, Executive Director of HPGM.
The half-day event will promote leadership development among Hispanic professionals. It will be held on Friday, March 20 at the… Continue
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Community alliances fighting to keep the affordable healthcare provider open
Elia Arenas, an unemployed resident of Pilsen, was searching for a clinic that provided affordable healthcare services in her neighborhood. She was referred to the UIC (University of Illinois at Chicago) Women’s Community Clinic, 1858 W. 18th St., which provides annual gynecological exams, prenatal services and other family medical services. She has been visiting the clinic for over a year.… Continue
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February's higher-than-anticipated U.S. jobless rate of 8.1 percent shook America on Friday morning. It was a stat not seen since December 1983 -- except in black America, which has had rates above 8.1 percent for all but six months since 2001.
The unemployment rate for blacks in the United States hit 13.4 percent in February, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Friday. READ FULL STORY
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Our immigration laws are out of whack. And they are clogging our federal prisons with nonviolent folks who are guilty of nothing more than living, working and raising families here without proper documentation.
A Pew Hispanic Center study released in mid-February documents how Latinos now make up 40 percent of the estimated 200,000 prisoners in federal penitentiaries, triple their share of the total U.S. adult population and disproportionate to their representation in state and local… Continue
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Before Karen Hoyos moved to New York City from Colombia, she was a housewife and expectant mother. She didn't work outside the home and had never once thought of becoming a motivational speaker.
But Hoyos did move to the United States, driven to seek shelter with family in Queens as she fled from her husband, who beat her.
She could never have imagined that only five years later, having raised twin boys on her own, she would be working as a successful motivational speaker… Continue
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Martín Moreno, a nationally known muralist and co-owner of a Phoenix gallery, is part of a group that plans to launch a Latino cultural center. “It's kind of embarrassing (that Phoenix doesn't have such a cultural center in place),” he says.
When Elizabeth Gauna closed the Museo Chicano in January, it wasn't just the end of a small Phoenix museum.
It left a city of 1.5 million people, 40 percent of them of Hispanic descent,… Continue
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When black and Hispanic Medicare recipients suffer severe heart failure, they are less likely than their white counterparts to be treated with the most cutting-edge treatment available, a new analysis suggests.
"We found that there were real but modest differences between racial and ethnic groups in the use of the most advanced devices for the treatment of severe heart failure, even after considering all the medical and diagnostic factors when providing those treatments," explained… Continue
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For so many girls – Latina or not – the issues are the same: money, health, sex, career, education, boyfriends.
Each year, South County educators bring together girls and mentors to talk about these and other tough subjects as part of a daylong celebration of Latinas. There's pan dulce and advice on finances, mariachi music and warnings about date rape.
The 16th annual Adelante Mujer South Bay Conference is scheduled for Saturday at Eastlake Middle School in Chula Vista.… Continue
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President Obama will open the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 19th Annual Legislative Conference next Tuesday with a keynote address. The president is halfway into the first 100 days of his administration, and his approach to improving the American economy is expected to be a large part of his address to the gathering of Hispanic entrepreneurs, small business owners, elected officials, and other leaders from communities across the… Continue
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The Obama administration on Wednesday announced a loan modification program that it says could keep as many as many as 9 million borrowers in their homes.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the Making Home Affordable Plan, part of President Barack Obama’s efforts to pump life back into the economy.
The plan would create a $75 billion loan modification program that would allow “responsible homeowners” to refinance to interest rates as low as 2… Continue
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Nation’s largest minority commands attention of businesses, institutions
With more than 46 million people, Nuevo Hispania is the 27th-largest nation on Earth and the fourth largest in the Western Hemisphere. Its residents wield $1 trillion of buying power in the marketplace. Even as the rest of the economy contracts in the global recession, Nuevo Hispania remains a thriving, even booming, market that’s expected to grow by 48 percent in the… Continue
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Four Hispanic scholars will receive cash awards from Educational Testing Service (ETS) at the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) annual conference in San Antonio, Texas on March 7. The awards recognize dissertations chosen from more than 50 entries, as part of the second annual competition sponsored by ETS.
Lourdes Gutiérrez Nájera of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, will receive the first place award, the "Kurt M. Landgraf Outstanding Dissertation… Continue
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BNSF Railway was recently recognized by Latina Style magazine as one of the 50 best companies for Latinas to work for in the United States.
"Diversity has evolved into an integral part of BNSF's culture and business climate," McFalls said. "We appreciate the recognition that Latina Style magazine has given BNSF over the years and trust our ongoing commitment to diversity will keep us in their spotlight."
Latina Style surveyed more than 800 prominent U.S. corporations to… Continue
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Due to the sensationalism and media attention to "gangs" that has added to the community's fear and stereotypes toward Latino males, it appears that Latinos are being painted with the same criminal brush.
Based on prior comments made by Sheriff Mike Kanalakis and Salinas Police Chief Daniel Ortega to the media, there are approximately 3,000 gang members in Monterey County. If the 3,000 figure is correct, and based on census data, this would equate to about 3 percent of the Latino… Continue
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For Patricia Gandara, Co-director of the Civil Rights Project at the University California at Los Angeles, the educational outlook for Hispanics is grim: Although Latinos are the largest and fastest-growing minority group in the nation, they drop out of high school at alarming rates and have made virtually no progress in the level of college completion in the last 30 years.
During a lecture at Teachers College on February 26, Gandara said… Continue
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Immigration is not the top priority for Latinos currently residing in the U.S., according to a recent study conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center, “Hispanics and the New Administration.” Senior researcher Mark Hugo López unveiled the top seven Latino priorities relating to the “New Administration,” and immigration was at the lower end of the rung.
“The economy ranked number one as the top issue for Latinos at 57 percent, and that is perhaps… Continue
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Fortunately, Nancy Rivera now sees the light. She now knows the dangers of diabetes.
“I was a walking time bomb … waiting to explode,” says Rivera, a 48-year-old mother of four who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
She had all the symptoms: she was overweight, constantly tired and always thirsty. Her blood sugar level was over 500, more than quadruple a normal blood glucose reading, which should typically fall between 80 and… Continue
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What does the worst recession in a generation look like?
It is both deep and broad. Every state in the country, with the exception of a band stretching from the Dakotas down to Texas, is now shedding jobs at a rapid pace. And even that band has recently begun to suffer, because of the sharp fall in both oil and crop prices.
Unlike the last two recessions — earlier this decade and in the early 1990s — this one is causing much more job loss among the less educated than among… Continue
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Former San Antonio mayor and HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros recently surprised the Washington audience at the launch for a new book he edited, Latinos and the Nation’s Future, by declaring that the country’s first Hispanic president “has already been born.”
Of course, surprise is unjustified. The inauguration of the first black President was a tangible reminder for the entire country, and the rest of the world, of what demographers have long known: The face of America is changing. And… Continue
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