Immigration Bill: My Story, Their Story, Our Story

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The U.S. Senate returned to work left unfinished in 2007, passing an immigration bill that heads to the House where opposition is formidable. Looking past his colleagues to potential 2016 voters, Senator Marco Rubio pulled on heartstrings when he stated that “their” story–that of the immigrants in this country illegally–is his–and our–story. Yes and no. His parents immigrated […]

What Paula Deen and Eva Longoria’s Devious Maids Taught Me About DOMA, the Voting Rights Act, and Affirmative Action or What I Said on NPR

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Yeesh. Who would think that Paula Deen who butters even her Melba Toast and Hollywood star Eva Longoria, the Executive Producer of Lifetime‘s Devious Maids could teach me a thing or two about this week’s historic Supreme Court decisions? SCOTUS deemed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, allowing for same-sex couples to marry and enjoy the […]

Immigration Bill and Paul Abdul circa 1989: 2 Steps Forward, 2 Steps Back. On MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts Show

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MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts has now asked me several times about the likelihood of the immigration overhaul bill passing. Indeed, the Senate has green lighted putting border security on steroids to please conservatives in exchange for their support it. I *SIGH*… Why? Because every time a breakthrough appears to move what could be the most significant piece […]

Meatless Monday: My Suegra’s Homemade Summer Salsa

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A fresh, spicy salsa is a flavorful, healthy addition to your plate. This Meatless Monday, I’m sharing my mother-in-law’s homemade salsa secrets. After regularly savoring in San Diego my Mexican suegra‘s fresh salsa, most options on the average D.C. grocery store aisle taste blah. Solution: I now make my own salsa, following simple steps inspired by my mother-in-law. My Suegra’s Simple […]

Fitness: Obesity a Recognized Disease, Prevention is Key! Stay Active All Summer With a Pool Workout

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Summer is officially here–grab your sunscreen and shades, head to the pool. The American Medical Association announced this week that obesity is now recognized as a “chronic disease” and not simply a “major public health problem.” Prevent obesity by staying active all year round and in the warm weather, jump in for a refreshing pool workout.  Summer heat is […]

Latina Pay: If I Get Paid 55 Cents on the Dollar, Can I Pay $55 of my $100 Grocery Bill? On MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts Show

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You’ve Come a Loooonnng way, Baby is many kinds of wrong. Selling ciggies by preying on women‘s wealth and career building aspirations is not cool. Nor is the fact that today, women still make less than men. As we write in Career/Money: 8 Alpha Female Salary Negotiation Tips, women make 77 cents on the dollar although it’s […]

UPDATE: Re-published in HuffPo Politics! Who The Supreme Court Protects with the Voting Rights Decisions

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Before November’s election, I travelled the country, in part with the non-partisan voter mobilization non-profit Project Vote, meeting Latino voters, including Hispanic evangelicals in a West Cleveland neighborhood that doesn’t normally see outsiders unless a crime has been committed. I walked blocks where Puerto Ricans have settled in Orlando. I also went to Phoenix, Arizona where for the […]

Meatless Monday: Day After Father’s Day (Veggie) Burgers

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Keep celebrating Father’s Day on Meatless Monday, by treating your papi to a burger. ¿Qué? ¿A burger without meat? ¡Sí! Going vegetarian doesn’t mean giving up your favorite foods, you just need to adapt them. I still love a good burger and fries, but I choose a veggie burger option. Wondering what exactly is in a veggie burger? Most […]