Immigration Debate: Aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings

Immigrant participating in 'Time is Now' rally for immigration reform on April 6, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey.

My hands were shaking. I fumbled with my phone, almost dropping it in my attempt to send her a text message: “ARE YOU OKAY?!?!?” Liz, a close friend of mine who I met while interning on Capitol Hill last summer, was running in the Boston Marathon.  I later found out that she crossed the finish […]

“Disgusted” and “Disappointed”: Newtown Shooting Victim’s Sister Carlee Soto to the Senate

Carlee Soto upon learning that her sister was gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School by Adam Lanza

The younger sister of Vicki Soto, one of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting victims, had powerful words for the U.S. Senate last week after a crucial gun control legislation vote requiring background checks failed. Speaking on CNN, Carlee Soto expressed what millions of Americans feel: “I am disgusted and so disappointed in our Senate.” Click here to […]

Meatless Monday: One Day of Raw Food Recipes

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This Meatless Monday, skip the cooking along with the carne and eat your fruits and vegetables raw. ¿Por qué? Many plant foods are rich in nutrients, full of fiber and low in fat and sugars. The raw state actually has more nutritional value than cooked with studies showing that eating raw vegetables helps reduce the risk of several types of cancer. Read more here and here. The uncooked food movement is […]

Fitness: Four Reasons to Love Circuit Training

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Overbooked this week? No need to cancel on your fitness routine! In just 20 minutes you can get a full body strength training and aerobic workout. ¿Cómo? Circuit training.  Circuit training combines 8-10 exercises (think crunches, push-ups, squats) performed for 30-90 seconds in a sequence that repeats 2-3 times with no rest between moves. This workout […]

UPDATE: Published in HuffPo Politics! Immigration Bill: How to Make the Bad, Good

Immigration Bill: How to Make the Bad, Good

The 844 page long “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” unveiled by the Senate so-called Gang of Eight is at best “C” level work. Click here to read the bill in its entirety. Reaching consensus on sweeping legislation means that no one got everything she wanted. Key elements include: A pathway for citizenship for […]

UPDATE: Re-published in HuffPo: Boston Bombings: How to Conquer Fear

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado: "Boston Bombings: How to Conquer Fear"

I had no reason to be anxious on April 15th. My taxes were taken care of by my papis‘ longtime accountant Mr. Patel. The Twitter party I was organizing for Latinas for Latino Literature with Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz was under control (which was postponed). In the afternoon while procrastinating, I looked at Twitter and […]

POSTPONED! Latinas for Latino Literature Proudly Present: Pulitzer Prize Winner Junot Díaz’s First Twitter Party

Latinas for Latino Literature Proudly Presents: Pulitzer Prize Winner Junot Díaz's First Twitter Party

Update: in light of the Boston Marathon explosions, Latinas for Latino Literature and Junot Díaz have postponed tonight’s Twitter Party, until further notice. In the meantime, the victims, survivors, and their loved ones remain in our hearts and prayers. PULITZER PRIZE WINNING AUTHOR, MACARTHUR “GENIUS,” AND ACTIVIST JUNOT DIAZ’S FIRST TWITTER PARTY HOSTED BY LATINAS FOR LATINO LITERATURE In his first […]

Meatless Monday: Spring Garden Pasta Recipe

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One of the first things I learned to cook, pasta is still the foundation of my favorite meals and the inspiration behind today’s Meatless Monday recipe: a Spring Garden Pasta that is so flavorful, you’ll forget that it’s chock full of nutrition. Pasta is packed with complex carbohydrates, your body’s main fuel source and fresh vegetables provide many essential nutrients–a winning combination that will […]