SLIDESHOW: The Faces of the Great Immigration Debate

Governor Paul W. Bridges in a Nicaraguan tourist tee shirt. (Courtesy Paul W. Bridges).

The elected officials currently debating immigration reform are more than talking heads; they are human beings, just like the people they represent. As we see them giving speeches on television, it’s often times easy to forget that we have a lot in common with the men and women we voted into office. This week we […]

California: Model for National Immigration Reform?

Viviana Hurtado Guest Hosts This Week in Northern California

California is one of those precious political bell weather states. You’ve heard of the election night adage: as goes Ohio goes the nation? Substitute California and you get a dynamic with a potential to alter politics, the economy, and our culture for the remaining days of the year. This is the case for immigration. The […]

¡Fitness! Strong is the New Skinny

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What’s hot today are strong women, emotionally and physically, not stick-thin supermodel. Qué cool Natalie. I’ve never been the stick-thin supermodel type. But how can regular ol’ me achieve Arnold Schwarzenegger status? Set a goal to work out. But focus on building strength by lifting weights. You will almost immediately see and feel the benefits of strength training: a […]

Nutrition: ¡Go Green for your Health!

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Um… what exactly are you drinking? I get this question every time someone sees me sipping a green smoothie from a jar. What gives this slushy drink it’s bien verde color? A few handfuls of dark green leafy vegetables which are, calorie for calorie, probably the most concentrated source of nutrition and of protein (surprising, I know, since most […]

SLIDESHOW: The Faces of the Great Immigration Debate

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When today’s Great Immigration Debate reaches a negative extreme, immigrants are seen as being different than Americans. Indeed, someone may have been born somewhere else. Yet her family ties, values, and time spent in America can make her indistinguishable from someone whose family has been here for generations. As President Obama said last week in Las […]

Latinas for Latino Literature: Las Comadres Twitter Party

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I have some pretty amazing women in my life. From my mother, cousins, aunts (who is featured in my post “Our Beloved World: A Bronx Latina Attends Sotomayor Book Signing“), to my thesis adviser, academic program director, Honors College mentor, and the friends who keep me sane, I have a lot of ladies for whom […]

SLIDESHOW: The Faces of the Great Immigration Debate

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As the daughter of an immigrant, one of the things that really gets to me about this national conversation on immigration is how impersonal it is. The debate which is dominating the beginning of President Barack Obama’s second term is often times fought and summarized in a narrative of statistics and policies. We should not think of this issue as just […]

¡Fitness! Why Work Out When You Can Dance?

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Love to dance?  Secretly want to be a Bollywood leading lady?  If you answered ¡Síííí!, I just discovered the workout for you: Masala Bhangra. Why do I go to the gym for the group classes? Because working out with others to energizing music pushes me to work harder than I would sweating sola. Always on the […]