Heritage Immigration Report: Latino Small Brains & Long Political Memory

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Don’t let my Yale Ph.D, my Stanford Master’s, and my U.C. Berkeley Bachelor’s fool you. I’m an idiot. As a journalist and a political independent, I approached with an open mind the Heritage Foundation’s immigration report which argues against the proposed immigration bill. I listened to former South Carolina Senator and foundation head James DeMint, […]

Education: Are Latinas Too Dumb for College?

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Of course this sensationalist headline is wrong–Latinas are not too dumb for college. But if you look at the data, the numbers document an education gap that hurts our families, communities, and our country. Although Latinos with 16.5% of college enrollments are the largest minority to go to university, guess how many Latinos are actually graduating right now? […]

Meatless Monday: Cinco de Mayo Eggplant and Mushroom Fajitas Recipe

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a plate of sizzling vegetarian fajitas. When I stopped eating meat three years ago, I worried I would miss my favorite meals, especially around holidays. I was relieved to discover that rather than giving up the dishes I love, I only needed to adapt my recetas, as I demonstrate in Meatless Monday: Sweet Potato Tacos Recipe. Fajitas easily convert into a […]

Fitness: Step it Up with a Stair Workout

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Looking for a workout that will burn fat and leave you with sculpted legs–just in time for summer? Take the stairs! I keep stair workouts in my routine because bounding up steps strengthens all leg muscles, from calves to glutes, keeping my legs toned for my mini-falda and strong for my first fitness love, distance running. Natalie, I […]

A Latina Newbie Teacher Makes the Case for Teaching

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“Those that can’t do, teach.” What does that even mean? The fact that this saying exists in our society is a problem in itself. I deferred my acceptance into law school to accept a job, through the organization Teach for America, as an elementary school teacher at one of the lowest performing schools in Tennessee. ¿Por qué? Because there is a desperate need for teachers in […]

UPDATE: Republished in HuffPo! Republican Reformation: ¿GOP Out, In, or No-reach?

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Via tweets, emails, Republican friends, or smoke signals, I am getting the message that the GOP is more inclusive, indeed it is a new day. Why? In November of 2012, Republicans lost the White House largely because they lost Latinos and single women voters who rejected its exclusive ideology promoted by conservative media, bankrolled by special interest groups, and embodied by “47%” […]