Wilmer Valderrama: Immigration is Next to The Wise Latina Club’s Viviana Hurtado, Prez Listening

Wilmer Valderrama on Immigration Reform to The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado

It wasn’t those smoldering ayyyssss. Or his perfectly tailored Hugo Boss Suit. Wilmer Valderrama had me at: “My next thing is immigration.” Seems Washington leaders, including President Obama who addressed in broad brushstrokes comprehensive immigration reform in Las Vegas, are listening to this Hollywood hunk turned “actor-vista” (actor turned activista). I caught up with him at […]

An Immigration Proposal. Political Momentum. ¿Done Deal?

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado on Senate Gang of 8 Immigration Proposal

Nearly seven years ago, I covered the big immigration rallies of 2006 as a local reporter in Providence, Rhode Island. In solidarity, millions around the nation marched in support of overhauling the immigration system to incorporate those who for various reason were here in violation of our laws. What surprised me wasn’t that Republicans would […]

¿Latinas: Pro-Life, Pro-Choice, Neither?

Viviana Hurtado: ¿Latinas: Pro-Life, Pro-Choice, Neither?

40 years ago, the Supreme Court handed down Roe v. Wade, a decision that legalized abortion. The law hinges on privacy–bringing a baby into this world is a decision between a mother and her doctor. No more “back alley” procedures performed by people who called themselves doctors. Coat hangers–a symbol of one of the crudest […]

Our Beloved World: A Bronx Latina Attends Sotomayor Book Signing

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Last Wednesday I could not stop telling everyone who would listen that I was going to listen to Sonia Sotomayor speak at El Museo del Barrio in Manhattan. It was going to be so cool. And then I got the flu. I asked my mother if she would like to go. “No,” she said flatly. […]

Inauguration 2013: Our Nation Celebrated, Now We Get to Work

Viviana Hurtado: Inauguration 2013: Our Nation Celebrated, Now We Get to Work

Washington, DC The nation’s capital is crowded but with only a fraction of the spectators who in 2009 braved colder temperatures to witness the inauguration of the first African-American president. Back then, the country was weary of two wars and anxious of an economy that was beginning to unravel. This is the political and economic […]

VIDEO: Inauguration 2013: What Latinos Expect from President Obama

Inauguration 2013: What Latinos Expect From President Obama

As I spoke with Latinos throughout the weekend, I felt that something is different: a consciousness of our growing political clout is just starting to settle in after November. Hispanics voting in historic numbers formed the key component of the coalition that delivered re-election to President Obama. But the magnitude of what we accomplished is […]

Eva Longoria, Latino Stars Celebrate the Inauguration and the Arts in the Nation’s Capitol

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado and Prince Royce

I had to get “celebrity-ready” to work my first red carpet at the Latino Inaugural Ball at the Kennedy Center. Make up. Check. Dress. Check. Miss Texas hair. Check. Photographer extraordinaire Tricia O. Ortiz. Check. I had stiff competition–behind the red velvet rope were light-eyed beauties–Telemundo’s Carmen Dominicci and CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux. Walking the red […]

Profesoras in the Promised Land: Reflections on MLK Day

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Depending on your experiences with higher education, you may be surprised to know that this May I will graduate from Penn State with my Bachelors of Arts in English without ever having a single Latino professor. A part of this is due to my field and location. Latinos haven’t traditionally been drawn to English degrees. […]