“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 […]

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 […]

VIDEO: March on Washington: “What Comprehensive Immigration Reform Means to Me”

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado March on Washington: "What CIR Means to Me" in Latina Magazine

In 2006 while a local television reporter in Providence, Rhode Island, I covered the immigration reform rally, one of many held throughout the country. Many in politics and the media marveled that Latinos had come out in big numbers. Fast forward seven years to this week’s “All in for Citizenship” rally in Washington, DC (with […]

Wordless Wednesday/Miércoles Mudo SLIDESHOW: DOMA and Gay Marriage

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The Supreme Court hears two challenges to laws–California’s Proposition 8 which bans same-sex marriages and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) signed into law by President Bill Clinton which prevents gay couples (married where it is legal) from receiving federal benefits, such as jointly filing taxes or collecting Social Security survivor’s benefits. Each looks at whether […]

SLIDESHOW: The Faces of the Great Immigration Debate: Holy Week Reflection on Latino Evangelicals

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As the push for comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) geared up at the beginning of 2013, the mainstream media began incorrectly reporting evangelical support, as if this was new. Perhaps for white Christians. But many in the Hispanic religious community for years have been advocating for reform. Why? Because these pastors have witnessed the devastating effect […]

Wordless Wednesday/Miércoles Mudo: Cuban Dissident Blogger Yoani Sánchez

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On a three month world wide tour, dissident Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez who writes Generación Y spoke at the libertarian think tank the Cato Institute in Washington, DC. For this Wordless Wednesday or Miércoles Mudo post, I show photographs snapped during her speech before I asked her about standing up to Raúl and Fidel Castro through technology–one blog […]