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Behind Every Great Man Is A Great Woman: The Importance of Female Role Models

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Women often work behind the scenes to help distinguished men and women achieve greatness. To end Women’s History Month which also coincides with Cesar Chavez Day, we highlight Helen Chavez, the wife of the labor and civil rights icon. Devoting most of her life to  Read More...

¡TWLC Wishes You a Happy New Year!

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Whatever your tradition, the close of the year is an opportunity to renew our Faith, nurtured by gratitude for health, sustenance, family, friends… …and love. The Wise Latina Club is nearly three years old. We’ve changed and grown. We’ve tried  Read More...

Selected to the Women’s Media Center’s Progressive Women’s Voices Class of 2013

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“You’ve come a long way, baby,” goes the popular slogan to sell Virginia Slim cigarettes. #WomenRule is the female-centered conference and essays focus of Politico–a favorite information hub of the Washington, DC set. Indeed, as Helen Ruddy croons, I am Woman. Hear  Read More...

VIDEO: On CNN for the First Time: Is Best Man Holiday a “Race-based” Film?

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In 1998, I stepped into the Washington bureau of CNN. I was an intern. Back in the day, interns didn’t sue employers for not getting paid but instead were grateful for the opportunity to do more than answer phones, check  Read More...

Song to Teshima Walker Izrael, RIP: The VIDEO Interview with International Rockstar Juanes

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One week ago today, Teshima Walker Izrael lost her two year battle to colon cancer. The executive producer of Tell Me More on National Public Radio, she was also a champion, opening opportunities for me that didn’t exist because she  Read More...

Congress Recess of Immigration Advocacy or my “Bro fest” on SiriusXM’s Politics Powered by Twitter

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When the lawmaker is away, immigration advocates were supposed to play hardball. Until they didn’t. The plan was to show up during Congress’ recess at town hall meetings in districts throughout the country, applying pressure on House Republican hold outs or those  Read More...

Song to Teshima Walker Izrael, RIP

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The big, grand gestures and larger-than-life types always get the credit. But it is often times those people who work quietly, discretely, yet with singular focus who can open pathways that will alter your life. For me that person was  Read More...

Immigration Losers: GOP and “The Deportation Prez” or What I Said on MSNBC

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Washington’s groupthink has the immigration heat solely turned up on the GOP. They certainly are in the news–with some House Republican holdouts threatening to derail an overhaul to the immigration laws, Speaker John Boehner unable to tame his unruly conference,  Read More...