To Save Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Advocates Must Volunteer at Old Folks Homes

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Our 24/7 Twitter-powered media culture covers politics like a horse race–scoreboards and all–and easily assigns blame. With comprehensive immigration reform, shining a harsh spotlight on Republicans is justified because they have been unable to reign in the fringe–despite hemorrhaging the Latino vote in 2012 and autopsy reports which conclude outreach to new voters such as minorities is beneficial […]

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 […]

President Obama’s Missing Latino Senior Administration

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado on Obama's Missing Latino Senior Administration

Update: U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solís resigned soon after this was published. She tweeted: ### Soon after President Obama’s re-election, rumors of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s replacement started flying. Mr. Obama settled on Massachusetts senior Senator John Kerry. Other top nominations include former Senator Chuck Hagel, a Republican, as Secretary of Defense and John […]

Viviana on the O’Reilly Factor: Viewers Have Your Say

Viviana Hurtado on the O'Reilly Factor: Viewers Have Your Say

After I appeared on The O’Reilly Factor, my inbox flooded with mix of comments: some good points from all sides; false accusations of being a Republican AND others of being a Democrat; name-calling, i.e. “sell-out” sent by someone who created an email account thewiselatinaclub@rant.com to leave this comment (a first for The Wise Latina Club); my hair […]

Viviana Hurtado & José Díaz-Balart: 2gether + 4ever = 6cess

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado on Telemundo's Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart talking about the Latino vote

OK, not really. Well, jes as it concerns the emerging political clout of Latino voters which I discussed on his Sunday public affairs show, Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart on Telemundo. Click here to watch my appearances on Univision‘s equivalent, Al Punto con Jorge Ramos. I can hear it now: “Pero chica. la elección is over.” “Ya tu sabes, It’s […]

Latino Voters: ¿Obama Claus or Mitt Romney?

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado: Latino Voters: Obama Claus or Mitt Romney?

Does anyone remember the iconic “Don’t Speak?” scenes in Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway” when Dianne Wiest orders John Cusack’s to be quiet? No one likes to be chiteado, especially women and Latinas. For good reason: in many contexts, our voices and our perspectivas have been absent, invisible, or silenced in the mainstream. It’s also just plain […]

The Latino Vote: The Way Forward

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado in Fox News Latino: The Latino Vote: The Way Forward

The day after the election a friend posted on my Facebook page, the “Latino Vote –unfrigginbelievable.” She’s right. Many factors contributed to President Obama’s re-election. But few are as important as the Latino vote. Hispanics made up 10 percent of the U.S. electorate this year–doubling in the past 16 years. The number of Latino voters […]

Latinos Vote: the Leader of the Pack

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado on the Latino Vote on NPR's Tell Me More

Coalition. Networks. Alliance. These are all terms that in a political context mean the relationships forged among groups, forming a pact to further an agenda. It’s a power play meant to force an outcome. Representation, respect, access, money can be on the line. As the election results’ raw data continues to be dissected, the wisdom […]