“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 […]

VIDEO: ¿César-Chávez-Google-Doodle-Easter-Non-troversy?

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I normally stay away–far away–from “link bait“–internet stories that are so outrageous, they exist to stir up trouble and clicks, such as the current controversy over the Easter Sunday Google Doodle, not featuring a risen Jesus Christ, but César Chávez. Why? Because these kind of stories normally don’t have a leg to stand on. Checa […]

Career: Julie Chávez Rodríguez to Latinas, “¡Sí Se Puede!”

Career: Julie Chávez Rodríguez to Latinas, "¡Sí Se Puede!"

When you are an ambitious and/or successful Latina, you are a role model no matter what. That’s because despite our consolidation of power as an economic and political bloc, a gap remains, especially in terms of educational and career achievement. Simply put, there aren’t enough Hispanics in positions of power. That means that for the few […]

UPDATE: Published in Latina Magazine! Meet New Congressman Joaquín Castro

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado interviews U.S. Congressman Joaquín Castro for Latina Magazine

Capital Hill, Washington, DC I put in the interview request for Texas Democratic Congressman Joaquín Castro soon after he was elected in November–before he had office space and when his bare bones staff was still communicating on Gmail. I keep checking. Then: “Congressman Castro can see you at 5:05P.” (Not 5:00 or 5:10P. They’re that over […]

Latinas’ Vote Under Fire?

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In 1965, 25,000 people marched to Montgomery, Alabama to help pass the Voting Rights Act. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court, including Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, heard arguments on a section of this historic legislation with their decision having a big impact on the Latino vote. The case is Shelby Co. v. Holder. This mainly white […]

A Latina Watches the State of the Union at the White House

A Latina Watches the State of the Union at the White House

Washington, DC I was one a few dozen people invited to an exclusive State of the Union Social at the White House with an “enhanced” speech. Staffers, interns, and techies made graphics for the TV monitor that illustrated with data key points parts of President Barack Obama’s address. Starting with the economy, Mr. Obama proposed […]