Latino to Deliver Keynote at the Democratic National Convention

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Although considered by some a rising political star in the Democratic party, Julián Castro became a super star when the news broke that he will deliver the keynote address at the 2012 Democratic National Convention at the beginning of September.  The San Antonio mayor is scheduled to speak, as is First Lady Michelle Obama, on the opening night.  This speech […]

Should Gun Control Become a Campaign Issue?

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The senseless violence in Aurora, Colorado after James Holmes allegedly shot and killed twelve movie goers there for a midnight premier of The Dark Knight Rises has many Americans calling for drastically tighter gun laws.  Except President Obama and likely Republican challenger Mitt Romney. In a speech to the Urban League, President Obama said he […]

Election 2012: George Lopez v. Sheriff Joe Arpaio Missed Opportunity

GEORGE LOPEZ: IT'S NOT ME, IT'S YOU

When George Lopez in his HBO special went on an “f” word rapid-fire tirade after “getting political”, many of us didn’t get upset because our culture has desensitized us to this kind of language.  Whether it’s a live comedy performance or cable shows, you would think you’re in a war zone “F bombs” are dropped […]

‘hood Tips from a Wise Latina to THE Wise Latina

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I guarantee you that when I moved to the U Street area of Washington, DC, articles were not written, Tweets and Facebook messages did not zip back and forth in el ciberespacio, and friends and strangers didn’t email  psst, we have a new neighbor. In fact, I got welcomed with my first and only mugging […]

Open Letter to Ann Romney

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Dear Mrs. Romney, Like millions of women, I watched First Lady Michelle Obama rock it as she sat down with Latina mothers for a chat sponsored by the Hispanic mom lifestyle-focused website Mamiverse.  I thought, when will your husband’s campaign start to aggressively reach out to Latino voters? Click here to watch the video. I […]

Latino Voters: The (In)Visible Political Giants?

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About one year ago, I was advocating for more mainstream news coverage of the Latino vote.  The 2010 U.S. Census confirmed what most of us who are Hispanic knew: our population had grown to 50 million or 16 percent of the general population and is expected to increase to 25 percent by 2050.  Unless you […]

The Urgency of Presente

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I wish I was the Ezra Klein kind of writer who is fabled to churn out witty, incisive, and relevant copy in 20 minutes.  Until this weekly politics column I write for Latina Magazine.  I wrote it one day before President Barack Obama announced he was pressing the pause button on deportations of students and/or military-bound illegal […]

Election 2012: Latina Bloggers Go to the White House

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado Chosen as a LATISM Top Bloguera

Sometimes I wonder when I’m going to arrive at the White House and have security pluck me away, throw me in a Midnight Express cell, and throw away the key forever.  Guilty of being critical, obsessively at times, and holding President Barack Obama accountable for not delivering on immigration reform while deportations spiked and the […]