Columbia Journalism Review: The Wise Latina Club “Awesome Blog”

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¡Virgen Santísima! This time my Chief Reputation Monitor, i.e. Mami (Google alerts have nothing on this lady’s internet scouring abilities), did not discover that the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) selected The Wise Latina Club as one of five “awesome blogs about minority communities.” I stumbled upon this one day while I was working on a […]

SLIDESHOW: The Faces of the Great Immigration Debate

The Faces of the Great Immigration Debate: Erica Gonzalez El Diario La Prensa

We began this series to insert critical thinking into the immigration debate that is dominating the headlines yet lacks understanding and context of a hotly contested issue in our history. This week, we go to the source(s) of information. If knowledge is power, the women and men heading large media outlets are some of the most powerful people in our […]

California: Model for National Immigration Reform?

Viviana Hurtado Guest Hosts This Week in Northern California

California is one of those precious political bell weather states. You’ve heard of the election night adage: as goes Ohio goes the nation? Substitute California and you get a dynamic with a potential to alter politics, the economy, and our culture for the remaining days of the year. This is the case for immigration. The […]

SLIDESHOW: The Faces of the Great Immigration Debate

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When today’s Great Immigration Debate reaches a negative extreme, immigrants are seen as being different than Americans. Indeed, someone may have been born somewhere else. Yet her family ties, values, and time spent in America can make her indistinguishable from someone whose family has been here for generations. As President Obama said last week in Las […]

Sonia Sotomayor: The Exception

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A memoir does just that: it is a first-hand account of your history, told through the filter of memory. We all know how memory works–events, people, relationships are edited by the person telling the story. The forthcoming book by Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor will likely be no different, if the recents high profile […]

¿Come Together, Schmome Together?

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“We are not Democrats, we are not Republicans. We’re skeptics!,” exclaims the Facebook page of One Voice Radio, an Hispanic-focused media outlet. Latinos, after delivering re-election to this President, should be taking note as we consolidate and grow our power as an emerging voting bloc. The election is long over yet now is not the […]

Will There Be Another?

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That’s it, isn’t it? Will there be another? We mourn and lay to rest this week more than two dozen souls, twenty of them six and seven-year-old first graders at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. I wonder what they wore when they dressed up for Halloween? I wonder if any of them kept “calendars” like […]

¡One of Forbes.com’s Top Online Political Influencers!

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I was minding my own business when my reputation manager (aka Mami who monitors the internet searching for axe-wielding interNUTS who seek to do her daughter harm) tipped me off to the Forbes.com article that listed me among the top politics influencers when it comes to the Latino vote! This is a first because a mainstream […]