“Empty Dress” Is As Sexist As “Empty Suit” or What I Said on MSNBC

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I was disappointed I was not able to talk about Syria, particularly it how affects the immigration reform calculus. This is important because my sources in the advocacy community were not blinking at all the gloom and doom of late summer–that not enough votes exist in the House to pass reform legislation. They tell me […]

Feminista Friday: Confessions of a Next Gen Feminista

Women's Liberation March from Farragut Square to Lafayette Park, Washington D.C. (1970)

“Wow, you don’t look like a feminist.” I immediately look up from sipping my drink: “What do you mean?” I was barely tolerating the conversation and now found myself a bit intrigued. He did a nervous, quick scan of my look: “I don’t know; you seem pretty feminine. I mean, well, to be frank, you’re […]

Immigration Debate: Aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings

Immigrant participating in 'Time is Now' rally for immigration reform on April 6, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey.

My hands were shaking. I fumbled with my phone, almost dropping it in my attempt to send her a text message: “ARE YOU OKAY?!?!?” Liz, a close friend of mine who I met while interning on Capitol Hill last summer, was running in the Boston Marathon.  I later found out that she crossed the finish […]

“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 […]

Latina Magazine: Election 2012: The GOP Candidates’ Stance on Immigration

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Latinos are furious with the President for failing to deliver on his promise of immigration reform as I outline in the series “Anatomy of an Immigration Debate” and the Latina Magazine post that preceded this one which looks at Obama’s stance on this political hot button issue.  But where do those vying to be his Republican […]

UPDATED! Civics Clase: Your Race, My Race Vlog

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado: Civics Class: Your Political Race, My Political Race

Updated with Election Results: Voters on Tuesday sent a clear message largely rejecting a conservative agenda, but didn’t lurch to the left. In the races we were watching, Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce, the architect of the restrictive immigration law SB 1070, was recalled, receiving a “shellacking” from charter school executive Jerry Lewis who garnered 53 […]