TWLC’s New B-F-F is Arianna Huffington!

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This headline grabbed your attention, didn’t it? Actually, better than being Arianna’s B-F-F, the Huffington Post asked me to contribute to their newly launched HuffPost Latino Voices.  I’ll be joining other thought “act” leaders such as the National Council of La Raza’s Prez and CEO Janet Murguía, Voto Latino’s Executive Director María Teresa Kumar, and New Latina‘s […]

Anatomy of an Immigration Debate: Presidential Carne Asada at NCLR

President Barack Obama at the NCLR 2011 Annual Conference

Latinos are often described as a “friendly” audience for Democrats and Barack Obama. Therefore it was surprising when the President threw out some “red meat” to rev up the simpaticos at the annual convention of the National Council of La Raza in Washington, DC. Instead: Sizzle!  It, and he, got a little scorched, in effect turning […]

Nominated for Blogs By Latina’s 2011 Best News / Politics Blog!

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Have you ever wanted to strangle the next person who says, “Think positive, because positive energy will beget more positive energy” with the quartz that’s daintily dangling on a necklace around their neck? I would dig my hands deep into my skinny jeans pockets and grudingly grumble, “I keep thinking positive thoughts and doing good […]

Anatomy of an Immigration Debate: Brown Faces at the White House

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“E pluribus unum” –Motto found on the seal of the United States The dictum “Out of many, one” is as ubiquitous–officially–as it is defining of  U.S. mythology. It is imprinted on money which underscores how critical it is to the daily life of average Americans.  And yet, this motto exists in a virtually invisible state, […]

Senator McCain’s Definition of Illegal Could Mean You

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Senior Arizona Senator and former Republican presidential candidate John McCain ignited a firestorm of criticism over his comments last weekend that the tragic wildfires raging in his state were set by “people who have crossed our border illegally.” He immediately called for tighter border security. Watch the video courtesy of TheZenoEffect/CNN/KTVK: Although a U.S. Forest […]

¿United States Naval Ship Cesar Chavez?

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This week Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the 14th and last Lewis and Clark-class of dry cargo/ammunition ship to be built by the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, would be named after the godfather of the Latino civil rights movement, Cesar Chavez. Chavez served in the Navy from 1944 to 1946, and upon completing […]

SEAL an Anchor Baby? How an Assumption Became Truth (and I’m Not Talking about la Virgen María)

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As details of Osama bin Laden’s assassination spread virally throughout the internet, so are rumors that one of the Navy SEALs involved in arguably one of history’s most anticipated deaths is an “anchor baby” or a child born to illegal immigrants in the U.S.  Not only has this information NOT been confirmed or denied, it is likely […]

Open Letter to Time Managing Editor Richard Stengel

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Dear Mr. Stengel, When I noticed the lack of Latinos and Latin Americans in the 2011 Time 100, I thought: Again?  My criticism does not probe whether Gossip Girl Blake Lively should be on the same “list” as Afghan prosecutor general Maria Bashir or if the blonde bombshell took the place of someone more relevant. […]