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 […]

Wordless Wednesday/Miércoles Mudo SLIDESHOW: DOMA and Gay Marriage

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The Supreme Court hears two challenges to laws–California‘s Proposition 8 which bans same-sex marriages and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) signed into law by President Bill Clinton which prevents gay couples (married where it is legal) from receiving federal benefits, such as jointly filing taxes or collecting Social Security survivor’s benefits. Each looks at whether […]

SLIDESHOW: The Faces of the Great Immigration Debate: Holy Week Reflection on Latino Evangelicals

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As the push for comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) geared up at the beginning of 2013, the mainstream media began incorrectly reporting evangelical support, as if this was new. Perhaps for white Christians. But many in the Hispanic religious community for years have been advocating for reform. Why? Because these pastors have witnessed the devastating effect […]

Wordless Wednesday/Miércoles Mudo: Cuban Dissident Blogger Yoani Sánchez

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On a three month world wide tour, dissident Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez who writes Generación Y spoke at the libertarian think tank the Cato Institute in Washington, DC. For this Wordless Wednesday or Miércoles Mudo post, I show photographs snapped during her speech before I asked her about standing up to Raúl and Fidel Castro through technology–one blog […]

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 […]

UPDATE: Published in the Huffington Post! Citizenship: Blessing or Birthright?

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In Washington it’s hard to see the comprehensive immigration reform forest when critics and supporters alike are laser-focused on the proverbial tree. But then you speak with, let’s call him “Real Person,” like I did when I was at the Apple Store editing a video for the New Americano Award I received at South by […]

SLIDESHOW: Faces of the Great Immigration Debate

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Miami‘s annual Calle Ocho Music Festival, held in the Little Havana barrioevery March, inspired us to spotlight the contributions of popular musicians born outside of the United States. Whether mixing musical genres, adding a fresh interpretation to a classic, or singing in different languages, these immigrants have enriched American music, endearing themselves in the hearts of fans here and […]