“Slut Walks” & Flat Taxes: TWLC’s Viviana Hurtado on NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin

Viviana Hurtado on NPR's Tell Me More with Michel Martin

Oh yeah! When the topics are this varied, you know you’ve entered the “Beauty Shop” where women thought leaders chat on NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin about the hottest political, economic, and social issues. Click here to listen to previous Beauty Shop “appearances.” This week I joined the very snobalicious Danielle Belton of […]

Is Prez Obama Anti-Woman? TWLC’s Viviana Hurtado Answers on NPR’s “Tell Me More with Michel Martin”

Viviana Hurtado on NPR's Tell Me More with Michel Martin

Some things just don’t go together. Al Gore and the Macarena. Kim Kardashian and authenticity. President Obama and being “Anti-Woman.” That’s just one of the chismes in Pulitzer-prize winning columnist Ron Suskind’s book, Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President. The White House acknowledges that at the beginning, the male advisors closed rank […]

TWLC’s Viviana Hurtado on Univisión’s “Al Punto con Jorge Ramos”

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In my house, we watch Meet the Press and Al Punto con Jorge Ramos, Univisión’s public affairs show (of course, I’m a big policy dork who channel surfs to catch glimpses of the other programs).  Why? Because on the other networks, I won’t find context of what’s going on in Latin America or how the […]

HuffPo Latino Voices: Open Letter to Barack Obama: Mr. President, Three Plays to Score a Jobs Golazo

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Dear Mr. President, Thursday night’s “jobs” speech is one of your most important: you must convince anxious and increasingly skeptical Americans that your plan will create employment and stimulate the flatlining economy toward recovery–and away from recession.  Failing to do so, combined with a continuing weak economy, could cost you your job. Although you are […]

UPDATE: “Anatomy of an Immigration Debate: Watch Your Mouth, Watch Your Step” Published in HuffPo Latino Voices, Comment Firestorm

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The Huffington Post published this blog Op-Ed in HuffPo Latino Voices where for a few minutes, it was the main story, before being bumped by the news that a federal judge is hearing arguments on Alabama’s new immigration law, the toughest in the country. But I have ample consolation.  The editors also posted it on the front page […]

When Singing Barney Songs is Mightier than Cartel Gunshots

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This video will make you tremble with fear, outrage, and sadness. Kindergarten teacher Martha Rivera Alanis captures on her cell phone how she calmed her students by singing Barney songs, as a gunfight raged near the school in Monterrey, Mexico’s industrial hub in the northern state of Nuevo León. Rivera Alanis sweetly instructs the kids […]

Mr. President: Try Substantive Instead of “Equal” Partnership with Latin America

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“¡Pobre México! ¡Tan lejos de Dios y tan cerca de los Estados Unidos!” “Poor Mexico! So far from God and so close to the United States!” -Porfirio Díaz Mexican strong man Porfirio Díaz is credited with these words that describe the 20th Century U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Latin America relationships as the Roosevelt Corollary (Monroe Doctrine on […]