Should Gun Control Become a Campaign Issue?

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The senseless violence in Aurora, Colorado after James Holmes allegedly shot and killed twelve movie goers there for a midnight premier of The Dark Knight Rises has many Americans calling for drastically tighter gun laws.  Except President Obama and likely Republican challenger Mitt Romney. In a speech to the Urban League, President Obama said he […]

A White House 20 de julio

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Throughout the world, 20 de julio or Colombian Independence from Spain is celebrated by dancing to cumbia and vallenato, toasting with our moonshine–aguardiente, as well as savoring delicacies like beef empanadas or patties, patacón pisao or fried plaintains, and arepas–corn cakes.  That’s what I remember, having marked that day, which falls 16 days after American […]

Open Letter to Ann Romney

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Dear Mrs. Romney, Like millions of women, I watched First Lady Michelle Obama rock it as she sat down with Latina mothers for a chat sponsored by the Hispanic mom lifestyle-focused website Mamiverse.  I thought, when will your husband’s campaign start to aggressively reach out to Latino voters? Click here to watch the video. I […]

Take It Offfff!!! Who Said Election 2012 Isn’t Sexy?

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It’s provocative, especially when arguably the strongest asset in a campaign is deployed. That happened when First Lady Michelle Obama sat down with Latina mothers for a friendly chat sponsored by Hispanic mom lifestyle-focused website Mamiverse.  That it was a first isn’t that important if you consider that Latino online presence and technology have grown exponentially […]

Latino Voters: The (In)Visible Political Giants?

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About one year ago, I was advocating for more mainstream news coverage of the Latino vote.  The 2010 U.S. Census confirmed what most of us who are Hispanic knew: our population had grown to 50 million or 16 percent of the general population and is expected to increase to 25 percent by 2050.  Unless you […]

My Vote is Supreme

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I was guest anchoring on NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin while she was away when the Supreme Court announced its decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  This is President Obama’s signature legislation that makes health care insurance mandatory. (Or face a fine, as an individual or business.)  The mandate is also the focus of the criticism. Opponents accuse […]

What the Healthcare Ruling and the Civil Rights Era Greats Have in Common

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It’s not every day that the Supreme Court hands down a ruling that could end up determining a court’s legacy. It’s also not everyday that I am invited to guest host NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin. Click here to see a cute Tout video shot by senior producer Davar Ardalan after our live broadcast […]

I’ll Show You My Papers If You Show Me Yours

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If I said to a police officer, I’ll show you my papers if you show me yours, I would likely get thrown in the clink for being sass-mouthed.  But the truth is, this would likely never happen to me because of the way I look.  Any great-great-great-great African, india, Jewish grannies are hidden wwaaayyyy back in […]