VIDEO: a (wise) latina on THE WISE LATINA: Sotomayor Supreme Court Dissent on MSNBC

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“I respectfully dissent.” Three simple words at the end of a fifty-eight page treatise, part constitutional history lesson, part rousing defense of our American values of equal access and opportunity to our political and civic process. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in reaction to the majority rule upholding Schuette, Attorney General of Michigan […]

Latinas’ Vote Under Fire?

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In 1965, 25,000 people marched to Montgomery, Alabama to help pass the Voting Rights Act. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court, including Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, heard arguments on a section of this historic legislation with their decision having a big impact on the Latino vote. The case is Shelby Co. v. Holder. This mainly white […]

Our Beloved World: A Bronx Latina Attends Sotomayor Book Signing

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Last Wednesday I could not stop telling everyone who would listen that I was going to listen to Sonia Sotomayor speak at El Museo del Barrio in Manhattan. It was going to be so cool. And then I got the flu. I asked my mother if she would like to go. “No,” she said flatly. […]

Two Reasons Young Latinas Should Watch the Inauguration

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Four years ago I was in a high school auditorium when President-elect became President Barack Obama. Along with some other students, I stood while he took his first oath of office. We had to stand. We were living in the past, present, and future simultaneously, and we needed to pay our respects. It took a […]

Sonia Sotomayor: The Exception

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A memoir does just that: it is a first-hand account of your history, told through the filter of memory. We all know how memory works–events, people, relationships are edited by the person telling the story. The forthcoming book by Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor will likely be no different, if the recents high profile […]

‘hood Tips from a Wise Latina to THE Wise Latina

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I guarantee you that when I moved to the U Street area of Washington, DC, articles were not written, Tweets and Facebook messages did not zip back and forth in el ciberespacio, and friends and strangers didn’t email  psst, we have a new neighbor. In fact, I got welcomed with my first and only mugging […]

In Latina Magazine: Election 2012: Mitt Romney’s Latino Problem?

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“¡Psst!  Los republicanos don’t like Latinos, ¿no?” “Pues you’re wrong.  I’m conservadora.  It’s just the candidates want to be Presidente and they’re trying to get there by making the Tea Party happy.” The tiki tiki on the streets since the debates started is that the Republican party doesn’t like Latinos.  Now of course that’s silly.  Plenty of Hispanics are card-carrying […]

A (Wise) Latina Meets THE Wise Latina

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Viviana Hurtado

Finally. I had the opportunity to meet HER. U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the original “Wise Latina,” as U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar noted, not at “our” Trader Joe’s (despite hours spent “studying” the sugar content of juice labels), but at this week’s White House Forum for American Latino Heritage. I […]