UPDATE: Re-published in HuffPo Politics! Who The Supreme Court Protects with the Voting Rights Decisions

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Before November’s election, I travelled the country, in part with the non-partisan voter mobilization non-profit Project Vote, meeting Latino voters, including Hispanic evangelicals in a West Cleveland neighborhood that doesn’t normally see outsiders unless a crime has been committed. I walked blocks where Puerto Ricans have settled in Orlando. I also went to Phoenix, Arizona where for the […]

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 […]

Latinas’ Vote Under Fire?

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado on the Latino Vote on NPR's Tell Me More

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

In Fox News Latino: Supreme Court Health Care Showdown: Conflicting Views Reflect Deep Partisan Divide

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I covered the day President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act–as it is called–into law.  Just months in office, he had succeeded where political heavy weights had spectacularly failed, notably President Bill Clinton and the “Liberal Lion” of the Senate–the late Teddy Kennedy. Almost two years to the date, it is before the U.S. […]

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. […]