Meatless Monday: Mexican Rice Recipe

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Spice up your rice this Meatless Monday and serve sabroso Mexican arroz. As 63% of Latinos in the United States are of Mexican descent, a receta from Mexico is a perfect choice for Hispanic Heritage Month. I love this flavorful rice dish from south-of-the-border enhanced with tomato sauce and fresh veggies. My husband taught me this […]

“Empty Dress” Is As Sexist As “Empty Suit” or What I Said on MSNBC

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I was disappointed I was not able to talk about Syria, particularly it how affects the immigration reform calculus. This is important because my sources in the advocacy community were not blinking at all the gloom and doom of late summer–that not enough votes exist in the House to pass reform legislation. They tell me […]

March on Washington: The Next 50 Years or What I Said on MSNBC

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“What will the next 50 years look like?,” asked Chuck Todd. The anchor of MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown was referring to the half century after today, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who also delivered his iconic and inspirational “I Have a Dream” speech. I hope, […]

Song to Teshima Walker Izrael, RIP: The VIDEO Interview with International Rockstar Juanes

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One week ago today, Teshima Walker Izrael lost her two year battle to colon cancer. The executive producer of Tell Me More on National Public Radio, she was also a champion, opening opportunities for me that didn’t exist because she believed in my voice and the community it represents. Most important, she was more than a […]

Congress Recess of Immigration Advocacy or my “Bro fest” on SiriusXM’s Politics Powered by Twitter

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When the lawmaker is away, immigration advocates were supposed to play hardball. Until they didn’t. The plan was to show up during Congress’ recess at town hall meetings in districts throughout the country, applying pressure on House Republican hold outs or those who may be on the fence to pass comprehensive immigration reform. The strategy has slightly […]

Song to Teshima Walker Izrael, RIP

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The big, grand gestures and larger-than-life types always get the credit. But it is often times those people who work quietly, discretely, yet with singular focus who can open pathways that will alter your life. For me that person was Teshima Walker Izrael, Executive Producer of NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin, who on […]

The Wise Latina Club’s Moment of Zen…¡on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart!

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A special kind of schizophrenia exists among television journalists–we want to one day be invited on The Daily Show with John Stewart, but we equally fear it. In this day when we’re doing more with less, most of us are one second from being forever known, not for breaking a story about corruption or stealing […]

L4LL Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program Registration Closes 7/14!

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It’s been a little shhhh this week on The Wise Latina Club. For those who don’t know, the literacy organization I co-founded Latinas for Latino Literature (L4LL) started the first, online, nationwide Latino children’s summer reading program, currently underway. This project was born in our hearts with demands, benchmarks, and deadlines that have consumed my […]