“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 […]

“Disgusted” and “Disappointed”: Newtown Shooting Victim’s Sister Carlee Soto to the Senate

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The younger sister of Vicki Soto, one of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting victims, had powerful words for the U.S. Senate last week after a crucial gun control legislation vote requiring background checks failed. Speaking on CNN, Carlee Soto expressed what millions of Americans feel: “I am disgusted and so disappointed in our Senate.” Click here to […]

¡The Wise Latina Club’s Viviana Hurtado Nominated for SXSW Award!

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There’s Davos, aka the World Economic Forum, a mecca for the so-called Masters of the Universe. There’s Burning Man, where creatives and pagans worship no boundaries, bartering while neh-kid. If these two got together and had a baby, it would be South by Southwest or SXSW. Since 1987, this yearly music, film, and interactive conference and […]

DNC 2012: How Will the Next 4 Years Be Better Than the Last asks CNN’s Alex Castellanos?

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Charlotte, North Carolina Look who I ran into at Charlotte’s airport while I was picking up my maleta in baggage claim? CNN contributor and Republican strategist Alex Castellanos.  Ni corta ni perezosa as Mami would say, I whipped out my camera and asked him if he would answer a couple of questions for Latinos in Social […]

Latina Magazine: Election 2012: The GOP Candidates’ Stance on Immigration

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Latinos are furious with the President for failing to deliver on his promise of immigration reform as I outline in the series “Anatomy of an Immigration Debate” and the Latina Magazine post that preceded this one which looks at Obama’s stance on this political hot button issue.  But where do those vying to be his Republican […]

UPDATED! Civics Clase: Your Race, My Race Vlog

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado: Civics Class: Your Political Race, My Political Race

Updated with Election Results: Voters on Tuesday sent a clear message largely rejecting a conservative agenda, but didn’t lurch to the left. In the races we were watching, Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce, the architect of the restrictive immigration law SB 1070, was recalled, receiving a “shellacking” from charter school executive Jerry Lewis who garnered 53 […]

The High Heeled Kitchen – Cozumel Ceviche Video

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Ceviche. Food of the gods, savored year-round in Latin American tropical coastal communities. This fish dish is also perfecto for summer. Some people fear raw fish.  ¡Silly rabbit!, says the chica who’s paid the dear price of reckless-but ooh-soooo-goooood eating in markets, truck stops, and beach shacks throughout the Spanish-speaking world (1 year of Flagyl, […]

Master Class: Latin Rock Star Juanes & DC Public School Students

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It’s hard not to crush on the Colombian Rock Star Juanes: His music fuses different rhythms and traditions, including old school Latin American Baladas, Classic Rock, Cumbias, and the Nueva Trova or Nueva Canción (sounds and socio-political messages).  As it/he evolves, it/he gets better. He has historically worked to raise awareness about the devastation caused […]