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 […]

On Telemundo’s Sunday Public Affairs Show for L4LL’s Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program

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At Latinas for Latino Literature (L4LL), the literacy and education organization I co-founded, our “communications strategy” is based on the ol’ principle: que corra la voz del pueblo–old fashioned word of mouth. But when you’re able to tell your story to a bigger part of el pueblo, well, that just means more people will have […]

The Math: Washington’s and Everybody Else’s or What I Said to Chuck Todd on MSNBC

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The habla in Washington for a nanosecond is the so-called latest “take down” book of this city’s political and media establishment–This Town by New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich. Maybe it’s all the years I spent working my way up in local news before I arrived in the nation’s capitol. Or the fact that as a […]

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 […]

The High Heeled Kitchen Video: Fourth of July Mojito Recipe

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Fourth of July: the grill is fired up, watermelon slices are chilled, and the kiddos are excited about ohhing and ahhing during the PM’s fireworks show. How about adding a Mojito to your Independence Day tradition? I’ll be sipping this authentic and refreshing drink recipe courtesy of Mixology Mad Scientist Mcgarrit Franco of Washington, DC’s Cuba Libre. This is a […]

“…and the Immigration Bill will…” Then I Got Cut off by the Prez on Sirius XM’s Politics Powered by Twitter

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I have been covering the immigration debate since 2006 when I was a local reporter in Providence, Rhode Island. Thousands flooded public squares and plazas at rallies nationwide, especially Latinos who appeared to come out of nowhere, organized by powerful Spanish language radio DJs. “Wow there are so MANY. Where did ‘they’ come from?” Answer: “They came from YOUR homes where […]