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By Julie Barlow and Jean-Benoît Nadeau Language Magazine Ten years ago, it was still common in the U.S. to hear Spanish described as a “foreign” language. But those days are over. Hispanic scholars and language teachers are now witnessing the rise of an authentic U.S. variety of Spanish. The shift really got underway in 2003 […]

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By José Antonio López Rio Grande Guardian SAN ANTONIO – In a previous Guardian article, I wrote about the significance of the month of April in early Texas history. Very briefly, on April 1-2, 1813, Colonel José Bernardo Gutiérrez de Lara and his Army of the North triumphantly entered and took possession of San Antonio, […]

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LatinaLista — Even though President Obama authorized the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program to grant deferred action from deportations for certain undocumented young people, there are still many undocumented youth who either don’t qualify or have aged out of the requirements. For that reason, another film about the DREAMer experience serves to not […]

LatinaLista — Getting a headstart on May’s month-long observance of National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, Planned Parenthood and the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health (CLAFH) at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University released the findings of a poll asking Latinos how they feel about teen pregnancies. It’s a relevant […]

SaludToday Physical activity is increasingly recognized as a critical way to prevent obesity, chronic disease and other serious health issues. But nationally, only 1 in 4 adults meet physical activity guidelines. Even fewer youths do. A local volunteer group is trying to change that in San Antonio, a Texas city whose residents, most of whom […]

By Insight Tr3s In our last two posts, we’ve highlighted how Hispanic young adults have been affected by the difficult economy and how they’re behaving differently as a result. Jobs can be tough to come by — and many entry-level positions don’t pay well. As Hispanic young adults seek more solid financial footing, they’re putting […]

La Voz Latina A full month has passed since the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and a remarkable truth has emerged: the man remains as polarizing in his tomb as he was in life. Two recent commentaries illustrate the point perfectly. From Rafael Romo, www.cnn.com: Human rights groups consistently raised alarms that Chavez was […]

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LatinaLista — There’s samba and then there’s SAMBA! According to Wikipedia: Samba is a Brazilian dance and musical genre originating in Bahia, Brazil, and with its roots in Rio de Janeiro and Africa via the West African slave trade and African religious traditions. It is recognized around the world as a symbol of Brazil and […]

LatinaLista — In light of the recent study that found Black and Latino homebuyers end up paying more when buying a house, a new app by the Department of Housing and Urban Development hopes to help homebuyers who feel they’ve been discriminated against. Billed as the first federal civil rights app, the Housing Discrimination Complaint […]

LatinaLista — We’ve all seen the commercials. The music starts with a melancholy and dramatic melody as the camera zooms in on the sad and dirt-stained face of ‘Maria,’ an elementary school-age girl, as she shyly hovers in the doorway of her impoverished family’s shack wearing a hand-me-down dress recycled through one too many children. […]

By Ezra Fieser Infosurhoy.com Hondurans and Salvadorans have the most favorable opinion of the U.S. at 88% and 85%, respectively. SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – When U.S. President Barack Obama visits Central America next month, he will find a region that holds his country in high esteem. The United States is one of the most […]

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LatinaLista — Like many Central and South American countries, El Salvador endured a civil war. The 12-year war, a fight between “the US-backed military-led government and the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), a coalition or ‘umbrella organization’ of five left-wing guerrilla groups,” claimed not only a part of El Salvador’s history but 75,000 of […]

LatinaLista — It’s sometimes said, to paraphrase a popular saying, that racism is in the eye of the beholder. That’s certainly the case over the last few years where lawsuits have been filed against universities and businesses implementing diversity initiatives. One of the reasons the ones lodging the complaint may not see it as racism […]

Amigos805.com OXNARD, CALIFORNIA — Dozens of community organizations and several families that have lost their loved ones to extra-judicial killings by police are set to meet at “Justice for Our Communities! Families Organizing to Resist Police Brutality and Abuse,” a statewide conference from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday April 27, at Oxnard College, 4000 […]

By Jacqueline Clary Broadband & Social Justice A common question civil rights practitioners receive is: “Why?” In an era where a Supreme Court Justice is comfortable talking about the continuation of the Voting Rights Act as a “perpetuation of racial entitlement” and mainstream America is eager to chalk up racial discrimination as a relic belonging […]

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LatinaLista — What will the world look like in 17 years? The year will be 2030 and according to a projection by the Euromonitor International’s Countries and Consumers team more than half the world will live in one region on the planet, the growth of senior citizens will be significant and the average age of […]

By Claire O’Brien Eléctrica in the Desert Two very small girls waited for a 4th of July parade in a small Midwestern city a few years ago. The city’s economy is based upon a large, fluid workforce from throughout Central America – a majority of them Mexican – and an industry which has for decades […]

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