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San Diego college hosts literary festival featuring bilingual works of writers and poets of the region

San Diego college hosts literary festival featuring bilingual works of writers and poets of the region

By Pablo J. Sáinz La Prensa San Diego Growing up between San Diego and Tijuana, Francisco Bustos soon discovered that the border became an inspiration for him to become a writer. “I started writing poetry in Spanglish, Ingleñol, English, and Spanish,” Bustos said. “Personal experiences in places like Tijuana, San Ysidro, Chula Vista, and the


Message Goes Out to Low-Income Parents: Talk to Teach

By Nate Robson Oklahoma Watch Tulsa is ground zero for a new early-childhood education campaign that seeks to get more parents reading or talking with their children, even if they are too young to understand. Nearly $1.5 million will be spent in Tulsa starting this spring to raise awareness about the importance of talking to


Momentum growing for Mexican American Studies course in Texas high schools

By Steve Taylor Rio Grande Guardian EDINBURG, TX — A Texas State Board of Education member says his efforts to allow school districts to provide Mexican American Studies have been boosted by the White House’s focus on Hispanic war heroes. President Obama recently bestowed Medal of Honor awards on 24 previously ignored veterans. Of these,


Latino Author Writes Book On ‘What History Failed To Tell Us’

By Annika Darling Carlos B. Vega, Ph.D, has dedicated his entire professional life to fostering better relations and understanding between the Hispanic and American cultures. He is a prolific writer, both in Spanish and in English, and specializes in the Spanish language and Hispanic literature, history, and culture. Vega has been a Spanish professor


Pollster: Arizona’s switch from red to blue state ‘inevitable’

By Joe Martin Cronkite News Service PHOENIX – Arizona has a national reputation for hard-core conservatism, but it’s inevitable that Democrats will hold sway in the state as the Latino population grows and independent voters surge, a pollster said Saturday. Jim Haynes, president and CEO of the Phoenix-based Behavior Research Center, said the shift has


Ventura-based nonprofit expands educational outreach in Nicaragua

By Frank X. Moraga Amigos805 Nicaragua is the poorest country in Central America and the second poorest in the Western Hemisphere. Much of the nation’s infrastructure was destroyed during a revolution in the late 1970s and a civil war during the 1980s. As a result, about 50 percent of Nicaraguans currently live below the poverty