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Cindy Nava

Why I'm Thankful for DACA and Ready for Hillary

Cindy Nava | November 25, 2015 | Latino Voices
Thanksgiving is a time when American families living under the terrifying threat of deportation will gather. We know that pilgrims were immigrants, too. We know how to bake a turkey until it's golden and go nuts when our team gets a key first down. Like I said, American families.
Julián Castro

Every Person Deserves a Place to Call Home for the Holidays

Julián Castro | November 25, 2015 | Politics
Every person deserves a safe, stable place to call home. But in the wealthiest nation in the world, more than half a million Americans sleep on the streets or spend their Thanksgiving in a homeless shelter. Many of them are children.
Juan Cartagena

The Concomitant Plight of Latinos Under a Broken and Racialized Criminal Justice System

Juan Cartagena | November 25, 2015 | Latino Voices
A national convening of Latino organizations and activists took place on November 18 to coordinate that collective response. Sponsored by LatinoJustice PRLDEF, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, and the Drug Policy Alliance the strategic conversation discussed the proposed reforms to policies that criminalize Latino communities.
Jason Resendez

Thankful for Caregivers

Jason Resendez | November 25, 2015 | Latino Voices
As Thanksgiving approaches, families across the country are preparing to celebrate the holiday through a patchwork of traditions, from fried turkeys to tamales. Yet for a growing number of our friends, spending hours doting over a turkey is a luxury they don't have time for.
César Vargas

Do #BlackLivesMatter to Hispanics? It Depends on Who You Ask

César Vargas | November 25, 2015 | Latino Voices
There is a great deal of racism and colorism within Hispanic enclaves that goes unnoticed, unreported, and kept in obscurity by other Hispanics who happen to be white (and some POC, too). Why do you think some of us have to start our own platforms to speak about these things?
Daniel A. Olivas

My Second Act as a Writer

Daniel A. Olivas | November 25, 2015 | Latino Voices
My "other life" has led me to experiences that have been markedly different from my life as a lawyer. I've read fiction and poetry at high schools, colleges, bookstores and scholarly conferences.
Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan

Puerto Rico's Odious Debt

Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan | November 24, 2015 | Latino Voices
Firing teachers, closing over 150 schools, increasing taxes, laying off public sector workers, proposing to reduce the minimum wage, waiting in emergency rooms due to a lack of nurses, forcing migration to the United States, increasing unemployment and underemployment, separating families and food insecurity.
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

How Can Cities Help Youth With the School-to-Work Transition?

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | November 24, 2015 | Latino Voices
The skills gap is a widespread problem, but the solutions to it will likely be local, diverse, and community-driven.
Trav Pittman

Four Years to Live: On Violence Against Trans Women of Color

Trav Pittman | November 24, 2015 | Gay Voices
Let's talk about education, let's talk about good, real data and how to get it, let's talk about calling trans and gender nonconforming people --  dead or alive -- by their proper names. If there's one thing my mom refusing to open her bills has taught me, it's that ignoring something doesn't make it go away.
Maurice Jourdane

Thanksgiving -- Cesar Chavez And Domestic Workers

Maurice Jourdane | November 24, 2015 | Latino Voices
Like the Native Americans who helped the English P:ilfrim refuges, A. Phillip Randolph, Cesar Chavez, Ken Seaton-Msemaji, Fahari Jeffers and the thousands of needy domestic workers across the country daily set aside their personal needs to help the more needy.
Anabel Hernández

Amid Threats and Break-ins, I Won't Stop Investigating the Missing 43 Students

Anabel Hernández | November 24, 2015 | World
The people who broke into my home took a framed picture of my children that had been tucked away out of view and put it face down out in the open. This incident occurred as I'm carrying out an investigative reporting project into Mexico's most high-profile human rights crime.
American Heart Association

Heart Condition Fails to Shake the Faith of Chicago Latina

American Heart Association | November 24, 2015 | Latino Voices
Last year in its journal, Circulation, the American Heart Association said that Hispanics carry a heavy burden of heart disease and stroke, stressing the need for customized, culturally-tailored approaches to improving their heart health.
Ben Huh

My Family Came to This Country Legally, But We Were Almost Deported

Ben Huh | November 24, 2015 | Politics
Our immigration system is an immoral mess that throws obstacle after barricade in front of the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. It doesn't prevent terrorists from entering the U.S. And it certainly doesn't excel at making America more competitive or innovative.
Latino USA

From NPR's Latino USA: Reservations

Latino USA | November 24, 2015 | Latino Voices
The Yakama Nation is a Native American reservation in Eastern Washington that is home to about 11,000 Yakama people and almost three times as many Latinos. Over recent decades, the reservation's rich agricultural lands have attracted Mexican farmworkers and their families who have...
A. B. Wilkinson

'I'm a Working Class Mujer': Listening to Marginalized Student Voices

A. B. Wilkinson | November 22, 2015 | College
From California to Missouri to New York, structural oppression exists in every educational institution across the United States. It cannot be placed on a handful of people making prejudiced comments or simply pinned on outwardly racist, sexist, classist or homophobic actions. Systematic oppression is reflected in both the explicit actions of some and the implicit actions of many.
Adriana Aristizábal

A Muslim Gandhi

Adriana Aristizábal | November 20, 2015 | Latino Voices
Now is the time for the Islamic community to produce a global leader to use their voice to unify and lead. Time for the peace-loving Muslim community that has remained in silence, overshadowed by fear, to come into the light and produce a Gandhi.
Haydee Morales

Early Detection Key to Fighting Breast Cancer and Planned Parenthood Can Help

Haydee Morales | November 20, 2015 | Latino Voices
Planned Parenthood understands the risk the Latino community faces and is committed to providing access to comprehensive health care to all people who walk through our doors, regardless of age, income or immigration status.
Anthony D. Romero

States of Fear

Anthony D. Romero | November 22, 2015 | Politics
Fear is toxic to a democracy. Fear divides. Fear overreacts. Fear discriminates. It's a lesson we've learned throughout our history, from the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 to the imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II to the post-9/11 Patriot Act.
Amilcar Guzman

Young, Brown and In Debt

Amilcar Guzman | November 20, 2015 | Latino Voices
Student loan debt totals are increasingly holding Latinos back from their future. Instead of striving to obtain a good job and to save for a home, Latinos are striving just to pay back their loans. This predicament does not bode well for the future of our nation.
Brenda Vaden

Jasmine Villegas Is Singing the Right Tune When It Comes to Supporting Young Parents

Brenda Vaden | November 23, 2015 | Latino Voices
Villegas's fame will help her with many of these basic necessities, but she is sure to experience some of the judgment I experienced for her decision to become a young parent. I hope she knows how important it is that she push back on this stigma.
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