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NCLR Action Fund

President's Call for Action on Inequality Rings Urgently for Latinos

NCLR Action Fund | January 31, 2015 | Latino Voices
Of the various domestic policy prescriptions of President Obama's 2015 State of the Union address, one message stood out clearly: though the economy has improved significantly since the darkest days of the Recession, the nation still has much work to do when it comes to reducing economic inequality.
Arturo Carmona

Stop the Comcast-Time Warner Mega-Merger That Would Hurt the Latino Community

Arturo Carmona | January 30, 2015 | Latino Voices
A tide is turning on the proposed Comcast-Time Warner merger. Mere months ago, they seemed too big, too wealthy to fight. But as the stakes have become clear, as many of us have realized just how much lack of competition has already affected the internet and just how little competition...
Rebecca Callahan

Students Should Retain Their Bilingual Heritage for Its Economic Value

Rebecca Callahan | January 30, 2015 | Education
The reality is that these parents who sign up their kids for dual-language kindergarten are onto something.
Rodrigo Aguilera

The Fiscal Risks of Low Oil Prices in Mexico

Rodrigo Aguilera | January 30, 2015 | World
This weakness in oil prices comes at a time when the Mexican government is struggling to overcome a two-year economic slowdown and ensure the attractiveness of Mexico's considerable energy potential after passing the energy reform. The country will have to make important adjustments in both the short and medium term if low oil prices remain the norm after 2015.
Robin Guittard

Cuba-USA: A New Hope for Human Rights

Robin Guittard | January 30, 2015 | World
The positive steps taken in the past weeks must absolutely translate into the full implementation of a new human-rights agenda. That is the only hope for real change.
Phil Thompson

Medical Servants, Not Slaves

Phil Thompson | January 30, 2015 | World
Cuba currently claims some 80,000 medical personnel, who serve in more than 20 countries worldwide. In Brazil, arriving doctors have been met with protest and branded "medical slaves."
Barbara E. Joe

Peace Corps in Cuba? You Heard It Here First

Barbara E. Joe | January 30, 2015 | World
Before anyone starts bombarding Peace Corps headquarters with inquiries about Cuba service, it's only an embryonic idea right now, but one that I've been advocating for a while.
Raul Stolk

Venezuela Authorizes Use of Lethal Weapons on Protest Control

Raul Stolk | January 30, 2015 | Latino Voices
In Venezuela the armed forces are not allowed to enforce public order. The only component of the military that may act in certain civil defense roles is the National Guard, yet the new resolution does not distinguish. But that is just one small detail.
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Maryland Graduation Rate Hits Record High

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | January 30, 2015 | Education
More than 86 percent of students in Maryland are earning diplomas within four years, a record-high graduation rate for the state, according to data released Tuesday. Maryland state officials celebrated the achievement, noting that the rate has risen more than four percentage points since 2010.
Fernando Espuelas

Anti-Immigrant GOP Puts America in Danger

Fernando Espuelas | January 30, 2015 | Politics
Short of flying giraffes in the chamber of the House, nothing should surprise Americans about their Congress. The latest chapter in the GOP's high dysfunction as the "governing" party is the suggestion by some Republicans not to fund the Department of Homeland Security so as to stick a knife in President Obama's immigration actions.
Vanessa Cardenas

Early Education Is Everyone's Issue

Vanessa Cardenas | January 29, 2015 | Education
This is not just an educational but an economic issue and as such, every segment of society should support the president's efforts to find ways to expand early childhood education access for all children.
Vanessa Mártir

Remembering Brooklyn

Vanessa Mártir | January 29, 2015 | Latino Voices
Every so often, when you walk around aimlessly, when you get off the main avenues, walk away from the bulldozers and the cranes and the development that just went up with its terraces and Art Deco architecture, away from the cafés and juice bars, you'll come across a block that reminds you of home.
Lenier González Mederos

Cuba and the United States: The Challenges of Starting Anew

Lenier González Mederos | January 29, 2015 | World
In this moment of negotiation with the United States political creativity is being imposed by the Cuban side. To that end prudence and moderation are needed, but at the same time firmness and clarity for the objectives at hand.
Roberto Veiga González

Cuba and the United States Leap Obstacles for the Progress of the Island

Roberto Veiga González | January 29, 2015 | World
We know that the road won't be easy, as it will be marked by personal limits, political errors and human fears.
Diana Nyad

Cuba: So Close You Could Almost Swim There

Diana Nyad | January 29, 2015 | World
My swim from Cuba to Florida, aside from the personal challenge to make endurance history across a wild, epic ocean, was always meant to also make a statement of hopeful reconnection between our two beautiful nations.
Brennon Marcano

Diversifying Hollywood About More Than the Academy Awards

Brennon Marcano | January 29, 2015 | Entertainment
Though we call it "entertainment" what we see in movies and on TV drives the broader cultural conversation and has an important place in our society. Now, more than ever, it's important that women and people of color are a part of that exchange.
Joseph Castro

A Brighter Future for Cuba

Joseph Castro | January 28, 2015 | World
The endless wait for someone to turn the page on Fidel Castro's mockery of a revolution has finally arrived.
National Council of La Raza

Immigration Status Adds Layer of Complexity to ACA Enrollment

National Council of La Raza | January 27, 2015 | Latino Voices
The promise of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can only be met once everyone who is eligible and in need of health coverage receives it. This is especially true for the Latino community, which stands to benefit the most from the new health care law, but only if more of us enroll.
A. B. Wilkinson

Oscars 2015: So Hollywood Is Still Racist (and Sexist), Now What?

A. B. Wilkinson | January 28, 2015 | Entertainment
Certainly, the lack of variety in Hollywood is not the biggest problem in the world today, yet it is a serious issue and one that we can do something about. In the true U.S. tradition of protest we can boycott movies and shows that are discriminatory as a tactic to force change.
John Donovan

Cuba's Potential as the Economic Growth Superstar

John Donovan | January 28, 2015 | World
There is abundant evidence that it has been largely the energetic Cuban presence that has taken that decaying city and transformed it into what is really the economic capital of Latin America.
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