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Yohuru Williams

Martyred Teachers In Mexico

Yohuru Williams | June 27, 2016 | Education
That professional right to defend student needs doubles as a moral obligation to stand for those chained by the blight of poverty and silenced by the might of corporate greed, public indifference and government corruption.
Miriam Leiva

Obama in Cuba: Three Months Later

Miriam Leiva | June 27, 2016 | Latino Voices
The impact of Obama's visit to Cuba on the population has neutralized the political battle waged under the flag of a revolution, whose permanent failure diminishes life quality and hopes.
Yuliana Salinas

An Open Letter To A Gentrifying Property Developer

Yuliana Salinas | June 27, 2016 | Latino Voices
I hope that the next time you visit, email, or call a Latino family, you have a better speech prepared. "White" people are not the only people that deserve housing, and Latinos are not at the very least deserving of your unsolicited dry speech.
Janice Celeste

Is This Black Parenting Magazine Racist?

Janice Celeste | June 26, 2016 | Black Voices
If you think this magazine is racist, you might just be a racist. Successful Black Parenting has been getting a few comments on social media from non-Black people asking the question, is this magazine racist? It’s time to talk about it. When...
Violeta Ayala

El Cantante

Violeta Ayala | June 25, 2016 | Latino Voices
Álex Cabrera, cantando en el Teatro Municipal de La Paz, el 5 de Mayo, 2016 ©PinchesGringos Álex Cabrera Flores, ganó un reality show de cantantes en una cadena nacional, grabó un disco y con su hit 'niña' desplazó al...
Jason Resendez

Two Stories from the Frontlines of Millennial Caregiving

Jason Resendez | June 25, 2016 | Latino Voices
As Alzheimer's and brain awareness month comes to close, I want to highlight two powerful stories connected by trends that deserve our attention: the growing impact of Alzheimer's on communities of color and the growth of the millennial caregiver. UsAgainstAlzheimer's recently...
Lee H. Hamilton

It's Time For An Immigration Policy That Serves Our National Interest

Lee H. Hamilton | June 24, 2016 | Politics
It is time for a new approach. While it won't be easy, we need to create an immigration system that focuses on the welcoming the immigrants we need to support economic growth and vitality while maintaining our national security.
Judy Belk

Supreme Court Deadlock Keeps Immigrants' Health at Risk

Judy Belk | June 24, 2016 | Black Voices
This news from the Supreme Court is deeply disappointing. But the movement for healthier communities is bigger than one legal case.
Center for Community Change Action

After Supreme Court Immigration Ruling, Latinos Have a Moral Duty to Fight Back In November

Center for Community Change Action | June 24, 2016 | Latino Voices
Thomas Kennedy and his mom, Maria. Credit: Thomas Kennedy By Thomas Kennedy Millions of hardworking families across this country have been anxiously waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on President Obama's plan to provide deportation relief to undocumented immigrants in this...
Josh Andres

Rebirth: The Re-emergence Of Live Instruments In Popular Music

Josh Andres | June 24, 2016 | Black Voices
I am an instrumentalist. It's part of my musical identity and is becoming more fascinating to the mainstream and average listener. I truly believe when we look back on 2016, we will have witnessed the rebirth of live instrumentation, Funk, and Jazz into mainstream music.
Getrude Matshe

A Living Legacy - The 29th International Flamenco Festival of Albuquerque

Getrude Matshe | June 24, 2016 | Latino Voices
Eva Encinias-Sandoval is the mother of three children and she has been described as a Living Legacy and the creator of what is now the largest International Flamenco Festival in the North America. Eva was trained by her mother Clara García de...
Sister Jenna

The Princess and the Poorest Feel the Same Peace

Sister Jenna | June 23, 2016 | Latino Voices
Courtesy, Meditation Museum She: The HRH Princess Basmah bint Saud bin Abdulaziz al Saud of Saudi Arabia. They: Disadvantaged youth from the slums of Colombia. The Meeting: The Meditation Museum for an afternoon of music, healing and peace. 48 Hours Later: The Colombian government has agreed to a bilateral ceasefire with FARC rebels, a historic agreement that could move towards the signing of a peace agreement. Several private organizations and individuals from Colombia joined forces to sponsor the youth to visit America. Ranging from 12-18 years old, they are the winners of the singing festival, Cantando y Educando (Singing and Learning). They are students from the poorest public schools in the crime-ridden city of Cali, one of the most violent cities in the world. Each brought such a unique voice and sound. Some played instruments, many sang from their hearts. Together, they are Voices of La Paz (Voices of Peace). HRH Princess Basmah bint Saud bin Abdulaziz al Saud of Saudi Arabia came to America to participate in diplomatic meetings and to share her new book, The Fourth Way Law. From different worlds, they crossed paths outside the nation's capital. I first met Princess Basmah during a private event hosted by author and civic leader, Reverend Marcia Dyson to share the Meditate The Vote movement with her. We had a lovely time and I learned how much we have in common in terms of our love for humanity. I could feel that our story together was not yet finished. The next day, I observed the incredible group of youth in concert. I was so moved by their talent, courage and determination to transcend their stories of struggle in their home country of Colombia. As I offered a moment of silence and blessing to wish their future to be brighter than a thousand suns during their program, I knew that their voices must be heard much further than that moment. Our purest thoughts come from silence; when we can pause the details of our schedules, and hear the purpose of why our paths cross with another. I invited both HRH Princess Basmah bint Saud bin Abdulaziz al Saud of Saudi Arabia and the Colombian youth to the Meditation Museum, as it is customary in my tradition to welcome guests into our spaces that are so carefully nurtured with remembrance of God. Destiny was created for them to attend on the same day, at the same time. A magical moment emerged for the youth to meet a real life Princess, a scene perhaps only known to them through a Disney movie. The youth arrived in the Meditation Museum with a quiet exhaustion. In two vans, with guitars, drums, and rain sticks in hand, they filed in to the Meditation Museum. First, they were guided on a tour. Although they had visited the museums of Washington, DC the previous day, they didn't compare to the exhibits of One Light, Who Am I, and Soul and Body Awareness. All are intended to wake up a deep memory within each of us, and feel our destination Home. Then we gathered in a circle, greeted each other and began to share. Through a demonstration of crystal bowls, we experienced how our thoughts create vibrations; it is always our choice as to what kind of vibration we wish to spread. It is so important for each of us to recognize the negative thoughts we are holding, and find a way to release them. The youth each wrote a painful memory or experience from their lives in Colombia, that they were still holding, as a means to formally let them go. It is only then that each can truly believe in their power. Courtesy, Meditation Museum As the moment approached for Princess Basmah to arrive, the youth lined up, each holding a red rose for greeting her. She greeted each youth member individually, and then took her seat at the front of the Meditation Museum. The youth began to perform, and the atmosphere filled with a heart-felt energy. When a young woman began to sing, "I Will Always Love You," the Princess turned to me and said, "How did you know?" "Know what?" I asked. "This is my favorite song," she said with awe in her voice. "Our purest wishes are fulfilled here, it is what the space represents," I shared. Princess Basmah then offered a message and blessing to the youth. "Your life is for purpose," she deliberately shared with the youth. "Never let anything distract you from that." She and I excused ourselves for a private meeting, while the youth and their guides enjoyed a home-cooked meal, continued touring the exhibits, and shared their experiences of the trip with the volunteers of the Meditation Museum. Slowly and naturally, they returned to playing music, singing and dancing. It is their art, their way of healing, their purpose. "I have never felt so much love before," one of the youth shared while receiving her blessing card. It was a rainy Tuesday in Washington, DC. Amidst a hostile political climate with Democrats waging a sit-in on the floor on Capitol Hill, the aftermath of a tragic event in Orlando, and countless struggles around the world, The Princess and the Poorest not only met, but also experienced the same peace and momentary perfection of life. When the intention is to love all of God's children the same, that is exactly what is felt. Courtesy, Colombian Embassy Then, just 48 hours after that profound meeting, on June 23rd, after 70 years of war, the Government of Colombia and its largest guerrilla announced a definite, bilateral cease-fire. Generations of Colombians have never known one day of peace in their country. These youth may be the first generation in decades whose children will be born in a country at peace. I believe that they truly are The Voices of Peace. They are certainly ready to walk the talk with the flag of Colombia. They will return to their home country with renewed peace for themselves, their country and the world. I believe our thoughts have the power to create this vibration. Courtesy, Meditation...
Trita Parsi

Open Letter: Let Rumi Be Played By A Middle Easterner!

Trita Parsi | June 23, 2016 | Entertainment
Positive depictions of minorities allow others to view people of color in a favorable light, thereby eliminating harmful stereotypes and racism. Such depictions also empower those minority groups.
Gabrielle Giffords

No Bill, No Break

Gabrielle Giffords | June 23, 2016 | Politics
It's been said that hope was forged of two powerful ingredients: anger at how things are, and the courage to change them. We will not be driven backwards to live in isolation from one another and in fear of violence.
Delfín Carbonell

What Does Being Bilingual Really Mean?

Delfín Carbonell | June 23, 2016 | Latino Voices
An absolute level of correctness or proficiency, or even certainty, does not exist, and perfection, in any field, is always an ideal. A high stage of expertise is a goal we must all strive for and never quit trying to achieve lest we become self-satisfied and complacent, kick back...
Bill Moyers

Today, John Lewis Stood Up For Human Dignity Once Again

Bill Moyers | June 22, 2016 | Politics
Today's protest in the House of Representatives just might mark the beginning of the end of the gun industry's grip on American life and liberty.
Gabby Beckford

Why Neutrality Is Just As Harmful As Prejudice

Gabby Beckford | June 22, 2016 | Black Voices
As many rally in support of those affected by these social issues, there are still those who sit quietly. Those who may believe in a cause or have an opinion, but choose not use their voice.
Juan C. Dávila

PROMESA: Puerto Rico's "Restructure" at $4.25 an Hour

Juan C. Dávila | June 24, 2016 | Latino Voices
A massive people assembly to organize against PROMESA has been called for June 25th by Puerto Rico Contra la Junta at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in the Capital City of San Juan. In the Puerto Rican Diaspora, groups are organizing too.
Maritza Perez

Before We Say 'No More Drug War,' We Need to Shout 'Black Lives Matter' and 'Not One More'

Maritza Perez | June 22, 2016 | Politics
If the drug war were truly about going after drug users and eradicating consumption, white communities would see the same levels of criminalization as communities of color -- but they have not.
Ingrid Vasquez

Sorry Trump: For Some Of Us Racial Profiling Has Always Been An Issue

Ingrid Vasquez | June 22, 2016 | Latino Voices
The first memory I have of being racially profiled goes back to when I was a child shopping with my mother and older sister. I was only 13 or 14 years old, but I knew what was happening
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