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The Future of the American Dream

Cristóbal Joshua Alex | Posted 12.19.2014 | Latino Voices
Cristóbal Joshua Alex

If November's election teaches us anything, it is that while this is a setback for the many who hoped to bring change, it is not the end of the American Dream.

In Conversation With Pili Montilla

Adriana Teresa Letorney | Posted 12.02.2014 | Entertainment
Adriana Teresa Letorney

"My dad has always been a great inspiration to me. He actually celebrates when I don't book a job. He says: "Pili, every 'no' is getting you closer to a 'yes'." It's a mindset that has really helped me push through those rough times."

The Country is Watching, Waiting

Cristóbal Joshua Alex | Posted 11.26.2014 | Latino Voices
Cristóbal Joshua Alex

The time to act on immigration is now and not just because the President is taking executive action. The time is now because, today, there are still millions of families living in fear, there are still billions of dollars in tax revenue to be able to be contributed.

Women Can Do Anything Men Can Do, But Here's One Surprising Thing They're Even Better At

Mary Ann Bauman, M.D. | Posted 11.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary Ann Bauman, M.D.

Who would have thought that these catchy lyrics from the 1946 Broadway musical Annie Get Your Gun would fit so perfectly into a conversation today about women and heart disease?

Latinos Aren't Going to Save Democrats in Texas

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Mark Yzaguirre

This election shows that the Republican Party in Texas is quite capable of making a play for a solid portion of the Texas Latino vote. If Democrats want to have any hope of changing the dynamics of statewide politics in Texas, they need to lose their illusions about a coming tide of Latino voters who will save them.

We Need an Accounting of America's Innocent Prisoners

David A. Love | Posted 10.30.2014 | Crime
David A. Love

Jimmy Dennis, William Nieves, Fred Thomas, the original Lex Street Massacre defendants and others are not aberrations. Surely there are more, many more, in prisons in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation.

Greg Abbott and Latino Voters in Texas

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Mark Yzaguirre

The Latino vote has been a big source of Democratic hopes in Texas, with the assumption being that if and when the sleeping giant of Latino voters wake up, they will overwhelmingly vote Democratic and turn Texas blue.

What is Driving the "Central American Migrant Crisis"? US Economic Recovery

Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda

The increasing number of migrant children being apprehended at the US border has finally focused media and political attention on the humanitarian plight of Central American migrant families.

I Contain Multitudes: Brian Martinez

Diane Luby Lane | Posted 10.27.2014 | Arts
Diane Luby Lane

Their team didn't make the finals, or even the semifinals, but there was something about his performance, his intenseness, his citing Emily Dickinson with grit. The clip was so short, just a few words; no one would even know that he was performing Emily Dickinson...but I would know.

The Killing of Black Men Is an American Human Rights Disaster

David A. Love | Posted 10.22.2014 | Black Voices
David A. Love

For decades, American civil rights advocates have connected the dots between the domestic fight for civil rights and the international struggle for human rights.

Why We're Still Talking About Campbell Brown

Alyssa Hadley Dunn | Posted 10.14.2014 | Education
Alyssa Hadley Dunn

As Albert Camus wrote, "Good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding." Whatever Ms. Brown's intentions are, they lack an understanding of both the current landscape of teaching in high-needs schools and of educational research. It's time to get some facts straight.

Civil Rights or Civil Wrongs: A Closer Look at the Common Core

Anthony Cody | Posted 10.04.2014 | Education
Anthony Cody

The corporate under-written Common Core standards and tests are at best a distraction and at worse add grievous insult to injury for children of color.

Waiting For Environmental Justice to Come

David A. Love | Posted 09.01.2014 | Black Voices
David A. Love

Environmental toxins and pollutants know no class or race, and yet government policies and corporate activities place an undue burden on the health of the poor and communities of color.

Paul Sandoval's Enduring Legacy and Cause

Wayne Trujillo | Posted 07.12.2014 | Denver
Wayne Trujillo

Kingpin. Denver icon. Politco powerhouse. Capital Hill connoisseur. Tamale maker. Assorted titles and descriptions of Paul Sandoval's legend and influence chart the man's professional and personal oeuvre.

A Bipartisan Attempt to Restore Credibility to the U.S. Border Enforcement System

Donald Kerwin | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Donald Kerwin

For too many years, Congress and the Executive branch have failed to provide meaningful oversight of the Border Patrol and OSO to set standards for effective, rights-respecting enforcement.

Congressman Becerra: Your Party, or Our Immigrant Families?

Erika Andiola | Posted 05.26.2014 | Latino Voices
Erika Andiola

Using the lives of millions of undocumented immigrants for political gain is wrong. Holding influence and power as a Latino, yet not caring about people like my mother is wrong.

Choking Off Access to Credit

Javier Palomarez | Posted 05.25.2014 | Business
Javier Palomarez

Those already squeezed may soon feel choked as a new, coordinated effort among the U.S. Department of Justice and federal banking agencies threatens to further restrict access to credit.

Being Latino Is Not a Crutch

César Vargas | Posted 05.19.2014 | Latino Voices
César Vargas

Being Latino is not a crutch. Society keeps telling us it is. I'm telling you it's not. Believe in yourself. Pass it on to your family, your friends, your children, and society.

The Brown Invasion and the Mistrust of Academia

César Vargas | Posted 05.13.2014 | Latino Voices
César Vargas

Education should not solely be used to attain a good job: it opens our minds. That is the best way to break our real and imaginary shackles: mental, physical and spiritual.

Momentum Builds in Puerto Rico for Major Marijuana Reforms

Adrian Brito | Posted 05.06.2014 | Latino Voices
Adrian Brito

If this happens, Puerto Rico will become the first American territory to legalize medical marijuana and decriminalize marijuana possession.

Not a Big Fan of My Brother's Keeper

César Vargas | Posted 05.06.2014 | Latino Voices
César Vargas

Poor people are under a great deal of stress. Their spirits are under a lot of stress. To tell them that they have no excuse is not just irresponsible. It's dangerous.

Chile: Senate Approves Idea of Life Partnership Agreement

María Mercedes Gómez | Posted 04.22.2014 | Latino Voices
María Mercedes Gómez

A question on many minds is whether the AVP bill will in effect shut down the discussion on same sex marriage in Chile.

Notes From the Road: Phoenix

Don Bacigalupi | Posted 04.14.2014 | Arts
Don Bacigalupi

Her large, richly detailed and colorful paintings begin with the anatomical structure of the human body, but manage to fold in the artist's love of the maps collected by her grandfather.

Shaki-Shocky!

Monica Trasandes | Posted 04.12.2014 | Latino Voices
Monica Trasandes

Last week, Shakira and Rihanna's new video, filled with steamy faux lesbianism, absolutely shook some folks to the core.

Bye Bye Photoshop, Welcome Real Beauty

Paula Escobar Chavarría | Posted 03.31.2014 | Latino Voices
Paula Escobar Chavarría

Every once in a while, it's in the news and it is shocking: Very young women are suffering from eating disorders that lead them, sometimes, to extreme...