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

Donald Kerwin | Posted 03.28.2014 | 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 03.27.2014 | 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 03.25.2014 | 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 03.19.2014 | 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 03.13.2014 | 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 03.07.2014 | 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 03.07.2014 | 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 02.20.2014 | 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...

Could Latinos End Up Censored Online? It Certainly Looks Like It...

Axel W. Caballero | Posted 03.31.2014 | Latino Voices
Axel W. Caballero

In recent years, our members have turned to the Internet to tell the stories that are often ignored by the media. But the court decision will now make it harder for our members to tell those stories since ISPs like Verizon can now block Web content and sites that are relevant to our community.

The Unicorn We Yearn For: Our Families and Justin Bieber

Grey Torrico | Posted 03.26.2014 | Latino Voices
Grey Torrico

In reality, it takes a lot less to detain and exile immigrants with supposed "ordinary" lives for doing ordinary things, like driving their kids to school, than it does to punish the Justin Biebers of the world.

The Network/La Red

Wyatt O'Brian Evans | Posted 01.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Wyatt O'Brian Evans

As I prepare for my national intimate partner violence and abuse (IPV/A) seminar/workshop tour that begins this spring, I'll be acknowledging well-respected and noteworthy organizations committed to helping end this despicable and potentially life-threatening behavior.

Notes From the Road: Texas

Don Bacigalupi | Posted 03.10.2014 | Arts
Don Bacigalupi

In San Antonio, we visited the studio of artist Vincent Valdez. In his cinematic, photorealistic paintings, Valdez mines deeply personal imagery to tell stories with historical gravity and contemporary resonance.

New Year's "Resoluctance"

Yvette A. Nunez | Posted 03.01.2014 | Latino Voices
Yvette A. Nunez

Fifteen years later, I am more guarded about my New Year's resolutions, and their general tendency to crash and burn.

Discharge Petition: The Right Wing Is Anti-Rights

Jarryd Willis | Posted 02.17.2014 | Latino Voices
Jarryd Willis

Asians and Hispanics will be 50 percent of new voters for 21 GOP districts in 2014. They will be 40-49 percent of new voters for 10 districts and 30-39 percent of new voters for 32 other districts. That's 63 Republican controlled districts in which many new voters will care about where their Congressperson stands on issues of immigration reform.

Avoiding Symmetric Polarization: Autopsy of the GOP Autopsy vs. Occupy Third Way

Jarryd Willis | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Jarryd Willis

The asymmetric polarization we have in Congress today can only become symmetric in two ways: Republicans becoming more moderate or Democrats becoming more ideological.

RIP Elaine Rivera

Bob Liff | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Bob Liff

She could walk the halls of power with ease, but she never forgot that what happened in those halls affected the lives of marginal people without her access, people struggling for prison reform, combatting domestic abuse, or seeking immigration justice.

Brazil's Amazonian Potential to Tower Over the Social and Digital Media World

Wayne Trujillo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Denver
Wayne Trujillo

Brazil's sheer size and scope exceed the average American's perception and knowledge of its multitudinous topography and population. Images of tropic...

Folk-Fishing & Spanish Soul: The Legacy of Graciano Tarragó

Camille Zamora | Posted 12.01.2013 | Arts
Camille Zamora

My own journey with Tarragó began several years ago on a hot afternoon in Madrid when, taking refuge from the midday sun in a dusty music shop, I stumbled across some out-of-print folios.

Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth:Julius, 19, Las Vegas.

Diana Scholl | Posted 10.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl

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A Forgotten Battle in Texas

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 10.15.2013 | Latino Voices
Mark Yzaguirre

August 18, 2013 is the 200th anniversary of a battle that has largely been forgotten, but which could have turned North American history in a very different direction.

Asian Voices: Progressives, Are You Listening?

Jarryd Willis | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Jarryd Willis

Asian-Americans appear to be the only large (and growing) voting group whose interests align with the Democratic Party and yet they are rarely afforded the same share of the 'debate spotlight' as social issues relevant to women, LGBT, Black, Hispanic, religious minority, middle-income and low-income voters.

Chamber of the Americas: A Conduit to Latin American Commerce and Culture

Wayne Trujillo | Posted 09.17.2013 | Denver
Wayne Trujillo

The ubiquitous chamber of commerce populates America's business topography comparable to apple pie, baseball and midsummer pyrotechnics. Every munici...