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 The realities of ‘Stupid América’
By Ramón Del Castillo, PhD
The realities of ‘Stupid América’ By Ramón Del Castillo, PhD
Stupid América by Abelardo "Lalo" Delgado stupid américa, see that chicano with a big knife on his steady hand he doesn't want to knife you he wants to sit on a bench and carve Christ figures but you won't let him. stupid américa, hear that chicano shouting curses on the street h....

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Cutting vital tax credits for working families?
By any measure, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), created by President Gerald Ford, has been a resounding bipartisan success. President Ronald Reagan, who substantially expanded the credit during his administration, called it “the best antipoverty, the best pro-family, the best job creation mea....
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Celebrating my abuelo’s legacy
Eighty-eight years ago, a man of extraordinary heart, courage, and understanding was born. On March 31st, we celebrate not only the birthday of my grandfather, César Estrada Chávez, but more importantly the spirit of civic engagement and social justice he espoused throughout his life. César Cháve....
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 The cause endures: Honoring Senator Kennedy

The cause endures: Honoring Senator Kennedy
No lawmaker in American history has done more for workers than Senator Edward M. Kennedy. It was an absolute no-brainer to induct him into the Labor Department’s Hall of Honor. I was lucky to have a front-row seat for Senator Kennedy’s leadership when I worked for him during the 1990s, and it was....

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Pesticides: Decades of workplace poisoning
No one else in this country faces a more poisonous, unregulated workplace than the agricultural worker. Some three million farmworkers, from the greenhouses of Florida to the massive acreage of farm land of California, go to work each day, hoping not to get poisoned. In addition to harvesting our....
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Behind the lens: Selma, 50 years later
March 7, 1965. It became known as "Bloody Sunday." Six hundred people defied the warnings of authorities and attempted to march across the Edmund Pettis Bridge from Selma, Alabama, to show the desire of black American citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote. I was a young boy grow....
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Latino voices missing in Sunday news talk shows
A report released recently by Media Matters for America (MMFA) found that Latino voices are underrepresented in Sunday news talk shows. Despite making up 17 percent of the U.S. population, Latinos made up only seven percent of guests on English-language Sunday shows, the study found. The report a....
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Signatures needed to rename iconic bridge
Fifty years ago, the Voting Rights Movement marched through Selma and over the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The marches across the bridge led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and today the bridge is a symbol of nonviolent victory for change. Unfortunately, the bridge is still named after a ....
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Dark side of Selma ignored by media
When nearly 100,000 people descended on Selma last week to mark the 50th anniversary of the attack on voting rights protesters known as Bloody Sunday, they encountered a city that looked nothing like the quaint but divided community depicted in the recent Hollywood film. On the outskirts of town....
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Police shooting ignites a cross-border controversy
The fatal shooting of an unarmed Mexican migrant by police in Washington state has stirred renewed attention south of the border on the use of deadly force by U.S. law enforcement agencies. The February 10th shooting of Antonio Zambrano Montes by police in Pasco, Washington, is getting prominent c....
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Communities of Color support Net Neutrality
A few years ago, the conventional wisdom in Washington, DC was that communities of color oppose Net Neutrality. It wasn’t true then and it sure isn’t true today. Over the past two months, a number of events have further demonstrated that communities of color support strong open Internet protection....
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Applications invited for ‘Latino Americans: 500 Years of History’ grants
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and American Library Association (ALA) are accepting applications for Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a public programming initiative for libraries and other cultural institutions. Latino Americans: 500 Years of History will support the Amer....
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The passing of Chicano warrior Reies López Tijerina
In the late 1960’s César Chávez, Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales, Jose Angel Gutiérrez and Reies López Tijerina were known as the Four Horsemen of the Chicano Movement. With the sad news that Reies Lòpez Tijerina has passed at the age of 88 in El Paso, Texas, on January 19, 2015 only one of the Four Hors....
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The real threat to democracy
At a House of Representatives hearing last week on President Obama’s administrative relief programs for undocumented immigrants, Republican witnesses trotted out one of their favorite canards—that voter fraud poses a threat to the integrity of our elections. Specifically, they asserted that the pr....
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Few women benefiting from military academy
West Point, the Naval Academy in Annapolis, and the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs are all top-tier educational institutions owned and operated at taxpayer expense by the United States government. They provide an elite education and leadership training to some of the best and brightest stud....
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