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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’ 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

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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Dying communities, forgotten memories
With age you become more nostalgic. Lately, for instance, I take things very seriously, and struggles such as the one with the university (CSUN) and its efforts to privatize the university through projects such as the UNAM (National Autonomous University of México) accord take on a deeper meaning.....
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Enhanced misinformation techniques
When the Senate released its shocking report on CIA torture late last year, it renewed a debate from the Bush years about the merits of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques.” Polls released afterward suggested that most Americans thought that torture was effective and, in some cases, just....
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Queer youth of color: In mourning and resistance
Jessie Hernández--young queer Latin@ and murdered by Denver police, presente! On Monday, January 26th, Jessie Hernández was in a car with four other young people in a Park Hill neighborhood alley. Media has reported that two officers from the Denver Police Department came to the spot where 17-year....
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Congress must uphold the right to vote
In his State of the Union address, President Obama voiced a deep hope held among Latino and many other American voters: the need for a better politics “where we appeal to each other’s basic decency instead of our basest fears…where we debate without demonizing each other; where we talk issues, and....
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This is what transgender harassment looks like
Conservatives often claim that allowing transgender people (especially transgender women) access to the restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity endangers women and children by violating their privacy. More often, it’s the transgender person who is unsafe, particularly if the fa....
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Republicans playing politics with DHS funding
Recently, House Republicans put at risk critical funding that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) needs to keep our nation safe by insisting on a series of amendments to overturn the President’s immigration accountability executive actions. The GOP plan would roll back the enforcement priori....
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The desolate streets of Ferguson
The protesting crowds have thinned. The 24-7 news army has packed up its equipment and moved on to the next hot spot. But Ferguson is still simmering. It’s breathtaking enough walking through the business district along Florissant Ave. to see one storefront after another still boarded up either ....
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Commemorating Dr. King's life By President Barack Obama
Half a century ago, América was moved by a young preacher who called a generation to action and forever changed the course of history. The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. devoted his life to the struggle for justice and equality, sowing seeds of hope for a day when all people might claim "the....
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Strengthening, deepening bonds with México By President Barack Obama
Obviously, the bonds between México and the United States are long and deep, not only because of economic ties and strategic ties between our two countries, but most importantly because of the people-to-people and cultural ties between our two countries. And this meeting has given us an opportuni....
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We are going to defend our rights
History is being made in the tomato fields of Florida. In the past, as women in the fields, we used to face sexual harassment on a daily basis. When we reported these abuses, the first thing our bosses would do was simply to fire us. Basically, as women, as mothers, as human beings, we never had ....
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