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Five reasons Latinos should vote in November
All elections matter. This November, Americans will choose governors in 36 states, elect the entire House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate, select a great majority of their state legislators, and decide who will represent them in hundreds of local elections. The decisions these offic....
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Who stole television news?
They're selling us another war on television. As a Washington media strategist, people ask me, “Who's offering alternatives to war on the Sunday morning news shows?” As reported by the New York Times, military analysts dominating the Sunday airwaves, marshaling support for war in the Middle East, ....
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Latinos targeted by Koch Brothers campaign
On a sweltering summer afternoon in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale, a small group of local Latino business owners and their families gathered in an upscale venue called Venue. Sitting at half-empty tables amidst faux western decor and flanked by banners reading “Limited government, unlimited opp....
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Stop, listen, little voices are calling to us
In the past few weeks, I’ve been mesmerized by the voices of young refugees from Central America, telling their stories. One little girl I read about was described by the reporter as no more than eight or nine. She sat in a chair holding a doll before the immigration authorities, swinging her feet....
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Noted support for Echaveste nomination
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and the members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) applauded the announcement that President Obama is nominating María Echaveste as the next U.S. ambassador to México. Echaveste has served with distinction in government, in the private sector, with ....
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Latino participation is critical this November
The last couple of months have been disheartening for Latinos who were hoping for action in repairing the nation’s immigration system. Faced with insult on immigration from one political party and broken promises from the other, Latinos may be tempted to sit on the sidelines in the 2014 midterms. ....
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Latino voters: We can make a difference
The explosive Hispanic population growth of the past few decades has propelled this youthful demographic to American politics’ center stage. Although Latinos have yet to register and vote proportionate to their numbers, we can expect an increase in civic engagement as their education and economic ....
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After Ferguson, U.N. Calls on U.S.
In the last several weeks, the state of Missouri has captured news headlines around the globe: first, with reports coming out of Ferguson of yet another unarmed African-American young man shot and killed by police, and then with accounts of a violent and militarized crackdown on protesters carried....
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Ferguson through the eyes of a reporter
Watching the television news footage of the riots in Ferguson, Mo., I remembered a unique assignment I worked more than 30 years ago, but will never forget. The screaming protestors. The heavily armed police. The burning buildings. The Ferguson unrest started after the killing of unarmed black t....
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Militarization of police is a deliberate strategy
It used to be billy clubs, fire hoses and snarling German shepherds. Now it's armored personnel carriers and flash-bang grenades. The weaponry has changed, but the target is still the same. If some of the photos from Ferguson recently were in black and white, you might confuse them with scenes fr....
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What it’s like to lose your best friend to suicide
I was probably seven years old when we first met. My mom and my aunt were both in charge of a group at church. My aunt was in charge of the grown-ups while my mother was in charge of us kids. Every Friday while my aunt was with the adults praying the rosary, the kids were being taught how to pray ....
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Undocumented stand with Brown family
United We Dream (UWD) stands in solidarity with the Brown family and with the African American community for whom tragedies like this happen much too often. Everyday millions of people of color in the United States go to sleep afraid of the people who are supposed to protect us. As an network of ....
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Congress must keep its voting rights promise
Congress went home recently without tackling several critical issues facing our country. This is common in an election year. But this year should have been different. For the first time in nearly five decades, Americans will go to the polls in November without a key protection under the Voting Rig....
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Network Neutrality: There is so much at stake
From protest songs, to news stories, to campaigns for social change, our community has long understood that the right and power to tell our own stories is critical in our fight for human dignity and equality. Network Neutrality rules, also known as open Internet protections, are critical to the fi....
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Women play soccer too!
With all the hype around the knock-out rounds of the World Cup, did you know that what we refer to worldwide as the World Cup is actually the Men’s World Cup and that the Women’s World Cup is next year in Canada? As a soccer fan, player and woman, I myself didn’t realize this until I started thi....
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