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 ¡Feliz cumpleaños Dolores Huerta!

¡Feliz cumpleaños Dolores Huerta!
At the end of last month the much-anticipated biopic about César Chávez opened in theaters across the country. While we were thrilled that this important story was finally being told on the big screen, we couldn’t help but feel that something was missing. In reality Dolores Huerta played an equall....

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Meet America’s new political bosses
The Republican 2016 presidential primary season opened with the “Sheldon Adelson Primary.” The eight wealthiest person in the country, worth an estimated $40 billion, doesn’t have to wait for the official GOP primary season to start. He holds his own primary. Republicans even called it “the Sheld....
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 What Christian-right hopes to gain from Hobby Lobby

What Christian-right hopes to gain from Hobby Lobby
2009 was a grim year for social conservatives. Barack Obama was an ambitious and popular new president. Republicans, and their conservative philosophy, were largely discredited in the public eye by a failed war and a massive recession. And the GOP’s effort to reshape its message was still in its a....

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How much privacy do you think you have?
Internet privacy concerns among Latinos are on the rise. A recent poll found that close to two-thirds of Latinos have little or no privacy expectations when using the Internet. And they are not alone. All groups surveyed responded similarly. Edward Snowden’s revelation last year that the National....
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Stakes are high for the Latino
The 2012 elections were a powerful demonstration of the growing electoral influence of Latinos. Hispanic voters comprised 10 percent of the total vote—making them a decisive factor in electoral outcomes across the nation and helping to create a mandate for congressional action on immigration refor....
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Trans-Pacific Partnership would be disastrous
Do you care about having access to local and sustainably produced food or protecting your drinking water? Are you concerned about corporate influence distorting our elections? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you should be worried about legislation Senator Max Baucus and Rep. Da....
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Call to action to end rape and sexual assault
As part of an unprecedented national effort to address alarming rates of sexual assault on college campuses, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum last week to establish the “White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.” The taskforce will be charged with sharing best....
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Federal court: ‘Cruel and unusual punishment’
A panel of the First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 on Friday in favor of Massachusetts transgender inmate Michelle Kosilek, affirming a lower court ruling that she deserves the sex reassignment surgery (SRS) her doctors have prescribed. The epic ruling details Kosilek’s 20-year struggle to ob....
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FCC fails in preserving ownership diversity
We just experienced a shameful milestone in the history of U.S. media — and barely anyone noticed. There are now zero black-owned and operated full-power TV stations in our country. This sorry state of affairs is the culmination of a trend that started in the late 1990s when Congress and the Fede....
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Senate Republicans reject Advice for Latino outreach
After the 2012 election cycle, the Republican National Committee (RNC) argued in its post-election autopsy report that the GOP needed to help pass immigration reform and that, “if Hispanics think that we do not want them here, they will close their ears to our policies. In essence, Hispanic v....
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2013: An historic year for LGBT progress
2013 will no doubt be remembered as a truly historic year for LGBT equality. Both in terms of visibility and access to government services, people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or any other label under the queer community’s umbrella saw a huge expansion of their freedoms and ....
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Senate may jeopardize recognition for 'Borinqueneers'
The historic Congressional Gold Medal (CGM) distinction for the 65th Infantry Regiment “Borinqueneers” may be in jeopardy due to languished outreach efforts by the eight Senator original sponsors of the “Borinqueneers” CGM Senate companion Bill (S. 1174). Similar in nature to the famed Tuskegee A....
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Adios Tata Grande Mandela
My graduate students read The Long Walk to Freedom for a course in Social Justice and Activism in the Nonprofit Sector I instructed at Regis University. It was a touching autobiography of Nelson Mandela, the South African freedom fighter. Mandela gave parturition to a nation that had suffered from....
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GOP diverting truth on Affordable Care Act
Having failed to defeat the Affordable Care Act in Congress, to beat it back in the last election, to repeal it despite more than eighty votes in the House, to stop it in the federal courts, to get enough votes in the Supreme Court to overrule it, and to gut it with outright extortion (closing the....
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Youth speak out on food stamps cuts
In 2009, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act increased Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits – commonly known as food stamps — by 13.6 percent, as a way to bring relief to struggling Americans during the economic recession. But on November 1 of this year the increase exp....
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