Semana Latina

Una semana de asombro, horror, incertidumbre

Fue el primer acto exitoso de terrorismo en Estados Unidos bajo el gobierno de Barack Obama. Con el correr de las horas se comenzaron a aclarar las nuevas realidades. Tres muertos: dos jóvenes mujeres, un niño de 8 años.

En medio de la conmoción nacional, inicia el debate migratorio

El evento histórico del inicio del debate sobre la reforma migratoria ya no es ni la única noticia de importancia, ni la más relevante. Lo cual no es óbice para que el debate sea productivo y conduzca, de una vez por todas, a la solución de la cuestión migratoria.

Latinos: 16% Of Population, But Just 2% Of Homegrown Terrorists

The fact that Muhammad Yusuf, who was arrested yesterday and accused of conspiring to commit a terrorist act in New York, was born in the Dominican Republic and that his pre-conversion name is Jose Pimentel, wasn’t ignored in the reports about the failed plot. On the contrary, it appeared mostly on the first paragraphs in the news.

Semana Latina: DREAMers Dare And Hope

“There are hundreds of thousands, if not millions of young unauthorized immigrants who can make a difference like you did, if only they have the chance to do it,” wrote another in a welcoming tone.

As we are now attempting to do.

What Is A Latino, Anyway? It Depends

For some, this is an homogeneous group, so united that if you make one of them a formal leader, the others will follow.

So if you choose a Latino candidate to run for office, the thinking goes, just the fact that they are Latino will, by itself, convince Latino voters to support them. Regardless of whether the Latino candidate is opposed to what most Latinos support–and vice versa.

Nobody Loves Marco Rubio Anymore

It is more believable, perhaps, that the GOP never considered him seriously, knowing that the only votes he could bring with him were from the Cuban American, a community which already votes Republican. Their VP ticket show-boating was just that — show-boating, bravado and wishful thinking, while sipping the strong Cuban cafecito.

Latinos And Their Issues Absent From Super Tuesday

Super Tuesday will likely be an extremely important day for the GOP presidential candidates, with 410 delegates — or 18% of the total GOP delegates– up for grabs. Of course, a big win could assist Mitt Romney to win the nomination and break the back of either Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich; but on the other hand, a surprise win for either of these candidates could potentially debilitate Romney and deny him the advantage he gained from last-minute victories in Michigan and Florida.

Violence In Schools, Nothing Out Of The Ordinary For Latinos And Blacks

The cases of chronic violence, which occurs repeatedly and is ongoing, are never explored–and these comprise the vast majority, causing untold devastation and grief.

While massacres and tragic shootings by crazed individuals occur in schools of all economic levels, with varying racial makeups, chronic violence in school tends to be concentrated in lower income areas, where the majority of students are usually Latino or black.

The Fata Morgana Of the Latino Republican Vote

If you hear the sound of rapidly changing drafts, the addition of words in Spanish by the speechwriters, the shift away from deportation as a one-size-fits-all solution, it’s because primaries in Florida and other states with considerable Latino populations are just around the corner.

Los Angeles School District Continues To Languish Under Unending Budget Crisis

It hasn’t always been like this in California. The Golden State was once a Mecca for education at all levels. Higher education at the three systems created by the government the University of California with 9 campuses, the California State University with 23 and the enormous Community College system was all affordable

The Florida Vote And The Campaign Of The Absurd

“Mr. Speaker, I am not anti-immigrant: my father was born in Mexico.”
End of discussion. How could we think otherwise? Demolishing argument. Iron logic. Incredible philosophy. Why teach about Socrates, Descartes or Spinoza, when we have Mitt Romney?
Because, actually, how can any American be anti-immigrant when most of their forefathers were born somewhere else?

Gingrich Outflanks Obama From The Left

Quite frankly, it seems there have already been way too many GOP debates, and many more scheduled. They have been going on now for far too long. Please. The candidates perhaps cannot remember what they initially thought. And they may, for a change, say something constructive.