Trump stain likely to dog officials' post-administration job prospects
El Nuevo Día: Boricuas de Georgia pueden decidir la suerte de Puerto Rico (this appeared in the printed paper today but you cannot read it without a subscription)
Upcoming Congress will have a record number of women
30 Million Latinas Need Representation In Biden's Cabinet | Opinion
Latino Voters Could Help Determine the Winner of Georgia's Senate Runoffs
AP’s Votecast survey found that of Georgia’s 5 million voters in November, 3% were Latino and 60% voted for President-elect Joe Biden.
'It Needed to Be Modernized.'
The Artists Recreating Lotería, the Iconic Mexican Game of Bingo
Though Lotería is a board game, its roots go deeper than Monopoly or Scrabble. The game is a cultural tradition for many Latinos, and artists like Gonzales and Mike Alfaro, creator of Millennial Lotería, are giving it a new life.
For Afro-Latina supermodel Joan Smalls, Puerto Rico and family are 'my safe haven'
"When you leave — you actually realize how important these things are to your happiness and fulfillment," she says.
Robert Rodríguez's Netflix movie, 'We Can Be Heroes' showcases mission to 'tell our stories'
From "Desperado" to "From Dusk til Dawn," the "Spy Kids" movies and his latest film, Rodríguez has forged a pivotal path for himself and other Latinos.
Here are the top Latino media moments of 2020 — and hints of what to expect in 2021
While fuller representation still lagged in the arts and entertainment industries — considering that 61 million people in the United States claim some Hispanic or Latino heritage, or more likely a subcategory therein — the year was marked with notable successes that foretell a hyper-interesting 2021 if we all fasten our seat belts properly.
Adál Maldonado, Provocative ‘Nuyorican’ Photographer, Dies at 72
Adál, who moved from Puerto Rico to New York as a teenager, created art that was often bitingly satirical and politically subversive.
Lawmakers push to add 'Selena' to National Film Registry, boost Latino visibility in media
"Latinos have been left out of the representation of American culture," says U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, who hopes the effort will correct their depiction.
Behind Backyard Bar-B-Que's James Beard Award-Winning Barbacoa
Barbacoa, the ancient method of cooking meat until it's tender, gained one establishment in South Texas the prestigious James Beard Award in 2020.
Why Puerto Rican Bomba Music Is Resistance
Bomba is an ancient genre of resistance from Puerto Rico created by enslaved people on the island over 400 years ago. Recently, bomba music has been a staple of Black Lives Matter protests calling back to its roots as a music of resilience. Together, hosts Linda Diaz and LA Buckner break down the musical and cultural elements that make bomba, bomba. Ivelisse Diaz of Bomba con Buya teaches Linda about bomba singing, and LA learns bomba drum rhythms.
New Gwinnett sheriff ends controversial immigration program
Hours after being sworn in, Keybo Taylor announced that Gwinnett had left the 287(g) program, which deputizes state and local officials to help enforce federal immigration laws in local jails and state prison systems.
Puerto Rican military veterans will now celebrate National Borinqueneers Day
The designation of April 13 as National Borinqueneers Day "recognizes the bravery, service, and sacrifice" of the 65th Infantry Regiment, which consisted mostly of Puerto Rican soldiers.
Leydy Pech, the "honey lady" who stopped Monsanto
The Mayan beekeeper collected a Goldman Prize on Nov. 23 for her work protecting bees and against transgenic crops in Mexico.
The Goldman Prize, granted by the Goldman Environmental Foundation, annually recognizes environmentalists from each of the world's six inhabited continents, rewarding their environmental activism and leadership. This year the ceremony was held virtually and was hosted by actress Sigourney Weaver.
Chicanos Por La Causa gets $5 million grant from billionaire MacKenzie Scott
Over the past several months, Scott has given away $4.1 billion to more than 100 nonprofit organizations across the country, including Prestamos. The $4.1 billion is part of the $6 billion she has donated in 2020, after pledging to give away the majority of her wealth.
Commentary: My upbringing in Tijuana and San Diego was full of hardship. Today, my brothers and I are resilient.
Growing up in San Diego with immigrant parents, I became accustomed at a young age to knowing what it is like to have your father deported after being picked up by the federal immigration authorities and deported time and time again.
'Hellish': Covid deaths have struck younger Latinos. Here's the economic, social fallout.
"It's hard to comprehend sometimes that all of this has happened," says Tina Cisneros, who lost three family members, as families grapple with grief — and financial losses.
In the Rio Grande Valley, Death Has Become a Family Affair
Christmas will be quieter in the Texas borderlands, where aunts and uncles, grandparents and adult siblings often live under the same roof. That closeness let the coronavirus ravage families.
Delivery Workers Are Struggling to Survive the Pandemic
Online ordering platforms have fundamentally changed delivering food in New York, making the job less stable, more dangerous and increasingly lonely, according to workers
Advocates skeptical about ICE providing the COVID-19 vaccine to detainees
The agency says it is working to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to detainees, but its history of shoddy medical care has advocates worried
California’s Farmworkers Feed the World. Should They Be Next for a Vaccine?
California produce, meat and dairy gets shipped all over the country and the world. This is why Reyes believes agricultural workers should be next to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
'Latinx' hasn't even caught on among Latinos. It never will ...
The term “Latinx,” modifying “Latino” and “Latina” to describe people in a gender-inclusive way, has become commonplace — in some quarters ..
Hispanic Caucus presses Biden to appoint Latinos to lead Education, Small Business
They threw support behind Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona for Education Secretary and Stacie Olivares, a California public pensions official, to lead the SBA.
Every single US state is being advised to consider ethnic minorities as critical groups for vaccination with HALF prioritizing black and Hispanic residents over white
Some states have made even more specific plans to prioritize communities of color, with 12 states specifically mentioning efforts to partner with healthcare providers in areas with a large minority population to reach 'diverse populations', according to Kaiser Family Foundation.
Mistrust, disinformation among Latinos on Covid vaccine worries Hispanic doctors
“We’re the ones who are going to have to take that charge up and reassure our community,” says a Florida-based research doctor.
Economy + Workforce:
San Diego’s Barrio Logan Bounces Back, But Recovery Is Fragile
Covid-19 has taken a toll on small businesses in the Mexican-American neighborhood, threatening the barrio’s recent renaissance.
“Everyone Is Tired of Always Staying Silent”: Inside a Worker Rebellion in the Central Valley
Amid the pandemic, farmworkers are demanding a seat at the table.
Over the summer, the coronavirus tore through the Central Valley, the vast, fertile interior of California that produces a quarter of the nation’s food, including 40 percent of its fruits and nuts. (Primex processes an estimated 6 percent of the state’s pistachios, most of which are exported.) By late July, the Kern County fairgrounds had been transformed into a federal surge testing site, and more than one in five coronavirus tests in the county were coming back positive. “The problem we’re seeing is not whether you’re going to get infected,” Armando Elenes, the secretary treasurer of the United Farm Workers (UFW), told me at the time. “It’s no longer a matter of if—it’s a matter of when.”
I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT TO FILE THIS UNDER -- RACISM?
NAHJ New England Chapter Condemns ‘New arrivals, your job is to learn English’ Editorial
In response to a December 5 “New arrivals, your job is to learn English” editorial published by local Massachusetts newspaper The Lowell Sun, the New England chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) sent the following email to members on December 10:
“An editorial was published in The Lowell Sun last week painting English language learners pretty much as lazy to learn the language among other things. I have attached the link to it as well as pasted our response. We are very clear that despite an editorial being an opinion piece, it should never bring a community down. The editorial board did its immigrant readers a true disservice by publishing as is.”
Shakira Is Google’s Most-Searched Artist For 2020
And her latest video just passed 100M views on YouTube!
12 great Latino books of 2020
Among them: "Afterlife" by Julia Alvarez, "Mexican Gothic" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, "The Taste of Sugar" by Marisel Vera, "American Poison: How Racial Hostility Destroyed Our Promise" by Eduardo Porter, "Children of the Land" by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo
21 Latin Music Movies & Series to Binge-Watch During the Holidays
One Man's Mission to Keep Aztecs' Ancient Language Alive
There's no dearth of culture and language in Southern California. The Census Bureau rates the 40 most common languages spoken by Americans -- and 39 of them are spoken in L.A. At a church in Santa Ana, you'll hear sounds that have resonated for thousands of years. Each Saturday morning, people gather to speak and learn the ancient language of the Aztecs: Nahuatl. Five centuries after the Aztec culture was crushed by Spanish conquistadors, the language survives, still spoken by an estimated 1.5 million people, mostly in central Mexico.
‘Break It All’ Celebrates the Oppositional Energy of Latin Rock
Latin America has taken rock seriously. Seriously enough for governments to suppress it. Seriously enough for bands to sing about political issues, societal troubles and the spirit of rebellion. Seriously enough for fans to risk arrests and beatings to see a concert. While Latin rock can be thoroughly entertaining — catchy, playful, rambunctious, over the top — it rarely settles for being mere entertainment. There’s often far more going on behind the melody, rhythm and noise.A new six-part Netflix series explores half a century of music under pressure.
File under, Knew it!:
Woman the hunter: Ancient Andean remains challenge old ideas of who speared big game
It shouldn’t be surprising that women could hunt, Pitblado adds. “These women were living high up in the Andes, at 13,000 feet full time,” she says. “If you can do that, surely you can bring down a deer.”
32-year-old Kelly Gonez, 1st in her family to attend college, named L.A. school board president
Kelly Gonez, the daughter of an immigrant mother and the first in her family to attend college, was selected Tuesday as the new school board president for the Los Angeles Unified School District, representing a generational shift in the nation’s second-largest school system and potentially a shift toward more influence for backers of charter schools.
INTERVIEW: Julián Castro Says the Future Depends on Democrats Winning in Georgia
Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are doing what everyone should be doing across the country. They are reaching out to every single community. They are not taking any votes for granted. They are reaching out to the Latino community and making sure they are registered to vote and vote. I am happy to support both candidates. They are committed to an America where everybody can have an opportunity, no matter who you are. That is something the Latino community can benefit from, just like every other Georgian.
130,000 Newly Naturalized Citizens Could Decide the Georgia Senate Runoffs
More than 130,000 people have naturalized in Georgia since 2014, a number of potential new voters that exceeds the state’s margin of victory for the 2020 presidential election, and could sway the outcome of the 2021 Georgia Senate runoff elections, a new report shows.
A catchy, Spanglish version of 'Georgia on My Mind' calls on Latinos to vote in the runoffs
The blending of cultures — Ray Charles' version with Las Cafeteras' remake —represents Black and brown solidarity, progressive organizers say.
Last minute Latinx shopping, or bookmark for the new year:
Because... "According to a recent Stanford study, 86% of Latino small business owners reported that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has had a significant negative impact on their companies, despite the fact that Latinos are starting businesses at a faster rate than all other demographic groups. All that hard work being put into these companies won't matter if the sales aren't there."
40 Latinx-Owned Businesses to Support Today and Every Day
86 Latinx-Owned Businesses You Really Need to Know About
21 Afro Latina-Owned Businesses That Will Take Your Holiday Shopping To The Next Level
12 Latino gifts for 2020 that support Latino-owned businesses
Latinx-Owned Brands to Shop This Holiday Season
[ALLP MENTION] Who are the Latinos who could be in Biden's Cabinet?
Another group has formed to provide the Biden transition team names for other Hispanics to put into the federal pipeline and to add names for Cabinet positions. The group is the Alliance for Latinx Leadership and Policy, with co-chairs from Texas, California and Colorado.
Moe Vela, a Washington D.C.-based attorney who worked as a senior adviser to both Biden and former Vice President Al Gore, said Biden and his advisers are not "naive" about the challenges of governing in a polarized climate, and don’t expect that the millions who voted for Trump "will join hands with our 80 million voters and sing ‘Kumbaya.'"
[SONJA DIAZ] The Myth Of The ‘Latino Vote’
“This was a historic turnout, everyone turned out. Like our data at UCLA made clear, Latinos provided that razor-thin edge to the coalition of non-white voters in Milwaukee, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Georgia,” says Sonja Diaz.
Democrats and Republicans invested large sums in persuading white voters, while neglecting the Latinos and young voters of color who have proved critical to Democratic support in Arizona. UCLA research shows Latinos overwhelmingly supported Biden in Maricopa, Pima and Yuma counties, driving Biden toward victory there.
“Speaking about the how Biden garnered Latino votes in key states,” Sonja Diaz said: “All of this was made possible not by political parties, pollsters, or expensive strategists. It happened because Latinos were being vilified by purposely racist policy making in key areas of our communities in Arizona, Texas, Georgia, and North Carolina.”
Covid kills 4-year-old boy's mom and dad in San Antonio
"Just this morning he told me that he wishes he had his mom back and he just wanted her back," Raiden Gonzalez's grandmother said. "I just told him that they're now angels watching over us."
Two Latino physicians and disease experts are part of Biden's Covid-19 task force
Dr. Robert Rodriguez voluntarily provided care to patients during a Texas Covid-19 surge, and Dr. Luciana Borio warned Americans of the coming pandemic.
María Cerda, first Latina on Chicago Board of Education, dead of coronavirus at 86
She later was a founder of the Latino Institute, Her daughter and 93-year-old husband David Cerda also have COVID-19, complicating her burial plans.
Experts Worry About Puerto Rico’s Rapid Rise in COVID Cases
Latino voters get attention in high-stakes Georgia Senate races
NBC News’ Suzanne Gamboa breaks down the new focus on the growing Latino population in Georgia as campaigns start getting ready for two Senate runoff elections in January.
Preliminary data suggests Latina voter turnout surged in key battleground states
Some organizers believe Latinas may be the ones to help deliver Arizona for Biden, and Latinas in Florida and Texas broke in significant numbers for Trump.
What Ricky Hurtado’s Big Win in Alamance County Means for NC Latinos
A longtime NC advocate for Latino residents says the state is reckoning with a powerful new bloc that could change party politics.
Trump saw gains among Florida Puerto Ricans. They say Democrats ‘don’t hear us’
This Mexican-American Woman Went From Democrat To Republican — Because She Opposed Abortion
Latino Republicans played an instrumental role in this election, helping to shift Texas’ Rio Grande Valley towards Trump.
Cecilia Muñoz, Who Defended Family Separations Under Obama, Joins Biden Transition Team
Some big, early shifts on immigration expected under Biden
Joe Biden will likely use executive orders to reverse some of President Donald Trump’s most controversial actions, rolling back moves that were a central feature of his administration and important to his base.
Eva Longoria Takes 'Full Responsibility' After Being Criticized Over Black and Latina Voter Comments
"Representation matters... it matters," the 27-year-old YouTube gamer said, drying tears as he watched a gameplay trailer of "Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales." "It's awesome to see my heritage, part of my heritage, being on display with a character that I love."
Federal judge says new DACA rules are invalid
Chad Wolf was not legally serving as acting Homeland Security secretary when he signed rules limiting applications and renewals for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and those rules are now invalid, a federal judge ruled Saturday.
Lawyers can't find the parents of 666 migrant kids, a higher number than previously reported
Last month lawyers ordered to find migrant families separated by the Trump administration said they couldn't find parents for 545 kids. Now they say it's 666.
Where Is the Smithsonian Museum for American Latinos?
Our stories still don’t have a permanent home in our nation’s capital.
By Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Ken Salazar [SEMI-ROLL CALL!]
‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Is One of the Most Watched Shows Right Now & It’s Led by a Latina
Karol G, CNCO & Ally Brooke To Perform During Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
Economic Recovery from COVID Depends on a Citizenship Pathway for 11 Million Undocumented Immigrants
Without the continued infusion of immigration, and without ensuring the strength and stability of immigrant families, we won’t be able to create the jobs needed to rebuild our economy.
The pandemic has made the racial retirement gap worse. Here's how individuals can close it.
Closing the racial retirement gap for people of color, even in this pandemic, could begin with broadening access and financial education.
Western Union says suspending US transfers to Cuba
Trump administration's latest sanction hits island nation
Poll: Majority of Americans find inequity in our education system
Overall, Hispanic/Latino Americans were the group least likely to rate their education experience as well-funded, top-rated or safe.