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Voto Latino Power Summit 2014

Voto Latino celebrates 10 year anniversary with Power Summit in NYC

Voto Latino, a civic engagement organization that targets young Latinos, is celebrating its ten year anniversary. For the past two days in New York City, young Latinos have been attending the first of four Power Summits being h...
by Adriana Maestas
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Open the floodgates, Supreme Court strikes down campaign contribution limits

The rich are poised to have even more influence in the upcoming midterm elections in light of the Supreme Court ruling on Wednesday that struck down aggregate campaign contribution limits. According to The New York Times: ̶...
by Adriana Maestas
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As Obamacare sign up deadline nears, Latino support for law declines

With the March 31 deadline almost here, there has been a big push in the Latino community to get people signed up for Obamacare. The Latino community is one of the most uninsured in the nation, and with the population being rel...
by Adriana Maestas
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California quakes put the focus on fracking

This month California was hit with two moderate sized earthquakes. On March 17 in West Los Angeles, a 4.4 quake hit, and then in La Habra, a 5.1 quake hit on March 28. Seismic activity is nothing new in California, which is hom...
by Adriana Maestas
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Cesar Chavez movie provides one dimensional portrayal of a multidimensional man

Last night I had the opportunity to see the Cesar Chavez movie in Orange County, California. I did not have high expectations for the film given director Diego Luna’s limited experience directing high profile projects and...
by Adriana Maestas
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Cesar Chavez opens today amid high expectations from Latino community

The highly anticipated Cesar Chavez film opens this weekend (I have already seen it listed in theaters for Thursday in Southern California), and Latino serving organizations have been ramping up the publicity for the film. Labo...
by Adriana Maestas
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Report: racial disparities in discipline and access to preschool persist

A new report was released on Friday showing that in U.S. public schools are inequitable when it comes to access to preschool and discipline. According to the Los Angeles Times: “Two-fifths of the nation’s public sch...
by Adriana Maestas
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NY Dream Act defeated in NY Senate

A bill that would have provided tuition assistance to college-age undocumented youth died in the New York Senate on Monday, March 17. The bill failed in a 30-29 vote, and all 28 GOP Senators voted against the bill. In the New Y...
by Adriana Maestas
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For profit colleges under the spotlight again in California

A recent audit of the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, a California agency that oversees nonprofit and for profit educational institutions that provide career and technical training, shows that the bureau is failing ...
by Adriana Maestas
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DHS considering two changes to scale back deportations

On Thursday, the White House sent out an announcement after meeting with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus indicating that President Obama had asked the Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to review current pr...
by Adriana Maestas
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House GOP votes on Enforce the Law Act, signaling tough stance on immigration

On Wednesday, the House GOP passed a bill that goes after President Obama’s alleged overreach on issues ranging from Obamacare to education, but notably takes aim at the DREAMers or deferred action recipients, the undocum...
by Adriana Maestas
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Sen. Schumer joins chorus of Senators asking President to halt deportations

On Thursday, Senator Chuck Schumer chimed in about what the President should do if the House fails to pass an immigration reform bill by September. The New York Democrat told Politico: “We remain focused on passing a bala...
by Adriana Maestas
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Better late than never: NCLR’s Janet Murguia calls President ‘deporter-in-chief’

According to a report published in Politico, Janet Murgia, the President of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the nation’s largest Latino civil rights organization, is now calling out the President for his record br...
by Adriana Maestas
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New report highlights dire Latino voter situation in Texas

In Texas, Latinos are projected to reach a plurality of the population (43%), and for the past few years, politicians and operatives have been buzzing about tapping into this growing population to loosen the GOP grip on the sta...
by Adriana Maestas
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Rep. Ed Pastor announces retirement, State Rep. Gallego announces candidacy

Congressman Ed Pastor (D-Arizona) has announced that he would be retiring at the end of his current term. In an announcement posted on Facebook, Rep. Pastor said, “After 23 years in Congress serving the people of Arizona,...
by Adriana Maestas
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