Viviana Hurtado

Eight Vote Win: What Iowa Teaches Us about the Importance of Voting

How many times have you heard, or even thought: “I’m not going to vote because...”

“I don’t have time.”

“My vote doesn’t count.”

“The candidates don’t reflect my views.”


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The 11 Biggest Political Stories Of The Year

The clock is counting down, not just to a New Year, but to one of the most exciting Presidential elections which may be determined by Latinos.  We decided to look back at the most important issues, policies, and political stories of 2011 that may influence for whom voters cast their ballots in 2012.


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Anchor Baby
"Anchor Baby": When a Dictionary Definition Makes a Political Statement

Millions of words roll off our tongues every day. We often times don’t think about the power of words, specifically the legitimacy we give a political position or social statement with the terms we choose to use. That is, until a scandal breaks.

Exhibit A: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language added “anchor baby,” along with 10,000 other words and phrases, to its latest edition.  The term was initially defined as:


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Would Passage of the DREAM Act Have Saved Joaquin Luna?
Could Passage of the DREAM Act Have Saved Joaquin Luna?

Despite being a good student with dreams of becoming an engineer, 18-year-old Joaquin Luna committed suicide the Friday after Thanksgiving.  Why?  His family insists that the Mission, Texas teen (who was brought illegally to the U.S. by his parents as a six month old baby) became depressed after the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act failed to pass Congress last December.  In a note addressed to Jesus Christ, he suggests he has no future:


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The Latino Vote
Election 2012: The Latino Vote

We’re less than a year out from the 2012 Presidential Election, and Latinos are poised to determine who occupies the White House! Our growing segment of the electorate may register and vote in droves (we hope)—or, unhappy with President Barack Obama’s record on job creation and immigration reform, many may choose to sit the election out.


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Election 2012: The GOP Candidate’s Stance on Immigration

Newt Gingrich is up in the polls. Rick Perry is down. As the Republican field narrows before President Barack Obama’s challenger is chosen, we thought it was only fair to take to look at where these hopefuls stand on the key political issue of immigration, since we broke down the President's stance last week. Decide for yourselves!


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President Obama
Election 2012: President Obama’s Stance on Immigration

We're sure you've felt the heat around immigration—it's been one of the hottest social and political topics forever—or at least it feels like it.

So, in honor of the fact that we are exactly one year out from the 2012 Presidential elections we decided to decifer exactly where the candidates stand on the issue—beginning with President Barack Obama’s position.


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Herman Cain
10 Things Every Latina Should Know About Sexual Harassment

Herman Cain, who is vying to become the Republican challenger to President Barack Obama in 2012, is dominating the news headlines--not because of his “9-9-9” flat tax plan, but because of allegations of sexual harassment lodged by several women.

That got us thinking about the things that every woman should know to identify and survive sexual harassment.


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10 Things Every Latina Needs to Know about Occupy Wall Street
10 Things Every Latina Should Know About Occupy Wall Street

We're sure you've heard of the Occupy Wall Street movement that began almost 2 months ago in downtown Manhattan and has since spread nationally, and in some cases even globally. We just found out that some citizens down in Puerto Rico got in on the act, which got us thinking: What do we really know about this protest?


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