Unique Challenges Faced By Afro-Latinas
Negra & Beautiful: The Unique Challenges Faced By Afro-Latinas
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 01/27/2012 - 14:55

The frustrating ironies of being Afro-Latina hit Yuly Marshall with stunning regularity: At work at a Miami hospital, Hispanic patients of the Cuban-born radiology technician usually assume she’s African American, asking her, “Where did you learn to speak Spanish like that?” and expressing shock—even skepticism—that she’s really Latina. Other times, fellow Latinos will disparage African Americans in front of her with phrases like, “What can you expect from negros?” and then turn around and tell her, as if paying her a compliment, “But you’re not like that. You’re one of us.”


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Cecilia Munoz
Meet President Obama’s New Latina Adviser!
By Amaris Castillo | 01/10/2012 - 16:12

The newly appointed director of the White House’s Domestic Policy Council is, you guessed it, Latina. 


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2011 Latino News
Year in Review: Latinos in the News
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 12/29/2011 - 09:51

For Latinos, it’s been a great year (we are now the largest minority in the country!) and it’s been a bad year (immigration laws and deportations galore). As we say goodbye to 2011, here’s a look back at the biggest stories for our community. To a better 2012!


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The 11 Biggest Political Stories Of The Year
By Viviana Hurtado | 12/23/2011 - 11:00

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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Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Officers Turn In Their Badges
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Officers Turn In Their Badges
By Amaris Castillo | 12/22/2011 - 09:43

Jail officers working for Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio handed in their federal credentials during a news conference in Phoenix Wednesday, a day before civil rights attorneys will be in federal court to seek a ruling in a lawsuit that alleges Arpaio systematically discriminated against Latino residents in conducting traffic patrols and so-called "crime suppression sweeps.”


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Sheriff Joe Arpaio
U.S. Justice Department Takes Stand Against Sheriff Joe Arpaio
By Amaris Castillo | 12/16/2011 - 16:30

The self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff in America” is in trouble with the U.S. Department of Justice. According to America’s Voice Online, Maricopa County (AZ) Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s reign may end soon, as a result of a three-year investigation conducted by the department. Those familiar with Arpaio know of his controversial practices aimed at cracking down illegal immigration, and the fierce criticism he has received because of it.


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WATCH: Stephen Colbert Takes on the Term 'Anchor Baby'
WATCH: Stephen Colbert Takes on the Term 'Anchor Baby'
By Adriana Rivera | 12/15/2011 - 15:00

In Stephen Colbert’s “Tip of the Hat/Wag of the Finger” segment on his hit political satire commentary show The Colbert Report, he brought up the term “anchor baby” and read the definition as written in the American Heritage Dictionary which he says is, “accurately defined as ‘a child born to a non-citizen mother in a country that grants automatic citizenship to children born on its soil, especially such a child born to parents seeking to secure eventual citizenship.’”


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Occupy Wall Street Wants To Recruit Immigrants
Occupy Wall Street Seeks To Recruit Immigrants
By Fox News Latino | 12/14/2011 - 15:00

Occupy Wall Street’s latest effort to attract immigrants is a march for immigrant workers planned this weekend in New York City.

The rally, organized for Sunday, aims to raise awareness on immigrant issues and to draw immigrants to a social movement that has largely focused on corporate greed. It takes place on International Migrants Day, a U.N. designated day in honor of migrant rights.


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Anchor Baby
"Anchor Baby": When a Dictionary Definition Makes a Political Statement
By Viviana Hurtado | 12/13/2011 - 13:00

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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U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Arizona's Immigration Law Case
U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Arizona SB 1070 Case
By Amaris Castillo | 12/13/2011 - 10:45

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would hear the arguments surrounding Arizona’s controversial immigration law, SB 1070.


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