By Viviana Hurtado | 04/11/2013 - 13:12
In 2006 while a local television reporter in Providence, Rhode Island, I covered the immigration reform rally, one of many held throughout the country. Many in politics and the media marveled that Latinos had come out in big numbers. Fast forward seven years to this week’s “All in for Citizenship” rally in Washington, DC (with important sister rallies held in other cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Atlanta).
By Viviana Hurtado | 01/21/2013 - 10:59
I had to get "celebrity-ready" to work my first red carpet at the Latino Inaugural Ball at the Kennedy Center.
Miss Texas hair. Check.
Photographer extraordinaire Tricia O. Ortiz. Check.
By Viviana Hurtado | 11/02/2012 - 13:25
These days every time I turn on the TV or radio, I hear an anchor, a campaign operative or an analyst telling us:
“This is the most important election in your lifetime.”
I’ll leave it to the experts to parse out history, data, and economic models.
Instead, I’m going to laser focus on Latinos and the women of our community. Hispanics have been an integral part of this country, in parts of the Southwest, since before the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.
By Viviana Hurtado | 10/23/2012 - 15:30
The table that divided President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney did not adequately capture how far apart their visions are on America’s role in the world. How to deal with friend Israel or foe Iran, trade with an emboldened China, and troop withdrawals from Afghanistan are some of the issues where their differences emerged. Both men threw in some domestic issues in the last debate devoted to foreign policy, full well knowing that most Americans are more focused on the economy at home than China’s.
By Viviana Hurtado | 10/17/2012 - 15:00
This was the debate between the two men vying to be President Americans were waiting for. President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney sparred on domestic and foreign policy, at times interrupting and talking over each other, hurling accusations of their alleged respective failures and even getting in each other’s faces. Moderator Candy Crowley from CNN acted much like an older sister letting younger brothers resolve their differences, but heading off a fight with firm “if I could have you sit down!”
By Viviana Hurtado | 10/04/2012 - 13:05
The pressure was on Mitt Romney to deliver a strong performance at the first presidential debate before the millions of Americans who tuned in. He showed up with his “A” game. President Obama, some would say, did not.
By Viviana Hurtado | 09/27/2012 - 15:05
Registering to vote is a crucial first step in fulfilling not just your duty as a U.S. citizen, but it’s important to look past the media hype and ask yourself why is this election important?
Because of 2010 – it’s not just when the Tea Party showed their power in the House of Representatives, it's when the Latino population boom was confirmed by the 2010 U.S. Census. On top of that, our buying power tops (fasten your seat belts) $1 trillion dólares.
By Viviana Hurtado | 09/20/2012 - 15:00
Mitt Romney has somewhat of a reputation for putting his foot in his mouth. But when the liberal magazine Mother Jones posted the video of the 2012 Republican presidential nominee calling 47 percent of Obama voters “freeloaders,” political junkies, average Americans, and campaign strategists gasped.
By Viviana Hurtado | 09/13/2012 - 16:00
You could say that Hispanic Heritage Month (which is the only “celebration” that actually straddles two months – from mid-September to mid-October) started earlier this year, with the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Rolling out San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro as the DNC keynote speaker and Florida Junior Senator Marco Rubio to introduce Mitt Romney was proof that Latinos are a hot ticket item before a tight election.
By Viviana Hurtado | 09/07/2012 - 18:00
When Barack Obama took the stage at the 2012 Democratic National Convention (DNC), he accepted his re-nomination for President, making the case for why Americans should re-elect him. The signature Obama rhetoric that reached for the sky gave way to a speech grounded in policy of what has been done and what’s left to put the country back on track.