Category Archives: Hispanic

A Texas Woman ‘Voted Like a U.S. Citizen.’ Only She Wasn’t. – The New York Times – In Texas – Racism is issue #1!

Her punishment may be unprecedented for an offense that often draws a minimal sentence or probation. Ms. Ortega, who has a seventh-grade education and a sometimes shaky grasp on the complexities of her life, has steadfastly insisted that she did not know she was violating the law — that she is being imprisoned and probably deported for the crime of being confused.“I thought I was doing something right,” Ms. Ortega said. “It wasn’t to hurt somebody, or the state, or the government. I even worked for the government.

Border Angels Celebrates 30th Anniversary | La Prensa San Diego

Border Angels, a non-profit organization that advocates for the human  rights of the immigrant population, will celebrate its 30 year anniversary this November.It all started in 1986, after a trip to the Carlsbad canyons with a north county church, where activist and Border Angels founder Enrique Morones saw children, women, and families living in miserable conditions.“A woman from El Salvador saw that we were gathering things and asked us to deliver food and clothing to her neighborhood in Carlsbad,” Morones recalled. “I thought the organization wasn’t going to last long, but we will turn 30 this November.”

Source: Border Angels Celebrates 30th Anniversary | La Prensa San Diego

′We′re living in an occupied country′ | Americas | DW.COM | 03.10.2016 – Why is it that most of this talk is from Arizona and not California and Texas?


It’s hard to get an overview of things around here; the many canyons offer excellent cover for the smugglers with their heavy rucksacks, weighing up to 30 kilos (66 pounds) and full of marijuana, cocaine or heroin. In addition, Jim explains, the cartel has set up sentries everywhere, and they have top-of-the-range equipment. They guard the area, and warn the smugglers. Once, he says, he came across one of these scouts, who dropped his radio telephone as he ran away. “It was worth more than $2,500. They’re better equipped than our border patrol guards.”The Sinaloa Cartel has assumed complete control of the land. “When I’m out here, I feel as if I’m in an occupied country,” says Jim. He stares down at his feet in their hand-stitched cowboy boots.For decades, he and his wife were staunch Democrats. After university, Jim even worked for Democratic Senator Carl Hayden. This year, Donald Trump will get the Chiltons’ vote. “We don’t agree with everything he says and does. But he’ll take care of us. Hillary Clinton’s Washington gave up on us long ago.”

Source: ′We′re living in an occupied country′ | Americas | DW.COM | 03.10.2016

Roughly half of Hispanics have experienced discrimination | Pew Research Center

Roughly six-in-ten Hispanics (58%) say race relations in the U.S. are generally bad, a similar share to blacks. But when it comes to the best approach to improving race relations, Hispanic views align more with those of whites. Among Hispanics and whites, more say people should focus on what different racial and ethnic groups have in common rather than what makes them unique. By contrast, blacks are split evenly on the issue.For Latinos, concepts of identity and race are complex and varied. About one-in-four Hispanics in the U.S. identify as Afro-Latino, and a quarter say they are of an indigenous background, according to the Pew Research Center National Survey of Latinos. At the same time, two-thirds of Latinos say their Hispanic background is a part of their racial identity. (The U.S. Census Bureau’s forms describe “Hispanic” as an ethnic origin and not a race.)An estimated 56.6 million Hispanics lived in the U.S. in 2015, a fast-growing population with diverse origins and many who are bilingual. Millions of people from Latin America have immigrated to the U.S. in recent decades, driving Hispanic population growth in the 1980s and 1990s. In 2014, there were 19.3 million Hispanic immigrants in the U.S., and this group accounts for nearly half of the nation’s immigrant population.Some Latinos have long expressed concerns over policies that target unauthorized immigrants, disapproving of deportations by the federal government as well as state laws like California’s Proposition 187 in 1994, which denied public services to unauthorized immigrants, and more recently Arizona’s SB 1070, which allows police to check the immigration status of suspected unauthorized immigrants so long as an officer is enforcing other laws.The race survey also found that many Hispanics discuss racial inequality on a regular basis with family and friends. About six-in-ten Hispanics (62%) say the topic of racial inequality comes up often or sometimes in conversations, a share similar to that of whites (59%). By comparison, 74% of blacks say the same.

Source: Roughly half of Hispanics have experienced discrimination | Pew Research Center

Back home alone: ​​the viral short narrating street harassment – Red Harvest

The short French ‘Au bout de la rue “(” At the end of the street’), shown in a very simple and clear.   That was published in March on Youtube and in the last hours began viralizarse. The film, directed by Maxime Gaudet shows in just three minutes and seconds how a woman can feel harassed at night if walking alone. And, in a very subtle way, how that live in fear is naturalized.

Source: Back home alone: the viral short narrating street harassment – Red Harvest

Massacre in Orlando: Most victims in Orlando shooting were of Hispanic descent | In English | EL PAÍS

Danny Concepción, a 47-year-old Puerto Rican man, has come to ask for information about his 50-year-old cousin, who went to the club with her 22-year-old son. Orlando officials say her cousin is not on the list of the 53 wounded, which means that, though there is no official announcement yet, she is dead. “She was a single mother raising two sons, a 10-year-old and an 11-year-old who lived with her,” Concepción says. She had five other children from other relationships and she was close with the son whom she accompanied to the nightclub. He was gay and she wanted to be part of his world. “She never judged him,” Concepción says. The son has survived the attack but he saw his mother get shot at the club.

Source: Massacre in Orlando: Most victims in Orlando shooting were of Hispanic descent | In English | EL PAÍS

Mario Torero: The ‘Artivist’ Who Changed the Face of Chicano Park | La Prensa San Diego

1970 marked a turning point in San Diego’s Chicano movement. Mere days after his near-death experience, Mario Torero met Salvador Torres, another artist and muralist with whom a few months later he would co-found – along with other artists – the Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park. On April 22 of that same year, Torero was among the Chicano activists who occupied Barrio Logan’s Chicano Park in order to keep it from being turned into a California Highway Patrol (CHP) station. They won the fight, and today the park has become an icon for Chicano, Latin American and Mexican-American culture in the United States. Once the community took over the space, the effort began to turn it into a place where art could converge. Mario Torero recalls how difficult it was in the beginning to find Latinos or other minority groups in museums, galleries, or any other art centers in San Diego. So, he decided to bring art closer to these communities through murals. Three years after Chicano Park was founded, he painted the first of what is today dozens of murals. From there, the Congreso de Artistas Chicanos en Aztlán, an art collective whose membership includes Torero, took on the mission of covering the rest of the park in murals that showcased Latin American culture and history. For the Peruvian painter, the murals are a reflection of  Barrio Logan’s essence, which has slowly morphed into an arts district, as evidenced by the new galleries opening their doors in the neighborhood. “The hood needed to heal, and it was the artists who brought the healing,” shared Torero, who is also an activist. “That’s the way it was when we started the movement, and that’s the way it is to this day.”

Source: Mario Torero: The ‘Artivist’ Who Changed the Face of Chicano Park | La Prensa San Diego

Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino: Poster AO

The Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino strives to create a museum in our nation’s capital to educate, inspire and encourage respect and understanding of the richness and diversity of the American Latino experience within the U.S. and its territories by highlighting the contributions made by Latino leaders, pioneers and communities to the American way of life.

Source: Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino: Poster AO

Youth movement nets $2 million for bike lanes in Santa Ana – The Orange County Register

No one knows Santa Ana’s streets like the people who live there, and a group of local youth has used that knowledge in an unprecedented effort to get the city a $2.37 million grant for bike lanes on the roads they ride every day.The small group of middle and high school students, working with nonprofit KidWorks, spearheaded a “bikability” assessment in central Santa Ana two years ago and realized that the thoroughfare they rode on to get to school – Edinger Avenue – was in great need of bike lanes.With some guidance from KidWorks staff and Santa Ana planners, the youth wrote a grant for active transportation funding from the state, and late last month they learned the project submitted through the city had been awarded the money.

Source: Youth movement nets $2 million for bike lanes in Santa Ana – The Orange County Register