Posts in category "Hispanic"

Chicanísima Cultural Calendar December 2014

Chicanísima Cultural Calendar December 2014
Check out these cultural happenings in Chicago this December: Latino Music Festival with Fareed Haque’s Math Games, Elbio Barilari & Volcano Radar, Gustavo Leone, December 4, 8 p.m. Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave. $15 “Paintings, Prose & Poetry” event features award-winning Chicago Chicana writer and artist Ana Castillo with a rare display of her... Read more »

Why we should be thankful for undocumented immigrants

Why we should be thankful for undocumented immigrants
A political cartoon in the Indianapolis Star by Gary Varvel showed what looks like a Mexican family breaking into a house as a white family enjoys a Thanksgiving meal. It read, “Thanks to the president’s immigration order we’ll be having extra guests this Thanksgiving.” The cartoon implied that undocumented immigrants come here to steal our... Read more »

Immigrant families' mixed reaction to President Obama's speech

Immigrant families' mixed reaction to President Obama's speech
Felipe Diosdado watched President Obama’s speech on immigration Thursday night with his wife and two children at his side. His family may be directly impacted by the president’s actions to stop deportation of as many as five million undocumented immigrants. “If they deported me, they would also deport two U.S. citizens, because I would have... Read more »
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Don't expect to see President Obama's immigration speech on network TV

Don't expect to see President Obama's immigration speech on network TV
President Obama is set to deliver a national speech on immigration during prime time Thursday night. As many as 5 million undocumented immigrants may be impacted, including the parents of U.S. citizen children. But good luck finding his speech on network television. ABC, CBS and NBC aren’t expected to air the speech favoring instead The... Read more »

Evelyn Sanguinetti will be Illinois' first Hispanic lieutenant governor

Evelyn Sanguinetti will be Illinois' first Hispanic lieutenant governor
History was made in Tuesday’s election. By electing Republican Bruce Rauner governor, Illinois voters also elevated his running mate, Evelyn Sanguinetti, making her the first Hispanic and first Latina to hold statewide office as lieutenant governor. Sanguinetti, a member of the Wheaton City Council, is a lawyer and an adjunct professor at John Marshall Law... Read more »

Caras de los Muertos: Faces of the Dead

Caras de los Muertos: Faces of the Dead
Pilsen was a great place to be muertos this weekend. From the Carrera de los Muertos, or 5k Race of the Dead, to the annual #muertosdelarisa procession by ElevArte, the face of death was everywhere in this Chicago neighborhood and along 18th Street. For Día de los Muertos, a fusion of Catholic and indigenous traditions... Read more »
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How to make a Day of the Dead altar

How to make a Day of the Dead altar
In Mexico, parts of Central America and the U.S., Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is time to remember those we have lost. There are vigils in cemeteries where graves are cleaned and decorated with cempasúchil, a type of marigold. Many families also build ofrendas (offerings) or altars in their homes or... Read more »

Mayoral candidate Jesús “Chuy” García considered Harold Washington a mentor

Mayoral candidate Jesús “Chuy” García considered Harold Washington a mentor
Jesús “Chuy” García has started gathering the required 12,500 signatures to run for mayor in 2015. He had a good mentor and teacher, which is how he described the late Mayor Harold Washington. “(Washington) really understood the interconnectedness and interdependency of all neighborhoods, and that if we invested in all of Chicago’s neighborhoods, Chicago would... Read more »

Could Jesús “Chuy” García be Chicago’s first Latino mayor?

Could Jesús “Chuy” García be Chicago’s first Latino mayor?
Cook County Commissioner Jesús “Chuy” García announced Monday on Chicago Tonight that he is running for mayor of Chicago. Can García become Chicago’s first Latino mayor? García, a former alderman and state senator, is widely respected in Chicago’s Latino community and he is known as a progressive. Latinos are around 15 percent of the city’s... Read more »
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Elizabeth Peña, Latina actress gone too soon

Elizabeth Peña, Latina actress gone too soon
Elizabeth Peña was a Latina actress and pioneer. The actress who died Tuesday in Los Angeles at 55 performed in many roles where she broke stereotypes. Among my favorites were “Lone Star” and “Tortilla Soup.” She also co-starred in “Jacob’s Ladder” and “La Bamba.” The Cuban-American actress started her career in 1979 in a movie... Read more »