Category: Hispanic

Why I’m voting Republican for the first time

Why I’m voting Republican for the first time
No, I’m not one of those Democrats switching sides to vote for Donald Trump. I’m going to vote Republican for the first time in my life in the Illinois primary Tuesday. I’m voting for Ohio Gov. John Kasich. I know he doesn’t have a chance of winning. But he is the least scary of all... Read more »

Day of the Dead brings families together in Pilsen

Day of the Dead brings families together in Pilsen
It almost felt like being in a cemetery in Mexico. More than 75 families built ofrendas, or shrines, in memory of their loved ones outside the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood Sunday. El Día de los Muertos,  or the Day of the Dead, celebrated on November 1 and 2, is a... Read more »

The Pope brings his message in English and Spanish

The Pope brings his message in English and Spanish
At the White House, Pope Francis began his speech Wednesday morning by paying respect to immigrants. “As the son of an immigrant family, I am happy to be a guest in this country, which was largely built by such families,” he said. The Pope reminded us to fight injustice, discrimination and to protect the vulnerable.... Read more »
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Andina: An opera by Chicago's first Hispanic composer

Andina: An opera by Chicago's first Hispanic composer
Two years ago in a box in his aunt’s basement, Arlen Parsa found a musical score. Crumpled and faded, it was an opera written by his late great grandfather in the early 1930s. Eustasio Rosales came to the U.S. from Colombia as a young man. Parsa had heard stories that his great grandfather was a... Read more »

We're Americanos: Share your Latino story

We're Americanos: Share your Latino story
Today marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month. I suggest we celebrate by sharing our own stories and the contributions Latinos have made in the U.S. Let’s not let certain politicians demonize us. Let’s not let them popularize the narrative that we are “criminals and rapists.” So I’ve created a Twitter account @wereamericanos and I’m... Read more »

Ruben H. Vazquez: 1930-2015, a mariachi with a heart of gold

Ruben H. Vazquez: 1930-2015, a mariachi with a heart of gold
In the 1950s Ruben H. Vazquez joined some of the first mariachi bands in Chicago, Mariachi Jalisco and Mariachi Potosino. Mariachi Potosino went on to play for President Johnson, Nixon, and Kennedy as well as for both Mayor Daleys. Photos of Vazquez and his mariachi band are in the book “Mexican Chicago” and also have... Read more »
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Top 10 reasons Latinos won't vote for Donald Trump

Top 10 reasons Latinos won't vote for Donald Trump
A new poll found that most Latinos disapprove of Donald Trump’s offensive comments about Mexicans and don’t support him for president. But he somehow thinks that Latinos will vote for him. So in the style of David Letterman, who came up with his own awesome Top Ten list about Trump, I have created one too.... Read more »

Donald Trump's hypocrisy on immigration

Donald Trump's hypocrisy on immigration
  The worst thing about Donald Trump is that he has built his empire on the backs of immigrant workers, including some undocumented. He told CNN Wednesday that he can’t guarantee that all of his workers have legal status. He was sued by Polish workers, including some undocumented, who were underpaid or not paid to... Read more »

Cinco de Mayo parade in Pilsen

Cinco de Mayo parade in Pilsen
Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in the United States than in Mexico. In Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, there were bands, vaqueros, bikers and lowriders in a parade Sunday along Cermak Road. Cinco de Mayo marks the 1862 Battle of Puebla where Mexico defeated France under Napoleon. In most of Mexico, May 5 is a regular... Read more »
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Chicago! Su voto es su voz: Your vote is your voice

Chicago! Su voto es su voz: Your vote is your voice
Will Latino voters make the difference? Will black voters make the difference? Will progressives, teachers and other union members make the difference? The fact is Chicagoans from all walks of life will determine who will win the mayoral election – Rahm Emanuel or Jesus “Chuy” García. That may be a lesson of the election –... Read more »