Posts in category "Latino"

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 »

Ruben Salazar documentary raises questions about journalist's death

Ruben Salazar documentary raises questions about journalist's death
A new documentary about Mexican-American journalist Ruben Salazar begins airing on PBS Tuesday. Ruben Salazar, a reporter at the Los Angeles Times, was killed during a National Chicano Moratorium March against the Vietnam War in 1970. A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy fired a tear gas canister into a bar where Salazar was seated. He... Read more »

Chicanísima Chicago Calendar - October 2013

Chicanísima Chicago Calendar - October 2013
Heading into fall there are plenty of Latino events happening around Chicago. Latino Fashion Week runs through Saturday. There are many events, including a sports and fashion show Friday night and a teen fashion show Saturday night. The Mexican Indie Music Soundcase will be held Saturday at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W.... Read more »
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Chicanísima Cultural Calendar: August in Chicago

Chicanísima Cultural Calendar: August in Chicago
Here is a sampling of a few events happening this month in Chicago’s Latino community. If you haven’t yet seen the play Mojada by Luis Alfaro, this is your last weekend. The play is a reinterpretation of Euripedes’ Medea set in the Pilsen neighborhood. The play ends Sunday at the Victory Gardens Theater. On Sunday,... Read more »

Fiesta del Sol shines in Pilsen

Fiesta del Sol shines in Pilsen
Fiesta del Sol kicked off Thursday night in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. The neighborhood festival runs through Sunday night starting at 1400 W. Cermak Road. It features music, food and carnival games like Fun Slide and Twister for the children. It is an annual fundraising event organized by Pilsen Neighbors Community Council. The entrance is free... Read more »

Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage benefits immigrants

Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage benefits immigrants
After hearing about the two Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage Wednesday morning my husband and I wondered if 50 years ago our partnership would have been prohibited. We have an intercultural and interethnic marriage. He is a white man and I’m a Hispanic woman. He’s an immigrant and I’m a U.S. citizen. We were... Read more »
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Disney #FAIL Día De Los Muertos

Disney #FAIL Día De Los Muertos
Here’s a scary thought. Disney wanted to trademark “Día De Los Muertos.” Day of the Dead is a Mexican and Central American holiday with roots in pre-Columbian and Catholic religious traditions. It is celebrated November 1 and 2 with cemetery vigils and shrines in honor of the departed. Apparently, Disney filed trademark applications for “Día... Read more »

Harvest of Empire showing in Chicago

Harvest of Empire showing in Chicago
Immigration is often debated without much discussion of why people come here. A documentary by journalist Juan González looks at some of the root causes of immigration and how United States policy in Latin America has played a role. It is based on his book by the same name. It also focuses on the family... Read more »

Proposed immigration legislation criticized

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Chicanísima Cultural Calendar: April 2013

Chicanísima Cultural Calendar: April 2013
We’re still waiting for spring to arrive in Chicago, but there are plenty of reasons to get out of the house this month. Here is a selection of events that may interest Chicanísima readers. Chicago Latino Film Festival The film festival in its 29th year began April 11 and continues through April 25. There are... Read more »