Posts in category "politics"

Is it time for Jesus "Chuy" García to carry on Harold Washington's vision of unity?

Is it time for Jesus "Chuy" García to carry on Harold Washington's vision of unity?
The comparisons are inevitable. Harold Washington was elected Chicago’s first African-American mayor in 1983. Jesus “Chuy” García  could become Chicago’s first Latino mayor more than 30 years later. If  García keeps on building on this coalition of Latino, progressive, African-American and union voters, especially teachers, he can beat Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Many thought Washington could... Read more »

Why Chicago is ready for a Latino mayor

Why Chicago is ready for a Latino mayor
The question on Tuesday is whether Mayor Rahm Emanuel will win re-election with 50 percent plus one of the vote or whether he will face an April run off against Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” García. García has been gaining in the polls and is expected to place second. Just as Harold Washington won election... 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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »

In Chicago, a vigil for missing students in Mexico

In Chicago, a vigil for missing students in Mexico
The disappearance and possible murder of 43 students last month in Mexico has resonated in Chicago’s Mexican community. Around 100 people gathered for a vigil Friday night in Pilsen to call attention to the disappearance of the students and also the discovery of mass graves in Mexico. “Every day is a day of death in... Read more »
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El Camino: Georgia flea market estilo Mexico

El Camino: Georgia flea market estilo Mexico
Manuel Casados, 50, came to the U.S. 10 years ago with a guest worker visa to pick tobacco in North Carolina. “It was really hard work, a hard life,” Casados said. “There are no breaks and you are hunched over all day.” He left that job after one season and moved to the Atlanta area,... Read more »