Posts tagged "education"

Julián Castro talks politics, education in visit to Chicago

Julián Castro talks politics, education in visit to Chicago
Some have speculated that San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro could become the first Latino president or vice president of the U.S. He even cracked a joke about it while in Chicago Friday as the guest speaker at a fundraiser for the Latino Policy Forum. After Rev. Luis Alvarenga of the United Church of Christ gave... Read more »

CPS tears down Pilsen fieldhouse amid protest

CPS tears down Pilsen fieldhouse amid protest
La Casita, an old fieldhouse next to Whittier Elementary School in Pilsen torn down Saturday morning, represented many things to local parents. It was a community center where parents took English classes. It had a library with more than 2,500 donated books. It was a place where children learned Mexican folkloric dance. It also offered... Read more »

Women's History Month: Pioneering journalist Jovita Idar

Women's History Month: Pioneering journalist Jovita Idar
Jovita Idar was a pioneering Mexican-American female journalist. She was born in 1885 in Laredo, Texas, into a family of journalists. She and her brothers worked for their father’s newspaper, La Crónica, according to the University of Texas at Austin. She wrote articles under a pseudonym and exposed the poor living conditions of Mexican-American workers... Read more »
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Obama and Romney differ on bilingual education

Obama and Romney differ on bilingual education
During the presidential debates President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said very little about their education policies except that they love teachers. Come on. We need more substance than that. Education is a key issue for Latinos in the United States. One in four elementary school students is now Hispanic. Almost 40... Read more »

Shakira appointed to education commission by President Obama

Shakira appointed to education commission by President Obama
Pop singer Shakira was given an appointment in the Obama Administration Wednesday. ¿Qué? What? At first I thought this was a Hispanic Heritage Month joke. But seriously the Colombian-born singer was appointed to serve on the president’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, according a White House press release. I first wondered what makes... Read more »

Would Martin Luther King Jr. support the DREAM Act?

King photo from historylink.org The birthday of the great civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. has made me wonder what he would think of the debate over immigration in the United States. Would Dr. King fight for the rights of undocumented immigrants or the DREAM Act? I couldn’t find any specific references on this... Read more »
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DREAM Act vote postponed; Sens. Durbin and Reid seeking votes

By Lalo Alcaraz The Senate postponed voting on the DREAM Act Thursday. But this isn’t bad news for DREAM activists. In fact, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid made a motion that tabled the Senate vote so they can instead vote on the House version of the bill. That Senate motion passed with 59 votes. This gives... Read more »

DREAM Act passes House; faces uphill battle in the Senate

Supporters of the DREAM Act protest in Chicago. I first reported on undocumented high school students 10 years ago. And these youth, some of them now in their late 20s, may finally have a chance at the American Dream. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the DREAM Act Wednesday night 216 to 198. This legislation... Read more »

Fighting for the DREAM Act, Senate vote expected Tuesday

Dream Act rally at federal plaza in Chicago. Francisco Rojas is ready to make the ultimate sacrifice for the United States. But he can’t enlist in the military because he is undocumented. The 20-year-old student came to the United States from Mexico when he was just 8 years old and he could seek legal status... Read more »
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Arizona residents speak out against SB1070 at Netroots Nation

Arizona’s new immigration law, SB1070, is set to officially take effect Thursday unless a federal judge stops it. At the Netroots Nation conference in Las Vegas, I interviewed several people who live in Arizona to get their take on how it is impacting their state already. Carmen Cornejo, an activist for the DREAM Act with... Read more »