Posts tagged "@frontdoor"

Would the Olympics benefit Chicago's Latino community?

I was asked to look into this question for Contratiempo magazine, a local Spanish-language publication here in Chicago. I interviewed Hispanic community leaders and politicians for this story. You can link to my story here in Spanish or read it here in English. One of the biggest champions of the 2016 Olympics in the Latino... Read more »

We need a Latina Oprah

Oprah is so big that the city of Chicago is shutting down Michigan Avenue for more than 48 hours for the season premiere of her show. The set is locked down even tighter than Grant Park was on Nov.  4, 2008 when Barack Obama hosted his election night rally there. It just shows us how... Read more »

Congressman, condoms and politics

Illinois Congressman Mark Kirk‘s face is pictured on a condom wrapper in a new ad.No, he’s not selling condoms. Part of the ad reads, “Kirk’s Immigration Solution…Condoms?” The congressman is being attacked by an organization critical of his stance on immigration and comments Kirk made two years ago that he supports family planning as a... Read more »

Whole Foods, health care and the Virgin of Guadalupe

I read what the CEO of Whole Foods, John Mackey, wrote against government funding of health care in The Wall Street Journal,  and I too had my doubts about whether to boycott Whole Foods. But a friend enticed me to check out the new Whole Foods at 1550 N. Kingsbury Ct. in Lincoln Park. Now... Read more »

A few beers and now this student faces deportation

The Obama Administration is blindly enforcing immigration laws that would end in the deportation of  promising college students and recent graduates whose parents brought them to the United States as children.   Rigo Padilla moved from Mexico to Chicago when he was 6 years old. He is now 21, a student at the University of... Read more »

Mexico City bans plastic bags, so why can't Chicago?

Mexico City is the latest city to bag the plastic bag. Last week, a ban on non-biodegradable bags went into effect in the city of almost 9 million people. Fines can range from 1,000 to 20,000 days of minimum salary and up to 36 hours in jail. That’s harsh. But it’s great to see our... Read more »

Mexican journalist Elena Poniatowska speaks in Chicago

One of Mexico’s greatest journalists and writers, Elena Poniatowska, will be in Chicago Saturday afternoon for a lecture at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen. Poniatowska, 77, is the author of more than 50 books but she is best known for La Noche de Tlatelolco, (Massacre in Mexico) about the student protests that... Read more »

Latinas crack the glass ceiling

Marlene Gonzalez used to work in Corporate America. At an event she helped organize years back, she started talking with a white male colleague about her work and her background as an immigrant from Latin America. Her colleague looked at Gonzalez, who is fair skinned. “Oh, but you don’t look like my maid,” he said.... Read more »

It's too easy to label someone a racist

There’s a lot of name-calling going on out there. Rush Limbaugh called Sonia Sotomayor a reverse racist. Fox commentator Glenn Beck called Barack Obama a racist Some debated on Chicago Now’s “An Improvised Blog” whether John Hughes was a racist for not having more people of color in his films and for creating a stereotypical... Read more »