Posts tagged "Hispanic"

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 »

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 »

Latinos urged to enroll in Obamacare as deadline nears

Latinos urged to enroll in Obamacare as deadline nears
With the deadline to enroll for health insurance a month away, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson published an editorial Friday that said health care information will not be shared with immigration officials. However, the undocumented are not eligible to purchase insurance for themselves under the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.” But they... Read more »
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Happy Hanukkah

Happy Hanukkah
It’s 20 days ’til Christmas but I’d like to send out Happy Hanukkah greetings for my Chicanísima Advent Calendar. While most Latinos are Catholic or Christian, some also are Jewish, especially those with roots in Argentina or Cuba. This menorah is at Daley Plaza. Hanukkah ends this evening so I wish all a happy holiday... Read more »

George Zimmerman, not so black or white

George Zimmerman, not so black or white
George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin. There is no disputing that and whether he did so in self-defense as he claims or as some sort of macho vigilante act will soon be decided by the jury. We know that this case has racial overtones although it was not prosecuted as a hate crime. Young African-American men... Read more »

I didn't know anything about hockey 'til I married a Canadian

I didn't know anything about hockey 'til I married a Canadian
Ask me about ice, and I’ll give you a good margarita recipe. Latinos tend to be more interested in soccer, baseball, basketball and football. Less than 10 percent of the hockey audience is Latino. But my appreciation for hockey has changed since I married a Canadian. My husband grew up reading hockey magazines and started... Read more »
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Inocente and Sugarman: Latinos in Oscar-winning docs

Inocente and Sugarman: Latinos in Oscar-winning docs
You didn’t see any Latino actors nominated for the major acting roles at this year’s Oscars. But Latinos in real life were the subjects of the two documentaries that won Oscars. “Inocente” won the Oscar Sunday night for documentary short. It tells the story of a young homeless immigrant artist who was undocumented. And “Searching... Read more »

Latino voices highlighted at Obama's inauguration

Latino voices highlighted at Obama's inauguration
Latinos played a visible role at President Obama’s inauguration Monday and the president also recognized immigrants and DREAM Act youth in his speech. “Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers... Read more »

Vote for someone who can't vote

Vote for someone who can't vote
Recently I spoke to a Latino man who runs a well-known nonprofit organization in Chicago. He told me that he didn’t plan to vote. Let me tell you why. He couldn’t stomach the idea of voting for a Republican Mitt Romney who advocated for “self-deportation” as an immigration policy. And there are many Latinos who... Read more »
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Which candidate will reduce poverty?

Which candidate will reduce poverty?
More Latino children are living in poverty than any other ethnic or racial group. According to a Pew Hispanic Center analysis of U.S. Census data, 37.3 percent of poor children were Latino, 30.5 percent were white and 26.6 percent were African American. Nationwide there are more than 46 million people living in poverty. How will... Read more »