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Brazilian Military Dictatorship Ended in 1985

Today in Latin American history, the Brazilian military dictatorship ended in 1985. The authoritarian regime ruled Brazil from March 31, 1964 to March 15, 1985. continue reading »

Che Guevara Spoke at the UN in 1964

Today in Latin American history, Che Guevara spoke at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City in 1964. continue reading »

Democracy was Restored in Argentina in 1983

Today in Latin American history, democracy was restored in Argentina when President Raúl Alfonsín took office in 1983. Alfonsín, who won the general elections on October 30, 1983, was the first democratically elected president of Argentina following the military government known as the National Reorganization Process continue reading »

Latino Representation in Federal Workforce: Dismal

In June, the Office of Personnel Management released the Federal Equal Opportunity Recruitment Program report for fiscal year 2011. continue reading »

64 Percent of Americans Favor Legalizing Undocumented Immigrants

Sixty-four percent of U.S. voters say they are in favor of resolving the legal status of the country's estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants and providing them with a path to citizenship, according to a survey released Friday. continue reading »

Rick Perry’s Motives

Sixth graders in Texas have known no Governor in their state other than Rick Perry. He was elected the year they were born. If you’re a Latino sixth grader this is significant. Public education in Texas during Perry’s tenure has been at best stagnant and at worst declining. Public school funding in the state has diminished as minority student enrollment has increased. And over the past 12 years Texas school children have become a casualty of political battles. continue reading »

The Constitution of Puerto Rico was Approved by the U.S. Congress in 1952

Today in Latin American history, the Constitution of Puerto Rico was approved by the Congress of the United States in 1952. The United States government authorized Puerto Rico to draft its own constitution. continue reading »

Migrants Crossing Through Mexico to Be Eligible for Health Care

Mexico promised to offer medical care to migrants crossing its territory at a meeting in which that country, Central America, Colombia and the Dominican Republic worked on an integration plan that goes well beyond economic accords. continue reading »

1.4 Million Latino Voters Are Not Asleep

1.4 million more Latinos voted in the 2012 presidential election than in 2008. The number seems to be lost in the latest round of national political speculation. continue reading »

Chinese President Praises Latin America

Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message of praise to the countries of Latin America and hailed the promising moment they are enjoying in their relations with Beijing. continue reading »

Supreme Court to Rule on Civil Rights Cases in Coming Weeks

The U. S. Supreme Court will be handing down its decisions on two important civil rights cases soon, one possibly as soon as Monday, May 13. Both cases could have a lasting impact in the fight for civil rights that began in the decade of the 50′s and 60′s. continue reading »

General Elections Underway in Paraguay

Paraguay is holding general elections on Sunday, with the presidency, vice presidency, congressional seats, governorships and other posts up for grabs. continue reading »

NALEO Urges North Carolina Legislature to Uphold Voting Rights of Latinos

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund released excerpts of a letter sent to North Carolina legislators in opposition of H.B. 589: continue reading »

Report: 53 Mexicans Currently Sitting on Death Row in the U.S.

Fifty-three Mexican nationals are in U.S. prisons awaiting execution, including 13 in Texas, which annually leads the nation in the number of people put to death. continue reading »

Study: Majority of Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana

A new poll has found that the majority of Americans now support the legalization of marijuana. The poll, conducted by the Pew Research Center, shows that 52 percent of those polled support the legalization of marijuana, while 45 percent are still opposed. When the poll was last taken in 2010, only 45 percent supported legalization. continue reading »

U.S. Senate to Look Into Rights of Mexicans on Death Row

The Senate has asked the Foreign Relations Secretariat for a report on the number of Mexicans on death row in the United States and efforts being made to provide them with legal assistance. continue reading »

Lawmakers Fighting Over Guest-Workers Portion of Immigration Bill

Differences over the size and details of a guest-worker program are the major obstacle to a bipartisan accord on immigration reform, The Washington Post reported. Republicans, allied with the business community, want to see up to 400,000 visas a year issued to foreigners willing to fill mainly low-paying positions. continue reading »

Obama’s Plans to Rebuild America Begin With Job Creation in Miami

President Barack Obama announced here Friday a public-private program of infrastructure to "rebuild" the United States and create jobs. continue reading »

Spain Posts $93 Billion Budget Deficit in 2012

Spain posted a budget deficit of 6.98 percent of the gross domestic product last year and not the 6.74 percent initially reported by the government, based on new Eurostat accounting standards for tax refunds, Secretary of State for the Budget Marta Fernandez Curras said Wednesday. continue reading »

U.S. Senate Approves 1st Federal Budget in 4 years

The United States Senate approved early Saturday by a slim margin its first budget in four years, which includes nearly $1 trillion in tax hikes over the next 10 years. continue reading »