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Planning to retire in early 2011?  It may already be time to apply for Social Security

Planning to retire in early 2011?  It may already be time to apply for Social Security

Applying for benefits is easier than you think. Especially if you do it online at www.socialsecurity.gov. The Social Security website makes the process easy and convenient. continue reading »

The Military Command Behind Mexico’s Violent Drug War

The Military Command Behind Mexico’s Violent Drug War

The US Northern Command's Work With Mexican Armed Forces Has 'Increased Dramatically' and May Be Expanded. As drug war violence in Mexico continues to increase, the US military has taken a more active and stronger role inside the country, providing the Mexican armed forces with equipment, training, and classified intelligence to fight the narcotics trade. Behind all of this is the US Northern Command (NORTHCOM), a military unit created in 2002 for homeland defense missions. continue reading »

What Health Reform Repeal Means for Hispanics

What Health Reform Repeal Means for Hispanics

The enactment of the Affordable Care Act provides a unique opportunity to address the health care disparities that communities of color experience in the United States. The House Republicans' "Pledge to America" plans to repeal health care reform and replace it with a grab bag of isolated measures that mostly benefit those who already have health care coverage. continue reading »

Perú‘s Volatile President Slapping and Censoring. What is next?

Perú‘s Volatile President Slapping and Censoring. What is next?

The reports coming out of Peru about President Alan Garcia’s behavior are making a lot of headlines there but very little here in the U.S. Should we be worried about press censorship, alleged reports of voter fraud and the President allegedly striking private citizens? We are. continue reading »

Flores is Out, Before He’s In. Does Chico Advance in Influence Among Latinos?

When all is said and done, I fully expect the pool of candidates for Chicago mayor in next year’s municipal elections to consist of four or five serious candidates (defined here as someone who might get 20 percent support) and two or three stubborn hold-outs who will remain in the running to the end even though everybody realizes they will only get 1 percent voter support. continue reading »

Flores is Out, Before He’s In. Does Chico Advance in Influence Among Latinos?

Flores is Out, Before He’s In. Does Chico Advance in Influence Among Latinos?

When all is said and done, I fully expect the pool of candidates for Chicago mayor in next year’s municipal elections to consist of four or five serious candidates (defined here as someone who might get 20 percent support) and two or three stubborn hold-outs who will remain in the running to the end even though everybody realizes they will only get 1 percent voter support. continue reading »

Puerto Rico is the Only U.S. State or Territory where Women earn More than Men

Puerto Rico is the Only U.S. State or Territory where Women earn More than Men

Women aiming to earn more than men would do well to take a good look at Puerto Rico, where a wage-gap reversal has put the island in a unique position in the United States. Puerto Rico is the only U.S. state or territory where women earn more than men, according to newly released Census Bureau data. continue reading »

Spanish Language Radio Ad Campaign Launched to Get Out the Vote

Spanish Language Radio Ad Campaign Launched to Get Out the Vote

This week the SEIU, Mi Familia Vota Civic Participation Campaign, and America’s Voice launched a $300,000 Spanish-language radio ad campaign in nine media markets around the country in an effort to get out the vote in Hispanic communities. continue reading »

“Permission Denied”: The Cuban Regime Is Afraid To Let Me Travel

“Permission Denied”: The Cuban Regime Is Afraid To Let Me Travel

Yoani Sanchez is a award winning Cuban Blogger It’s two in the afternoon at the Department of Immigration and Aliens (DIE) on 17th Street between J and K. Dozens of people are waiting for permission to leave the country, that authorization to travel that has been given the name “white card,” although it might better be called “the safe conduct,” “the freedom card,” or “the get out of prison order.” The walls are peeling and a notice to “be careful, danger of collapse” is posted next to a huge mansion in Vedado. Several women — who have forgotten how to smile and be pleasant — wear their military uniforms and warn the public that they must wait in an orderly fashion. Now and then they shout a name and the person called returns some minutes later with a jubilant face or a strained pout. continue reading »

The Curious Case of Latino Republicans

The Curious Case of Latino Republicans

In light of the GOP’s nasty attacks against Latino immigrants, how can any rational Latino vote Republican during the upcoming November 2nd elections? Worse yet, how can any Latino be a member of a political party whose national platform centers on blaming brown immigrants for most of the country’s social and economic ills? continue reading »