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With GOP Victories, Harsh Immigration Copycat Laws Likely Across the Country

With GOP Victories, Harsh Immigration Copycat Laws Likely Across the Country

The abundance of Republican victories in the 2010 elections draw a bleak landscape for undocumented immigrants. The ascent of hard-line GOP governors (not to mention members of state legislatures) – many of whom highlighted opposition to illegal immigration in their campaigns – means that pens will be at the ready to sign bills like Arizona’s SB 1070. continue reading »

Church From Below: A cardinal with “a very closed mind”

Church From Below: A cardinal with “a very closed mind”

In a recent column in the Catholic New World, Cardinal Francis George with grim determination explains why women cannot be ordained priests and claims that those who press openly for a change in the law are "inconsistent" with their "continuing claims to be Catholic." No waffling here and no possibility of discussion. continue reading »

Hard Work, Tough Lessons

Hard Work, Tough Lessons

In light of the rampant xenophobia in this country, I reflect on the lessons that I learned as a tween day laborer many years ago. Working alongside Latino immigrant men during a hot summer in Malibu, I learned firsthand the trials and tribulations of manual labor. continue reading »

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 »