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November 2010 Archives

Susana Martinez, Marco Rubio and the New Latino Leadership

Susana Martinez, Marco Rubio and the New Latino Leadership

Out of the historic victory of a surprising number of Hispanic Republican candidates in the midterms two weeks ago, a new political profile of Latino leadership is taking shape, and it runs counter to the dominant liberal and pro-Democrat image. After the remarkable electoral shakeup of Nov. 2, the time seems ripe for this sort of turnover -- time to reset shopworn ideas and cast out old images. continue reading »

Your Guide to Chicago’s 2011 Mayoral Candidates

Your Guide to Chicago’s 2011 Mayoral Candidates

With the field now set for the upcoming February 2011 Chicago mayoral election, it’s time to recap the candidates and make some predictions. At first glance, I was surprised that for the first time ever, there isn’t a single viable White, non-Jewish candidate on the ballot. We seem to be headed into uncharted waters. The field is split between two factions – pro-Machine Democrats continue reading »

Pope’s Statement on Condoms Is a Victory for Common Sense and Reason

Pope’s Statement on Condoms Is a Victory for Common Sense and Reason

We are delighted that the pope has acknowledged that condoms can help reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections including HIV. It is a marvelous victory for common sense and reason and a major step forward towards recognizing that condom use can play a vital role in reducing the future impact of the HIV pandemic. continue reading »

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 »