New Hampshire Latina Among Candidates Who May Increase Number Of Latinos In Congress; That’s Right – A New Hampshire Latina Candidate

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Marilinda Garcia, a GOP candidate for Congress in New Hampshire

Latinos have the potential to break political records in this mid-term election, said the head of a national non-profit group that works toward greater Latino involvement in politics.

If the House of Representatives gains four more Latino members, Congress would have its highest number of Latinos in history, said Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund.

As for the ballot box, NALEO estimates that nearly 8 million Latinos will vote this year, an increase of 1.2 million from 2010.

“Latinos will play a key role in shaping the nation’s political …

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Luis J. Rodriguez: A Long Road From L.A. Street Gangs To Poet Laureate

Growing up in poverty in South Central and East Los Angeles, Luis J. Rodriguez says he found himself so emotionally empty that he joined a gang at age 11. He started abusing heroin by 12, and by 15, he was put in juvenile hall and later jail. It was his love for books, however, which turned his life around.

At 60, Rodriguez is an award-winning poet, author, and founder of a cultural arts center which helps youth in the San Fernando Valley stay away from gangs. This month, he was chosen by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to be the city’s second Poet Laureate, succeeding Eloise Klein Healy.

“I thought, …

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