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Opinion: Pay Attention To Events In Ferguson; It’s Happening To Latino Youth, Too!


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Wendy Carilllo

As Ferguson, Mo., has become a flashpoint for fury and distrust between the black community and law enforcement after the death of Michael Brown, Latino organizations on Friday began to come out and express solidarity with the Brown family and those protesting on their behalf.

Leaders of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a nonpartisan association of 37 of the leading Latino organizations across the country, sent BuzzFeed statements on Brown’s death.

“Mothers of color should not have to fear that our children will not be safe in our neighborhoods and city streets,” said Jessica González-Rojas, Executive Director at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. “The militarization and violent conduct, whether of police or immigration enforcement officials, are issues of human rights and racial justice, and warrant full investigation and accountability measures. My deepest condolences to Michael Brown’s family and all communities facing state violence.”…

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Opinion: What Does A Latino Look Like?


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What does a Latino look like?  That question has puzzled advertisers, academics, recruiters and political strategists across the USA for decades.

As U.S. Hispanics grow in number as well as political and financial clout — Hispanic voters were credited with helping President Obama win re-election in 2012 — deciphering their racial, cultural and geographical diversity is of mounting importance. About 54 million Latinos live in the USA, or 17% of the total population, and they have a staggering $1.3 trillion yearly spending capacity.

At a recent National Association of Hispanic Journalists gathering here, the question of what Latinos look like and how they think ricocheted through the halls of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. It’s a question being debated not just among Anglo power brokers but also among Latinos themselves.

At the crux of the debate among Latinos is how dark-skinned Hispanics are often overlooked — …

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Immigration: A Great Divide Among Latinos

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Despite the furor over immigration reform and the crisis at the border and for DREAMers, the issue appears to register unevenly across the board for Hispanics.

Many say it ranks below issues similar to those most concerning non-Latinos and a new state survey in California shows that immigration is only the 6th-most-important issue for Latino voters in California when casting a vote for a candidate for U.S. Senator or for U.S. Congress.

Of course, it has become a rapidly changing issue, especially with the crisis of tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children having crossed the Mexican border into the U.S. in recent months and now in custody.

But even on that issue, Latinos are almost evenly split when it comes to how the U.S. government should respond, according to a Pew Research survey.

What gives? Why is it that an issue so inflammatory in Washington and some parts …

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