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Op-Ed: The Chicago Mayoral Race – Why Jesus “Chuy” Garcia Has A Shot at Becoming Mayor

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By Maria de los Angeles Torres and Teresa Cordova

The Chicago Mayoral runoff is in a dead heat despite pundits’ predictions  that  Rahm Emmanuel would easily win the majority of votes to avoid a run-off. Some of them now say that they had not appreciated the depth of discontent in the African-American community that did not come out strong for him.  Perhaps more importantly is their lack of understanding of the unaddressed challenges to the majority of residents — Black, Latinos, Asian Americans and Whites, brought forth by a globalization that is profoundly changing the lives and politics of Chicagoans.

 The Economic Context 

Since the early 1980s Chicago started the path to becoming a Global City. Globalization brought forth some positive developments particularly in communications and transportation, which shortened the distances among human beings. It has contributed to expanding financial and high-tech industries albeit with mixed results. Our downtown has …

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Opinion: In Neighboring New York, Governor Cuomo Ignores Latinos As He Begins His New Term

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By Angelo Falcón

Judging by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Inaugural Address on January 1, the more than 3 million Latinos in the state don’t exist. As he pointed out notables present at the ceremony in New York City, not one Latino name that worked for the state crossed his lips. The only reference he made to immigration was to his own family’s background.

As the Governor told the media his Inaugural Address’s purpose was more to set the tone for his second term rather than providing a programmatic outline. He addressed his priorities in broad terms and cast them within a national framework. In the process, he left those of us concerned about the future of the state’s large and growing Latino community uncertain about that future while reassuring everyone else about theirs.

 Latinos Most Underrepresented in State Government

The Governor talked about the issues he planned to tackle …

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Opinion: Racial Profiling Of Young Men Of Color An Issue That Must Be Addressed


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Cynthia D. Mares
Hispanic National Bar Association

As attorneys, Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) lawyers have a responsibility to ensure that our legal system is just, that police officers who use undue force are held accountable, and that broken policies such as lack of training and lack of accountability are fixed before any more tragedies happen. Moreover, fundamental civil and human rights must be protected.

Recent events, like those in Ferguson, demonstrate that we as a country have not made much progress since the Rodney King tragedy many years ago. Every day, not only African Americans, but also Latinos, are racially profiled by police. According to 2010 Bureau of Justice statistics, while crime rates were equal, African-American men were six times as likely, and Latinos three times as likely, to be imprisoned than their white counterparts.

In 2007, Pew Hispanic reported that, “Latinos accounted for 40 …

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