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The U.S. Army

Minorities on Receiving End of Vast Majority of L.A. County Canine Unit Bites

Minorities in recent years have been the disproportionate target of police dogs used by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, but a new special counsel’s report found that for the first six months of this year, all arrest suspects bitten by Sheriff’s Department police dogs were African-American or Latino. And the dogs are deployed at an overwhelmingly higher rate in poor neighborhoods than in wealthy ones.

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 READ MORE


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Posted on Oct 31, 2012 READ MORE



Rob Boudon (CC BY 2.0)

Millions of Latinos May Kiss Their Votes Goodbye

Laws recently enacted in several states where minority votes could swing the election may prevent up to 10 million eligible Latino voters from casting their ballots this November, a new study shows.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

DOJ: Arizona Sheriff Arpaio Discriminated Against Latinos

Accounts of race-based biases and prejudiced policies have made Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio notorious in his home state of Arizona, but as of Thursday, Arpaio’s antics have earned him the wrong kind of attention from the Justice Department.

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Southerners on New Ground

Georgia Immigration Bill Looks to Arizona

All aboard the hate train. Georgia’s Legislature has passed a bill that copies some of the most maligned parts of Arizona’s infamously anti-immigrant SB 1070. The Georgia bill is now on the desk of Gov. Nathan Deal.

Posted on Apr 15, 2011 READ MORE



AP

Arizona Legislators Vote Down Anti-Immigration Bills

Arizona lawmakers did a 180 on Thursday, voting to reject new anti-immigrant measures in a move ostensibly in response to the harsh economic realities of the state’s budget and unrelenting pressure by human rights groups.

Posted on Mar 19, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr

Latino Studies Program the First Victim of Arizona Ban

Arizona is at it again. A controversial law governing ethnic studies programs has taken effect in the state. The first victim: the Tucson school district’s Mexican-American program.

Posted on Jan 8, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Sanchez Fired From CNN

CNN has canned Rick Sanchez after the “Rick’s List” host unleashed a verbal barrage against Jon Stewart’s “bigotry,” Jews in the media, and the institutional racism he says he experienced in the newsroom. Guess what part of the rant the media is going to leave out?

Posted on Oct 2, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Union de Vecinos

Witness Says Slain Day Laborer Was Unarmed

The neighborhood of Westlake near downtown Los Angeles has been under lockdown as protests continue after the LAPD killing of a Guatemalan day laborer Sunday. Officers say the man was brandishing a knife, but one witness has come forward to say he was unarmed.

Posted on Sep 10, 2010 READ MORE



senate.gov

Reid Ruffles Republican Feathers With Jab about Hispanics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may have a fight on his hands to keep his seat in Nevada this election season, so it’s time to get scrappy, and that’s just what he did Tuesday.

Posted on Aug 11, 2010 READ MORE


Obama on 'The View'
AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Obama on the Color Line

Here’s a question we might consider: Does Obama want us to talk about race while he effectively sidesteps the conversation himself?

Posted on Aug 6, 2010 READ MORE


Obama and Hybels
AP / Charles Dharapak

Obama’s Unlikely Allies in Immigration Reform

President Obama is preparing for another drawn-out legislative and public battle over yet another contentious and unwieldy issue: immigration reform. But in this case, he may get help from some surprising sources at the right of the political spectrum.

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE


Lopez
AP / Matt Sayles

Latinos in the Limelight Tweet About Arizona’s Immigration Law

George Lopez, Ricky Martin and Eva Longoria worked their Twitter platforms over the weekend to protest the passage of Arizona’s contested and detested new immigration law. For his part, comic Lopez cracked wise about racial profiling, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Taco Bell ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Ross D. Franklin

Arizona Passes Harsh Anti-Immigration Bill

It’s a sad day for anyone who is not a xenophobic, anti-immigrant militant: Arizona has passed the harshest anti-immigrant bill in the country, giving police the authority to detain anyone on “reasonable suspicion” that they are in the country illegally and arrest them if they don’t have papers.

Posted on Apr 14, 2010 READ MORE


Drop Out
time.com

Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out

Pointing to a dramatic structural problem with schooling in Los Angeles, California’s Department of Education reported Tuesday that the dropout rate of students in the L.A. Unified School District has risen to a whopping 34.9% for the 2008-09 school year.

Posted on May 13, 2009 READ MORE


May Day rally
AP photo / Reed Saxon

Buying Time on Immigration

On many questions, President Obama’s approach is full speed ahead. On immigration reform, he prefers to take one step at a time. There really is no alternative.

Posted on May 4, 2009 READ MORE


Crimmigration?
pewhispanic.org

The Age of ‘Crimmigration’

A new study by the Pew Hispanic Center reports that Latinos now constitute the largest single ethnic group in the U.S. federal prison system. The rising arrest and detention levels are driven largely by changes in immigration law that criminalize undocumented immigration, with nearly half of all Latino offenders jailed on immigration-related “crimes.”

Posted on Feb 25, 2009 READ MORE


Beard!
nytimes.com

And Commerce Secretary Goes to ...

Bearded political renaissance man and current governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson was picked Wednesday morning to be Barack Obama’s secretary of commerce. The unsurprising move makes Richardson the latest politician drafted by Team Obama, who point to Richardson’s experience at the U.N., as governor, and as energy secretary.

Posted on Dec 3, 2008 READ MORE


America Ferrera

Los Actores de ‘Ugly Betty’ Se Oponen a la Prop. 8

If you can read this headline, you might be part of the audience that this No on Prop. 8 ad is targeting, with a little help from three key “Ugly Betty” cast members.

Posted on Oct 29, 2008 READ MORE


Laurel ICE Raid
nytimes.com

ICE Raid Arrest Numbers Rise

ICE raids—federal officials who bust into rural factory towns to arrest suspected “illegal immigrants”—continued this week in Laurel, Miss. The town of about 18,000 saw federal officials revise the number of people arrested in the raid to 595. It remained unknown whether the majority of detainees would serve jail time or be immediately deported.

Posted on Aug 27, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
youtube.com

McCain Grilled on Immigration

Following an appearance by Barack Obama the day before, Sen. John McCain faced some tough questions about his stance on immigration Monday at a meeting with members of the National Council of La Raza in San Diego, where he denied Obama’s claim that he had changed his tune on the immigration issue to please his Republican base.

Posted on Jul 15, 2008 READ MORE


Richardson and Obama
latime.com

Richardson Backs Obama

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who gave up his own run at the nomination in January, is endorsing Barack Obama. The nod from the country’s only Latino governor comes at a point in the campaign when the Hispanic vote will be less of a factor. Updated.

Posted on Mar 21, 2008 READ MORE


Obama in Seattle
flickr.com

Looking Beyond the ‘Racial Divide’

Sen. Barack Obama’s latest, and possibly greatest, challenge is to overcome a simplistic view that the United States is hopelessly split by a racial divide that could badly damage his candidacy.

Posted on Mar 17, 2008 READ MORE


Momentum vs. Toughing It Out

With a win in the Maine caucuses, Barack Obama has scored four lopsided victories in a row and the map favors him for weeks to come. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, responded to her troubles by replacing her campaign manager. Clinton now has to hold back Obama’s momentum long enough to win the big states weeks from now, a strategy that did not help Rudy Guiliani.

Posted on Feb 10, 2008 READ MORE


obama
msnbc.msn.com

¿Cómo Se Dice?  ¿Cómo Se Llama?  ¡Obama!  ¡Obama!

Latino supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama are attempting to fill what they see as a “void in media outreach” to voters from their communities by creating the site “Amigos de Obama,” where supporters can blog, coordinate events and even download a ringtone and special reggaeton tribute to the “skinny dude with the funny name.”

Posted on Jun 4, 2007 READ MORE


Burns’ Documentary Perpetuates the ‘Invisible Minority’

PBS documentarian Ken Burns has created a new series about World War II veterans but, according to the author, Burns left out some important contributors in his latest narrative:  Latino and American Indian troops who fought for the U.S. (and are doing so now in Iraq and Afghanistan) and deserve due recognition.

Posted on May 6, 2007 READ MORE


Candidate Asked to End Campaign

A Republican congressional candidate in Orange County has been asked by his own party to exit the race after he was implicated in mailing threats to Latino voters.  Tan D. Nguyen denies responsibility for the mailer, which said immigrants would be jailed if they attempted to vote.

Posted on Oct 19, 2006 READ MORE


Survivor cast
cbs.com

Ghetto Survivor

The next season of “Survivor” will have a new twist that has already drawn criticism.  Four teams are to be divided along racial/ethnic lines?blacks, whites, Asians, and Latinos.  The individual who wins gets a million-dollar prize.

Posted on Aug 25, 2006 READ MORE


Steve King
From C-span.org

GOP Rep. King Compares Latinos to Drunks

The anti-immigration congressman made a speech before Congress in May that blasted the idea of providing interpreters for Spanish speakers at polling stations, saying the practice would “coddle” Hispanics, “just like an enabler for an alcoholic, hand them a bottle of booze so they do not cure themselves….”

  • This is the same guy who recently proposed erecting an electrified fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, and compared Latinos to livestock.
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    Posted on Jul 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Gov. Schwarzenegger
    From the Sacramento Bee / Anne Chadwick Williams

    Schwarzenegger Reaffirms Support for Minutemen

    The Calif. governor said about the group of private citizens who are patrolling the country’s border with Mexico, “I support any time that a civilian wants to go and do the job that law enforcement cannot do.” (Story—scroll down)

  • Ironically, the governor made the statement at a campaign stop while trying to burnish his credentials with Latino voters—many of whom view Minutemen as akin to the KKK.

  • Also, higher up in the piece: Karl Rove gets booed while trying to woo Latinos at a conference.

  • Posted on Jul 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Senate Resolution: Sing Anthem in English

    In lieu of having anything really important to do, the Senate just approved a resolution stating that the national anthem, the Pledge and citizenship oaths should be sung or spoken in English.

    Posted on May 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Hundreds of Thousands Rally for Immigrant Rights

    In dozens of cities across the country, from New York City to San Diego, from Atlanta to Phoenix, protesters took to the streets in support of legislation that would help some 11 million undocumented workers settle permanently in the United States.

    Posted on Apr 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Jeb Bush and his wife, Columba
    From floridagovernorsmansion.com

    Jeb Bush Calls Immigration Debate ‘Hurtful’

    The Florida governor calls the anti-immigration “chest pounding” of politicians hurtful to him and his Mexican-born wife, Columba. Hats off to Jeb for breaking ranks on this one.
    Funny how it can take personal, familial experience for right-wingers to show some compassion on social issues. (See: Dick Cheney, father of a lesbian, breaking ranks with Bush on gay marriage.)

    Posted on Apr 4, 2006 READ MORE


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