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More Rumblings from Latino Activists about Obama Immigration Policies

November 11th, 2011 · 8 Comments

If you haven’t been following the continuing saga of the Obama administration and its defense of record deportation numbers, I’m going to provide some quick links in this post to get you caught up. There is some different of opinion in the Latino and immigrant advocacy community about the perceived targeted criticism of Cecilia Muñoz, [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Department of Homeland Security · Government Accountability · Immigration

CA Latino Legislative Caucus Releases Donor List

July 14th, 2011 · No Comments

A few days ago, the California Latino Legislative Caucus was in the news for not releasing its list of donors from its nonprofit. Well, a few days ago, the Caucus went ahead and released its donor list. As reported by The Sacramento Bee: “Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez pushed the caucus for disclosure last week [...]

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Tags: California Assembly Speaker John Perez · Government Accountability

According to former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, AT&T-T-Mobile Merger May Help Improve Latino Drop Out Rate

July 11th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Today Henry Cisneros takes the cake with his shameless shilling for the AT&T/T-Mobile merger. If there ever was reaching in attributing what may help alleviate the Latino high school dropout rate, this opinion piece by the former HUD Secretary attempts to explain that consolidating cell phone providers and internet access companies will now allow Latino [...]

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Tags: Digital Divide · Education · Government Accountability · Henry Cisneros

CA Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation Provides Cover for Corporate Donors

July 9th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Speaking of AT&T, this week the big telecommunications giant was back in the news for its involvement in another Latino organization, the California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation, the nonprofit entity that was set up to promote cultural awareness amongst Latinos in California. More specifically, the California Latino Legislative Caucus’s charity has been operating for the [...]

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Tags: Gil Cedillo · Government Accountability

There are 91 women serving in the U.S. Congress. Only 8 of them are Hispanic. Here’s how the 2012 election could change that for the better.

May 23rd, 2011 · 3 Comments

Webmaster’s Note — The following is a guest piece by Milly Doolan of the 2012 Project. It is especially timely given this piece in today’s Los Angeles Times about the proportion of women officeholders flat-lining and slipping. The Times Reports: “The number of women sworn in to Congress this year fell for the first time [...]

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Tags: community organizing and activism · diversity · Government Accountability · Rep. Nydia Velazquez

Mayor Villaraigosa’s Deceptive Budget

May 15th, 2011 · 1 Comment

In a political climate where people are cutting back everywhere, articles like this contribute to the notion that government employees don’t share the burden, especially when a leader like Mayor Villaraigosa touts spending cuts and then doesn’t follow through. The LA Weekly has a pretty good piece describing the complexity of Villaraigosa’s budget and the [...]

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Tags: Antonio Villaraigosa · Government Accountability

Los Angeles County Sheriff Baca: For Sale!

May 1st, 2011 · 2 Comments

The Los Angeles Times has a pretty good piece about the county sheriff, Lee Baca, who has become quite comfortable taking gifts. This kind of behavior is something that many elected and appointed officials engage in, but it is especially stinging for Latino elected officials. It raises questions of conflict of interest and creates the [...]

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Tags: Government Accountability

Refusing to Toe the Company Line: Lessons from a Year Researching US-Cuba Policy

April 11th, 2011 · 1 Comment

By Matt Stieglitz For the past year, I have been entrenched in thesis research on US-Cuba Policy, analyzing the embargo’s evolution from the perspective of the US presidency. (Before the haters slam that because of the US presidency angle, please note I was bound by fellowship guidelines to study the policy as it relates to [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Cuba · Fidel Castro · Foreign Policy · Government Accountability · health care · Latin American Foreign Policy