Archive for August, 2009


The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) have released a report that explores the state of education for Latinas. The study entitled “Listening to Latinas: Barriers to High School Graduation”  reveals alarming drop out rates and details possible reasons as to why Latina students are not performing as well in academics compared to their peers. The latest data shows that 41% of Hispanic female students do not graduate on time with a standard diploma. (more…)


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Latinovations would like to thank LULAC President Rosa Rosales for her contribution to La Plaza.

By LULAC National President Rosa Rosales

This week we witnessed the passing of our beloved friend Senator Ted Kennedy who was a champion for the voiceless.

Thirty-nine years ago, Senator Kennedy introduced his first bill to overhaul our nation’s broken healthcare system and provide affordable coverage to all Americans. Health care reform was referred by Senator Kennedy as the cause of his life and today we are closer than ever to achieving his dream. As the Senator stated time and time again, ‘we believe that access to healthcare should be a right — not a privilege — in this country.’ Thus to honor his wish we shall pass health care legislation this year. (more…)

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On Wednesday, the U.S. State Department announced it would be suspending non-emergency, non-immigrant visa services for Hondurans.

State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said the U.S. will only provide visa services to potential immigrants and emergency cases at its embassy in Tegucigalpa. This announcement follows a refusal to negotiate by the condemned military coup that ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya on June 28th. (more…)

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Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the Massachusetts Democrat and icon of American liberal politics, died at the age of 77 late Tuesday at his home. He was the last surviving brother of a legendary political family. His health had been declining since having a seizure in May 2008, and subsequent tests showed that he had a malignant brain tumor. (more…)

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Weather permitting, the Discovery space shuttle will launch into space tomorrow carrying with it a crew member who formerly toiled in the sugar beet, tomato and cucumber fields of California.  Astronaut, Jose Hernandez, 47, will also be the first member of the shuttle crew to be Twittering messages in both English and Spanish. (more…)

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Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico will spend the week in Cuba for a trade mission. A spokeswoman said the governor was to fly to Havana today and return Friday. (more…)

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Latinovations would like to thank Rudy Ruiz for his contribution to La Plaza.

Most people today are focused on health insurance reform. I’m concerned about ensuring that the Latino community’s needs are fully met by such a reform. (more…)

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