Archive for October, 2009

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Latinovations would like to thank Octavio A. Hinojosa Mier for his contribution to La Plaza.

The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) this week hosted an insightful Hill briefing centered on the theme: “STEM: How the U.S. Hispanic Community will define the future of U.S. competitiveness.” This standing room only briefing focused on the growing importance Americans of Hispanic descent will have in the future innovation capacity, economic competitiveness, as well as the national security of the United States of America. (more…)


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The United Nations General Assembly voted 187 to 3 on Wednesday to express opposition to the US embargo against Cuba, which has stood since 1961.  It is the 19th consecutive year in which the international community has condemned the American policy. (more…)

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Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton, who will be ending his seven year stint as chief on Saturday, said that the LAPD needs to continue a 30 year old policy known as Special Order 40, which prohibits officers from stopping someone for the sole reason of determining if they are in this country illegally. In an opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times, he explained that in order to continue solving crimes it is vital that the LAPD not go into the business of determining people’s legal status. Bratton continued: “My officers can’t prevent or solve crimes if victims or witnesses are unwilling to talk to us because of the fear of being deported.” (more…)

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Larry Whitten, 63, is a former Marine and Texan who has spent the last 40 years resurrecting more than 20 struggling hotels across the country. In late July he arrived in Taos, New Mexico with the plan to turn around a hotel by instating rules he used a number of times before. Among the new rules, Whitten forbade Hispanic workers from speaking Spanish in his presence and even made others Anglicize their names; Martin (Mahr-TEEN) became plain Martin and Marcos would be Mark. (more…)

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On Monday, October 26, the Environmental Protection Agency hosted a forum on Capitol Hill to discuss the involvement of the Latino community in issues surrounding climate change.  The event was organized by several Latino and environmental advocacy groups including the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), and the Sierra Club.


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El Paso, Texas has received an unexpected economic boost due to the increasing violence in Ciudad Juárez, the Mexican city on the other side of the Rio Grande. As entrepreneurs come to the United States to escape the drug violence, they have been coming to this city of 600,000 to open new clubs and restaurants. (more…)

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Latinovations would like to thank Cathy Areu  for her contribution to La Plaza.

I wonder if Soledad O’Brien and Chris Rock are friends. After a week like the last one, they should be.

Both these celebrities – no doubt at the top of their games in their respective fields – took a chance, a risk if you will, away from their mainstream careers to something more personal, and more controversial. They both tackled racism and ethnicity in the U.S. in two separate documentaries. Did they succeed? I think so. (more…)

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