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"...As the MALC policy chair, I’ll be working against issues that will unfairly treat Latinos in the state. Already there’s been a bill filed to overturn in-state tuition for undocumented students in the state..."
"...I also think how [last session's Senate Bill 4] ended up on the floor could have been handled very differently, and I think that's the result of a Joe Straus speakership. As the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus policy chair, I'll be working against issues that will unfairly treat Latinos in the state..."
"...The board also voted 6-1-1 on Monday to rename Fulmore Middle School after Sarah Beth Lively, a longtime teacher at the school. District 3 Trustee Ann Teich voted against the measure, again citing budget concerns as she did in opposing renaming the former Allan Elementary campus last month, and District 2 Trustee Jayme Mathias abstained, referencing "tension" in the community over the renaming process: "In plain English, the majority of our students are Latino, but only 10% of our schools are named after Latinos." A last-minute effort to consider renaming Fulmore for late Austin Mayor Pro Tem John Treviño had helped postpone the decision last month; Lively, who is white, was in the audience for the vote Monday..."
"...Latinos make up 40% of the state's population, but Texas voters had never before sent a Latina to Congress. The November midterms changed that, as two Latinas – state Sen..."
"...A recent study found that 25% of whites in the U.S. own guns; that compares to 14% of African-Americans and 16% of Latinos...."
"...Manchaca Road has long been a source of agitation for local Latinos, as many consider it a misspelled tribute to Texas Army Captain José Antonio Menchaca, who fought in the Texas Revolution and later served on San Antonio's City Council. That history bubbled up on our own dais at Tuesday's work session, when Ann Kitchen, whose District 5 encompasses Manchaca Road, requested a postponement of a resolution (set for consideration this week) that would correct the spelling error, so that staff could reach out to more potentially affected property owners...."
"...In a Facebook post on July 3, Cook refuted accusations that the sweep was intentionally targeting Latinos, writing that the traffic initiative had "nothing to do with immigration," and "the only target ... was traffic law violations and the results prove how badly it was needed." Deputies were instructed to use "zero tolerance," wrote Cook, meaning when a traffic violation was observed, "some enforcement action was taken, ranging from a warning to a citation to an actual custodial arrest."..."
"...Jolt hopes to raise $2,000 to help finance art supplies, as well as the caravan, which begins on July 8 at Jolt’s office in Austin at 6:30am and returns from Brownsville at 10pm. The organization calls on young Latinos and allies to participate in this event by using the power of voice, art, and vote to keep families together...."
"...Why do you suppose Latinos are often ascribed with a love of hard rock and heavy metal, and does that conform to your own experience? Yes, indeed. As a young Latino growing up in El Paso in the late Seventies and Eighties, hard rock was it! Plus, El Paso and Juárez are almost one as everyone has family just across the border..."
"...The city constructed the dams that created Barton Springs Pool in the Twenties, but its pool system wouldn't begin in earnest until a few years after that, when the Parks and Recreation Department received an infusion of park money through the New Deal. The infamous master plan of 1928, which forced African-Americans and Latinos into East Austin, established that the city's parks, pools, and other public facilities would be segregated, a policy that wouldn't end until 1963..."
"...She sees District 1 as currently divided between longtime residents and new ones, particularly Latinos, a demographic whose district population grew by 37% between 2000 and 2010. She believes her story can bridge the gap between those two experiences for the people of D1, despite the fact that it was created as an African-American opportunity district..."
"...The night before at Come & Take It Live, a venue known for hosting headbangers, Ruben Ramos churned a dance floor thick with older Latinos. At 78, the Austin Eastsider remains impossibly suave in his black suit and sunglasses..."
"...Meanwhile, Valdez has frustrated young Latinos so much on immigration that local Latino advocacy group Jolt recently chose to endorse her opponent. The reason? At a town hall in late April, Valdez failed to satisfy questions regarding her tenure as Dallas County Sheriff, especially as it relates to the unit's cooperation with federal immigration authorities..."
"..."I can't walk into a church and not hear about it," said Cole, underscoring the pressure. "The thought of losing an African-American seat to represent Central Texas by such an alleged progressive city, it would be devastating." An African-American has held the seat for nearly four decades, but it's recently seen a dramatic shift in demographics: While black residents were the largest group when Dukes took office in 1995, Latinos now overwhelmingly hold that distinction..."
"...Festival director Jean Anne Lauer said, "I get asked the question quite routinely, 'Are all your films in Spanish?' and I always say, no. We have Spanish and Portuguese, never mind that we're standing where Latinos speak English, and we also have all the indigenous languages of the Americas."..."
"...This proved a non-issue as the crowd reciprocated with scattered cries of “te amo” and “viva Latinos.” Fernandez changed up the tone with 2016’s “Primero Que Kanye,” a trap tale of how he gets Yeezy scooted along by tireless percussion and haunted electro...."
"...Boats Not Rising: A new report by the Austin Community Foundation – "When Hispanics Rise, Austin Rises" – concludes that progress for Central Texas Latinos continues to lag behind local benchmarks. Among the headline issues: the poverty rate for Hispanics is three times that of whites; the regional per capita income is $32,000/year, $17,000 for Hispanics; one in four working-age Hispanic adults have no primary health care provider...."
"...The party hasn't won a statewide election since 1994, the longest drought of any state. And while we can't escape the near-constant and optimistic refrain that Texas will soon turn blue through Hispanic voters, it'll be a long road ahead: More than 1 million Latinos in Texas are still unregistered to vote...."
"...The fall elections in Alabama, New Jersey, and Virginia, and the tide of anti-Trumpism, have ushered in new hope for Democrats. And it helps that O'Rourke is on the trail rallying Latinos (he speaks fluent Spanish), independents, and college-aged first-time voters..."
"...This new event – which as its name implies, focuses on photography by locals – joins two established festivals in January (see "More First Month Fests," below), and like FronteraFest and PrintAustin, FotoATX is wide-ranging in its scope. Among the 10 exhibits, you have archival images that cover a time when the city's streets were filled with more horses than autos and a time when its streets were filled with Latinos and African-Americans marching for social change..."
"...Representing the suit's plaintiffs, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund welcomed closure from SCOTUS and guidance for the next round of redistricting (in 2021), when "Latinos will once more account for increased congressional representation in Texas and other states." MALDEF Litigation VP Nina Perales called the decision a "mixed result."..."
"..."Juntos/Together: Black and Brown Activism in Austin, Texas From 1970-1983" revives a largely forgotten era of political struggle in this city, when Latinos and African-Americans took resistance to systemic prejudice, economic inequity, and segregation to new levels. Exhibition co-curators Alan Garcia & Rachel E..."
"...It didn't take long for the announcement of the semi-finalist candidates to become Austin city manager to generate some backlash. Among the six candidates (expected to be winnowed this week) were three white men, one white woman, and two African-Americans (woman and man), but no Latinos..."
"...In Rio Grande City it's not surprising that outsiders' perceptions of local people's immigration status might be erroneous. Over 98% of the population are Latinos, with the great majority of Mexican descent..."
"...The low-budget film’s black-and-white cinematography (by Ante Cheng) helps it maintain the illusion of being set in an earlier time period, which is now 25 years in the past. Although characters’ pagers light up with messages saying things like, “Free stuff on South Central,” Gook takes place in a nook beyond the edges of downtown L.A., where smoke plumes can be seen in the distance but a more immediate threat is the inbred racism in this mixed community of blacks and Latinos that shares turf with the area’s predominantly Korean shopkeepers...."
"...Barring a court injunction in the next two days, the "papers please"-style law will go into effect on Friday, Sept. 1.* (SB 4 was blocked in courts late Wednesday; see update at end of article.) But while SB 4 has instilled fear and anxiety in the local immigrant community ("Into the Shadows," July 21), it's also served as a rallying cry to galvanize Latinos and prompt creative acts of resistance..."
"...Second, these days, most people crossing the Mexican border illegally are not Mexicans, but Central Americans, especially children fleeing gangs that are routinely kidnapping, raping, and murdering kids. Furthermore, the fastest growth in illegal immigration is not from Latinos, but people from Asian nations...."
"...A string of a dozen robberies carried out by teenagers in east Ft. Worth targeted Latinos "because they've got money and they don't call the police," one of the suspects told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram..."
"...My emails contain my unlisted phone number in the signature, and no one could have known it – or that I was sending the emails – unless they were with DPS. I'd been reporting on the agency's longstanding practice of stopping Latinos in South Texas for minor traffic infractions, then asking them about their immigration status and turning many in to the Border Patrol ("Snuffed Out," June 2)..."
"...Margaret not only championed the rock, punk, and blues scenes. She was the leadership in Austin journalism that made sure women, Latinos, blacks, and youth weren't overlooked..."
"...On May 7, the day Gov. Abbott signed SB 4 into law, he was interviewed by the Spanish-language television station Univision about Texas Latinos' concerns that they could be racially profiled under the new law..."
"...I understand and see how my actions can be interpreted as Black Erasure and Anti-Black, but I hope you give me the opportunity to show that that is absolutely not what I, or Las Cruxes stands for. My vision for the mural was to depict a diverse and inclusive community, which included and honored Chicon’s historic Black community and my fellow Latinos...."
"...Even before the upper chamber directed SB 4 to Abbott, there were rumblings of a constitutional challenge; however, groups aren't announcing litigation prior to officially filing. In a press call, Terri Burke of the ACLU of Texas called SB 4 a "shameful" invitation to racial profiling of Latinos, Asians, or anyone who looks "foreign." Her colleagues in Arizona were among the parties that sought to block that state's like-minded SB 1070..."
"...And on a four-day hunger strike to protest the bill, Rep. Victoria Neave, D-Dallas, read aloud the hateful messages she had received during her fast (including one suggesting she “starve to death bitch”), a sample of the animosity Latinos are already facing, she said..."
"...Anchia has argued consistently that the Legislature should step up and fix what it broke. He told the Chronicle: “It’s time to get back to the drawing board to allow every community, including Latinos and African-Americans, the unfettered ability to vote for their candidate of choice.”..."
"..."Today's victory belongs to all Texans, for state-sponsored discrimination undermines the legitimacy of our elections. Although this ruling is gratifying," Rodriguez said, "let me be clear: the Mexican American Legislative Caucus told the Texas Legislature in 2011 that SB 14 would discriminate against Latinos..."
"...Echoing Ramos' finding that the bill's Republican authors rejected amendments that would have at least reduced the bill's discriminatory impact, Rodriguez continued, "Although this ruling is gratifying, let me be clear: the Mexican American Legislative Caucus told the Texas Legislature in 2011 that SB 14 would discriminate against Latinos. Republicans shoved it down our throats anyway."..."
"..."Everything that's happening with Trump, it's bringing us together," Hernandez said of Hispanic workers. Longstanding tensions based on nationality, ethnicity, and legal status among immigrants in general – and Latinos specifically, she said – have eased due to a heightened sense of solidarity...."
"...When Soto began pursuing his passion for visual art, Latinos had no place of prominence in Austin's mainstream cultural scene, and so he had to forge his own path. In 1944, at the age of 12, Soto was the only Latino taking classes at the Texas School of Fine Arts..."
"...• Unshared prosperity: Adler noted persistent inequality in the city, with high unemployment (10%) for African-American residents, high uninsurance rates (30%) for Latinos, high poverty rates in Austin ISD, and too many jobs that don’t pay living wages: “Our middle class is shrinking.”..."
"..."I think in terms of diversity, we're probably going to see a lot more Chinese and Indian actors and actresses get roles. What that means for African-Americans and Latinos is hard to say..."
"...Then there's the Las Piñatas ATX piñata picnic, noon-4pm, at the MACC, 600 River St., celebrating featured artist Michael Anthony Garcia, and free piñatas provided by your generous donations and purchased at local piñata stores. The more you donate, the more piñatas there will be, and all remaining proceeds go toward the Latinos in Architecture Scholarship Fund..."
"...Out of Moses’ civic destruction came hip-hop. The artform was the reactionary response to the cultural and physical oppression experienced by black and Latinos in 1970s South Bronx..."
"...City officials have a long history of catering to the wealthy and to businesses and developers. Now they are allowing encroachment on the southeast area which will push Latinos even further out!..."
"...Rodriguez is part of the Latinos and the Presidential Race panel at this weekend's Texas Tribune Festival, aka Trib Fest, the annual Lone Star gathering of state and national politerati, organized by the Texas Tribune on the UT-Austin campus. Rodriguez described the panel as focusing on Latino engagement and said, "In terms of voter apathy and turnout, this feels like it's going to be a very different election."..."
"...1:45pm: Latinos and the Presidential Race The Hispanic vote has long been called the sleeping giant of American politics; this will be a chance to hear Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, weigh in on waking that giant..."
"...While some Republican board members expressed dissatisfaction with the Mexican American Heritage book, e-mails obtained through a Public Information Act request by progressive education watchdog Texas Freedom Network highlight one right-wing conservative member’s desire to strip Latinos of seeing the textbooks voted against...."
"... Why is it that we should cast a vote in fear rather than in support of the person we believe best represents our “well-intentioned” interests? If the opposition wins because of an ideological divide among a constituency, wouldn’t that simply be the “bitter aftertaste of universal suffrage” which you describe? You correctly identify several factors at play in the current problem, but indict voters and not politicians for the current political climate. Democrats are equally guilty but “the Republican hate machine” is mostly to blame for the “vicious questions about integrity, patriotism, religion and intelligence.” Or are they simply being “well-intentioned” citizens? You criticize “armchair ideological purists” taking to social media, but what I see is a citizenry outraged by inaction on gun reform, the brutal treatment of African-Americans and Latinos, and LGBTQ rights, the growing income, disparity and the shrinking middle class..."
"...After adjourning close to 1:00 a.m. and getting some sleep I feel the need to say a little more because this hateful rhetoric towards Latinos in our community is unacceptable and has to stop.'..."