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Rep. Eddie Rodriguez on the 86th Texas Legislature
“I’ll be working against issues that will unfairly treat Latinos in the state”
News Story  January 3, 2019, by Mary Tuma
"...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..."

Central Texas Lawmakers Speak Out About the 86th Legislative Session
Interviews with the team representing 2.1 million Austin metro residents
News Story  January 3, 2019, by the News Staff
"...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..."

Budget Cuts, Name Changes at AISD
Union urges wait-and-see stance on funding at board meeting
News Story  December 20, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...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..."

Movement Mujeres Looks to Empower Young Women of Color
Project empowers young women of color
News Story  December 13, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...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..."

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
Columns  December 13, 2018, by Mr. Smarty Pants
"...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...."

Would You Like to Swap a Vowel?
City Council gets into its A-E-I-O-Us
News Story  October 4, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...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...."

Bastrop Sheriff Targets Latino Neighborhood
Faith group calls for meeting
News Story  July 12, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...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."..."

Art Caravan for the Children's Act of Creative Resistance
Yocelyn Riojas, Jolt Texas are sending an artful message to the border
DAILY Arts  June 29, 2018, by Eilish O'Sullivan
"...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...."

First Concert: Matt Muñoz
Cactus Cafe manager Matt Muñoz revisits his first concert in El Paso: Van Halen
Music Story  June 28, 2018
"...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..."

Austin's Pool System Will Collapse If We Don't Save It
Shall we dive in?
News Story  May 31, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...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..."

Council Watch: Mariana Salazar
District 1 race continues to fill up
News Story  May 24, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...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..."

Playback: Strictly Conjunto
“We don’t want this music to die” – Johnny Degollado
Music Column  May 10, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...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..."

Governor: An Embarrassment of ... Well, Embarrassments
Valdez, White run-off in a battle of long shots
News Story  May 10, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...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..."

Sheryl Cole and Chito Vela: The Prize Fight
All eyes on the Democratic primary run-off in House District 46
News Story  May 3, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"..."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..."

Cine Las Americas Explores the Global Faces of Latino and Indigenous Cinema
Not just the border
Screens Story  April 26, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...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."..."

SXSW Music Review: Mozart La Para
“Viva Latinos!”
DAILY SXSW  March 17, 2018, by Isabella Castro-Cota
"...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...."

News Story  February 15, 2018
"...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 Tides of March
Ready for a blue wave in November's midterms? That'll depend on the race.
News Story  February 8, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...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...."

U.S. Senate
Beto, the Great Blue Hope
News Story  February 8, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...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..."

FotoATX: Pics and the City
This new arts festival celebrates Austin as seen through the lenses of local photographers
Arts Story  January 18, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

SCOTUS Takes Up Texas Gerrymandering
Doggett, Farenthold's districts to be questioned
News Story  January 18, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...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."..."

Seen / Soon: Jan. 5
Austin gets to see how Buddhist high holy days are celebrated in Tibet and Qinghai, and how African-Americans and Latinos once stood together in an era of social change
Arts Column  January 4, 2018
"..."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..."

LULAC Protests Lack of Latino Manager Candidates
The League of United Latin American Citizens is not happy with the city manager pool
News Story  December 7, 2017, by Michael King
"...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..."

How DPS's Occupation of a Border Town May Have Crippled Its Economy
Rio Grande City sees a marked decline in sales and tourism
News Story  October 5, 2017, by Debbie Nathan
"...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..."

An unlikely friendship develops in 1992 Los Angeles
Film Review  September 29, 2017, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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...."

Jolt Aims to Energize the Latino Vote
Local activist nonprofit engages a growing demographic
News Story  August 31, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...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..."

The Hightower Report: How Is Trump Like Humpty-Dumpty?
For one, he's got a fragile shell
News Column  August 17, 2017, by Jim Hightower
"...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...."

The Damage Done by SB 4
Court records reveal impact of the "show me your papers" bill on immigrant lives
News Story  July 20, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...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..."

DPS Director Steve McCraw Issues Immigration Marching Orders
Since Nov. 4, DPS troopers "have an obligation" to work with ICE, Border Patrol
News Story  July 6, 2017, by Debbie Nathan
"...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 Moser Tribute: Rose Reyes
“She was the leadership in Austin journalism that made sure women, Latinos, blacks, and youth weren’t overlooked”
Music Story  June 29, 2017, by Belinda Acosta
"...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..."

DPS Troopers Push Undocumented Immigrants Into a Deportation Pipeline
Spike in traffic stops raises concerns about racial profiling, faulty record keeping, and the damage done to families
News Story  June 1, 2017, by Debbie Nathan
"...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..."

12th and Chicon Mural to Be Repainted
New owner responds to community uproar
News Story  May 18, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...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...."

The Challenge to SB 4
Opponents to "sanctuary cities" bill ready for court battles
News Story  May 11, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...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..."

Marathon House Debate Yields “Show Me Your Papers” Sanctuary Cities Bill
Amendment lets cops question detainees' immigration status
DAILY News  April 27, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...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..."

Court: Texas House Districts Unlawful, Unconstitutional
Panel of judges rules 2-1 against drawing of 2011 maps
DAILY News  April 20, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...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.”..."

Point Austin: The Way Things Are
Another victory for judicial fairness leads to … more discrimination at the polls
News Column  April 13, 2017, by Michael King
"..."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..."

Court Rules: Texas Voter ID Still Racist
Second ruling finds GOP deliberately suppressed minority vote
DAILY News  April 11, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...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."..."

How to Raise Worker Wages
Organize, arrive, persist, persist, persist
News Story  March 30, 2017, by Jack Craver
"..."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...."

In Memoriam: Ishmael Soto
Groundbreaking Latino artist and teacher has passed
DAILY Arts  March 8, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Austin: “Strong, Unique, and Special”
“State of the City” emphasizes change, permanence, independence
DAILY News  January 30, 2017, by Michael King
"...• 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.”..."

TV in Trumpland
Quality struggles to take one step forward while culture takes 10 steps back
Screens Story  December 22, 2016, by Kahron Spearman
"..."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..."

Public Notice: Your Libraries at Work
Plus parties for the environment, and the Dead
News Column  October 27, 2016, by Nick Barbaro
"...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..."

Everybody vs. Injustice
Using hip-hop to build a just city
DAILY News  October 13, 2016, by Annamarya Scaccia
"...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..."

Day Trips & Beyond: October Events Roundup
Chinati Weekend in Marfa, Lantern Fest in Paige, and lots more!
DAILY Travel  October 5, 2016, by Gerald E. McLeod

Yet Again
Postmarks  September 26, 2016
"...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!..."

Will Trump Get Out the Latino Vote?
Eddie Rodriguez previews his upcoming Texas Tribune Festival panel
News Story  September 22, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...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."..."

Local Highlights at Trib Fest
Mayor Steve Adler, Lance Armstrong among those representing Austin
News Story  September 22, 2016
"...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..."

SBOE Member Wants to “Deny Hispanics” Vote on Racist Mexican-American Textbooks
Education watchdog reveals e-mail exchange after public info request
DAILY News  September 21, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...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...."

A Glossy View
Postmarks  August 29, 2016
"... 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..."

Zimmerman Does It Again [UPDATE]
D6 council member tells children to "do something useful"
DAILY News  August 19, 2016, by Michael King
"...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.'..."

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