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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..."

What to Make of It
Local activists seek justice for black lives
News Story  July 14, 2016, by Kahron Spearman
"...As recorded in the Post's Fatal Force database, these statistics have roughly held true for blacks in Texas, and for Latinos – who have nearly as many deaths (10) at the hands of police so far this year. Moreover, there's a curious and dangerous inequity in police handling of mental health interactions, similar to David Joseph's death, as 12 of the 46 total people shot or killed in Texas this year (all races) involved a mental health disturbance...."

Asking About APD
Department seeks feedback on its approach to community policing
News Story  May 12, 2016, by Kahron Spearman
"...In the Office of the Police Monitor's report for 2014, blacks accounted for 24% of arrests and 28% of use-of-force instances, despite being less than 8% of Austin's voting-age population. Latinos were arrested at a 34% clip, with a 35% use-of-force instance rate..."

APD to Collect More Data
APD will change policy to require numbers for all stop-and-searches
News Story  April 7, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Speaking Monday, Webber acknowledged that APD has made improvements in that regard, yet stressed that there remains room for improvement. "The fact is that black people in Austin have a 1 in 6 chance [of being stop-and-searched] and Hispanics/Latinos have a 1 in 9 chance while white people in Austin have a 1 in 22 chance," she said..."

Living History
The debate on how best to honor the history of Rosewood Courts continues
News Story  March 24, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...The first African-American public housing complex in the nation, the Courts were constructed in 1937 (and opened in 1939) as part of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, after lobbying efforts by then-Congressman Lyndon Johnson. Along with Rosewood, the housing authority designated Santa Rita Courts for Latinos and Chalmers Courts for whites, as Austin was still segregated at the time..."

Day Trips & Beyond: Two Travelogues
A couple of tales with ties to Austin
DAILY Travel  February 24, 2016, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Roy Sr. and his sons were tough but fair, and refused to let minorities, primarily Latinos, walk..."

More Than One
Postmarks  February 11, 2016
"...What exactly was that “seeming resignation” based on? His proactive work in the 427th District Court and moving the docket and making sure people are receiving the justice they are entitled to as quickly as possible? Is his distinguished community service an indication that he has resigned himself to the status quo? In your accurate support of Brad Urrutia, which he deserves as a distinguished criminal defense attorney, you cite him as being only the second Latino criminal district judge – when you just finished supporting ousting the first Latino criminal district judge. Does the Chronicle believe there should not be more than one Latino criminal district judge on the bench at a time? As Latinos, we are so used to the typical statement, “If only they had more qualified candidates” – now I believe your message is, “They are not entitled to more than one.” What a shame that in Travis County, Texas – where the population is approximately 34% Hispanic, the Chronicle believes we are only entitled to 11% representation on the Criminal District Court bench..."

Collaborations of Love and Pain
Creative couple Ericka Marsalis-LaManna and Ray LaManna slay their demons
Screens Story  December 23, 2015, by Kahron Spearman
"..."I put out my first album, called Five In, Five Out, and on the cover, there are statistics showing overrepresentation of blacks and Latinos in prison. These are things I didn't really care about, until I became one of those people..."

And the Winner Is ...
Juan in a Million remains an Austin classic
Food Story  December 17, 2015, by Nina Hernandez
"...It's not a feeling felt only by a fourth-generation, Mexican-American Austinite. That's why when you walk into Juan in a Million you'll always see a diverse crowd – Latinos young and old, frat contingents, and everyone in between..."

"De La Tierra"
The group exhibition, curated by Michael Anthony García, refreshes the migrant Latino narrative
Arts Review  October 1, 2015, by Caitlin Greenwood
"...While the group exhibition hinges on the experience of migrant work, it can more largely be considered a look into the lives of contemporary Latinos. Curated by artist Michael Anthony García, "De la Tierra" houses some local favorites, Federico Archuleta and Gerardo Arellano among them..."

SXSW Eco Returns
Panelists take a variety of approaches to environmentalism
News Story  October 1, 2015, by Jessi Cape
"...Other conference highlights include Mobilizing U.S. Latinos to #ActOnClimate with Adrianna Quintero, senior attorney from Natural Resources Defense Council, and Javier Sierra, bilingual media strategist of the Sierra Club; and #BlackLivesMatter in Advancing Energy Democracy with Alicia Garza, Donele Wilkins of Green Door Init­i­a­tive, and Jacqueline Patterson, NAACP director of environmental and climate justice..."

SXSW Eco Lineup Grows
Monsanto Q&A added to growing speaker list
DAILY SXSW  July 28, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Anica Landreneau is the global director of sustainability for architectural firm HOK, and since environmentalism is built into their business model, that's a big task. Former Clinton White House senior staffer and House Democratic Caucus Senior Policy Advisor Mark Magaña definitely knows DC (he also founded National Latinos for Obama), and he's parlayed that experience into his position as CEO of nonprofit GreenLatinos..."

Losing It at the Movies
AFS Programming Director Chale Nafus on a life in film
Screens Story  July 23, 2015, by Raoul Hernandez
"..."It was Spence Junior High, which was the most violent junior high in Dallas. The friendships were so intense at Spence with young Latinos, 'I got your back,' and all of that..."

La Lotería Returns
Beloved mural to be restored
News Story  July 9, 2015, by Tony Cantú
"..."We want to be in control of our own projects and be responsible for our own funding. Latinos need to have ownership."..."

Written in Stone
History of racism lives on in UT monuments
News Story  May 28, 2015, by Mac McCann
"...Now, in 2015, the student body is 4.1% black and the faculty is 3.8% black. (The population of Texas, for reference, is 12.4% black.) And while UT has more Hispanics (around 19%), Latinos are still hugely underrepresented compared to the state population, which is 38% Latino...."

¡Pachanga! By One and All
Spanish, Mexican, Texan – sated en Español!
DAILY Music  May 18, 2015, by Nina Hernandez
"...Pockets of Latinos inhabit every festival. We blend into the masses, meeting up at the small sampling of Spanish-speaking sets, and then disperse again..."

Eastward Expansion
Surfing the wave of gentrification on the Eastside
News Story  April 9, 2015, by Tony Cantú
"...De Uriarte said gentrification-fueled displacement of residents often disproportionately affects minorities. Moreover, Austin's history of segregation concentrated Latinos and African-Americans on the Eastside via the 1928 Austin Master Plan..."

The Next Bush in Line
Split opinions on George P. Bush as “Latino Leader”
DAILY News  March 30, 2015, by Michael King
"...Bush) the university’s inaugural “Latino Leadership Award.” Bush is the first Latino to be elected GLO Commissioner, where he administers veterans’ benefits, state oil and gas interests, and state historical archives. The Latino Leadership award was established by the Center for Mexican American Studies and the Department of Mexican American and Latina and Latino Studies to recognize the success of Latinos at the state, national, and international levels...."

Do UT Frats Have a Race Problem?
Longtime Longhorn Sees some improvement; room for more
News Story  March 26, 2015, by Mac McCann
"...African-Americans compose almost 14% of the national population and 12% of the Texas population, but just over 4% of the UT student body. While UT has more Latinos (around 18%) than the national average (around 17%), they're hugely underrepresented compared to the state population, which is 38% Latino...."

The Good Eye: Tales From the Minority Box
Women of color talk about the casting bias
Columns  March 5, 2015, by Amy Gentry
"...When the role is big or important, it can be changed from nonwhite to white; when it's a negative stereotype, it's more likely to go the other direction, like the time Romero was cast in a TV docudrama about a battered woman. The real-life story it was based on involved a Caucasian couple; "because of the violence, they changed it to Latinos," she says...."

Frat Party Fallout
UT students are disappointed by admin's failure to nip racist parties in the bud
News Story  February 19, 2015, by Mac McCann


Connecting a Whole Community
Austin and Google Fiber move to bridge the digital divide
News Story  January 22, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...The results show connectivity is inextricably tied to race, education, and income. In general, home Internet usage is lowest among Austin's least educated, its poorest, Latinos, and recent immigrants, the study finds..."

Free Week Live Shots
Music Story  January 8, 2015, by Nina Hernandez
"...Infusing the first Friday of Free Week with sizzling Latin rhythms, Austin's brightest crews banished the indie shuffle from Spider House's Ballroom. Eightpiece hip-hop syndicate Este Vato optimized every inch of the stage with its rambunctious brass chapter and a key query: "Where are my cumbia dancers at?" The crowd, mostly young Latinos but peppered with dancers of all shades and stripes, answered in kind..."

10-1 Ticker... Endorsements All Around!
Which recently defeated candidate is endorsing which run-off contender?
News Story  November 13, 2014, by the News Staff
"...Phelps said an Adler win is in the "best interest of preserving the culture and soul of Austin," while Stephens tweeted for Martinez to withdraw... On Monday, Adler held a "Latinos for Adler" rally, where Pct..."

Death Watch: San Antonio Gun Brother
Appeals denied for Paredes and two others
News Story  October 23, 2014, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Ultimately, it mattered not whom Miguel Paredes killed but rather if his trial jury could determine that he assisted in or enforced the deaths of two of three individuals who lost their lives in September 2000. Paredes was only 18 at the time and affiliated with San Antonio's Hermanos de Pistoleros Latinos..."

Three for District 2
Dove Springs media forum addresses southeast voters
DAILY News  September 11, 2014, by Chase Hoffberger
"...The area's recent troubles with flooding, for example, have proven paramount to discussions about the way the city handles natural disaster relief. Its high volume of Hispanics and Latinos (69% in 2010, according to city data), including many undocumented residents, have been central to recent discussions about municipal ID cards..."

Brownout
Music Review  July 10, 2014, by Thomas Fawcett
"...On the surface, combining Austin's Latin-funk powerhouse and seminal doom rock might feel like mixing horchata and ale, but the teaming makes as much sense as San Antonio's global heavy metal crown. Latinos worldwide still constitute one of the most fervent fan bases of extreme blues derivatives, and as the band is quick to point out, Sabbath is inherently funky..."

Playback: Tip Jar Etiquette
See that tip jar? Give.
Music Column  July 3, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...› Tejano innovator Manuel "Cowboy" Donley landed a Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts, an honor which nets the 86-year-old singer $25,000. A living treasure of Austin's Eastside, whose career began in the Forties, Donley was among the first Latinos to lead a rock & roll band in Central Texas and helped shape Tejano music's identity by adding sophisticated orchestral arrangements to popular Latin styles like bolero and ranchera with his group Las Estrellas...."

Declining African-American Numbers Valid
Postmarks  June 30, 2014
"...These figures for African-American population changes between 2000 and 2010 have been published/cited elsewhere, particularly by the city of Austin itself. The figure 64,406 presented by the letter writer is sourced from a table that does not specify the "non-Hispanic Black alone" category, but also includes among the African-American count those of Hispanic/Latino origin who in some measure identify as Black. Although adding Hispanics/Latinos who identify as Black to the city's overall African-American numbers is useful for some studies, it does not give us an accurate picture of what's happening to the historic African-American residents in Austin in relation to both their peers in other cities and to other racial groups in Austin (our report is consistent in comparing the "non-Hispanic Black alone" numbers in Austin to those of other major cities in the United States)..."

El Rey Move Lights Up Austin Film Scene
Robert Rodriguez's network to use Austin as corporate HQ
News Story  June 12, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...Its target demographic is one that has historically been underserved by U.S. studios and networks: Second- and third-generation Latinos who live in English-speaking households..."

Film Flam: El Rey Shines on Austin
Robert Rodriguez's TV channel to become permanent production fixture
DAILY Screens  June 10, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...Founded last year, El Rey currently reaches 40 million homes around the US, plus international audiences through a Netflix deal for its first original programming, the serial adaptation of vampire versus bank robber chiller From Dusk Till Dawn. Its key demographic is one that has historically been under-served by US studios and networks: Second and third generation Latinos who live in English-speaking households...."

Moontower 2014, Day 4: She Bang
Women comics take society put-downs, turn them into laughs
DAILY Arts  April 27, 2014, by Ashley Moreno
"...Alonzo talked about the challenges facing Latinos, and, more specifically, her challenges with her new white boyfriend. They live in L.A..."

Maria’s Taco Xpress Tries to Save a Life
Benefit also raises awareness of bone marrow transplants
DAILY Music  February 14, 2014, by William Harries Graham
"...15, Maria’s is hosting a “Be the Match” event for Predroza with the National Marrow Donor Program. They’re urging Hispanics/Latinos and African-Americans to come get tested for potential donorhood..."

The AggreGAYtor: November 15
What happened today in gay? Here’s your QILTBAG recap of queer news.
DAILY Qmmunity  November 15, 2013
"...In the U.S., LGBTQ latinos face double-discrimination on many issues from employment to healthcare...."

Taco More Grabs Us with Goat Dishes
The menu here always has us calling out for mas y mas
DAILY Food  November 4, 2013, by Mick Vann
"...Not that many güeros seem to have discovered Taco More, which in my mind speaks for the authenticity of the food. The crowd is usually mostly Latinos from the neighborhood..."

Film Flam
From Madonna to the sofa, we've got your film news
DAILY Screens  October 15, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...13 (late deadline: Jan. 17, 2014) to submit your project "by or about Latinos in the U.S..."

Texas Tribune Festival
September 30, 2013. 26 photos.
PHOTO GALLERY  October 1, 2013
"...(From left) Corrie Maclaggan (moderator), Aaron Pe–a, Adryana Boyne, Larry Gonzaes, Alfonso "Poncho" Nevarez, and Marisa Marquez speak at the 'Latinos and the Republican Party" panel during the Texas Tribune Festival Sept 28, 2013...."

The Hightower Report
Wackos intend to cage themselves in Idaho
News Story  September 13, 2013, by Jim Hightower
"...He says that, once established, he and his fellow Citadellians will take it upon themselves to restore America to Americans. "The Southwest will be purged of Latinos," he explains, and "Enclaves of Muslims such as in Detroit will be culled ....."

Exiled From Main Street
Can Austin's stock of affordable housing keep pace with high-speed growth?
News Story  June 28, 2013, by Elizabeth Pagano
"...They are moving further out, to the suburbs or to areas of Austin that have fewer services. This recent history is reflected in a report from affordable housing nonprofit Green Doors and the Kirwan Institute called "The Geography of Opportunity in Austin and How It Is Changing." The report highlights disparities in opportunity for Austin's poorest residents, and it shows that African-Americans and Latinos are more than twice as likely as white Austinites to live in low-opportunity neighborhoods (see "Expensive Geography.")..."

Playback: Chaos in Tejas
Chaos in Tejas courts hip-hop, and other tales from the underground punk / metal fest
Music Column  May 31, 2013, by Kevin Curtin
"...Martin Sorrondeguy should be counted among the most righteous frontmen in punk music history. With his Chicago hardcore band Los Crudos, which mangled guitar necks 1991-1998 and reforms this weekend to mangle minds at Chaos in Tejas, the Uruguayan native screamed en Español about issues facing disenfranchised Latinos..."

Hightower Report: World-class Political Nincompoopism
World-class political nincompoopism
News Column  May 17, 2013, by Jim Hightower
"...Hmmm, wondered many Latinos on "this side," how does Louie think one would "act" Hispanic? Sing "La Cucaracha," drive a low-rider, dress up as a landscaper?..."

The Return of Lila Downs
‘La Reyna’ makes another rare stop in Austin – tonight
DAILY Music  April 9, 2013, by Raoul Hernandez
"...LD: It really wasn’t, because I grew up in Minneapolis, which at the time had very few Latinos, much less a Mexican community. It was very small in another area of the city, and I wasn’t in contact with them..."

Get Down Brother
San Antonio soul vein yields a goldmine
Music Story  April 5, 2013, by Thomas Fawcett
"...In the Sixties and early Seventies, when fierce discrimination and towering walls of segregation stood throughout the region, blacks and Latinos were remarkably integrated in the clubs and recording studios of San Antonio. Mickey & the Soul Generation was a largely instrumental sixpiece that laid down furious funk for six years beginning in 1967..."

Barge to Hell, Part 3
A final metal injection from HeadCrusher
DAILY Music  January 11, 2013, by Raoul Hernandez
"...After a quick shower, I went to see Seita, Abiotic, and then Brujeria at the pool deck. All the Latinos were in the front and El Brujo was really cool, exchanging jokes with the crowd and just having fun...."

The AggreGAYtor: November 14
Your daily dose of LGBTQIA news
DAILY Qmmunity  November 14, 2012, by Brandon Watson


Football Prophecies
Extra-terrestrials and more highlight week six
DAILY Sports  October 11, 2012, by Russ Espinoza
"...Indianapolis at New York Jets: Backup quarterback Tim Tebow sets off a flurry of social statements in the Jets locker room on Sunday morning by showing up to MetLife Stadium in a “Christians for Romney” T-shirt. Eyeing Tebow, starter Mark Sanchez counters by donning his “Latinos for Obama” hoodie..."

SXSW Eco: Beyond the Burlap Bag
Environmentalists ponder how to mainstream eco-culture
DAILY News  October 10, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...She said, "They’re not talking about climate, and they’re not talking about Keystone Pipeline. They’re taking away people’s land and giving them below value to put a pipeline that’s going to destroy our water supply, fuck up our watershed, and not one white politician on either side, Democrat or Republican, is saying: 'Hey, we’ve got climate change, we’ve got all this happening in our backyard.' So the real thing is not only how to get African-Americans and Latinos, but how to get Texas to the table together."..."

Civics 101
News Column  September 14, 2012
"...GET OUT THE VOTE WITH WDP Voter turnout only hits 56% in federal elections, with lower proportions of low-income residents and Latinos. Block walk with the Workers Defense Project to help remind people to register to vote..."

Affordable Care Act Stands
Texans respond to Supreme Court ruling
DAILY News  June 28, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Van de Putte. "Today, 32 million have the promise of healthcare, including 9 million Latinos and 6 million Texans...."

Headlines
News Story  May 11, 2012
"...Hispanic Contractors Association held a ceremony Wednesday morning to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Gus Garcia becoming the first Latino elected to the AISD board of trustees. Garcia was instrumental in the grassroots movement toward quality education for Latinos...."

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