Living in Plain Sight, Without Papers

Living in Plain Sight, Without Papers

RICHMOND, Calif. – “I once lived in fear, but then I realized I didn’t do anything wrong and I should stop being afraid,” says 36-year-old Tomasa Espinoza.

It’s hard to tell whether Espinoza inspired her husband, Jesus Perez, or if it was the other way around. But ever since they came to the United States over a decade ago, the two have never hesitated to make their voices heard for causes they believe in.

Neither of them thinks that being undocumented should force them to live in the shadows.

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Future of California's Economy in Hands of Latinos

Future of California’s Economy in Hands of Latinos

MERCED, Calif.– Ruby Aguirre is beating the numbers.

“I feel so proud to be graduating today,” said the first generation Mexican-American student at last month’s Merced College commencement. “This is my biggest achievement.”

Aguirre, 21, graduated with an Associate’s degree in psychology and plans to transfer to California State University, Humboldt, where she will pursue her Bachelor’s degree in social work.

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La Opinión: Trump and the Limits of Latino Power

While launching his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump insulted Mexican immigrants. This case is helping to show that the Latino community has economic influence and can successfully exert it when its members are outraged. On the flip side, in this same situation, the community’s political power is nonexistent if it’s measured by the same criteria.

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Countering Trump's Racist Comments With Actual Facts

Countering Trump’s Racist Comments With Actual Facts

It is the June 17 Donald Trump quote that has the Latino digital space speaking out in ways we have never seen before, including an online petition calling for NBC to end its ties with Trump (now at about 200K signatures and growing):

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.

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Lesbian Ad Shows Social Progression Despite Setbacks in India

Lesbian Ad Shows Social Progression Despite Setbacks in India

On the closing night of this year’s Kashish, Mumbai’s beautiful Art Deco Liberty Theater, run by the Hoosein family since 1947, was buzzing. India’s only transgender/hijra dance troupe brought the house down with their sequin-spangled Helen numbers. Former Mr Gay India, Sushant Divgikar was strutting the stage basking in the spotlight. And the entire theatre was on its feet as Rainbow Voices, an LGBT choir from Mumbai, all sleek in black and silver, some of the boys with heavy eyeliner and a flower tucked behind the ear Salma Sultan style, belted out Hum Honge Kaamyaab. It was a bona fide goosebump moment.

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Fake Black Folks, Fake Indians, and Allies: The Native Roots of the Rachel Dolezal Saga

Fake Black Folks, Fake Indians, and Allies: The Native Roots of the Rachel Dolezal Saga

Paul Mooney could have easily been talking about Natives.

Ok, so, this white woman named Rachel Dolezal did a reverse Michael Jackson and became a black woman named Rachel Dolezal.

Thing was, she wasn’t cool with just being some newly black woman named Rachel Dolezal. She wanted to be the blackest of the black women—became president of the NAACP, told folks that she had black children, became an activist for black folks, wore her “natural” in kinky curls, and made many, many allegations that she was the victim of hate crimes because she was black. She was consistent at least—when she said that she was Native American, she said that she was also the Nativest of the Natives.

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THE 4TH ANNUAL LOS ANGELES CULTURE FESTIVAL ™ EXPRESSING THE COLORS OF CULTURE & FREEDOM OF THE WORLD AS ONE PEOPLE! JUNE 25-28, 2015 4 DAYS AND 6 EVENTS OF CELEBRATION

THE 4TH ANNUAL LOS ANGELES CULTURE FESTIVAL ™ EXPRESSING THE COLORS OF CULTURE & FREEDOM OF THE WORLD AS ONE PEOPLE! JUNE 25-28, 2015 4 DAYS AND 6 EVENTS OF CELEBRATION

HOLLYWOOD, CA – The Fourth Annual Los Angeles Culture Festival™ is on! Come join us “Back on the Hollywood Boulevard” as we celebrate the incredible diversity of this city in stunning colorful costumes, tempting foods, and enchanting music from the corners of the globe. A series of events that will bring us all together as One World One People. Immerse yourself in the West Coast’s Largest Multi-Cultural Festival, and feel the pulsating rhythms of the culture during the Hollywood Carnival© Parade.

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