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    Target de Blasio: Latino Committee Aims to bring more Latino Representation to New York City

    When running to become New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio saw an administration that wasn’t fitting a diverse city it was meant to serve and promised to make his administration more inclusive in-regards to various communities located within the city. However, since taking office there are groups who are challenging whether...

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    Workin’ 9 to 5: Latinos Unemployment Continues to Decline!

    Two months ago, LatinTRENDS reported on how the unemployment rate for Latinos were dropping. And now, after the month of November it appears the unemployment rate is still declining for the Latino community. “The news is good across the board,” said Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez when talking about the overall...

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    Hollywood’s Mexican Slave State: Chris Rock on Blacks & Latinos in Entertainment Industry

    Since August, this country has been engaging in one of the most controversial, intense, and sometimes ignored issue we as all Americans must face: racism. After the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri by the hands of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson there’s been a spotlight focused on how Black...

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    Latinos Approve!: President Obama’s approval rating rises among Latinos after plans on Immigration revealed

    It’s been a week since President Barack Obama revealed his executive action plans regarding immigration within this country. And while he has drawn criticism and threats from his opponents, it appears the president’s plans may have re-earned him support from the Latino community. According to a Gallup—an American research-based, global performance-management consulting...

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    Our Voices Matter: Latino, Black, & Asians NYC Council Members walkout for Justice

    Since last Monday, all over the United States, and the world afar, protests have been popping up in-regards to the St. Louis County’s grand jury decision to uphold Officer Darren Wilson to murder charges—or any charges at all—in the killing of teenager Michael Brown. Since the decision was announced people from various...

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    #MIKEBROWN: An Understanding of the power of Protest

    When you think of Ferguson it will not a surprise if your mind immediately goes to St. Louis, particularly to August 9th 2014 when the community became infamous after the murder of Michael Brown. Since the start of this summer there has been an increase in racial-profiling throughout the country regarding young...

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    Pass the Bill: President Barack Obama to Republicans on his executive action regarding Immigration

    Last Thursday, after a long awaited period to know what his plans are President Barack Obama announced his plans regarding his executive action on the immigration policy in our country. Promising to shield as many as 5 million immigrants from deportation while granting work permits to others, could President Obama’s executive action...

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    When & When: President Obama to announce plans for Immigration reform this week?

    Well according to various sources these are just rumors at the moment. Last Wednesday, a news source reported that President Barack Obama could be announcing his plan to overhaul this country’s current immigration policy through executive action sometime this week. According to this news source, the White House was prepping to unleash...

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    The First South American Latina elected-Judge in Queens!

    Just two weeks ago, Queens made history after the November 2014 Elections when voting in the first South American Latina judge from Ecuador. Being the first South American elected-judge, Carmen Velásquez attributes being voted into the Queens Supreme Court of the 11th judicial district of the New York Supreme Court to her...

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    “Enough of Fear!”: Thousands of Mexicans protest against violence amidst 43 Students’ massacre

    A month ago, LatinTRENDS reported on the disappearance of 43 student-teachers who vanished back on September 26th after police and alleged gang members broke up a demonstration they were participating in. According to witness accounts and news reports, the students were said to have been carried off by both law enforcement and...

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    Did they or Didn’t They? Pt. II: The Sway of the Latino Vote

    Early last week, I wrote on LatinTRENDS about the ongoing question regarding the dilemma of the Latino vote and now after some time has passed since the November 2014 Elections the answer is beginning to come out. Despite the Republicans taking the Senate from the Democrats, Latinos did come out to vote...

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    Did they or Didn’t They? Pt. I: The Latino Voting Dilemma

    If you didn’t notice why your children or local schools were closed or why there was a flurry of red, white, and blue due to the flying of countless American flags or why your Facebook is abuzzed with “Get Out and Vote” well you should know it was Election Day. Yesterday, the...

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    Education Denied: Latino immigrant children blocked from getting an Education in New York City?

    The concept that knowledge is a gift and should be available to all is a noble one, but in order to obtain knowledge—one that is accepted by all—obtaining an education is an essential tool in showing the world that you have it. However, for some the pursuit of knowledge is barred due...

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    Protect the Taxi Drivers: New Bill proposed to protect New York City Taxi Drivers

    According to a study done by the Department of Labor, it was found that opposed to the average worker Taxi Drivers are 30 times more likely to be killed on the job. While shocking, it is understandable why taxi drivers are targeted. Known for carrying cash earned from their fares, taxi drivers...

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    Twitter Horror: Journalist’s murder revealed on Twitter by Drug Cartel

    From Facebook to Twitter these social media platforms are used by millions across the world to share personal views, insight, and thoughts in order to connect with others. While some users use these platforms merely to be funny or kill some time, some users take to the social media world in order...

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    November Elections 2014: Latinos in U.S. House expected to increase!

    While coverage over the past few days has largely been on where the Latino vote could be going, this post will look at the Latinos who could soon be entering the United States House of Representatives in the upcoming elections. While there are current Latinos preparing to take high positions within the...

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    To the Motherland: Gov. Cuomo campaigns in the Dominican Republic & Puerto Rico to earn Latino votes stateside

    With the November Elections steadily approaching, politicians across the country are hitting the ground hard in order to draw in votes before the polls open on November 5th. And as candidates hit various communities in order to win support, there is one particular community among them all that’s becoming the key constitutes...

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    First–of hopefully many–Latino nominated to U.S. Court of Federal Claims

    For Armando Bonilla becoming the first Hispanic to be nominated into the United States Court of Federal Claims is an opportunity that is truly awarded for him and for other Hispanics with dreams of entering law and politics. “As exciting as it is to be the first Hispanic to achieve something, my...

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    Where Are They? 43 Student-Teachers Missing in Mexico; Mayor may be connected

    Back on Wednesday, thousands of people took to the streets within 19 states of Mexico to take part in a protest. The protest wasn’t against to the drug-war currently plaguing the country, issues with the government, but the protest was in-response to the disappearance—and now suspected murders—of 43 student-teachers from the Mexican...

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    Unemployment Rate for Latinos Declines!

    While times may still be hard for most Americans it appears things may be getting a bit—a very small, miniature—easier for some Americans as the unemployment rate within the country decreases. According to recent statistics released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate within the country...

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    Failing to Pull the Latino Vote: Democrats could face losses this upcoming Election

    Earlier this week, I talked about the recent issue regarding Latinos and the possibility of some who can vote and who are eligible to register to vote will forgo voting in the upcoming elections. To continue this discussion, I want to look at what will happen if Latinos choose to remain away...

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    Will they or won’t they? Will there be even more Latinos voting this upcoming election?

    Back in January of this year, National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and Mi Familia Vota came together for a $5 million dollar register-by-mail campaign in hopes of persuading Latinos to empower themselves with the power of the vote. However, with the November elections drawing closer it appears that the two Latino...

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    In Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month: Influential Hispanic Trans-People

    From September 15th to October 15th across the United States of America the country views National Hispanic Heritage Month. A month where we celebrate the very diverse and exuberant Hispanic culture and where we honor Hispanic figures that have made history by pushing the boundaries that were once placed on Hispanics in...

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    New York City welcomed Historical & Largest Climate March

    This pass Sunday New York City became a stage for the latest round in trying to push for a greener initiative in order to bring climate awareness to the world. An estimated 300,000 marchers ventured out to Columbus Circle on Sunday to partake in the People’s Climate Change March which started in...

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