NewsTaco's Latino News Roundup: Doggett, Redistricting, Raymondville, Banned Books and More

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U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett Shifts Emphasis To Latino Voters – The current redistricting snafu has forced Congressman Lloyd Doggett to, at once file for Congressional District 25 (Austin), while he actively campaigns in Congressional District 35 (running from the Austin area to San Antonio) and seek the Latino vote there.

The Latino Voting Rights Saga: It's Complicated – A three-judge federal panel in Washington will be hearing two weeks' worth of testimony, starting this week, on Texas' congressional redistricting maps. Again? It's complicated. Even if you're from Texas, it can get dizzying. But even if you're not, it's very relevant.

María Hinojosa Film Sparks Immigrant Sexual Abuse Inquiry – “Lost In Detention” reviewed complaints of sexual abuses of immigrants at a facility in Texas, the Willacy Detention Center in Raymondville. A letter was co-authored by 29 Democratic members of Congress asks the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to launch an investigation into sexual violence against immigrants in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security.

I Don't Want To Be The Model Minority For The American Dream – I'm tired of having to explain to white folks that many people in my working class Mexican community cannot persevere no matter how hard they may try. I'm often met with this response: “But you did it!” which they seem to think is a compliment. It's not. I consider myself simply luckier that many of the kids I grew up with.

Mexican Immigration Is Slowing While Asian Immigration Grows –  The myth that Mexicans are “flooding America” is proven to be that, is an influx of Chinese immigrants to America next?

Why Should Latinos Care About SOPA? – We should be especially vigilant about any laws that have could limit our abilities to transmit this information – through any medium – between and among ourselves and to future generations through specific cultural channels and designated community knowledge holders.

Celebrating 40 Years Of “Bless Me Última” – Rudolfo Anaya's celebrated work and seminal novel “Bless Me Última” just turned 40 this year. The book was first published  in 1972, and was groundbreaking in its portrayal of Latinos, and contribution to Chicano literature.

Shakespeare, Mexican American Studies Books Banned In Tucson – In cleaning out Mexican American Studies texts, there were reports that works by Shakespeare and Thoreau were also being banned.

Fired New Mexico DMV Employee Sues Over “No Spanish” Rule – The Mexican American Legal Dense and Education Fund has gone to the defense of a Latina who was fired for calling-out discriminatory practices at the New Mexico driver's license bureau.

Anti-Latino Politics In AZ Spurs New Political Leadership  – The anti-Latino political environment that has characterized Arizona's state politics for the past several years is beginning to have it unintended consequence: empowering Latinos in that state to run for public office.

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