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NewsTaco's Latino News Roundup: Voter ID, Voting Rights Act, Juárez, SXSW, Frida, Canales & Cookies

by: NewsTaco

Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 01:15 PM CDT

The DOJ Rules For Texas Voters, Against Voter ID - On March 12, 2012 the Department of Justice (DOJ) stood up for Texas voters by refusing to pre-clear the strict photo ID legislation that Texas Republicans passed during the 2011 legislative session.

What'd Happen Without Section 5 Of The Voting Rights Act? - I started thinking recently about what our country would look like in the future if Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) were to be declared unconstitutional.

Mexican Americans Key To Future Latino Growth In The U.S. - The east coast's Hispanic population is indeed growing - don't think otherwise - but, likely due to immigration, the U.S.-Mexico border has become the center of America's Hispanic population.

How To Get More Latinos At South By Southwest - "The numbers are definitely growing, but we should encourage SXSWi to add more panels and include more Latinos in their programming; this will definitely increase the attendance of Latinos at SXSWi. It's a win-win."

On Benito Juárez's Birthday: What Would He Think Of Mexico? - March 21 commemorates the birth of former Mexican President Benito Juárez, a man who clearly outlined the rights of his country's inhabitants.

Latinos Keep Asking, "GOP Why Don't You Like Me?" - If the GOP could shift on immigration and they could by taking more of a Regan approach, they could win both the heart and mind of the fastest growing voter block in the country.

Latinos Still Underrepresented In Federal Employment System - According to a recent report, 7.9% of the 2.8 million people in the employ of the federal government are Latino. Specifically, this means that there are about 133,100 Latinos and about 92,000 Latinas working for the federal government.

Bien Hecho: Latina Teacher Helps Immigrants Surpass Digital Divide  - Carlton College graduate Sara Lopez spends her time trying to help immigrants, some of whom still struggle with the English language, learn how to use computers and surf the internet.

Kaleb Canales' NBA Rise Paves The Way For Latinos In Sports - Kaleb Canales' gradual but persistent ascension from unpaid video intern to NBA head coach is a good sign of things to come for the Hispanic community and their influence in the sports world.

Spicy Aztec Chocolate Cookies - Delicious, sweet, spicy, chewy on the inside and crunchy on the outside, don't let the chile powder intimidate you, they aren't super spicy and are very chocolatey.

"In Wonderland" Celebrates Latina Surrealist Painters - The works by Frida Kahlo in the "In Wonderland" exhibit at LACMA are well worth the price of admission; they spangle the middle of the exhibit, like stuffed grizzlies. But, the competing compositions of other painters ensured I was actually able to see them with factory-eyes.


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