NewsTaco's Latino News Roundup: Selena, Obesity, Latinas, Romo, Gonzalez, Trayvon and Poetry

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“To Selena with Love” Helps Us Remember How To Love Her – As a homage to her legacy, love as a wife, and strength as a woman, Chris Perez has shared his most sincere and thoughtful memories with her in his book “To Selena with Love.”

Mexican Americans Have Higher Rates Of Obesity – Mexican Americans have a higher rate of obesity than the rest of population; whereas about 40% of Mexican American adults are obese, only 36% are nationally.

4 Awesome Latinas To Know For Women's History Month – A short lost of a few Latinas I admire. I am also aware that there is a Mexican/Chicana bias here.

Sylvia Romo Wants To Be The First, Best Latina U.S. Rep From TX – Sylvia Romo should be preparing for retirement, instead, she's campaigning as the Democratic candidate for the 35th district of Texas. The long-time tax assessor-collector of Bexar County and former state house rep said that the opportunity to run for Congress in this newly created district came about just as she had decided not to seek re-election to her county post.

Outgoing Hispanic Congressional Chair: There's Still Lots To Do –  Outgoing Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair and Texas Congressman Charlie Gonzalez is currently working on a graceful exit, given that he has chosen not to seek reelection, but he is still focused on the things that need to be done in his district, and the country. Gonzalez's exit represents the first time someone from his family will not represent the 20th district of Texas since his father, Henry B. Gonzalez, first took office in 1961.

Donate Blood, Save Lives With National Cesar Chavez Challenge – In order to raise awareness about the importance of blood donation and to honor the legacy of one of the nation's great civil rights leaders, Migrant has teamed up with South Texas Blood and Tissue Center for the 2012 National Cesar E. Chavez Blood Drive Challenge.

Law Firm Sues Over José Hernández's “Astronaut” Title – Having conquered the agricultural fields of California and the infinite black abyss of space, José Hernández is now taking his talents to the grinding media battlefield of politics. Last Wednesday a law firm based in Sacramento asked the Sacramento County Superior Court that Hernández remove his “astronaut” title from the June primary ballot.

A Letter To Geraldo Rivera From A Hoodie-Wearing Black Latina – A three-piece suit and a tie would not have saved Trayvon Martin's life.  Urging black and Latino parents to “not let their children go out wearing hoodies” and saying that the 17 year-old's hoodie holds as much culpability as the murderer who snuffed out his life is a dangerous line of thought. Trayvon's hoodie did not end his life – George Zimmerman did. Wearing a hoodie is not a crime, shooting an innocent person is.

The Racism In The Trayvon Martin Case, Voter ID Is The Same – The shooting of Trayvon is a reflection of the fear of black men by white society. Growing up black or brown in America has always been a problem, because for the most part you are perceived by white authorities – police, school teachers and so forth – as less than your white male counterparts. Voter ID laws are just a way of codifying election shenanigans, a legal way (albeit unconstitutional) to suppress the votes of people of color.

Bien Hecho: California Swears In First Latino Poet Laureate – California Governor Jerry Brown swore in Juan Felipe Herrera as the state's new Poet Laureate last week.  Herrera currently serves as Chair in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside.


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