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Concerns over mental health have amplified in the Latinx community during the surge of the COVID-19 pandemic. As most in...
11/22/2020
The COVID-19 Impact on Mental Health in the US Latinx Community

Concerns over mental health have amplified in the Latinx community during the surge of the COVID-19 pandemic. As most in-person consultations have shifted towards remote interactions, Latinx mental health professionals have started seeing a spike in their clients via Latino Rebels

As most in-person consultations have shifted towards remote interactions, Latinx mental health professionals have started seeing a spike in their clients.

In 1985, the smash hit "Conga" took the world by storm with its infectious Latin rhythms, horns and catchy melody. While...
11/22/2020
Portrait Of: Gloria Estefan - Latino USA

In 1985, the smash hit "Conga" took the world by storm with its infectious Latin rhythms, horns and catchy melody. While Gloria Estefan’s climb to the top was steady, it wasn’t always easy. Maria Hinojosa sits with the icon for a personal conversation. Listen now on Latino USA.

Gloria Maria Milagrosa Fajardo Garcia was a shy, quiet young woman who joined a band named the Miami Latin Boys....

Gloria Estefan was a shy, quiet young woman who joined a band named the Miami Latin Boys. The band became The Miami Soun...
11/21/2020
Portrait Of: Gloria Estefan - Latino USA

Gloria Estefan was a shy, quiet young woman who joined a band named the Miami Latin Boys. The band became The Miami Sound Machine, Gloria began to take over the spotlight, and the rest is music history. This week on Latino USA.

Gloria Maria Milagrosa Fajardo Garcia was a shy, quiet young woman who joined a band named the Miami Latin Boys....

Just two weeks after Hurricane Eta brought widespread flooding and forced hundreds of thousands of people from their hom...
11/20/2020
‘This was worse than Eta’: Hurricane Iota brings repeat destruction to Honduras

Just two weeks after Hurricane Eta brought widespread flooding and forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, Honduras was battered by a second hurricane, leaving a level of destruction in its wake that rivals the worst natural disasters in the region’s history via The Guardian

Second devastating hurricane in two weeks lashes fragile nation and leaves villages submerged

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico passed the 100,000 mark in COVID-19 deaths, becoming only the fourth country to do so amid con...
11/20/2020
Mexico Tops 100,000 COVID-19 Deaths, 4th Country to Do So

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico passed the 100,000 mark in COVID-19 deaths, becoming only the fourth country to do so amid concerns about the lingering physical and psychological scars on survivors.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico passed the 100,000 mark in COVID-19 deaths, becoming only the fourth country to do so amid concerns about the lingering physical and psychological scars on survivors.

#NowPlaying a new Latino USA podcast http://bit.ly/lusagloriaestefanGloria Maria Milagrosa Fajardo Garcia (Gloria Estefa...
11/20/2020

#NowPlaying a new Latino USA podcast

http://bit.ly/lusagloriaestefan

Gloria Maria Milagrosa Fajardo Garcia (Gloria Estefan) was a shy, quiet young woman who joined a band named the Miami Latin Boys. Although she had no plans of international fame and intended to continue her studies, life had different plans for her. The Miami Latin Boys became The Miami Sound Machine, Emilio and Gloria married, and the newlywed Gloria Estefan began to take over the spotlight. The rest is music history. ⁣

In this portrait of: Gloria Estefan, Latino USA sits down with the icon to discuss her life, her relationships, how she overcame trauma, and how, after so many years, she manages to be excited about everything she does.

LISTEN HERE: bit.ly/lusagloriaestefan

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Trump administration to stop expelling immigrant children who cr...
11/19/2020
Judge orders US to stop expelling children who cross border

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Trump administration to stop expelling immigrant children who cross the southern border alone, halting a policy that has resulted in thousands of rapid deportations of minors during the coronavirus pandemic.

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Trump administration to stop expelling immigrant children who cross the southern border alone, halting a policy that has resulted in...

Judge Xiomara Torres discusses her career and the play “Judge Torres,” written about her life by Milta Ortiz and Milagro...
11/19/2020
How I Made It: From Foster Kid To Judge - Latino USA

Judge Xiomara Torres discusses her career and the play “Judge Torres,” written about her life by Milta Ortiz and Milagro Theatre. This week on Latino USA

When she was nine years old, Xiomara Torres fled the civil war in her home country of El Salvador and...

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hate crimes in the U.S. rose to the highest level in more than a decade as federal officials also reco...
11/18/2020
Hate Crimes in US Reach Highest Level in More Than a Decade

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hate crimes in the U.S. rose to the highest level in more than a decade as federal officials also recorded the highest number of hate-motivated killings since the FBI began collecting that data in the early 1990s, according to an FBI report released Monday.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hate crimes in the U.S. rose to the highest level in more than a decade as federal officials also recorded the highest number of hate-motivated killings since the FBI began collec…

Multnomah County Judge Xiomara Torres talks with Latino USA about her life and journey to the Oregon bench.
11/18/2020
How I Made It: From Foster Kid To Judge - Latino USA

Multnomah County Judge Xiomara Torres talks with Latino USA about her life and journey to the Oregon bench.

When she was nine years old, Xiomara Torres fled the civil war in her home country of El Salvador and...

#NowPlaying a Latino USA podcast https://bit.ly/fosterkidtojudgeWhen she was 9, Xiomara Torres fled the civil war in her...
11/17/2020

#NowPlaying a Latino USA podcast

https://bit.ly/fosterkidtojudge

When she was 9, Xiomara Torres fled the civil war in her home country of El Salvador and came to the U.S. As a child she adjusted to her new life in East Los Angeles before she was removed from her family and put into foster care—where she spent six years of her life moving from home to home.

Now, she's the subject of a local play in Oregon titled, "Judge Torres." In this edition of “How I Made It,” Judge Torres shares how she overcame the hurdles of the foster system and made her way to the Oregon Circuit Court.

LISTEN HERE: https://bit.ly/fosterkidtojudge

This story originally aired in March of 2019.

The Latin American nation’s political turmoil took a chaotic turn Sunday when interim leader Manuel Merino quit and Cong...
11/16/2020
Peru Now Has No President as Crisis Takes Chaotic Turn

The Latin American nation’s political turmoil took a chaotic turn Sunday when interim leader Manuel Merino quit and Congress couldn’t decide on his replacement. That left Peru rudderless and in crisis less than a week after legislators ignited a storm of protest by removing President Martín Vizcarra, an anti-corruption crusader highly popular among Peruvians via Latino Rebels

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Who is the president of Peru? That answer to that question early Monday was no one.

Arizona flipped blue in 2020. LUCHA - Living United for Change in Arizona co-director Alex Gomez and Sonja Francine Mari...
11/15/2020
The Myth Of The 'Latino Vote' - Latino USA

Arizona flipped blue in 2020. LUCHA - Living United for Change in Arizona co-director Alex Gomez and Sonja Francine Marie Diaz, founding director of UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative, discuss grassroots efforts in the state and how to mobilize Latinx voters in the future. This week on Latino USA.

On this episode of Latino USA, we take a closer look at two key states and the crucial Latinx voters that swung the results towards their respective candidates’ favor.

Latinx voters were key to Republicans’ win in Florida this year. POLITICO reporter Sabrina Rodríguez and Equis Labs co-f...
11/14/2020
The Myth Of The 'Latino Vote' - Latino USA

Latinx voters were key to Republicans’ win in Florida this year. POLITICO reporter Sabrina Rodríguez and Equis Labs co-founder Carlos Odio break down how nearly half of Latinx-identifying voters cast their ballots for President Trump. This week on Latino USA.

On this episode of Latino USA, we take a closer look at two key states and the crucial Latinx voters that swung the results towards their respective candidates’ favor.

A new Latino USA podcast is #nowplayingThe Myth Of The 'Latino Vote'LISTEN HERE: https://bit.ly/LatinoVoteMythAs results...
11/13/2020

A new Latino USA podcast is #nowplaying

The Myth Of The 'Latino Vote'

LISTEN HERE: https://bit.ly/LatinoVoteMyth

As results rolled in on and after Election Day, the so-called “Latino vote” made headlines, but the story was largely about how the vote didn’t necessarily go as predicted. It turned into a major lesson from the 2020 election, but it’s one that Latinos have known for years: the idea of a single “Latino vote” is a myth. Latinos and Latinas across the United States draw from different histories that have shaped their different policy interests, ideologies, and personal experiences. At the polls, that often translates into casting a ballot for candidates that have reached out to communities directly, engaged with their concerns, and earned their votes.

We take a closer look at the states of Florida and Arizona, discussing the crucial voters who swung the results towards their respective candidates’ favor.

LISTEN HERE: https://bit.ly/LatinoVoteMyth

Las Cafeteras have made it their mission to preserve brown stories and they do it fusing modern sounds with traditional ...
11/12/2020
How I Made It: Las Cafeteras - Latino USA

Las Cafeteras have made it their mission to preserve brown stories and they do it fusing modern sounds with traditional Mexican Son Jarocho. Hear their How I Made it segment on this week's Latino USA.

Las Cafeteras, a band out of East L.A., met doing community organizing. They began playing at the East Side Cafe,...

"As a Chicana, I was being told that the way I played Son Jarocho wasn't correct, and it was disrespectful because I spo...
11/11/2020
How I Made It: Las Cafeteras - Latino USA

"As a Chicana, I was being told that the way I played Son Jarocho wasn't correct, and it was disrespectful because I spoke Spanglish and because I didn't understand everything I was singing about." Denise Carlos of Las Cafeteras. This week on Latino USA.

Las Cafeteras, a band out of East L.A., met doing community organizing. They began playing at the East Side Cafe,...

#NowPlaying a new Latino USA podcast https://bit.ly/lusacafeterasLas Cafeteras are a band out of East L.A. that met whil...
11/10/2020

#NowPlaying a new Latino USA podcast

https://bit.ly/lusacafeteras

Las Cafeteras are a band out of East L.A. that met while doing community organizing. They began playing at the Eastside Cafe, where they discovered Son Jarocho, traditional Afro-Mexican music from Veracruz. They quickly began to adapt the music to their realities, fusing it with hip-hop, rock, ska, and spoken word. They are known for their politically charged lyrics, speaking out against injustices within the immigrant community and their experiences as Chicanos in East L.A. ⁣

On today’s How I Made It, we sat down with members of the group to discuss how they got started, and their work to tell and preserve brown stories.

LISTEN HERE: bit.ly/lusacafeteras

He understood what motivated his voters, and he made sure they knew he did via The Atlantic
11/09/2020
How Trump Grew His Support Among Latinos

He understood what motivated his voters, and he made sure they knew he did via The Atlantic

He understood what motivated his voters, and he made sure they knew he did.

Today the streets of El Sereno, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, are lined with empty houses and signs that read: “Warning...
11/08/2020
Reclaiming Our Homes - Latino USA

Today the streets of El Sereno, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, are lined with empty houses and signs that read: “Warning: State property. Trespassing, loitering forbidden by law.” But Reclaimers say they’re actually reclaiming what belongs to the community. Listen on Latino USA.

On March 14th of 2020, just as the governor of California issued a state-wide mandate for Californians to shelter in...

Today L.A. has more vacant homes than it does unhoused people, with many vacant properties owned by government agencies....
11/07/2020
Reclaiming Our Homes - Latino USA

Today L.A. has more vacant homes than it does unhoused people, with many vacant properties owned by government agencies. This is the story of a house owned by the California Department of Transportation and the people who have fought to make it home. This week on Latino USA.

On March 14th of 2020, just as the governor of California issued a state-wide mandate for Californians to shelter in...

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States o...
11/07/2020
Biden Wins White House, Vowing New Direction for Divided US

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday, positioning himself to lead a nation gripped by historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil.

His victory came after more than three days of uncertainty as election officials sorted through a surge of mail-in votes that delayed the processing of some ballots. Biden crossed 270 Electoral College votes with a win in Pennsylvania.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday, positioning himself to lead a nation gripped by historic pandemic…

#NowPlaying a new Latino USA https://bit.ly/lusareclaimingOn March 14th 2020, Martha Escudero and her two daughters beca...
11/06/2020

#NowPlaying a new Latino USA

https://bit.ly/lusareclaiming

On March 14th 2020, Martha Escudero and her two daughters became the first family to occupy one of over a hundred vacant homes in El Sereno, Los Angeles. Some people call them squatters, but they call themselves the Reclaimers.

The Reclaimers are occupying houses that belong to the California Department of Transportation, who planned to demolish them in order to build a freeway through this largely latinx and immigrant neighborhood.

This is the story of one of these houses, and its residents, past and present, who have fought to make it their home.

LISTEN HERE: bit.ly/lusareclaiming

Republicans have garnered over 40 percent of Latino support in previous races, and Trump's messaging —and frequent, targ...
11/05/2020
Trump's gains among Latino voters shouldn't come as a surprise. Here's why.

Republicans have garnered over 40 percent of Latino support in previous races, and Trump's messaging —and frequent, targeted outreach— resonated with more Latino voters via NBC News

Republicans have garnered over 40 percent of Latino support in previous races, and Trump's messaging — and frequent, targeted outreach — resonated with more Latino voters.

Author Karla Cornejo Villavicencio opens up about immigrants’ invisibility in times of tragedy, the mental health impact...
11/05/2020
The American Dream Daughter: A Conversation With Author Karla Cornejo Villavicencio - Latino USA

Author Karla Cornejo Villavicencio opens up about immigrants’ invisibility in times of tragedy, the mental health impact on children separated from their families, and how to take care of each other as we navigate the pandemic. This week on Latino USA.

Karla Cornejo Villavicencios’s childhood dreams didn’t revolve around the ultimate electronic device or visits to Disneyland. Instead, she used to...

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, a National Book Award finalist, is what you would call an ’American Dream daughter.’ She sp...
11/04/2020
The American Dream Daughter: A Conversation With Author Karla Cornejo Villavicencio - Latino USA

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, a National Book Award finalist, is what you would call an ’American Dream daughter.’ She speaks to Latino USA about the mental health struggles that often follow the pressure to be the perfect, high-achieving child of immigrants.

Karla Cornejo Villavicencios’s childhood dreams didn’t revolve around the ultimate electronic device or visits to Disneyland. Instead, she used to...

11/03/2020
ITT LIVE from Home: Election Night

Join us for this virtual LIVE In The Thick show on election night! Award-winning journalists and In The Thick co-hosts, Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela, are joined by ITT All-Stars to provide live election analysis and coverage from a Black, Indigenous and POC perspective.

#NowPlaying a new Latino USA podcast http://bit.ly/karlacornejoOn paper, author Karla Cornejo Villavicencio is the poste...
11/03/2020

#NowPlaying a new Latino USA podcast

http://bit.ly/karlacornejo

On paper, author Karla Cornejo Villavicencio is the poster child for the American Dream. She’s a Harvard graduate, a Yale Ph.D. candidate, and now a 2020 National Book Award finalist for her debut book, “The Undocumented Americans.” As a child, Villavicencio’s parents left her in their native Ecuador while they worked in the U.S., a period that continues to shape her and her work today.

From parent-child separation to the stigma of mental health among the Latinx community, Villavicencio sits down to talk about the painful, tragicomic, and warm moments that come with being a child of immigrants.

LISTEN HERE: bit.ly/karlacornejo

Four years ago, President Trump promised voters he would build a big, beautiful wall. Whether the 30-foot, dark brown, s...
11/02/2020
The ‘Wall’ Is Still Motivating Voters. But This Time Is It Against Trump?

Four years ago, President Trump promised voters he would build a big, beautiful wall. Whether the 30-foot, dark brown, steel fence towering over the sandy borderlands here is considered new, or beautiful, depends on one’s perspective. But it certainly is big.

And it is a tangible example of how radically Mr. Trump has tried to make good on his promise to transform the immigration system, even if most of the changes have little to do with any physical barrier via The New York Times

Immigration was a defining issue for President Trump in 2016. It’s less dominant in 2020, and it is motivating his critics as well as his supporters.

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