Saturday, August 8, 2020

Latinos and African Americans in New York are dying at highest rates from coronavirus

African Americans and Latino New Yorkers have been the hardest hit by coronavirus deaths in the city, dying at the highest rates of any racial group, new data from the city shows. Latinos make up 34 percent of the city’s deaths from Covid-19, compared with 29 percent of the population, according to the new data. African […]

Farmworkers worry about their safety amid coronavirus pandemic

California has ordered all residents to stay home because of the threat of COVID-19, but thousands of farmworkers like Mariana are still showing up at work — despite worries that their employers are not doing enough to protect or support them. Mariana, who wanted to use her first name only for fear of any possible […]

Candace Valenzuela, the Latina underdog for Texas House seat picks up momentum

The only Latina challenger for a Texas House seat in 2020 broke her district’s single-quarter fundraising record for a Democrat, surpassing a high achieved 15 years ago, according to preliminary numbers from the campaign. Candace Valenzuela, a local school board member, is facing a July runoff election against fellow Democrat Kim Olson, a retired Air […]

Lorenas Borjas, a historic figure for LGBTQ rights and Latinos in New York died from the coronavirus

Lorena Borjas, an undocumented migrant in the United States, a transgender and precarious person, but above all a historic fighter for LGBTQ rights and Latinos died in New York City. She is remembered for handing out condoms to the sex workers in her neighborhood in Jackson Heights. She also organized syringe exchanges to protect transgender people going through hormone therapy, […]

Today, Census day, Univision releases Spanish-language ‘anthem’ to get Latinos to participate

Uforia, Univision’s Latin music multimedia channel, launched a Spanish-language census “anthem” today to persuade U.S. Latinos to participate in the decennial count. The song’s theme centers on the importance of participating in the census, despite the fear of many Latinos to engage with government. “Who said fear?” begin the song’s lyrics, recapturing a common Mexican […]

Supreme Court turning its attention to Sanctuary laws

The Trump administration’s efforts to force state and local authorities to abandon “sanctuary” policies and cooperate with federal immigration agents have mostly been panned by lower courts, and the Supreme Court soon may weigh in. One justice — albeit one no longer on the high court — already has. Retired justice David H. Souter last […]

U.S. indicts Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro on narcoterrorism charges

The Trump administration unsealed sweeping indictments against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and members of his inner circle on narcoterrorism charges yesterday, a dramatic escalation in the U.S. campaign to force the authoritarian socialist from power. The administration also announced a $15 million reward for information leading to Maduro’s capture or conviction, an extraordinary bounty on […]

CWA Union and AT&T Announce Employee Bonus

This week, the CWA Union and AT&T announced a groundbreaking initiative to support CWA frontline workers. Under these unprecedented and extraordinary circumstances facing the country, the union and AT&T negotiated a bonus pay that recognizes employees incredible work. After the announcement was made, Latino organizations and Latino leaders at the nation’s capital showed their support […]

Latinos in New York City are disproportionately losing their jobs because of coronavirus

A survey published yesterday found that job losses related to the coronavirus pandemic have disproportionately affected Latinos in New York City. Experts who surveyed 1,000 city residents found that 41 percent of Latinos said that either they or someone else in their household had lost their jobs in the last two weeks, according to the report […]

As Biden vows to pick a woman vice president, Latino organization suggests a few Latinas

Now that Joe Biden has pledged he’ll select a woman as his running mate, one of the questions being asked is why not a Latina for vice president? “Latina American public servants across the country have an unparalleled track record of getting things done for their communities, states and the country. It’s about time we […]