Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Surge in Latino Homeless Population in Los Angeles

Recent figures released by Los Angeles show Latino homelessness shot up by 63% in the county last year, with an overall increase of 23% despite increasing efforts to get people off the street. Although nearly all demographics, including youth, families and veterans, saw an increase in homelessness, Latinos particularly delivered one of the sharpest rises, […]

Latino Youth Were Undercounted In The 2010 Census…Can It Change In 2020?

A new study says that over 113,000 young Latinos in California were not counted in the 2010 census. This has put extra pressure on Latino advocacy groups who want to be sure the U.S. Census Bureau will reduce that number in 2020. Los Angeles County is home to 12% of the estimated 400,000 Latino children […]

Los Angeles Takes A Big Step Towards Alleviating Income Inequality

This week the Los Angeles City Council voted 14 to 1 to raise the city’s minimum wage from $9 per hour to $15 by the year 2020, making it the largest city in the county to enact such a dramatic wage increase aimed at boosting pay for workers at the low end of the economic […]

May Day Protesters Marched In Support of Immigration Reform

Thousands of the people gathered across the country on Wednesday urging Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform during a rally celebrating International Workers Day. “We’re here to demand political change and fair immigration reform,” said Gabriel Zamora, a janitor and undocumented immigrant who crossed the border from Tijuana eight years ago. Protestors gathered in major […]

Guest Blogger: Robert Valencia “A Silver Lining in the Juvenile Justice System”

The string of shootings in Newtown, Aurora, and Oak Creek last year would make some reconsider establishing ‘stop-and-frisk’ policies in several violence-ridden U.S. cities. Most recently, an article by The Chicago Tribune’s Stephanie D. Neely on March 1, claimed that stop-and-frisk policies are needed in an attempt to curb gun violence in Chicago. According to […]

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joins Fix the Debt Steering Committee

On December 4, 2012 Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa officially joined as a member of the steering committee for The Campaign to Fix the Debt. The Campaign to Fix the Debt is a bipartisan coalition composed of over 310,000 individuals in 17 states around the country. Fix the Debt’s coalition of members are a diverse […]

GUEST BLOGGER SERIES: Gus West “Hispanic Leaders Must Step Up Against Attacks on Immigrants”

The legacy of Hispanic culture is intricately woven into the fabric of American history.  It’s apparent in the names of U.S. cities and states like San Francisco, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Nevada, Colorado and Florida, just to name a few. In fact, by the time the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620, Ponce de […]

Guest Blogger Series: Monica Garcia “A True Education Nation includes Latino Students”

This week an important event in our nation’s capital brought together experts to examine this problem:  Although education is the key to our future success as a country and the cornerstone of our democracy, we have allowed our students to fall behind. This has never been truer for Latino students. Educational opportunities for Latino students […]

Arizona Official Threatens to Cut off Los Angeles Power for Boycotting State

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa received a letter from Gary Pierce, commissioner of the Arizona Corporation Commission, which threatened to cut off the city’s power supply as payback for the city’s boycott of Arizona. As previously reported in La Plaza, the Los Angeles City Council made the decision last week to boycott Arizona in protest […]

Los Angeles Boycotts Arizona

Los Angeles, the nation’s second-largest city, voted in a council resolution on Wednesday to engage in a boycott of doing business with the state of Arizona.  The resolution, sponsored by Council members Ed Reyes and Janice Hahn, was meant to protest the state’s recent passage of a controversial new anti-immigration law, SB1070. When it goes […]