Cultural representation: Valley children’s book author gaining notoriety for Hispanic relevance
South Texas author Dr. María Alma González Pérez, fulfills her duty one children's book at a time, to ensure the next generation of Hispanic children is accurately represented in the literature taught in schools.myrgv.com
Republican National Committee dismisses call for Ronna McDaniel to resign as chairwoman over outreach to LGBTQ voters
The episode underscores the tension between the national Republican Party and some influential parts of the GOP base — particularly Christian conservatives — on the issue of LGBTQ rights.washingtonpost.com
McAllen Holiday Parade to include RGV marching bands
The McAllen Holiday Parade will feature 13 of the Rio Grande Valley’s school marching bands and will air in 31 U.S. Hispanic markets the weekend of the parade. The city held a press conference Tuesday to announce the additions to the parade’s entertainment lineup. The parade was already slated to feature the United States Air Force Band and actor Mario Lopez. “One of the best parts of a parade is the marching bands and we have some of the most amazing high school marching bands located right here in South Texas. Balloon handlers must be 18 or over, while banner carriers must be 16 or over.myrgv.com
Voting rights advocates sue Texas over maps redrawn by GOP
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Voting rights advocates are suing Texas again, this time with support from a former U.S. attorney general, over the state's newly redrawn congressional district maps, claiming the maps dilute the vote of communities of color after the growth of nearly 2 million Hispanic residents over the past decade.myrgv.com
Republicans draw congressional districts that dilute power of Hispanic, Asian voters
The intensity with which Texas Republicans are struggling against demographic tides as they redraw the state's congressional districts can best be seen in their proposed maps for the Dallas-Fort Worth region, specifically its suburbs.myrgv.com
Black students suspended after protesting white students waving Confederate flag
A group of Black students in Rome, Georgia, are alleging racial discrimination after several of them were suspended for planning […] The post Black students suspended after protesting white students waving Confederate flag appeared first on TheGrio.news.yahoo.com
RNC opens Hispanic community center in McAllen
McALLEN — Hoping to make further inroads with Rio Grande Valley voters, the Republican National Committee opened a Hispanic community center here on Tuesday, a show of confidence among Republican leaders that they could be successful in flipping seats during the 2022 midterm elections. RNC co-chair Tommy Hicks Jr. was on hand to inaugurate the new Republican base, the first RNC office in the Rio Grande Valley. Hicks also pointed to the latest McAllen mayoral race in which former Hidalgo County GOP Chair Javier Villalobos was elected to office. Hicks cited policies from the Biden Administration and Democratic leaders in Congress for higher turnout among Republicans in the region. “I’m not pushing for one or the other, what I’m saying is we need either party to compete,” Villalobos said.myrgv.com
City of Kyle hosts open dialogue panel celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the City of Kyle will host an open dialogue with an expertise panel on Friday, Oct.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Advocates urge senior center on World Alzheimer’s Day
During an awareness event Tuesday on World Alzheimer's Day, advocates said the disease is far more prevalent in Brownsville and the Rio Grande Valley than many people think, even to the point that some deny Alzheimer's is common among the city's Hispanic residents.myrgv.com
San Antonio's Central Market to highlight Latinx-owned products during Hispanic Heritage Month
The San Antonio location of gourmet grocer Central Market is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which kicked off this week, by highlighting products from Latinx-owned companies from around...sacurrent.com
The Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society will meet today, Aug. 15 at 1:30 p.m. at the Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum, 2425 Boxwood St. Following a short business meeting, the society will host a ceremony and reception honoring the two recipients of its 2021 Scholarship Program.myrgv.com
People of color make up 95% of Texas’ population growth, and cities and suburbs are booming, 2020 census shows
Setting the stage for what is expected to be a bruising battle over political representation, the results of the 2020 census released Thursday showed that Texas’ explosive growth over the past decade [San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
A tsunami of deferred debt is about to hit homeowners no longer protected by a foreclosure moratorium
Homeowners behind on their mortgage payments who aren’t forced out will still be displaced if selling is their only option, and an estimated one in ten10 borrowers in forbearance will not have enough equity to sell.washingtonpost.com
COMMENTARY: Partnerships critical to vaccinating Rio Grande Valley residents
Earlier this year, the Rio Grande Valley was reported to have one of the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the state. Some residents expressed initial hesitancy to receive the vaccine. This reluctance was troubling as data has shown that Hispanic communities are impacted by COVID-19 at higher rates, with increased risks of hospitalizations and deaths among those who suffer from chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity. But on the ground, education and vaccine promotion in underserved communities has gone a long way in making people feel informed, more prepared and comfortable in choosing to receive the vaccine.myrgv.com
Texans support keeping “Dreamers” in the U.S., poll finds
Slightly more than half of white voters (53%) agreed with the deportation statement, as did 29% of Hispanic and 35% of Black voters. But 53% of Black voters and 61% of Hispanic voters disagreed, along with 42% of white voters. In a February 2018 UT/TT Poll, 61% of Texas voters said they would prefer to continue DACA. Texas voters have mixed views about the state’s increasing racial and ethnic diversity. While 28% of white and Hispanic voters said it’s a cause for concern, 46% of Black voters said so.
Already hit hard by pandemic, Black and Hispanic communities suffer the blows of an unforgiving winter storm
AdAs darkness enveloped her freezing home for a second night Tuesday, Almendarez was prepared to sleep in her car with her kids. They all contracted the virus in July after her mother was infected while cleaning homes to help pay the bills. Cities rushed to set up warming centers to offer cold residents some respite. Plummer said during the storm, the few store shelves in those neighborhoods emptied fast and older people had trouble finding medication. Even as more than half of the deaths due to COVID-19 have been Black or Hispanic people, advocates have reported that these communities have fallen behind in the vaccination efforts.
COVID-19 has hit the Latino population in SA the hardest, but how many are receiving the vaccine?
SAN ANTONIO – COVID-19 has disproportionately affected the Latino population in San Antonio, with data suggesting that districts with the highest Latino populations — Districts 3, 4 and 5 — are among the hardest hit. But as the vaccine continues to roll out in San Antonio and in Bexar County, which populations are receiving the vaccine? Ad“The highest cases of COVID deaths, unfortunately have been in the Hispanic population,” said Dr. Rocha-Garcia. Metro Health released new data on Thursday, which shows 52% of those who received their vaccinations at the mass vaccination sites are Latino. RELATED: Metro Health director nixes central registry for vaccine sign-ups
See inside this new San Antonio estate with unique historical ties
SAN ANTONIO – A unique property is up for sale in San Antonio - a new construction home that blends elements of rock and refurbished wood from the estate home of Texas’ first Hispanic Secretary of State Judge Roy Barrera Sr. It sits on property that was part of Barrera’s family ranch from the 1950s until 2016. The rock walls featured in the newly constructed home were part of the original estate named Villa del Carmen, after Barrera’s wife, said Kuper Sotheby’s brand manager Cody Bays. The ranch was sold to a developer after Barrera’s wife passed away, according to MySanAntonio.com. A plaque in the Carmen Heights neighborhood where the house is located says Villa del Carmen has been the site of numerous art exhibits and fundraisers that support local artists.
Democrats face a turnout test in Georgia's Senate runoffs
For Democrats to win control of the Senate, Georgia’s Black communities, as well as the state's smaller Hispanic and Asian communities, likely need to vote in the Jan. 5 runoff election by history-making margins. An Associated Press VoteCast survey of Georgia voters in November found that 22% of white voters chose Warnock and 28% chose Ossoff, compared to the 90% of Black voters who chose Ossoff and 73% who chose Warnock. Democrats also have an opportunity to capture the 15% of Black voters who chose Matt Lieberman, another Democratic candidate who competed against Warnock in last month’s race. There are signs that turnout in Georgia could indeed be high in the runoffs. “Do you have a plan to vote in the runoff election?” another canvasser, Graco Hernandez Valenezuela, asked Tyrone Vereen, a 62-year-old Black retired police officer who answered the door.
Rising Latino voters could be force in Georgia Senate races
(AP Photo/Jeff Amy)LILBURN, Ga. – As Georgia heads into two key runoffs that will determine control of the U.S. Senate, Democrats are hoping to count on Latino voters who helped tilt the state blue in November. Many of those who can vote are young adults, with about 20,000 Georgia Latinos turning 18 each year, according to census figures. But Latino voters could be part of a coalition just big enough for Ossoff and Warnock to win. Georgia is multilingual and multiethnic,” said Gigi Pedraza, executive director of Georgia’s Latino Community Fund, which has helped mobilize Latino voters. Jason Anavitarte was a national Latino adviser to Trump this year and won a state Senate seat northwest of Atlanta as a Republican.
Hispanic, Black children wait longer to be adopted in Bexar County, experts say
SAN ANTONIO – Throughout the child welfare sector, experts say children of color have worse outcomes in the system when it comes to placement and adoption. Simmons, who sits on the Texas Advisory Committee on Promoting Adoption of Minority Children, said in Bexar County, Hispanic children wait the longest for adoption, followed closely by Black children. The extreme disparities have experts like Simmons reviewing parts of the system in desperate need of change. “Right now, the State of Texas has done a really great job of engaging with kinship programs reducing disparities for Black and Hispanic children,” Simmons said. Their adopted boys are Hispanic and Black, the two specific types of children that have historically and currently need adoption the most.
What is Latinx?
Latinx is a term that seems to be popping up more often in the last couple of years, but research reveals that still very few Latinos identify with it. A recent Pew Research survey revealed that only 3% of the U.S. Hispanic population use the term Latinx and only 1 in 4 have even heard of it. Even if few Hispanic people know what it means, Latinx is now a part of the culture, so here’s everything you need to know about the term. In 2018 Latinx was added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary and is defined as a gender-neutral alternative to Latino or Latina. Any Latino can identify with the term but according to Pew Research, the LGBTQ community and younger generations identify as Latinx more than others.
Celebrating Hispanic culture through dance
SAN ANTONIO – The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center is located in the heart of the west side of San Antonio. This month dance instructors and students are coming together even more so (online) to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. “We are always celebrating our Hispanic heritage, that is why we exist,” Education Director at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Belinda Menchaca said. Preserving and conserving the Mexican traditions is at the root of the dance classes available at the Guadalupe Dance Company. The Guadalupe Dance Company is located at 723 S. Brazos St.
As campaign heats up, Trump woos Latino, Black voters
He courted Hispanic voters near Miami and Black voters in Atlanta. “This is an unusual name for an organization whose ideology and tactics are right now destroying many Black lives,” Trump charged. On Friday morning, at his golf club in Doral, Florida, Trump tried to blunt Biden’s support among Hispanic voters at a “Latinos for Trump” roundtable. But a Monmouth University poll also conducted this month found Biden well ahead of Trump among Latino voters in the state, 58% to 32%. Hispanic voters in Florida tend to be somewhat more Republican-leaning than Hispanic voters nationwide because of the state’s Cuban American population, which Trump acknowledged several times in his remarks.
Recipe: Arroz con pollo in celebration of National Rice Month
SAN ANTONIO – ssRice is the oldest known food still consumed today and is a staple in many kitchens. One popular dish in many Hispanic kitchens is arroz con pollo (chicken and rice). There are many different varieties but it can be done easily with just a few ingredients. Below is a basic recipe and don’t ask for measurements I was always taught to season to desired taste -- you know a touch of this and that. Easy Arroz Con PolloIngredients: Vegetable oil, white rice, ground comino, chopped onion flakes, garlic powder, chicken bouillon, tomato bouillon (tomato sauce can also be used as a substitute), salt and pepper, bone-in chicken thighs or quarters (chicken breasts can be used as well).
Gloria Estefan, Alex Rodriguez mark Latino impact on media
LOS ANGELES – Gloria Estefan, Alex Rodriguez and Eva Longoria will be among the participants in a monthlong online celebration of Latino contributions to television. It’s the first such event by Paley to coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. Among the highlights of the event (all times Eastern):— “A Tribute to Hispanic Achievements on Television,” 8 p.m. Wednesday on Yahoo Entertainment. Estefan, Longoria, Edward James Olmos, Jimmy Smits and George Lopez are among those participating, with Soledad O’Brien as moderator. — “Telemundo’s ‘La Reina del Sur’: A Conversation with the Stars,” Oct. 2, Yahoo Entertainment and Yahoo en Español.
As seen on SA Live - Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Speaking of cocktails, what’s better: a margarita or a paloma? Let us know on the @SALiveKSAT Facebook and Twitter pages - and follow us on Instagram for deals, sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes experiences! — SA Live (@SALiveKSAT) September 15, 2020Kristen Ortiz with Dulce Vida Spirits will be mixing up some fun cocktails for us on the show today. SA Live airs weekdays at 1 p.m. on KSAT 12. Stream the show anytime from the KSAT TV app on Roku, Fire Stick, a smart TV or smartphone.
Biden faces worries that Latino support slipping in Florida
That's fueling an urgent effort by Biden, Harris and their allies to shore up older voters, suburbanites and African Americans to make up for potential shortcomings elsewhere. If Biden reclaims the upper Midwest for Democrats, he won’t need Florida to capture the presidency. Hispanic voters in Florida tend to be somewhat more Republican-leaning than Hispanic voters nationwide because of the state’s Cuban American population. Nationally, little public polling is available to measure the opinions of Latino voters this year and whether they differ from four years ago. “As we get closer to November you’re going to see an even greater amount of activity to turn out Latino voters," Alex said.
Bernie Sanders: Biden win in November is no 'slam dunk'
Biden has struggled to build enthusiasm among young voters, and some Democrats have expressed concerns about what they see as the campaign's lack of outreach to Latino voters, which Sanders echoed on MSNBC. How do we get them to vote?”A Biden campaign adviser, Symone Sanders, was asked Sunday on ABC's “This Week” whether the campaign would take Sanders' advice. “The enthusiasm is with Trump, not with Biden,” Sanders said. The Biden campaign has focused much of its early efforts on those three states, with Biden and running mate Kamala Harris visiting all three in recent weeks. While Sanders made his concerns public in recent interviews, he also has expressed them in private to the Biden campaign, according to Faiz Shakir, Sanders’ former presidential campaign manager.
Real San Antonian: Marcus Peoples shares children’s book on being biracial
SAN ANTONIO – Marcus Peoples is young and ambitious. Growing up, he had all the love and support he needed from his family, yet still, something was missing. In his new book, “Proud to Be In Between," he allows the world inside his bubble, his life, his family and even his heart. Through his faith in God and his family’s support, he finally decided to publish his first book. “She really captured our family.”You can purchase his children’s book at Feliz Modern, Amazon.com or his website, Proud to be In Between.com.