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"We are all migrants"

 11/24/2016 - 03:56
On Nov 15th, the Mexican priest Alejandro Solalinde, founder of Hermanos en el Camino, gave a conference about Human Rights and Migration in Barcelona.Photo: CASA AMERICA CATALUNYA

Father Alejandro Solalinde is 71 years old and holds a backpack of hard experiences in his back, but his small dark eyes have not lost even a spark of vitality. Born in Texcoco, Mexico, this Mexican Catholic priest has become a champion in the fight for the human rights of migrants in Central America. Solalinde is the founder of Hermanos en el Camino, a network of shelters and parishes that provide food, medical care and accommodation to Latin American immigrants who cross Mexico to reach the United States.


"Todos somos migrantes"

 11/24/2016 - 03:49
El sacerdote mexicano Alejandro Solalinde, fundador de Hermanos en el Camino, dio una conferencia sobre Derechos Humanos y Migración el pasado 15 de noviembre en Barcelona. Foto: CASA AMERICA CATALUNYA

El padre Alejandro Solalinde tiene 71 años y una mochila de duras experiencias colgada a la espalda, pero sus ojos pequeños y oscuros no han perdido ni una chispa de vitalidad. Nacido en Texcoco, México, este sacerdote católico mexicano es uno de los referentes en la lucha por los derechos humanos de los migrantes en América Latina.


Sacando brillo a la verdad

 11/23/2016 - 11:47
Sacando brillo a la verdad

Lucia Berlin (Juneau, Alaska, 1936-Marina del Rey, California, 2004) empezó a escribir de jovencita, pero en vida fue una escritora desconocida. Hija de un ingeniero de minas, pasó la mayor parte de su infancia y juventud en diversas ciudades mineras del Oeste - Idaho, Montana, Kentucky-, hasta que su padre se marchó a la guerra y ella y su madre se trasladaron a El Paso, en Mexico, donde vivía su abuelo materno.


Polishing the truth. A Manual for Cleaning Women, Lucia Berlin

 11/23/2016 - 11:18
Polishing the truth. A Manual for Cleaning Women, Lucia Berlin

Lucia Berlin (Juneau, Alaska, 1936-Marina del Rey, California, 2004) started to write when she was very young, but spent almost all her life as an unknown writer. Her father worked in a mining company, and little Lucia and her Mum followed him everywhere. She spent her childhood in Western mining towns, manly in California and Mexico, then she moved to New York and Oakland, before ending up in Boulder, Colorado, where she became a Writing professor until she got really sick and moved to California to spend the last days of her life.


The Price is Right

 11/22/2016 - 15:07
The Holiday Season has arrived and many people get stressed when it comes to decide how much to spend on presents. The Internet is full of guidelines to help you not to collapse, mentally and economically. EFE/ERIK S. LESSER

Time for shopping is around the corner, but you don’t need to bankrupt to show off how generous you are. This accurate guideline made by etiquette experts on how much to spend on holiday gifts based on who you are shopping for will help you: Siblings and cousins: $20 and up; Nieces and nephews: $25 and up (what about asking the parents about making a contribution to the child’s college fund?). Ups. Sorry for your close friends and coworkers: assign $15, for them; while for your  in-laws: $20 and up.

The Great Wall of Facebook

 11/22/2016 - 15:00
The founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, participated in the Asia Pacific Cooperation summit (APEC) last weekend in Lima (Peru). Facebook has been criticized for developing an internal software to help censure posts in China.  EFE/MARTIN ALIPAZ

Three current and former employees of Facebook who asked for anonymity have accused Zuckerberg ‘s company to have developed a new censure tool that would help the company to get back into the Chinese market, where the social network has been blocked. The new software helps the social network to suppress posts from appearing in people’s news feeds in specific geographic areas, according to three current and former Facebook employees. Mr. Zuckerberg has supported and defended the effort, the people added, according to The New York Times.

No warm drinks

 11/22/2016 - 14:46
Argentinian artist Marta Minujín in Buenos Aires, yesterday. Mujin, winner of the prestigious Premio Velazquez 2016, said she "felt so happy" for the award, which will help her to "keep creating crazy things".  EFE/Carlota Ciudad

“I do not accept comfortable chairs, nor warm drinks”, wrote Marta Minjín when she was 25 year old, “the same age I am now”, the famous Argentinan visual artist said in an interview for Buenos Aires newspaper La Nación in 2014. Marta Mujia, 73, was awarded yesterday with the Premio Velazquez, the highest award for a Hispanic artist. Her works have been exhibited in the Guggenheim and the Walker Art Center, in Minneapolis, among others.

[OP-ED]: En este Día de Acción de Gracias, muéstrese agradecido con América

 11/22/2016 - 14:21
[OP-ED]: En este Día de Acción de Gracias, muéstrese agradecido con América

Los Latinos de América llevan celebrando el Día de Acción de Gracias desde el año 1565, mucho antes de que George Washington proclamase por primera vez su carácter de fiesta nacional, en 1789, y de que Abraham Lincoln declarase el último jueves de noviembre “como un día de acción de gracias y adoración a nuestro padre benefactor, quien mora en los cielos".

Filantropía en la era de la diversidad

 11/22/2016 - 14:07
Filantropía en la era de la diversidad

El mundo de la filantropía evoca imágenes de hombres y mujeres adinerados luciendo tuxedos y pieles en fiestas y galas de lujo. El estereotipo es merecido - generaciones de ricos patrones donando generosamente su dinero y prestigio a un selecto grupo de fundaciones, año tras año, creando un sólido sistema, aunque también elitista, rehogado en una buena dosis de tradición y ego.


Philantropies in the age of diversity

 11/22/2016 - 13:47
Philantropies in the age of diversity

The world of philanthropy conjures images of well-heeled men and women donning tuxedos and furs at fancy galas. The stereotype is well-deserved - generations of wealthy patrons lavishly contributed money and prestige to a select group of foundations over the generations, creating a robust yet exclusionary system steeped in tradition and ego.


Four Freedoms on a billboard

 11/22/2016 - 13:38
Billboard on Highway 80 outside Pearl, Mississippi. Photo: ForFreedoms

Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere.

Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The first artist-run super PAC (Political Action Committee), For Freedoms, has raised a billboard in Pearl, Mississippi, displaying the President-elected slogan Make America Great Again over an iconic photograph of the Civil Rights Movement, taken in 1965 by Spider Martin and titled Two Minute Warning.


[OP-ED]: This Thanksgiving, be thankful for America

 11/22/2016 - 13:38
[OP-ED]: This Thanksgiving, be thankful for America

Latinos in America have been celebrating Thanksgiving since 1565, way before George Washington issued the first proclamation for this national celebration in 1789, and president Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday of every November a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”

Mejor estar seguros que arrepentidos

 11/21/2016 - 17:20
Mejor estar seguros que arrepentidos

Con la aproximación del Black Friday, tanto tú como millones de otros compradores se levantan al amanecer para obtener televisiones con descuento, el último sistema de vídeo juegos o esa máquina de hacer jugos a la que le tenías el ojo puesto.

Antes de hacer click en ese ítem al comprar en línea o salir disparado hacia la puerta para empujar y lograr ser el primero en la fila, asegúrate de que tomas las precauciones necesarias para evitar el robo de identidad.

Better Safe than Sorry

 11/21/2016 - 17:18
Better Safe than Sorry

As Black Friday approaches, you and millions of other shoppers wake up at the crack of dawn to get that discounted television,  the latest video game system, or that juice maker you had your eyes on.

Before you click on that item while shopping online or make that mad dash out the door to shove and push your way to be the first in line, make sure you take the necessary precautions in preventing identity theft.

Get Hygge With It!

 11/21/2016 - 14:51
Hygge, which means coziness and good spirits in Danish, is a new world trend. Photo: Wiki Commons

Kill the Hipster in you. Forget about your Hipster bars, your Hipster clothes, your hipster way of life. “Hygge” ,  Danish for coziness and good spirits, has been listed as a “word of the year” by both the Collins and Oxford dictionaries – alongside Brexit and Trumpism – in the lexicographers’ annual public-relations exercise. Christmas markets, wool socks, friendly hugs. Hygge is, then, a retreat, an escape, a turning-inwards.

C 4 Urself: La postura de Carlos Mencia sobre la Comedia y la Política

 11/18/2016 - 17:01
Promotional photo of Carlos Mencia. Soure: Valley Forge Casino Resort

Si hay algo en lo que los críticos y los fanáticos pueden estar de acuerdo es en que la comedia de Carlos Mencia no rehúye lo político, y esta política no es ni “correcta” ni endulzada, y nadie en la audiencia se escapa de ser sujeto de alguna broma. En una época donde se mantiene la paz siendo “políticamente correcto” (un movimiento esencialmente inclinado a atribuir atenciones deliberadas a un sinfín de individuos sensibles al lenguaje), Carlos Mencia no se ha visto tentado ni convencido todavía de diluir sus juegos verbales.

C 4 UrSelf: Carlos Mencia’s Take on Comedy and Politics

 11/18/2016 - 15:20
Promotional photo of Carlos Mencia. Soure: Valley Forge Casino Resort

If there’s one thing that critics and fans alike can agree with, it is that Carlos Mencia’s comedy does not shy away from the political, and this politic is often neither “correct” nor sugarcoated, oftentimes leaving anybody in his audience vulnerable to being the pun of a joke. In an age of maintaining the peace by “keeping things PC” (essentially a movement towards attributing a purposeful attentiveness to a plethora of individual sensitivities via language), Carlos Mencia has not been tempted or convinced quite yet to euphemize his verbal shenanigans.

Un salvador en la batalla de los inmigrantes

 11/17/2016 - 22:10
El Arzobispo José Gómez de Los Ángeles, habla en el Encuentro Mundial de Familias en Filadelfia, Pennsylvania, 2015. Foto: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DÍA News.

El encuentro anual de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos en Baltimore, ha elegido a su primer Vice-Presidente Latino en sus 99 años de historia. El Arzobispo José H. Gómez de Los Ángeles, ha ganado con 133 votos.

Gómez, nacido en México, es un ciudadano naturalizado. En tres años ha logrado transformarse en el primer presidente hispano de la conferencia de Obispos.

A Savior in the battle of Immigration

 11/17/2016 - 17:07

The annual fall meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore, MD has elected its first Latino Vice-President in its 99 year history.  Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles won with a majority of ballots on the third ballot with 133 votes.

Gomez, who was born in Mexico, is a naturalized U.S. citizen. Within three years he can become the first Hispanic president of the bishops conference. 

“¿Estoy hecho para ésto?”: La realidad de los jóvenes sin hogar en Filadelfia

 11/14/2016 - 18:35
La instalación artística: “¿Estoy hecho para ésto?” Fuente: Comunicado de prensa de Covenant House

“Un adolescente sin hogar no se parece a lo que probablemente te imagines como un adolescente sin hogar”, explica John Ducoff, director ejecutivo de Covenant House Pennsylvania. “Los adolescentes y los niños se preocupan mucho por las apariencias y por cómo son percibidos. Por esta razón, se vuelven una comunidad invisible, y nuestra misión es sacarlos de la sombra”.

"Am I Cut Out?": The Realities of Philadelphia's Youth Homelessness

 11/14/2016 - 18:29
"Am I Cut Out?" Art Installation. Source: Covenant House Media Release 

“A homeless teen isn’t what you probably think a homeless teen looks like,”John Ducoff, the Executive Director of Covenant House Pennsylvania, explains.“Teens and kids care too much about keeping up with appearances and how they’re perceived. For that reason, they remain an invisible community, and our mission is to bring them out of the shadows.”