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The Source - April 16, 2014
11:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

The Source: Cultural Identity And Academic Success

Credit Ryan Poppe / TPR News

Mexican-American studies courses were pushed to the back of the line; sometimes having no curriculum, as here in Texas, or being outright banned in states like Arizona.

Many academics and activists have argued for years that we aren't educating students about their independent cultures and are instead focusing on a predominant culture that focuses on the accomplishments of white Americans. But the changing demographics of Texas raised the issue to a fever pitch last week at the State Board of Education (SBOE).

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Minority Studies
11:55 am
Mon April 14, 2014

SBOE Takes Next Step In Creating Mexican-American Studies Class

Last Thursday, April 10, the Texas State Board of Education approved the creation of a new state elective course, which includes a class in Mexican-American studies. The board is now calling on book publishers to submit new textbooks for these courses.

School districts already had permission to create these special interest courses, but many districts wanted to give these courses some teeth.

Marisa Perez, an SBOE member from San Antonio, said that started with the creation of course standards.

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Civil Rights Summit
11:47 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Group Protests President’s Deportation Record At Civil Rights Summit

The group United We Stand protests on the UT campus, heading to the area where President Obama spoke during the Civil Rights Summit in Austin.
Ryan E. Poppe TPR News

On Thursday an immigration rights group marched across the University of Texas at Austin campus and took up post in the front of the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library, voicing their protest for the rate of deportation during President Barack Obama’s presidency.

United We Stand, a collection of undocumented immigrants, students and religious leaders, walked the length of the UT campus in Austin to the area where the president was to speak. Javier Huamani, who was with the group, said throughout Obama's administration, two million immigrants have been deported.

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Code Switch
6:06 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Who's Boosting Box Office Numbers? Report Says Latinos

Cesar Chavez pulled in $3 million at the box office last weekend and did noticeably better in areas where the farmworkers advocate was most active.
Courtesy of Lionsgate

According to a recent report published by the Motion Picture Association of America, Latinos went to the movies in 2013 way more often than other ethnic groups in the U.S. relative to their population.

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Code Switch
3:05 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

For Latino Parents, Bilingual Classrooms Aren't Just About Language

This April 3, 2013 photo shows the inside of a classroom at Miami's Coral Way K-8 Center, the nation's largest bilingual school.
Lynne Sladky AP

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 4:41 pm

Right now, across the country, parents are in the midst of trying to get their children enrolled in bilingual classrooms for next September.

The motivation is usually straightforward. Parents want their kids to learn a foreign language. The thinking is that a second language will bring significant cultural and economic advantages.

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Code Switch
11:04 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Latinos Live Longer But Struggle To Save Enough For Retirement

Isaias Hernandez (left) counsels Paul Garcia on his finances at the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation in Montebello, Calif.
Courtesy of the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 2:26 pm

Many American workers find themselves financially unprepared for retirement. Among racial and ethnic groups, Latinos are the least prepared.

They're one of the fastest-growing racial or ethnic groups, and they have a longer life expectancy than whites and blacks — at about 81 years old.

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Movie Interviews
12:01 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

For Actor Michael Peña, A Transformative Role As Cesar Chavez

Michael Pena as Cesar Chavez
Pantelion Films

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 11:59 am

The new film Cesar Chavez brings to life the famed civil rights leader, who organized farm laborers and fought to secure a living wage and better working conditions in the fields. He founded the United Farm Workers union in California in 1962, and his work inspired millions of people in the U.S. and internationally. Actor Michael Peña, who plays Chavez, spoke with Tell Me More host Michel Martin about how he prepared for the role and what it meant to him and his family.

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Code Switch
5:47 pm
Sat March 15, 2014

Pizza Chain That Markets To Mexicans Says New Promotion Isn't Profane

Pizza Patrón hires bilingual employees to serve their core customer base, Mexican immigrants.
Dave Einsel Getty Images

Originally published on Sat March 15, 2014 11:05 am

EDITOR'S NOTE: Fair warning - this story is about and includes the use of a Spanish-language word that some consider a profanity.

Pizza Patrón is a Dallas-based chain that's generated a lot of media buzz over the years for advertising aimed at its core customer base, Mexican immigrants. Its newest promotion uses a popular Mexican slang word that to some means "super cool," while others find it super-offensive.

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Shots - Health News
2:03 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Selling Health Care To California's Latinos Got Lost In Translation

Covered California

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 6:59 am

It's been decades since the advertising industry recognized the need to woo Hispanic consumers. Big companies saw the market potential and sank millions of dollars into ads. The most basic dos and don'ts of marketing to Latinos in the United States have been understood for years.

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Immigration
2:56 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Supreme Court Will Not Hear Farmers Branch Immigrant Housing Case

Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an appeal from the City of Farmers Branch regarding an ordinance that would have made it illegal to rent or provide housing to immigrants in the country without documentation.

Since its passage, civil rights group like the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund have taken issue with the ordinance, which was designed to keep undocumented immigrants from renting apartments and homes in the Dallas suburb.

MALDEF’s Nina Perales was one of the lead attorneys fighting the ordinance and said it damaged the city from inside-out.

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