Latino USA

Archive for August, 2010

Femicide in Guatemala

In Guatemala, as in many Latin American countries, violence against women is at a frightful level. With a population of 14 million, Guatemala officially counts more than four thousand violent murders of women from 2000-2008: 98% of the cases remain unsolved.

A mixture of misogyny, culturally-based gender inequality, and continuing corruption and impunity all add to the tragedy of these deaths. (You can read the report of the Guatemala Human Rights Commission on Femicide.)

A Guatemalan woman seeking asylum in the United States made her case on those grounds. An appeals court ruling in her favor has raised the possibility that more women may seek shelter in the United States to avoid becoming victims of femicide. Katie Davis talks with Allen Hutchinson, the woman’s lawyer.


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Violence in Bolivia

Over the past couple of years, women in Bolivia have been subjected to violent crime at a dramatically high rate. But a new law seeks to curb the violence, and to finally bring perpetrators to justice. The Fonografia Collective’s Ruxandra Guidi reports from El Alto, Bolivia.


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Issac Delgado & Nat King Cole

Issac Delgado is a Cuban-born salsa musician who bridges the gap between new and old. Fred Wasser talked with the artist, who now lives in Miami, about his admiration for the music of Nat King Cole and how Cole’s music has influenced his musical imagination.


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Visit Issac Delgado on the web.

Dolores at 80

Dolores Huerta. The woman behind some of the most important huelgas America has ever seen. At 80, the legendary activist is no little old lady — she’s a force to be reckoned with. Co-founder of the United Farm Workers, now leader of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, she’s championed dozens of civil and human rights causes alongside some of the most prominent people of the 20th and 21st centuries… and she has no intention of stopping anytime soon.

She sat down and talked with Maria Hinojosa about her work and her life.


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Special thanks to WGBH Boston for the audio of Maria and Dolores’s conversation. Find out more about WGBH’s One on One with Maria Hinojosa. And thanks to Marcos Najera for audio from the 80th birthday celebration.

Dolores Huerta Timeline

See some of the moments from Dolores Huerta’s life as she describes, in her own words, how she got involved in community organizing.

Dora at 10

Another birthday…this birthday girl not quite as old…but she’s had an impact too. Nickelodeon’s groundbreaking TV series Dora the Explorer has been on TV now for a decade. Dora has taught millions of kids in English and Spanish, and has been a quiet, unassuming champion for the cause of bilingualism.

The Futuro Media Group’s Xochitl Dorsey takes a look at the people behind Dora, and the kids in front of the TV set who watch her adventures.

Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure will air daily at 8:00am on Nick Jr. through Thursday 8/26. Search the schedule for additional airtimes.

StoryCorps Historias

Two tales from StoryCorps Historias: One, about a dad with two very different jobs; the other, how a couple first met over twenty years ago.


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Find out where you can record your story.

Remembering Esteban “Steve” Jordan

Conjunto accordion legend Esteban “Steve” Jordan died Friday, after this week’s Latino USA was sent to public radio stations for broadcast. Last year, Alex Avila produced an appreciation of the musician and pioneer.


A Conversation With Singer Maya Azucena


We can’t think of a nicer respite from the hot summer than a dose of cool tunes. Last year, Maria interviewed musician Maya Azucena. Her album is “Junkyard Jewel,” and her style defies description.


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Visit Maya Azucena on the web here.

Los Invisibles: New Orleans 5 Years After Katrina

Katrina changed New Orleans. It changed nearly everything about the city. And it changed nothing.

Five years ago, the massive storm dumped rain and misery on a city that had a long history with hurricanes: but nothing like this one. The combination of rain, and broken levees, and bureaucracy — one heaped on top of the other was almost too much for the city.

The rest of the country watched hundreds of thousands flee the storm. The New Orleans immediately after Hurricane Katrina struck was notable for its mass exodus of people: to Texas, to Missouri, to Illinois, to Georgia, to New York. But there was another group—let’s call them “Los Invisibles”—who were on their way in, as nearly everybody else was on their way out.

New Orleans writer and performance artist José Torres-Tama has had his eye on the phenomenon. Listen to what he has to say about it.


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José Torres-Tama on the web.
Follow the work of the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice.

Disaster Migrants & The BP Cleanup

The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has drawn cleanup workers from near and far. Many of those workers are Latinos, so-called “disaster migrants” who go from catastrophe to catastrophe and aid in the repair efforts. Maybe it doesn’t seem like an ideal job to you, but these folks are happy just to have work.

The report on disaster migrants comes to us from Annie Correal of the Feet in Two Worlds project.


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Click the image to view an interactive map of the spill.

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