Latino USA

Archive for May, 2012

Brazilians Go To The Dogs

If you walk around Manhattan’s Upper East Side, you’ll see many dogs along with the walkers hired to take care of them. You may also notice that a majority of them are speaking Portuguese. Reporter Matt Draper set out to investigate why this niche market is dominated by Brazilians.

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Matt Draper is a multimedia journalist. Draper, who has worked as a freelance writer and editor for many years, has covered a range of subjects: He’s written about senior athletes competing in an ultramarathon in Costa Rica; reported on the financial impact of the World Cup; and covered subway protests in New York City. He received his master’s degree from the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. Draper’s work has been published in the Huffington Post, The Daily, New York Post, Competitor magazine and Sports Business Journal, among other publications.

Minor Crossers

Every year, thousands of unaccompanied minors cross the U.S/Mexico border to be reunited with family.  But this spring, the Department of Health and Human Services reported that the number of minors arriving alone had nearly doubled. We speak to Pulitzer Prize winning author and journalist Sonia Nazario about who these minors are and why the numbers have shot up.

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Sonia Nazario is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of Enrique’s Journey, a national bestseller that has been adopted by more than 50 universities across the country. She has spent more than 20 years reporting and writing about social issues, hunger, drug addiction, and immigration, most recently as a projects reporter for the Los Angeles Times.

Soaring Skies

Jose Sainz, a master kite maker and flyer from San Diego talks to Jocelyn Frank about his fascination with the majesty and power of the wind.

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Jocelyn Frank is an independent radio journalist, sound artist and musician. She’s produced and reported internationally for NPR and BBC Radio 4 and helped to develop and launch the successful UK-facing BBC Radio program Americana. She’s the creative director of Voices of Health; an audio project that documents the stories of DC residents living with HIV and AIDS. Voices of Health can be heard online and through listening stations installed in public spaces across the District of Columbia.

Here’s a video of Jose flying his kites:

 

Remembering Carlos Fuentes

Prolific Latin American writer Carlos Fuentes died on May 15th. Fuentes was part of the Latin American literary “boom” of the 1960s. We remember him by reading a passage about love from his book, This I Believe: An A to Z of a Life.

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Noticiando

The federal immigration enforcement program called Secure Communities went into effect recently in New York, and under the program, information about people arrested by local police can be turned over to U.S. Immigration and potentially lead to their deportation. We speak to Lucía Gomez-Jimenez, the executive director of La Fuente’s New York and Long Island Civic Participation Project, an organization that focuses on immigrant and workers’ rights issues.

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Lucía Gomez-Jimenez is the executive director of La Fuente’s New York and Long Island Civic Participation Project, an organization that focuses on immigrant and worker rights issues. She was previously the Community Affairs representative for New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera and a Policy Fellow for the National Institute for Latino Policy (NILP) since 2009. She also served as the Assistant to the Governor for Community Affairs for Governor David Paterson of New York.

The Viva Factor: Arizona and Maná

Listeners of a Spanish-language radio station in Phoenix heard ads in early May asking them to text their political opinion… and maybe win concert tickets. Is this data mining or a clever new strategy? Fernanda Echavarri walks us through the ads and Matt Barreto analyzes it, looking for the “Viva Factor.”

Since the 1952 presidential campaign, when candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower used the slogan “Viva Eisenhower” in an initiative to attract Mexican-American voters, whenever political candidates have wanted to signal to Latinos, they place the word “Viva” in front of their names. Our new series looks for the “Viva Factor,” the ways in which candidates and both parties aim to draw in the Latino vote.

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Explaining Comemierrrrr… coles

This week’s segment rates an ad giving it a “comemierrr… coles” rating to test pandering to Latinos. The expression “comemiércoles” substitutes the naughty half of a Cuban expression for “B.S.” with the Spanish word for “Wednesday.” Consider it your Spanish lesson for the day.

 Fernanda Echávarri is a reporter for Arizona Public Media in Tucson, Arizona. Echávarri, a graduate of the University of Arizona School of Journalism, contributes stories to radio and online. She started her career in print journalism as a reporter for the Tucson Citizen. She then went on to work for the Arizona Daily Star, where she focused on public safety and investigative reporting. Echávarri received a Freedom of Information Award from the Arizona Newspaper Association in 2011 for her work in a series published in the Arizona Daily Star.
Matt A. Barreto is an Associate Professor in political science at the University of Washington, Seattle and the director of the Washington Institute for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (WISER). He is also the director of the annual Washington Poll. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Irvine in 2005. His research examines the political participation of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States and his work has been published in the American Political Science Review, Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Public Opinion Quarterly, and other peer reviewed journals.

America Bracho: the OC Health Genie

For America Bracho, health is more than just the absence of disease. She believes having parks, access to healthy foods and being civically involved are just as important. When she arrived in Santa Ana, California, over a decade ago, few services focused on children with diabetes, a growing problem in a city with many low-income Latino families. We feature Bracho, the founder and executive director of Latino Health Access, a center for health promotion and disease prevention, as one of our Health Heroes.

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America Bracho is the founder and executive director of Latino Health Access, a Santa Ana based organization dedicated to the health needs of Latinos in Orange County. A native of Venezuela, she worked helping fight several epidemics, and moved to the U.S. in 1986, where she helped fight HIV/AIDS. She also a consultant for the Pan-American Health Organization and is nationally recognized as an expert in Latino Health issues.

The Threads That Bind

A group of Latina immigrants turn stories of hardship into beautiful quilts as part of a group called “Los Hilos de la Vida” or Threads of Life. Lisa Morehouse reports from California’s Anderson Valley.

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Lisa Morehouse is an award-winning public radio and print journalist who’s filed for National Public Radio, American Public Media, Edutopia, and McSweeney’s. Her reporting has taken her from Samoan traveling circuses to Mississippi Delta classrooms, from the homes of Lao refugees in rural Iowa to California youth incarceration facilities. For the last year she’s collaborated with KQED Public Radio’s The California Report on a series about the future of small town California.

Know Your Pro: Sketching Feggo

Mexican cartoonist Felipe Galindo, who goes by Feggo, has been dreaming up surreal images since he was a teenager. Today they are published in the New Yorker and Mad Magazines and all over the world. We spoke with him in his Washington Heights studio in New York as part of our new series looking at Latino professionals with unusual jobs.

Do you know a pro we should know?

We’re looking for people with uncommon jobs: tightrope walkers, road kill disposers, chewing gum testers. We’d love to hear your suggestions for people we should profile. You can write us online, in the comments below; send us an email at info@futuromediagroup.org; or call our listener line at 646-571-1228.


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If you are in New York City and want to check out his show, Manhatitlán, you can visit the Mark Miller Gallery May 25th through the end of June. Here are some of Feggo’s drawings:

 

 

 























































Feggo is the nom de plume of Felipe Galindo, an award-winning Mexican artist who since 1983 has lived and worked in New York City. He creates humorous art in a variety of media, including cartoons, illustrations, fine art, and public art. He is the creator of Manhatitlan, a project which celebrates the intertwining of Mexican and American cultures in New York through drawings, animations and a book of the same title.  ”No Man Is a Desert Island” is his most recently released cartoon collection book (Jorge Pinto Books, 2012).His cartoons appear in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, The Wall Street Journal, Mad, Nickelodeon, Inx, Barron’s and in British publications such as Private Eye, Oldie, The Spectator, Prospect, as well as many others worldwide.

Noticiando

Immigrant women who are victims of abuse will have more reason to hide if Congress approves a new version of the Violence Against Women Act. The law, which provides legal and financial assistance to abuse victims, is up for renewal. Changes in the House version, passed May 16, threaten current protections for gays and lesbians and immigrants. We speak to Cecilia Gastón, executive director of the Violence Intervention Program, Inc., for an overview on how these changes could impact immigrant women and their families.

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Cecilia Gastón is the Executive Director of the Violence Intervention Program, Inc. Ms. Gastón has been awarded one of El Diario/La Prensa’s Outstanding Women of the Year. She has worked as Assistant Executive Director for Administration and Operations at Inwood House, one of New York City’s leading teen pregnancy prevention programs. Previously, she worked as program director of multiple supportive housing programs serving persons living with HIV/AIDS for Health Industry Resources Enterprises, Inc.

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