A campaign is underway in Oregon to put a marriage equality bill up for consideration in the coming year. And activists are reaching out to Latino families early to make sure it succeeds. Jacob Lewin reports.

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Jacob Lewin is a veteran Portland-based radio journalist whose work has been featured on Morning Edition, Marketplace, the Northwest News Network, Oregon Public Radio and KLCC-FM/Eugene.

He was also News Director at KINK-FM/Portland. His awards include an Edward R. Murrow for sound and a Scripps-Howard for radio journalism. Learning Spanish opened the door to Latino film, music, literature and food for him. Le encantan.


Maria Hinojosa goes cruising with two members of “The Unique Ladies,” an all women’s car club in San Diego and learns about hydraulic jacks, hopping, customized paint jobs, and the satisfactions of lowriding.

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How has the Latino blogosphere changed as more people tweet and use tumblr and as big companies use new media to reach out to Latinos? Host Maria Hinojosa speaks to Maegan Ortiz, the publisher of Vivir Latino, about the changes for Latinos in new media.

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Maegan Ortiz is a Los Angeles based Nuyorican mami media maker. She has written for the American Prospect, the Progressive, Univision, El Diario la Prensa, and Latina on Latino politics, media, and culture. She is the Publisher of VivirLatino and can be found on twitter @mamitamala.

Getting to Know The People Caring for your Family — Domestic workers event


WHATA panel discussion moderated by Maria Hinojosa
WHEN: January 17, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
WHERE: WGBH studio, One Guest Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02135

Free and open to the public


On January 17, 2013, Latino USA & WGBH joined together to start a rare and personal conversation with domestic workers, their employers, and other stakeholders like legal professionals and organizers, to learn more about the people who care for children, seniors, and homes. They are as important to the U.S. economy as they are to family life.

Nationally, there are growing efforts to organize this often-invisible group, and even create legal protections. With baby boomers growing older and many moms and dads in demanding careers, there is a ever-growing national need for home health aides, nurses, nannies, and housekeepers. What kind of protections do domestic workers already have? What more are needed? What about busy and stressed families who rely on their nanny, housekeeper, or home health worker? How will organizing affect them? How can employers and domestic workers have relationships of trust and dignity?

Moderated by award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, this candid and unprecedented panel explored the issues and challenges faced by domestic workers as well as nascent organizing efforts and legal solutions to problems like wage theft. It also looks at the employers’ perspective, exploring how to be a “good” employer, comply with laws, address their problems with workers, and otherwise cope with the inevitable complex challenges of employing domestic workers.

This panel discussion was part of a nationwide series of events organized by Latino USA to reach beyond the airwaves and engage in face-to-face discussion about the issues on which we report. Latino USA is an award-winning National Public Radio program produced by The Futuro Media Group with a 20-year groundbreaking history exploring issues affecting Latinos, immigrants, and people of color. This event was produced by The Futuro Media Group in collaboration with WGBH.

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Barbara Young is a National Organizer for the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

Barbara has been a domestic worker for the past 17 years, and is well acquainted with both the exploitation domestic workers face—and the potential of domestic workers to organize for lasting change. She is an active member of Domestic Workers United (DWU), one of the NDWA’s founding affiliate organizations, and has provided consistent and inspiring leadership for the NDWA since its foundation.

Barbara was instrumental in mobilizing her fellow domestic workers to win the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights in New York. She now uses her experiences with the Bill of Rights campaign to inspire and motivate domestic workers in other parts of the country to fight for similar protections. As a member of DWU’s Steering Committee for the past eight years, Barbara has helped grow DWU’s membership and deepen its impact through a simultaneous commitment to the organization’s internal operations and its external work. Barbara is a powerful public speaker who has represented DWU and the NDWA in numerous events and in the media. She has helped build bridges between sectors of excluded workers within the U.S. through testimony at the Excluded Workers’ Congress, and has worked to build a global domestic workers’ movement through collaborations with Grassroots Global Justice and the Association for Women in Development. Prior to moving to the U.S., Barbara was active in the labor movement in her native Barbados. She looks forward to the opportunity to work on a larger scale for domestic workers’ rights through her new position as National Organizer.



Lydia Edwards is the Director of Legal Services and head of the Domestic Worker Law and Policy Clinic at the Brazilian Immigrant Center.  As head of the Domestic Worker Law and Policy Clinic, Lydia represents domestic workers, oversees the Domestic Worker Mediation project and is the co-author and editor of The Manual: A Guide for Domestic Workers and Their Employers.   Lydia oversees the Center’s Legal Department  and helps to form coalitions with other non profits and the private bar.  Lydia speaks Portuguese and is working on her Spanish.



Olga Piox, Domestic Worker Organizer at MataHari: Eye of the Day, was born in Guatemala of Mayan descent. She studied at the University of San Carlos in Guatemala and worked as a teacher in different public schools in the City of Guatemala. She emigrated to Boston in 1990 and studied at UMASS-Boston. Her role here in the United States has been to lend her services to the state as a Foster Care mother, providing home and care to children with disabilities. At the same time, she has been a domestic worker for many years, and today forms an important part of MataHari, organizing and coordinating the Latina community of domestic workers with the goal of creating community power to pass a bill of rights that would extend benefits and labor rights to workers, bringing the dignity and respect that any other worker deserves, to the workplace.



The Boston Nanny Centre has been the recipient of numerous awards recognizing their unique and professional business practices. In 2001 the Boston Nanny Centre was honored with the Torch of Excellence Award for ethical business practices from the New England Better Business Bureau. Members of the staff at the Boston Nanny Centre are frequently called upon by the media to share their expertise regarding the nanny industry, including publications like Time Magazine, Boston Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The LA Times, The NY Times, The Tab, and The Boston Globe as well as on National Public Radio’s Todd Mundt Show. Alicia joined the Boston Nanny Centre team in September 2008 as a placement counselor. She attended Westfield State College and graduated in 2005 with a B.A. in Psychology, and in 2006 was placed with a family through the Boston Nanny Centre and was their full time nanny for 2 years. As a placement counselor at BNC, she focuses on the individual needs of each nanny and family, working with both to ensure a positive and rewarding working experience for all involved. She has been a guest speaker at local colleges regarding nannying as a career. Working as a nanny as well as through the agency has given her a unique perspective on the nanny field.




CEO and President, The Futuro Media Group

For 25 years, Maria Hinojosa has helped tell America’s untold stories and brought to light unsung heroes in America and abroad. In April 2010, Hinojosa launched The Futuro Media Group with the mission to produce multi-platform, community-based journalism that respects and celebrates the cultural richness of the American Experience. She is the anchor and Executive Producer of her own long-running weekly NPR show, Latino USA, anchor of the Emmy Award winning talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One from WGBH/La Plaza, Contributing Correspondent for Frontline and Need to Know on PBS.

Prior to launching The Futuro Media Group, Hinojosa was a Senior Correspondent for NOW on PBS, the CNN Urban Affairs correspondent for 8 years, a reporter for NPR, and producer for CBS Radio. She has written two books, including her motherhood memoir: “Raising Raul: Adventures Raising Myself and My Son.”

Hinojosa has won top honors in American journalism including four Emmy’s, the John Chancellor Award, the Studs Terkel Community Media Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Reporting on the Disadvantaged, the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club for best documentary for her groundbreaking Child Brides: Stolen Lives, and the Ruben Salazar Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council of La Raza. In 2009, Hinojosa was honored with an AWRT Gracie Award for Individual Achievement as Best TV Correspondent. In 2011 she received honors from the New York Women’s Foundation, Hispanics in Philanthropy, and The Opportunity Agenda.


L-R: Barbara Young, Alicia Mazzarini, Maria Hinojosa, Olga Piox, Lydia Edwards
L-R: Barbara Young, Alicia Mazzarini, Maria Hinojosa, Olga Piox, Lydia Edwards

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President Barack Obama is about to begin his second term, and with the new administration comes a new cabinet and a new Congress. We speak about what Latino communities can expect in the new Obama term with Jordan Fabian, political editor for the English-language website for Univision News.

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Jordan Fabian is the political editor for Univision News’s English-language portal. Prior to joining Univision in 2011, he worked as a staff writer at The Hill newspaper in Washington, DC where he covered Congress and the 2012 presidential campaign. Jordan has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News and C-SPAN, and has contributed to a number of nationally-syndicated radio programs. He also freelanced for Hispanic Business magazine. Jordan hails from Olney, MD and is a lifelong resident of the Washington area. He graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor of arts in history.


The Illinois legislature passed a law which will allow undocumented immigrants residing in the state to obtain driver’s licenses.  With this move, Illinois joins three other states — New Mexico, Washington and Utah that allow undocumented immigrants to drive legally. Dan Weissmann reports.

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Dan Weissmann is a Chicago-based radio producer and multimedia reporter. His work has appeared regularly on WBEZ (Chicago Public Media, 91.5 FM) and can be found at


The Upper Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights has long been home to the country’s largest Dominican-American community. Now it’s also home to a new reality show produced by MTV. We speak with a group of young Washington Heights residents about how the show represents their ‘hood.

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The following people graciously sat down with us to watch Washington Heights and give us their opinion:

Dr. Cyrus Boquín





Cynthia Carrion







John Paul Infante


We take a closer look on what’s Latino in this year’s Sundance Film Festival, which takes place this month in Park City, Utah. We talk to Sundance Festival Senior Programmer Shari Frilot, and to blogger, film critic and Sundance programming associate Christine Davila.

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Christine Dávila is a first generation Mexican-American born and raised in Chicago. Her passion for discovering original and underrepresented voices led her to pursue a career in film festival programming.  She started to screen films for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival where she is currently a Programming Associate, and also evaluates projects for Sundance Institute’s International Screenwriters lab.  Davila has also been an Associate Programmer for The San Francisco International Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, and the Morelia International Film Festival.  She programs a monthly screening series in LA’s Downtown Independent theater.  A regular volunteer at Centro Del Pueblo, a non-profit community service center for at risk youth in Echo Park, she also writes, not as frequently as she’d like to, on her blog, a forum where she tracks, interviews and covers US Latino films and filmmakers.



An alumna of Harvard/Radcliffe University, and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, Shari Frilot is a filmmaker who has produced television for the CBS affiliate in Boston and for WNYC and WNET in New York before creating her own independent award-winning films, including Strange & Charmed, A Cosmic Demonstration of Sexuality, What Is A Line? and the feature documentary, Black Nations/Queer Nations? She is the recipient of multiple grants, including the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Media Arts Foundation.

Shari is presently the Senior Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival. She is the curator and driving creative force behind New Frontier, an exhibition and commissioning initiative that focuses on cinematic work being created at the intersections of art, film and new media technology.


The influence of the Latino vote grabbed the headlines in this past election, and has brought comprehensive back into the political agenda. But how can Latinos take advantage of this political opening, and what other issues will they try to influence next? Host Maria Hinojosa speaks with Maria Teresa Kumar of Voto Latino and Jennifer Korn of Hispanic Leadership Network.

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Jennifer S. Korn is Executive Director of the Hispanic Leadership Network. Ms. Korn has 18 years of experience as a conservative strategist. Previously, Ms. Korn served in the George W. Bush Administration as Director of Hispanic and Women’s Affairs in the White House, as well as Senior Advisor to the Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Prior to her public service, Ms. Korn was National Hispanic Director and Southwest Coalitions Director on President Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign. As such, she developed and supervised the implementation of the strategy that resulted in President Bush receiving 44% of the Hispanic vote. Ms. Korn was born in East Los Angeles and is the first in her family to attend college. She is a military spouse.


Maria Teresa Kumar is the President/CEO of Voto Latino. Her strong record of accomplishment has earned her high profile recognitions, including being named as one of the 20 most notable Latinos under 40 by PODER Magazine, and numerous leadership awards including an Emmy nomination, the White House Project, Imagen Foundation and the New York legislature.

In addition to being a frequent commentator on MSNBC, Maria Teresa serves as an occasional blogger for national outlets. Maria Teresa started her career as a legislative aide. She received her Master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor’s in international relations from the University of California at Davis.