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Julian Castro

A unique character among Latino politicians is San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. Castro is from a family of politicos — his twin brother is in the Texas House, his mother Rosie is a longtime political activist. And he may well be the kind of Latino politician we’ll see more of as the demographics of the U.S. continue to change. He talks with Maria about identity politics and ethnicity.


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Maria profiled Mayor Julian Castro for BBC World News America on Monday 1 November. Watch the segment here.

From Voter Turnout to Building Power Outside the Electoral System

The 2010 midterm elections are on Tuesday. This year’s races have been fiery, to say the least. PolitiFact.com, a website which rates the truthfulness of campaign ads, has awarded a record number of Barely True and False ratings to ads across the country. The rhetoric is hot and loud. This week, we’re exploring where things really stand for Latino voters, candidates, and activists.

Our guide to the numbers and the people behind them is Louis DeSipio, an expert in Latino Studies and Political Science at the University of California Irvine. DeSipio has extensively studied how and for whom Latinos vote, and he tells us how Latinos will effect Tuesday’s election and the elections in years to come.

Maria Hinojosa also spent time on the ground in East LA with a group called Innercity Struggle, who have spent this election season trying to register, educate, and motivate Latino voters.


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What’s Next for Venezuela?

The wave of power that swept Hugo Chávez into office was seen as part of a new leftist revolution in Latin America. In the recent parliamentary elections in Venezuela, Chávez’s party barely retained control. Observers wonder whether this means that the power of Chávez’s socialist movement is on the wane. Nikolas Kozloff joined us two weeks ago to discuss Latin American elections. He joins us again to talk about the results in Venezuela.


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Organizing Arizona

Maria calls Mary Rose Wilcox (D-5) for a check-in on local organizing efforts in opposition to Arizona’s SB-1070. Wilcox serves on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, the first Hispanic to serve on the Board, and is a long-time political activist in Phoenix. She’s also a restauranteur and her “El Portal” is a place to see and be seen for politicos in Phoenix.


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She’s Out There

Amy Sewell

When enlightened men signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence, refusing to be governed by a king claiming divine rights of superiority, the idea that all men were created equal was a progressive one. At the time, of course, the concept didn’t apply universally to everyone. But as a nation, this idea of equality for all, away from serfdoms and enforced servitude, had universal appeal. And making equality real for all citizens has shaped the history and struggles of our American nation.

Agxibel Barajas

When an African-American man and a White woman battled for the Democratic nomination in 2008, the idea that All Were Created Equal, took on new meaning. Documentary filmmaker Amy Sewell sensed this new political landscape and has edited a series of essays in a book titled, She’s Out There — 35 Women Under 35 Who Aspire To Lead: The Next Generation Of Presidential Candidates. She’s also joined by essayist Agxibel Barajas, a law student at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and one of the book’s essayists.

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