Christine Bolaños is an award-winning Salvadoran American journalist focused on women's rights and Latino issues from the Lone Star State. IWMF Fellow-El Salvador. NAHJ Austin VP-Print. Bilingual.
After Approving Statewide Mexican American Studies Course, Texas Board of Education Remains Undecided About Name Change Debacle
AUSTIN — The Mexican American Studies course saga continued Tuesday when about 40 people representing various Latino organizations, school districts and universities testified in support of naming the class “Mexican American Studies” as originally intended.
In April, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) preliminarily approved a standard high school elective course for Mexican American Studies in April just before changing its name to, “Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican ...
JoAnn Elizabeth Alvarez and Karla Dominguez are the antithesis of clichés, except for how their worlds were meant to collide.
Lupe Valdez’s Key to Winning is Securing the Latino Vote While Appealing to the Masses, Experts and Locals Say
AUSTIN – Lupe Valdez stands in sharp contrast to what is expected of a traditional Texas governor. She is Latina, gay, short in stature and worked her way up the political ladder starting from humble beginnings. When the former Dallas County sheriff defeated Andrew White, earning about 53 percent of the vote, in the May Democratic primary runoff for Texas governor, she caught the attention of politicians on both aisles and of political pundits across the country.
Years before Will and Grace became a groundbreaking hit TV show and even before comedian Ellen DeGeneres came out, Ralphy Lozano was standing up for the LGBTQ community. In popular hangout spots, such as bars and restaurants, around his traditionalist town, the teen and his high school-aged friends gathered and refused to hide their true selves, essentially disrupting the status quo. Now, the 35-year-old Air Force veteran has made history by becoming the first openly gay candidate elected to ...
At This Women Of Color-Run Texas Clinic, Low-Income Mamis-To-Be Receive Free Pregnancy And Birth Support
Pregnancy can be one of the most intimate and transformative experiences in someone’s life. But for many low-income women of color, outside factors, like the bureaucratic hoops they have to jump through to attain government assistance, could make it one of frustration, stress and trauma. In Austin, Texas, Mama Sana Vibrant Woman helps ease the hurdles and empower Black and Latina women by offering them free pregnancy and birth support.
Families gathered Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Prete Main Street Plaza in Round Rock to watch the traditions, history and culture of Mexico come to life at Dia de las Madres.
Gone are the days when Latinas pursuing careers in Science-Technology-Math-Engineering (STEM) fields were discouraged from reaching their dreams. That’s not to say they still don’t have to overcome obstacles during their professional careers, due in great part, to being a woman and/or Latina. However, they now have resources, tools, confidence and role models to forge their paths and break barriers their predecessors could only dream about in earlier generations.
“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” While it’s an unfair fact of life, landing a job can come down to your professional connections. But for Latinos – who find themselves underrepresented across many industries – this poses a challenge. But what if you could easily scroll through a list of Latino contacts in your same industry who could give you guidance and serve as mentors? BeVisible – a platform that basically serves as a Rolodex of Latino professionals – does just that.
Meet Jorlaney Oquendo, The 7-Year-Old Puerto Rican Who Started A Lemonade Business To Help Her Community
At A Cup of Joy, a Houston lemonade stand, sweetened refreshments come with a side of community service. That’s how it’s been since 2016, when first-grader Jorlaney Oquendo opened up her award-winning philanthropic business.
“When I started this, I was five years old, and I’ve [been] doing it since,” the 7-year-old Latina who friends call Joy told FIERCE about her lemonade stand, which donates earnings to a new cause each year.
A once-neglected waterway that separated low-income Latinos from affluent Caucasians in downtown San Antonio is becoming a world-class urban park reflecting the city’s multicultural identity and history.
This Brazilian Entrepreneur Combines Her Passion For Vintage And Immigrant Rights To Make Change In Texas
Maria Oliveira is a força — or force — in the Lone Star State. The 31-year-old co-owns Passport Vintage, a vintage denim shop in Austin, Texas, and is behind the city’s largest vintage market, Laissez Fair — among several other entrepreneurial and event endeavors. Behind them all: social change.
AUSTIN — Austin-based Latino youth civic engagement organization, Jolt, publicly supported Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke in his attempt to unseat Republican Ted Cruz from the U.S. Senate, and Andrew White in his run against Texas governor Greg Abbott.
“From supporting access to health care for all Texans to committing to comprehensive immigration reform that allows our families to live free from the fear of separation, these candidates have shown their commitment to improving the lives of Lat...
Texas just became the second state to implement a Mexican-American studies course, following in the footsteps of Arizona, which created a similar in the 1990s (though it was banned for a few years). Today, the Texas State Board of Education gave final approval for a standard high school elective course for Mexican-American studies.
Texas Board of Education Gives Green Light to Statewide Mexican American Studies Course, But With Name Change
Following a Wednesday rally and after hearing testimony from about 30 supporters, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) gave a preliminary green light to establish a standard high school elective course for Mexican American studies.
For 19 days in March, a 24-year-old man, who built several explosives and detonated them before officials caught him, terrorized the Austin community. Mark Anthony Conditt, a Pflugerville resident who Austin Police Chief Brian Manley labeled a domestic terrorist, claimed the lives of two Black men – Anthony Stephan House and Draylen Mason – and injured five others, including 75-year-old Latina grandmother Esperanza Hope Herrera.