Tuesday - Jul 23, 2019
  • Pesticide leaves Latin American banana workers sterile

    by the El Reportero wire services

    Approximately 5,000 agricultural workers from Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama have filed five lawsuits in the United States, claiming they were left sterile due to the exposure to the pesticide, DBCP, in the 1970s.

    Jury selection for the first of the lawsuits is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

  • Commentary: What next after collapse of immigration bill?

    by Javier Rodriguez

    The recently defeated Senate immigration proposal and the one waiting to be addressed in the lower house, the Strive Act, are neither pro-immigrant nor pro-worker Immigration reform.

    Both fall far short of the human rights standards set forth by the United Nations International Covenant for the Protection of Migrant Workers.

  • Mexico — beautiful, beloved and broke –– except for Carlos Slim

    by Andy Porras

       México lindo y querido — beautiful and beloved, as the old ballad proclaims — is also a land of depressing disparity. It is, as a recent study sizes up, almost 50 percent dirt poor.

       Then, too, Mexico is the home of the world’s richest man, Carlos Slim Helu. His family came to Mexico from Lebanon just before the 1911 Mexican Revolution.  

       Is there something wrong with this picture? Many Mexicans, rich or poor, think so.

  • Once again, GOP ignores its expanding ‘Hispanic deficit’

    by Raúl Reyes

       From César Chávez’s 1960s boycotts to the immigrants rights movements of today, Sí se puede has long been a stock phrase in Hispanic politics.  While it translates as “Yes, we can,” the real message has always been greater.  Sí se puede means we’ll fight the good fight, we’ll persevere, we’ll never give up.  

       These three words are routinely invoked everywhere from high school assemblies to presidential campaigns.  It’s the Latino call to action.

  • Appeal for end to killings in Guatemala

    by the El Reportero’s wire services

    GUATEMALA – Politicians from all parties appealed on 5 July for an end to the violenc. The country’s murder rate has increased sharply in recent weeks prompting some politicians to claim that General Otto Pérez Molina, the rightwing candidate for the Partido Patriota, wants to create a climate of fear to improve his chances in the forthcoming general elections. Pérez Molina advocates tougher anti-crime policies (mano dura).

  • Andy Palacio and the Garifuna Collective and Emeline Michel

    by Penny Zhou

    Cultural archivists Andy Palacio and the Garifuna Collective bring the Afro-Caribbean soul of Belize to Stern Grove Festival. The multi-generational lineup of Garifuna musicians captivates audiences with their enchanting rhythms, powerful melodies, and a deep soulfulness that recalls the music of this unique and inspiring culture.