latino http://kut.org en Latino Voting Rights Activist Willie Velasquez Remembered As Hero http://kut.org/post/latino-voting-rights-activist-willie-velasquez-remembered-hero <p>He died young and unexpectedly more than 25 years ago, but his political legacy continues today.</p><p>The Texas Legislature and Gov. Rick Perry have designated today, Friday, May 9, as Willie Velasquez Day. A fighter for Latino voting rights across the Southwest, &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">the late activist died suddenly of cancer&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in 1988 at the age of&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">44. </span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/148581123&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 20:13:01 +0000 Maria Martin 10381 at http://kut.org Latino Voting Rights Activist Willie Velasquez Remembered As Hero Latinos Welcome SXSW Spotlight, But Still Feel Marginalized (Update) http://kut.org/post/latinos-welcome-sxsw-spotlight-still-feel-marginalized-update <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Update</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">: KUT's Veronica Zaragovia's story on Latinos at SXSW Interactive aired on </span><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">WBUR's Here and Now</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> today. </span><a href="http://kut.org/post/sxsw-puts-spotlight-latinos-tech" style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the conversation here</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><strong>Original story</strong>: &nbsp;South by Southwest Interactive is underway in Austin. This year, there’s a focus on the Latinos innovation in tech – a field where many Latinos face significant barriers.&nbsp;</p><p>When SXSW Interactive kicked off on Friday, people began discussing where Latinos stand in the tech world. Geographically, at least, they haven’t been at the center of SXSW events: the so-called Latinos in Tech sessions took place at a Holiday Inn about a mile from the Austin Convention Center.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/138862638&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:10:58 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9923 at http://kut.org Latinos Welcome SXSW Spotlight, But Still Feel Marginalized (Update) Poll Focuses On Views From A Wide Array Of Latino Americans http://kut.org/post/poll-focuses-views-wide-array-latino-americans You've probably heard a lot about "the Latino voter" or the way companies are trying to win over "the Latino consumer."<p>It's a cliché to point out that Latinos, like every other ethnic group, are not monolithic. But let's say it one more time, anyway: Latinos are not monolithic.<p>That's underscored by a new major poll of nearly 1,500 Latino Americans by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:45:06 +0000 9599 at http://kut.org Poll Focuses On Views From A Wide Array Of Latino Americans Despite Increased Enrollment, Online Spanish Sign-Up Faces Challenges http://kut.org/post/despite-increased-enrollment-online-spanish-sign-faces-challenges <p>Almost 120,000 Texans signed up for health insurance through the federally run marketplace through the end of last month, but <span style="line-height: 1.5;">it’s only a small fraction of the state’s total uninsured population.</span></p><p>And enrollment of Latinos, a group targeted by the Obama administration has had its challenges.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/129567257&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 14:32:25 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9553 at http://kut.org Despite Increased Enrollment, Online Spanish Sign-Up Faces Challenges More Texas Latinos Are Seeking Hunter Education - In Spanish http://kut.org/post/more-texas-latinos-are-seeking-hunter-education-spanish <p>The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is handling an increased <a href="http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/outdoor-learning/hunter-education" target="_blank">demand for hunter education</a> from Latinos.</p><p>In recent years, the department has begun offering the course in Spanish. The move not only reflects the changing demographics of the state, but could also help Texas combat one of its most unwelcome pests.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/115756237" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:36:27 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 8951 at http://kut.org More Texas Latinos Are Seeking Hunter Education - In Spanish Interview: 'Latino Americans' Miniseries Documents Birth of a Movement http://kut.org/post/interview-latino-americans-miniseries-documents-birth-movement <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F110909298" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>To coincide with Hispanic Heritage month, PBS TV stations nationwide begin an historic six-hour documentary series tonight, titled “<a href="http://www.pbs.org/latino-americans/en/">Latino Americans</a>.” &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Covering 500 years of history in six hours, it is the first major documentary series on the history and experience of Latinos in&nbsp; America.</p><p>Watch Latino Americans on KLRU (18.1) Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7 pm and Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 7 pm.&nbsp; KLRU's VME channel (18.4) will show the series in Spanish starting Friday, Sept. 20 at 8 pm.&nbsp; Or watch online at <a href="http://klru.org">klru.org.</a></p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:00:13 +0000 David Brown 8712 at http://kut.org Interview: 'Latino Americans' Miniseries Documents Birth of a Movement Report Asks: Why Aren’t Hispanics Sharing in Austin's Boom? http://kut.org/post/report-asks-why-aren-t-hispanics-sharing-austins-boom <p></p><p>A five-year effort from a group of Hispanic community leaders is about to wrap up. In 2008, the&nbsp;Austin City Council&nbsp;asked the group to <a href="http://austintexas.gov/department/hispanic-quality-life">evaluate the quality of life</a> for Hispanics in the city. They found big disparities between Hispanics and their peers in areas including education, health care, even access to cultural institutions.</p><p>Last night, about fifty people came together at City Hall to share ideas on how Hispanics in Austin could bridge those gaps.</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 18:55:09 +0000 Joy Diaz 7776 at http://kut.org Report Asks: Why Aren’t Hispanics Sharing in Austin's Boom? Texas Democrats See Future in Mobilizing Latino Turnout http://kut.org/post/texas-democrats-see-future-mobilizing-latino-turnout <p>No one doubts the growth of the Latino electorate in Texas. But its turnout at the polls is lower than in the rest of the country, leading some to question how to change that. Especially Democrats who say this is how to turn Texas blue.</p><p>State Rep. <a href="http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=116">Trey Martinez-Fischer</a>, D-San Antonio, and State Sen. <a href="http://www.davis.senate.state.tx.us/">Wendy Davis</a>, D-Fort Worth, joined Julie Martinez Ortega of <a href="http://pacplus.org/">PAC Plus</a> to discuss the challenge at a news conference today.</p><p> Wed, 15 May 2013 21:35:00 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 7749 at http://kut.org Texas Democrats See Future in Mobilizing Latino Turnout Comment on Hispanic/Latino Quality of Life in Austin http://kut.org/post/comment-hispaniclatino-quality-life-austin <p>The City of Austin is getting ready to unveil its <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/article/hispanic-quality-life-draft-report">Hispanic/Latino Quality of Life Report</a>.</p><p>A draft version of the report is <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/Hispanic_Quality_of_Life_Report__DRAFT_5.10.13.pdf">available online</a> and the city is looking for one more round of input from the public before presenting the report to the Mayor and City Council.</p><p> Mon, 13 May 2013 23:49:40 +0000 Trey Shaar 7719 at http://kut.org Comment on Hispanic/Latino Quality of Life in Austin Latinos May Need More Than a 'Miracle' to Prosper in Texas http://kut.org/post/latinos-may-need-more-miracle-prosper-texas <p></p><p>President Obama brought a message of economic recovery when <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/presidents-austin-jobs-tour" target="_blank">he visited Austin</a> yesterday, the <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/manor-new-tech-example-nation-obama-says-photos" target="_blank">first stop</a> in his “<a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/05/08/president-obama-headed-austin-heres-why" target="_blank">Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour</a>.” Latinos in the U.S., however, are trailing behind the national average in unemployment. So how are&nbsp;they’re doing when it comes to finding work in the home of the “Texas miracle?"</p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 12:11:18 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 7695 at http://kut.org Latinos May Need More Than a 'Miracle' to Prosper in Texas Texas Education Experts Weigh Proposals' Impact on Students http://kut.org/post/texas-education-experts-weigh-proposals-impact-students <p></p><p></p><p>The Texas Legislature is&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/2013/03/legislature-tackles-competing-education-bills/" target="_blank">debating bills</a>&nbsp;intended to help more students graduate from high school, by reducing the emphasis on standardized tests and increasing the&nbsp;emphasis&nbsp;on the kinds of education they need to be productive members of the workforce.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>This week, the House passed House Bill 5, which would let high school students take a path to college or take a route intended to lead them more quickly to work. The bill also would drop the number of STAAR exams from 15 to 5.</p><p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 12:44:08 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 7143 at http://kut.org Texas Education Experts Weigh Proposals' Impact on Students Could Spanish-Language Legislative Sites Boost Civic Engagement? http://kut.org/post/could-spanish-language-legislative-sites-boost-civic-engagement <p>In a&nbsp;<a href="http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=bkmk" target="_blank">U.S. Census Bureau survey</a>&nbsp;of the nearly seven million Spanish speakers in Texas, almost three million speak English “less than very well.”</p><p><a href="http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=40" target="_blank">State Rep. Terry&nbsp;Canales</a>&nbsp;(D-Edinburg) has a bill that would translate Texas legislative information into Spanish in what he calls an effort to boost civic engagement.</p><p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 12:06:02 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 7082 at http://kut.org Could Spanish-Language Legislative Sites Boost Civic Engagement? Concern Grows as Obesity Soars Among Texas Latinos http://kut.org/post/concern-grows-obesity-soars-among-texas-latinos <p>Latinos are Texas’ fastest-growing population group. And they are grappling with soaring obesity rates. According to the <a href="https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/obesity/" target="_blank">Department of State Health Services</a>, almost 40 percent of Hispanics are obese. To combat the health crisis, cities as well as state lawmakers are aiming to get Latinos exercising and eating healthier.</p><p>The <a href="http://txsdc.utsa.edu/Reports/2009/ObesityRateProjections/THI_Obesity_Summary.pdf" target="_blank">Texas State Demographer’s office</a> expects that by 2030, nearly six million Latinos will be obese. That number could soar to almost nine and a half million by 2040. All that adds up to a looming health crisis, with potentially high costs for the state.</p><p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:56:59 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 7068 at http://kut.org Concern Grows as Obesity Soars Among Texas Latinos Report: 10 Million Latinos Impacted By Voter ID Laws, Other Measures http://kut.org/post/report-10-million-latinos-impacted-voter-id-laws-other-measures <p>A new <a href="http://b.3cdn.net/advancement/18ff5be68ab53f752b_0tm6yjgsj.pdf">report</a> says the combined impact of voter ID laws, proof of citizenship requirements, and inaccurate purges of voter registration rolls could prevent over 10 million Latino Americans from registering and voting in elections this year.</p><p>The report is authored by the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.advancementproject.org/content/home">Advancement Project</a>, a national civil rights organization that opposes measures like voter ID. It argues that “voter suppression laws and policies threaten to relegate eligible Latino voters to second-class citizenship and impede their ability to participate fully in American democracy.”</p><p>Texas laws and actions are targeted by The Advancement Project, including the state’s voter ID law (which was <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/feds-reject-texas-voter-id-law">overturned by a U.S. district court</a>, and is unlikely to be implemented this November). The report also lists Texas as among 14 states that have requested U.S. Department of Homeland Security data “for the purpose of conducting state voter purges based on citizenship.”</p><p> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 17:32:45 +0000 Wells Dunbar 5141 at http://kut.org Report: 10 Million Latinos Impacted By Voter ID Laws, Other Measures AM Update: New Hispanic Population Stats, Dead Voter Purge Delay, Cost-Effective School Spending http://kut.org/post/am-update-new-hispanic-population-stats-dead-voter-purge-delay-cost-effective-school-spending <p>The <a href="http://www.cleanairforce.org/" target="_blank">Clean Air Force of Central Texas</a> is forecasting <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/ozone-watch-sees-central-texas-nearing-non-compliance" target="_blank">another ozone day</a>. The group is predicting an "unhealthy" or Orange Level day. Here is a roundup of some stories making news this morning:</p><p><strong>Austin Home to Country's 20<sup>th</sup> Largest Metropolitan Hispanic Population </strong></p><p>A new <a href="http://www.pewhispanic.org/2012/09/19/characteristics-of-the-60-largest-metropolitan-areas-by-hispanic-population/">report</a> by the <a href="http://pewresearch.org/">Pew Research Center</a> shows the nation's Hispanic population is fairly concentrated. The report analyzed census data from the 2010 American Community Survey. It found "nearly half (45 percent) of the nation’s Hispanic population lives in just 10 metropolitan areas."</p><p>Four Texas metropolitans are home to some of the nation's largest Hispanic populations. Houston ranks #2, Dallas-Fort Worth is #6, San Antonio ranks #9 and Austin comes in at #20.</p><p>According to the ACS data, Austin has a Hispanic population of 502,000, which makes up 31 percent of the city's total population. Hispanics make up an even larger portion of Austin's younger population. Among Austinites under 18 years old, 42.3 percent are Hispanic. More than a quarter (28.9 percent) of Austin's Hispanic population were born outside of the United States.</p><p>Of the 60 metropolitan areas with the largest Hispanic populations, two areas have Hispanic populations that make up more than 90 percent of residents: Laredo (#36 on the list) is 96 percent Hispanic, McAllen (#13) is 91 percent Hispanic.</p><p><strong>Delay in Dead Voter Purge</strong></p><p><span>State District Judge Tom Sulak has </span><a href="http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-09-19/texas-judge-bars-state-from-ordering-country-voter-purges">temporarily prevented</a><span> Texas from ordering counties to purge possibly dead voters from their registration rolls.</span> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 13:44:10 +0000 Tyler Pratt, David Muto, Texas Tribune & Laura Rice 5122 at http://kut.org AM Update: New Hispanic Population Stats, Dead Voter Purge Delay, Cost-Effective School Spending Hispanics Certain To Back Obama, But In What Numbers? http://kut.org/post/hispanics-certain-back-obama-what-numbers There appears to be no question that President Obama will win the lion's share of Hispanic support. Thu, 20 Sep 2012 16:44:54 +0000 5117 at http://kut.org Hispanics Certain To Back Obama, But In What Numbers? Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Texas Interim Maps http://kut.org/post/supreme-court-rejects-challenge-texas-interim-maps <p>This morning the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a call from the <a href="http://lulac.org/" target="_blank">League of United Latin American Citizens</a> to bar the use of Texas district maps drawn by a panel of judges for use in the November elections.</p><p>The maps were drawn to replace maps put together by the Republican-led Texas legislature. In August, a Federal Court in Washington D.C. <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/federal-court-won-t-clear-texas-redistricting-plan" target="_blank">blocked their use</a>.</p><p>But LULAC argues that the maps drawn by the judges were based on the maps drawn by the legislature so both should be thrown out.</p><p>"Everyone agrees. Everyone, including the state, agrees that these maps are flawed. There's something wrong. We all disagree over exactly what is flawed but, either way, there's flaws in them," LULAC's attorney Luis Vera says. Wed, 19 Sep 2012 17:47:49 +0000 Laura Rice 5106 at http://kut.org Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Texas Interim Maps ¡Todos a Votar! Latino Voter Tour Underway http://kut.org/post/todos-votar-latino-voter-tour-underway <p>A tour to inform and register Latino voters throughout the country kicks off tonight.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.todosavotar.com/">&iexcl;Todos a Votar! (&ldquo;Let&rsquo;s Vote!&rdquo;) tour</a> will travel through California, Nevada, Arizona, Florida and &nbsp;Colorado, before winding its way to Texas.&nbsp;The group will be in Houston in mid-September but has plans to visit more Texas cities.</p><p>Tonight the campaign&rsquo;s first event, a Twitter town hall with the hashtag <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/search/%23voto12">#voto12</a>, will allow users to chat online about issues effecting Latino voters.</p><p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 20:36:17 +0000 Olivia Gordon 4759 at http://kut.org ¡Todos a Votar! Latino Voter Tour Underway Controversial Texas Voter ID Law Begins Federal Trial http://kut.org/post/controversial-texas-voter-id-law-begins-federal-trial <p>The controversial Voter ID Law that passed last year in the Texas State Legislature is going before a federal court. The trial begins today to determine if Texas can implement the law, which requires voters to show government-issued photo identification.</p><p>The state says the law will prevent voter fraud. The Justice Department worries it will disenfranchise Hispanic voters and claims it violates the federal Voting Rights Act.&nbsp; A <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/justice-department-blasts-texas-voter-id-law">disproportionate number</a> of minorities in Texas lack the necessary identification, which would prevent them from voting. Texas will have to persuade a three-judge panel of the law&rsquo;s legality.</p><p>The Mexican American Legislative Caucus says during the 2008 and 2010 elections there was only one case of voter fraud in over 13 million ballots cast. Mon, 09 Jul 2012 14:50:50 +0000 Mary Mattia 4640 at http://kut.org Controversial Texas Voter ID Law Begins Federal Trial Minorities Undercounted in 2010 U.S. Census http://kut.org/post/minorities-undercounted-2010-us-census <p>An analysis of the <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/census-data-breakdown-texas-tribune" target="_blank">2010 U.S. Census</a> shows the population was slightly overcounted, by about 0.01 percent or 36,000 people.</p><p>That means the latest census was more accurate than the 2000 Census, which had an overcount of about 0.49 percent.&nbsp;<font color="black">Census Bureau Director Robert Groves says the 2010 Census was &quot;outstanding.&quot;&nbsp;</font>But the analysis found that accuracy varied by demographics.</p><div style="margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><font color="black">The 2010 Census overcounted whites by .08 percent</font><font color="black">, undercounted 2.1 percent of the African-American population, and undercounted 1.5 percent of the Hispanic population.&nbsp;</font> Wed, 23 May 2012 17:42:10 +0000 Laura Rice 4309 at http://kut.org Minorities Undercounted in 2010 U.S. Census