Republican National Committee dismisses call for Ronna McDaniel to resign as chairwoman over outreach to LGBTQ voters
The episode underscores the tension between the national Republican Party and some influential parts of the GOP base — particularly Christian conservatives — on the issue of LGBTQ rights.washingtonpost.com
Supreme Court declines to take up Madigan opponent’s appeal in legal challenge over alleged sham candidates
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal in a federal court case involving whether former Speaker Michael Madigan put up sham candidates to help him win a primary for the Illinois House seat he had held for decades.chicagotribune.com
Kent County redistricting adds Hispanic majority district, pits four incumbents against each other
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Four Kent County Board of Commissioner seats, including one representing the first Hispanic majority district, will be open and up for grabs in 2022 under a redistricting plan adopted this week. By a 4-1 vote Wednesday, Oct 20, the Kent County Apportionment Commission adopted the Republican-proposed redistricting plan that will add two more seats on the Board of Commissioners, create a Hispanic majority district and pit four incumbents against each other in 2022.mlive.com
This book shares a personal story of being Latinx
On this last day of National Heritage Month, we were joined by a Detroit author who is educating children about Latin culture and showing them that everyone who is Hispanic or Latinx does not necessarily look the same. She has written the book, “Latina Looks Like Me,” a personal story of her own upbringing.
Black students suspended after protesting white students waving Confederate flag
A group of Black students in Rome, Georgia, are alleging racial discrimination after several of them were suspended for planning […] The post Black students suspended after protesting white students waving Confederate flag appeared first on TheGrio.news.yahoo.com
Proposed Hispanic majority district on Kent County board would bring important voices to the table, advocates say
I think it’s about time that we were finally recognized,” said Javier Cervantes, who grew up in the Burton Heights and Roosevelt Park neighborhoods which would be part of the new Hispanic majority district. The apportionment commission is slated to approve one of the two maps, with possible amendments, the week of Monday, Oct. 18. Related: Adding Hispanic majority district part of Kent County redistricting plans being considered at public hearingJust as there hasn’t been a Hispanic majority district, Kent County officials say that to the best of their knowledge, no Hispanic person has ever been elected to the 19-member board of commissioners. During that election, the representative of the proposed Hispanic majority district, as well as the proposed two new seats, would be elected. Becker said the apportionment commission does not take into consideration where current commissioners live and whether the redistricting would impact them.mlive.com
Adding Hispanic majority district part of Kent County redistricting plans being considered at public hearing
Both proposed maps would increase the number of county commissioners from 19 to 21 as well add a Hispanic majority district. The hearing before the Kent County Apportionment Commission will also be streamed live on YouTube at this link and on Facebook at this link. Saxton is also the chair of the Kent County Democratic Party. VerHeulen is also a former state lawmaker and current chair of the Republican Party of Kent County. Both meetings are open to the public and also will be held in Kent County Commission Chambers.mlive.com
90% of Michigan teachers are white. State sets goal to fix ‘diversity shortage’ in schools
Research shows students of color perform better in class and show more interest in college if they have teachers of the same race. Sixty-six percent of Michigan public school students are white, while 90% of teachers are white. Only 10% of Michigan teachers are people of color, according to state data, compared to 36% of students. Asian American students make up 3.5% of Michigan students, but less than 1% of all teachers are Asian American. “That is to say, some cultures are less interested for whatever reason, historically, in teaching,” Rice said.mlive.com
Taking A Critical Look At Hispanic Heritage Month
In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson introduced Hispanic Heritage Week. “‘Hispanic’ is a term that comes from and understands its relationship from coming from Spain. Listen: Northwestern University Professor Michael Rodriguez Muniz and Maria Hinojosa of Latino USA discuss Hispanic Heritage Month in the context of cultural and racial reckoning. She’s also the host of Latino USA, heard on WDET at 7 a.m. Saturdays and at 10 p.m. Wednesdays. As far as the actual word “Hispanic,” Hinojosa says it’s never been a term with which she identifies.wdet.org
Celebrate Hispanic heritage with a weeklong fiesta in Grand Haven
GRAND HAVEN, MI – Hispanic Heritage Month is kicking off in Grand Haven with a weeklong celebration of all Spanish-speaking cultures. The Grand Haven Hispanic Heritage Fiesta runs from Sunday, Sept. 19 through Saturday, Sept. 25. Organized by Tri-Cities Puentes Initiative, the fiesta was first held in 2019 to celebrate Hispanic heritage and the Latinx members of the community. Gretchen Whitmer signed a proclamation recognizing September as Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate the more than 564,000 Hispanic and Latinx residents in Michigan. More information about the Grand Haven Hispanic Heritage Fiesta can be found at es.tcpuentes.org.mlive.com
Celebrating Hispanic heritage through art
Today marks the first day of National Hispanic Heritage Month and as we begin to celebrate the rich Hispanic culture here in the community we want to shine a light on some of Detroit’s magnificent murals. The artwork draws visitors from across the country and the world to our city. One artist is celebrating the Hispanic culture through his own vibrant murals he has created throughout the area, and in particular Southwest Detroit.
Justice Department and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Announce Actions to Resolve Lending Discrimination Claims Against Cadence Bank
The Justice Department and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) today announced coordinated actions to address allegations of lending discrimination by Cadence Bank N.A. The bank will take these steps in addition to other fair lending measures it has already put in place. The Justice Department’s enforcement of fair lending laws is conducted by the Civil Rights Division’s Housing and Civil Enforcement Section. Additional information about the Section’s fair lending enforcement can be found at www.justice.gov/fairhousing. Individuals may report lending discrimination by calling the Justice Department’s Housing Discrimination Tip Line at 1-833-591-0291, or submitting a report online.justice.gov
A tsunami of deferred debt is about to hit homeowners no longer protected by a foreclosure moratorium
Homeowners behind on their mortgage payments who aren’t forced out will still be displaced if selling is their only option, and an estimated one in ten10 borrowers in forbearance will not have enough equity to sell.washingtonpost.com
Hispanic heritage inspires mural at Saginaw bakery
SAGINAW, MI — With the stroke of a brush and paint sprayed from a can, a Detroit artist will add a touch of Hispanic heritage to the lineup of art collected as part of the Saginaw Great Mural Project. “The Jimenez family is grateful to be able to provide the best flour tortillas to our wonderful community, and with the mural on our family building, it will definitely become a Saginaw landmark of our Hispanic community,” Jimenez said. The mural will serve as the sixth piece of art coordinated through the Great Mural Project initiative in Saginaw. The Great Mural Project group formed in 2017, coordinating mural installations that reflect the region and its culture. RELATED:Saginaw gets $25,000 grant to install diversity-themed asphalt paintings in Old Town SaginawLocal artists to begin painting murals in Saginaw on Court Street in asphalt art projectmlive.com
‘Communities of interest’ encouraged to make voices heard at Grand Rapids political redistricting meeting
The commission is hosting a public hearing at 5 p.m. today at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids for residents who wish to comment on the state’s redistricting process. LINC UP is a Grand Rapids community development nonprofit focused on expanding affordable housing and increasing community power in several Grand Rapids area neighborhoods. “Specifically, the south side of Grand Rapids, Wyoming and Kentwood all make up a community of interest,” she said. The hearings — part of the MICR’s mandated public, transparent redistricting process — will inform the public about the redistricting process, share information about MICR, and solicit public input on potential redistricting plans. “We’re encouraging all our Asian leaders and communities to learn this redistricting process, because we are a community of interest,” she said.mlive.com
With 1 million Illinoisans now fully vaccinated for COVID-19, here’s a look at what the data says about who those people are
So far in Illinois, more women than men have been fully vaccinated and more people ages 16 to 64 than those 65 and over. Despite the state’s efforts at equity in its vaccine rollout, 70% of the 1 million are white, 8% Black and 8% Hispanic (The remaining 14% of those vaccinated are made up of other races and those where the race of the recipient was not known). Though not an exact comparison because it includes those under age 16, the state’s population is 61% white, 14% Black and 17% Hispanic.chicagotribune.com
Black and Hispanic women aren't sharing in the job market recovery
The divergence in the job market's recovery was evident in Friday's jobs report, which showed a decline in the white unemployment rate and an increase in the Black unemployment rate. Employment for white men, white women, and Black men is down 5%, 5.4% and 5.9%, respectively, since February 2020. "Once we are long into the recovery, employment levels and income levels may not fully recover for years." Black women are nearly one in four public sector workers," Jones wrote in a blog post dated Feb. 9. "Half a million Black women have left the labor market since January 2020."cnbc.com
Democrats face a turnout test in Georgia's Senate runoffs
For Democrats to win control of the Senate, Georgia’s Black communities, as well as the state's smaller Hispanic and Asian communities, likely need to vote in the Jan. 5 runoff election by history-making margins. An Associated Press VoteCast survey of Georgia voters in November found that 22% of white voters chose Warnock and 28% chose Ossoff, compared to the 90% of Black voters who chose Ossoff and 73% who chose Warnock. Democrats also have an opportunity to capture the 15% of Black voters who chose Matt Lieberman, another Democratic candidate who competed against Warnock in last month’s race. There are signs that turnout in Georgia could indeed be high in the runoffs. “Do you have a plan to vote in the runoff election?” another canvasser, Graco Hernandez Valenezuela, asked Tyrone Vereen, a 62-year-old Black retired police officer who answered the door.
Rising Latino voters could be force in Georgia Senate races
(AP Photo/Jeff Amy)LILBURN, Ga. – As Georgia heads into two key runoffs that will determine control of the U.S. Senate, Democrats are hoping to count on Latino voters who helped tilt the state blue in November. Many of those who can vote are young adults, with about 20,000 Georgia Latinos turning 18 each year, according to census figures. But Latino voters could be part of a coalition just big enough for Ossoff and Warnock to win. Georgia is multilingual and multiethnic,” said Gigi Pedraza, executive director of Georgia’s Latino Community Fund, which has helped mobilize Latino voters. Jason Anavitarte was a national Latino adviser to Trump this year and won a state Senate seat northwest of Atlanta as a Republican.
Enjoy the authentic flavors of Peru right here in the D
Here in the D, there are many Hispanic cultures that make up our city’s melting pot. For today’s “Take-Out Tuesday”, Jason Carr spoke to Betty Shuell, co-owner of Culantro in Ferndale. The restaurant is known for their signature and authentic Peruvian dishes. Culantro brought the authentic flavors of Peru over to Ferndale two years ago and has been in the area ever since. It is then cooked in their special oven which they brought from Peru.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer proclaims Hispanic Heritage Month
Gretchen Whitmer has issued a proclamation declaring Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month. There are more 60 million Hispanic Americans in the United States, and the cultural, economic, and artistic contributions of Hispanic communities continue to enrich Michigan’s society, Whitmer said. “During this month I want to encourage everyone to appreciate and recognize the countless achievements and contributions Hispanic Americans have made to this great state,” Whitmer said. Hispanic Americans have acted as entrepreneurs, educators, trailblazers, activists, artists and so much more. To view the proclamation, click the link below:Special section: Hispanic Heritage Month
As campaign heats up, Trump woos Latino, Black voters
He courted Hispanic voters near Miami and Black voters in Atlanta. “This is an unusual name for an organization whose ideology and tactics are right now destroying many Black lives,” Trump charged. On Friday morning, at his golf club in Doral, Florida, Trump tried to blunt Biden’s support among Hispanic voters at a “Latinos for Trump” roundtable. But a Monmouth University poll also conducted this month found Biden well ahead of Trump among Latino voters in the state, 58% to 32%. Hispanic voters in Florida tend to be somewhat more Republican-leaning than Hispanic voters nationwide because of the state’s Cuban American population, which Trump acknowledged several times in his remarks.
Gloria Estefan, Alex Rodriguez mark Latino impact on media
LOS ANGELES – Gloria Estefan, Alex Rodriguez and Eva Longoria will be among the participants in a monthlong online celebration of Latino contributions to television. It’s the first such event by Paley to coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. Among the highlights of the event (all times Eastern):— “A Tribute to Hispanic Achievements on Television,” 8 p.m. Wednesday on Yahoo Entertainment. Estefan, Longoria, Edward James Olmos, Jimmy Smits and George Lopez are among those participating, with Soledad O’Brien as moderator. — “Telemundo’s ‘La Reina del Sur’: A Conversation with the Stars,” Oct. 2, Yahoo Entertainment and Yahoo en Español.
Biden faces worries that Latino support slipping in Florida
That's fueling an urgent effort by Biden, Harris and their allies to shore up older voters, suburbanites and African Americans to make up for potential shortcomings elsewhere. If Biden reclaims the upper Midwest for Democrats, he won’t need Florida to capture the presidency. Hispanic voters in Florida tend to be somewhat more Republican-leaning than Hispanic voters nationwide because of the state’s Cuban American population. Nationally, little public polling is available to measure the opinions of Latino voters this year and whether they differ from four years ago. “As we get closer to November you’re going to see an even greater amount of activity to turn out Latino voters," Alex said.
Bernie Sanders: Biden win in November is no 'slam dunk'
Biden has struggled to build enthusiasm among young voters, and some Democrats have expressed concerns about what they see as the campaign's lack of outreach to Latino voters, which Sanders echoed on MSNBC. How do we get them to vote?”A Biden campaign adviser, Symone Sanders, was asked Sunday on ABC's “This Week” whether the campaign would take Sanders' advice. “The enthusiasm is with Trump, not with Biden,” Sanders said. The Biden campaign has focused much of its early efforts on those three states, with Biden and running mate Kamala Harris visiting all three in recent weeks. While Sanders made his concerns public in recent interviews, he also has expressed them in private to the Biden campaign, according to Faiz Shakir, Sanders’ former presidential campaign manager.
Why the FBI nicknames bank robbers
Federal authorities gave her the Pink Lady Bandit nickname because of the distinctive pink handbag she carried during at(CNN) - The Bad-Breath Bandit. And now the Pink Lady Bandit: All of them captured, investigators say, due in no small part to their unique nicknames. It's common for the FBI to call unidentified serial robbers by descriptive, often silly monikers. Criminals named for defining featureThe Pink Lady Bandit stirred up interest for the pink handbag she carried during at least two of her robberies in Pennsylvania, Delaware and North Carolina. Nicknames help investigators ID nameless perps and generate publicity that can aid in their capture, retired FBI Special Agent Harry Trombitas said.
The NHL now has its first Hispanic majority owner
The Arizona Coyotes has a new owner -- and the National Hockey League has its first Hispanic majority owner in league history -- after Alex Meruelo purchased a controlling interest in the team. PHOENIX - The Arizona Coyotes has a new owner -- and the National Hockey League has its first Hispanic majority owner in league history -- after Alex Meruelo purchased a controlling interest in the team. Meruelo, 55, purchased the controlling stake from Andrew Barroway, the team said in a statement. It makes him the new majority owner, chairman and governor of the Coyotes. "The Arizona Coyotes team is poised to do great things on and off the ice.
Death rates climbing among young and middle-age US adults
Between 2012 and 2017, death rates climbed 21% among white and black adults age 25 to 44, and 13% among Hispanic adults in that age group. When examined by race, the data showed that Hispanic adults continued to experience higher life expectancy than white and black adults. For adults age 45 to 64, the researchers found that death rates for white adults were stable before increasing 9% from 2010 to 2017. For black adults age 45 to 64, the researchers found that, after falling between 2000 and 2011, death rates increased 4% through 2017; whereas death rates among Hispanic adults remained stable from 2011 through 2017. Death rates for Hispanic, white and black adults age 65 and older declined overall between 2000 and 2017, the researchers found.