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48ª Asamblea General de la OEA

48ª Asamblea General de la OEA

Con la aprobación de todos los documentos sometidos a la votación de los Estados Miembros concluyó hoy la 48ª Asamblea General de la Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA), que se celebró los días 4 y 5 de junio en Washington DC. En la última sesión plenaria de la reunión se aprobó una Declaración de […]

Mujeres que inspiran: Gloria Estefan

Mujeres que inspiran: Gloria Estefan

La superestrella internacional, Gloria Estefan, es una cantante, actriz y compositora galardonada con un premio Grammy, autora de dos libros infantiles, filántropa y humanitaria del New York Times. Ella es considerada una de las artistas más reconocidas y queridas del mundo. La revista Billboard la considera el artista de crossover latino más exitoso en la […]

Perú MODA 2018

Perú MODA 2018

By Shirley Tejada It is an event for the international market featuring the best of the Peruvian fashion and manufacturing industries. The primary goal is to promote contacts and business between the Peruvian producers and suppliers with importing companies from the five continents. It is positioned as an event especially designed to showcase the capabilities […]

2018 Spring Meetings

2018 Spring Meetings

  The Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (Bank) each year bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives, and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness. Also featured are seminars, regional […]

Cumbre de las Américas: Miradas van y vienen

Cumbre de las Américas: Miradas van y vienen

VIII CUMBRE DE LAS AMERICAS Este sábado culminó la VIII Cumbre de las Américas en Lima y los Jefes de Estado y vicepresidentes de los países asistentes firmaron un acuerdo con 57 puntos que se centran en la gobernabilidad democrática, la lucha contra la corrupción y el fortalecimiento de la cooperación jurídica internacional. Sin embargo, […]

El Papa pidió perdón a los pueblos originarios por la exclusión

El Papa pidió perdón a los pueblos originarios por la exclusión

EN CHIAPAS, FRANCISCO TAMBEN VISITO LA TUMBA DE MONSEÑOR SAMUEL RUIZ El Pontífice interpeló al poder político de México a que pida igualmente disculpas a los pueblos originarios por excluirlos, menospreciarlos y expulsarlos de sus tierras. Alabó la relación “armónica” de esos pueblos con la naturaleza. Todos es historia, pero qué poco se conboce la […]

Back-to-School Isn’t Just for Kids: Georgetown Welcomes the Community to Campus

Back-to-School Isn’t Just for Kids: Georgetown Welcomes the Community to Campus

Affordable Fall 2015 intermediate and advanced English courses help motivated adults achieve career and educational goals through increased English fluency.   WASHINGTON (August 20, 2015) – Georgetown University’s Center for Language Education and Development (CLED) invites local community members and potential organizational partners to attend one of two upcoming Continuing Studies English Program (CSE) Information […]

This week in immigration

Voter ID Laws Tackle Non-Existent Problem of Immigrant Vote Fraud It is election season and voter-fraud hysteria is in the air. A raft of restrictive voter ID legislation from coast to coast is aimed primarily at one imaginary problem: fraudulent voting by immigrants who are not U.S.citizens. Supporters of these laws like to pretend that […]

The 10 Largest Hispanic Origin Groups: Characteristics, Rankings, Top Counties

Washington, DC [CapitalWirePR] June 28, 2012 – Among the 50.7 million Hispanics in the United States, nearly two-thirds (65%), or 33 million, self-identify as being of Mexican origin, according to tabulations of the 2010 American Community Survey (ACS) by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center.

No other Hispanic subgroup rivals the size of the Mexican-origin population. Puerto Ricans, the nation’s second largest Hispanic origin group, make up just 9% of the total Hispanic population in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Overall, the 10 largest Hispanic origin groups—-Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Salvadorans, Dominicans, Guatemalans, Colombians, Hondurans, Ecuadorians and Peruvians—-make up 92% of the U.S. Hispanic population. Six Hispanic origin groups have populations greater than 1 million.

Hispanic origin groups differ from each other in a number of ways. For instance, U.S. Hispanics of Mexican origin have the lowest median age, at 25 years, while Hispanics of Cuban origin have the highest median age, at 40 years. Colombians are the most likely to have a college degree (32%) while Salvadorans are the least likely (7%). Ecuadorians have the highest annual median household income ($50,000) while Dominicans have the lowest ($34,000). Half of Hondurans do not have health insurance—-the highest share among Hispanic origin groups. By contrast, just 15% of Puerto Ricans do not have health insurance.

Hispanic origin groups also differ in their geographic concentration. The nation’s Cuban population is the most concentrated—-nearly half (48%) live in Florida’s Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade County is also home to the nation’s largest Colombian, Honduran and Peruvian communities. For Mexicans, Salvadorans and Guatemalans, Los Angeles County in California contains each group’s largest community. The largest Puerto Rican and Dominican communities are in Bronx County, New York. The largest Ecuadorian community is in Queens County, New York.

Hispanic origin is based on self-described family ancestry or place of birth in response to questions in the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. It is not necessarily the same as place of birth, nor is it indicative of immigrant or citizenship status. For example, a U.S. citizen born in Los Angeles of Mexican immigrant parents or grandparents may (or may not) identify his or her country of origin as Mexico. Likewise, some immigrants born in Mexico may identify another country as their origin depending on the place of birth of their ancestors.

The data for this report are derived from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 American Community Survey, which provides detailed geographic, demographic and economic characteristics for each group.

Accompanying this report are profiles of the 10 largest Hispanic origin sub-groups and an interactive graphic showing characteristics and top counties for each group.

The report, “The 10 Largest Hispanic Origin Groups: Characteristics, Rankings, Top Counties,” authored by Seth Motel and Eileen Patten, both Research Assistants at the Pew Hispanic Center, is available at the Pew Hispanic Center’s website, www.pewhispanic.org.


Smithsonian Provides Summer Experience to Graduating High School Seniors

Young Ambassadors Program Focuses on Arts, Sciences and Humanities.

Washington, DC [CapitalWirePR] June 28, 2012 – The Smithsonian Latino Center has selected 22 graduating high school seniors from throughout the country and Puerto Rico to participate in the Young Ambassadors Program, June 24 through Aug. 3.

This interdisciplinary, leadership development program fosters the next generation of Latino leaders in the arts, sciences and humanities. Students spend a week in Washington attending seminars and skill-building workshops and participating in site visits to Smithsonian and area museums and cultural organizations. Each student then spends the next four weeks interning at a museum or cultural center in a local community.

This summer program encourages youth to explore and understand the Latino experience through visits to the Smithsonian’s Latino collections and through personal interactions with Smithsonian experts, artists, journalists, scientists and other museum professionals. Special presenters include artist Christina Fernandez, filmmaker Alberto Ferreras, social media expert Elianne Ramos, science imager for the Chandra X-ray Observatory Joseph De Pascuale and Latino leaders such as Jose Zayas from the Department of Energy, Roel Campos of Locke Lorde LLP and The New America Alliance and Rocky Egusquiza of AARP, among others.

The internship provides a hands-on opportunity to gain practical skills and promote Latino outreach at the local level. Participants represent nine states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico and include aspiring anthropologists, artists, scientists, health and medicine leaders, civic and community leaders, diplomats, designers and engineers. In addition to their academic achievements, these students have demonstrated civic responsibility and community service. The Young Ambassadors Program is made possible through the support of the Ford Motor Co. Fund and Community Services, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Co.

“One of our goals has always been to offer learning opportunities to Latino students so they can contribute to the advancement of their communities,” said Joedis Avila, community outreach manager, Ford Motor Co. Fund and Community Services. “We are proud to support these Young Ambassadors for the fifth year in a row and trust that their week in Washington and their respective internships prove to be fruitful in their educational and professional careers and beyond.”

“Unlocking the mysteries of the universe, understanding and sustaining a biodiverse planet, valuing world cultures and understanding the American experience are the Smithsonian’s four Grand Challenges, said Eduardo Díaz, director of the Smithsonian Latino Center. “Our Young Ambassadors Program addresses these goals by providing a rich and culturally relevant experience to these high school seniors.”

The following organizations will host interns for this year’s Young Ambassadors Program: Museum of Latin American Art (Calif.), California Science Center, Chabot Space and Science Center (Calif.), Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (Fla.), Miami Science Museum, National Museum of Mexican Art (Ill.), Adler Planetarium (Ill.).

Also, the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NM), Explora (NM), Arizona Science Center, National Museum of the American Indian—George Gustav Heye Center (NY), Philadelphia Museum of Art, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Austin Children’s Museum (Texas), San Antonio Museum of Art, International Museum of Art and Science (Texas).

Moreover, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (Texas), Talento Bilingüe de Houston, Children’s Museum of Houston (Texas), National Museum of the American Indian (DC) and The Museum of Flight (Wash.).

The Smithsonian Latino Center is a division of the Smithsonian Institution that ensures Latino contributions to art, science and the humanities are highlighted, understood and advanced through the development and support of public programs, scholarly research, museum collections an educational opportunities at the Smithsonian and its affiliated organizations across the United States and internationally. For information about the Young Ambassadors Program visit www.latino.si.edu.


Howard Dean on Healthcare Ruling: ‘The President Won’

By Ari Berman

Few politicians know as much about healthcare as Howard Dean, a former physician, five-term governor of Vermont and president candidate. Dean has long been an advocate for universal healthcare, although he was critical of the Obama Administration’s handling of healthcare legislation in 2009-2010, particularly the lack of a public insurance option in the final bill (which Dean ultimately supported). I interviewed Dean today about the political and policy ramifications of the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act.

Ari Berman: What was your reaction to the healthcare ruling?

Howard Dean: I was surprised. Like many people, I was shocked that Justice Roberts sided with upholding the bill and somewhat surprised and disappointed that Justice Kennedy voted to get rid of the entire thing along with the three right-wing justices.

I was glad that the president won a victory. But this pretty much ends the debate about the nature of the private sector in the healthcare business—it’s here to stay in a very big way. This is, after all, a Republican bill. Not the Republicans that we see today, but the moderate Republican wing under Mitt Romney in Massachusetts—this is their bill. For the foreseeable future there will be those who wish we had a single-payer healthcare system, but that’s not going to happen in Washington anytime soon.

Will the Affordable Care Act be implemented as drafted following the ruling?

For the most part. There’s still a lot of work to be done—this does not insure everyone, first off. Secondly, the Medicaid decision is extremely concerning [the justices ruled that the government could not withhold all Medicaid funds for states that refuse to implement the law]. We would have been better off as a people if the Medicaid provision had been upheld fully and the individual mandate had gone down. The Medicaid expansion insures more people than anything else in the bill. The expansion is still real, but there’s no real stick for the federal government to use against the states.

I wish the law was more comprehensive, but it’s much better than having the bill repealed.

Should the president campaign on the issue of healthcare? We’ve seen a lot of polls showing that the bill has remained relatively unpopular—can the president do anything to change that now?

He can’t. It’s too late, the Republicans have out-branded him on this one. But I do think the president can talk about the individual provisions when they come up.

If I were Obama, I probably wouldn’t talk about healthcare all that much. Why try to climb a hill? Why not just hammer the daylights out of Romney every day for his car elevators, his Cayman Islands bank account and the fact that he’s a classic 1 percenter who doesn’t care about the 99 percent.

Does Romney have any credibility to attack Obama on healthcare given his own record in Massachusetts?

No, I don’t think he does, but he’s trying to appease his base. What Obama did was adopt Romney’s bill. I don’t see how you can pretend otherwise.

Will this ruling energize conservative activists?

No, they’re so energized anyway it won’t make any difference. Although it’s going to be a little hard for conservatives to say that John Roberts condoned a socialist plan.

How worried are you about Republicans now calling the healthcare law a tax over and over and over again?

They were using that line anyway. I don’t think it’s going to be any worse than it already was.

What can Obama say in response to that?

He can say what he said today. He can tell the story of individual Americans who are going to benefit from it. And the truth is that the Congressional Budget Office says the law will save money and save jobs. He can talk about that too.

What is the importance of the Supreme Court going forward?

The Citizens United decision essentially put American politics up for sale.… Let’s not make a mistake about it: we have five right-wing judicial activists on the Supreme Court. That’s one of the reasons I decided early in the year to vigorously support the president’s re-election campaign. I believe there’s a huge difference between Scalia and Alito, and Sotomayor and Kagan.


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