May Day

In a sign of solidarity and pride, May first marks “May Day” where people will participate in marches across the nation to fight for minorities and workers’ rights. More than 100,000 people are expected to participate in the march in Los Angeles alone. In an effort of coming together, protesters are defining the march as one of unity and resistance during a time of great divide in our nation.

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Making History: This Latina Is the First Undocumented Student to Earn a PhD

Mexican-born California native Gloria Montiel is breaking barriers and making history—literally. After becoming the first high school student from Santa Ana High School to attend Harvard in 2005, she has just made history in becoming the first undocumented student to earn a Phd from Claremont University.

Taking advantage of Barack Obama’s DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) initiative—which he enacted in 2012 to give undocumented students a chance to gain higher education, Gloria strived to prove her detractors wrong. Though the journey didn’t come without struggle. “I said, ‘I want to go to Harvard,” she recalled to Ed. Magazine adding that a former classmate in her freshman year of high school said: ‘Don’t you know Mexican girls don’t go to Harvard?” This heartbreak only drove her to pull off a “miracle.” Taking on babysitting jobs to cover the rest of her tuition, she did—graduating from Harvard’s Education Master program in 2011.

Montiel spent most of her post-grad life educating people like her who may not know that they have the same opportunities and rights to education as other students do—mentoring prospective students about the same lessons she learned. Gloria’s story is the same as many people like her in America, especially in the turbulent times we live in today. However, she remains hopeful and determined in showing those people that they have one thing left—hope. In an interview with Univision she said: “I hope my story gives people a little bit of hope at a time when people are living in fear. However, it’s also proof of what’s possible to achieve.” It looks like she’s on the right path, as usual, already. 

A Day Without Immigrants

As the persecution of immigrants continues in our nation, “A Day Without Immigrants”, has quickly risen to popularity and encourages all to support migrants in these testing times. The protest calls for immigrants, whether naturalized citizens or undocumented, to stay home from work or school, close their businesses and not spend any money, as a way to protest the Trump administration’s stance on immigrants. The purpose is to show the economic power of immigrants in our nation and how we should support them and not push them way.

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Inauguration Day: Now What?

Today history is made with the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States. It’s the historic moment many were not hoping for and many Americans still oppose the new President. As we continue to move forward, it has never been more important to get involved and fight for our values. Like our California Senator Kamala Harris said in her election night speech “We must not despair. We must not be overwhelmed or throw up our hands. It is time to roll up our sleeves and fight for who we are.” Read More →

An Important Silver Lining to Highlight

While the results of the election have left many Americans in disbelief and questioning the values of our country, the election also produced several exciting new female senators who are breaking barriers and making history across our nation. Read More →

Guatemala’s Hidden Gem

Since leaving her native home in Guatemala to pursue her dreams in Los Angeles, singer songwriter Gaby Moreno released her 5th full length album “Ilusión” in early September to much critical acclaim. Moreno has been establishing herself in the music industry for some time now and has reached great musical success.

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Latinos Officially Outnumber Whites in California

We knew this was coming. The official confirmation had to wait until new population figures were released by the Census Bureau this summer. The new tally, released in late June, shows that as of July 1, 2014, about 14.99 million Latinos live in California, edging out the 14.92 million whites in the state. It is also important to point out that the continued influx and growth of Latinos in the United States is not being fueled exclusively by immigration but by second- and third-generation immigrants who are settling down and starting families. Click here to read more.

Racial Diversity Eases Tension in Community

As noted in a previous blog post, the borough of Queens in New York is one of the most diverse places in the world. The neighborhood of Astoria was once known as Greektown when Greek and Italian immigrants started moving in a few decades ago. This lead to tension with the African Americans who were living in the neighborhood. As the Greek and Italian communities began to move to the suburbs, the makeup of Astoria became more diverse with people from over 100 countries according to the latest census data. No one group dominates numerically and everyone coexists peacefully. Increase the peace with diversity? Sounds great to us! Click here to read more.