For Latinos in the film industry, Mexican directors’ Oscar success is a ‘mixed bag’

With Mexican directors having won three of the last four Oscars in that category and Guillermo del Toro the odds-on favorite to win another on March 4 for “The Shape of Water,” we thought we’d ask some American Latino filmmakers how inspiring this phenomenon is. We got some unexpected answers. While all expressed admiration for the artistry Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity”), Alejandro G. Inarritu (“Birdman,” which also won Best Picture, “The Revenant”) and del Toro brought to their contenders, most professionals saw no doors opening for homegrown Hispanic artists because of that success. And great as those honored movies were, there was general consensus that something was missing from all of the p

UnidosUS Kicks Off Its 50th Anniversary Year Honoring Legacy and Charting a Path Forward

WASHINGTON, DC—UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization, turns 50 today, marking a significant milestone in its decades-long history of service to the Latino community. The organization will head into its 50th year by building on its rich legacy and the leaders whose vision laid the original groundwork, and with a greater impetus to move our country forward by ensuring that every Latino has an opportunity to achieve their own American Dream. The Southwest Council of La Raza was formed in Phoenix in 1968 when seven community organizations in the Southwest came together with a simple, but powerful mis

Statement from LULAC National Board

Washington, D.C. – At the National Board meeting today, the LULAC National Board of Directors adopted a motion of no confidence against Roger Rocha, Jr., its National President. The Board further confirmed that the National Board of Directors would continue to perform its duties of advocating and fighting for our community. ### The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues f

Latinos are 12% of US Same-Sex Couple Households

According to the latest report on the same-sex households in the United States, Latinos represent 12.5 percent of this population, numbering 110,932. Based on statistics from the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS), the majority of Latino household couples (51 percent) were male-male couples. For further information, click here. The US Census Bureau does not count the LBGTQ population directly, only indirectly by counting same-sex couples. According to Gallup, by the way, they found in a poll that the percentage of the US adult population identifying as LGBTQ was 4.1 percent in 2016. Efforts by gay advocates to get a question about sexual preference in the 2020 Census have been unsuccessful

Emma Gonzalez of Douglas High Calls Out Trump, Politicians & NRA (#WeCallBS)

18-year-old Emma Gonzalez has become an unexpected leader. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior survived the mass shooting that killed 17 of her schoolmates, and in the wake of that tragedy she's risen as a national pro-gun control force. It's only been a few days but this young Latina is transforming her peers, her community, and U.S. culture. She, along with a handful of other Douglass High School survivors, has called for a national school walkout on March 14, a march on Washington on March 24 and a national high school walkout on April 20. Emma and her fellow Douglas H.S. student leaders are using #ENOUGH on social media to get their point across, and it's working. Her eloquen

LULAC Calls Upon John Kelly to Step Down After He Accuses Dreamers of being “too lazy to get off the

Washington, D.C. – The League of United Latin American Citizens, the nation’s largest and oldest Latino civil rights organization, called upon Chief of Staff John Kelly to step down after he insulted hard working young immigrants by accusing them of being “too lazy to get off their asses.” Despite being characterized as being the “adult in the room” at the White House, Kelly’s immigrant bashing has turned out to be only slightly less demonizing than President Trump’s hateful rants. “John Kelly’s grossly uninformed comments underscore how hateful stereotyping of immigrants permeates the White House,” stated LULAC National CEO Brent Wilkes. “In the last month alone, President Trump ended Tem

Protesters Picket During Oscar Lunch Over Hispanic Representation In Hollywood

More than 50 protesters demonstrated outside today's annual Oscar nominees luncheon at the Beverly Hilton to protest the under-representation of Latinos in the film industry. Carrying signs saying "Enough is Enough" and chanting "Oscars so white" and "Latinos excluded, time to be included," they're demanding that Hollywood film studios include more Hispanics in front of and behind the cameras. Despite the chants and the locale, the protest's leader, National Hispanic Media Coalition president Alex Nogales, told Deadline that the protest is "not about the Oscars." "The reason we're here is because the heads of all the studios are inside, and they're not utilizing Latino talent, neither in fro

HNBA: President Trump’s Immigration Proposal Divides America

WASHINGTON, DC -- The National President of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), Erica V. Mason, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s recently released immigration framework, which includes a provision addressing the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. “The HNBA strongly opposes the immigration reform framework President Trump set forth during his State of the Union address. Simply put, the relief that this proposal affords DACA recipients and others brought to this country as young children comes at too great of an expense of other classes of immigrants and prospective immigrants, undermines our economy, and further chips a

Covenant Health acquires Grace Health System

Effective February 1, Covenant Health has acquired Grace Health System. Covenant Health’s acquisition of Grace Health System will result in the most clinically- integrated health network in Lubbock, West Texas and eastern New Mexico. Together, we will be able to deliver more effective care to our community by providing greater access to services, physicians and innovation in the delivery of health care. “We both have long-standing commitments to the communities we serve,” said Richard Parks, President/CEO of Covenant Health. “A guiding principle has been to selectively expand our clinically integrated health network to provide greater access to care and services for our patients with


Washington, D.C. – The League of United Latin American Citizens has long supported the passage of a clean DREAM Act that would provide a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million immigrants who were brought to this country as children by their parents and have graduated from high school. The issue has taken on even more urgency with LULAC since the election of Donald Trump and his decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program by March 5, 2018. Our position on the DREAM Act has been clear: we believe that passing the DREAM Act is the right thing to do for the DREAMers and in the best interest of the United States who will benefit from their talent and work ethic. This po

LULAC Responds to Rocha Letter

LULAC Responds to Rocha Letter The NiLP Report LULAC President, Roger Rocha, causes internal turmoil The controversy over the LULAC President's letter supporting President Trump's immigration policies has caused the organization to publicly repudiate the letter and restate its positions on immigration policy. It has also prompted the organization's longtime Executive Director, Brent Wilkes, to express his personal views on the controversy. LULAC is one of the oldest Latino civil rights organizations tand is membership-based with chapters throughout the United States as well as paid staff in their Wahington, DC headquarters. The organization's National Executive Committee issued the following

The NiLP Report on Latino Politics 7 Policy

Update (2/1/18): The Trump SOTU narrative of the benefits of his policies to the Latino community as evidenced by their low unemployment rate was further undermined by the following fact checking by the Los Angeles Times (January 30, 2018): "Latinos, which the Bureau of Labor Statistics has tracked since 1973, was 4.9% in December. The record low is 4.8%, reached earlier in 2007 and in 2006." We apologize for NiLP originally missing this one! NiLPnote: When the Bureau of Labor Statistics issued their latest employment report, it was widely reported in the media and touted by Ivanka Trump herself that the Latino unemployment rate in November, 4.7 percent, was the lowest since this statistic

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