Chantal Vaca

NYC Council Member, House Candidate Carlina Rivera Fighting for Reproductive Justice, Affordable Housing

New York is holding another primary today, Tuesday, and City Council member Carlina Rivera is one of 12 Democratic candidates running for New York’s 10th congressional district.

  • Aug 23, 2022
  • 2:35 PM

Polls: Latinos Say US on the Wrong Track; Most Americans See ‘Invasion’ at Border

A majority of Latino voters believe that the United States is on the wrong track, while a majority of all Americans believe there’s an ‘invasion’ at the southern border, according to two separate polls.

  • Aug 18, 2022
  • 5:20 PM

Latina Former Teachers Open Cannabis Dispensary in New Mexico

The group of former teachers has joined a small but growing number of Latina-owned dispensaries in the United States. Latinos hold 5.7 percent of cannabis licenses, according to the National Hispanic Cannabis Council.

  • Aug 17, 2022
  • 12:25 PM

California Names First Latina Chief Justice of Supreme Court

California Gov. Gavin Newsom nominated Justice Patricia Guerrero to serve as the next chief justice of the state’s Supreme Court, which will make her the first Latina to fill the position.

  • Aug 12, 2022
  • 2:07 PM

LULAC Blocks Takeover by Pro-Statehood Puerto Ricans, Suspends CEO

Domingo García, national president of the League of United Latin American Citizens, told Latino Rebels that CEO Sindy Benavides has been “temporarily suspended pending an investigation by the personnel committee of LULAC.”

  • Aug 9, 2022
  • 5:35 PM

From the Pulga to the Polls: Latina Looks to Keep South Texas District Blue

Born in McAllen and practically raised at her family’s flea market in the Rio Grande Valley, Michelle Vallejo is focused on defending Texas’ 15th congressional district from being flipped by her Trump-backed Republican opponent.

  • Aug 4, 2022
  • 11:00 AM

Latina Teen Body-Shamed by Rep. Gaetz Raises $700K for Abortion Funds

Olivia Julianna, a 19-year-old Mexican-American activist, has raised $700,000 for abortion funds days after being body-shamed by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) on Twitter. “We’re turning hatred into health care,” Julianna told Latino Rebels.

  • Jul 28, 2022
  • 3:24 PM

Where Latino Members of Congress Stand on Abortion Rights

Latinos make up a small percentage of Congress, a little over eight percent. Of the 45 Latinos currently serving in Congress, 18 (40 percent) represent states where abortion is banned, restricted, or expected to have restrictions soon

  • Jul 25, 2022
  • 4:59 PM

‘Miss Frijoles’: Blogger Paid by Latino Democrat Aims Slurs at Latina Opponent in Texas

A political blogger paid by Texas Democratic Rep. Vicente Gonzalez to run campaign ads has aimed racially charged insults at Gonzalez’s Republican opponent, Rep. Mayra Flores, including “Miss Frijoles” and “Princess Pozole.”

  • Jul 20, 2022
  • 6:14 PM

Rep. Grijalva Introduces ‘Historic’ Puerto Rico Status Act

On Friday, Natural Resources Committee chair Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) introduced a bill that outlines a process for the people of Puerto Rico to decide their political status in a binding resolution that would force Congress to carry out their decision.

  • Jul 15, 2022
  • 3:30 PM

Meet the Latinas Behind a Viral Makeup Trend

A collaboration between Puerto Rico-based By Melolops and Cutcreaser, a Salvadoran makeup artist based in New York, caught the attention of the makeup tutorial world, with its eyeliner brushes becoming a staple within the online beauty community.

  • Jul 14, 2022
  • 3:36 PM

First Lady Biden Blasted, Defended for ‘Taco’ Comparison

First Lady Jill Biden apologized Tuesday morning for calling Latinos “as unique” as breakfast tacos during her speech at a conference in San Antonio, Texas held by UnidosUS, the nation’s largest Latino nonprofit advocacy organization.

  • Jul 12, 2022
  • 1:36 PM

Visiting Mexican Grandfather Among Seven Killed at July 4th Shooting Near Chicago

On Monday a gunman opened fire at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, a suburb 30 minutes north of Chicago, killing seven people and injuring at least 47 others. One of the victims, Nicolás Toledo, a Mexican national visiting family, died at the scene.

  • Jul 5, 2022
  • 4:35 PM

Immigrant Rights Advocates Cheer End of ‘Remain in Mexico,’ Demand More Relief

Pleased by the Supreme Court’s ruling on Thursday that sided with President Biden’s move to end the “Remain in Mexico” policy, immigrant advocacy groups took a moment to celebrate but are calling for more immigrant relief, including an end to Trump-era Title 42 restrictions.

  • Jun 30, 2022
  • 4:45 PM

Power 4 Puerto Rico Urges Transparency From Rep. Grijalva, House Members on Status Bill

Last week Thursday, a coalition of Puerto Ricans living in the diaspora sent a letter to Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, urging him and other House members for transparency in their proceedings on a draft bill to resolve Puerto Rico’s status.

  • Jun 29, 2022
  • 4:36 PM

How Latinos Are Responding to the Overturning of ‘Roe v Wade’

“It’s not surprising to us,” said Lupe M. Rodríguez, executive director for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice. “We have been expecting this for many years and sounding the alarm around this possibility.”

  • Jun 28, 2022
  • 3:17 PM

Chilean ‘Ice Mermaid’ Breaks Swimming World Record

Swimmer Bárbara Hernández Huerta officially holds a Guinness World Record by swimming one nautical mile in 15 minutes and three seconds between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans in the Antarctica Region south of her native Chile.

  • Jun 22, 2022
  • 12:24 PM

CBP Says It Will Investigate Origin of Unofficial Coin Showing Border Patrol Agent Chasing Haitian Migrant

As reported by McClatchy and the Miami Herald on Tuesday, the existence of an unofficial “challenge coin” with an engraved image of a Border Patrol agent apparently chasing a Haitian migrant on horseback has led to promises of an investigation by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

  • Jun 14, 2022
  • 6:30 PM

What House Democrats Are Saying About Latino January 6 Insurrectionists

This week, Latino Rebels asked House members their thoughts on the rising, right-wing extremism in Latino communities.

  • Jun 10, 2022
  • 12:41 PM

No Clear Consensus During Public Forum for Puerto Rico Status Act Discussion Draft

As anticipated, there was no overarching agreement over the future of the political status of Puerto Rico—although the predominantly shared sentiment from speakers was that the discussion draft was a good start to relinquishing themselves of colonialism.

  • Jun 7, 2022
  • 5:42 PM

South Texas Democratic Races Take Another Turn, With Calls of Victories and Recounts

On Monday afternoon, the Texas Democratic Party canvassed its primary runoff results, and the latest has South Texas progressive Michelle Vallejo leading opponent Ruben Ramirez by 30 votes in the 15th Congressional District, while in the South Texas 28th Congressional District, incumbent moderate Rep. Henry Cuellar leads progressive Jessica Cisneros by 281 votes.

  • Jun 6, 2022
  • 6:54 PM

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