Ignoring Latino History
Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes professors Lilia Fernández and Ana Patricia Rodríguez to discuss why so much U.S. Latino history is missing in textbooks and how it extends to issues of imperialism.
In Puerto Rico, ‘Historic Moment’ for Labor Movement
Like many firsts of May in the past, this year’s May Day will see workers and activists around the world take to the streets to demand greater labor rights and protections. In Puerto Rico, they will also be condemning displacement and environmental destruction.
Labor Victory in L.A. Schools
Host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes Roosevelt High School teacher Jason Torres-Rangel to explain the plight of service workers in L.A. schools that led them to strike last month and why educators followed their lead.
Protect Children, Not Guns
Julio welcomes Oscar Juarez-Luna, the communications manager for Movimiento Poder in Denver —where earlier this year a high school experienced two shootings in two months— to discuss preventative measures and the importance of protecting kids, not guns.
LGBTQ Rights Under Attack
Julio welcomes Karma Chavez, professor of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and author of ‘Queer Migration Politics: Activist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities,’ to discuss the current legislative assaults on LGBTQ rights.
‘La Lucha Sigue’: Chicano Teachers Now and Then (A Latino USA Podcast)
In this episode of Latino USA, we present a conversation between Nadine Córdova and Tim Hernández, two teachers who —almost three decades and more than 400 miles apart— faced the same consequences for teaching Chicano history.
As the fight for African American studies continues in Florida, Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes Sean Arce, co-founder of the Mexican American Raza Studies Program in Tucson, to draw parallels between the current battle and Arizona’s ethnic studies battle over a decade ago.
Tear-Jerker ‘Radical’ a Sundance Favorite (INTERVIEW)
Latino Rebels speaks with actor and producer Eugenio Derbez, who opened this year’s Sundance Film Festival with ‘Radical,’ which stars Derbez as a middle school teacher in Matamoros who rejects the discipline-based instruction favored by his colleagues.
Sundance: ‘Going Varsity in Mariachi’ Brims With Cultural Pride (INTERVIEW)
Latino Rebels speaks with the directors of ‘Going Varsity in Mariachi,’ a documentary that follows a high school’s mariachi band in South Texas as it attempts to win the state championship. The film was shown at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Nikole Hannah-Jones: Beyond the 1619 Project (A Latino USA Podcast)
In this episode of Latino USA, host Maria Hinojosa speaks with Nikole Hannah-Jones, author of “The 1619 Project,” who reflects on how she’s pushed ahead despite controversy, on trying to fit in at predominately white institutions, and on the importance of intersectionality.
Rafael Reif on Leading — and Leaving — MIT (A Latino USA Podcast)
In this Latino USA episode, MIT president Rafael Reif reflects on his tenure and how his upbringing in Venezuela shaped his outlook on education. He also shares a message for Latino and Latina students who want to pursue higher education.
Arizona Measure Gives Non-Citizens In-State College Tuition
Arizona voters have approved an initiative to extend cheaper in-state college tuition to some non-citizen students, cheering supporters who hope the measure’s passage Monday will help spark momentum for wider immigration reform in Congress.
US Opts to Not Rebuild Renowned Puerto Rico Telescope
The National Science Foundation announced Thursday that it will not rebuild a renowned radio telescope in Puerto Rico, which was one of the world’s largest until it collapsed nearly two years ago. Instead, the agency issued a solicitation for the creation of a $5 million STEM education center at the site.
New PBS Latina-Led Kid Show ‘Rosie’s Rules’ Is Building World Peace (REVIEW)
PBS Kids, which Dr. Diaz-Wionczek describes as having “intentional programming that seeks to make a difference” in its DNA, is now running not one but two shows starring Latina girls — actively advancing Latina representation where so many others fall short.
Latina Champion of Women’s Voting Rights and Education in New Mexico Now on Quarter
Adelina “Nina” Otero-Warren, a New Mexican activist who fought for women’s voting rights and was the first Latina to run for Congress and the first Latina superintendent of the Santa Fe public schools, is one of several women whose images are featured on the U.S. quarter in 2022.
Biden Announces Student Loan Forgiveness; Extends Repayment Freeze
The administration is canceling up to $10,000 in student loan debt for borrowers making less than $125,000 and up to $20,000 for Pell Grant recipients, though some see ways to make the policy more equitable for borrowers of color.
Puerto Rico Education Department Forced to Return $6.5M in Federal Funds for Providing Wrong Data
An audit by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of the Inspector General revealed that the local agency erred in the number of students it identified as “displaced” to receive a multimillion-dollar grant after Hurricanes Irma and María struck.
Puerto Rico Public Schools Lack Materials for Antiracist Education
The Puerto Rico Department of Education expects to have antiracist teaching resources in the classrooms by 2023, after securing $12 million from the American Rescue Plan Emergency Funds for Schools.
The Growing Call to Abolish Student Debt (A Latino USA Podcast)
In this episode, Latino USA dives into the history of the student loan system in the U.S, as well as the stories of Black and Latino organizers that have been at the forefront of the movement for student debt cancellation.
Report: ‘US Educational Progress for All’ Means Investing in Latino Students
The report, titled “Latino Student Success: Advancing U.S. Educational Progress for All” and released by UnidosUS, makes seven recommendations to guarantee that decades of steady educational progress made by Latinos are not erased by the COVID-19 pandemic.