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December 2009 Blog Posts (38)

Ecotourism, Yeah!

In Merida, Yucatan, Mexico the weather is in the comfortable mid 70s with clear skies and a hundred percent chance of cultural shower. Perhaps a tad cheesy, but having just returned from an incredible five-day trip in a remote village, articulation is not an easy task. Today I returned from the village of Felipe Carrillo Puerto where the population (of roughly 100) is dirt poor. They have very little pesos to their names, but their wealth of smiles and cheer seems endless. As I mentioned in a… Continue

Added by Nashielly Victoria on December 31, 2009 at 1:40am — 2 Comments

R.I.P. Junior

Jose Gonzalez R.I.P he was a great friend and his passion will always be basketball. I still remember the practices in the gym how we saw you guys run and give it all you had. You played with my brother and Bowies (xbf) best friend. You had the perfect smile that lid up a room and you broke lots of girls heart with your good looks. Your journey now begins by the side of God. We will hold you dear in our hearts.

Added by Lupe Anchondo on December 30, 2009 at 3:06pm — 2 Comments

Phoenix on January 16th- BE THERE!

Members of the community that are for human rights will gather in Phoenix, Arizona to take a stand against the abuse of undocumented immigrants and migrant workers by Sheriff Arpaio and the Bush administration's policies.

If any of you have been keeping an eye on everything going down in AZ, you should know that it's time that all of us get together against the injustices immigrants face everyday.

I want to go!!!…


Added by essined on December 30, 2009 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Activist for Ciudad Juarez's Murdered Women Dies at Age of 76

In the 90s, corpses began to appear in the desert lands that surround Cd. Juarez, Mexico. Linked by description, these corpses were of young women who were raped and beaten, their broken and bruised bodies sprawled naked and dead over the sand dunes. Most were employees of nearby maquilas or factories as they're referred to in the area. They were working to support families, brothers, sisters, children, and seeking a better life for themselves. Working over-time, often late into the… Continue

Added by essined on December 30, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

This New Year...

With Christmas past us (awesome!), I am looking forward to the new year. I cannot wait for this year to be over! It's been a year of disasters, triumphs, good and bad times. It has been one that I look back on with mixed emotion.

I'm glad I graduated, while at the same time, the current state of the economy and job market have made it an undesirable year to have come to this milestone, and that disappoints me. I was uber-excited to go to Washington D.C. in the summer, and while I met some… Continue

Added by essined on December 28, 2009 at 11:17am — 2 Comments

Interesting organization - NAHJ

During my first semester at Texas State, I felt pretty lost to the whole college experience. First of all, I was living away from home, didn't really know anybody, and I was experiencing some really bad culture shock. In a way it was good because it was a learning experience, and new things are always good (except for a few things.) My first semester pretty much served as an adjusting period, then my second semester is when things finally started taking place. I think what helped me adjust the… Continue

Added by Taty Salazar on December 26, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Feliz Navidad

The holiday season means lots of family get togethers and tons of food. Earlier in December, we started getting into the holiday spirit when we celebrate the Virgin Mary on the Dia de la Virgin on the 12th. My mom always goes all out with decorating the house with a tree, wreath, nativity scene, and lots of Christmas decorations. We also went to a pastorela at a local cultural center. This is a musical that tells the story of shepherds on their journey to Bethlehem to meet Mary & Joseph and… Continue

Added by Alyssa on December 26, 2009 at 12:42pm — No Comments

A Blog About Blogging!

About a few months ago, I had the chance to attend a workshop with journalist, Charlotte Lucas who spoke about the future of online journalism, aka, blogging. Lucas is a blogger/journalist for NowCast SA, a hyperlocal blog aimed at lower-income families in the San Antonio area. She said the website is as low-maintenance as possible (meaning no fancy Flash or anything of the sort) so that low-income families who cannot afford internet at home can view the website from their cell phones through… Continue

Added by Taty Salazar on December 24, 2009 at 11:24pm — No Comments

Cultural and Epileptic Shock

A little over a week ago I had an unforgettable experience. As posted by a fellow Latinita, the 12th of December is a huge celebration for Mexico; it is the day of the patron Saint, La Virgen de Guadalupe. Although I have grown up in the U.S., I am Mexican and very proud of it. The festivities on the 12th, however, were quite eye-opening and educational. I am not as aware of my Mexican culture as I thought. On a Friday afternoon, I hopped in the back of a pick-up truck (my grandma in the front… Continue

Added by Nashielly Victoria on December 24, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Latinita in Yucatan

Hello Latinitas. It is a pleasure to join you on this fabulous network of idea sharing. In this first of a series of blogs, I plan on sharing my personal experiences – hopefully insightful – in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. To begin, I will share a little about my background as a Latina. I was actually born here in Merida; almost all of my family is from this lovely colonial city. It is the capital of the state of Yucatan. Founded in 1542 by a conquistador, Merida was built on the site of the Maya… Continue

Added by Nashielly Victoria on December 22, 2009 at 8:28pm — 3 Comments

Latinitas Hot Topic: Weekly Blog Question

Latinitas - Express yourself & post a blog. Click on the ADD BLOG POST button to respond to this week's hot topic: "HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS?

Spread some holiday cheer and tell us about the special traditions your family celebrates during the holiday season.ADD YOUR BLOG POST.

Tell us what you think.… Continue

Added by Latinitas on December 22, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Creative Gift Ideas

Don't have a lot of cash this holiday season. Here are a few ways for you to spread the holiday cheer without spending a lot of dinero...


1. Create a Slideshow: Gather photos of your friends and create a slideshow or video. You can use a site like or to make a cute slideshow with graphics, sparkle and music. Email it out to your friends to bring a smile to their face during the holidays. If you have software like iMovie or Movie Maker… Continue

Added by Alyssa on December 22, 2009 at 10:52am — 1 Comment

Latina Living

Apart from being a DJ on the campus radio station, I also had the privilege to part of a new television show on campus called Latina Living. The show's demographic is of course, latina/hispanic women, a very under-served (had to put the hyphen, otherwise, it would've looked like "undeserved" :P) group as you may already know. Anyway, the show is pretty interesting - its got a talk show format, along with news packages, kind of like Despierta America. We covered themes from healthcare to gossip… Continue

Added by Taty Salazar on December 19, 2009 at 5:50pm — 1 Comment

DJ Chica! :p

This past semester I had the wonderful opportunity of DJ'ing (yes, its a verb in my book) on Texas State University's radio station, KTSW 89.9. It was part of my Audio Production class, and actually counted for a grade, so I wasn't too sure about whether or not it was going to be fun. At first, it was pretty overwhelming, but once I got the hang of it, I loved it! When you're simply a listener, you probably think that being a DJ is a pretty easy job, however, there's a lot that goes on, on the… Continue

Added by Taty Salazar on December 17, 2009 at 4:59pm — No Comments

Latina or Hispanic?

Depending on where you live, you may or may not have been faced with the question, "Am I Latina or Hispanic?"

It wasn't until I started college that I wondered this myself. Coming from a predominantly hispanic (or latino, whatever you prefer) neighborhood, I never really cared or thought about it. However, when I got to college, there were always discussions about what is more politically correct - hispanic or latino. The majority of the people I've encountered deem "hispanic" as offensive… Continue

Added by Taty Salazar on December 16, 2009 at 6:16pm — 6 Comments

Eeep Grad School

As a few of you know, I earned my bachelor's degree from UTEP this past May. What a few of you don't know is that because I was unaware about my classification status up until March of this year, I was unprepared and really behind in the grad school application process.

This week marks the seventh month anniversary of the graduation ceremony where I became the first in my family to graduate from college. At this point I am trying to cope with my "career," taking my GRE, applying, and… Continue

Added by essined on December 15, 2009 at 1:38pm — No Comments

What's the deal with the labels?

"Labels." This is something I have always thought deeply about. According to the website," there are about 12 different meanings to the word "label." Out of all these literal meanings, my favorite one is the first one on the list: "a slip of paper, cloth, or other material, marked or inscribed, for attachment to something to indicate its manufacturer, nature, ownership, destination, etc." I like this meaning the best because aside from labeling something inanimate, we… Continue

Added by Marisol Guzman on December 15, 2009 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Immigration Reform


Press Release by Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance

Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance (RITA) would like to release the following statement on behalf of its member organizations and its supporters.

“Today (December 15), U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., is introducing a comprehensive immigration reform bill in Congress, the first immigration reform bill since the valiant but eventually… Continue

Added by Alicia on December 15, 2009 at 12:31pm — No Comments

What Are You? Who Are You?

When someone asks about your background, what do you say? Chicana? Latina? Mexican-American? Puertorriqueña? LATINITA??? :)

Poll results just released from think tank Pew Research Center have a few interesting findings regarding how young Latinos define themselves.

It found that 52% of Latinos surveyed ages 16 to 25 refer to their family's home country first when identifying themselves.

20% use "American" first. and 24% use "Hispanic" or "Latino."

Additionally, 33% of… Continue

Added by essined on December 11, 2009 at 11:41am — 2 Comments

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