Putting Tiburcio Vasquez into Perspective: Fremont Peak and the Monte Bella School

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Fremont Peak looms over the fields where migrant farmworkers harvest the land up and down the Salinas Valley. As one of the summits of the Gabilan Range, the peak is visible throughout Salinas, the major city in the agricultural hub.

The best view of Fremont Peak is from the East Salinas elementary school, Monte Bella, meaning “Beautiful Mountain” in Italian. Across the street from lettuce and strawberry rows, the school gives you scenery of the mountain range sloping dramatically up from the Valley’s crops. At the top of these evergreen slopes stands the peak. Continue reading “Putting Tiburcio Vasquez into Perspective: Fremont Peak and the Monte Bella School”

What pollsters and news outlets covering Latinx voters can learn from Ralph Ellison

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Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man. Source: Library of Congress.

Towards the end of his 1952 masterpiece Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison’s protagonist finds himself ostracized by the “Brotherhood,” his white-led civil rights organization. The ironically named labor group choose to disregard his community organizing and his community in Harlem for their own political advantage, benefiting white residents in Manhattan at the expense of Black people.

“Here I had thought they accepted me because they felt that color made no difference,” Ellison writes, “when in reality it made no difference because they didn’t see either color or men… For all they were concerned, we were so many names scribbled on fake ballots, to be used at their convenience and when not needed to be filed away.”

Discussion since November 8th’s presidential election has revolved around the enigmatic Trump voter that swung former Blue Wall states. The white factory worker in the Midwest disgruntled with political correctness and his union, so he took the route of “Make America Great Again.” That’s been the headline for the nation.

There wasn’t much study or consideration for Latinx voters, the fastest growing voting bloc. And for studies that did, there was little understanding for how people actually perceived issues or solutions.

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Not getting callbacks? You aren’t alone. Un(der)employment for Millennials of Color

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Source: Latino Millennials at Work.

It’s been months since I’ve found stable employment after graduating from college last year. And now I have this interview that relates to my major and coincides with my beliefs, and I have background experience in this work. If anything, they wrote this job description about my life. Excitedly, I prepare an argumentative strategy and follow-up questions in anticipation of the interview.

After I finish my interview with the hiring manager, I rave to my parents and friends about how well I did. I don’t want to jinx it, but I think I have this. Happily, I write a “Thank You” note to top off the celebration.

But the offer never comes. I wait for a response, even considering giving an annoying call Business Insider doesn’t want you to do. Then finally, after a couple of weeks, I get a “Thank You” back message and my heart sinks.

I open the rejection email and feel confused.

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