Chicano Poet Takes on Anti-Muslim ‘Savage’ Ads [Video]

Chicano Poet Takes on Anti-Muslim 'Savage' Ads [Video]

In this video, spoken word artist Mark Gonzales takes on the racist advertisements — paid for by Pamela Geller and her organization the American Freedom Defense Initiative — that referred to Muslims as “savages.”

Gonzales is an HBO Def Poet with a Master’s in Education. He’s also Mexican, and a Muslim. For more of his work visit

More details via the YouTube video description:

This video of spoken word artist Mark Gonzales is in response to the hateful and racist advertisements purchased by Pamela Geller and her organization the American Freedom Defense Initiative on San Francisco city buses as well as across the country in the month of August. While hate profiteers do have the right to freedom of speech, we also use our right to speak out against the historical and ongoing targeting of communities of color. The use of the word “savage” in Geller’s bus ads and elsewhere throughout US history, as is seen in the targeting of indigenous people and communities of color, is offensive to all of us. It desecrates the memories of those whose lives and land were taken as a result of imperialism and conquest. We stand against hate, then and now, and see these attacks as targeting all of our communities.

The video was created by filmmaker David Zlutnick’s Upheaval Productions.

Cherokee Nation Demands Scott Brown Apologize For ‘Downright Racist’ Behavior

Cherokee Nation Demands Scott Brown Apologize For 'Downright Racist' Behavior

The Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation issued a strongly worded statement Wednesday denouncing the actions of Sen. Scott Brown staffers and supporters at a campaign rally earlier this week. In a video posted on YouTube, members of Brown’s staff are seen chanting so-called Indian “war whoops” and making “tomahawk chops,” presumably in reference to their opponent Elizabeth Warren’s claims of Cherokee heritage.

“The conduct of these individuals goes far beyond what is appropriate and proper in political discourse. The use of stereotypical ‘war whoop chants’ and ‘tomahawk chops’ are offensive and downright racist. It is those types of actions that perpetuate negative stereotypes and continue to minimize and degrade all native peoples,” Bill John Baker, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation said in a statement.

But Brown isn’t apologizing. He said his staffer’s actions were unfortunate, but quickly pivoted and pointed fingers at Warren.

“It is certainly something that I don’t condone,” said Brown when asked about the video Tuesday by WCVB. “The real offense is that (Warren) said she was white and then checked the box saying she is Native American, and then she changed her profile in the law directory once she made her tenure.”

Chief Baker says he expects more from Brown.

“The individuals involved in this unfortunate incident are high ranking staffers in both the senate office and the Brown campaign,” Chief Baker said. “A campaign that would allow and condone such offensive and racist behavior must be called to task for their actions.” Chief Baker asked Sen. Brown to apologize for his staff’s actions.

The Native American Journalists Association also issued a statement that said: “NAJA is disappointed that coverage of U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren’s claimed Native heritage has resulted in a series of disrespectful headlines and puns that show disregard for Native Americans and our history.”

Dolce & Gabbana Send Racist Mammy Collection Down the Catwalk

Dolce & Gabbana Send Racist Mammy Collection Down the Catwalk

The set at Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring 2013 fashion show at Milan Fashion Week included a balcony lined with trailing ivy and upstanding cacti. The models on the runway wore fruit cornucopias — and burlap dresses and earrings that include romanticized images of black women living happy slave plantation lives.

The New York Times’s Suzy Menkes thought the show was “imaginative.”

“The imaginative elements came fast and furious — witty, ironic, funky — but always with a sense of proportion and style,” Menkes wrote in a short write up about the show. “The spirit of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana is maxi — and the show was effusive in every way, from earrings that swung as giant raffia circles fancied up with pompoms, through prints of toy soldier puppets on silken sheaths.”

For others, the show was obviously offensive.

Sara Ilyas at The Guardian writes, “that’s the same Aunt Jemima that, initially conceived as part of a minstrel show, became an image that romanticised slavery and plantation life. There’s no denying they’re offensive.”

To top it all off, not a single black model was included in their show. So Dolce and Gabbana liked black women enough to exoticise them on earrings but not to include them on their runway?

Romney’s Mexican Cousin: U.S./NAFTA ‘Responsible for Increase in Illegal Immigration’ [Video]

Romney's Mexican Cousin: U.S./NAFTA 'Responsible for Increase in Illegal Immigration' [Video]

Mitt Romney’s cousin, only identified as Kelly in the Vice video above, says the GOP presidential candidate’s position on immigration reform is off.

“I think his position needs to change,” the Mexican Romney says. “Being born and raised in Mexico, and especially since NAFTA, I think the United States is partly responsible for the increase in illegal immigration.

Kelley’s immigration comments start about 2:10 minutes in to the video.

“Give amnesty to those that are out there—that are working legitimately and have a job—and let these people go out there and work and let them take care of their families because basically they’re starving to death here,” Kelly said.

Are You and Your Friends Registered to Vote? Here’s One Website That Does It All

Are You and Your Friends Registered to Vote? Here's One Website That Does It All

Today is National Voter Registration Day and is highlighting a website that’s a one-stop-shop for all your voter registration needs.

Visit to register to vote and re-register if your name or address have changed. The site even allows you to check if you’re registered to vote.

The site guides visitors through voter registration by sharing registration deadlines and procedures, ID requirements, and early voting opportunities state by state. will also be updated throughout the election season as pending voting laws are finalized.

For even more resources to protect your vote, visit Aura Bogado’s list of online tools to help you this election cycle.

New Yorkers Tag Racist ‘Savage’ Jihad Subway Ads

That didn’t take long.

Advertisements that equate Islamic jihad with so-called “savagery” were posted Monday in ten New York City subway stations. But hours after the ads went up a street artist tagged them with “racist” and “hate speech” labels.

“In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man,” the ad reads. “Support Israel/Defeat Jihad.”

The ads were initially rejected by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs New York’s transportation systems, because the advertisement failed to meet its standards —which prohibit demeaning language of any group. But a federal court forced the MTA to run the ads, saying they were protected speech under the First Amendment.

Pamela Geller, executive director of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, has claimed responsibility for the ads.

“We don’t think it’s controversial,” Geller said in an interview with CNN. “It’s truth. The MTA has run anti-Israel ads before and no one had an issue about it. ‘Any war on innocent civilians is savagery’: What’s controversial here?”

Geller also told CNN she had no qualms about releasing the ad amid ongoing protests against an anti-Islam film clip that left dozens in seven countries dead, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya. “If it’s not a film, it’s a cartoon, it’s always some event,” Geller said. “I will not sacrifice my freedom.”

“We recognize the freedom of speech and Geller’s right to be a racist and bigot. But we also recognize the responsibility of New Yorkers to denounce that bigotry,” said Muneer Awad, director of Council of American-Islamic Relations.

“We must stop dismissing this as simple hysteria, and realize that the same racism inherent in this hate group’s message, underlies the government policies of the elected officials associated with them,” Awad went on to say in an email to “We will continue to expose these hate groups until our elected officials clearly denounce them and stop supporting discriminatory policies targeting American Muslims and all other minority communities.”

The Interfaith Center of New York, joined by other groups including the Cordoba Initiative and Jews Against Islamophobia, have also denounced the ads, calling them “dangerous” and “hate speech.”

Philip Weiss, on, reports the savage ads have been altered with “racist” or “hate speech” labels in at least seven New York subway stations so far. He’s published a collection of images showing the altered ads on his site.

The same ads also appeared on San Francisco buses last month. There, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency put up their own counter ads and donated any proceeds from the ads to human rights organizations.

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“SFMTA policy prohibits discrimination based on national origin, religion, and other characteristics and condemns statements that describe any group as ‘savages,’ read the ads put up by the county agency. (Photo by WarzauWynn)

The ads in NYC subways are expected to remain posted for a month, MTA spokeswoman Marjorie Anders told Reuters. Geller told the AP the subway ads cost about $6,000.

Rep. Maxine Waters Officially Cleared of All Ethics Charges

Rep. Maxine Waters Officially Cleared of All Ethics Charges

The House Ethics Committee on Tuesday officially cleared Rep. Maxine Waters of all ethics charges after nearly three years of investigating the California Democrat.

Rep. Waters, who represents California’s 35th congressional district, was the subject of an investigation by the Ethics Committee because she advocated on behalf of OneUnited Bank, a black owned financial institution whose board of directors included Rep. Waters’ husband. The bank ultimately received $12 million in federal bailout funds dating back to 2008.

“It appears that Rep. Waters recognized and made efforts to avoid a conflict of interest with respect to One United,” the committee said on Tuesday.

However, Waters’ Chief of Staff and grandson, Mikael Moore, was issued a letter of reproval for three ethics violations for taking an active role in helping OneUnited officials request Treasury funds. The Committee concluded Moore knew or should have known, his actions would benefit Waters’s husband, who owned $350,000 in OneUnited stock.

Madonna: Obama Is ‘A Black Muslim’ and ‘Y’all Better’ F—-ing Vote for Him

Madonna: Obama Is 'A Black Muslim' and 'Y'all Better' F---ing Vote for Him

At a concert in Washington, D.C. Monday night, Madonna endorsed President Barack Obama. And she did it in the most, uh, colorful of ways.

“Y’all better vote for fucking Obama, OK? For better or for worse, all right? We have a black Muslim in the White House. Now that’s some amazing shit,” Madonna said at the sold out show in the Verizon Center. “It means there is hope in this country. And Obama is fighting for gay rights, so support the man, goddamnit.”

Her endorsement will undoubtedly cause some controversy but most polls show the President leading in swing states.

Woman Acting for El Paso County, Co. Clerk’s Office Only Registering Republicans [Video]

Woman Acting for El Paso County, Co. Clerk's Office Only Registering Republicans [Video]

A YouTube video shot in front of a El Paso, Colorado grocery store that depicts a woman only registering Republicans has gone viral. The short video shows a young woman identifying herself as an El Paso County, Co. Clerk’s Office who is there only to hand out registration forms to likely Romney voters.

The County Clerk issued a statement Sunday discrediting the woman seen in the video but the controversy is bringing other voter suppression efforts in the state to light.

“The young lady in this video is not an employee of the Clerk & Recorder’s Office and her statements regarding working for the County  Clerk’s Office are inaccurate,” read a statement issued Sunday by the County Clerk.

“Our office has reached out to the campaign involved and requested that they clarify this information with their volunteers. They have responded and have clarified the matter to their volunteers to avoid this happening again in the future,” the statement continued.

But for many following voter suppression efforts across the country say these type of stories coming out of Colorado shouldn’t come as a shock.

“Colorado is a state where the state secretary Scott Gessler has attempted a reckless purge program in cahoots with Kansas state secretary Kris Kobach, who has shown a clear hostility to Latino immigrants and expansive voting rights,” said Brentin Mock,’s Voting Rights reporter.

“Colorado is also the place where Sec. Gessler is fighting county elections supervisors in the Democratic enclave of Denver by preventing them from mailing ballots to voters. Gessler also has joined teams with voter harassment team True the Vote, who he shared stage with at the Heritage Foundation this summer to defend these policies which look like nothing but a partisan attempt to steal the election.”

Indian American Comedian Celebrates Success by Pointing to a Few Failures

Indian American Comedian Celebrates Success by Pointing to a Few Failures

Hari Kondabolu, a comedian and writer on “Totally Biased,” says it’s a great time to be Indian American. Unless of course, you piss him off.

New episodes of “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell,” return Thursday, Oct. 11th at 11:30P on the FX Network. (And full disclosure, Bell is a member of the Board of’s publisher, the Applied Research Center.)

SNL Also Thinks Romney Sported Brownface for Univision Town Hall

SNL Also Thinks Romney Sported Brownface for Univision Town Hall

Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” host Seth Meyers went on a rant about President Barack Obama’s presidential campaign strategy Saturday and offered up some advice.

Meyers’ advice for Obama came mostly by way of Mitt Romney’s campaign “tailspin,” including his leaked 47-percent comments and what Meyers referred to as the candidate’s “brownface” appearance at a Univision town hall.

Citizenship and Voter I.D. Laws Could Keep 10 Million Latinos From Voting

Citizenship and Voter I.D. Laws Could Keep 10 Million Latinos From Voting

Latinos in the U.S. comprise more than 10% of the nation’s eligible voters and approximately 8% of its registered voters, but according to a new report, demands for proof of citizenship and photo identification requirements in several states could prevent at least 10 million Latino citizens from voting.

“Like African Americans, Latinos have experienced decreased access and correspondingly lower levels of voter registration and participation than non-Hispanic whites,” said the report titled “Segregating American Citizenship: Latino Voter Disenfranchisement in 2012.” The report was released Monday by the civil rights organization Advancement Project.

The report found 23 states have “legal barriers” that can keep eligible Latino voters from the voting booth—and In many states, the number of eligible Latino citizens that could be affected by these barriers exceeds the margin of victory of the 2008 presidential election.

Univision Anchor Cites Deportation Investigation to Obama

Univision Anchor Cites Deportation Investigation to Obama

On Thursday, Univision anchor Maria Elena Salinas cited a investigation that found there is an estimated 5,100 children in foster care who face barriers to family reunification because their mother or father is in detention or has been deported.

Salinas mentioned Colorlines’ investigation before asking President Obama whether he would consider deferred action for non-citizen parents of U.S. born children.

Transcript of Salinas’ question is below:

“Mr. President, you have been the President who has made the largest number of deportations in history — more than 1.5 million so far. You’ve separated many families. There are more than 5,000 children who are American citizens in foster care and in the adoption process. Would you just — since you’ve granted deferred action, would you like to do something — consider doing something similar to other groups of non-criminal illegal immigrants such as the parents of U.S.-born children?”

The president responded with his well worn talking points on deportation. He said that the Department of Homeland Security is now targeting deportation programs on “people with criminal records” and people “apprehended close to the border.” He said this later group, border crossers, are “not people who have longstanding roots in our community.”

“His assertion that by focusing on these demographics he’ll avoid separating families is plainly not reflected in reality,” said Seth Freed Wessler, Colorlines’ investigative reporter.

“In fact, many children are stuck in foster care because their parents have been detained as a result of a conviction of some sort. Felipe Montes, for example, was deported in late 2010 because he was convicted of driving violations. Other parents I met inside detention centers around the county were facing deportation as a result of charges for things like petty theft or minor drug charges. The president’s focus on “criminals” will not solve the problem of family separation or keep children of deportees out of foster care,” Wessler said.

Wessler says the President’s assertion that people picked up at the border don’t have ties to the U.S. is similarly wrong.
The NY Times reported late last year, that ‘56 percent of apprehensions at the Mexican border in 2010 involved people who had been caught previously, up from 44 percent in 2005.’”

In other words, the majority of migrants picked up at the border are mostly people who’ve been here before, and many are coming back to reunite with their families.

“This should come as no surprise,” Wessler said, citing a recent study from Pew that found that “nearly half of undocumented immigrants in the US have minor children.”

“The President said these are ‘heartbreaking stories’ that emerge ‘occasionally.’ But the truth is that when, as federal data shows, over 22 percent of deportees are the parents of U.S. citizens, these stories will be far from occasional outliers.” Wessler said.

Are Black and Latino Teens Getting Paid to Wait in Line for iPhone 5’s?

Are Black and Latino Teens Getting Paid to Wait in Line for iPhone 5's?

There are thousands of die hard Apple iPhone fans waiting in line to purchase the smartphone that went on sale Friday morning at 8am. But alongside those die hard fans waiting in line are hundreds of people getting paid to wait in line.

More than 200 people are expected to hold places in line for strangers at stores around New York and the San Francisco bay area for the iPhone 5, reported on its Tech Blog. Most of these arrangements were made on the website TaskRabbit Inc., where a user can find workers to do odd jobs like, have them wait in line for four hours.

TaskRabbit is charging clients $55 to have someone wait in line for them for four hours. The company then takes an 18% “service fee” and leaves workers with $45.10 for hours worth of work.

But young people are also finding these odd jobs through Craiglist and other arrangements.

The San Francisco Chronicle interviewed a teen outside the San Francisco Apple store who’s been getting $12/hour since he started camping out Tuesday:

By noon Thursday, there were eight people in line outside the Union Square store, but many more were expected before Friday morning. Right behind Hufnagel was Christian Soto, 19, who was being paid $12 an hour by his employer, Compupod, a Mission District iPhone repair service. Soto got in line Tuesday and planned to get two or three phones, including a black 32-GB model for himself.

“I’m getting paid and I’m getting the phone, so it works out,” Soto said from inside his bright green tent.

“Who can blame this guy? It’s an established fact that black and brown customers are leading smartphone adoption in the U.S. but that also exists alongside the reality that more people of color of living in poverty these days and that a vast majority of young adults are under or unemployed,” says Jamilah King,’s news editor and technology reporter. “We live in a consumer society. And this guy clearly had to get his hustle to make things happen.”

In addition to TaskRabbit, the listings website Craigslist has dozens of posts in major U.S. cities from people seeking or offering line-waiting services.

After posting a Craigslist ad, Juan De Pablo, 25, is getting paid $150 to arrive at the Third Street Promenade Apple store in Santa Monica by 8 p.m. Thursday. “I kind of have a lot of free time on my hands,” Pablo told the L.A. Times.

Junot Díaz Calls DREAM Act ‘A Tiny Little Bone’ for People Who Deserve More

Junot Díaz Calls DREAM Act 'A Tiny Little Bone' for People Who Deserve More

“As a country when ever things get really hard instead of blaming the wealthy and blaming the people in power who put us in this terrible situation, we tend to afflict the very people who all the hard work to keep us afloat,” Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz tells a high school student interviewing him for The Mash, the teen edition of the Chicago Tribune.

“I think the DREAM Act is a tiny little bone that they throw in to a community that deserves a lot more, and certainly I think it’s nice and important but we should be able to recognize the community—the people who do the heavy lifting—and stop afflicting them.”

“I come from a family who had a lot of people who were undocumented and our contributions have to be honored,” Díaz went on to say.

Díaz, who is known for his bold, nuanced depiction of immigrants and people of color in his writing, will be the keynote speaker the Facing Race conference taking place November 15-17 in Baltimore. Facing Race, the largest national, multi-racial gathering of leaders, educators, journalists, and activists on racial justice is organized by’s publisher the Applied Research Center.

Everyone Wants to Know if Mitt Romney Sported Brownface for Univision

Everyone Wants to Know if Mitt Romney Sported Brownface for Univision

We should be judging the presidential candidates by their actions and what comes out of their mouths… but everyone is asking if Mitt Romney donned brownface for his television appearance on Univision.

From message boards, to Gawker, Jezebel, MediaTakeOut and even Upworthy, a site that usually keeps things positive, pointed out Romney looked like he got a “bad spray tan.”

Jezebel’s Erin Gloria Ryan asked: “Did Mitt Romney fucking seriously just wear brown makeup so Latin voters might think he’s tan enough to support?”

And then there’s MediaTakeOut, the gossip website that claims to be the most visited urban website in the world, they just called Romney out: “You see, dude tried to TRICK Hispanic voters into voting for him … by painting his face BROWN.”

Huffington Post published a similar post shortly before the post you’re reading now went live also.

mitt-romney-univison-jawline.jpgThere’s a few posts on Tumblr that are also thriving.

“I was really really hoping that this wan’t [sic] true because this is pretty far for anyone, and I hoped it was a really bad tan where he covered his hands and didn’t turn over, but it literally stops at his jawbone. Just stops,” wrote Tumblr user Whyvoneenee. “Go to 2:14 and look at that perfect line. What the blap?” Whyvoneenee wrote alongside a screen capture of the Univison forum.

In just 54 minutes, Whyvoneenee’s post got 1,500 notes on Tumblr, and there are hundreds of more posts and tweets making the same claim.

The venue and lighting at events has a lot to do with how Romney appears on video and still pictures and so there’s probably not a lot here, but we’ll let you be the judge. Below are pictures of Mitt Romney out on the campaign trail in past week or so, and please comment below and let us know what you think.

Wednesday, 9/19/12 romney-univison-wed.jpg Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney participates in a Univision “Meet the Candidates” forum with Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas in Coral Gables, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

In the image below I took the AP photo and did a high-resolution side-by-side comparison of Romney’s face and hands. There is no significant change in skin tone.


Romney’s Dad Was on Welfare For First Years of His Life, Says Mom

Romney's Dad Was on Welfare For First Years of His Life, Says Mom

A 1962 interview with Mitt Romney’s mom reveals his father was on “welfare relief” when he first arrived in the U.S. as a refugee from Mexico. The archived footage was published on Buzzfeed on September 3, before hidden camera footage with Romney’s controversial “47%” comments made headlines.

In the video, identified only as an infomercial for George Romney’s gubernatorial run in Michigan, Lenore Romney says George’s family was poor, living on potatoes and on welfare.

Below is the transcript from the 1962 interview with Lenore Romney:

INTERVIEWER: “There are those who say that since he’s a man of considerable means he really doesn’t care about people.”

LENORE ROMNEY: “You know we’ve only owned our home for the last four years. He was a refugee from Mexico. He was on relief, welfare relief for the first years of his life. But this great country gave him opportunities.

“The family was poor. He said they lived for a year on nothing but potatoes. He’s known what it is to have to work for every dime he’s had since he was 12.”

“Oh my God! George Romney was on welfare, so according to Mitt Romney’s own logic Mitt Romney could not win the vote of his dad who would be part of the 47% of unconvincibles,” the “Daily Show’s” John Stewart said jokingly on Tuesday night. (It starts at about the 4:48 mark.)

But’s economic justice blogger Imara Jones says there’s not much to joke about.

“The video reveals that the ahistorical nature of Romney’s “47 percent” rant extends to his own family. He’s spun a story of America that isn’t even in sync with his own experience. It also underscores that people who are in tough situations, like Romney’s father, are there due to circumstances beyond their control and our help to stabilize,” said Jones, who recently wrote a story titled “Mitt Romney’s ‘47 Percent’ Remarks Have Everything To Do With Race.”

“A single mother or father who earns $22,000 a year, works two jobs and is in school—and therefore pays no federal income tax—is on their way to a better place. As with Romney’s father, they just need all of our help until they can get there,” Jones went on to say.

Romney Asked Four Times If He’ll Get Rid of Deferred Action, No Clear Answer

Romney Asked Four Times If He'll Get Rid of Deferred Action, No Clear Answer

At a forum focused on Latino issues hosted by Univison on Wednesday, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney avoided answering what he would do with the Deferred Action program if elected President. Anchor Maria Elena Salinas pressed Romney four different times for more details on what his plans are for the program that would help young people avoid deportation but there was no clear answer.

“One of the questions more frequently asked by Facebook users is whether you would keep Deferred Action for undocumented, yes or no?”, asked Salinas.

Romney first criticized President Obama for failing to pass immigration reform and then went on pledge to pass immigration himself but evaded the question.

“But talking specifically about Deferred Action,” Salinas began to ask before Romney jumped in, but again there was no clear answer.

“For those who are already here and that are undocumented and were brought here by their parents and are therefore illegal aliens in this country, my view is that we should put in place a permanent solution,” Romney said about the more than 1-million young undocumented immigrants who are eligible for “Deferred Action.

Salinas went on to try to get an answer again: “But will all do respect, your reluctance to provide details on a permanent solution has created, maybe, a perception that you are evading the question, what would you tell Hispanic voters right now if they’re actually interested in this important issue, and all the DREAMers that want to know if you’ll deport them or not.”

Romney went on to say he opposes deporting the estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants in the country, but avoided providing any details about his plans with Deferred Action.

Salinas tried to get a more detailed once again but there was no clear answer for Romney’s plans with the Deferred Action program.

Romney did say he supports initiatives like the one Florida Senator Marco Rubio considered that would provide a pathway to permanent resident status for undocumented immigrants who pursue military service. Romney did not provide details about on what he’d propose for undocumented immigrants seeking college degrees.

Latina Voter Schools Romney in New Political Ad

Latina Voter Schools Romney in New Political Ad

PresentePAC+ and Political Action just released a 30-second ad that stars a Latina woman challenging Mitt Romney for his comment released in a leaked video earlier this week. The ad stars a Latina who takes Romney to task for saying he would have a better shot at winning the presidency if he were Latino. The ad, which is available in Spanish and English, was released just hours before the GOP presidential candidate makes a highly-anticipated appearance on Univision to discuss Latino issues.

The ad includes Romney’s remarks and a response from a Latina voter who points out that the reason Romney is losing among Latinos isn’t because of his race. Rather, it’s because of Romney’s position on the issues, such as his opposition to the DREAM Act, his support of Arizona’s draconian immigration law, and the fact that his party is engaged in efforts to suppress Latino votes.

The Spanish version of the ad will air on Spanish-language TV in the key swing states of Florida, Colorado, and Nevada. It begins airing Thursday and will run in Las Vegas, Denver, Miami, Orlando, and Tampa — all major markets where the Latino vote will be pivotal. has reached out to PresentePAC+ to identify the woman in the video. Her name is Telesh Pascual Lopez and her brief bio is below: Telesh Pascual Lopez is Kanjobal, Maya from Guatemala and comes from a family that has been practicing indigenous healing work for generations. Her commitment to healing justice is reflected in her work with organizations that focus on the needs of women, survivors of violence, LGBTQGNC community, and with individual activists and organizers.

Presente Action has launched a petition demanding that Romney apologize for his offensive remarks.

  • Story was updated 9/19/12 at 5:32pm EST.

So Who Actually Won the Chicago Teachers Strike?

So Who Actually Won the Chicago Teachers Strike?

Chicago public school teachers voted on Tuesday to end their strike and resume classes Wednesday in the third-largest U.S. school district in the Nation. The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly to suspend the strike.’s Julianne Hing has been covering the issue close and provides the following statement:

Folks are still trying to parse right now: who won the strike? Neither side can claim a complete victory with the final contract. On teacher evaluation, compensation, school day and school year length and school closures, both sides won key victories for their interests—Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for his market-driven school reform agenda and the Chicago Teachers Union for its staunch defense of poor communities’ right to robust public schools.

Yet many are looking past the specifics of the strike deal itself; the larger lesson may be in the way unions allied themselves with poor communities of color to advance a unified agenda which defends poor people’s rights to hold on to and improve public education. That’s where many are finding hope, and cause for celebration today.

Below is a list of items Chicago Teachers Union members’ forced the Board of Education to agree to during the strike:

  1. Hire over 600 additional teachers in Art, Music, Phys Ed and other subjects
  2. Maintain limits on class size, increase funding for smaller classes
  3. Add a parent voice on class size committees
  4. Make textbooks available on the first day of school
  5. Increase racial diversity in hiring at CPS
  6. Lessen the focus on standardized testing - keep the focus on teaching instead of tests
  7. Provide more attention from school Social Workers and Nurses Increase funding for Special Ed teachers, social workers, psychologists, classroom assistants and counselors in schools with high caseloads.

Visit the ‘teachers strike’ tag page to read Hing’s in depth feature stories that offer more context and analysis.

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