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Stand-up for Gays

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Comedians at last Wednesday's Punk House comedy show at the Westside Comedy Theatre used superficial topics such as Facebook, Twilight, vagazzling (yes, that is a portmanteau for bedazzling one's vagina), and even a particularly austere audience member to get viewers to laugh. So, when budding Mexican-American comedian Manuel Zermeno focused his performance on his gay identity, he immediately stood out.

Forbes First Mexican

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Carlos Slim is the first Mexican to top the Forbes list of billionaires, one of the few from outside the United States or Europe. He controls the majority of Mexico’s telecommunication and his telecom business Telmex is described as one of the highest in cost. The 70-year-old son of a Lebanese immigrant attests to being incredibly frugal by living in the same modest home that he has resided for over three decades in Mexico. He uses Mexico City public transportation and can be seen eating at his restaurant chain, Sanborn’s.

Kelloggs Serves a Bowl of Racial Justice

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In May, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, founded in 1930 by the breakfast cereal trailblazer, announced that it is dedicating $75 million to organizations nation-wide devoted to righting the effects of racial inequalities on poor children.

Mexico’s Gays Make Way

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Five same-sex couples were recently married in Mexico City, reports Mexico’s La Opinión. The local state assembly had approved the marriages in December. The government also gave same-sex couples the right to adopt children legally. While many activists consider this a major win for gay rights in Latin America, some standing in protest deemed the ceremonies as “horrible” and even “unconstitutional.”

Arizona Law is Product of Anti-Immigrant Hysteria

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Immigrant bashing, like baseball, has become a favorite American pastime. The recent draconian, anti-immigrant law in Arizona only adds credence to this reality.

More Arizona Immigrants to Consider ‘Self-Deportation’

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The news that 90 days after the end of the legislative session, a law will criminalize undocumented immigrants in Arizona -- and give the police the power to investigate their legal status based solely on the way they look.

Indigenous Not Participating in Census

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NEW YORK -- The U.S. Census Bureau launched a massive campaign to encourage New York Latinos to send in their census forms, but apparently made no effort to include residents of Mexico's indigenous populations, according to community activists.

New Anti-Immigrant Law Focuses on School

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Conservative Arizona legislators want to make school districts collect data on the immigration status of students, according to a report in La Voz.

New Bill May Save Undocumented Students from Deportation

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On March 15, 2009, Alonso Chehade, an undocumented immigrant from Peru, was arrested at the US/Canada border for unlawful presence in the United States. After remaining in the detention center for two weeks, Chehade was later released with the assistance of his family, who posted a $7,500 bond to free him from prison.

Mexican Americans Most Active in U.S.

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Mexican Americans are the most likely to meet national health goals for physical activity, according to a new study that challenges previous research that found that whites tended to be the most physically active.