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November 2017
  • “President Donald Trump is nominating white men to America’s federal courts at a rate not seen in nearly 30 years, threatening to reverse a slow transformation toward a judiciary that reflects the nation’s diversity. So far, 91 percent of Trump’s nominees are white, and 81 percent are male, an Associated Press analysis has found. Three of every four are white men, with few African-Americans and Hispanics in the mix.” – Chicago Sun-Times, November 13, 2017
  • Sen. Bob Menendez’s bribery has ended in a mistrial after the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked on the charges against the Democrat and his co-defendant. Judge William Walls declared the mistrial (November 16). Jurors had first told Walls on (November 13) they couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict on any of the 18 counts in the indictment against Menendez and a wealthy friend.” – Chicago Sun-Times, November 16, 2017
  • “Long-serving Democratic Rep. Gene Green – a key reason Houston is now America’s largest Hispanic city without a Hispanic member of congress – announced (November 13) that he won’t seek re-election.” – The Washington Post, November 13, 2017 …. “Gene Green’s retirement opens the door for Harris County to send its first Latino representative to Congress, a milestone that has been a long time coming in a region that is more than 40 percent Hispanic,” the Houston Chronicle reported November 14. “Interest in succeeding the longtime Democrat already is fierce.”
  • Auli’i Cravalho and Salvador Gómez Colón were among Time’s “30 Most Influential Teens of 2017” in its November 13 issue. Cravalho “voiced the titular hero in Disney’s ‘Moana’” and Puerto Rican resident Colón raised $75,000 for solar lamps “and other supplies for his neighbors in need.”
  • Thomas Santiago, Bob Unanue and Magda Yrizarry are among the “Top Ten Líderes of 2017” in this month’s issue of Hispanic Executive. Santiago is senior vice president and global real estate head for Time Warner, Unanue, CEO for Goya Foods, and Yrizarry, senior vice president and chief talent & diversity officer for Verizon Communications.
  • “On average, Latina workers are paid only 67 cents on the dollar relative to white non-Hispanic men, even after controlling for education, years of experience and location.” – Economic Policy Institute, November 1, 2017
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