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July 2016
  • “The economy is at the forefront of Hispanic voters’ minds in this presidential election year, with 86 percent saying the economy is very important to their vote, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. But while Hispanics are on the same page with the overall population about the importance of the economy, they are more positive about its condition and their family’s finances than some other racial and ethnic groups.” – Pew Research Center, July 15, 2016
  • Latino encounters with police including the shooting of unarmed individuals “does not generate the same level of scrutiny, outrage or discourse as the fatal shootings of blacks,” the New York Times reported July 15 in a story that interviewed several Hispanic leaders.” Among the reasons, according to advocates, “they do not have the same level of organization as African-Americans to spread their concerns.”
  • Miguel Gamiño Jr., chief information officer for the City and County of San Francisco, made this month’s cover of Hispanic Executive. Gamiño was noted for his technology efforts in a city of high expectations.
  • “'It was finally my time.' Those words, spoken by the animated Princess Elena in the first episode of ‘Elena of Avalor,’ a new Disney Channel series, are meant to reflect power: The zesty teenager has reclaimed her tropical kingdom from an evil sorceress. But the line has a deliberate double meaning. With Elena, Disney has created – at long last – its first Latina princess.” – New York Times, July 11, 2016
  • Hector Babenco, the Argentine-born Brazilian director whose low-budget 1985 film, ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman,’ became an unlikely hit that challenged conventions of masculinity and stunned the Hollywood establishment, died (July 13) in São Paulo. He was 70.” – New York Times, July 15, 2016
  • Beneath defiant rhetoric on the island there was resignation, “awareness that Puerto Rico’s own elected officials had let the island slip into a death spiral” and that the passage by the U.S. Senate of a bill meant to assert federal authority was really the only available solution to the debt crisis. – New York Times, July 1, 2016
  • “The financial implosion in Venezuela is prompting growing concern in Beijing that China may have been too ambitious in its drive to loan billions of dollars to high-risk, developing countries,” HuffPost World noted July 7. Far more worrisome is that “other countries in Latin American and Africa could soon follow Venezuela’s example.”
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