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GOP continues its anti-Latino downward spiral

Remember last year, when the Latino and New American voters helped swing the election for Obama? And all those GOP candidates that ran on anti-immigrant platforms lost? And the GOP tried to re-group and began to “court” the Latino population?

I’m glad you remember, because the Republican party seems to have forgotten. Last week, during the vote to confirm Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, Republicans yet again showed their true colors. What does this mean for the Grand Old Party’s approval rating among Latinos?

From DailyKos:

The first column is the week that Justice Souter retired, which was soon followed by speculation of Sotomayor’s nomination (she was the frontrunner). That is the reference week. The second is [last] week.

Republican Party approval rating among Latinos

         April 27-30  August 3-6

Favorable       14        3
Unfavorable     73       86
No Opinion      13       11

Republicans were already lagging badly with Latinos, yet somehow, they managed to lose a net 24 favorability points over the course of three months. And for what? To keep the dying 1950s Pat Buchanan-wing of the party happy? Great call, there.

So, Republicans continue to alienate Latinos, digging their own political grave. I, for one, I’m not too bothered by this, but the GOP should be busy scrambling to counter the hate at the Town Halls across the country if they even think they have a chance at winning back portions of this population.

Hearings to Confirm Sotomayor will start in July

sotomayor poster

According to today’s NY Times, confirmation hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor will begin July 13th. We all know her nomination has been surrounded in controversy – mostly from the usual crowd of extremists, but here’s to hoping her confirmation goes smoothly.

Senator Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT), the chairman of the confirmation panel, says that the confirmation process could be over and done with as soon as the close of session in August. That is,

…unless some people put up the kind of obstacles that were not raised for the confirmation of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. four years ago.

Let’s be honest, the anti-Latino, reverse racism crying crowd are certainly going to be raising obstacles, but let’s hope the process is rooted in Sotomayor’s voting record, which incidentally has gotten fairly little media coverage. Take action and sign the petition from NCLR to RNC Chairman Michael Steele to stop the attacks on Latinos and Sotomayor.

Props to Favianna Rodriguez, the artist behind the lovely poster at the top of this post.

ACTION: Sign the Petition to Stop the Smear Campaign against Sotomayor and NCLR

So we all knew that the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor would bring the extreme attacks from the usual crowd. What we didn’t know is exactly how far they would go.

Last week, Tom Tancredo (the ever-present anti-immigrant xenophobe from Colorado) called the National Council of La Raza (who Sotomayor is affiliated with) “‘a Latino KKK without the hoods and the nooses”. This attack on NCLR, which is a Latino advocacy organization that does great work to aid in education and civil rights for Latinos and people of color in the United States, is based solely on the inclusion of “La Raza” (the race) in their title.

From NCLR:

This outburst was reprehensible not only to Hispanics and communities of color, but to all Americans who want to put this ugly chapter of our history behind us.

Check out the video below to see Janet Murguia, the president and CEO of the NCLR, respond to Tancredo’s outrageous claims.

Help stop the smear campaign against Sotomayor and NCLR by signing THIS PETITION to Chairman Michael Steele of the RNC to condemn these statements as soon as possible.

And, for the record, from TPM:

literal translation [of La Raza]  is “The Race” (according to their Web site, other possibilities include “the people” and “the community”) and in the full linguistic context it refers essentially to advancing the civil rights and economic opportunities of Latinos. As a comparison, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People does not propose to oppress non-blacks, and the American Jewish Committee doesn’t aim to keep the Gentiles down.

And, as a Latin American Studies student, I know that “La Raza” comes from “La Raza Cosmica”, a term coined by Jose Vasconcelos, a Mexican intelectual in an essay from 1925. Vasconcelos’ notion of the “cosmic race” was the combination of various races and ethnicities into one “cosmic” people or community. His term actually blurs racial lines, as opposed to sharpening them. Maybe this should be some required reading for Mr. Tancredo…

Question on Sotomayor: What does Obama’s SCOTUS Nomination have to do with Immigration Reform?


This morning I was reading all the commentary that is rolling in about how Obama’s nomination of Sonia Sotomayor is a move to “buy time” on immigration reform for the administration. And, frankly, I think that folks are wrong about this. Below is an excellent post from Frank Sherry at America’s Voice about exactly why reform will move forward, regardless of Sotomayor and the attention her nomination is garnering.

Originally posted at America’s Voice and cross-posted at the Huffington Post:

Question on Sotomayor: What does Obama’s SCOTUS Nomination have to do with Immigration Reform?

Answer: Nada.

Well, almost nothing. To watch the coverage on mainstream news and in the blogosphere one might think exactly the opposite, however.

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Obama Speaks about the Sotomayor Nomination

Check out this video from the Obama camp that features the Prez discussing his announcement of Sonia Sotomayor as the nominee for the next Supreme Court Justice.

Obama Taps Sonia Sotomayor for Supreme Court

After a few days away, I came back to some  great news this morning. Today President Obama announced his nomination of Sonia Sotomayer as the next Supreme Court Justice. Sotomayer’s nomination is historic: if confirmed, she would be only the second woman on the court and the first Latina. The blogosphere is abuzz with the excitement around this nomination and I must say I couldn’t be more encouraged with Obama’s choice.

From humble beginnings in a housing project in the Bronx, Sotomayer overcame barriers and obstacles to attend Yale Law School and continued on to a prestigious law career in New York.

Sotomayer, whose parents are originally from Puerto Rico, represents the face of New America and the American Dream personified. The following quote from Sotomayer was published in the Spring 2002 issue of Berkeley La Raza Law Journal, a symposium issue entitled “Raising the Bar: Latino and Latina Presence in the Judiciary and the Struggle for Representation”:

Who am I? I am a “Newyorkrican.” For those of you on the West Coast who do not know what that term means: I am a born and bred New Yorker of Puerto Rican-born parents who came to the states during World War II.

Like many other immigrants to this great land, my parents came because of poverty and to attempt to find and secure a better life for themselves and the family that they hoped to have. They largely succeeded. For that, my brother and I are very grateful. The story of that success is what made me and what makes me the Latina that I am. The Latina side of my identity was forged and closely nurtured by my family through our shared experiences and traditions.

This historic nomination of not only a woman, but a Latina is an inspiring and encouraging move from the administration. It makes me proud.