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NBC Latino

An immigration march in Washington, a national bus tour, visits to legislators and events in cities around the country will all be taking place in the next few weeks and months, as part of a new campaign led by a  group of immigrant, labor, religious, business and civil rights organizations. The Alliance for Citizenship was formed for one purpose — they are pushing for citizenship for the country’s approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants.  The group announced  a Power Up for Citizenship week of action during the Congressional recess to urge legislators to support a pathway to citizenship for all as part of comprehensive immigration reform.

“Since when did a pathway to citizenship become an extreme idea?” said Eliseo Medina, International Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in a press call today announcing the campaign launch.  “Here’s what’s extreme — to create a permanent underclass,” said Medina.  He was…

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NBC Latino

These days, voting is largely uneventful.  You show up at the polls, check in, vote, and get your sticker.

Long gone are the days of having to take a literacy test, such as that used in Alabama in 1965 that was a 68 question civics exam that I doubt most of my political science students could ace.   We also no longer have to shell out the equivalent of a day’s wages to cast a vote.  And finally while some of us may experience burdensome lines to vote we are not in physical danger of violence or intimidation to keep us from polls.

The 1965 Voting Rights Act not only outlawed voter suppression through intimidation, poll taxes, and literacy tests, but it provided the government the teeth to implement these enforcements.  The 1965 VRA protected voting rights by not just having the ability to react to the suppression of voting rights…

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I love ending the 2012 business year on a high note. I had that experience while attending the CEO Forum hosted by the South Florida Minority Supplier Diversity Council ( and Tuesday, December 18, 2012. The purpose of the even was to encourage minority business owners in the growth of their business and share information that other successful minority CEOs have had in their businesses.

The keynote speaker was Charles P. Garcia. Mr. Garcia has a very impresses resume that spans starting, growing and eventually selling his company for a large profit; working for four presidents and now as a venture capitalist helping other minority and small business owners build their dreams. He was very energetic and dynamic in his storytelling of his various business experiences. He peppered his speech with humor as he related about growing his company; interviewing the different powerful folks for his…

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Get Diversity Certified Business Blog

It seems that many companies have SMWVDBE (Small, Minority, Women, Veteran, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) certification on their minds as the new year begins.  So, it makes sense to revisit what certification is all about and why a business might want to get certified.

What is a certification? SMWVDBE certifications are offered by the Small Business Adminstration, State Governments and various thrid party organizations (NMSDC, WBENC, etc.).  These certifiers review information about the applicant company and make a determination as to whether the applicant business is legitimately owned, controlled and operated by indiviuals qualified by their particular certification program. The goal of these programs is to create a level playing field for diverse businesses in procurement processes. Government agencies and most corporate procurement activities now require diverse spending throughout their supply chain.  In many cases, prime contractors are required to implement second tier sub-contractor programs to assist the end client, be it governmental…

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