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CALÓ Q&A: Talking Latino wealth with Tonantzin Carmona from Brookings Metro

Carmona is committed to a two-year research stint with the Brookings David M. Rubenstein Fellowship program, studying the topic of wealth inequality. She is among one of the 10 early to mid-career policy professionals accepted for this fellowship. Before working with Brooking Metro, Carmona worked in the realms of public policy, communications, community outreach, politics and philanthropy, which helped make her a standout candidate for the program. CALÓ NEWS recently sat down with Carmona to talk about governmental policies and the work that needs to be done to improve Latino’s wealth. 

Posted inSocio Economic

Holos Communities: Empowering the Latino Community through Affordable and Sustainable Housing

California, particularly in Los Angeles and San Francisco, has long grappled with a housing crisis that has left millions struggling to find affordable and stable homes. In June, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) released a report that indicated that the homeless population has increased. Among those affected, the Latino community bears a significant […]

Posted inOpinion

COMMENTARY: Digital redlining hurts communities of color

Digital redlining also has profound implications for civic engagement. The internet has become an essential tool for accessing government services, participating in political discourse, and advocating for change. By depriving communities of color of reliable internet access, companies like AT&T undermine their ability to engage in the democratic process. This further marginalizes these communities, hindering their voices from being heard and their concerns from being addressed.

Posted inSocio Economic

“First Voice Generation” documentary follows first-generation Latinos, explores socioeconomic inequities in college

Following three Latinx high school students in Holland, Michigan, the documentary of award-winning Director, Cynthia Martinez’s named ” First Voice Generation,” depicts their individual journeys as first-generation Latino students preparing to be the first of their families to attend college, while struggling with their identities in a predominately Dutch community.

Posted inSocio Economic

Mayor Bass leads first LA Metro Board Meeting as Latinos and other residents hold her to free transit promise  

On Thursday, July 27th, Mayor Karen Bass led her first Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board meeting as chair. Outside of the meeting, a group made up of community organizers, youth and a wide range of LA Metro riders gathered. Approximately 120 people arrived at the LA Metro headquarters, with one goal: to remind Bass of her promise to make free transit a reality for Angelenos.

Posted inOpinion

COMMENTARY: Pay Our Interns

A recent study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that students of color are less likely to have paid internships. Researchers surveyed more than 22,000 students from 470 colleges and universities in their Student Survey Report and found that just 10% of all graduating Latino seniors have had internships, compared to 71% of non-Hispanic white students. The study also found that less than Latinos account for less than 8% of students in paid internships. While more than 90% of internships in the U.S. House and Senate are paid, just 10% of Assembly offices in Sacramento pay their interns, and none do in the state Senate.

Posted inHealth

Mami & Me: Gallbladder removal through Laparoscopic surgery

Last month, I went to Kern Medical Hospital to have my gallbladder removed, as I had been diagnosed with gallstones and was suffering from gallbladder attacks. My anxiety was through the roof that morning. I woke up three times before my alarm. Although I am not a religious person, I have learned that in situations like this, you must have some hope. As a result, I began praying that I would make it out of surgery alive and be reunited with my family afterward. It worked.