Recently, many in our country celebrated National Charter School Week. Numerous events marked the occasion and the White House even issued a proclamation to help raise awareness. But what exactly is a charter school? For starters, charter schools are public schools. This is worth noting because many confuse charter schools with private schools. They are… Read More

The crisis in Venezuela should weigh heavily on us all. This formerly thriving country has been ravaged by a socialist dictator who has slowly peeled away personal freedoms of his people and is increasingly using violence to suppress them. Starvation, lack of medical care and government aggression against its own people is in plain sight… Read More

Over the last several weeks, the Trump Administration has invested considerable energy into reaching out to the Hispanic and Latino business community. While President Trump has not yet made an appearance at any Latino event or gathering since the inauguration, his administration has been steadily, visibly increasing its outreach in hopes of garnering support. The… Read More

The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute’s (CHLI) Founder and Chairman, Lincoln Diaz-Balart and Vice-Chairman, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, were honored, March 7, 2017, at the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) 2017 Edward R. Roybal Legacy Gala, for their outstanding Public Service in the Latino Community. The night commenced with Roybal Gala emcee, Vanessa Hauc of… Read More

On March 9th, The Latino Coalition (TLC), the leading national non-partisan advocacy organization representing Hispanic businesses and consumers, produced a power-packed Make Small Business Great Again Policy Summit at the J.W. Marriott in Washington, D.C. “As a national, grassroots advocacy organization and a key center of influence, The Latino Coalition highlighted the entrepreneurial spirit and the power small business provides the… Read More

Just a week ago President Trump delivered an impassioned and effective performance during his first address to Congress. For many, the president’s tone signaled a fundamental shift in his communication style. It demonstrated an intent to unify the country, and also to bring some prestige back to the Office of the President. And true, while… Read More

In 2013, Vanessa Chinga-Haven gave birth two times over, first to her oldest child and then to a new iteration of the business she’d always wanted. Homecoming, a coffee shop and flower shop in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood, was a spin off of Chinga-Haven’s lifelong dream to own a coffee shop. For years, the career move had been “more of… Read More

I was raised by a single mom who fearlessly rejected government “help.” She showed me what grit and hard work could achieve without the imposition of government barriers. She was, once upon a time, a “militant” feminist who voted for Jimmy Carter and idolized Phil Donahue in her teens and early 20s. My mom the… Read More

When we think about the inner city or communities with predominantly Latino or African-American populations, it may, for some, bring to mind poverty and crime. Many underserved communities are plagued with a higher incidence of violence, underperforming schools and inadequate infrastructure. But despite lacking everything from libraries with computer access to public transportation and even… Read More

On the tenth floor patio of his apartment building on Avenida Chapultepec in downtown Mexico City, 35-year-old architect Fernando Madrid leans out over the railing and looks out at the newly built skyscrapers jutting up from the street a few blocks away. The mid-day traffic clogs Chapultepec Ave, one of the main roads that cuts… Read More