The resilience and importance of Latinas to our families have always been apparent. Their pivotal population and economic contribution to Texas’s growth and future must no longer be undermined or ignored. Covid-19 magnified multiple gender gap issues in a state ranked among the lowest nationally in gender inequities, particularly toward women of color.
Between the lingering impacts of last year’s economic shutdown and emerging variants of the coronavirus, the long-term effects of the pandemic on the workforce are still uncertain. Texas employment has returned to pre-pandemic levels, but recovery has been uneven, e.g., disproportionately impacting black and Hispanic low-skilled workers, and low-to-medium income households.
Latina front-line Covid-19 health workers and providers experience negative effects in the workplace and at home. Their care to farmworkers, immigrants, the homeless, and people living in poverty led to high levels of stressors and anxiety and depressive symptomatology. Policy and program interventions are urged to address their need and well-being.
Immigrants are a vital part of Texas’ economy. Their consumer spending power totaled 120.3 billion dollars, and they paid $40.6 billion dollars in local, state, and federal taxes. They are significant economic contributors to every Congressional District….
Latino electoral power is necessary to achieve structural policy change and real economic mobility. Recent record high voter turn-out must fuel year-round organizing efforts for voter participation to shift the states’ power structure as is beginning in Georgia and Arizona.
Latinos comprise over 62% (3.2 million) of Texas’s uninsured population. It includes over 2.5 million and 674,000 Latino adults and children respectively. These numbers do not include Covid-19 related loss of employment-based health insurance coverage.
The 3rd Texas Latino Policy Symposium (TXLPS III) urged local and state Covid-19 recovery support and structural policymaking change. Covid-19 further exposed Texas’s inadequate and unequal investments in education, employment, housing, health care, and economic development.
The coronavirus pandemic has rocked our world, completely changing our lives and our routines. It is a significant threat to Latinos’ 2020 census response and outreach efforts. Money and political power are at stake. Texas community outreach strategies are already challenged by President Trump’s administration discriminatory and inhumane policies directed at immigrants, and the state’s […]
The coronavirus pandemic is challenging Latino advocacy strategies and ‘Si se puede’ (yes we can) social change mantra. Latinos are at high-risk of experiencing disproportionate social, financial and health hardships from the coronavirus pandemic. High employment in the service industry, low-incomes, limited access to paid leave, and high diabetes and uninsured rates are some of […]
Jobs (wage), health care (costs), and immigration including treatment of all Latinos were among the top issues for Texas Latino according to a UnidosUS and Latino Decisions conducted “2020 Texas Latino Electorate Survey”. The survey details Latino expectation from ideal candidates; current level of ‘party support’; and a detailed family related issues they want candidates […]