Latino and Black families are being regulated to a generational and permanent underclass population status. The history of Texas’ minimalist approach to policymaking has perpetuated limited human capital investments, and unequal opportunities to achieve family bienestar (well-being) – real middle-class equivalency.
Remember Texas’ election law Senate Bill 1, which became active on December 2, 2021? SB1 demonstrated its negative impact on Latino and Black voters through restrictions on voting, voter assistance, and voter outreach. Now, Republican ideologues who passed SB1 are at it again.
The U.S. Civil Rights Commission Hearing held in San Antonio in 1968, and the 1997 publication “The New Texas Challenge: Population Change and the Future of Texas” led by Steve H. Murdock are entangled. Latino bienestar improvements are noted but remain unsatisfactory across the state.
The Latino Texas Policy Center (LTPC) is a developing statewide organization based in San Antonio. The Texas Latino Policy Symposium (TXLPS), which includes this blog, has described the need; and advocated for leadership to establish a Latino ‘Think Tank.’ Its purpose is to increase the policy-making influence of Latinos.
The Uvalde tragedy resulted in extensive media, punditry, and political attention. Yet, has anyone asked what the children’s families and predominant Latino community want? The failed communications and understanding of their wants serve as a microcosm of what happens across Latino communities.
Latino economic disparities cut across wages and benefits, median income, home ownership, debts, and savings. Their middle class and wealth-building status affect choices to strengthen family bienestar (well-being), civic involvement to gain political power and policy influence, and structural changes needed.
The people and vital services least able to handle increased costs for food, gas, housing, and utilities are the ones least likely to benefit from inflation-related adjustments. Yet, the Texas Senate Finance charged with examining Texans’ current tax exemptions and whether adjustments are merited because of inflation are looking for more ways to keep businesses […]
The Texas Winter Storm, in February 2021, disproportionately impacted Latino, Black, and low-income peoples. The winter disaster occurred while they were struggling with pandemic conditions and its concurrent disproportionate economic and health effects.
A Reunion and Celebration of the Legacy of Raza Unida Party –One of the Most Influential Organizations of the Chicano Movement. Participants will review the history and legacy of the Raza Unida Party, and its relationships to the current social, economic, and political status of Mexican Americans. Presentations will connect the present to future influence […]
There are 2.5 more uninsured Latinos today than their total population of 1.8 million during the 1968 U.S. Civil Rights Commission Hearing conducted in San Antonio. It’s a social justice issue that requires change from the decades of increasing right-wing political obstruction and discriminatory policies.