Latinos en A fresh face on Detroit City Council <p></p><p>Raquel Castaneda-Lopez is the newest member to the Detroit &nbsp;City Council<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;representing District 6 in Southwest Detroit,​ which includes the largest concentration of Hispanic voters in the city.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Lopez gained political experience running state Rep.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rashida</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tlaib’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;campaign in 2008. She has worked with non-profit groups for years with a focus on youth programs in disadvantaged communities.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lopez says she want to keep the focus on the needs of her constituents - safety&nbsp;and access to city services for example.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 22:36:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 15273 at A fresh face on Detroit City Council Not Dutch? New Spanish language magazine launches in Holland <p>Most people know Holland, Michigan for its Dutch roots and maybe it’s <a href="">big tulip festival</a>.</p><p>But in the 2010 U.S. Census, more than&nbsp;1 in 5 people who live in Holland identified as Latino. So maybe it’s no surprise why <a href="">The Holland Sentinel </a>newspaper decided to put out a new Spanish&nbsp;language monthly&nbsp;magazine.</p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 03:09:20 +0000 Lindsey Smith 10928 at Not Dutch? New Spanish language magazine launches in Holland Immigration and the Latino vote <p>Recently, there was a <a href="">protest rally</a> in Southwest Detroit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement over raids and deportation, and what’s seen as overreach by ICE officials. Non-citizens can't legally vote, but how does the heightened sense of tension impact the Latino vote here in Michigan? Also, the Latino community is one of the fastest growing minority groups in the state. Should there be more Latino representation among lawmakers? Jennifer White talks with Laurence Garcia, an attorney, and the Chairman of the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan.</p><p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 21:08:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 9584 at Immigration and the Latino vote Making public transit easier for Washtenaw Co. Spanish speakers <p>Casa Latina, a new <a href="">non-profit organization</a> supporting Washtenaw County&#39;s Latino residents, has some interesting figures:</p><blockquote><ul><li>According to the US Census Bureau, nearly 30 percent of Washtenaw County community members who speak Spanish at home speak English &lsquo;less than well&rsquo;</li><li>Latinos make up 4 percent of Washtenaw County, yet 7.4 percent of those who use public transit are Latino</li><li>More than 70 percent of Spanish speakers in Washtenaw County are native-born US citizens, and 6.5 percent are naturalized citizens</li></ul></blockquote><p>With that in mind, Casa Latina has partnered with the <span><a href="">Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (The Ride)</a> to begin publishing a bus route and scheduling guide in Spanish. </span></p><p><span>In <a href="">a press release</a>, </span>Charo Ledón, <span>Executive Director of Casa Latina, commented, &quot;This effort will help many of our fellow community members effectively use the bus system to get to and from work, school and the grocery store. It&#39;s a big step for Spanish-speakers to be able to fully participate in our community.&quot;</span></p><p>And a Spanish translation might just be the first step.</p><p><span>Carrie Rheingans, also with Casa Latina said, </span><span>&quot;In working with TheRide, we learned that there are folks who would like to see the Ride Guide published in other languages, too, and we applaud TheRide for trying this pilot project in Spanish first with Casa Latina.&quot;&nbsp;<br /> </span></p><p><span>According to the release, The Ride&#39;s </span>new website will allow users to find information in several languages.</p><p><em>-John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p><em style="padding-right:0px;padding-left:0px;border-bottom-width:0px;padding-top:0px;border-style:initial;border-color:initial;margin-bottom:0px;padding-bottom:0px;border-top-width:0px;vertical-align:baseline;line-height:16px;margin-right:0px;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-size:13px;margin-left:0px;border-right-width:0px;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;margin-top:0px;border-left-width:0px">This story was informed by the Public Insight Network. 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