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Unemployment and depression

Posted on July 25th, 2011 by Alejandra Okie 2 Comments

Unlike in some countries around the world, in the U.S. our jobs tend to define who we are. Paid work can represent our role, our purpose, our social life and our structured time each day. Yet , nine percent of the population in the U.S. is unemployed. So what happens to a person’s mental state when they lose a job or have trouble finding one? Feelings of anxiety, sadness or depression:


Harvest of Dignity: New Documentary About Farmworkers

Posted on July 18th, 2011 by Alejandra Okie No Comments

Harvest of Dignity, a new original documentary about farmworkers in the U.S. recently premiered on the Public Internet Channel ( The Harvest of Dignity film comes on the 50 year anniversary of the acclaimed 1960 film Harvest of Shame, the last televised documentary by journalist Edward R. Murrow that led to permanent changes in the laws protecting workers’ rights.


Five Myths About Immigration in the U.S.

Posted on July 11th, 2011 by Alejandra Okie 5 Comments

We are a nation of immigrants. In 1990, the U.S. Census asked one out of six households what their ancestry or ethnic origin was. Here’s what they said: German: 15.2 percent, Irish: 10.8 percent, African-American: 8.8 percent, English: 8.7 percent, Mexican: 6.5 percent, Italian: 5.6 percent. Although many of us have an abuela or nonna who came to the United States as an immigrant, in general most of us know very little about the current immigration policy in the U.S. and the impact immigrants have in our society.


Job Outlook for Latinos

Posted on June 6th, 2011 by Alejandra Okie No Comments

What will it take for the job outlook for Latinos to improve? In April 2011, the unemployment rate for Latinos was 11.8 percent, compared to 9 percent for the general population (NCLR). A recent poll found that one out of three working Latinos, more than any other group, felt insecure in their jobs. And, one in three had lost their health insurance or other benefits. The poll also found that Latinos were the most likely to be underemployed– looking for more work or better jobs