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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:

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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 (PIC.tv). 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.

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Going to Mexico

Posted on July 14th, 2011 by Producer @PICtv 83 Comments

While everyone worries about the challenges Ariel’s pregnancy presents for the family, Lee has finally lined up his perfect dream job. Pilar is taken away by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, apparently turned in by Victoria’s husband Jack. Things go from bad to horrible when Lee’s dream job interview becomes a nightmare.

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Secrets

Posted on June 30th, 2011 by Producer @PICtv 19 Comments

Alma discovers the truth about the chocolate chip cookies and confronts Lee about lying. All of it suddenly seems fairly trivial when Lee and Alma discover that Paul’s fifteen-year-old friend Ariel is pregnant. But none of it compares with what they feel when Paul hits his parents with a revelation of his own.

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Alcohol Use Among Latinos

Posted on June 27th, 2011 by Alejandra Okie 1 Comment

True or false? Latinos are more likely to have a drinking problem than other ethnic or racial groups. The answer is false. About 9.5 percent of Latinos have a drinking problem at some point in their lives, compared to 14 percent of non-Hispanic Whites (NIH). Although Latinos are less likely to drink alcohol at all (abstain) than non-Hispanic Whites, alcohol abuse is a serious concern for Latinos for several reasons:

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Lead Us Not…

Posted on June 23rd, 2011 by Producer @PICtv 17 Comments

When Lee helps beautiful new neighbor Victoria with a loose battery cable, more gets started than just her car. A gift of chocolate chip cookies sets off a chain of guilt, deception, lies, jealousy and hypocrisy, while Ariel reveals to Paul the many issues she’s facing with her family.

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Being Bilingual in the U.S.: Benefits and Tips

Posted on June 19th, 2011 by Alejandra Okie 9 Comments

Helping me be fluent in two languages is one of the greatest gifts that my motherever gave me. After we moved to the U.S. from Mexico, she kept speaking to me only in Spanish. Being bilingual allowed me to continue to have a connection with my family, ancestors and culture. It has given me access to job opportunities as a writer, translator and community educator. It allows me to travel and to be able to communicate with over 3 million people whose first language is Spanish (SIL). Latino immigrants and language:

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Family Heirloom

Posted on June 16th, 2011 by Producer @PICtv 39 Comments

The Valenzuelas learn some hard lessons about the problems alcoholism has always created for their family. Lee, Alma, Memo and Pilar return to find an unconscious Jennifer in the hands of the boys she invited over. Lee and Alma are furious with Lucia for getting drunk, passing out and leaving the children unprotected.

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Pepe or Joe?: The Transformation in Latino Names in the U.S.

Posted on June 13th, 2011 by Alejandra Okie 3 Comments

Although the Latino population grew by 43 percent in the last decade, for the first time since the 1970’s the name “José” did not make the list of the 50 most popular baby names for 2010 compiled by the Social Security Administration. Other names losing in popularity include Guillermo, Juan, Juanita and Angelica. What’s making Latinos choose nontraditional names for our children? Take my own story as an example.

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