OBAMA DECLARES NATIONAL MONUMENT FOR CESAR CHAVEZ – President Obama declared a National Monument at the house where the pioneer of the farm worker movement Cesar Chavez lived and his grave. Known as Nuestra Señora Reina de La Paz, in Keene, California, the place is also the headquarters of the United Farm Workers, or UFW. It is the first national park that recognizes the work of a Latino hero of our times. Marco Vinicio González presents segments of the president’s speech at La Paz, and reactions from some of the leaders that were present at the ceremony.
HUNT FOR LATINO VOTE ACCELERATES IN KEY STATES – After the first debate between the presidential candidates, the gap between voters’ preferences for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney closed. This is especially true in swing states. Latino voters in Florida, Colorado and Nevada could make more of a difference than ever before in this year’s elections. José López Zamorano reports on efforts to win the Latino vote in those states that are considered a battleground.
CONTROVERSIAL MURAL SEES LIGHT IN LOS ANGELES – Eighty years after its first public inauguration, the mural “América Tropical” by David Alfaro Siqueiros in Los Angeles has been rescued from oblivion. The mural, which crudely denounces the poor treatment of Mexicans in the United States, was whitewashed and removed from public view a few months after its inauguration because of influential conservative sectors. After two decades of attempts to rescue the mural, and thanks to a hefty investment, “América Tropical” was opened again to the public view. Our reporter Rubén Tapia was at the re-inauguration and has these details of this new chapter in the history of Mexican art in the United States.