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Hispanic Heritage Month Local Hero Karemi Alvarez Champions Health

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Students finally got clean drinking water at San Diego's Sweetwater High School. That's thanks to Karemi Alvarez — a rising voice for healthy lifestyles in needy communities. Read more

Hispanic Heritage Month Local Hero Enrique Morones — Titan At The Border

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Free legal consultations for deported immigrants on the border. This is just one of the dozens of ideas engineered by human rights activist, Enrique Morones. Read more

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San Diego Opera Stages A New Mariachi Opera

April 22
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov
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Once again San Diego Opera challenges preconceived notions about what opera is and expands the horizons about what it can be with the new mariachi opera "El Pasado Nunca se Termina" that has two performances this Saturday at the Civic Theater.

California's First Latino Supreme Court Justice To Address 'Role Of Latinos In A Changing America'

March 24
Midday Edition
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Former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso is in San Diego Tuesday for a lecture at UC San Diego in honor of Cesar Chavez Day.

Big Changes At 22nd Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival

March 11
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh
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The 22nd annual San Diego Latino Film Festival kicks off Thursday at the AMC Fashion Valley Theaters. The festival has a new home base and some new programmers at the helm, so change is in the air.

Aztec Printing Owner Shares His Memories Of The Chicano Movement

Feb. 13
By Marielena Castellanos
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As Aztec Printing closes its doors, the pictures on its walls tell a story of struggles, protests and victories in the Chicano Movement in San Diego.

Local Hero Myra Curiel Helps Aging Out Foster Youth with Move-in Kits

Hispanic Heritage Month 2014 Honoree

Sept. 15
By Monica Medina
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When Myra Curiel aged out of the foster care system and enrolled in Casa de Amparo’s New Directions transitional housing program in Oceanside, she received a welcome basket.

Hispanic Heritage Month Local Hero Carmen Kcomt Advocates for Immigrant Families

Hispanic Heritage Month 2014 Honoree

Sept. 12
By Monica Medina
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Carmen Kcomt is filled with pride. On June 25th, this 2014 Hispanic Heritage Month Local Hero who hails from Peru, finally became a United States citizen. The journey to citizenship was filled with challenges and setbacks that included 11 years of struggling to maneuver through the system in her quest for political asylum—and spending five of those years as an undocumented immigrant.

A Conversation With Civil-Rights Leader Dolores Huerta

June 26
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In the 1960s, Dolores Huerta co-founded the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez, and she's spent her life working to mobilize people power. Huerta was in San Diego this week to speak to a convention of Latino elected officials.

21st San Diego Latino FIlm Festival Promises Some Good Fare

March 19
By Rebecca Romani
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Offerings at the 21st San Diego Latino Film Festival promise more variety than what's currently in theaters. Guest blogger Rebecca Romani has suggestions.

Watch Historic Medal Of Honor Ceremony Live (Video)

March 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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President Barack Obama today will award the Medal of Honor to 24 soldiers who served in WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. A prior congressional investigation found many of these soldiers were previously denied the Medal of Honor due to their Jewish or Latino heritage.

Review: San Diego Latino Film Festival's Un Mundo Extraño

March 13
By Beth Accomando
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The San Diego Latino Film Festival kicks off it’s 21st season tonight. But while it’s easy to fill the house with opening and closing night crowd pleasers, I suggest getting out of your comfort zone and checking out the bizarre world of Un Mundo Extraño.

Survey: Majority Of San Diego Latinos Feel Some Discrimination

Dec. 11
By Jill Replogle
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A recent survey commissioned by KPBS and San Diego Magazine finds many Latinos feel they are targets of discrimination and stereotyping.

JFK's Fateful Last Night And The Latino Vote

Nov. 21
By David Martin Davies

As the nation remembers the last tragic day of John F. Kennedy’s presidency, many Latino voters of that era reflect on what the 35th president meant to their emerging political bloc.

San Diego Latinos Surveyed About Beliefs, Experiences

Nov. 14
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A survey finds interesting complexities in San Diego's Latino population. KPBS and San Diego Magazine commissioned a survey to determine the range of attitudes and aspirations in the Latino community.

Migrant Education Program Gives Farmworkers' Children A Boost

Nov. 7
By Jill Replogle
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For nearly a half-century, the federal migrant education program has been helping farmworkers' children catch up and keep up with their peers. We look at one program in the Imperial Valley.

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