I’m Federico Martinez, a reporter for The Blade. I’ve been called many things in my life: a migrant farm worker, a homeless teen-ager, a college professor and a news reporter. What I am is a Chicano. Identity is important to me because I was born at a time, when speaking Spanish in public could result in expulsion from school, or denied employment; when brown skin made you an easy target for hateful, prejudice people. And still, I’m Chicano.
The mission of Pulso Latino is simple: To record the “pulse” of the “Latino” community and provide "mi gente" (the Latino community) an opportunity to be heard, recognized and celebrated. We’ll be doing that in print and on this blog – chronicling our community’s achievements, our day-to-day joys and sorrows and yes, our challenges.
La misión del pulso latino para darle a mi gente una oportunidad hacer escuchado, reconocido y celebrado.