Portraits of Phoenix Latinos Featured on the Cover of TIME Magazine

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​Pick up an issue of March's TIME Magazine, and you might spot a few familiar faces. 

The issue's cover story, Yo Decido., focuses on the Latino vote that's up for grabs in Arizona -- also the theme of "Brown Wave," a New Times feature about young Latinos, including undocumented students, mobilizing west Phoenix voters and helping increase voter turnout by nearly five times. TIME reporter Michael Sherer writes: 

In the coming weeks, the Obama campaign will open its fourth field office in Arizona, a state no Democrat has won since Bill Clinton and which native-son John McCain won in 2008 by nine points ... For the Obama campaign nationwide, "expanding the electorate" increasingly means "expanding the Latino electorate." If Obama is able to win heavily-Latino Western states like Nevada, Colorado and Arizona, he could still win in the electoral college even if he loses historically key states in the industrial Midwest like Ohio and Wisconsin.
The images on TIME's cover were taken by photographer Marco Grob, who traveled to Phoenix for a few days and set up a booth during the Centennial celebration on February 11 and 12. 

He and a few TIME employees asked a number of Phoenix Latinos questions about their voting plans before asking them to sit for a picture. A few weeks later, two well-known names in the local arts community and 18 other local Latino residents received phone calls from TIME. 

"My mom will end up with some, I'm sure," says Mario Mendia, the operational chariman of Arizona Latin@ Arts & Cultural Center (and the face behind the "T"). "They asked me what my voting plans were and I told them that if you don't like the way things are being done, do something about it ... Of course I'm going to vote." 

During the centennial weekend, local actor (and face below the "I") Marcelino Quiñonez was hosting the Arizona Dream Act Coalition's Dancing for a Dream. He says he saw the TIME booth and sat for a picture. A few weeks later he got a call from his brother: "'Brother,' he said to me, 'You're on the cover of TIME magazine... It was surreal."

The final Republican debate before the Super Tuesday primary was in Arizona this week -- something Sherer calls an "awkward coincidence." It would be hard to argue against Arizona's position as the center of the national immigration debate. And in the next year, its Latino community is going to be listening closely to the candidates' takes on immigration and beyond. 

TIME hits stands next week. 


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your father's oldsmobile

I hear that the Chinese/Norwegian guy was a little confused about why he was on the cover.

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Rubylips
Rubylips

Latino is not a race or ethnic term. Being latino is about what language you inherited. I agree if the guy in the picture does not speak Spanish, Portuguese (maybe even French and/or italian) then he shoud not represent us.

guest
guest

they do such a bang-up job with the elections in their home countries, why should anybody worry?

TheRaoulDuke5000
TheRaoulDuke5000

You know what those people look like to me?? Americans! 

A.j. Stone
A.j. Stone

Careful, you might actually wake White America out of its slumber, and they will realize they are losing the demographics war, and will soon find themselves voted into the cooking pot.

Gusto
Gusto

"During the centennial weekend, local actor (and face below the "H")"

H? As in thyme? I'm not seeing an H.

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Yourproductsucks

I also see a picture of Micheal Schennum on the cover. He is a self described part Norwegan part Chinese part Irish Non-Latino.

Looks like Time magazine participated in a form of racial profiling using ones appearance to pass judgement. Shame on the liberal hypocrites!

Eflores90
Eflores90

I want to know how many have records? lol you know some white sheet wearing, sb1070 supporting, abortion banning moron has that questions.

Democrits
Democrits

Nice way for Liberals to stir ethnic division, as usual.  A constant stream of White baby boomers and  mid-westerners moving to the sunbelt and large Mormon families will keep the White numbers high.  Moved to Arizona active in Democratic Party, and now pro-Arpaio Republican.  That is Arizona's future.

sarum
sarum

 Disagree.  Plenty have inherited only the culture or thought patterns, beliefs and lifestyles but have lost the language.  Others have the language but abandoned the culture and even the food.  The brown power La Raza screamers obviously think there is a racial component - yet my Spanish speaking darkly Mexican descent family is not to their liking . . . go figure.  But to have this discussion is important and each individual must have it at some point.  Ideally a common definition will result but perhaps not possible.

Guest
Guest

The H in 'Michael'.

Anon
Anon

Shame on the AZ GOP for starting the destruction of Arizona's culture and history.

Anon
Anon

Shame of the AZ GOP for starting the destruction of Arizona's culture and history.

sarum
sarum

 Some are keeping count of the racist facist brownshirt brown power La Raza Reconquista record as well and plenty of Latinos want nothing to do with that either.  You are creating your own stereotype invoking tired stereotypes which is why "Democrits" response to you is apropo.

Democrits
Democrits

Try again, your poor English will keep you in the fruit picking underclass.

FormerRepublican
FormerRepublican

Who stirred the ethnic division to begin with? Lest we forget SB1070?

Expert Shot
Expert Shot

 No Sarum, Ruby lips is right - look it up in the dictionary.  Conservatives don't get to change meanings of words just because they think they can and neither do you.  A latino is anyone who has ancestors from Latin America.  A Latin America is shaped by the invasion of Spain into that land and peoples. You are wanting a word called Mestizo.  Be proud of your indigenous peoples background!

Anon
Anon

delete this comment, replaced by above. would be nice to have a delete button, along with a 'like" and "dislike" button.

sarum
sarum

 This has been going on since euro descent peoples came here.  Before that the indigenous tribes did it to themselves and each other.  It is human nature.  30 years ago native born "white" Arizonans were clearly convinced that local Hispanics (Latinos if you will) had always run this state. 

Choyado3000
Choyado3000

Are there not norwegians of latino origins? Apologize for what? Is it so bad to be a "Spik" ? I am proud to be called Latino.

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