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U Visa: an exit from domestic violence

Posted on 07. Dec, 2009 by .


Graciela Beines is a survivor. She arrived in the United States from Argentina ten years ago. She was undocumented, unmarried, had no children in the U.S. and barely spoke English. In 2002, Beines, 50, was victim of brutal domestic violence. After enduring two years with her abuser, she helped put him in jail. She moved […]

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Thoughts on homelessness

Posted on 20. Nov, 2009 by .


As the homeless shelter population reaches an all-time high in New York City, newly released data show, the homeless of the city are often overlooked or mistreated. The NYC Coalition for the Homeless fights for the rights of the homeless, while the NYC Department of Homeless Services compiles information and statistics on the number of […]

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Latino Youth Cadets graduate

Posted on 13. Nov, 2009 by .


Twenty four very young Latino cadets graduated from the after-school program New York Military Youth Cadets (NYMYC) last Saturday in Saint Mark’s Church, Jackson Heights, Queens. The cadets, ages 12 to 16, received diplomas and certificates signed by Governor Paterson and President Obama. Commander Alirio Orduna, the director and founder of the program, has been […]

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And the best of New York is…

Posted on 06. Nov, 2009 by .


New York City’s popularity is nowhere near fading. Now that the city is in the spotlight both nationally and internationally because of the re-election of mayor Bloomberg, who just won his third term in a close race, I thought it would be interesting to ask New Yorkers what their favorite thing about the city was […]

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Rwanda – the land of a million smiles where there are none

Posted on 23. Oct, 2009 by .


They call it the land of a million smiles. Despite the amazing economic development of Rwanda since the 1994 genocide, wounds in Rwanda are profound. Topics such as reconciliation, the effectiveness of gacaca courts, and Rwanda’s involvement in D.R. Congo are huge in the country and remain unsolved; perhaps the reason why, despite its nickname, […]

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Less love and more financial concerns come to East Harlem's botánicas

Posted on 16. Oct, 2009 by .


Botanicas in East Harlem have been affected by the recession in an interesting way. Owners said their business is doing fine. But they have found a shift in the concerns that draw people to their consultations: from love to money. As unemployment worsens, people look for hope in botánicas, that are becoming more popular during […]

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Getting Dobbs off the air

Posted on 09. Oct, 2009 by .


I recently overheard in the 110th Street metro stop in Spanish Harlem a conversation between two Hispanic men. They were talking about Lou Dobbs. Overhearing that conversation reminded me of the time I spent working in Hispanic media in Florida, and of how strongly people in the community felt about his hate speech and his […]

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Award-winning poet Willie Perdomo talks about "El Barrio"

Posted on 03. Oct, 2009 by .


East Harlem, like every microcosm of New York City, is changing rapidly and steadily. Some say it’s losing its flavor. Willie Perdomo is a renowned New York poet with Puerto Rican heritage who grew up in East Harlem. Perdomo has based a good part of his poetic work on this neighborhood, a strong latino hub. […]

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A sailor aboard a challenge

Posted on 25. Sep, 2009 by .


“New York is full of strange and extraordinary people,” a Spanish friend of mine told me recently while walking under a railway in Brooklyn. I did nothing but nod, remembering all those people singing and praying and bitching publicly that I had encountered in my first month in the metropolis — all those people that […]

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New arrivals and exodus in Hispanic Corona

Posted on 13. Sep, 2009 by .


Hispanic Corona’s demographics are changing rapidly. Historically an Italian, Colombian and Dominican neighborhood, it now hosts large communities of Ecuadorians, Mexicans, and Guatemalans. “La Chola”, “Antojitos Colombianos Bakery” and other signs in Spanish set the scene. It smells like tacos and rubbish, depending what street you’re on. Despite the economic downturn and the lack of […]

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