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    NYPD Shake-up: Highest-Ranking Latino in NYPD forced to Retire; Latinos Angered

    It was announced four days ago that one of the highest ranking positions to be held in the New York City Police Department’s will no longer be held by a Latino. After 44 years of service within the NYPD, First Deputy Police Commissioner Rafael Piñeiro will be retiring come the end of...

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    Fight Against Stop-And-Frisk: New App to help Latinos Record Abusive Police Officers

    From taking photos and filtering them through an array of filters to post on Instagram to scrolling through countless postings on Tumblr to browsing from various boards of interest of Pinterest, apps on the iPhone or Android has become a daily fixture in everyone’s life. Used as the main source of social...

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    25 Years Later – NYC awards Central Park Five $41 Million after wrongful conviction

    It’s become one of New York City’s most infamous cases of injustice, and now after twenty-five long years it seems some form of justice will be given to the Central Park Five due to a recent court settlement in a case that was started two years ago. A case started after a...

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    Hundreds of Fast Food Workers arrested during Nationwide Strike

    A week ago we celebrated Labors Day Weekend which is a yearly celebration to honor labor workers in the workforce. Started as recognition to workers who embarked on social and political movements, the holiday was to remember what workers did in the past in order to better their livelihood and the livelihood...

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    Deportation Shouldn’t Stop: Congressman on the deaths of Immigrant Children deported

    In the ever-growing debate regarding immigration in the United States of America, not even the possible deaths of some immigrant children may face if deported back to their country of origins seems to quell the debate’s intensity. In fact, for one American congressman the deaths should not stop the deportation process but...

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    Latinos & Labor Day: Recognizing Hispanic Workers on Labor Day!

    Celebrated on the first Monday of September, and consisting of an entire weekend, this past weekend across the country we celebrated Labor Day. A day—or again a weekend—where we acknowledge the American Labor Movement, Labor Day is a day dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers within the United States...

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    Issue in Silicon Valley: Hispanic Service Workers suffer from low wages

    Silicon Valley, the Southern region of the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California, and the home to the world’s largest technology corporations like Apple. In-addition, it is a place where thousands of small startup companies go to because it is known for being the land of opportunity. However, within these companies...

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    The Prison Pandemic among Youth

    The general idea of the prison system is that it is a place where those who stray away from following the social norms of society and commit crimes go to in order to reform. However, for some who do go to prison the very structure no longer follows that intention. Now, as...

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    Death at Home: Migrant Children face Violence & Death if deported back

    In order to escape the hardship or violence currently existing in their country, there are more children making the long trek from South America into the U.S. However, despite their efforts to obtain a better, safer life these immigrant children are being deported right back to where they came from. And sadly,...

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    Latino Stars & Politicians get involved in the ALS Icebucket Challenge!

    From Ricky Martin to Jennifer Lopez, from Selena Gomez to Eva Longoria, from Carlos Vives to Thalia, and Alex Sensation to Daddy Yankee all these Latino superstars can now say they know what it’s like to have a bucket of ice filled water dumped onto them, but not in a bad way...

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    A Husband’s quest to solve the sudden disappearance of Salvadoran Mother and Wife

    For the last two years, the only thing Luis Fuentes has of his wife is the remembrance of her voice since her sudden disappearance when she was trying to cross the border into Texas. In those two years since her disappearance, Fuentes refuses to give up on his continuing quest which has...

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    Depression: How to Break the Silence of its Sufferers?

    On Monday, August 11, 2014 the world received the shocking news that beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams was dead due to an apparent suicide. As the story unfolded, it was uncovered that despite having a lengthy battle with alcohol and substance abuse Williams was dealing with severe depression. His dealing with...

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    Latinos of NYC feel uneasy with NYPD’s ‘Broken Windows’ Policy

    Last month the name of Eric Garner became widely known throughout New York City due to the highly-profiled controversy regarding Garner’s death. When a video showing the death of Garner at the hands of police officers was released, members of the Latino and African-American communities and civil rights activists have come out...

  • News & Politics
    Young Latino Activist Group Honored in New York City

    Within several cities in America throughout the 1960s and 1970s, a Latino group known as the Young Lords fought for social justice for Latinos living in the country and for the independence of Puerto Rico. Due to their historical contribution to the Latino community during the civil rights era, a street located...

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    Social Connectivity: Facebook page aims to connect hundreds of Mexicans living in NYC

    For most living in a large city like New York City it may be hard to find others to connect to who share similar interests. With the expansion of the online world connecting us all and the creation of social media sites this hard find to connect has lessen some. Finding others...

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    New Jersey Latino fights to keep Immigrants from deporting

    With the number of immigrants being detained and then deported today, many organizations are trying to combat the deportations and help immigrants who are facing them. For Christian Zamudio his life as a social organizer began when he fought to save his father from being deported, and now he fights for others...

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    Democrats or Republicans: Who do Latinos side with?

    As the immigration debate in America becomes far more intense—particularly the standstill that’s going on in Washington regarding immigration reform—where do Latinos stand in-regards to their political alliance? Are Latinos preferring to side with Democrats or Republicans during this recent intense political climate? In recent reports released, it appears that while Latinos...

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    New Project Launched to Help Detained Latino Children Immigrants

    Two weeks ago, the Californian town named Murrieta gained national attention in America after its residents showed how intense the immigration debate is getting in this country. When buses containing immigrant detainees were scheduled to drop them off at a local holding facility, the townspeople protested and blocked them. According to the...

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    Latinos participate in New Jersey’s new bike ride initiative Passaic Pedal EA

    You can call it a social network on wheels that’s going on in Passaic, New Jersey thanks to a new initiative called Passaic Pedal EA. In order to help various members of the community and ethnic groups integrate into the city in order to unite everyone into a community. According to their...

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    The Second Latino to serve in President Obama’s Cabinet

    Last Wednesday, the Senate voted to confirm Democrat Julian Castro as the new United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. The position was once held by President Barack Obama, and now Castro becomes the second Latino in President Obama‘s Cabinet, joining Labor Secretary Thomas Perez in such a coveted position. The...

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    Detained Immigrant Children and Families from Latin America incite protests in California

    Last Tuesday, the center stage concerning how intense the Immigration debate in this country is getting was the Californian town of Murrieta. When Homeland Security buses carrying children and family migrant workers to a detainment facility located in the town, the buses were forced to leave after being met by protesters demanding...

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    The problem with Relying on the Latino Vote – Rangel vs. Espaillat

    It was supposed to be the election race that could have put the first Dominican-American into congress, however the result of last Tuesday’s primary election disproved many political analysts and quieted any hopeful Latinos of such a change and accomplishment. Most believed that State Senator Adriano D. Espaillat would win the seat...

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    Why are people protesting Popular New York City Hispanic Newspaper?

    Last Thursday, more than 40 protestors gathered outside the One MetroTech Center in Brooklyn after the city’s largest and oldest Spanish-language magazine, El Diario laid off 12 employees. The firings created a controversy since El Diario’s parent company impreMedia are accused of breaking the contract workers and not providing any severance packages...

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    Did Latinos vote in First Dominican-American Congressman? Is Charles B. Rangel Out?

    Despite State Senator Adriano Espaillat putting up yet another intense challenge, but it seems like New Yorkers have made their decision and have decided to grant Representative Charles B. Rangel the privilege of keeping his seat. Last night, Rangel appears to have been voted into Congress representing the the 13th Congressional District...

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