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Puerto Rican Activists Warn Equal Rights Protections Are in Jeopardy

National October 16, 2018 at 3:09 pm

Civil rights activists are concerned that changes proposed to Puerto Rico’s civil code, such as limiting adoption rights to heterosexual couples and giving “unborn children” rights, could set back years of equality struggles and harm vulnerable communities, El Nuevo Día reports. Measures in a bill currently being considered in theRead More

Tips for Chinese Civil Servants on Surviving in the Spy-phobic Era

National October 12, 2018 at 12:44 pm

As the relationship between China and the U.S. turns icy, several Chinese Americans working for government entities such as the NOAA, NASA, and the NSA are either under investigation or have been forced to leave on suspicions that they might be spying for China. Samuel Mok, former CFO of the U.S.Read More

Undocumented Salvadoran Gains Status Thanks to 1997 Law

National October 12, 2018 at 12:03 pm

José Ignacio Zepeda, who survived a kidnapping and a bombing during the El Salvador civil war (1980-1992), gained legal status in the U.S. last month thanks to the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA), passed in 1997, after being undocumented for 18 years without knowing that he wasRead More

‘Hugs Not Walls’ in El Paso

National October 11, 2018 at 2:58 pm

The next “Hugs Not Walls” event in El Paso, at which families separated by the U.S.-Mexico border meet in a neutral spot along the Rio Grande, is being moved to another location due to border wall construction work, El Diario de El Paso reports. The sixth edition will move from Barrio Chihuahuita toRead More

Double Punishment: Families Drive Hours to ICE Jails

National October 11, 2018 at 2:20 pm

The case of Adriana Santiago Mendel, 35, a mother of three placed by ICE in a private detention center 400 miles from her home in Sacramento, highlights a particular burden for many immigrant families, reports La Opinión. Her husband Agustín Sánchez must drive for six hours with his children to briefly see herRead More

Puerto Rico Mayors Prepare For the Next Disaster without Government Help

National October 10, 2018 at 11:04 am

After the disastrous experience with Hurricane María, Puerto Rican mayors are saying they’ll have to prepare for future weather emergencies individually, reports El Nuevo Día. With hurricane season in full swing, the local agency in charge of managing emergencies (NMEAD) has cancelled meetings, and  instead of the eight employees it isRead More

California Pro-Immigrant Group Seeks to Engage Low-Propensity Voters

National October 10, 2018 at 10:58 am

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) and the CHIRLA Action Fund, writes La Opinión, are launching a campaign to get out the vote among 216,000 “low-propensity voters” such as immigrants, with recommendations for several propositions on the California ballot on Nov. 6. Diana Colín, civic engagement directorRead More

LA Nonprofit Naturalizes 1,000 New US Citizens

National October 9, 2018 at 3:48 pm

The Los Angeles-based nonprofit Council of Mexican Federations in North America (COFEM) announced that it has achieved its goal of naturalizing 1,000 new U.S. citizens in time to vote in the next election, La Opinión reports. The campaign started in February and, with the help of churches, media personalities, schools andRead More

Boosting the Puerto Rican Diaspora Vote in Florida

National October 9, 2018 at 3:27 pm

The nonprofit Boricua Vota wants to register voters among the Puerto Rican diaspora in Florida and other U.S. states, to boost the electoral power of Puerto Ricans and make representatives in Congress more attuned to the needs of the island. Boricua Vota president Jimmy Torres Vélez estimates that 1.2 million Puerto Ricans liveRead More

Osaka Cuts Ties with SF Over Comfort Women Memorial

National October 5, 2018 at 4:34 pm

A year ago, San Francisco unveiled its Comfort Women Memorial, the first such statue in an American city to memorialize the sex slaves forced to serve Japanese soldiers during WWII. On Oct. 2, the mayor of the Japanese city of Osaka wrote to the mayor of San Francisco to end the sisterhood betweenRead More

Trump’s Wall Further Divides Sister Cities across Border

National October 4, 2018 at 3:37 pm

The construction of a big wall replacing an aging fence in El Paso’s Barrio Chihuahuita, opposite Juarez across the border with Mexico, is further separating two sister cities accustomed to coexisting for a long time. Some residents watched incredulously as 18-feet bollards, part of President Trump’s campaign promise, started to dominate the landscape,Read More

The Native Vote in Six Races

National October 3, 2018 at 11:44 am

Indian Country Today explores how the Native vote could tip the scales in Senate rates in North Dakota, Arizona, Montana, Minnesota, Nevada and Wisconsin. In Minnesota, competing for lieutenant governor are two Native Americans who are bringing in new voters. In North Dakota, where 6 percent of voters are Native voters, some wereRead More

Chinese Journalists on Being Pioneers

National October 2, 2018 at 12:31 pm

On the 50th anniversary of Chinese for Affirmative Action, a major rights organization in San Francisco, a group of the earliest Asian reporters to break into mainstream media recalled an era when the media was predominantly white. Christopher Chow, the first Chinese reporter of KPIX Channel 5, said that the firstRead More

In Michigan, 20 Years of Arabic Instruction

National October 1, 2018 at 4:28 pm

Schools in Dearborn, MI have been teaching Arabic language and culture since the late 1990s, and more than 70 students have graduated who are literate in both English and Arabic, reports Arab American News. Language and cultures “are very important and inseparable,” said public school teacher Nabila Hammami. But parents still sendRead More

As Child Poverty Rates Soar, Puerto Rico Asks for Federal Help

National October 1, 2018 at 4:25 pm

El Nuevo Día reports urgent requests for relief funds following the release of a study highlighting conditions for children post-Hurricane María. At a recent meeting of experts organized by the Institute of Youth Development, economist María Enchautegui of the Río Piedras Campus of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) said the governmentRead More