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Mónica Marie Zorrilla

Mónica Marie Zorrilla

Mónica has loved writing ever since she could hold a pencil in her hand, and has dreamt about the day she would be able to work with a news team since she was a fourth grader. AL DÍA News has been a natural fit, as she has been speaking and writing fluently in both English and in Spanish her whole life, due to being born to proud Cuban-American and Puerto Rican-Raised parents in Miami, FL. When she graduated from Carrollton School of The Sacred Heart in 2013 as a high school senior, she decided to give the North East a chance and has pursued her collegiate studies at Haverford College, where she is a member of The Class of 2017. As an English major and a double minor in Spanish and Psychology, Mónica's topics-of-interest cover a broad spectrum, as is evident in the content and clips she has contributed and produced. However, she is most intrigued by social justice and advocacy for children, human rights, foreign policy, [email protected] culture, and mainstream millennial trends. She hopes to, someday, go to graduate school for Social Work, but she promises to always continue providing a voice for herself and for others through her writing.

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The State of Women and Girls in Philadelphia

 09/21/2017 - 15:31
Photograph by Samantha Madera. Copyright City of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia is not only the City of Brotherly Love, it is also the City of Sisterly Effectiveness. The City now joins thirty-one other major American cities with women’s commissions, dedicated to shining a light on issues that women experience through intersectional data-collection and discourse, and tearing down the barriers of male dominance in a variety of fields, sectors, and categories.

Los filadelfianos apenas conocen el Mes de la Herencia Hispana

 09/13/2017 - 10:59
Charlotte y Steve, dos residentes de Filadelfia, dijeron que el Mes de la Hispanidad es un momento “para honrar y recordar la importante historia de la herencia hispana y lo que ella significa en la actualidad”. Foto: Samantha Laub/AL DÍA News

Después de merodear un buen rato por el parque Dilworth preguntando a los transeúntes algunas cuestiones sobre el Mes de la Herencia Hispana, mi colega y yo nos dimos cuenta de que la mayoría de los filadelfianos no conoce demasiado bien este evento cultural de envergadura nacional.

 

Attorney General Josh Shapiro joins forces to Legally Fight for DACA

 09/11/2017 - 17:43
DACA Rally in Philadelphia, September 5th 2017. Photo taken by Samantha Laub/AL DÍA News. 

Sixteen attorney generals reviewed the facts, and determined that Trump’s DACA directive violates the rule of law. Of the sixteen, the attorney general for The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Josh Shapiro, is standing up for the 5,889 DREAMers in his state.

 

Cuba: Beauty and Sadness

 09/11/2017 - 15:04
Sandy Stolzman by Samantha Laub/AL DÍA News 

Sandy Stolzman redefines contemporary third-world travel photography by purposefully transcending above the stereotyped role of Bacardí rum-drinking and sandy toed White tourist with a camera slung across her neck, and the results are obvious. With a wily media and with curated social accounts that love to romanticize Cuba, Stolzman is able to keenly perceive through her lens what is objectively beautiful- and what is objectively sad -about the island.

 

A Clueless City: Philadelphians Lack Basic Knowledge of Hispanic Heritage Month

 09/08/2017 - 14:07
We went around City Hall and asked the people of Philadelphia what they know, or don't know, about Hispanic Heritage Month. These are the results!

After scurrying around City Hall and Dilworth Park to ask civilians simple questions about Hispanic Heritage Month for a short video, my colleague and I soon realized that the majority of Philadelphia is ill-prepared and misinformed about this nationally recognized celebratory period. Nevertheless, between every “um”, “uh”, or absolute radio silence, there came a widespread longing to understand and know more about this time of year. The interest is there, so why hasn’t the City taken advantage of it?

 

En Filadelfia, el DACA sigue con vida y la lucha continúa

 09/07/2017 - 02:05
DACA Rally on September 5th 2017 by Samantha Laub/AL DÍA News

En la mañana del 5 de setiembre, funcionarios y organizadores de la ciudad de Filadelfia se reunieron en una marcha de solidaridad frente al Departamento de Justicia para protestar en contra de la eliminación del DACA.  La marcha terminó frente a la nueva sede del ICE de la ciudad.

 

 

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