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His next project will be launched in New York this week, as an "open-air museum" centered on immigrants and refugees. 

“El General” y “Policía Asesino” es desfigurado en el mural del mercado italiano

 08/22/2017 - 09:31
Mural de Frank Rizzo. Samantha Laub/AL DÍA News

Un nuevo día, un nuevo monumento al polémico Rizzo vandalizado en Filadelfia. Manifestantes de ambos bandos, a favor y en contra de este controvertido y corrosivo ex alcalde y comisario de policía de la ciudad, han sido convocados hoy para protestar frente a su estatua. Una de las manifestaciones tendrá lugar hoy lunes a las 4PM, mientras que la otra, convocada por los seguidores de Rizzo, ha sido denegada por el Ayuntamiento.

 

"The General" and “Killer Cop” Defaced on Italian Market Mural

 08/21/2017 - 12:20
Frank Rizzo mural. Samantha Laub/AL DÍA News 

Another day, another controversial Rizzo monument vandalized in Philadelphia. Ralliers, both those in favor and those against the notoriously corrosive and prejudiced former police commissioner and Mayor, were set to protest today. One is set to occur at 4PM today, while the other, comprised of Rizzo's devotees, has been shut down by the City. 

 

[OP-ED]: Growing disgust with the ethos of college campuses does not mean a rejection of higher education

 07/18/2017 - 15:00
According to the National Student Clearinghouse, which tracks college enrollments, the number of students in colleges and universities has now dropped for five straight years, and this year 81,000 fewer high school graduates nationwide are heading to higher-education institutions. 

A recent survey on the public’s view of national institutions elicited headlines that suggested a tale of backwardness and ignorance. One example: “Majority of Republicans Think Higher Education is Bad for America.” 

The reality is more complex.

A Latino Justin Bieber?

 06/26/2017 - 05:53
Spanish teen pop star Abraham Mateo has growth spurt with reggaeton, beard, big muscles. Photo: EFE/Pablo Ramon

In "Loco Enamorado," Abraham Mateo is accompanied by urban icon Farruko from Puerto Rico in shaping a song the Spaniard defines as "reggaepop," a fusion of the pop that has been his signature music for all his young lifetime, and a reggaeton that is gaining world popularity thanks to the "Despacito" phenom.

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[OP-ED]: Racism and the Trump effect at the high school where I teach

 02/28/2017 - 15:06
A small group of Mexicans and Americans demonstrated today in two parts of the Mexican capital for the visit to the country by US Secretaries of State, Rex Tillerson, and Interior Security, John Kelly, where they declared through banners "Persona non grata" to the secretaries, an official visit in Mexico, and urged them to stop the hatred, racism and ignorance shown so far by the policies of President Donald Trump. EFE

My two sons used to come home from a day at high school complaining that ludicrous accusations of racism were as common as the desks in the classrooms. I chalked it up to adolescent exaggeration.

After having spent the current academic year as a teacher surrounded by rowdy high-schoolers, I can attest that they were right.

In the hallways, at assemblies, in my classroom, “That’s racist!” was a common refrain for most of the early fall.

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Esther Cepeda

[OP-ED]: El racismo y el efecto Trump en la escuela secundaria donde enseño

 02/28/2017 - 14:59
Un grupo reducido de mexicanos y estadounidenses se manifestaron hoy en dos puntos de la capital mexicana por la visita al país de los secretarios de Estado de EE.UU., Rex Tillerson, y de Seguridad Interior, John Kelly, donde declararon a través de pancartas "persona non grata" a los secretarios, de visita oficial en México, y les exhortaron a detener el odio, el racismo y la ignorancia mostrada hasta ahora por las políticas del presidente Donald Trump. EFE

Mis dos hijos solían volver a casa después de una día en su escuela secundaria, quejándose de que las acusaciones ridículas de racismo eran tan comunes como los pupitres de la clase. Yo lo atribuía a exageraciones adolescentes.

Tras pasar el actual año académico como profesora, rodeada de alborotados alumnos de secundaria, doy fe de que tenían razón.

En los pasillos, las reuniones, en mi clase, “¡Eso es racista!” fue una frase común durante todo el principio del otoño.

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Esther Cepeda

[OP-ED]: Helping kids handle the ‘Trump Effect’ in our nation’s schools

 01/24/2017 - 14:13

In North Carolina, a high school teacher said she has “Latino students who carry their birth certificates and Social Security cards to school because they are afraid they will be deported.”
 

A new study by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights advocacy organization, says that more than two-thirds of 2,000 teachers surveyed reported students -- mainly immigrants, children of immigrants and Muslims -- expressing concerns or fears about what might happen to them or their families during a Trump presidency.

Since the election, more than half of teachers have seen an increase in uncivil political discourse in their schools or classrooms, and more than one-third report having observed an increase in anti-Muslim or anti-immigrant sentiment.

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Esther Cepeda

[OP-ED]: Ayudar a los niños a manejar el ‘Efecto Trump’ en las escuelas de nuestra nación

 01/24/2017 - 14:09
 En Carolina del Norte, una maestra de secundaria dijo que tiene “estudiantes latinos que llevan su partida de nacimiento y tarjeta del Seguro Social a la escuela porque temen ser deportados”.
 
 

Un nuevo estudio realizado por el Southern Poverty Law Center, una organización que aboga por los derechos civiles, dice que más de dos tercios de 2.000 maestros encuestados reportaron que sus estudiantes—principalmente inmigrantes, hijos de inmigrantes y musulmanes—expresaron inquietud o temor de lo que podría ocurrirles a ellos o a sus familias durante la presidencia de Trump.

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Esther Cepeda

Acción Ortográfica, the didactic enemy of the misuse of the Spanish language on the streets

 03/19/2015 - 17:37
Foto: Facebook Acción Ortográfica Quito

Incorrectly punctuated phrases, accent marks that are nowhere to be found, a ‘b’ instead of a ‘v’ (or vice versa) or one of those that trigger the most indignation among the Spanish-speaking community, confusing “a ver” (to see) with “haber” (to have). If you have ever paid attention to the writing and graffiti flooding the streets of any city in which Spanish is the parent language, you will find these misspellings to be quite common.

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