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[OP-ED]: America & me: A love story

 07/06/2017 - 14:05
A group of deported veterans protested in honor of deported veterans who have died outside the United States, and demanded changes to laws that would give veterans deported access to medical benefits. EFE

At the risk of setting off more fireworks, I’ve spent the days surrounding the Fourth of July trying to answer a question that has perplexed U.S. Latinos for generations. Whether the yardstick is starting businesses, creating jobs, spreading opportunity, serving in uniform or displaying optimism in hard times, America’s largest minority has shown time and again that we love this country. 

But does the country love us back?

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 1:15pm

[OP-ED]: Cleaning The ‘Heroin Hell’ Will Not Create Heaven In Surrounding Communities

 06/26/2017 - 10:41
'Bedroom' for a man in Philadelphia's West Kensington community where festering structural impoverishment sparks social ills like rampant drug sales. LBW Photo

The recent announcement that City Hall and Conrail cut a deal to cleanup the notorious heroin corridor along a section of railroad track running through Philadelphia’s Fairhill and West Kensington communities is welcomed removal of a dangerous blight that’s festered for nearly two decades.

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 10:30am

"Violence is cowardly": Rap and poetry bring a new reality to Mexico's slums

 05/31/2017 - 02:38
Members of urban rap group Radio Tepito Sound System (L-R) Cesar Cova, Daniel Cruz, Arianna Ramos and Adan Romero In Mexico City, Mexico, May 30, 2017. EFE/Mario Guzman

Tepito, located in the heart of Mexico City, is going through a social revolution thanks largely to the urban rap group Radio Tepito Sound System, which is out to bring a new reality to a poor neighborhood notorious for violence and drug trafficking.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 2:30am
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[OP-ED]: Our Education, Born from Swamps

 05/15/2017 - 15:27
In lower income neighborhoods, students can struggle without access to proper educational materials, exposure, and parental poverty. 

The story of education in lower income neighborhoods is an all too familiar one. The struggle to obtain a stable education is a story of overcoming conditions that are less than favorable, much like the swamp plant. What is causing these students, especially Latinos, to fall behind? How can they grow from these meager and impoverished conditions?  

Monday, May 15, 2017 - 2:30pm
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