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'Titi' Myrtha Castro, maestra y cofundadora de Amparo de la Niñez en North Philadelphia. Fotos: Archivo Familiar.

On October 12, Myrtha Castro, co-founder of Amparo de la Niñez, died at the age of 64. Her legacy lives in the memory of thousands of children and adults who were once in her classrooms.

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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.

 

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?

 

A March for the Lost

 09/05/2017 - 14:15
Participants in the march emerge from underneath the bridge at Lehigh and Kensington avenues. The march took individual's past Tusculum street, which is known for high volumes of drug activity in the area. Photos: Matthew Haubenstein

Members of the community take to the streets of Kensington to remember those who’ve died from overdose and to spread awareness of the growing opioid epidemic in the City. 

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Enseñando Quechua: Más allá del aula y del idioma

 08/29/2017 - 18:05
Américo Mendoza-Mori is the man behind the Quechua Language Program and Andean Culture of UPenn. Samantha Laub / AL DÍA News

El profesor Américo Mendoza-Mori impulsó y diseñó el programa de Lengua Quechua y Cultura Andina de la Universidad de Pensilvania en 2014. Desde entonces, ha recibido múltiples elogios por ser capaz de dar mayor visibilidad al mundo indígena y por sus lecciones magistrales sobre multiculturalidad, que van más allá de enseñar quechua y español en el aula. 

Teaching Quechua: Beyond the Classroom, Beyond Language

 08/29/2017 - 13:08
Américo Mendoza-Mori is the man behind the Quechua Language Program and Andean Culture of UPenn. Samantha Laub / AL DÍA News

Professor Amėrico Mendoza-Mori designed and began the Quechua Language and Andean Culture program for The University in Pennsylvania in 2014, and since then, has received many accolades for his dedication to indigenous visibility and for his life lessons that go beyond teaching Quechua and Spanish in the classroom.

El legado de Rizzo: ¿se merece una estatua?

 08/18/2017 - 10:31
Frank Rizzo as mayor in 1977. Photo courtesy Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Originally published on VICE. 

El futuro de la estatua del polémico ex comisario de policía y alcalde Frank Rizzo está en el banquillo, especialmente después de las manifestaciones de la semana pasada en Charlottesville, Virginia, que empezaron como una protesta en contra de la retirada de un monumento al general Confederado Robert E. Lee.

The Legacy of Rizzo: Does He Deserve to be Commemorated in Bronze?

 08/18/2017 - 10:25
Frank Rizzo statue. Samantha Laub/AL DÍA News

The future of a statue in the likeness of highly contentious former police commissioner and mayor Frank Rizzo is on the fritz, particularly after this past week’s rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia which began as a protest to keep a memorial to Confederate General Robert E. Lee from being removed.

Rock and Roll and Resistance: A Conversation with Alejandro Escovedo

 08/11/2017 - 12:25
Alejandro Escovedo for Burn Something Beautiful by Nancy Rankin Escovedo 

Mexican-American musician and activist Alejandro Escovedo elucidates on his immigrant roots, his take on the government, his brush with death, and how the stories he feels compelled to compose transcend the genre of rock and roll. Escovedo will be strumming alongside Texan legend Joe Ely at Ardmore Music Hall on August 19th, 2017.

“Todos merecemos dignidad y respeto, sea cual sea nuestro trabajo”

 08/09/2017 - 04:47
 La artista y muralista Michelle Angela Ortiz creció en el barrio de South Philly al cuidado de su abuela colombiana mientras sus padres, inmigrantes Latinoamericanos, se pasaban el día trabajando. Foto: Neal Santos

Nacida en South Philly de padres inmigrantes Latinos, Michelle Angela Ortiz ha sido premiada con la prestigiosa beca de la Robert Rauschenberg Foundation por su trabajo con los inmigrantes indocumentados y las familias separadas por deportaciones. Su primer sketchbook fueron hojas de papel botadas.

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