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City Under Siege: Trump Against Sanctuary Cities

 01/25/2017 - 19:26
City Under Siege: Trump Against Sanctuary Cities

President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to strip federal funds from sanctuary cities. As Philadelphia maintains its status as a "4th Amendment" or sanctuary city, the order will prevent cities such as Philadelphia from getting access to any federal grants, blocked by the Department of Homeland Security.

Los Phillies con Sabor!

 01/25/2017 - 17:20
Prospects for the Phillies celebrate the opening of the new Dominican Republic Baseball Academy. Photo: Courtesy of Philadelphia Phillies and Minnesota Twins.

For the upcoming 2017 season, the Philadelphia Phillies will not only have more new faces but will be a predominantly Latino team.  Last year, the Phillies had 12 players of Latino origin who played throughout the season.

The Opening Day roster could have at least 13 Latinos. That is about 48 percent of the 25-man roster. The percentage of players born outside the United States that are part of the Opening Day roster was 27.5 percent.

Each category of statistics within the Phillies were all led by Latino players:

Batting Average – Cesar Hernandez, Venezuela

¿Adivinen quién viene a Filadelfia?

 01/25/2017 - 14:01
El Presidente Donald Trump y el Vicepresidente Mike Pence llegan a la ceremonia de juramentación del personal directivo de la Casa Blanca en la Sala Este. Foto: EFE

Este jueves durante el retiro del Partido Republicano en el Lowes Hotel, el Presidente Donald Trump visitará la Ciudad del Amor Fraternal. Este retiro es una sesión estratégica para sustituir y derogar la Ley de Salud Asequible. También planean discutir la reforma de la legislación del código fiscal.

Con el Presidente en la ciudad, hay varias protestas planificadas. El Centro de la Democracia Popular marchará el jueves desde el Thomas Paine Plaza. Marcharán para protestar la derogación Republicana del Obamacare.

Guess who's coming to Philly?

 01/24/2017 - 15:25
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence arrive to a swearing in ceremony of White House senior staff in the East Room of the White House. Photo:EFE

This Thursday during the Republican Party retreat at the Lowes Hotel, President Donald Trump will visit the City of Brotherly Love.  This retreat is a strategy session on how to replace and repeal the Affordable Care Act. They are also planning to discuss tax code reform legislation.

With the president in the city, there are multiple protests planned. The Center for Popular Democracy will march on Thursday beginning at Thomas Paine Plaza. They are marching to protest Republicans repealing Obamacare.

Racismo en el Gayborhood: una realidad

 01/24/2017 - 14:37
Racismo en el Gayborhood: una realidad

En reacción a varias quejas informales sobre racismo en el barrio del centro de la ciudad, incluyendo un vídeo viral del dueño de iCandy utilizando injurias racistas en repetidas ocasiones, la Comisión de Relaciones Humanas de Filadelfia (PCHR por sus siglas en inglés) la publicado el reporte “Ejecución del Informe Monitor: En Referencia al Racismo y la Discriminación en la Comunidad LGBTQ de Filadelfia”, basándose en una audiencia pública que fue llevada a cabo el 25 de Octubre del 2016.

Líderes de la comunidad celebran la liberación de Óscar López Rivera

 01/23/2017 - 14:25
Líderes de la comunidad celebran la liberación de Óscar López Rivera

Con el indulto que otorgara el Presidente Obama a Óscar López Rivera, muchos miembros prominentes e la comunidad han expresado un sentimiento de alivio y alegría frente al anuncio de su clemencia.

Tras haber servido 35 años de una condena de 70 por varios cargos – incluida la conspiración, cargo que es aplicado a personas que han sido acusadas de conspirar para derrocar el gobierno de los Estados Unidos, muchos han expresado su alegría por la liberación de Óscar López Rivera.

City plans to reduce racism in Gayborhood: Bars under investigation

 01/23/2017 - 14:23
City plans to reduce racism in Gayborhood: Bars under investigation

In reaction to several informal complaints about racism in Center City's Gayborhood including a viral video of iCandy's owner using a racial slur several time the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR) released a report, “Inform Monitor Enforce: Addressing Racism and Discrimination in Philadelphia’s LGBTQ Community, based on a public hearing that was held on October 25th, 2016.

Las Mujeres Marchan Contra Trump

 01/23/2017 - 13:32
La Marcha de Mujeres en Filadelfia reunió a un estimado de 50.000 personas en el Benjamin Franklin Parkway para protestar contra el Presidente Donald Trump. Foto: Peter Fitzpatrick/ALDÍA News

Aproximadamente 50.000 manifestantes salieron a la calle este fin de semana hacia la Marcha de Mujeres en Filadelfia, para protestar la presidencia de Donald Trump. En ciudades como Nueva York, Washington, Chicago y Filadelfia, hombres y mujeres protestaron con el objetivo de hacerse escuchar y al mismo tiempo unificarse contra un gobierno que, según ellos, hará retroceder al país.

 

Women March to Oppose Trump

 01/23/2017 - 13:07
The Women's March on Philadelphia brought together an estimated 50,000 people to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to protest President Donald Trump. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/ALDIA News

An estimated 50,000 marchers came out this weekend for the Woman's March on Philadelphia to protest the Donald Trump presidency. In cities like New York, Washington, DC, Chicago, as well as Philadelphia, women protested with objective of making their voices heard as well as standing in solidarity against a government who in their views, will move the country backwards.

 

Kenney gana la batalla

 01/20/2017 - 14:04
Kenney gana la batalla

A pesar de las amenazas de Comcast de que la ciudad sería demandada por la ley, el Alcalde Kenney ha compartido que firmará la legislación contra la discriminación salarial que fue introducida en el Ayuntamiento y que se encuentra bajo revisión.

“Podremos ser demandados o no”, dijo Kenney a una multitud a las afueras del Ayuntamiento, “pero el Consejo ha aprobado esta medida por voto unánime, y no veo una razón por la cual no deba firmarla”.

¿Quiere ser un político? Le explicamos cómo

 01/20/2017 - 13:54
¿Quiere ser un político? Le explicamos cómo

Si alguna vez le ha dado curiosidad cómo se lleva a cabo el proceso electoral en Filadelfia, aquí tiene las respuestas a sus preguntas.

En un esfuerzo por educar a aquellos que quieren postularse en política, el Comité Democrático Progresista de Filadelfia ha establecido un panel de discusión que se prolongará durante los próximos meses y durante las próximas elecciones, alentando a las personas a involucrarse en el proceso político.

Recuerdos de mi Presidente

 01/20/2017 - 13:13

El Presidente Barack Obama en la Convención Nacional Democrática en Filadelfia, PA. Foto: Peter Fitzpatrick/ALDÍANews
 

Durante los últimos ocho años, tuve la oportunidad y el honor de fotografiar al Presidente Barack Obama, durante sus visitas a Filadelfia o durante mis viajes a la Casa Blanca.

El sentimiento no se puede describir con palabras, pero la oportunidad de fotografiar al hombre más poderoso del mundo, te da una sensación de humildad y felicidad. Recuerdo la primera vez que fui a la Casa Blanca en el 2009.

Kenney moves to ban conversion therapy

 01/19/2017 - 18:17
Kenney moves to ban conversion therapy

At a news conference today several legislators made a call for statewide legislation that would ban “conversion therapy” for minors.

In a joint effort with State Rep. Brian Sims, Mayor Kenney spoke with Dr. Gail Edelsohn, the newly-elected president of the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society, about the form of therapy known to allegedly transform a person’s sexual orientation from homosexual to straight.

Kenney wins the war over wage discrimination bill

 01/19/2017 - 17:25
Kenney wins the war over wage discrimination bill

Despite threats from Comcast that the city would be sued for the bill, Mayor Kenney shared that he will sign the wage discrimination legislation that was passed by City Council and under law review.

"We may get sued, we may not," Kenney said to a crowd outside of City Hall. "But Council passed this measure by unanimous vote, and I see no reason why I shouldn't sign it."

Memories of My President

 01/19/2017 - 16:43
President Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA. Photo:Peter Fitzpatrick/ALDIA News

Over the last eight years, I have had the opportunity and honor to have photographed President Barack Obama either during his visits to Philadelphia or during my travels to the White House.

The feeling really can’t be described in words, but the chance to take photos of the most powerful man in the world gives you a sense of humbleness and happiness.  I remember the first time I went to the White House was back in 2009.

Want to be a poltician? Here’s how.

 01/19/2017 - 15:26
Want to be a poltician? Here’s how.

If you’ve ever been curious about the election process in Philly, you can now get answers to all your questions.

An effort from the Philadelphia Democratic Progressive Committee to educate those who wish to run for office, the panel discussion set to continue within the upcoming months and elections have been designed to encourage the public to get involved in the political process.

De vuelta a sus raíces locales

 01/19/2017 - 15:09
El Profesor de la Temple University, Christopher McGinley ha sido escogido por el Alcalde Kenney para sentarse en la Comisión de Reforma Escolar de Filadelfia. Foto: Temple University.

El Alcalde Kenney ha nombrado a Christopher McGinley como uno de los asientos en la Comisión de Reforma Escolar. Con 58 años, McGinley tiene más de veinte años de experiencia educando en el sistema escolar de Filadelfia y actualmente da cursos de liderazgo educacional en la Temple University.

El Alcalde ha declarado que su elección se llevó a cabo por la avasalladora experiencia de McGinley. En una declaración, el Alcalde Kenney dijo “su lente educadora es exactamente lo que la Comisión necesita para poder construir a partir de los logros del distrito en años recientes”.

¿Qué? ¿Ningún Latino?

 01/19/2017 - 14:51
El Secretario de Estado designado, Rex Tillerson (centro) acompañado por (de izq. a derecha) el antiguo Secretario de Defensa, Robert Gates; el antiguo senador de Georgia San Nunn; el senador Ted Cruz, representante de Texas, y el jefe de la mayoría parlamentaria, John Cornyn de Texas, quienes toman asiento en el Capitol Hill en Washington, el día miércoles 11 de enero de 2017, antes de testificar en su audiencia de confirmación frente al Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado. (AP Foto/Steve Helber)

Desde 1988 ha habido siempre por lo menos un latinoamericano en el gabinete de la Casa Blanca. Eso no sucederá durante la nueva administración. El Presidente Electo Donald Trump nominará al anterior gobernador Republicano Sonny Perdue para que sea su nuevo Secretario de Agricultura, lo que cubre todas las vacantes en su gabinete.

La singularidad de este gabinete es que no hay demócratas, hay tan sólo tres mujeres, un hombre afroamericano y ningún latino. Tras treinta años de secretarios, embajadores y administradores Latinos, pareciera que la racha se acabó.

Back to his Local Roots

 01/19/2017 - 13:10
Temple Professor Christopher McGinley was chosen by Mayor Kenney to sit on the Philadelphia School Reform Commission. Photo:Temple University

Mayor Kenney named Christopher McGinley to a seat on the School Reform Commission. The 58 year-old has over twenty years of experience teaching in the Philadelphia school system and is currently teaching educational leadership at Temple University.

The mayor said that his choice was made because of McGinley’s overwhelming experience. In a statement, Mayor Kenney said, “His educator lens is exactly what the SRC needs in order to build on the district’s gains in recent years.”

What? NO Latinos?

 01/19/2017 - 12:12
Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson, center, accompanied by, from left, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, former Georgia Sen. San Nunn, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, takes his seat on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, prior to testifying at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Since 1988 there has been at least one Latino in the White House Cabinet. That will not happen during this new administration.  President–elect Donald Trump is going to nominate former Republican governor Sonny Perdue to be the next Secretary of Agriculture, which fills all of Trump’s vacancies in his Cabinet.

The uniqueness of this Cabinet is that there are no Democrats, only three women, one African American male, but no Latino in any position of importance. After thirty years of Latino secretaries, ambassadors, and administrators, the streak ends.

DA Candidate Negrin Outraged to Ethis Fine

 01/19/2017 - 08:12
DA Candidate Negrin Outraged to Ethis Fine

Philadelphia DA was recently fine $62,000 for ethicfs violations and not reporting five sources of income and 89 gifts on city financial statements over six years. This is the first time that Williams has not only admitted to the allegations but also had public record solidifying the claims against him. With 5 counter bids for his seat in May, the scandal may not aid his campaign in the Spring. Richard Negrin, one of the headlining candidates against Williams, has expressed very solid concerns in regards to the Williams case. 

 

Lopez-Rivera will be freed in May

 01/17/2017 - 17:07
Protesters from the Puerto Rican community supporting Oscar Lopez Rivera have finally received their wish. President Obama announced that the Puerto Rican independent has been given clemency. Photo:EFE
 

President Obama today gave clemency to Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar Lopez-Rivera, whose sentence will expire on the 17th of May. The 74 year-old was sentenced in 1981 to 55 years in prison for conspiracy to overthrow the government. In 1988, he was sentenced to another 15 years for an escape attempt. President Obama used his executive power to commute Lopez-Rivera's sentence three days before he leaves the White House and passes the reigns on to President-Elect Donald Trump.

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