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Archive for April 23rd, 2010

Cuban Americans Act for Change

A group of young Cuban-Americans, some born here in the United States and some born in Cuba, gathered at Cornell University recently for the third annual conference of Raices de Esperanza (Roots of Hope), a group dedicated to empowering young Cubans. Participants span the spectrum in their views about highly charged issues such as the embargo and travel to Cuba. Lygia Navarro speaks with these college students and young professionals about how their involvement with Raices de Esperanza has challenged and changed their thinking about Cuba and U.S.-Cuba relations.


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La Mission

Benjamin and Peter Bratt tackle homophobia and violence in the town where they grew up.


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Arizona’s SB-1070: Signed Into Law

As we reported last week, the Arizona State legislature has approved, and now the Governor has signed, the nation’s most stringent law aimed as curbing undocumented immigrants from living and working in Arizona.

Governor Jan Brewer’s signed the measure into law Friday afternoon, saying she acted in response to “the crisis the federal government has refused to fix.” She also issued an executive order directing that police agencies receive training in what does or does not constitute reasonable suspicion that someone is in the country without documents. “People across the country are watching Arizona,” the Governor said.

Thomas Saenz is the general counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF). He’s convinced the law will not stand the scrutiny of higher courts.

The week in Arizona has seen numerous protests — both in favor of the measure, and those that were encouraging a veto. Here’s video from one protest in Phoenix, which ended in the arrest of demonstrators who chained themselves to the State Capitol.

(Video courtesy of the Cronkite News Service, a service of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU in Phoenix. Used with permission.)

Skipping Arizona

Did you grow up with the rope-skipping chant, “I won’t go to Macy’s any more?” Poet and commentator Joe Pacheco is a retired New York City School Superintendent, and he certainly remembers it. And he’s updated the poem for the age.


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Gustavo Dudamel


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