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Archive for October, 2012

Bronx River Alliance park cleanup event

September 15, 2012 

Want to be part of a global day of cleaning up shorelines? Want to enjoy a fun day alongside America’s newest National Water Trail? Want to hang out with your friends, canoe, bike, and learn to hike? Join The Futuro Media Group and Latino USA to spend the day celebrating New York City nature and the Bronx River! 

Led by the Bronx River Alliance, Friends of Soundview Park, and Partnerships for Parks the Soundview Park clean up  is part of  International Coastal Cleanup Day – a global day of environmental stewardship – and is also a special celebration to recognize the Bronx River as a National Water Trail. The Coastal Clean Up in the Bronx removes debris along the waterfront where the Bronx River flows into the Long Island Sound.

The  Coastal Clean Up will be a fun day for the whole family. Besides improving the shoreline and water quality, the day’s activities include canoeing, biking, fishing demonstrations by I Fish NY, outdoor classes by REI stores in Soho and Yonkersand guided tours of the Soundview salt marsh wetlands area. Bikes and lunch are both provided and the event is free! Early birds can sign up to canoe into the park, leaving at 8:30 am (limited seats).

The park is a little tricky to get to and shuttles from the subway will be provided.

Registration required — limited to 100 volunteers:

Event details:

About the Radio Nature Series of The Futuro Media Group: The Bronx River has been reclaimed and restored to being a living urban ecosystem, and regular canoe tours show off the nature in the river, from fish to beavers. As part of our special series on Latinos and the environment, “RadioNature,” The Futuro Media Group took listeners on a journey down the Bronx River to learn about its restoration. Listen to this story here: Rowing Down the Bronx River (August 2011).

What to Wear: You will be cleaning up a natural area and could get wet and muddy! It is recommend to wear closed-toe sport sandals or old sneakers, lightweight pants or shorts of nylon or similar quick drying material (running pants, warm-ups, wind pants) and a light jacket or rain-jacket if the weather is questionable.

What to Bring: Sunglasses, a wide brim hat, sunscreen, bug repellent, bottle of water, and maybe a change of clothes.

The Radio Nature series and the Clean Up Day are sponsored by REI Foundation.





Who wins in November? Romney, Obama or Latinos? Find out Oct. 18


Thursday, October 18th
6-8pm | The New School

Latino voters are expected to play a pivotal role in the presidential election, just as they did in 2008. This town hall event will explore the tensions in the complex relationship that has evolved between the Latino electorate and the presidential candidates. Will economic concerns such as unemployment and housing foreclosures guide at the voting booth? Will the candidates’ immigration policies dominate? Or will large numbers of Latinos simply sit out this election? Understanding the political cross-currents buffeting Latinos today will provide valuable insight on the probable outcome of the election, as well as political and policy implications for the nation over the next four years.

Maria Hinojosa
 President, The Futuro Media Group
Jordan Fabian Political Editor, Univision News
Chung-Wha Hong Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition
Mark Hugo Lopez Associate Director, Pew Hispanic Center
Fernand Amandi Partner, Bendixen and Amandi Intl.

In partnership with


Bronx River Revisited

As we look back at a year of Radio Nature, we go back to where it all started: the Bronx Rivera. Latino USA went out on a canoe ride with a group of volunteers cleaning up the riverbanks.

We end out look back at Radio Nature by talking to Andre Rivera, education specialist at the Bronx River Alliance, about how getting to know the river changed his life.

RadioNature is a year-long series that looks at how people of color connect with nature. Funding comes from the REI Foundation.

Click here to download this week’s show.



Planet New Mexico

Writer and musician Raquel Z. Rivera a New York native, tells us about making a home in a new and radically different place: the desert in the outskirts of Alburquerque. A place she calls “Planet New Mexico.”

RadioNature is a year-long series that looks at how people of color connect with nature. Funding comes from the REI Foundation.

Click here to download this week’s show.

Raquel Z. Rivera, Ph.D. is an author, scholar and singer-songwriter. She is co-editor of the anthology Reggaeton (2009) and author of New York Ricans from the Hip Hop Zone (2003). She blogs about her creative process at Cascabel de Cobre and about reggaeton and hip-hop at reggaetonica. A singer-songwriter, her debut CD Las 7 salves de La Magdalena / 7 Songs of Praise for the Magdalene was released in 2011. She has worked with the bomba group Alma Moyo, the Boricua roots music group Yerbabuena and Yaya, an all-women’s musical collective dedicated to Dominican salves and Puerto Rican bomba. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico and now lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.






El Pastor Americano

As part of our ongoing REI series, Radio Nature, we take you to Southwest Colorado, where guest worker sheepherders are brought from Latin America to carry out one of the world’s toughest and oldest professions. Bolivian immigrant Eraclio Beltran is one of the nearly 300 Latin American shepherds in Colorado who spend months at a time in complete isolation, surrounded by the natural landscapes of the American West. Latino USA’s Andres Caballero reports from Colorado.


RadioNature is a year-long series that looks at how people of color connect with nature. Funding comes from the REI Foundation. This piece was produced by Andres Caballero and edited by Leda Hartman. Voice over work was done by Rosalino Ramos.


Right-click here to download an .mp3 of this segment.

Click here to download this week’s show.



Andrés Caballero has been an active contributor to Latino USA for more than a year. He holds a M.S. in Journalism from the Columbia University School of Journalism, and a B.S. in Political Science from Notre Dame De Namur University. He covers issues that affect Latinos across the U.S., and he has also contributed to New America Media, the Hispanic Link News Service in Washington D.C., and El Tecolote in San Francisco.’






Soaring Skies

Jose Sainz, a master kite maker and flyer from San Diego talks to Jocelyn Frank about his fascination with the majesty and power of the wind.

RadioNature is a year-long series that looks at how people of color connect with nature. Funding comes from the REI Foundation.

Click here to download this week’s show.

Jocelyn Frank is an independent radio journalist, sound artist and musician. She’s produced and reported internationally for NPR and BBC Radio 4 and helped to develop and launch the successful UK-facing BBC Radio program Americana. She’s the creative director of Voices of Health; an audio project that documents the stories of DC residents living with HIV and AIDS. Voices of Health can be heard online and through listening stations installed in public spaces across the District of Columbia.



Here’s a video of Jose flying his kites:






Noticiando: Remembering Haitian Massacre

Seventy-five years ago, President Rafael Trujillo ordered all Haitians living along the Dominican border killed. Prof. Edward Paulino speaks about an effort organized by Dominicans and Haitians living on the U.S. to commemorate the anniversary and foster healthy Dominican-Haitian relations.

Click here to download this week’s show.

Professor Edward Paulino teaches history at CUNY’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is on the board of the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.


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