Street Named After First NYC Immigrant Juan Rodriguez
Street Named After First NYC Immigrant Juan Rodriguez
By Sugey Palomares | 05/17/2013 - 09:26

This one is going down in the history books! Researchers have discovered that the first immigrant to settle in New York back in 1613 was a Latino. Yesterday marked the 400th anniversary of Juan Rodriguez’s arrival. Hundreds of neighbors gathered the streets as city officials named a stretch of Broadway, between 159th and 218th streets in Upper Manhattan, after the Dominican immigrant.


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Census Report: Almost 30% of U.S. Latinos Live in Poverty
Census Report: Almost 30% of U.S. Latinos Live in Poverty
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 09/14/2011 - 14:30

More than one in four U.S. Latinos is living in poverty, according to 2010 U.S. Census bureau figures released this week. That’s nearly 27 percent of the country’s 50.5 million Latinos—13.2 million people—and an increase from 12.3 million in 2009.

And according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2011 Kids Count Data Book, 31 percent of Latino kids live in poverty.


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The White House on Winning the Future with Latinos
The White House Shares Plan to Win the Future with Latinos
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 05/03/2011 - 14:30

Following up on a White House meeting about the vital role of U.S. Latinos in America’s future that included celebrities like Eva Longoria, Gloria and Emilio Estefan and Rosario Dawson last week, the White House on Monday announced a series of nationwide community conversations on the topic and announced a new web page dedicated to Latino issues and initiatives: whitehouse.gov/Hispanic.


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Future of Immigrant Children
The Future of Our Niños Is At Risk
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 04/21/2011 - 15:30

Immigrant children are the country’s fastest-growing group but their future and their ability to assimilate is in jeopardy unless something is done to improve their educational achievement, according to a new policy brief released by the Brookings Institute.

In its report, the independent think tank specifically calls the educational lag of Latino kids—who make up a quarter of school-age children in the U.S. and 5 million of whom have at least one undocumented parent—one of the biggest domestic problems facing the country.


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Latino Leaders Raise Awareness of Congressional Redistricting
Latino Leaders Raise Awareness of Congressional Redistricting
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 02/15/2011 - 15:45

It’s time for Latinos to put on their boxing gloves and get ready to fight: It’s redistricting time and the stakes for our political clout have never been higher —say Latino leaders.

“Because of the size of the Latino population, this redistricting will determine the political destiny of Latinos for the next 10 years,” says Rosalind Gold, senior director of policy, research and advocacy for the National Association of Latino Elected Officials. “We need to make sure that our growth in population translates into political opportunities.”


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Sylvia Mendez
Education Activist Sylvia Mendez to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom
By Mariela Rosario | 11/18/2010 - 10:11

Sylvia Mendez learned about discrimination at a very young age. When she was just eight years old, her parents attempted to enroll her in a local all-White school, but were refused and told to take their daughter to the all-Mexican school in their California community. Her parents refused, especially when they witnessed the abundance of resources at the all-White school.


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