All posts tagged: immigrants

Bronx Baker Turns Dominican Cakes Into A Sweet American Dream

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Food / Immigrants / Women

Originally published on August 26, 2014 on NPR’s The Salt. For many immigrants arriving in the U.S., opening a family food business can be a pathway to economic stability. While many fail, one Dominican woman in the Bronx has managed to get her family off food stamps, send her kids to college and share her heritage with new friends and neighbors. And it all started with cake. Not just any cake — but bizcocho Dominicano, […]

DREAMers No Longer of One Mind on Immigration Reform

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Feet in Two Worlds / Immigrants / Immigration Reform / Latinos / Media / Politics / Radio / WNYC

Originally published on June 27, 2014 on WNYC. June is an exciting month for graduating high school seniors. But for the thousands of young immigrants who lack legal status, graduation day can be a moment of great uncertainty. Undocumented youth have been on the front lines of the struggle for immigrant rights. They call themselves DREAMers to evoke both the proposed federal DREAM Act and a hope that they, too, can achieve the American Dream. […]

What’s in a Street Name? New York City’s Immigrant History

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Immigration News
Juan Rodriguez Way

By Von Diaz Originally broadcast on PRI’s The World on June 11, 2013. On a recent evening in New York City, artist Maija García gears up for a night of theater. First, she stands on stage and asks the audience a question. “Who knows who New York City’s first immigrant was?” Garcia says. “Juan Rodríguez!” the crowd responds. Juan Rodríguez was the first non-Indian immigrant to settle in Manhattan. Be he wasn’t Dutch or English. […]

Vickie the Crime Fighter

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LGBT
Vickie Cruz

By Von Diaz Originally posted on NPR’s Latino USA on June 22, 2012. For Vickie Cruz, coming out as a trans young woman in the 1960s meant learning to defend herself physically and emotionally. But with the support of her large Puerto Rican family, she used her experiences to help victims of sexual and domestic violence, earning her a Crime Victims Service Award this year from the U.S. Attorney General’s office. Click here to listen […]

2011 – A Year of Activism for the DREAM Act and Undocumented Immigrant Youth

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Feet in Two Worlds / Immigration News
A press conference in favor of the DREAM Act in California. (Photo: Antonio Villaraigosa/flickr)

By Von Diaz Originally published on Feet in Two Worlds on December 27, 2011 2011 may be best remembered for a new type of political activism. Movements including the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street were built on a combination of street protests and social media. The year also saw an outpouring of activism and support for undocumented immigrant youth, especially those who would benefit from the DREAM Act—a proposed federal law that would create […]

Young Gay Immigrants in the US – PRI’s The World

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Immigration News / LGBT

CLICK LINK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THE RADIO BROADCAST Audio – Young Gay Immigrants in the US Originally published June 30, 2011 on The World Adrielle Grant recalls the day his mother kicked him out. That’s when she told me “‘you can’t live in this house, cuz I don’t want no gays in this house.’ Then she said she would kiss her mother’s grave if she if she knew I was gonna be gay.” Adrielle […]