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What does protest sound like? For this Philadelphia activist, it’s the eight-string jarana.

Multiple Philadelphia organizations say latest ICE raid was made to put immigrants ‘in their place’

Philadelphia Weekly • Last week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released information about the arrests of 498 undocumented persons as part of “Operation Safe City.”

Sadly, hate has a home in Chester County: Black Coatesville family latest victim of Nazi vandals

Philadelphia Weekly • Sadly, hate has a home in Chester County: Black Coatesville family latest victim of Nazi vandals

These Kensington community leaders were fighting the heroin crisis long before Dr. Oz showed up • The people in these neighborhoods have been promised a lot, but have received little actual help.

In South Philly, a Lati-Mex Basketball League Stands Tall

NBC 10 • A fascinating league binding the Latino and Mexican communities of Philadelphia is built on friendship, religion and hustle.

A Chemist, a Feminist, and a Catholic Theologian Go to the March for Science…

NBC 10 • …and they all are scheduled to speak at the same time. How? Because they are all one person: Michelle Francl.

Preventing Suicide: Breaking the Silence

NBC 10 • [Video Producer] The number of people, including children, turning to suicide is steadily growing. That number could continue to rise, fueled in part by the stigmas associated with mental illness and an overall lack of services.

After deportation, the long way home

Medium • For two men from Philadelphia the distance back is measured in more than miles.

When Philly Woman Reported Sexual Assault at the DNC, She Got Little Help

Philadelphia Magazine • Gwen Snyder hopes to transform her experience into a movement toward justice.

Why the Co-Owner of One of Philly’s Favorite Taquerias Was in Jail Yesterday

Philadelphia Magazine • Lluli Pilar of Los Taquitos de Puebla was among four Philadelphians who blocked traffic to protest deportations — and unleash hope.

Immigration’s impact as seen through a trip to the supermarket

City and State PA • Even more than the sudden (and gratifying) proliferation of small ethnic food shops, there is no easier way to mark demographic changes than by walking into a “general interest” supermarket and noting what is offered in its produce section.

Putting a price – and a time limit – on a child’s well-being

City and State PA • HB 1947 sailed through the Pennsylvania House in April. The bill, proposed by Dauphin County Rep. Ron Marsico, a Republican, would eliminate the statute of limitations in criminal prosecutions of childhood sex abuse.

Rubio’s story is the American dream. His policies are an immigrant’s nightmare.

the guardianThe more cynical among us might poke fun at, and poke holes into, the idea of “the American Dream” in this era of unprecedented inequality. But the majority of Latino millennials still believe in it, according to a 2014 study contrasting Latino millennials to their non-Latino counterparts.

Active shooter situations are traumatic to children – even when they are just drills

the guardianAfter Sandy Hook, students across America have seen schools introduce active shooter simulations involving gunfire, masked men running down school halls and “victims”. These drills are realistic, and in some cases, downright terrifying. Arguments that support them hinge on the belief that the verisimilitude predicts actual behavior and increases the chance of survivability in a real event.

Latino millennial voters: Get ready to send a message

aldianewsA long-form piece about the Latino millennial voter — in Pennsylvania and the nation — and the apps that intend to register them and magnify their electoral power.

Morales-gate is not a morality play, but a painful farce

aldianewsA 2016 Keystone Award-winning editorial

When a young Latino dies in our city, there is only silence

aldianewsRecipient of a 2015 “Ongoing News Coverage” Keystone Award; as well as a 2015 Keystone award and a José Martí award for editorial

Ruling punches us in the face

aldianewsA 2014 José Martí Award-winning editorial

Poston to Philadelphia

aldianewsLong-form piece about immigration activist Hiro Nishikawa, a survivor of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II.

Adobe Slate commentaries:

Jeh Johnson, Michael Nutter & Donald Trump

Flashing Trump

Will 2016 bring about the GOP’s extinction event?


Preventing Suicide: Breaking the Silence

nbcphiladelphia • Suicide is considered a whispered word. But those who have attempted it — and their friends and relatives — are sharing their stories to heal and help others in crisis. This digital documentary is one of many video, written and interactive pieces that we put together about this topic. Explore more of our digital exclusive reporting by clicking here.

The Fight for Education

youtubeThe Fight for Education: An Al Dia Documentary Op-Ed. The Pennsylvania state constitution states that, “The General Assembly shall provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education.” Yet in Philadelphia, where one out of three students comes from a low-income household, education is severely underfunded.

Journalism in conflict

youtubeFour young Philadelphia journalists answer questions about their take on future of conflict journalism.


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