At Philly Mag: Why Donald Trump Keeps Coming to Philly

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In what is becoming something of a tradition, the night before a Donald Trump Philly visit, something media-memorable happens.

Last week it was Marco Gutierrez, the co-founder of Latinos for Trump, on MSNBC warning that one of the dire consequences of continued immigration would be “taco trucks on every corner.”

Then last night — in advance of Trump’s scheduled appearance at the Union League today — Trump’s social media team allowed a tweet to go out marking anti-feminist Phylllis Schlafly’s death … only it was spelled “Phillies” Schlafly.

Uh, oh. Guess the Donald’s got Philadelphia on his mind — and probably not because of the ho-hum season the fourth-place NL East team is having.

 
Read the rest of my column at Philly Mag.

 

Two of my recent op-eds

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Coffee and fear: An American story

One of the workers at the coffee shop I stop at every morning looks up at me, worry etched on her features.

“What have you heard about the redadas?” she asks.

I’ve just written an editorial about the DHS-ICE raids that, since Jan. 2, have targeted Central American immigrant families with final deportation orders.

“121 people have been apprehended so far,” I tell her. “In Georgia, Texas and North Carolina….”

Elisa (*) shakes her head. “But what have you heard about ICE raids yesterday on 18th and Pine? Or 15th and Spruce?” she insists.

Center City. Not far from where we’re having the conversation.

I can’t answer, I have no information, but it strikes me that I’ve completely misread the expression on her face. It isn’t anything as tame as worry.

It’s terror.

Read the rest here.

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

The 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.

And much as it pains me to say it, Marco Rubio tells the American Dream – child of immigrants; working class childhood; scholarship and community college; law school; marriage and children; an imperfect but aspirational career – story better than any other presidential hopeful currently in contention.

Read more here.

A writing life: The best of what I’ve published in 2015

From fiction to long-form journalism to commentary, here are my personal favorites of the hundreds of thousands of words I’ve written this year:

Fiction

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The Ways of Walls and Words was published at Tor.com April 15, 2015, and has been selected for a Best of 2015 anthology. More on that as information becomes available.

 

Long-form journalism

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Why do I cast no shadow? Reaction and non-reaction to the police shootings of Latinos — AL DÍA News, May 27, 2015
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Across the Americas, indigenous peoples protest fossil fuel and mining incursions on native lands — AL DÍA News, May 31, 2015
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Devotion in masa The tamaleras of South Philly gear up for a savory sacramental season — AL DÍA News, Dec. 8, 2015
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Nelson Díaz: Not for sale Judge Nelson Díaz has long been engaged in defending civil rights in the public square. Most recently he made history as the first Latino candidate on the ballot of Philadelphia’s Democratic Mayoral primary — AL DÍA News, July 9, 2015
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For African Americans and Latinos in Philly, an unprecedented collaboration Using music and culture to challenge civic disenfranchisement and foster political participation in both communities — AL DÍA News, Oct. 27, 2015

 

Op-ed & commentary

at the Guardian

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Dec. 7, 2015 — Read it here

at Tor.com

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Feb. 2, 2015 — Read it here

at Following the Lede

 Revolutionaries in box braids, stilettos & layers of grunge: Older women in AHSCoven and the Walking Dead

at AL DÍA News

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Dec. 26, 2015 — Read it here
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Nov. 28, 2015 — Read it here
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March 24, 2015 — Read it here